This puzzle set is an OPTIONAL prologue to the 2022 Mystery Hunt. Teams that solve it will have no advantage when the hunt begins on January 14, and teams that choose not to solve it will suffer no disadvantage.
Where did they come from? What do they want? What has drawn them to the campus of MIT? Heaven knows the rats are genius-level smart, and that MIT has lots of attractive technology lying around—technology that can be put to all kinds of mischievous use, if it fell into the wrong pair of hands. Or, rather, the wrong set of scrabbly little claws.
Obviously, something needs to be done. We need to round up these Star Rats before they get themselves, and all of us, into a whole lot of trouble. So gather up some nets and some non-lethal mousetraps (we don’t want to hurt them, after all, we just want them gone), and let’s get in there and round those critters up!
Uh, where did they go? They were here a moment ago. Oh, heck. They must have sensed our counterassault and have taken cover somewhere on campus. Okay, new plan. Let’s interview a few of our rodent buddies and see if they can’t help us figure out where those mutant Star Rats are holing up. THEN we’ll come at them with everything we’ve got!