Monday, January 17, 2005

We won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, in like the 9th year that I've been hunting, the combined Random/Eleusian Nights team won the MIT IAP Mystery Hunt! It's just my luck that they'd wait for the first year that I wouldn't be around to enjoy the final stages of the runaround, but thanks to Random's massive Hunt infrastructure, I was able to contribute and feel like part of the team even from New Mexico.

The puzzles, complete with solutions, are listed here. There was a go puzzle this year, plus a couple of cryptics and a bridge puzzle in disguise. All in all, the puzzles were well written, as one would expect from Setec Astronomy, with a couple of exceptions, the largest being the orange super meta-puzzle. Unlike the other (super-)metas, this one involved information outside the scope of the orange round, and nothing clued that. Our team sat around nearly idle for 3/4 of a day(!) until Setec gave us a clue to this fact.


Blogger Ben said...

Cool! I had a lot of fun solving a few puzzles with Jessica and Raffi (and bdelphine even put in an appearance), but we weren't anywhere near competitive. The go puzzle would have been cool!

1/18/2005 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

I'm glad you guys had fun with the Hunt, too.

If you have the time and inclination, take a closer look at the go puzzle. It's a bunch of pretty easy life-and-death problems. Getting the puzzle answer from it is pretty straightforward, too.

1/18/2005 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Quark said...

And I had to miss it this year :(

I maybe coulda helped a little on Friday and Saturday, remotely from NZ, if I had been thinking ... and less pre-occupied.

And my MIT account died on Jan 11th (unexpectedlty! I thought my professor has already vouched for my account for another year!). So I missed all the emails to random's team. I need to tell mcain to replace my mit address with my alum address.

Do I get to help write puzzles for next year? Or... should I join another team and play the hunt? I know a number of people on Setec... Is there a subset of Randoms who want to make a team instead of writing or test solving?

1/19/2005 09:50:00 AM  
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