Prime Stage Mystery Theatre:
Solving The Mystery of the Clock Room

March 8th, 2022

Last week’s episode of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre presented the puzzle of an interactive space called the clock room. If you haven’t yet listened to that installment, you can check it out here (where you’ll also find all past episodes in the series).

And for those of you who have listened to the segment, here’s a recap of the central puzzle:

The room has twelve locked doors, each positioned like the hours of a clock and labeled with an apparently random word or phrase.

You have 12 keys, each labeled with a different code. The codes are: ACC, ACYIKAC, AWIT, BTTF, DW, K, SF, SIT, T, TAA, TTM, TWW.

Your task: use the codes to match the keys with the doors … and begin unlocking the mystery of UNEQUAL TIMES.

Last Friday and Saturday nights, people attending the preview and opening-night performances of Prime Stage Theatre’s A Wrinkle in Time stopped by a special clock-room display in the lobby of Pittsburgh’s New Hazelett Theatre. There, they were presented with a clock-room diagram (pictured above) as well as hard copies of the time-travel classics featured in the podcast.

Pictured left: A few of the time-travel detectives who stopped by the Prime Stage Mystery Theatre display at Saturday’s performance of Madeline L’Engle’s time-travel classic A Wrinkle in Time.

More photos are available on the Prime Stage Theatre Facebook page and Twitter feed.

As an extra incentive, those who submitted solutions to the clock-room mystery walked away with copies of the books featured in the time-travel display.

Pictured left: the 12 time-travel classics featured in the podcast are (top to bottom, left to right):  Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Jack Finney’s Time and Again, Octavia Butler’s Kindred (the graphic novel), Richard Matheson’s Somewhere in Time, Gregory Benford’s Timescape, the BBC television series Doctor Who, H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine, August LaFleur’s The Whenever War(which features prominently in this week’s episode), Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future, and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

The challenge: consider the stencils on the doors, the codes on the keys, and what you know about the 12 time-travel classics featured in Episode One, and determine the processes that will open the clock-room doors to discover the new mysteries that lie within.

Some of the responses we received on this week’s Mystery Theatre installment will be available here on Thursday, March 10. But before you listen, why not take a swing at solving the mystery on your own? And if you do, consider sharing your thoughts.

You can message us at or via the social media buttons on the upper right of this page. (And of course, you can also leave a comment at the bottom of this blog.)

Also, if you have a favorite time-travel book, film, or television series you would like to recommend to our listeners, please let us know about that as well. We’ll try to feature some of your titles in an upcoming episode.

Finally, if you live in the Pittsburgh area, you still have time to catch Prime Stage Theatre’s A Wrinkle in Time. Performances continue through March 13 at The New Hazelett Theatre. For more details, go to

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