April 2011 Puzzles

Contributor: Ian Tullis | Difficulty: HARD |

Three from 3D

In 2007, the Shinteki gang offered me the chance to write puzzles for the dimensionally themed "Decathlon 3D"; four years and four public puzzle events later, it's still a sentimental favorite, as one's first time always is. (Well, it was my first time with Shinteki, at least; I'd gotten around before that!) Because the upcoming Aquarius remix has us reminiscing about the past, this month's PotM consists of three never-before-seen puzzles that didn't make it into Decathlon 3. The last one has been rewritten to take advantage of the Internet, but the others remain more or less as they were originally envisioned for a driving game in the pre-smartphone era (which means that you shouldn't need to use the Internet). The puzzles were not originally part of a meta, so consider them individually. There are no hidden bonuses.

Use the answer checker to submit each answer independently. You will get on the leaderboard once for each puzzle you solve, and when you've solved all three puzzles, you will get a shiny star (ok, probably more like a black asterisk) by your name!

Puzzle 1

Sofia CreenCzech Republic1246
Er YeChina5142
Demetris IabetesGreece8162
Brian EllsTrinidad and Tobago01216
Gassama AteSierra Leone800
Riya UleBangladesh926
Claus AlfFinland21011
Lat IningCambodia1488
Frank OxCanada034
Berthold UlletDenmark010
Foster LeeceAustralia841
Pena ArachuteHonduras8216
Sangwan PoonThailand010
Taona OngueMalawi1246
Marcel EanFrance474
Novaro AzarethJamaica12126
Getu OoseEthiopia100
Steve HowerUnited States1298
NameFrom (Origin)GoldSilverBronze

Puzzle 2

Players would have received rectangular solids, in no particular order, with their three dimensions labeled as follows.
  • 0.26 x 4 x 18
  • 0.27 x 14 x 21
  • 0.71 x 9 x 15
  • 1 x 12.47 x 22
  • 2 x 9.18 x 15
  • 2.09 x 3 x 12
  • 2.11 x 4 x 16
  • 2.1 x 4 x 10
  • 2.66 x 12 x 18
  • 4 x 5.5 x 21
  • 4.45 x 8 x 13
  • 4.82 x 11 x 26
  • 5 x 6 x 12.3
  • 5 x 13 x 14.12
  • 5 x 7.05 x 17
  • 7 x 9.33 x 19
  • 8.96 x 13 x 15
  • 14 x 15 x 21.75

Puzzle 3

Oh no, a bizarre visitor from the fifth dimension is permuting the other four!


Cargo airline with the code Y8 (7 5 7)
Surname of the Superman adversary alluded to in the flavor text, and an A in this puzzle (8)
Russian dandelion species from which rubber is produced (9 3-6)
Ankang product "specially formulated for city dwellers" (5 6)

Stretch of I-93 in downtown Boston (4 1. 10 10)
The answer to this puzzle (?)
Monotypic falconet genus (12)
I heard you like recursive memes like this one (6 2 4)

Wikipedia page with a genealogy including the Muses of Mt. Parnassus (6 2 5 2 5)
Excessive worrying, clinically speaking (11 7 8)

Attack deployed less than 24 hours after the discovery of a security vulnerability (4-3 7)
Russell Hutchison played for them (5 4 6)
Capacity to rust or otherwise react with O2 (or, generally speaking, have electrons removed) (13)

Hints & Solution


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