The puzzlehunt starts on and ends on , at which point puzzle solutions will be available. However, we will leave the website running until so teams can still submit answers and go through the hunt at their own pace (see the FAQ for a more detailed explanation).
Teams have a maximum size of 6, though we believe you'll have more fun in a team of 4-6. You may not create multiple accounts or be on multiple teams.
A few puzzles will be available at the start. Solving available puzzles unlocks new ones and will allow you to progress through the hunt.
Teams that complete the hunt will be ranked by the time at which they finish. Teams that do not complete the hunt will be ranked by number of puzzles solved and tie-broken by earliest last solve time.
Each answer is a string of letters A–Z. Lowercase letters will be changed into uppercase, and any other characters will be stripped before checking for correctness.
You have 20 total guesses for each puzzle. If you legitimately run out of guesses and need more, feel free to contact us, though we won’t grant your request if we see that you were, for example, guessing random thematic answers, or brute-forcing all 10-letter words.
Starting on , teams will receive 2 hints at each day until the end of the hunt.
The first hint your team receives may only be used on the first set of puzzles in the hunt.
You can use a hint to get help on a puzzle. This can be something like a nudge in the right direction (i.e. you give us your progress on the puzzle and we’ll try to get you unstuck) or an answer to a question (e.g. “Which answers to these crossword clues are wrong?”).
You can only have one open hint request at a time.
You may use any external sources for help, including other people, as long as they aren’t helping other teams and aren’t actively participating in the hunt.
You may not publicly stream a solve of our hunt when the hunt is live.
Please do not write code that interacts with the website. You will not need to do this, and we are little baby hunt organizers. Please have mercy on us.
We reserve the right to disqualify any team for unsportsmanlike conduct.
We reserve the right to change any of these rules. If there’s a big change, we’ll announce it to all teams.
If you have any questions about these rules, or if you want to contact us for any reason, email [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as we can.