First day on the job here at the F.B.I., and I've got a mess on my hands.

Someone hacked into Langley's mainframe and scrambled twelve of the mugshots that we have on file, and it's my job to reconstruct them, restoring these records of dangerous criminals to their original states.

The Director told me that from now on anyone who forgets to make sure that the mugshot logs are backed up before going home for the night will be waterboarded with extreme predjudice.

I've arranged the mess on my desk as follows:

(click to enlarge)

In the near future I may assemble them in flip-book fashion so that I can see each image in rapid succession. Let's see how this goes.

I need some help figuring out how to rearrange the pieces in order to find out who these hoodlums are.

Can you help me identify these twelve troublemakers?

Now that the puzzle is solved and we have several nice reconstructions, here's my flip-book:


Didn't want my GIF to go to waste and some of them are pretty funny...

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    $\begingroup$ This is as true to a puzzle-question as can be... Race to the GIMP! $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 4, 2016 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ Dang, the CIA must really be hurting for recruits if they're asking a first day FBI agent to solve this solo. $\endgroup$
    – BruceWayne
    Jun 5, 2016 at 5:40

4 Answers 4


The Image:

enter image description here

The Names:

1. Mel Gibson
2. Charlie Sheen
3. Elvis
4. Paul Reuben
5. Justin Bieber
6. Robert Downey Jr
7. OJ Simpson
8. Kobe Bryant
9. John Belushi
10. Paris Hilton
11. Lindsay Lohan
12. Reese Witherspoon

  • $\begingroup$ A match I think except one I did not know - your #8 - I know the name, but I only play the game I don't watch it :) Shouldn't have spent so long faffing in MS Paint :p $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2016 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanAllan I'm not 100% sure too for some of them. But your unscrambled picture is perfectly sliced... I was lazy and did it automatically :) $\endgroup$
    – kamenf
    Jun 4, 2016 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ Automatically? With what? $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2016 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Probably also worth noting that all of these people would have real mugshots, since they've all been arrested for various reasons. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2016 at 20:16
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    $\begingroup$ This is noted in the question itself. $\endgroup$
    – kamenf
    Jun 4, 2016 at 20:22

They are

the mug shots of famous (American?) people

Here's an unscrambled version: enter image description here

Not really people I know much about, so some may be wrong and I don't know bottom-left, but...

Elvis Presley ---- Lindsay Lohan(?) ---- OJ Simpson ---- Reese Witherspoon(?)
Justin Bieber(?) ---- Charlie Sheen ---- Robert Downey Jr. ---- Paul Reubens(?)
? ---- John Belushi ---- Mel Gibson ---- Paris Hilton

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    $\begingroup$ By far the best job of recreating usable mugs... the agency will reimburse you for the scotch tape electrons that you used pasting these back together. +1. $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Jun 4, 2016 at 20:52
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    $\begingroup$ Beiber is Canadian , right? $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Jun 5, 2016 at 3:02

So, I just joined so I can only attach 1 picture, so here is my completed set of images, thought I did make saves at each step along the way because I thought it would be interesting.

enter image description here

No clue who these felons are, but I'm sure the data base will have their identities.


Just finished!

Charlie Sheen|Paul Reubens|Justin Bieber|Reese Witherspoon
John Belushi|Robery Downing Jr.|Mel Gibson|Elvis
O J Simpson|Kobe Bryant|Paris Hilton|Lindsay Lohan


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