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. You may also be interested in this detailed write-up of puzzlehunts and how to solve puzzles.
The hunt starts on Fri, Oct 1, 2021, 4:00 PM PDT and will end on Sun, Oct 10, 2021, 9:00 PM PDT.
We designed the hunt for a team size of 8, and our registration is capped at 8 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’re aiming for a hunt similar in length and difficulty to last year’s Teammate Hunt, which we judged as slightly easier than Galactic Puzzle Hunt. We expect the puzzlehunt to take most of a weekend for leading teams, but we encourage teams to keep solving beyond the weekend!
When the hunt ends, the scoreboard will be frozen and solutions for all the puzzles will be released. However, if you have not finished and still want to experience the whole hunt, you will still be able to register new teams, submit answers on the website, and progress through the hunt for a short while. The only difference is that you won’t be able to use peanuts (hints). Some time in the future, team registration will close, but the puzzles will still be accessible.
We are teammate, a group of enthusiastic puzzle solvers and crafters who participate in many puzzlehunts, including the MIT Mystery Hunt. teammate was first inaugurated by a group of MIT students seven years ago.
MATT AMEE and EMMA TATE are personas who have materialized and grown over the years. Come enjoy the carnival with them!
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 version of Chrome or 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. However, if you want to do this, please limit any automated requests to at most 1/second for our server’s sake. We may disqualify teams that egregiously violate this request.
Here are some general puzzle tips that might be useful:
Remember that after peanuts (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.
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