The Mole

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The Fourth Betrayal

Anderson voice-overs the next puzzle, which is one of those sequential things involving geometric shapes. Rob checks it out and chooses an answer, which Bill accepts.

The next brain-teaser involves a pie divided into four sections. Each section has letters in it. You have to pick one letter than can be inserted into each section in order to form a word with the letters already in the section. Got that? The letters in the first section are P, A, R, and E. The letters in the second section are P, A, T, and E. The letters in the third section are G, A, and P. The letters in the fourth section are P, U, R, and E. This is the only brain-teaser that I solved, by the way. That makes me think it's pretty easy, and I'm surprised that the dumb group picked it, although maybe they were trying to have a mix of puzzles requiring different skills, like one that required math, one that required logic, one that required spatial reasoning, etc. I would think that a better strategy would be to choose puzzles that all required the same kinds of skills. That way it's an all or nothing proposition. Either no one on the smart team has that skill set, and the dumb team gets exemptions, or someone does have that skill set, and lots of money gets added to the pot. In an interview, Rob says that Bill is "the numbers and math guy," Dorothy is "the word person," and he has a little bit of each.

The fifth brain-teaser says: "There is only one word that can be made from all of these letters. What is the word?" The letters are: FILMNRESSSSTTUU. Oh, I am so bad at word scrambles. My mom does the Jumble in the paper every morning and I just sit there and stare at it, and can never figure it out. The smart team studies the letters. Dorothy thinks that the word probably ends in -est or -er. Anderson announces that time is up.

Anderson asks for their answer to the first puzzle, the one about the paint. Bill announces that their answer is eighteen gallons. That is correct, and \$10,000 is added to the pot. Outside, the dumb team members applaud. Katie voice-overs that she wanted the exemption. Anderson tells the smart team that they have deprived the dumb team of their exemptions. Rob thinks that is the most important thing.

Anderson moves on to the fishing/algebra challenge. Rob states that their answer is \$52, but he doesn't seem very sure, and defers to Bill, who throws his hands up and agrees on an answer of \$52. Anderson tells them that their answer is incorrect, and gives them one minute to come up with another answer. They all stare at the puzzle and write things down on their pads. Bill thinks it should be an odd number. Dorothy says, oh so casually, "Let's just say like \$90 or something. Do you want to try that?" Bill has no better answer, as Anderson counts down and tells them that time is up. Bill says \$90, and Anderson tells them that it's correct. Rob gasps and Dorothy laughs and laughs. Bill wonders how she came up with that, and Dorothy says that she doesn't know. That whole thing seemed really fishy to me.

The Mole

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