Shortly after the 2012 MIT Mystery Hunt, the 1994 Hunt was added to
the archives. Previously, only a small portion of this Hunt had been
archived. Like the 1996 hunt, it was posted without any solutions,
save solutions for those few puzzles which had long been there. After
we finished solving the 1996 Hunt as well as we could, we
tackled the 1994 Hunt. In this case, the archives showed the complete
solution to the final runaround and the list of answers to the other
puzzles which went into it. It did not, however, say which one went
with which other puzzle, nor how those answers are arrived at. We did
our best.

The hunt's instructions tell us that each puzzle has a two-part
answer. One of the parts is a word that can go before one of the
placeholder words in the runaround instructions, and the other part
should replace that word in the instructions.

The solution for the crossword is already posted on the MIT web
site. Per the instructions, the last column contains the answer we
need, SHORT = TEN.

We don't have the metal key used for this puzzle. The Hunt web site
says you had to identify the letter of the drill bit which made each
hole in it.

Whatever was available by telnetting to the server indicated is long
gone. We don't know what it was.

The answer to this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site. The
answer is BACK = END.

To solve this puzzle, replace each word with its same-length
homophone, maintaining the alignment of the words:

MAID

GRATE

WRITE

TERN

SINE

FORE

WON

GREASE

WEAK

IDOL

DAZE

ROAM

The answer is spelled out along the only column used in each word: DATE = NEW SALEM.

The answers to the questions in the first part are CO, AIR, KLM, GQ, TUX, NJ, VHF, WZ, SPY. In the second part, they are UPS, BQ, ZAX, MO, FW, KDL, JVC, YEN. Each answer appears in left to right order among the other letters in its corresponding scrambled alphabet. Removing these letters leaves BED in the first alphabet and RIGHT in the second, which are the answers.

The spoonternyms are:

- yam and Rue (ram and ewe)
- faal and rAke (real and fake)
- whack and bliGht (black and white)
- fad and suNny (sad and funny)
- caw and rOoked (raw and cooked)
- lie and cRaft (cried and laughed)
- west and bursT (best and worst)
- torte and sHawl (short and tall)

The indicated letters spell the answer, RAG = NORTH.

The paint-by-numbers puzzles lead to the following solutions, a
picture of a CAR and the arrow shape in the negative space between the
E and X of an EXIT sign.

The clue answers are:

- AL LI A CEOUS
- ISH ER WOOD
- RU THE NI UM
- MONT GOM ER Y
- ES TRA GON
- AN I SO MAST I A
- NEUF CHA TEL
- SIL HOU ETTE
- O HI O
- NAR NI A
- TUT ANKH A MEN
- HALF PEN NY
- EXODUS
- FEYN MAN
- AT TO
- RIK KI TIK KI TA VI
- SUP ER MAN
- IN SUL IN
- DI AZ E PAM
- EX CAL I BUR
- OUA GA DOU GOU
- FITZ GER ALD
- TOP I AR Y
- HAR RI SON
- I TAL ICS
- SEN A TORS
- CONN ECT I CUT
- OB LA DI
- RIV ET ER
- RE BEC CA
- IS RA EL
- DA TA
- OS MI UM
- ROO SE VELT

The acrostic of these answers gives the final answer: AIR MEANS ON
THE FAR SIDE OF THIS CORRIDOR.

The original sayings are:

- Everyone's a critic

- Do as I say, not as I do
- One man's meat is another man's poison
- All's well that ends well
- Fight fire with fire
- It takes a thief to catch a thief
- He who hesitates is lost

And per the instructions, their last letters spell the answer, CON =
LEFT.

The solution for this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site,
giving the answer WIND = PANE.

The jigsaw pieces assemble as follows:

COBALT RADON

ERBIUM IS THE

MELTING POINT

OF LITHIUM ON

CELSIUS SCALE

The atomic symbols of cobalt, radon, and erbium spell CORNER, and
the melting point of lithium is 180 DEGREES.

