Mystery Map Gallery

October 2020 Mystery Map Solution

The October Mystery Map was perhaps unsurprisingly themed around elections. The map garnered 386 views and a dozen submitted guesses, with the superlatives as follows: Most Inconceivable: Don’t Tempt Fate – gender reveal parties that go wrong Most Puntastic: Smithtoral…

October 2020 Mystery Map

Explore this interactive timelapse map and submit your guess as to what the map portrays and what the symbols represent. You can start the time slider by clicking the play button on the bottom left corner.

February 2018 Mystery Map Solution

March right in to find out what the February Mystery Map was about! While the map received more than 300 views, we had modest submissions (must be fight-or-flight response to Google Forms.) Scott Gilman, our previous post-bac fellow, promptly solved…

Mystery Map 2018 Kickoff

The state of affairs for a new year can be uncertain, but your unequivocal love for map mysteries is huge!  You can launch the full version here.  Hint: Not sports-related despite the title, but a clue is embedded in the…

September 2017 Mystery Map Solution

We concluded the first Mystery Map over the weekend with six entries! Despite the robust difficulty testing (an impressive sample size of two), all the contestants proved to be seasoned map puzzle solvers. The victory belongs to Susannah Howard, who…

First Mystery Map of the 2017-2018 Academic Year

What better way to kick off the fall semester with a Mystery Map? The stakes are high–pride and glory, a spot on the Mystery Map Hall of Fame™, and negotiable baked goods. Behold: When you have a guess, submit your…

October Mystery Map Solution

Only one person submitted a guess to our latest Mystery Map competition.  Amazingly enough, this guess was correct for all three variables, so congratulations – again – to Sam Masinter!  Here are the winning answers:   Variable A: number of scientific*…

First Mystery Map of the Year!

We’re excited to release the first Mystery Map of the 2016-17 academic year! We had plans to create one much earlier in the year, but we’ve been so busy that it feels like we blinked on Labor Day and woke…

May Mystery Map Wrap-up

After a series of mystery maps that were cracked within a day, it looks like we finally stumped you! Believe it or not, nobody solved our most recent Mystery Map.  We had some good guesses: several people guessed it was simply distance…

Final Mystery Map of the Semester!

We know how much our faithful readers rely on our Mystery Maps to avoid doing what they’re supposed to be doing (and we’re mostly talking about faculty/staff here, folks!).  We wouldn’t want to let you down at this point in…