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SENDING EMAIL
BY EUNICE WONG

This puzzle requires solvers to visit different websites around the internet (hence the title “Site Visits”) and locate specific user accounts (or in one case, a subreddit), with each account containing a puzzle that will yield the next location and username.

First, identify the office supplies, and index into the quantity of each item to get DJSTATIONERY.

Item Quantity Letter
RUBBER BANDS 10 D
JAR 1 J
SCISSORS 1 S
STAPLERS 2 T
MARKERS 2 A
THUMBTACK 1 T
PENCILS 5 I
HOLE PUNCHERS 2 O
PENS 3 N
ERASER 1 E
PAPER CLIPS 5 R
CRAYONS 4 Y

Why is all the stationery covered in green spots? The answer to the question “What has been done to the office supplies?” is, punnily, SPOTIFY. There is also one Spotify logo for each item among the other green spots, which provides confirmation.

So go to SPOTIFY, and find DJSTATIONERY.

Site: SPOTIFY
Name: DJSTATIONERY
URL: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4TIpChjxw6UtZ5lv9J9Dnv?si=Zl3u-S-bQSOscerHC5pC8Q

There is a user named djstationery on Spotify, with a playlist called “djstationery - Make A Name (& CHECK OUT MY PLAYLISTS!)”. This is a playlist of 11 K-Pop songs, with each artist name referencing a number. Index into the song titles using these numbers to get OKAYPOPIDOL.

Clicking on djstationery’s profile will reveal another playlist titled “Make A Place (ALL SINGING ABOUT IT)”. The songs in this playlist all contain “YouTube” in their lyrics.

So go to YOUTUBE, and find OKAYPOPIDOL.

Site: YOUTUBE
Name: OKAYPOPIDOL
URL: https://youtu.be/YZ6V8El9JJ8

The user Okay Pop Idol has one video - a “vlog” with an introduction, followed by 6 short clips.

The introduction and title both have text with the words LIVE and JOURNAL capitalized. There is also a “LIVE” graphic over a journal prop in the frame. These point to the next website being LIVEJOURNAL.

The words “game” and “sounds like EVERY TWO WEEKS” in both the spoken introduction and video description point to the game Fortnite. The video clips that follow the vlog introduction are visual interpretations of Fortnite emotes, clued by the *EMOTIONAL* tag in the title. Extract the letters indicated by the question marks.

Fortnite Emote Extracted Letter
ADVANCED MATH N
RAISE THE ROOF S
FLOSS F
WITCHCRAFT W
DAB A
DROP THE BASS D

So go to LIVEJOURNAL, and find NSFWAD.

Site: LIVEJOURNAL
Name: NSFWAD
URL: http://nsfwad.livejournal.com/

The blog header and profile picture both contain the sentence “You are the first and last thing on my mind each day.” This is a clue to look at the first and last words of each journal entry. Reading the first words (in the title) from the oldest entry, you get:

Hello there, I think you will find the words in the middle really don’t matter. When you get to the next step, it will be important for you to know my full name. Tulip is my first name.

Reading the last words in each entry gives:

It seems you have found this secret message that will help you with what to search after you figure out where to go. I will have to tell you my last name now. It is Oakes. Good luck.

In “Archive” view, or by going through the calendar in the sidebar, the dates on which journal entries were made are highlighted within each month’s calendar grid. The highlighted dates form letters, spelling out LINKEDIN.

So go to LINKEDIN, and find TULIP OAKES.

Site: LINKEDIN
Name: TULIP OAKES
URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tulipoakes/

Unfortunately solvers might have had to create a LinkedIn account in order to view this profile; we hope it was not too much of an inconvenience!

Tulip Oakes does not have much listed on her profile; she is a Bird Wrangler, with one post containing an image of some birds on telephone wires, with the title text “My job is to help birds sing in harmony”.

The birds represent musical notes, and the telephone wires a music staff. Decoding the notes gives DECAFCAFEFAD. Taking the first letter of the birds gives the cluephrase SEEK MY TWEETS.

Bird Music Note
SEAGULL D
EAGLE E
EAGLE C
KINGFISHER A
MAGPIE F
YELLOWHAMMER C
TERN A
WREN F
EAGLE E
EAGLE F
TERN A
SEAGULL D

Where do you find tweets on the internet? The next website is TWITTER.

So go to TWITTER, and find DECAFCAFEFAD.

Site: TWITTER
Name: DECAFCAFEFAD
URL: https://twitter.com/decafcafefad

Each tweet ends with a four-letter hashtag which doesn’t seem to be relevant to the tweet. However, one letter can be added to the start of each word to form a new, relevant word.