The solution to this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site,
giving the answer BASE = BOSTON.

The 4-digit numbers given should each be broken into two 2-digit
blocks. Each resulting pair of numbers gives the X and Y coordinates of
a pixel to illuminate to spell the answer, SOFT = T.

In the crossword, each theme entry needs to drop the letter sequence
EAR one or two times (not necessarily near the highlighted letters) to
fit into the grid.

LAIC CLOAK ENDS HEAPS

ORNO RUBLE TOUR OSHEA

NUCLFAMILY HTTOHTTALK

INADAZE HAIRY ORATES

FRET FORCE MOOT

SPREAD MALTA BADDEBT

LIVED JAMESLJONES NOB

EXIT EAVE AXES BAKE

DYE ONMEDBANDIT BAILS

WANTIN ALIEN KANSAS

UMPIRE FLOGS WASTES

PRINCE AIMEE SIRIUS

AGREE DRESSREHSAL AIR

NERA SEEN MEET PURE

ENO STANDARDBER ROCKS

TRALALA QUEEN LOWEST

TENT LUNAR HIDE

EOZOIC BAAED OVERATE

RRANGEMENT STATEOFTHT

RANCH ANDI EASEL UNIT

SLEET DESC APPLY LOSE

The first answer is the missing word EAR. The second answer is
spelled by the letters in the shaded squares, in the order of their
numebrs, spelling ON THE RIGHT.

The criss-cross has an error. The given letter R should actually be
one square lower, as should the shaded square above it.

KABLO O PRAVA

R L PIPRI L B

ABELA O KLIFO

B K LINCO A N

OPERO I JAMBO

A E L I

TROVI PIANO

T U R D

NENIA E MISIO

A E BOMBO T V

SIGMO I LEONA

K R LARGE P L

AROMI O OLIVO

The shaded letters, in clockwise order, spell the first answer BRAIN.

In the word search, the constellations ANTLIA, ARA, AURIGA, CANCER,
CETUS, CORVUS, DORADO, DRACO, FORNAX, GRUS, HYDRA, INDUS, LACERTA,
LEPUS, LIBRA, LYNX, LYRA, MENSA, MUSCA, NORMA, OCTANS, ORION, PAVO,
PEGASUS, PERSEUS, PHOENIX, PICTOR, PUPPIS, PYXIS, SCORPIUS, SERPENS,
SEXTANS, TAURUS, TUCANA, and VIRGO are hidden. This leaves the
following unused letters, spelling the second answer WIDDERSHINS:

SLWNPUPPISUPELXINEOHP

XNYLOIDIADSSSAILTNARA

SARDIOMCNUUNUEBRSRO

AUTAURUSTARSNEPRESV

MSDCOAOEUOCHAOSCAIA

IUNNODCRFVRUCGNRRXP

RSEIOIHYDRATAEGEY

GNCMGSUIPROCSOPSP

SNATXESDLACERTA

The cryptic crossword solution is as follows:

CHIEF F C

A N EARTH

NATAL A A

D E TOTEM

I R E E

DEFOG R L

A A RANGE

CACTI A O

Y E NYLON

Across: 1. CHI + EF. 5. HEART anag. 6. initials (Nurses Are The
Attendants Legitimately) 7. TOT + EM 8. FED reversed + GO reversed
(somewhat irregular wordplay) 9. DANGERS - DS anag. 10. CA(C)T + I 11.
hidden in raiNY LONdon.

Down: 1. ACID anag. in CANDY 2. REINFECT A anag. 3. RATE + RNA in FL
(Florida) 4. CLONE ME HA anag.

Per the instructions, the letters in the two unclued words can be
anagrammed to spell the final answers, RING = LEFT.

