Posted on 29 May 2015
You'll find an anagram for something to do with air travel. I was almost going to say it has the same initials as Greatest Common Multiple, but I don't think there is any such thing. Clicking on the image will help you get one of the words by yourself and if that's not enough, you might want to collaborate with someone else or try other Internet-connected devices you have.
Find a total for all 19 segments. Don't use Songshan or Ministro Pistarini, use other ones instead. Try different units of measure.
Path #1: The blue letters in the "Airline" column on the Departures board are "ERRGCECM" and in the "Destination" column they are "RIAPLATEP". "ERRGCECM RIAPLATEP" is an anagram containing the words "GREAT CIRCLE" which leaves the letters "RM PAEP", an anagram for the word "MAPPER".
Path #2: Clicking on the image takes you to one of three different pages on the Ancient Societies site, depending on the operating system:
Begin at London Heathrow... 5801 sinGapore 7364 ameRican 6798 dElta 328 guAngzhou 2033 Taipei
...end at Sydney... 7381 ameriCan 103 manIla 268 london heathRow 7743 ameriCan 5 auckLand 7860 dElta
...stopping at all points in between. 7366 aMerican 1 Aukland 4091 paPeete 77 Paris 5815 taipEi 4011 aiR New Z.
Reading the blue letters from each flight for the flight numbers on each of those three screens results in the three words "GREAT CIRCLE MAPPER".
Convert the destinations for each of the flights on the Departures board to their airport codes.
London Heathrow LHR Manila MNL Auckland AKL Paris CDG Sydney SYD Auckland AKL Sydney SYD Guangzhou CAN Nadi NAN Hong Kong HKG Melbourne MEL Taipei TPE - don't use TSA - Taipei Songshan / Sung Shan Brisbane BNE Buenos Aires BAI - don't use EZE - Ministro Pistarini International Taipei TPE Seoul Incheon ICN Taipei TPE Papeete PPT Brisbane BNE Sydney SYD
The top result in a Google search (at least mine) is the Great Circle Mapper at GCMap.com. Use it to find the total Great Circle distance for all of the flights in the order listed, beginning at London Heathrow, ending at Sydney and stopping at all points in between, as directed by the three different pages listed above.
The total distance is 95,485 miles, but stl.la/95485 doesn't work. Trying different units, stl.la/82974 for 82,974 nautical miles doesn't work either, but 153,669 kilometers does work. The solution is stl.la/153669.
(The official solution has 3 "A"s and 2 "R"s in the list of blue letters, but it should be 3 "R"s and 2 "A"s.)