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Solution 2: Cutout Shapes
The first task is to, well, cut out each of the shapes and place them on the grid so that each vertex overlaps a circled coordinate, as follows:

Three coordinates on the grid are labeled with letters, suggesting that each coordinate stands for a letter. Each shape encodes one word in the solution, and the numbers next to the vertices are the positions where the letter occurs in that word.

The puzzle provides three hints that the mapping of coordinates to letters involves pi. The intro paragraph mentions an agent acting "irrationally," and the puzzle title is Clue 22/7 (3.14), an approximation for pi. Furthermore, the labeled points A=(3,1) and E=(5,9) are conspicuously well-known digits of pi.

The ith letter in the alphabet is represented by the coordinates (x,y), where (x,y) are the ith and (i+1)th digits in the decimal expansion of pi (which is available in the Networking Toolkit by typing "pi"):

Coordinate
Letter
(3,1)
A
(1,4)
B
(4,1)
C
(1,5)
D
(5,9)
E
(9,2)
F
(2,6)
G
(6,5)
H
(5,3)
I
(3,5)
J
(5,8)
K
(8,9)
L
(9,7)
M
(7,9)
N
(9,3)
O
(3,2)
P
(2,3)
Q
(3,8)
R
(8,4)
S
(4,6)
T
(6,2)
U
(2,6)
V
(6,4)
W
(4,3)
X
(3,3)
Y
(3,8)
Z

In the order shown above, the five shapes spell HILLSIDE STATE FRATERNITY CAL HAYWARD. Teams seemed to have the most trouble determining the order in which to put these words, since the puzzle didn't give them any hints. Many teams thought they were supposed to go to "hillside fraternity"; however, the actual solution was CAL STATE HAYWARD FRATERNITY HILLSIDE.

Interestingly, several teams solved this puzzle as a cryptogram (substitution cipher) without realizing that the coordinates were related to digits of pi.

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