# Solution to Stata Center

#### by Curtis Chou, Jakob Weisblat, Lillian McKinley, Anderson Wang

The answers to the puzzles in the round are:
BConnectionsWIRE
CThe Emperor's New KitchenPIZZA
EBounce HouseMIRROR
FEscape From LifeFLYER
GNot A CrosswordBED
HExtensiveCOMPUTER
ISlitheɹlᴉuʞsNET
JTreasure MapsTEXTILE
KBracketeeringSTRATA
MCareful What You Wish ForCARDBOARD
NIn CDOUGH

First, we can fill in the letters in the grid from the labelled feeder answers. For example, the top-left cell (H6) is a T because the sixth letter of COMPUTER is T.

 T E O C R O I D H A E O P T M D E O N E T R D I G T D C E A T R C E U P R O T E S A G E A W R I H T F C L I N E I D E I E D E P X O R R D E A Y S E S E C I E P W I D D T O A N D P P A P E A U O O P E R I W I O Z T E D B P B R O C H B E R A T D I C Y A L R D E I I O N R K E T O R I B C G O E L R A R G O R S E G A Z E W N E T L O P E N K S M P A C T D B N D I I Z T R C A L Z B U R L A S A E D K I R E I M S G E T M C E D E P L Y T E A I E D R O N K

The main diagonal spells TECH X-WORD ON BACK, which suggests looking at this week's crossword in The Tech. We might notice that the theme of the crossword is the Stata Center, which is appropriate.

If we read the first letters of each of the across clues, we produce the message THESE CLUES AND THE DOWN ONES DO NOT HELP YOU, so we can assume that the clues themselves are not relevant. The completed crossword grid is below:

 S A N T A R E E K L A P A S B A D M E L E E U M A N O A M C H O M S K Y P A C K L E E E R I E I C A N T O R D E R I N O N E L O A D I N G D O C K C L I P S S K Y A C L U R E L E A S E E X E R T E D O S S O E M O S N A F U C H A R L E S V E S T I A N E N T E R A L I F E A R T R I O U S O C N E G S T A T A C E N T E R C E O E R D O C C U R I A A T S N A A N O P O L Y

Like our original grid, the crossword is 15 x 15, and the phrase on the diagonal suggests that we should tape it to the back of our grid. When we do that and read the letters that are opposite black cells on the crossword (the cyan cells in the grid below) we get the message CHANGE FEEDERS AND PAPER ALIKE TO GET LOST LETTER.

 T E O C R O I D H A E O P T M D E O N E T R D I G T D C E A T R C E U P R O T E S A G E A W R I H T F C L I N E I D E I E D E P X O R R D E A Y S E S E C I E P W I D D T O A N D P P A P E A U O O P E R I W I O Z T E D B P B R O C H B E R A T D I C Y A L R D E I I O N R K E T O R I B C G O E L R A R G O R S E G A Z E W N E T L O P E N K S M P A C T D B N D I I Z T R C A L Z B U R L A S A E D K I R E I M S G E T M C E D E P L Y T E A I E D R O N K

When we solve a puzzle, some number of blanks appear on the meta page to the right of the answer. The above message suggests that we should change each feeder answer somehow to produce a new word that matches the enumeration given by the blanks.

Eventually we realize that we can “fold” each answer to produce a new object. For example we can fold a COMPUTER to get a LAPTOP and fold a PIZZA to get a CALZONE.

AAMINO ACIDSPROTEIN
BWIREPAPER CLIP
CPIZZACALZONE
EMIRRORCOMPACT
FFLYERBROCHURE
GBEDFUTON
HCOMPUTERLAPTOP
INETPOLYHEDRON
JTEXTILEPLEATS
KSTRATAANTICLINE
LSKINWRINKLE
MCARDBOARDPACKAGE
NDOUGHCROISSANT

The message suggested that we should change the paper “alike.” By folding the paper along vertical lines, with the crossword pasted on the back, we can align the letters to produce the folded versions of our answers, missing a single letter. Each word requires a different fold offset and some are folded from the right and some from the left.

 T E O C R O I D H A E O P T M D E O N E T R D I G T D C E A T R C E U P R O T E S A G E A W R I H T F C L I N E I D E I E D E P X O R R D E A Y S E S E C I E P W I D D T O A N D P P A P E A U O O P E R I W I O Z T E D B P B R O C H B E R A T D I C Y A L R D E I I O N R K E T O R I B C G O E L R A R G O R S E G A Z E W N E T L O P E N K S M P A C T D B N D I I Z T R C A L Z B U R L A S A E D K I R E I M S G E T M C E D E P L Y T E A I E D R O N K
 S A N T A R E E K L A P A S B A D M E L E E U M A N O A M C H O M S K Y P A C K L E E E R I E I C A N T O R D E R I N O N E L O A D I N G D O C K C L I P S S K Y A C L U R E L E A S E E X E R T E D O S S O E M O S N A F U C H A R L E S V E S T I A N E N T E R A L I F E A R T R I O U S O C N E G S T A T A C E N T E R C E O E R D O C C U R I A A T S N A A N O P O L Y
 T E O C R O I D H A E O P T M D E O N E T R D I G T D C E A T R C E U P R O T E S A G E A W R I H T F C L I N E I D E I E D E P X O R R D E A Y S E S E C I E P W I D D T O A N D P P A P E A U O O P E R I W I O Z T E D B P B R O C H B E R A T D I C Y A L R D E I I O N R K E T O R I B C G O E L R A R G O R S E G A Z E W N E T L O P E N K S M P A C T D B N D I I Z T R C A L Z B U R L A S A E D K I R E I M S G E T M C E D E P L Y T E A I E D R O N K
 S A N T A R E E K L A P A S B A D M E L E E U M A N O A M C H O M S K Y P A C K L E E E R I E I C A N T O R D E R I N O N E L O A D I N G D O C K C L I P S S K Y A C L U R E L E A S E E X E R T E D O S S O E M O S N A F U C H A R L E S V E S T I A N E N T E R A L I F E A R T R I O U S O C N E G S T A T A C E N T E R C E O E R D O C C U R I A A T S N A A N O P O L Y
AAMINO ACIDSPROTE[I]NI
BWIREPAPE[R]CLIPR
CPIZZACALZ[O]NEO