Solution to Powerful Point
by Yannick Yao
This puzzle is a PowerPoint presentation. After clicking the start button, there are five possible buttons to press on each slide: the four arrows as well as the center circle. Pressing the arrow rotates or pans the view in the corresponding direction, and pressing the center circle either moves the view forwards through the slide or flips the view to the opposite side. Moreover, most slides have gray lines on some of the edges. Assuming that the slide transitions are geometrically accurate, we can determine that the slides represent all the faces of a 2 by 2 by 2 cube, including the dividers that separate the interior into eight 1 by 1 by 1 cubes.
As clued by the flavortext, the next step is to unfold the cube. To do so, we can construct the cube from paper, and then cut along the gray lines on some of the faces (this disconnects each face from its neighbors along the gray lines). After cutting, we can then unfold the cube into a flat 6 by 6 square, with letters in a uniform direction on each side:
The thick lines are where the paper is cut, the thin solid lines are mountain folds, and the thin dashed lines are valley folds. All folds are exactly 90 degrees.
QUOTIENT WITH A NORMALIZED AVERAGE OF ONE HUNDRED AND A STANDARD DEVIATION OF FIFTEEN refers to the intelligence quotient (IQ), and hence the answer is INTELLIGENCE.
Here are some animations showing the folding and unfolding of this cube (made using Origami Simulator):
Here is a folded version of the cube in real life (with generic labels on each face) that was used to aid in the construction of this puzzle: