Make sure to update this page once everything is actually in place. The ten people are acutally, in order:
Eric J. Wilhelm
The ten people in the puzzle are all people with Athena accounts at MIT. As suggested by "finger," "project," and "plan," the first step is to finger these ten people. Doing so gets the following crossword clues (in the projects) and pieces of a logic puzzle (in the plans):
|Andy||A pronoun||Lance is lying about Jon, I am first, Bridget is after me.|
|Jessica||Whip||Jon is lying about Jofish, Norvin is lying about Tanis, Todd is after me.|
|Bridget||Unit of length||Jay is lying about Andy, Jessica is lying about Todd, Lance is after me.|
|Jofish||Reserved||Lance is lying about Jay, Norvin is lying about Tanis, Jessica is after me.|
|Jon||Hut||Andy is lying about Lance, Jofish is lying about Jessica, Norvin is after me.|
|Jay||Symbol of peace||Jon is lying about Jessica, Andy is lying about Bridget, Jofish is after me.|
|Tanis||Relaxes||Jessica is lying about Norvin, Bridget is lying about Lance, Jofish is after me.|
|Norvin||Remark||Todd is lying about Jon, Tanis is lying about Jofish, Tanis is after me.|
|Todd||Leisure||Bridget is lying about Jessica, I am last, Jon is lying about Norvin.|
|Lance||Zero||Tanis is lying about Bridget, Jay is lying about Jofish, Jon is after me.|
Taking the information from the flavortext that someone only makes a true statement about someone who's after them, the list can be reordered: Jay, Bridget, Todd, Norvin, Jofish, Lance, Tanis, Jessica, Jon, Andy. This gives an ordering for the clues:
Symbol of peace; Hostel; Edam or Gouda; Do, for instance; Made a reservation; Zero; Makes serene; Whip; Hut; Object pronoun
which resolves to DOVE INN CHEESE NOTE BOOKED AUGHT CALMS LASH SHACK ME--or, read aloud, Da Vinci's Notebook dot com slash acme. Fortunately, the final step is an easy one: going to that page brings up a song recorded for the Hunt by the ultra-cool a cappella group Da Vinci's Notebook. The lyrics are:
They're a good team, love their solvin' Love MIT, and Acme too They're a good team, but they want the answer Or who knows what they might do. 'Cause they're coin, coin-hunting. 'Cause they're coin, coin-hunting. Well, we're nice guys, so we're gonna tell them The answer's the guy who wrote this song But not the co-author, that ELO guy -- If they call him in, then they'll be wrong. And they're coin, coin-hunting. Yeah, they're coin, coin-hunting.
and the answer is, naturally, TOM PETTY.
(For archival purposes, we've mirrored the song locally.)
Tom Petty's 1999 album is "Echo." The answer is ECHO.