The reward was met with heavy criticism as not being worth the effort to complete the Cryptic Clue Fest. Retorting, Mod Paul M said "While I'd like to think that if you had some entertainment completing the quest then that would be a decent reward in itself, I do totally accept that it's not as good as if we'd mailed cats riding motorcycles to everyone who got the answer. Maybe next year though, maybe next year."
The item, when equipped, gives negative Attack and Strength bonuses, as most wieldable holiday items do, yet damage can still be dealt with it.
If the player had missed the first Cryptic Clue fest, they are given another opportunity to obtain this item by taking part in the second one. It can also be obtained in the third one if both the first and second are missed.
After the third Cryptic Clue fest, players who had obtained the Magnifying glass for the first time got a message saying, "You must have completed a Cryptic Clue fest to do this emote." when trying to perform the emote if they had not talked to Roddeck and obtained the investigator's outfit yet.