Taking these new letters and reading from the oldest tweet gives you the cluephrase INTEREST ADD P. Add P to the start of “INTEREST” to get the next website, PINTEREST.

The awkward punctuation and the phrase “signal me for coffee” in the bio are clues to read the dashes and full-stops as morse code. Decoded, you get the username IDEASONCRACK.

Tweet Hashtag Modified Hashtag Added Letter Morse Code Morse Letter
why are customers are so angry these days. is it the lack of caffeine. #rate #irate I .. I
decided to get a manicure today - but it's getting in the way of my work.. #ails #nails N -.. D
bike broke down. had to take public transport #rain #train T . E
work is tough. gradually getting my confidence destroyed - everyone baristas better than me #rode #erode E .- A
customer got so mad when he didn't get his order instantly. doesn't he know it takes time. what's the point of ranting. #aged #raged R ... S
mary-ann burnt the coffee - again - and the roasted beans are all black #bony #ebony E --- O
need to go buy stuff - need some therapy. #hops #shops S -. N
cried today - couldn't stop myself. i think i'll quit - soon. #ears #tears T -.-. C
reminder. i have all my limbs and senses - why do i still feel so handicapped. #bled #abled A .-. R
too much on my mind. can't stop thinking - should i really quit #well #dwell D .- A
acting sick today - so that i can leave early. i don't wanna deal - with all of this. #itch #ditch D -.-. C
i officially quit and they gave me a card with all the colours i hate - magenta. and fuchsia - seriously #inks #pinks P -.- K

So go to PINTEREST, and find IDEASONCRACK.

Site: PINTEREST
Name: IDEASONCRACK
URL: https://www.pinterest.com/ideasoncrack/

The moodboard contains a series of images that look like letters. Matching the photographs to the capitalized words in the board description, in order, gives the username ADVENTUREINCALI.

The profile picture is of a polaroid camera with a rainbow coming out of it, which clues the next website, INSTAGRAM.

So go to INSTAGRAM, and find ADVENTUREINCALI.

Site: INSTAGRAM
Name: ADVENTUREINCALI
URL: https://www.instagram.com/adventureincali/

Each instagram post is part of a default Mac OS wallpaper from the “California-location” series. Identify the OS and index into its name using the number of images each post has.

OS Name OS Number No. of Images Extracted Letter Caption
EL CAPITAN 10.11 2 L D
MOJAVE 10.14 2 O T
SIERRA 10.12 1 S D
YOSEMITE 10.10 7 T E
MAVERICKS 10.9 1 M R
HIGH SIERRA 10.13 7 E I

Each post also has a single letter as its caption. Re-ordering the images using the Mac OS number gives REDDIT. @adventureincali’s profile picture depicts a sub sandwich, pointing solvers to look for a subreddit.

So go to REDDIT, and find the subreddit LOSTME.

Site: REDDIT
Name: LOSTME (the subreddit)
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/lostme

This subreddit consists of one post - an AMA. Six Redditors, all with five-letter usernames, have posed questions. The OP has answered them, but with some strange words. These words make more sense if the first and last letters are changed.

Suspicious Word Correct Word First & Last Letters
portellino tortellini TI
grosswall crosswalk CK
ovens event ET
hemps tempo TO
biterats literati LI
gridgo fridge FE

Extracting the letters gives TICKETTOLIFE. (As the hunt went on, solvers inadvertently reordered the posts by upvoting, as the default view is sorted by "best". The correct order can still be found if sorted by "old".)

The Redditors have also each bolded a part of their question. OP’s text reads: “Now that you have found me, you can be whole again and not messed up”. The aha here is that the bolded text all have synonyms that contain the substring “me”, and the usernames are the rest of the letters, scrambled.

Redditor Bolded Text Synonym
mrtir more slim and fit trimmer
antud wild untamed
amrid siren mermaid
inbut asphalt bitumen
lugse beans legumes
giern diet plan regimen

Reading the first letters of the synonyms gives TUMBLR.

So go to TUMBLR, and find TICKETTOLIFE.

Site: TUMBLR
Name: TICKETTOLIFE
URL: https://tickettolife.tumblr.com/

tickettolife has posted a series of images in the style of motivational posters. In fact, each quote suggests a word that would be likely to appear on such posters. The aha here is that each accompanying image is an anagram of that word, minus one letter.

Motivational Word Image Missing Letter
PASSION PIANOS S
TEAMWORK MEAT WOK R
COURAGE COUGAR E
PATIENCE CANE TIP E
BREATHE HEATER B
PRACTICE CAPRICE T
POTENTIAL LATTE PIN O
HONESTY SOY NET H

Reading the missing letters from the oldest post up, you get HOTBEERS.

