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 previous Puzzle Potlucks or puzzles from other hunts such as Galactic Puzzle Hunt, REDDOThunt, or Teammate Hunt.
Here are some general puzzle tips that might be useful:
We've heard that the current trend in online hunts is for the FAQ to say whether the event will be easier or harder than Puzzle Potluck. We expect Puzzle Potluck to be neither easier nor harder than Puzzle Potluck. Puzzle Potluck will also be approximately the same length as Puzzle Potluck (around 15-20 puzzles). The first teams usually finish the hunt on Saturday, but we encourage teams to continue solving through the weekend and beyond if they would like!
The hunt will be open until Monday, August 30th 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. Puzzle Potluck 4 in particular will be best experienced with multiple team members, although solo-solving is still possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to correct it.
This button will copy a spreadsheet-formatted version of most puzzles in one-click. For best results, paste the clipboard contents directly into Google Sheets (rather than pasting without formatting). This functionality is provided for convenience only. We have attempted to preserve the original puzzle contents in the spreadsheet formatted copy as much as possible, with links to media (images, audio, etc.) where media are present. However, the puzzle on the website should be considered the official puzzle and any differences between the copied content and the website should not be considered part of the puzzle.
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 email@example.com and we’ll answer it. We might even add it to this list if enough people have your question!