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other puzzlehunts we can join

edited 2012-01-15 22:25:29 in Puzzlers Chat
Got some ideas for puzzlehunts we can do when it's not Mystery Hunt season.

There's the Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society (MUMS) Puzzle Hunt, which happens around April, and has been going since 2004.

There's the CiSRA Puzzle Competition, which so far has only happened for one year, and happened in summer 2011. Let's hope they do it again in 2012!

And there's the Sydney University Mathematics Society (ΣUMS) Puzzle Hunt, which has been going since 2010 (if not earlier).

All three of these hunts use what I guess we can call "Australian rules": Teams of very limited size (each member must be registered), but can use any resources they want (including other people and the internet).  Prizes are given (which probably explains why teams have to be officially limited).  20 puzzles, released four or five at a time.  Hints for these puzzles are later released.  You get points for solving puzzles, but fewer points the more hints have been released.  (We're ineligible for prizes unless any of us are Australian, and there may be other conditions.)

If you know of other puzzlehunts that are very friendly to remote solving, please post them!


  • I happen to know of a few good ones we can do for practice. Not as big or expansive as the MIT Mystery Hunt, but the puzzles are in a similar vein.

    P&A Magazine:

    Each bi-monthly issue has a set of 12-16 puzzles in the style of the MIT Mystery Hunt, with a theme and metapuzzle. You have to pay for them, but I have a subscription and I can get access to them if you are interested. Foggy Brume has written puzzles for the MIT Mystery Hunt, so he knows what style they are usually in.

    He also has a couple of longer "hunts" on his site, the Puzzle Boat ( and Intercoastal Altercations 5 ( Both are free to play and have ended, but they can be good practice.

    Mark Halpin:

    Each year on Labor Day, he releases a set of interconnected puzzles for free; no prizes though. He has also written puzzles for the mystery hunt, and he has other puzzles on his website for practice.

    If you guys want some links to practice different puzzle types, I can try to dig up some for a separate thread. I can also find some online riddle games (Not necessarily puzzle-hunts) that might be worth looking at for a mental workout. For now, we have those links.

  • Dan Katz:

    Could be good practice.  I've solved a couple on my own and at least worked on them all.
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