An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1.

The next room you enter is surprisingly well-lit and empty. There are two exits from it (need I say that the door through which you entered is an entrance and is not going to double as an exit?): a normal-sized locked door and a waist-level square hole with only a shutter closing it. Unfortunately, the tunnel it leads to is too small to serve as an escape route; the only member of your party who can squeeze through it is the halfling.

After a brief but heated discussion you send the halfling into the hole. He returns briefly after, visibly shaken, and reports that after several turns the tunnel opens into a room somewhat larger than the one you're in, inhibited by some kind of monster or several - when he tried to enter the room he was attacked from several directions and barely managed to escape back into the safety of the tunnel.

While you try to figure out how can you defeat those monsters if the only person who can get to them is a thief, the halfling distracts himself from the recent ordeal by exploring the corners of the room. He finds a leaflet titled "Welcome to the Dungeon Zoo!" with the following scheme on it:

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Under the scheme there is a helpful legend:

1 creature 1 2 creature 2 3 creature 3

4 creature 4 5 creature 5

6 creature 6 7 creature 7 8 creature 8

9 creature 9 10 creature 10

11 creature 11 12 creature 12 13 creature 13

"This certainly looks like a zoo..." muses the fighter.

"Yeah, and I sure as hell don't want to meet the zookeeper, though I'm sure he'll be happy to have us around during feeding time!" quips the halfling.

The mage, who was busy trying various spells on the other door, sighs and says: "I know this lock spell, but it can not be broken; only the right word will open the door".

Between all the members of your party you know an awful lot of words to shout at the door; will you be able to find the right one before the zookeeper shows up?

  • $\begingroup$ Just pointing it out, the $6$th monster looks like the ones in this puzzle. Are all these famous monsters? :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:02
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like dungeons&dragons which is based on various mythologies, #6 is a hydra and #9 is a beholder $\endgroup$
    – Jay
    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ Better stay away from the dungeon $\endgroup$
    – Nouman
    Oct 7, 2018 at 16:35

1 Answer 1


I am not very familiar with these monsters, but after some research I would name them like this:

1: zombie
2: cyclops
3: lizardman
4: medusa
5: cerberus
6: hydra
7: salamander
8: skeleton
9: beholder
10: hippogriff
11: phoenix
12: dragon
13: harpy

If I combine the path through the maze with the names of the creatures living in the rooms I get

the path goes through the rooms 6, 4, 7, 13, 9, 1, 2, 5. Now taking the i-th letter of each creature: hydra, medusa, salamander, harpy, beholder, zombie, cyclops, cerberus

So the word is


  • $\begingroup$ Wow! You are genius! $\endgroup$
    – Nouman
    Oct 7, 2018 at 16:35

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