Hsawaknow (#89)



Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 89!

Around a year ago, I wrote a tribute puzzle to Ernie Banks, and about two years ago, I wrote a tribute puzzle to Casey Kasem. Sadly, 2016 was a hell of a year, and I wanted pay tribute to the great Gene Wilder.

Last year, the 2016 USC Puzzle Hunt was all about Operation Golden Ticket a pseudo-espionage job involving five kids invading the chocolate factory. Today’s puzzle was written for the Veruca Salt round. The entire hunt took place before the passing of Gene Wilder, but I’m proud of the work I did with all those puzzles, and I like to think it was a great memorial to the man who had an amazing film career.

Today’s puzzle has an answer, and feel free to shoot me an email at cking.gow(at)gmail.com with the answer to today’s puzzle.

Y’all, I’m heading back to Cambridge this weekend for the MIT Mystery Hunt! I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope to see some of you guys in person. And since my usual Chris Words entry would land smack in the middle of Mystery Hunt, next week’s puzzle will go live on Friday at 9am. So, in case you’re setting up your HQ and need something to do before Kickoff, we’ll be live.

Thanks everyone, and good luck solving!



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