The first group of transadditional forms world capitals: CONA(K)RY,
ALGI(E)RS, NIAME(Y). The second group of transadditions forms
countries: GAM(B)IA, SING(A)PORE, (S)YRIA, S(E)NEGAL, DEN(M)ARK,
SW(E)DEN, IRELA(N)D, (T)OGO. The added letters spell the answers, KEY =
BASEMENT.

Each phrase has a word hidden in it, as in a hidden word cryptic
crossword clue:

- asSAM PLEsiosaur
- jesSE VENtura
- wEIGH Tons
- burN IN Effigy
- whiTE Noise
- hANS WERschten
- aSK Yourself
- mundanE ASTrology

The first several are just examples to give you the right idea. The
answer is hidden only in the last two phrases, SKY = EAST.

We obviously could not solve the scavenger hunt, but the only
four-word answer not used in another puzzle is HAND = OVERHEAD LIGHT
FIXTURE.

The grid solution for the pictorial criss-cross is:

GOLDFISH APPLE

U E O C I I

I N TORCH Z G

TURTLE S E Z H

A I L ELEPHANT

ROOSTER S A A

N T V QUEEN I

I I U DOLL

GOAT SPIDER O

N R I L R W L

U O TEABAG L

DIAMOND S L I

A P ROSE L P

R E U R E O

TOOTH MOUSETRAP

The letters in the numbered squares, in numerical order, spell the
answer FIRE = WEST.

The riddle gives the first part of the answer, FREE, clued several
times over by means of words that form compound words or phrases with
free (freeway, freestyle, carefree, freeload, freehand, pain-free, free
lunch).

In the logic problem about house numbers, Cajix must have a square
house number, or else Alice would have more than two possibilities for
his house number regardless of what she believed about Bob. Since its
squareness, and that Cajix's house number is more than Bob's, are the
only things she knows about Cajix's house number, her two possibilities
for Cajix's house number must be 49 and 64. Therefore, Alice must
believe Bob has a house number less than 49, but at least 36. Since her
conclusion was wrong, she didn't get to this conclusion because her own
house number forced Bob's to be 36 or more. Therefore, she must have
wrongly believed Bob's house number was a multiple of 23, and her own
house number was at least 23, forcing her to believe Bob's house number
was 46.

Since she came to a wrong conclusion, Bob's actual house number must
be less than 36, and Cajix's actual house number must be 36, since if
it was 25, there is not enough room for the difference-of-4 clue to be
true. Alice's house number must be at least 8 less than Cajix's, so
Alice's house number is between 23 and 28 (inclusive), and Bob's is
between 27 and 32.

Bob has an exact guess for Alice's house number based only on his
incorrect belief that it is a cube. This means Bob must think Alice
lives in house 8, which means Bob himself lives in house 27. Therefore,
Alice lives in house 23.

To confirm the last part of the clue, Cajix also wrongly believes
Bob lives in a multiple-of-23 house and
Alice lives in a cube house, producing the results 23 and 8,
respectively.

Then 3(23) + 3(27) + 36 = 158 for the second part of the answer.

Since there are 30 equations in 25 variables (S is not used), it is
probably possible to just plug the whole set into a linear equation
solver and get the answer out. Since that is boring, the solution will
not be presented in that way. Instead, here is a feasible path to solve
the puzzle by hand:

- GOLDENROD - RED - GOLD = NO = 22
- ORANGE - NO = RAGE = 78
- MAGENTA - TAN = MAGE = 67
- RAGE - MAGE = R - M = 11
- PURPLE + TAN - TAUPE = PRLN = 49
- PLUM + (R-M) - PLRN = U - N = 17
- TAUPE - TAN - (U-N) = PE = 42
- BROWN - NO = BRW = 27

- PERIWINKLE + TAN - PE - BRW - TEAL = IINNK - B = 15

- BLUE + TAN - TEAL = BUN = 37
- ECRU + MAGE - CREAM = UGE = 62
- BEIGE + BUN - UGE = BBEIN = 58
- BRICK + MAGE - CREAM = BIKG = 32

