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MN0PQ10 Puzzle 2 Hints

Hints:

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Hint 1

There must be a predictable way to traverse these webs that also results in a message from the letters – flag this problem as ‘solvable’!

 

Hint 2

Always turning corners and arriving at more complications! If I’m inspecting these bugs, I should probably go about them in a consistent order, and have all of my numbers on track.

 

Hint 3

Re-use the same tracks that you found the first message with, but extract the message from the other bugs using the proper codes.

 

Answer

Protect

Walkthrough

After some experimentation with following paths in from the outside in (“getting sucked into the center”, “escape is impossible”) you should eventually figure out that when you take paths and you ALWAYS turn laterally when possible, and never turn away from the center, then each route from the outside will trace a word through the letters. This pattern takes a little intuition, but it is one of the ‘simplest’ options for a consistent pattern of inward traversal.
These words are, starting from the top and proceeding clockwise:
PLEASE
CHECK
SOME
ANTS
FOR
THEIR
HIND
LEGS

If you focus just on the ‘hind’ legs for the ants, you’ll notice that they are pointed in specific angles. At this point, you will need to interpret them as ‘semaphore’.
You’ll get letters like these: M L I T F U Y
But there’s not an obvious thing to do with them, nor ordering.
Our hint text at the top of the puzzle does say ‘Repeat’. Hopefully this causes you to try the paths again – the same paths that you started with, but this time looking at the ants instead of the letters. If you do that, you get the following 8 letters:
M U L T I F L Y
multifly.
A combination of Multiply and Fly?
This should clue you to multiply something about the flies – since they have different numbers of legs showing, you can try that! But what ordering, and which flies? Oh, let’s try those same paths again! These paths happen to go through 2 flies each (except for one thread, which doesn’t go through any).
avcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy z
4 x 4 = 16 (P)
6 x 3 = 18 (R)
5 x 3 = 15 (O)
4 x 5 = 20 (T)
5 x 1 = 5 (E)
1 x 3 = 3 (C)
5 x 4 = 20 (T)
(the last thread doesn’t touch any flies)
These letters spell PROTECT, which is our answer.