2014 Results - ABC arbitrage

#2: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Secret Ingredients: Bottle (and Monster)
Presentation: Teams are given four types of bottles (wine, beer, Coke, and pill), each
containing a note with four brief (and bizarre) messages, as well as a sheet of paper
containing sixteen clues.
Solution: Each clue is crossword-style, with numbers indicating word lengths. The
answer to each consists of the name of one of the bottles with several letters embedded in
its middle. For example, “Peter Rabbit creator (7, 6)” clues BEATRIX POTTER, which
consists of the letters ATRIXPOTT encased in the word BEER. When all the clues are
solved, we find four sets of letters encased in the names of each of the four bottles.
This suggests we look at the strange messages in the bottles themselves. Among the
contents of the beer bottle is the (Berkeley-themed) message POT TAX RIOT. Since this
is a message in a bottle, we can fit it within the name of its bottle. When we do so we get
the answer to one of our clues, plus an additional letter:
BE(POTTAXRIOT)ER = BE(ATRIXPOTT)ER + O
Each bottled message thus corresponds to one of the clue answers plus an additional
letter. Taken in the order of the clues, the extra letters spell CRYPTOZOOLOGISTS –
those who study legendary or hypothetical creatures (monsters, in many cases).
(See chart on reverse for details.)
Clue
Kind of gin or Tower guard (9)
1 square foot piece of glass, often
(6, 4)
Betty Rubble's friend (5, 10)
Team first person shooter (12)
Hidden hazard, or 1982 ATARI
game (7)
It's broken at Thanksgiving (8)
Movie and album in which "we
don't need no education" (4,5,3,4)
Veiled Middle Eastern entertainer
(5, 6)
Actor who played Wonka, Willy
and Frankenstein, Frederick (6, 4)
Ranch hand, slangily (7)
Peter Rabbit creator (7, 6)
Tommy was a wizard at this (7)
Teatime treat (6,4)
Mr. Affleck and Ms. Lopez (8)
Venomous striped serpent (5, 5)
Table Tennis equipment (4, 4, 4)
Answer
BE(EFEAT)ER
WI(NDOW PA)NE
Bottle Phrase
CAT FEE
DROWN PA
Extra
C
R
WI(LMA
FLINTSTO)NE
CO(UNTERSTRI)KE
PI(TFA)LL
LINTY
FLOTSAM
RUNT PRIEST
TAFT
Y
WI(SHBO)NE
PI(NK FLOYD THE
WA)LL
BE(LLY DANC)ER
HOBOS
HONKY FED
WALTZ
CLAD ONLY
O
Z
WI(LDER, GE)NE
GLEE ROD
O
CO(WPO)KE
BE(ATRIX
POTT)ER
PI(NBA)LL
CO(FFEE CA)KE
BE(NNIF)ER
CO(RAL SNA)KE
PI(NG PONG BA)LL
PLOW
POT TAX RIOT
L
O
BANG
FIFE ACE
FINNS
SNARL AT
BONG PANGS
G
I
S
T
S
P
T
O
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