The Only Way Out is Through

A Portal Hopping adventure

Suddenly a hole opens in the fabric of the world and Jenkins leaps through. As he vanishes, he drops a piece of paper. You pick it up.

Jenkins appears to have borrowed a portal gun from APErture Labs and is now hopping from Portal to Portal throughout the world. Reviewing the paper he dropped, it can be seen that clues were left as to how to find him. Reviewing the clue list, each can be answered by a word that contains OO.

AnswerClue

GROOMSMEN

• A year before his paper anniversary, these guys were indispensable

FESTOONED

• Covered in ribbons, lights, and bows

FLOODGATES

• Don't drive your Chevy to the levee, if they are open

BAMBOOZLED

• Fooled by Spike Lee

PRECOOKED

• Just like MREs

KABOODLES

• Kits' other halves

CARTOONISH

• Like Garfield and Cleveland but not Madison

SCHMOOZES

• Networks over bagels

BUFOONERY

• The sort of behavior one expects from a jackanapes

BALLOONIST

• The Wizard of Oz's farewell job

Each of the O's in the word represent a Portal where the word made a jump in the provided grid.

Reading the un-circled letters leaves a message on how to follow Jenkins

CONNECT WITH SEMAPHORE TO UNLOCK A PATH FORWARD

Pairing up each half of the words by their portal points yields a valid semaphore encoding (https://www.dcode.fr/semaphore-flag). For example, BALLO-ONIST has BALLO- running West from the portal, and -ONIST running NorthWest from the Portal. This gives the letter O using semaphore.

SemaphoreClue

O

BALLO-ONIST

P

BAMBO-OZLED

E

BUFFO-ONERY

N

CARTO-ONISH

S

FESTO-ONED

E

FLO-ODGATES

S

GRO-OMSMEN

A

KABO-ODLES

M

PRECO-OKED

E

SCHMO-OZES

Repeating this for the other 9 words pairs and putting the clues in alphabetical order gives the final way to join Jenkins, which is by saying OPEN SESAME.

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