- PERIWINKLE + INDIGO + CREAM + BBEIN + (R-M) - PE - BROWN - BLACK - GREEN - RED = IIIIIN = 40
- Since U-N = 17, N is at most 9. Since IIIIIN=40, N is a multiple of 5. Hence N = 5, I = 7, and U = 22.
- From BUN=37, B = 10.
- From NO=22, O = 17.
- From IINNK-B = 15, K = 1.
- From BIKG = 32, G = 14.
- From UGE = 62, E = 26.
- From PE = 42, P = 16
- From BLUE = 73, L = 15.
- From PLUM = 55, M = 2.
- From MAGE = 67, A = 25.
- From R - M = 11, R = 13.
- From CREAM = 75, C = 9.
- From RED = 45, D = 6.
- From TAN = 54, T = 24.
- From BRW = 27, W = 4.
- From WHITE = 81, H = 20.
- From BUFF = 54, F = 11.

- From YELLOW = 95, Y=18.
- From JADE = 78, J = 21.
- From AQUA = 75, Q = 3.
- From VIOLET = 112, V = 23.
- From FLAX = 63, X = 12.
- From BRONZE = 90, Z = 19.
- By elimination, S = 8.

This yields the following solution:

A |
B |
C |
D |
E |
F |
G |
H |
I |
J |
K |
L |
M |

25 |
10 |
9 |
6 |
26 |
11 |
14 |
20 |
7 |
21 |
1 |
15 |
2 |

N |
O |
P |
Q |
R |
S |
T |
U |
V |
W |
X |
Y |
Z |

5 |
17 |
16 |
3 |
13 |
8 |
24 |
22 |
23 |
4 |
12 |
18 |
19 |

The final clue 6789 = SPECTRUM is interpreted by taking the letters
representing 6, 7, 8, and 9, which spell DISC, as the first part of the
answer, and the sum of the values of SPECTRUM, or 120, as the second
part.

The dice have the letters AKNOUW,
BCDEHI, FGMTXY, JLPRSV. Extracting and ordering the
indicated letters spells the first part of the answer, SOME.

The alphametic has the unique solution:

3074

x 9895

15370

27666

24592

27666

30417230

+ 3865

30421095

0123456789 = OYTFREVUIN, but what we need is EI = 58.

This is a standard cryptogram, without spaces. The solution is:

SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE ITS CONTINUING MISSION TO EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE AND NEW CIVILIZATIONS TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE -- NIGHT BLACK

Most of this is just filler. The answer is at the end, NIGHT = BLACK.

Break the text into groups of three letters and reverse each group.
It spells I COULDN'T MAKE ALL OF THEM TOO HARD OR YOU'D GIVE UP RIGHT
AWAY SO HERE'S AN EASY PAIR. SUN IS THE FIRST WORD AND BLAST FURNACE IS
THE OTHER. So SUN = BLAST FURNACE.

This is Braille, with 0s for dots. The answers are RAP and ACROSS
THE HALL.

The answer to this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site. The
answer is HORSE = DOWN.

The knight's tour can be solved to spell THE WHITE OF CHRISTMAS
EQUALS CONSERVATIVE WING, meaning SNOW = RIGHT.

The solution to the maze is shown. Yellow sections are walking on
the paths, pink sections walk through walls, and orange sections are
where you pass the same square once each way.

The letters you cross after each circle spell the answer, LIFE =
MANOMET.

The letters are all taken from the titles of magazines:

- BYTE
- ANALOG
- READER'S DIGEST
- NEW YORKER
- SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
- OMNI
- U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
- TV GUIDE
- HARPER'S

The initial letters of the titles spell the answer, BARN = SOUTH.

The answer to this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site.
Instead of giving you another pair, this one gives you an instruction:
If two steps of the path begin with the same word they must be
interchanged before you start.

The answer to this puzzle is already posted on the MIT web site.