The following guidelines are intended to make the hunt run as smoothly and fairly as possible.
The most important rule of the puzzle hunt is this: the hunt is supposed to be FUN. If you're not having fun, it's our fault, not yours; please come talk to us and we'll see what we can do about it. Bear in mind, though, that some of these puzzles are very hard, so don't be surprised if you spend some time being stuck.
The answer to each puzzle will be a word or phrase. If you think you have correctly solved a puzzle, we strongly encourage you to confirm your answer with us. This is for two reasons: first, so that you know you're right; and second, so that we can monitor the progress of each of the teams, and keep track of whether or not any individual puzzles might be too hard.
You may use any resource you wish to attempt to solve these puzzles, but please try to adhere to the following points:
There is a mechanism by which each team can get a series of hints on one puzzle of their choice. We reserve the right to dispense additional hints in a manner that we deem to be fair.