The Gray Matter Sodality (GMS) is a monthly puzzle subscription (from an organization seeking to reclaim and unify the scattered brain fragments of Albert Einstein!). Subscriptions start at $25 per month, and there are other membership options such as a 3-month prepay, or even 6 months. Every month, you’ll receive a mailing that consists of a puzzle that contributes to the overall story of GMS. Each puzzle is self-contained, includes all the necessary pieces to complete, and uses fairly ordinary objects in extraordinary ways.
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Our first month’s packet comes with some clues, instructions, and even some tools to get us started!
Not really an item card but this note card tells what the box is all about and gives you a lifeline for some additional hints, too!
In solving puzzles you’ll need something to write with and erase your mistakes easily, so they included this purple pencil and a green brain eraser!
There’s also another letter from the makers. Within it is a clue for determining a location in possession of a brain fragment.
Our clues this month somehow involve this marked map of Washington, D.C.
On the back is one of the puzzles we needed to decode!
The Month 1 box includes a little notebook where we can jot down all the clues and try to solve the box’s puzzle!
It also has a little pocket at the back where you can hide notes, or is there also a clue hiding in it?
Everything for this month!
That hidden sheet tucked into the back of our notebook contained a clue! But what does it mean?
We tried to lightly shade the pencil on it and we found a clue!
The letter I received used some distinct verbiage that lead me to interpret the discovered clue in a specific way.
Our map arrived pre-marked with a circle around Washington Monument and a couple tick marks at a 90 degree angle, almost like the hands of a clock at a certain time of day…
I used a simple cipher to decode the clue on the back of the map. The solution revealed incorporated the other clue and the map, but I dare not divulge more. Once I discerned the sought after info from the map, the clue pointed me to the Sodality website to unlock the actual location of the fragment. In decoding this puzzle, we used a bigger notebook instead so that we can write more. The puzzle has quite a lot of characters so we needed a bigger space to write all the clues up to finally solve it.
The Gray Matter Sodality box is really mind-boggling! The first box made us really excited about what the coming months will bring. The items looked like simple school/office supplies but each one played a vital role in solving the puzzle for this month which makes everything extraordinary. I can only imagine that the puzzles get harder and more complex as the months progress. This is the perfect box if you need a good mental exercise, and it’s a fantastic bonding activity too, whether with family or your group of friends. You can work together to reach a common goal — to complete and solve the mysteries they send and gather every brain fragment! Einstein would be truly proud if you’re able to solve them!
What do you think of this month’s box?