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My First MIT Mystery Hunt – Part 4

Click here for Part 3. Sunday My intention at this point in the Hunt was to ride it out and stay awake until it ended, so again I was one of the few, the proud, the people who stayed up through the night and into morning.  I don’t remember much of what happened during the wee hours of the night, just chipping away at various puzzles I assume.  At one point, it was just Nina and me left in the room, so we decided to join forces and tackle a fun-looking puzzle together. We chose a puzzle called Plead the…

My First MIT Mystery Hunt – Part 3

Click here for Part 2. Saturday As Friday became Saturday, players started tapping out to get some sleep and our team size dwindled.  Our team website had a place to sign up for sleep shifts, hoping to keep at least 4 players awake at all times, but the division of the spreadsheet cells didn’t really lend themselves to signing up for appropriate blocks so I skipped it and figured I would just play it by ear.  I had even entertained the idea of going to bed really early, like between 8:00pm and 10:00pm, and returning at 3:00am or 4:00am.  Instead,…

My First MIT Mystery Hunt – Part 2

Click here for Part 1. Friday Part 2 Back at home base, we still had an hour before the puzzles would be released.  We didn’t really know what to do with ourselves after we had done introductions, but luckily Todd had brought a book full of fun and simple word puzzles for us to play together.  It was a great way to warm up our brains and get everyone talking and laughing.  It also reminded me that there are a lot of ways to make a puzzle!  I was happy to get a few of the answers right, and it…

My First MIT Mystery Hunt – Part 1

Well, I did it.  I survived MIT Mystery Hunt 2013, my first Mystery Hunt!  It also happened to be the longest Hunt “in recent memory,” spanning over 72 hours.  The following will be a description of my experience as a brand new player, so if you’re looking for a more detailed veteran account (and if you want to hear anything at all about the metas), check out Eric Berlin’s write-up, this write-up from a member of Immoral, Illegal & Fattening, and the webcast of the wrap-up (with spoilers) courtesy of Team Death From Above.   This Storify post from The Tech…

Cambridge Bound

After a nice winter break, I’m busy packing my bags to head for Cambridge, MA tomorrow for my first ever MIT Mystery Hunt!  I’m really excited/nervous, not just about tackling some seriously intimidating puzzles, but also learning how to be a helpful team member with important responsibilities.  I can’t wait to meet my teammates (which include people from the puzzling community that I’ve been hearing about since I started this blog) and be completely overwhelmed by the whole experience! =) I can’t make any promises, but I want to try and do some tweeting during the event, so keep an…

My Mystery Hunt To-Do List

I got my first preparatory e-mail from my MIT Mystery Hunt team this week.  I am officially freaking out!  Definitely feels more like it’s really happening than just buying the plane tickets.  The e-mail was also kind of a wake-up call:  only 7 weeks until the hunt!  And I have a lot more I need to do to prepare besides just puzzle training!  So here is my to-do list so far: Read all of my team’s massive Google site, especially the amazing intro guide they’ve written and the other logistical docs.  (I’m the type of person who has made a…