On the Subject of Follow the Leader

Child’s play. Just follow the leader. Only if you fail to follow, the penalty is somewhat more explosive.

This module contains 8-12 wires connecting numerically labeled plugs in a looping sequence. Each wire leads from one plug to the next plug that contains a wire in ascending numerical order. A wire leading from plug 1 is considered to be “wire 1”.

Progress through the module by first determining the starting wire, then checking whether to cut each wire in the sequence. Each wire will need to be either cut or left uncut based on the state of the previous wire(s) in the sequence.

Determine Start Position

Follow the first rule below that applies:

  1. If an RJ-45 port is present and there is a wire leading from plug 4 directly to plug 5, begin at that wire.
  2. Otherwise, if there is a wire that begins at a plug matching the number of batteries on the bomb, begin with that wire.
  3. Otherwise, if there is a wire that begins at a plug matching the first numeral of the serial number, begin at that wire.
  4. Otherwise, if there is a lit indicator with the label CLR, disregard all further instructions and cut all wires present on this module in descending numerical order.
  5. If none of the above apply, the start position is the plug containing a wire earliest in numerical order.

Cutting Wires

  • Always cut the wire at the starting plug. Then progress to the next wire.
  • From this position, cut the wires as directed by the steps in the following table. The starting step corresponds to the first letter in the serial number. If the serial number contains no letters, begin at step A.
  • When progressing to the next wire, also progress to the next step alphabetically in the table to determine whether to cut the wire.
  • "Previous wire(s)" may refer to wires beyond the original starting position in the sequence.
  • If the wire at the starting plug is red, green, or white, progress through the steps in reverse alphabetical order instead.
Step Cut this wire if:
A or N The previous wire is not yellow or blue or green.
B or O The previous wire leads to an even numbered plug.
C or P The previous wire should be cut.
D or Q The previous wire is red or blue or black.
E or R Two of the previous three wires share a color.
F or S Exactly one of the previous two wires is the same color as this wire.
G or T The previous wire is yellow or white or green.
H or U The previous wire should not be cut.
I or V The previous wire skips a plug.
J or W The previous wire is not white or black or red.
K or X The previous two wires are different colors.
L or Y The previous wire does not lead to a position labeled 6 or less.
M or Z Exactly one or neither of the previous two wires are white or black.