Clue Set 1 – “Babylegs” (Announced Dead Exposure: Patient Zero/Codename Zero)
Rule – Word Exchange
Solution – In Part 1, the word “Detective” is replaced by the word “Cop.” A Detective is similar to a Private Investigator. Boris Schuster, the protagonists of Dead Exposure in 2008 was a PI. In Part 2, “Daddy Legs” replaces “Regular Legs” to key on a replaced word.
Clue Set 2 – “Mind Blowers” (Announced Trick R Treat/Codename Dynamite)
Rule – Word count
Solution – Counting the words in each line of the clue gives you 4-2-2. This translates to a time of 4 minutes, 22 seconds (it’s the only option in a 30 minute show). At that time mark in the Rick and Morty episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” Rick states “They don't all have titles, though. It's not a "Simpsons" Halloween special, more like a clip show made of clips you never saw!”
The movie Trick R Treat, as an anthology, is ‘like a clip show,’ dedicated to Halloween.
Clue Set 3 – “Dammit Jerry” (Announced as Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces/Codename Rag-tag)
Rule – Elements of Story
Solution – The elements of story are: Plot, Character, Setting, and Theme. The gifs present the first three things in that order (“theme” is not traditionally considered in a haunted house). The Plot is to escape (expressed in the gif). The second gif alludes to the “Character” – The “easy target” Rick and Jerry reference in the episode is the Insane Clown Posse. The third gif is, literally, a destroyed carnival ride (the Whirly Dirly). In the house, we are escaping insane “clowns” (carnies, specifically) through a destroyed carnival.
Clue 4 – “Saving Rick” (Spoiled by Legacy as Poltergeist/Codename Coach)
Rule – Context
Solution – This one… should be pretty obvious. The context of the scene is summer, digging up a Rick’s decaying corpse from the back yard (during a storm) so she can open a portal to save a family member. In Poltergeist, corpses are found in the backyard and they open a portal to save a family member.
Clue 5 – “Pink” (Spoiled by Legacy as Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After/Codename Poison)
Rule – Analogy
Solution – All the dialogue in this series is irrelevant. They’re red herrings, and the clues more story-centric (I got the story for this house, but not the title, which made it a bit difficult). It also requires some understanding of the episode. Froopy Land is an “imaginary” place from Beth’s (Rick’s daughter) childhood. Entry into this land is through a rainbow portal, and Froopy Land is now ruled by “King Tommy” a childhood friend of Beth that has been trapped there for decades (like the Wizard). During the episode, Beth returns and ends up killing the denizens of Froopy Land and overthrowing Tommy.
It’s not Oz. Froopy Land is not Oz. But this house features a Wicked Witch (Beth) “breaking” the rainbow barrier and killing everyone who lives there. So, it’s an analogy.
Clue 6 – “Pickle” (Announced as Seeds of Extinction/Codename Meteor)
Rule – None
Solution – In the clue, Rick is a pickle. More specifically a living cucumber, that ends up killing everyone. And a cucumber is a type of plant. And in this house, the plants are killing everybody.
Clue 7 – “Nihilism”
Rule – Sleight
Clue 8 – “Ship” (Announced Slaughter Sinema/Codename Snacks)
Rule – Disarray
Solution – There’s a lot of gifs for this because, obstensibly, it’s a mash-up (9 total gifs for 9 scenes). Gifs 1 & 3-8 are all movie parodies/references specific to sci-fi or horror films (schlock staples). Gif number 2 is a bit of a cheat, as it indirectly relates to a scene in the house. In Gif 9 (Grandpa and the Government), the words don’t matter. The ship itself has driven into the facility, just like you would a drive-in.
Clue Set 9 – “Crow” (Spoiled by Hilton Hotels as Halloween 4/Codename “Feature”)
Rule – Dig
Solution – The clue name, is a reference to “Eating crow.” The “destination” in the clue isn’t a place, it’s a person named Krombolulos Michael. And who is Krombopulos Michael? He’s an assassin who famously said, “I have no code of ethics. I will kill anyone, anywhere. Children, animals, old people, doesn’t matter. I just love killing.”