If you’ve never heard of puzzlehunts 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 puzzlehunts, like Galactic Puzzle Hunt, REDDOThunt, or Puzzle Potluck.
The hunt started on Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 3:00 PM PDT and ended on Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 6:00 PM PST.
We designed the hunt for a team size of 6, and our registration is capped at 6 names. However, you can unofficially invite others onto your team, as long as they are not also participating on another team. We highly recommend having at least 3 people on your team.
We expect length and difficulty to be between Puzzle Potluck/REDDOThunt and Galactic Puzzle Hunt. Even for experienced teams, we expect the puzzlehunt to take most of a weekend.
The hunt has ended, so the scoreboard has been frozen and solutions for all the puzzles have been released. A wrap-up (with spoilers) is available here. However, if you have not finished and still want to experience the whole hunt, you can still register new teams, submit answers on the website, and progress through the hunt. The only difference is that you won’t be able to use party favors (hints). Some time in the future, team registration will close, but the puzzles will still be accessible, with the exception of the games.
We are teammate, an MIT Mystery Hunt team largely composed of current and former students affiliated with puzzling groups from MIT, CMU, and UC Berkeley. teammate was first inaugurated by a group of MIT students six years ago.
Matt Amee and Emma Tate are personas that have materialized and grown over the years. Celebrate their sixth birthday with us!
No, we are not officially related to any university.
It is completely free to participate in the hunt, but if you enjoy the hunt and would like to support teammate, you can donate here.
Please describe the error in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to correct it. We recommend using the latest versions of Chrome/Firefox. While we will look at all reports, we cannot guarantee fixes for all browsers.
This will not be necessary to complete any aspect of the puzzlehunt.
Here are some general puzzle tips that might be useful:
Remember that after party favors (hints) are released, you can also use them to get a nudge in the right direction.
There are no prizes, besides team pride.
No. It will take place entirely online.
Contact us at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to answer it. We might even add it to this list if enough people have your question!