#6: Rolling the Dice

6 rolling the dice

Now let’s havea look at rolling the dice. So in this puzzle, we have just this set of dice, some of them colored, some of them not, and no other context clues, so what are we possibly going to do with them? Well in this puzzle, the trick is actually just to add up the pips that we see on the dice and make them correspond to something. So for example, this first row if we add up 1 plus 2 plus 2 plus 4 plus 5 plus 6, that is 20. And if we think about what to do with that 20, if we treat it as a letter of the English alphabet, we get T. And similarly, if we do this for all of the other rows, we get 21, 18, 14, 2, 12, 21, 5, and 19. And if will correspond those again to letters, we get T-U-R-N-B-L-U-E-S, which is apparently an admonishment to us to turn blues. And notice we have these blue dice here. Now you may know this about dice, you may not, but if you take a die and you flip it over, the two sides will add up always to seven. So a six is always on the opposite of a 1, 5 id always on the opposite side of a 2, and a 3 is always on the opposite side of a four. And so why don’t we flip all of the blue dice to their opposite sides, which results in something like this. And now we can actually take away the white dice. And now we can actually take away the white dice and just leave ourselves with the blue dice for the second part of this puzzle. Now let’s repeat this process again adding up the new values of the dice now that we have these flipped over dice and only considering the blue one. So if we add up 6 plus 5 plus 5 plus 3, that gives us 19 which corresponds to the letters S. And we can do this for all of the rows. And then if we convert those to letters, we get the letters that spell out snake eyes. We’re told that answer to this puzzle is, in fact, two words, and snake eyes is a term of—that you might find in dice rolling. And it was, of course, the answer to this puzzle.