# Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

 Solution for Meta - Time and Relative Dimension in Space (Answer = CLOCKTOWER SHADOW AT THREE PM)

The narrative is provided in the order of an external viewer, and out of order from the protagonist's point of view. We can join them together in a unique (cyclic) order.

Furthermore, three clues are provided in the narrative, which are:

1. The sixth dial increments by 1 with with every time shift.
2. The dial indicated by dial 6 will increase by 1 next time it ticks.
3. Any two sets of dials will match in exactly 1 dial.

In addition, the meta image itself changes every hour, allowing you to obtain 24 of the 25 sets if you are patient enough. If you understand the mechanism perfectly and assume that the first two dials refer to the puzzle day/number, then you can actually obtain all 25 sets of dials from just knowing any one set of dials. That said, we wanted the meta to be highly solvable, so decided to let the meta image change every hour for extra redundancy.

The full (sortable, click on column header) table is as follows:

Puzzle OrderAnswerStory OrderTime Machine DialsLetterGrid Coords
1.1) Pursued by a BearHAMLET1(1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1)H(3, 2)
1.2) StormEUROCLYDON23(1, 2, 5, 1, 1, 3)C(1, 1)
1.3) Eons ApartBERETTA5(1, 3, 2, 2, 4, 5)E(2, 4)
1.4) Diary of a StrangerMADMAN9(1, 4, 4, 5, 5, 4)M(5, 5)
1.5) LegendaryARTICUNO7(1, 5, 3, 4, 3, 2)T(4, 3)
2.1) Animal FarmPAPER TIGER8(2, 1, 3, 5, 4, 3)P(5, 4)
2.2) TheologyDECALOGUE20(2, 2, 4, 3, 3, 5)A(3, 3)
2.4) Now you will be gone!SWEET POTATO16(2, 4, 2, 4, 1, 1)W(4, 1)
2.5) Ship's TimeUSS HOUSATONIC19(2, 5, 5, 2, 2, 4)O(2, 2)
3.1) MouthsLAUGHTER15(3, 1, 5, 4, 5, 5)H(4, 5)
3.2) Build-A-PuzzleLEMON17(3, 2, 2, 5, 2, 2)E(5, 2)
3.3) MiddlemanMUSA14(3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 4)S(3, 1)
3.4) PedigreesWILLIAM GOPALLAWA3(3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 3)W(2, 3)
3.5) Hindu ShuffleSTACKED21(3, 5, 4, 1, 4, 1)C(1, 4)
4.1) See MiODE TO JOY22(4, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2)T(2, 1)
4.2) VSEPRTETRAHEDRANE24(4, 2, 1, 4, 4, 4)T(4, 4)
4.3) Wild MissingNo Attacked!NINTENDO11(4, 3, 5, 5, 3, 1)E(5, 3)
4.4) TrendsDALTON10(4, 4, 3, 1, 2, 5)L(1, 2)
4.5) Grid LogicDORAEMON13(4, 5, 2, 3, 5, 3)O(3, 5)
5.1) Power CircuitsZOLDER4(5, 1, 2, 1, 3, 4)O(1, 3)
5.2) Time's WheelDARKFRIEND6(5, 2, 3, 2, 5, 1)R(2, 5)
5.3) Obliquely DefinedREPAIR18(5, 3, 4, 4, 2, 3)A(4, 2)
5.4) Dream TeamBRENDAM12(5, 4, 5, 3, 4, 2)D(3, 4)
5.5) Writing on the WallRIVER SONG25(5, 5, 1, 5, 1, 5)R(5, 1)

From the way the grid and dials are placed, it seems reasonable to assume that dials 1 and 2 refers to the puzzle ID and dials 4 and 5 refers to the grid on the right. Since dial 6 is used extensively in the solving process (assuming you didn't just take 24 sets from the meta image), that only leaves dial 3 as the indicator for which letter to index. Indeed, we index the (dial 3)th letter from puzzle (dial 1).(dial 2) and place it in the grid at row (dial 4) and column (dial 5). The letter and new order are represented as columns in the table above.

Ultimately, the 5x5 grid will contain these letters:

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