Edric's Puzzle Hunt 2020

Edric's 2020 Puzzle Hunt
Running TeamEdric Haleen
Winning TeamMoor, Justin, and Austin from Berkeley, CA
No. of Rounds7
No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)26
Timeframe and Location
Start Time2020-07-12 12:00 EDT
Finishing Time (Winning Team)2020-07-18 12:20 EDT
Official End Time2020-07-22 12:00 EDT
Hunt LinkLink
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Edric's 2020 Puzzle Hunt (the first non-treasure hunt in the series) went live at 12:00 noon EDT on Sunday, July 12, 2020. The hunt was structured in the style of an Australian hunt, with six rounds of puzzles released over the course of a week, and then a final metapuzzle at the end.

The only deviation from this structure occurred at the beginning of Day Four. Instead of seeing four new puzzles (as they had been led to expect), solvers saw a single "metapuzzle." But this puzzle was not an actual metapuzzle, as it didn't require any of the previous feeder solutions to solve. Instead, solving the puzzle served to unlock the true Day Four puzzles. (Solvers who did not solve this "gatekeeper" puzzle on Day Four were able to see all the puzzles from Days Four and Five at the beginning of Day Five.)

This momentary departure from the format caused (as was intended) some initial surprise and confusion for solvers. One such solver happened to be recording himself for his YouTube channel as he navigated this particular portion of the hunt. You can watch Anthony from Cypher House at https://youtu.be/DCeDZNc0N3Q (spoilers in video) to see his reactions.

List of Rounds[edit | edit source]

Round Number of Puzzles Notes
Act I 4
Act II 4
Act III 4
(Faux) Meta Puzzle 1 (This wasn't a real metapuzzle; later, solvers realized it was actually "training" for the Final Meta.)
Act IV 4 These four puzzles were "locked" behind the Faux Meta; they were all released overtly at the start of Act V. Notably, these puzzles were also very closely related to the puzzles released in Act I.
Act V 4
Act VI 4
Final Meta 1 As the Act IV puzzles were similar in nature to the Act I puzzles, so too was the Final Meta similar to the Faux Meta.

"Sidecar" Hunt[edit | edit source]

A parallel, "sidecar" hunt ran at the same time at Edric's 2020 Puzzle Hunt, and the puzzles were posted (one per day) on the same main page. Branded "The HappyJon Special" (named in honor of a member of the Underscore team), this hunt was wholly separate from the "main" hunt. The seventh puzzle was a metapuzzle which drew upon the previous six solutions; solving it brought solvers to one final, multi-part puzzle to solve before reaching the conclusion of the hunt. The puzzles were named, respectively: