Hi, folks. The getting-to-know-you phase has certainly begun in earnest, as lots of effort from many players led to just a few correct responses to the Bingo Card puzzle. My style of puzzle seemed to baffle a few folks, and they really didn’t know where to start. That’s totally understandable. To make it easier to get to the solution, I’ll give you a light walk-through.
First, some bookkeeping. I like making puzzles that are difficult, but I don’t want them to be evasive. I’d rather people solved them than not. To that end, I’m changing the points rules a little: From now on, incorrect guesses will NOT cost a point. There WILL be a limit on the number of guesses, but it’ll be generous, and it’ll be free. This should make you feel comfortable taking educated guesses, and that’ll help me see where you’re at in the solving process. Everybody wins (except for those who never get it right anyway).
Now, onto the solution…
SOLUTION: Folic Acid
EXPLANATION: If you look over the Bingo card, you’ll notice that there’s really only one move that guarantees a bingo on the next turn (“you play to win the game”). That move is B9. As you may know, B9 sounds like “benign,” which was a dead end many people took. But “homophones are not helpful here.” B9, like other numbers and letters, can have more than one interpretation (like an “IV” means the number 4, and/or Intravenous). One such meaning is Vitamin B9 (part of the B-vitamin “complex,” which is a part of even Flintstones Chewables). Aaaand, the scientific name for Vitamin B9 is FOLIC ACID.
So, that’s how that goes. And hopefully it’ll help you as you figure out future puzzles….like the one in this post! Yep, Puzzle 3 is rip-roarin’ ready to go, and you can see it below. This time, it’s a lot more like a treasure hunt, with a bunch of Internet surfing, logical leaps, and intuitive inspirations to help you find your way. So if you’ve always wanted to be Nicholas Cage, welcome to your own miniature version of National Treasure.
Remember: guesses are free, clues cost one potential point each. Send all such communications to email@example.com with either CLUE or SOLUTION in the subject line. You’ve got two weeks, folks…good luck!
ANSWER: one word. POINTS: 20. AVAILABLE CLUES: 8 MAX SOLUTION GUESSES: 12
EDIT: I originally uploaded an older version of the puzzle image. What you see here now is the correct image.