Chicago Tonight Puzzle: December Challenge

Watch the short video below to play the second installment of the Chicago Tonight Puzzle. (Yes: The video itself is the puzzle.) Send us your answer by Monday, Dec. 21 for a chance to win our puzzle prize!

Hint: The category for this month's puzzle is famous Chicago people. More details below from our puzzle pro on how to approach this, er, puzzling situation.

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So, how do I solve this thing?

You’ve reviewed the puzzle and are left scratching your head. Don’t worry! Solving these puzzles takes a different kind of thinking than the puzzles you see in the newspaper every day.

You’re breaking a code. Look for patterns.

You need to play the role of a detective. You’re breaking a code. Look for patterns. Start by paying close attention to what is being shown or said in the video clips and figure out what they have in common. If you can’t find anything, the solution might not have anything to do with the content of the videos. Think about what else is being shown, or heard. Think about the metadata of each clip. (That is, information about the clip, not in it.)

Look for patterns across all clips—or look for a lack of commonality where you might expect it. Be patient, flexible, and creative in your approach and you’ll eventually crack the code!

Go here to see our November puzzle.

And the winner is ...

Dan Marcin. Congratulations, Dan! You were randomly selected from all of our correct answers and have won a prize package from WTTW and "Chicago Tonight."

Watch the video below to discover the answer to the December puzzle and how to, well, puzzle it out.

Thank you to all of our puzzlers who submitted answers to this month's challenge! Stay tuned for the next puzzle on Jan. 11. Happy holidays!

About our puzzle crafter

Sandor Weisz is the commissioner of The Mystery League. He’s built puzzles for the likes of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, The University of Chicago, The House Theatre of Chicago, Marbles Game Store and Cards Against Humanity. He has been making puzzles and puzzle hunts since he was a teenager. You can often hear them on the NPR Sunday puzzle, or read them on his blog. His previous career was designing for the web. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids, with whom he records The ZED Show podcast. Find him on Twitter at @santheo and @pzlr.

Watch our December puzzle segment on "Chicago Tonight" and meet our puzzle pro Sandy. Spoiler alert: Sandy will talk about the solution to November's puzzle. If you don't want to know how that puzzle worked, or what the answer is, don't watch!

The Mystery League

Hanukkah just wrapped up, but if you’d like more of the holiday spirit, check out the Mystery League’s collaboration with Cards Against Humanity in a collaborative puzzle called Hanukkah LOL. The story is, two “kids” have locked up their puzzle-loving father in the basement and challenge him to get out by finding clues for a passcode to unlock the door. You can also find out more about The Last Defender, the Mystery League’s collaboration with the House Theater coming up in January.

Please note: We have disabled the comments section so viewers resist the temptation to shout out their answers and inadvertently spoil the puzzle for others. Thanks for playing, and keep those answers coming!

Ready for more?

A bonus puzzle from Sandy: Each image below represents a different Chicago street. Hint: Click on the image to see a larger version. Think you've solved them all? Click here to see the answers.

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