Solution to ✏️✉️➡️3️⃣5️⃣1️⃣➖6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣➖6️⃣6️⃣5️⃣5️⃣

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Answer: EMOJI

by Anderson Wang, Ben Yang, Azalea Weisblat and Lewis Chen

In the hunt, when solvers texted the phone number in the title of the puzzle, they were given a series of questions. Upon texting the appropriate emoji back, they got the next question.

Question Answer(s) Explanation
🔟✖️🔟 💯 10 times 10 is 100.
🗿📄✂️🦎❓ 🖖 Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock.
😀😨🤮😢❓ 😠😡 The emotions of Inside Out, missing Anger.
🍞➕🥬➕🥩➕🧀➕🍞 🥪🍔 It's a sandwich. Or a cheeseburger. Unless you're on emojidex which has no cheese.
🧑🧑🐰👂👂 👯 Two people with bunny ears.
🌝➖🌗 🌛 A moon with a face, without the left quarter of the moon, is the right quarter of the moon with a face.
🇧🇸🇹🇩🇬🇭🇯🇵🇰🇿🇲🇬🇲🇹🇵🇦🇶🇦🇷🇼❓ 🇨🇦 These are the countries whose only vowel is A.
6️⃣ Kiwi is 3, so pineapple is 4, so coconut is 6.
🍌 This system is underconstrained, so we can't solve for a number. However, we can solve for apple in terms of the other fruits and find that it is equal to banana.
🐝🌧️ 5️⃣ 🧠 Bee + rain = BRAIN.
🐀🐀🔙 4️⃣ ⭐🌟 Rats backward is STAR.
🔚☄️🔀🥕 7️⃣ 🚜 The last letter of comet plus an anagram of carrot is TRACTOR.
🕘🕜🕢🕥🕜 ☮️✌️ Semaphore for PEACE
🍬🍬🍬🚴🌕👉✨ 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣2️⃣ 👽 It's a plot summary for E. T.
👁📼📺7️⃣🗓☠️ 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣2️⃣ 💍 It's a plot summary for The Ring.
⬆↗⬆⬆⬅⬅↙⬅⬆↗↖⬆➡↘➡➡⬆⬆↖⬆➡↘↘⬇↘➡➡↘↙⬅⬅↙⬇↙↙⬅ ✈️ If you draw out these instructions on graph paper, you draw an airplane.
👏👏👏 📞➡️📧〽️⭕🗾ℹ️ The answer is EMOJI.

Authors’ Notes

We wrote this as a backup puzzle for an internal puzzle potluck for Galactic Puzzle Hunt in December 2019. It was so much fun that we decided to put it in the Mystery Hunt.