# Puzzle Hunt 06: Stepping Stones

This is part six in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series, but can be solved on its own. The story carries on from part five.

Based on the information from the notebook, you at least know where to start. You head towards the sound of rushing water - briefly wondering what happened to your friends Frank and Joan - before deciding that they must not have been important enough to the plot to warrant keeping around.

You arrive at a densely bushed riverbed, and find a short path between the foliage to the riverside. Looking across the river you see another such path leading away a bit downstream. Bridging the river is a grid of perfectly flat almost square stepping stones, apparently engraved with some form of ancient hieroglyph.

A top-down view of the situation - you are positioned at the clearing at the top of the picture.

You take a look into the notebook to see if it has any wisdom to offer. There is a random and barely legible entry that looks like it might be related.

run run
o wot fu
n we so l
ight fl
y my two
son o ye
eh runn


Can you find a path across, and directions where to go next?

Attributions: All icons courtesy of Icons8
Apologies: To all graphic designers out there offended by the multiple styles

## 1 Answer

I believe the answer is:

NOW WEST, FOLLOW YOUR NOSE

This works as follows:

For finding the path, we note that every icon corresponds to a word. Some of the words on adjacent tiles can be concatenated to form new words; for example the icon just below the entry point shows "honey", and the icon below this gives "moon", together giving "honeymoon". It turns out that we can make a path from the top of the river to the bottom of the river such that all consecutive words on the path form such a pair:

(Note that there are a lot of other pairs of icons that might also be linked, but this was the only path I was able to find.)
Now we still need to find where to go, but luckily, we still have the notebook entry! Each of the lines in this entry contains exactly 6 characters (excluding spaces), and there are seven lines. Coincidentally, there are also 7 rows of 6 stones each in the river, so it makes sense to link each character to one of the stones. This gives the following picture:

Reading off all the letters along the path gives the given answer.

• Confirmed. You beat me by a nose :) Mar 16, 2020 at 14:07
• Great answer! Perfectly explained and everything correct. The ? you put on the r13(cnq) icon is justified, I spent a little while searching for a better one, but the only other option was a r13(fnavgnel cnq) which I thought might be a bit crude... Mar 16, 2020 at 19:35