But where do we go? The clue is in tickettolife’s profile picture - an image of a book with a face.

So go to FACEBOOK, and find HOTBEERS.

Site: FACEBOOK
Name: HOTBEERS
URL: https://www.facebook.com/hotbeers

Hot Beers seems to be some sort of restaurant with a menu listing various exotic sounding items. Identify what they are actually selling and index into the food items with the listed price.

Menu Item Actual Food Item Price Extracted Letter
Italian naan with tomato spread and curdled buffalo milk PIZZA $5 A
Italian square wontons RAVIOLI $6 L
Greek eggplant lasagna MOUSSAKA $1 M
Italian beef sashimi slices CARPACCIO $9 O
Catch-of-the-day tempura, served with fried jagaimo sticks FISH AND CHIPS $3 S
Italian congee RISOTTO $5 T
Southeast Asian shish kebab served with peanut sauce SATAY $2 A
Multilayered, rolled French roti CROISSANT $9 T
Mexican grilled meat popiah BURRITO $6 T
Spanish dessert youtiao CHURRO $2 H
Spanish pan-cooked biryani PAELLA $3 E
Savory Jewish doughnut BAGEL $4 E
Creamy preparation of Italian noodles (various shapes available) with egg and cured pork CARBONARA $6 N
Spanish epok epok EMPANADA $7 D

It seems we are almost there! The extracted letters read ALMOSTATTHEEND. Where do we go though? The profile picture shows an owl with one red eye and one green eye. It’s a real life representation of the TripAdvisor logo!

So go to TRIPADVISOR, and find ALMOSTATTHEEND.

Site: TRIPADVISOR
Name: ALMOSTATTHEEND
URL: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Profile/almostattheend

@almostattheend has reviewed a number of locations in Singapore. Each review mentions train stations or the MRT system. The line in the profile “I travel on the green line” serves as confirmation that we should be looking for train stations on the green, or East-West line. Indeed, the first part of each reviewed location is also the name of an MRT station.

Identifying the MRT station names reveals that they have been given in alpha order, by date of experience. We can re-order these by the station numbers. Index into the stations by the number of stars on the review to get THELASTCLUE.

Station Number Station Name Number of Stars Extracted Letter
EW02 Tampines 1 T
EW04 Tanah Merah 5 H
EW05 Bedok 2 E
EW08 Paya Lebar 5 L
EW10 Kallang 2 A
EW12 Bugis 5 S
EW13 City Hall 3 T
EW20 Commonwealth 1 C
EW23 Clementi 2 L
EW24 Jurong East 2 U
EW28 Lakeside 4 E

@almostattheend has also created a trip called “Where To Go Next” with the locations “Milford Sound”, “Cloud Gate”, and “Cloudcroft”. Together with the profile picture of a volume icon in a cloud, we can deduce that the next website is SOUNDCLOUD. (Having one “Sound” location and two “Cloud” ones suggests SOUNDCLOUD rather than CLOUDSOUND.)

So go to SOUNDCLOUD, and find THELASTCLUE.

Site: SOUNDCLOUD
Name: THELASTCLUE
URL: https://soundcloud.com/thelastclue

This must be the end! thelastclue has dropped their latest hit - a track of DTMF tones. There are 12 tones in all - the number of websites this journey has taken you on. The first letters of each account name give DON'T DIAL THAT, indicating that there is no need to call this number (although many teams did submit that as a guess). An Online Tone Generator website might help solvers identify the corresponding numbers. If you take the first letters of the profile description (Instrumental note design elements: x factor of reverberation and natural sound waves. Energized relaxation.) you get INDEX FOR ANSWER. So, index the numbers into all your site visits for the final answer: SENDING EMAIL.

Site Tone Number Extracted Letter
SPOTIFY 1 S
YOUTUBE 7 E
LIVEJOURNAL 9 N
LINKEDIN 6 D
TWITTER 3 I
PINTEREST 3 N
INSTAGRAM 6 G
REDDIT 2 E
TUMBLR 3 M
FACEBOOK 2 A
TRIPADVISOR 3 I
SOUNDCLOUD 7 L

Author’s notes

This puzzle was a long one! Congratulations if you managed to get to the end and solve it. Trying to create accounts that feel like they could actually exist on the internet (e.g. a girl Livejournaling about her office romance or the Twitter account of a disgruntled barista) was a fun and challenging process. One of the biggest challenges was having to create unique usernames that were recognizable words or phrases for each website. We also tried to make the usernames somewhat thematic, and towards the end added some encouragement to solvers with “ALMOSTATTHEEND” and “THELASTCLUE”. We hope you enjoyed the journey and were at least somewhat amused by the fictional accounts.

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