The title and the phrase “what 3 words” in the flavortext both clue the website What3Words
, which is a universal addressing system based on a 3m×3m global grid. Each of the 57 trillion 3m×3m squares in the world has been assigned a fixed and unique three-word address. You can use the site to find the three-word address of any point on earth, given the latitude and longitude, and vice versa.
Clicking on the pins in the puzzle displays their exact latitude and longitude; mousing over them shows how they are grouped and hints at a further location that each group addresses.
Plugging in the (latitude, longitude)
coordinates of these pinned locations gives three sets of three-word clues, as follows:
45.39538,2.57862 = members.adverb.jacket = ONLY
46.9767,-94.65087 = largest.human.organ = SKIN
40.79564,-78.52946 = shallow.polar.opposite = DEEP
maps to a location in Texas, and also clues the word BEAUTY.
-51.58173,-77.486668 = reaction.gaining.electrons = REDUCTION
-27.345475,145.898109 = foil.balloon.manufacturer = ANAGRAM
-24.339653,27.691036 = irregular.reflexive.transitive = VERB
maps to a location in Mazovia, Poland, and also clues the word INTRODUCE.
-43.61223,169.58886 = rock.blank.scissors = PAPER
70.90422,97.2252 = browser.tracking.biscuit = COOKIE
26.08822,-79.23995 = answering.machine.recordings = MESSAGES
maps to a location in East Cape, South Africa, and also clues the word FORTUNES.
Finally, plugging beauty.introduce.fortunes
into what3words takes you to that address, directly in the center of the temple of ANGKOR WAT
(the answer to the puzzle).