Dishonored 2 is a game about sneaking, stabbing, and teleporting around behind enemy lines. Itâ€™s also occasionally a game about solving thorny LSAT-style logic puzzles.

Last night I dove back into Dishonored 2 for the first time in a few weeks. I loaded my most recent save and found myself in the Dust District, standing in a courtyard near a large locked door. As I approached, two civilians were talking about how hard the lock in front of them was to open. They walked away and I looked for myself. I saw a massive door with a horizontal row of five names and five symbols. Next to it, a written-out logic puzzle called â€śThe Jindosh Riddle.â€ť

â€śAt the dinner party were Lady Winslow, Doctor Marcolla, Countess Contee, Madam Natsiou, and Baroness Finch. The women sat in a row. They all wore different colors and Doctor Marcolla wore a jaunty purple hat. Lady Winslow was at the far left...â€ť

Now, some context: It had been a few weeks, and I had more or less completely forgotten what I was supposed to be doing in this level. I play with quest objectives turned off, so I didnâ€™t remember that I had the option to go and do some sidequest to get some NPCs to open this door for me. All I knew was there was a big door in front of me and it could be opened by solving a logic problem. (I assumed that the puzzle was optional, of course.) Furthermore, I had coincidentally just had a conversation about how much I like these kinds of puzzles. I took it as a sign. I was gonna solve this bad boy.

I did eventually solve it, though it took me about 30 minutes and two full sheets of paper to do so. Before we get into the solution, I want to see if you can solve it, too. Maybe youâ€™re on your lunch break? Maybe you donâ€™t want to play Dishonored 2 but you love logic puzzles?

Hereâ€™s my version of The Jindosh Riddle:

At the dinner party were Lady Winslow, Doctor Marcolla, Countess Contee, Madam Natsiou, and Baroness Finch. The women sat in a row. They all wore different colors and Doctor Marcolla wore a jaunty purple hat. Lady Winslow was at the far left, next to the guest wearing a white jacket. The lady in green sat left of someone in blue. I remember that green outfit because the woman spilled her whiskey all over it. The traveler from Fraeport was dressed entirely in red. When one of the dinner guests bragged about her Diamond, the woman next to her said they were finer in Fraeport, where she lived.

So Baroness Finch showed off a prized War Medal, at which the lady from Dabokva scoffed, saying it was no match for her Bird Pendant. Someone else carried a valuable Ring and when she saw it, the visitor from Dunwall next to her almost spilled her neighborâ€™s wine. Countess Contee raised her rum in toast. The lady from Karnaca, full of beer, jumped up onto the table, falling onto the guest in the center seat, spilling the poor womanâ€™s absinthe. Then Madam Natsiou captivated them all with a story about her wild youth in Baleton.

In the morning, there were four heirlooms under the table: the Diamond, Snuff Tin, the Bird Pendant, and the Ring.

But who owned each?

So youâ€™ve got five ladies and five heirlooms. In order to get the correct input for the lock, you need to arrange the ladies at the table and assign them each to their heirlooms.

Seems straightforward, right? Go for it. Iâ€™ll wait.

## THE SOLUTION

I had no idea about this puzzle going in. Turns out itâ€™s kind of a thing among fans of Dishonored 2, in part because the puzzle is randomized, so you canâ€™t just google the solution. You can get the coveted â€śEurekaâ€ť achievement/trophy for solving it outright, though you can also find clues in a nearby building and even find the solution later in the level if you can get an NPC to let you bypass it. However, if you do that, you wonâ€™t get the achievement.

Players have come up with custom worksheets to quickly solve the riddle, and speedrunners have taken to diagramming the possible permutations so they can more quickly decipher it. Thatâ€™s because in a speedrun, if you can get the door open quickly, you can bypass a huge chunk of the level.

I didnâ€™t know about any of that, so I just rolled up my sleeves, broke out a couple sheets of paper, and solved the fucker. Which made me feel like THE SMARTEST MAN ALIVE.