24 Jan 2013 cananian   » (Master)

The Gashly-Hunt Tinies (MIT Mystery Hunt 2013)

A is for ADPHI, who ran out of Rs, B is for Better Luck assaulted by czars.
C is for Codex who expired half way, D is for Dataviz stumped by “Wordplay”.
E is for Eigenpirates who left for the beach, F is for Fangorn’s chaotic speech.
G is for Grand Unified Theory’s lost love, H is for herrings caught shifting through drugs.
I is for Illegal, Immoral, and awake; J is for Jones who plagued teams with hard snakes.
K is for Keypad which we did without, L is for Left—as an exercise or just out.
M is for Meteor misstressing trochee; N is for Ninjas searching etsy.
O is for Om Nom locked out of the vault; P is for Part blah blah Who is John Galt?
Q is for Quadragesima Magna Victi In Cratera; R is for Raucous collecting old lira.
S is for Setec humming tunes with 8-bits; T is for Too Long spent reading git hub commits.
U is for Unseen who got caught Up Late; V is for Victory after seventy hours straight.
W is for White Magic which we never solved; X is for Xerox: conundrums resolved.
Y is for You Not Going to Space; Z is for Zero hunts matching this pace.

AdPhi and Better Luck This Time are team names. “Czar Cycle” was a difficult puzzle involving the Cyrillic, Greek, and Roman alphabets.
Codex Zouche-Nuttall and Dataviz are team names. “Wordplay” was a cryptic crossword.
Eigenpirates and Fangorn Foureast are team names. “Chaotic speech” is a reference to the “Grandson of the Realm of Unspeakable Chaos”
Grand Unified Theory of Love is a team name. “Substance Abuse” was a puzzle involving caesar-shifted chemical names.
Illegal, Immoral, & Fattening is a team name. Indiana Jones was the name of a round whose metas involve solving very difficult snake puzzles, resulting in 3d knots which then needed to be identified.
Keypad was the name of the obstacle corresponding to the Erno Rubik round. Left Out and Left As An Exercise For The Reader are team names.
Meteor Lab is a team name. ”Trochees, etc“ was a puzzle involving trochees (pairs of syllables with the first accented, as trochee itself should properly be) and etsy.com
Om Nom Nom is a team name, as is the complete text of Atlas Shrugged, which starts with, "PART I: NON-CONTRADICTION; CHAPTER I: THE THEME 'Who is John Galt?'..."
“VICTI IN CRATERA MAGNA QUADRAGESIMA”,or “conquered in the great/super bowl 40” (ie, SEAHAWKS) was the final cluephrase in the puzzle “Caesar's Palace”. Raucous Raucous Rhinos is a team name. “Collecting old lira” refers to the scavenger hunt puzzle "De-Coins".
Unseen Gambit and Up Late are team names. Seventy hours is a very conservative estimate of hunt length, from a 2pm start on Friday to a noon Monday commencement of the final runaround.
White Magic was a meta puzzle in the Erno Rubik round. The Xerox machine featured prominently in the “Time Conundrum” puzzle, used to create another copy of the instructions so that the first could be sent back in time with the correct answer written on it...
“You Are Not Going To Space Today” was a first-round puzzle. This hunt was the longest hunt ever.

Syndicated 2013-01-23 00:37:10 (Updated 2013-01-23 23:19:46) from Dr. C. Scott Ananian

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