Fairgrounds

“We have all this open space for activities, but no one is booking it since it's so cold. We need to find someone who wants to use all this great space,” your uncle says, shaking his head.

Location

38.85264,-77.04909

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:

Click to reveal Hint #1

You may have noticed that each of the grids contains items that are almost in alphabetical order. If you don't recognize this pattern, you might look at your code sheet.

Click to reveal Hint #2

If you haven't yet gleaned (either from the flavortext or the nature of the grids) that you're looking at playfair grids, now you know.

If you're struggling to figure out what to do with them, note that each playfair keyword describes a subset of the items in its grid.

If you shade the cells each keyword describes, you may find the resulting shapes helpful.

Click to reveal Hint #3

In each playfair grid, the cells that contain an item described by the keyword form a pair of blocky letter shapes. Playfair is used to decode pairs of letters...

Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

renaissance

"A Renaissance Fair? Wait, you might be right. I bet we can sell it as Game of Thrones cosplay! Winter is already here!”

(Note that for Playfair ciphers, decoded text is sometimes padded to meet length. The final answer is RENAISSANCE)