Solution: META: Percy Jackson
Written by Ethan
Trying to directly put your answers into the blanks doesn't work. However, noticing the theme of Percy Jackson and Greek myths, one may realize that each of the answers clues a Greek mythological monster. All of the referenced monsters are met in one of the Percy Jackson books, though this information is not needed to solve the puzzle. Taking the letters in the numbered given at the bottom gives FIRST MAGIC TREE HOUSE, cluing the first Magic Tree House book, DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK.
|The Sphinx tells riddles and devours those who cannot answer
|The Maze Runner
|The Minotaur is trapped in the Labyrinth.
|Lord of the Rings
|Griffins have the head of an eagle.
|I Am Number Four
|Cerberus is a three-headed dog
|Charybdis creates giant whirlpools which sink ships.
|Miss Peregrine's Home
|The Stymphalian Birds are birds with metal beaks and feathers.
|Six of Crows
|Chimeras are firebreathing monsters.
|The Hunger Games
|Medusa turns people to stone.
|The Hydra has the power of regenerating heads.
This puzzle went through 3 complete rewrites. The first two times had extremely boring mechanics that aren't worth mentioning. I wrote those versions before I had looked at other hunts' metas, which was definitely a mistake. When I came up with this mechanic, I ended up having to redo 7 of the original 9 puzzles, which was unfortunate, but definitely necessary. I've definitely learned to have a solid meta idea before writing all of the feeder puzzles. Though this meta is not super difficult, it's at least more interesting than before.