Authors: Jason Juang and Erin Rhode
Originally, it was intended that teams would come to HQ and pick up a bag of shredded paper. However, at the suggestion of Chris Lyon, teams came to HQ and were briefly shown the end result before we shredded the puzzle live in front of them. We have no regrets about this.
Most of the letters in the comic have been replaced with "X", except for a handful which have been replaced by a number from 1 to 33. Take the numbered letters and place them in order to get RED JUICY COCK DISH SOUNDS LIKE COCO VAN. The answer is COQ AU VIN.
For reference, the replaced words (in numerical order) are: