Slick Willie

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"Science on a Roll" is a 16-foot-tall, 12-foot long, audiokinetic sculpture by George Rhoads outside the Tech Museum.

<img src="http://www.thegenomegame.com/cluebook/puzzles/balls/ballmachine.jpg" alt="ballmachine.jpg" />

Teams were given 22 pieces that they had to assemble into a conceptual "flowchart" of the ball movement in the machine:

<img src="http://www.ofb.net/~whuang/gp/bang/slickwillie/gifimage.gif" alt="gifimage.gif" />

After assembling the flowchart, they had to flip it over to get the message (which was written diagonally)

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

The answer is [1] [VASELINE].


  • the puzzle source This PDF file makes four copies of the puzzle.
  • the hint sheet
  • flowchart The flowchart we created after a few scouting expeditions.
  • box diagram Plan before we added artwork. It involved creating a flowchart and dragging boxes around and around each other until we had a rectangular grid. Originally we wanted all the pieces to be the same size, but that turned out to be impossible.
  • jigsaw how we eventually cut out the pieces. Note that during the playest, we had *all* the pieces cut out separately -- it had more than 50 pieces. The playtest teams (understandably) took a very long time to solve that version!



[edit] Arrival times

  • 8:05 Blood & Bones
  • 8:15 Coed Astronomy
  • 8:16 Talkin' 'Eds
  • 8:29 Continental Breakfast
  • 8:36 Sleep Train
  • 8:37 Judean Peoples' Front
  • 8:39 Tag and Release
  • 8:40 Consumer Recreation Services
  • 8:44 Unibangers
  • 8:53 Desert Taxi
  • 8:58 Golden Golems
  • 9:01 Everybody Loves Nutella
  • 9:03 Longshots
  • 9:05 Here Be Dragons
  • 9:09 The Platonic Solids
  • 9:15 We're Doomed
  • 9:23 Team Snout
  • 9:26 Kittens Kittens Kittens
  • 9:27 Twainsters
  • 9:32 Folsom Furlough
  • 9:33 Arthur! Arthur!
  • 9:37 The Stonecutters
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