Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2022

Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2022
Running Team✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈
No. of Registered Teams887
Winning Teamፑ ETHIOPIC SYLLABLE TRALSE
No. of Rounds4
No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)43
Timeframe and Location
LocationOnline
Start Time2022-08-26 18:02 EDT
Finishing Time (Winning Team)2022-08-27 20:45 EDT
Official End Time2022-09-06 06:02 EDT
Links
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Wrapup LinkLink
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Galactic Puzzle Hunt Chronology
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Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2022, titled The Exam, was the fifth iteration of the Galactic Puzzle Hunt, run by ✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈. The puzzle hunt featured four rounds, with all of the rounds after the first instead happening on the Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2021 website. The general mechanism of the hunt was time loops, and various puzzles and rounds in the hunt interacted with this mechanic in various ways. 889 teams registered, and a record of 684 teams having solved at least one puzzle. A total of 79 teams solved The Cube (the endgame puzzle) and finished the hunt.

Postsolve Instructions[edit | edit source]

See Unlocking.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Teams started by taking an exam, which was advertised as about ten questions to be completed in an hour. However, upon completing the exam, teams are sent back to the beginning of the hunt, suggesting that something was amiss. Eventually, by finding alternate answers, teams were able to find the "real" answer to the intro round, taking them back to the 2021 Galactic Puzzle Hunt, an alternate universe imperiled by an incoming asteroid. A timer signifies the amount of time left before the alternate universe is destroyed by the universe, and the time loop must be started again by redoing the 2022 site. Teams are tasked to try to deal with this asteroid in the subsequent rounds, at varying degrees of urgency, and finding a device upon completion of each round. Finally, after finding all three devices, teams are able to address the asteroid, which is solved with Final Metameta answera WHACK TO THE FUTURE.

Structure[edit | edit source]

The hunt is divided into four main rounds. Most of the rounds have a signature mechanism that uniquely distinguishes them and affects the puzzles or unlock structure.

Round Number of Feeder Puzzles Number of Metapuzzles Notes
The Exam 8 Click to reveal7, if counting the duplicated Extreme Anagrams once only. 1 Click to reveal+1 Intro round. Click to revealSolving the round normally takes you back to the beginning of the round. Each puzzle actually has two answers, with one "more difficult" to find. Submitting enough alternate answers unlocks a different meta, which uses the original meta as well as the alternate answers.
Forward 12 1 A mostly "vanilla" round. Click to revealThe timer is 12 hours, which may result in teams needing to start the loop over while solving the round, but the puzzles do not otherwise interact with the timer.
Hibernating and Flying South 10 1 Click to revealThe timer is 90 days, which effectively poses no constraint at all for solvers. Instead, there are four different seasons, and puzzles have varying availabilities between the seasons.
World's End Concert 8 1 Click to revealThe timer is 4 minutes, leading to frequent restarts by solvers. The puzzles in this round play with this constraint in different ways.
(Endgame) n/a 1

List of Puzzles[edit | edit source]

The Exam (Intro Round)[edit | edit source]

Forward[edit | edit source]

Hibernating and Flying South[edit | edit source]

World's End Concert[edit | edit source]

Endgame[edit | edit source]

Write Ups[edit | edit source]

Leaderboard[edit | edit source]

Rank Team Solves Finish Time
1 ፑ ETHIOPIC SYLLABLE TRALSE 43 2022-08-27 8:45:00 PM
2 exAM TEsters 43 2022-08-27 10:56:00 PM
3 C[ardinality]s Get Degrees 43 2022-08-28 6:32:00 PM
4 The Saratoga Kicks 39 2022-08-29 1:46:00 AM
5 Eggplant Parms 43 2022-08-29 4:10:00 AM
6 🎏🎏🎏 SATisfACTory Herrings 🎏🎏🎏 43 2022-08-29 4:42:00 AM
7 Good morning. As you know, you’re here to take the GAP. Congratulations on taking this important step toward your college and career goals. Before we begin the test, I am going to read some instructio 43 2022-08-29 5:29:00 AM
8 The Blob Wizards 🔮🧙 43 2022-08-29 7:21:00 AM
9 Extra Credit for r/PictureGame 43 2022-08-29 10:49:00 AM
10 Killer Chicken Bones 43 2022-08-29 10:59:00 AM
11 The C@r@line Syzygy 43 2022-08-29 1:13:00 PM
12 Have you tried adding and then removing an essay component? 43 2022-08-29 8:30:00 PM
13 l + l = llama 43 2022-08-29 11:48:00 PM
14 17th Watermelon Bought in a Math Problem 43 2022-08-30 2:45:00 AM
15 Please Clap 38 2022-08-30 3:31:00 AM
16 Pusheen Apprecıatıon Socıety 41 2022-08-30 6:40:00 AM
17 _̾tⷭeⷪaⷢmⷷ_ 40 2022-08-30 1:06:00 PM
18 simpmeow 43 2022-08-30 8:33:00 PM
19 Arithmancers Necessarily Incompletely Marking Everything 42 2022-08-30 10:47:00 PM
20 The Label On A Drawer Of A Bee Teacher's Desk Before A Big Exam 43 2022-08-31 1:14:00 AM
21 1cool3me 39 2022-08-31 2:51:00 AM
22 Flashcardinality 43 2022-08-31 3:06:00 AM
23 SwaDE fishers 38 2022-08-31 5:50:00 AM
24 Indescribably Overrated Heuristic 43 2022-08-31 7:49:00 AM
25 Multiplugh Choice Questions Please 41 2022-08-31 1:53:00 PM
26 Yuki 43 2022-08-31 2:04:00 PM
27 [URGENT] NO TIME TO THINK STEP BY STEP 43 2022-08-31 6:39:00 PM
28 jacklance 36 2022-08-31 6:56:00 PM
29 Needlessly Eating Scantrons 41 2022-09-01 3:10:00 AM
30 PonX 43 2022-09-01 4:14:00 AM
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