Mastermind Hunt: Sacramento – Kaiju Monster Attack Edition Answers 2018

Here are the answers and solutions to the 2018 Mastermind Hunt Sacramento.  How did you enjoy the use of Clue Keeper?  As always, we are looking to make our treasure hunts more user-friendly, enjoyable and challenging.  Any comments you may have are welcomed.  If there are clues you particularly enjoyed, ones that stumped your team, or if you would like to share an experience from your sleuthing, we'd love to hear about it!  Mastermind Treasure Hunts thank you for participating in the Mastermind Hunt: Sacramento – Monster Attack Edition.  Enjoy the solutions!

1. Puzzle Answer: Good Luck
Hunt Answer: Superb

Starting location: 9th and P Streets

The semaphore puzzle is a matter of figuring out which letter positions are possible when seeing only the top half of the flagman.

The first symbol can only be G or N; followed by two Os; and then either D or V - leaving GOOD as the best answer.  The second row begins with either E, L, W, or X; followed by U; then either C, I, or Y; then either K, or P.  LUCK is the most likely answer.

2. Puzzle Answer: Shocking Glue
Hunt Answer: Shut Down
Starting location: 18th and N Streets

The answers to the words containing ROD are:
INTRODUCTION; RODENT; PTERODACTYL; PRODUCERS; HOTROD; PRODIGY; ASTRODOME; GOLDERNROD; CORRODE; RODEO; ERODE.

Transferring the letters to the correct colored spots gave the words SHOCKING GLUE.

3. Answer: Water Balloons
Hunt Answer: Lake
Starting location: 1500 15th Street

The hexagonal groups can be broken into these words:
FOG/SLEET; CLOUD/DEW; RAIN/MIST; ICE/STEAM; DRIZZLE/HAIL; SHOWER/FROST; SPRINKLE/SNOW.
The leftover letters read WATER BALLOONS

4. Puzzle Answer: Grub Cake Mix
Hunt Answer: Gallant
Starting location: 10th and Capitol

The coded crossword is a logic puzzle where by solving for a few of the letters the rest of the puzzle begins to unravel.  Noticing that with the given clues of H and W that the word HOW can be spelled, led to YAHOO, followed by KAYAK and others.

Organizing the letters 1-26, led to the hidden three-word solution GRUB CAKE MIX

5. Puzzle Answer: Bookworm
Hunt Answer: Teachers
Starting location: Memorial Auditorium

Like a spot the differences puzzle, a close examination and comparison of the strings of book titles and authors on the map led to the solution BOOKWORM.

6. Puzzle Answer: Let the Music Play
Hunt Answer: Chemist
Starting location: 1801 L Street

The musical instruments plus one letters are in order as follows:
BAGPIPES + L
CLARINET + E
GUITAR + T
PIANO + T
TROMBONE + H
BANJO + E
OBOE + M
RECORDER + U
PICCOLO + S
FLUTE + I
SAXOPHONE + C
TUBA + P
BASSOON + L
TRUMPET + A
VIOLIN + Y

After discovering the names of the instruments, the remaining letters read LET THE MUSIC PLAY.

The last name of the Hall of Famer we were looking for is SCHMIT.  After adding an E, the letters can be rearranged to CHEMIST.

7. Puzzle Answer: Change of Mace
Hunt Answer: Regina
Starting location: 12th and K Streets

1-3 answers: CORNET, TENOR, RENT
4-6 answers: FETISH, FEIST, TIES
7-9 answers: REMAIN, MINER, REIN
10-12 answers: SLOGAN, GOALS, LOGS
13-16 answers: CHARGE, REACH, HARE
17-19 answers: REPEAT, TAPER, TRAP
The letters removed read CHANGE OF MACE.

8. Puzzle Answer: Frosted Steaks
Hunt Answer: Kellogg
Starting location: Capitol Park near the starting point

The word ladder is FURY, BURY, BUSY, BUST, RUST, REST.  Crossing out the letters, and then reading them in the order they were crossed out gave the answer FROSTED STEAKS.

9. Puzzle Answer: Creature Feature
Hunt Answer: Chase Place
Starting location: Stanford Mansion

The rhymes are:
A: Neighbor Labor; Morse Horse; Wedding Sledding
B: Stretcher Sketcher; Mosquito Burrito
C: Eraser Replacer; Hands Scans; Quito Veto
D: Inferior Exterior; Freed Tweed
E: Braille Rail; Alert Dessert; Tool Jewel
F: Geico Psycho; Marge Charge; Gnu Queue
G: Docile Fossil; Annual Manual; Zinc Sink
H: Scrabble Babble; Caught Yacht; Bok Shock
I: Veronica Hanukkah; Llama Trauma
J: Potter Daughter; Green Gene; Jon Yawn
K: Ewe Flu; Malaysia Fantasia; Cloud Crowd
L: Wookie Cookie; Kitty City; Melanie Felony

Letters in the green squares gave the words A BEASTLY CHARACTERISTIC.  Following the example of the puzzle, this hint could be translated to the two-word rhyming phrase CREATURE FEATURE.

On the historical plaque at the corner of the property the five-letter word between UR and D is CHASE, and the five -letter word between UE and D is PLACE.

10. Puzzle Answer: Red Cabbage Juice
Hunt Answer: YMD
Starting location: 17th and J Streets

Here's the solution:

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At the location there were three burned and destroyed cars.  On one there were three letters still legible on the license plate – YMD.  We asked teams to come up with a creative three-word phrase describing the kaiju hunt.  The team coming up with the one we liked the best would be awarded free passes to a Mastermind Event.  Our favorite of the day was Yellow-bellied Menace Dispatched submitted by team Kraken the Code.  Congratulations!

11. Puzzle Answer: TRIBE
Hunt Answer: Devotion
Starting location: 14th and Historic Alley

Each puzzle can be solved by making three trades to get all monsters of the same type.  The correct order of trades is:
1. D, C, A
Calling each monster by color: YRGB.  Starting YRGB, swap (D) becomes YYYG; swap (C) becomes YB; swap (A) becomes RR.  Indexing in two letters (the second letter of the red monster Otomachi) gives the letter T.

2. A, D, B
Starting BBBG, swap (A) becomes YRBBB; swap (D) becomes YYYBB; swap (B) becomes YYYY.  Indexing in four letters (the fourth letter of the yellow monster Zilrog) gives the letter R.

3. C, D, B
Starting GGBB, swap (C) becomes YRGB; swap (D) becomes YYYG; swap (B) becomes GGG.  Indexing in three letters (the third letter of the green monster Raishu) gives the letter I.

4. B, A, C
Starting YRRB, swap (B) becomes YYGB; swap (A) becomes YYR; swap (C) becomes BB.  Indexing in two letters (the second letter of the blue monster Ebira) gives the letter B.

5. A, B, D
Starting YRGB, swap (A) to get RRGG; swap (B) becomes YR; swap (D) becomes B.  Indexing in one letter (the first letter of the blue monster Ebira) gives the letter E.