Act II, Scene 1

Royal MUMS Hospital

180 solves / 526 incorrect guesses

Solution: EYETOEYE


Credits: Allen Gu

These patient notes seem quite bizarre; despite them containing quite a lot of medical jargon, none of them actually seem to describe actual medical conditions. After reading a few notes, we might notice that each note actually clues for an idiom involving a body part. This idiom is clued both descriptively and by a nonsense medical condition. For instance, "Unhealthy patient preference for sugar. Causing elevated dental glucose levels." (Ward 1 Bed 1) clues for SWEET TOOTH, which means liking sweet foods, but could also be a nonsense medical condition where dental glucose levels are elevated.

To help us identify the correct idiom, we note that every letter in the idiom corresponds to one word in its clue, with punctuation marks in the clue delimiting the idiom's words. For instance, the phrase SWEET TOOTH is two words of five letters each, while its clue (Ward 1 Bed 1) is two five-word phrases separated by a full stop.

This letter-word correspondence also nicely lends us an extraction mechanism. Note that all clues contain the word "patient" somewhere. We extract the letter from the idiom that corresponds to the word "patient" in its clue. For instance, we extract the W from SWEET TOOTH since the word "patient" occurs in "Unhealthy patient preference for sugar. Causing elevated dental glucose levels."

The full list of idioms is below:

Bed Idiom Extracted letter
Ward 1
1 SWEET TOOTH W
2 ACHILLES HEEL E
3 SAVE FACE A
4 COST AN ARM AND A LEG G
5 LEARN BY HEART R
6 KEEP AN EYE ON E
7 SKIN OF YOUR TEETH E
8 WASH YOUR HANDS W
9 LEND ME YOUR EARS E
Ward 2
1 STICK YOUR NECK OUT S
2 RULE OF THUMB E
3 LET YOUR HAIR DOWN E
4 HEAD START A
Ward 3
1 BREAK A LEG L
2 BRAIN DRAIN I
3 OLD HAND N
4 NO BRAINER E
5 OVER YOUR DEAD BODY B
6 ALL EARS E
7 PAT ON THE BACK T
8 ELBOW GREASE W
9 PULL YOUR LEG E
10 COLD FEET E
11 LOSE YOUR NERVE N
12 MAKE YOUR BLOOD BOIL O
13 TONGUE IN CHEEK C
14 KEEP YOUR CHIN UP U
15 SPINELESS L
16 GUT FEELING I

This gives us the extracted message WE AGREE WE / SEE A / LINE BETWEEN OCULI. Applying the same mechanism, we realise this message clues for a (3,2,3) solution, which is EYE TO EYE. To see eye to eye means to agree, especially if the patient is suffering from ocular lines.


Author's notes

This puzzle was designed to be a fairly straightforward but fun puzzle. It was certainly fun for me to make!