If you’ve never heard of puzzle hunts before, here’s a very brief summary: in a typical puzzle, you receive some information and have to extract an answer out of it, which is almost always an English word or phrase. Puzzles can come in many different forms; the only real commonality is that you usually receive no direct instructions, so it’s up to you to figure out how to make sense of the information you’re given.
If you are new to puzzles and are interested in seeing some examples, or if you’re looking for some practice, we recommend looking at puzzles from other hunts such as the Galactic Puzzle Hunt, Caltech Puzzle Hunt or DASH. (Puzzle Potluck will be somewhere between DASH and Galactic in difficulty.)
Here are some general puzzle tips that might be useful:
There are around 20 puzzles in this hunt, and we expect the first teams to finish the hunt on Saturday, but we encourage teams to continue solving through the weekend and beyond if they would like! For those who have participated in previous Puzzle Potlucks, we expect this hunt to be longer than previous ones.
The hunt will be open until Monday, June 29th at 9am PDT, at which point we’ll be posting solutions and a wrap-up. You are of course welcome to continue solving beyond that point!
There is no minimum or maximum team size. For the best experience we recommend a team of 3–6 people.
Yes! Before the hunt you can change your team's track on your team management page. After the hunt begins you can switch at any time from the expert track to the casual track.
Please describe the error in an email to email@example.com and we’ll try to correct it.
This will not be necessary to complete any aspect of the puzzle hunt. For the sake of our server, please do not do this. We may disqualify teams that egregiously violate this request.
Creating additional accounts is not necessary to complete any aspect of the hunt, and is against the spirit of the competition. If you really think you need one, please contact us first.
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Yes! However, if you'd like to support the hunt, we do accept donations here.
Nothing besides the joy of solving puzzles.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll answer it. We might even add it to this list if enough people have your question!