Hints

Self-revealing hints are available below. I recommend looking at them one at a time, and only in case of frustration. Do not spoil the satisfaction of having the “aha-moment”!

You may prefer to request a personalized hint by email. In that case, please mention which puzzle you are working on, and what you have tried so far. If you’d like only a small nudge, you may try to ask only a few yes/no questions.

Puzzle 1: Virtual Confusion
Hint 1 (click to display)

You should be able to identify all participants of this meeting, maybe with the help of a webpage.


Hint 2 (click to display)

The transition to remote teaching left each participant of the Zoom meeting somewhat mixed-up.


Hint 3 (click to display)

Use the extraordinary feature of each participant to spell out the answer.


Puzzle 2: Quantum Fly
Hint 1 (click to display)

Did you know that the floorplans of the 4 buildings can be found online easily?


Hint 2 (click to display)

To begin with, you should determine in which building live these people.


Hint 3 (click to display)

Follow the trajectory of the “fly”. Each section should form a letter (sometimes vertical, sometimes horizontal).


Puzzle 3: International Party
Hint 1 (click to display)

Hint — Pista — Indice — Hinweis — Indizio: Multilingual teams have an advantage when solving this puzzle. The others will have to use a few dictionaries.


Hint 2 (click to display)

Some words are especially important in the announcement.


Hint 3 (click to display)

The white rectangles hide the same type of information as the other elements of the sequences. Notice that the numbers in these rectangles are not always in the same position.


Puzzle 4: Metapuzzle
Hint 1 (click to display)

Each marking on the wings represent a number. But the numbers have been somehow negated.


Hint 2 (click to display)

This is a metapuzzle. You will need all the answer to the previous puzzles to solve it.


Hint 3 (click to display)

Fill each marked “wing region” with a letter, using the previous answers. Take care of the color associated to each puzzle.


Hint 4 (click to display)

Copy the information from the 3 first phoenixes into the 4th, and order correctly.


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