Solution - Provision

by Nathan Fung

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This puzzle is about MIT's annual Latke vs. Hamentaschen debate. Each statement is an assertion made in a debate by a speaker with A substituting in for the side that the speaker is supporting and B substituting in for the opposite substance.

The statements all come from the years 2007-2014 and are given in alphabetical order by speaker. When resorted by year and order of speaking, the speakers given can be read as Braille to spell the answer PLUMPEST.

07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
P  L  U  M  P  E  S  T
xx x. x. xx xx x. .x .x
x. x. .. .. x. .x x. xx
x. x. xx x. x.    x. x.

2014 L2: Carroll B can be recognized even by a spellchecker as being frought with sorrow and despair.

2008 L1: Dourmashkin The hidden secret of A is that by careful examination of its text, it can be related to Gauss's Law.

2013 L2: Dubowsky A is related to the origin of fractals and the term fractal is derived from a Latin word whose two meanings both describe A.

2011 H1: Ezekiel A is more robust than B because it cannot be destroyed by a laser.

2013 H1: Gibson A is periodic and space-filling, but B is not and has interfacial defects.

2010 H1: Grimson When Leonardo designed his famous suspension bridge, he was obviously inspired by A and the original image of this bridge confirms this.

2013 L3: Grossman A could be the key to enabling the hydrogen economy, because the chemistry of A can be reacted with solvents to create bubbles.

2012 L1: Hoffman B should be avoided in space to avoid B-induced tracheotomies.

2007 H1: Jerison A has a geometry that can be formed using steps related to a building in Florence.

2009 L1: Jones In an experiment, A resisted contamination for eight days and eight nights and and allowed development of the desired bacterial cultures.

2007 L1: Kaiser The use of B was not actually supported by Oppenheimer as FBI wiretaps revealed.

2009 L3: Nelson Looking in k-space clearly shows that B is the complementary evil and A is the complementary good.

2014 H2: Oderberg A leads to a two-fold decrease in procrastination time as opposed to B.

2007 H2: Ouellette A was determined to be present in Hamlet; the name of the play is actually a misspelling that clearly supports A over B.

2011 L1: Sarma A will power cars through a thermovoltaic A drive.

2010 H3: Sipser The B Lemma states that too many B is bad and can be shown by L'Hôpital's Rule.

2010 L1: Smith A has a substantially lower specific embodied energy than B (at a ratio of about 1:1.9).

2014 L1: Sokol A is less stressful to make. Participants making A also showed a greater angle in a smile test.

2014 H3: Tegmark The A number is more fundamental than the B number because it corresponds to the number of dimensions of space, the number of quarks in a proton, the number of quarks in a neutron, and the number of generations of quarks.

2008 L3: Van Evera B can be related to quagmires, Vietnam, and defeatism.

2011 H2: Wasserman A can experience diffusion of the desired quality but B cannot.

2008 L2: Winston The secret classified appendix to Turing's paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" reveals that Turing believed that assessing the superiority of A over B was the right level of challenge for assessing the intelligence of programs.

2007 H3: Wolfe B originates from a substance that clearly has evil origins when considering a variation in Biblical text.

2009 H3: Wolfe We will not hide from an inconvenient truth such as a giant B approaching the Gulf Coast.

2012 H2: Wolfe Production of the A is sexier because it involves fondling and shaping.

2011 H3: Yanik Clinical trials post-B treatment stopped after the Libyan uprising.