Puzzled FM engages mystery-lovers

Puzzled FM engages mystery-lovers

Akriti Saxena, Business Manager


       With 60 minutes on the clock, solving puzzles and then discovering the solution to the mystery is a difficult task. Although the three rooms located in downtown Puzzled FM may look like a psychic parlor, they are filled with many puzzles that lead to the solution.

       The idea of Puzzled FM stemmed from husband and wife, Steve and Kay Cameron. After learning that their house was built by a bootlegger in Moorhead who was notorious for having secret compartments in his wine pegs, the Camerons decided to create Puzzled FM.

       “Sadly our house has been remodeled a couple of times, so there are no secret compartments in our house anymore,” Kay said.

       Once at the entryway of Puzzled FM, co-owner Kay Cameron recites the instructions to strangers to look for clues.

       Initially, the room is organized and each puzzle has its own place, but it soon becomes chaotic as the group tries to piece together the clues. An improvement that could be made would be to rate each room on difficulty to allow people to choose the level they are comfortable with.        

       The goal is that after people leave with renewed team building skills. Unlike the Fargo Escape Room, the participants at Puzzled FM have the option of exiting the room at any time, and can reenter without the clock. Although the price is about the same for both, Puzzled FM offers a fun experience for all.

      Future plans for Puzzled FM include moving the NDSU Bison’s Big Game room down to the lower level and building two additional rooms for participants. The overall experience of Puzzled FM allows participants to not only think critically, but have fun doing it.