by Avram Gottschlich, Greg Pliska, and Philip Z. Loh
Problem:

The puzzle consists of 17 Japanese-style logic puzzles. They are presented without instructions, but they are familiar puzzle types and/or can be found online. In addition, the quasi-instructions for each set of puzzles forms an acrostic spelling the puzzle type.

Specifically, there are two Hotaru Beam puzzles, four Akari puzzles, four Hashi puzzles, and seven Masyu puzzles. They each involve connecting lines (“circuits”) or lighting lights.

Each solved puzzle reveals a word which contains an extra letter (puzzles are presented in order by length of answer). The extractions for these words differ with each puzzle, and are described below. (A full set of solved logic puzzles is presented at the end of this document.)

HOTARU BEAM - Enclosed sections of the line contain relevant letters, read in row-major order:

1. N(G)YPD
2. FOLKS(O)

AKARI - Locations of lights highlight relevant letters, read in row-major order:

1. D(P)EVOY
2. OCEANE(L)ERS
3. WAITST(U)AFF
4. BUCKIN(G)GHAM

HASHI - Letters crossed by double lines reveal message, read in row-major order:

1. (I)ELEIONOMAE
2. IMMA(N)CULATE
3. MATRONY(T)MIC
4. THE LI(O)TURGY

MASYU - Unused letters reveal message, read in row-major order:

1. AREND-RO(G)LAND
2. INTERREGN(I)UM
3. MINE THAT BI(L)RD
4. PROBATE (B)JUDGE
5. PA(E)UL ZATKOVICH
6. W(R)OMAN OF THE STREET
7. THE (T)WASHDAY MIRACLE

The extra letters spell the message GO PLUG INTO GILBERT.

At this point solvers need to make the connection between James Joyce’s Ulysses (mentioned significantly in the flavortext) and the schema given to Stuart Gilbert (known as the Gilbert Schema). Joyce gave Gilbert the schema in order to help him better understand the novel, providing connections between each chapter and various elements (organ, art/science, scene from the Odyssey, time of day, symbol, etc.).

The schema can be viewed here, in its original form, and here. The important elements for this puzzle are the order of the chapters, the time at which they occur, and the symbol associated with each one. (Molly’s chapter, known as “Penelope,” is not used because it takes place in the infinite subconscious of the character.)

Each of the answer words or phrases from the logic puzzles can be associated with the symbol for a chapter in Gilbert schema. Solvers then index into the answer word or phrase using the time associated with the chapter, then read those letters in chapter order to spell the clue phrase JIMMY MCNULTY ACTOR.

Chapter Order SymbolALLUSIVE WORD ExplanationTime (Index) Letter
1 Heir PROBATE JUDGE

Probate judges handle the distribution of an estate to heirs.

8 J
2 Horse MINE THAT BIRD

Mine That Bird was the Kentucky Derby-winning horse in 2009.

10 I
3 Tide THE WASHDAY MIRACLE

"The Washday Miracle" was the original slogan of Tide detergent

11 M
4 Nymph ELEIONOMAE

The Eleionomae were freshwater naiads (nymphs) in ancient Greek mythology.

8 M
5 Eucharist THE LITURGY

The liturgy of the Eucharist is a part of the Catholic mass.

10 Y
6 Caretaker INTERREGNUM

An interregnum is a gap in governance, similar to a caretaker government.

11 M
7 Editor PAUL ZATKOVICH

Paul Zatkovich was a newspaper editor and activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

12 C
8 Constables NYPD

A constable is similar to a police officer.

1 N
9 Stratford / London BUCKINGHAM

Buckingham Palace is the royal residence in London.

2 U
10 Citizens FOLKS

"Folks" are the people of nation, or its citizens.

3 L
11 Barmaids WAITSTAFF

Barmaids are among the servers, or waitstaff, at a restaurant.

4 T
12 Fenian DEVOY

John Devoy was one of the Fenian Brotherhood.

5 Y
13 Virgin IMMACULATE

Immaculate and virgin are synonyms.

8 A
14 Mothers MATRONYMIC

A matronymic is a name derived from one's mother.

10 C
15 Whore WOMAN OF THE STREET

Woman of the street and whore are synonyms.

12 T
16 Sailors OCEANEERS

Sailors are oceaneers. Disney has an "Oceaneers" club on its cruise lines.

1 O
17 Comets AREND-ROLAND

Arend-Roland is a comet.

2 R

Jimmy McNulty is a character on the TV show The Wire, and he was played by DOMINIC WEST.

Solved logic puzzles: