Herrings is a team that participates in online hunts. The team started using the Herrings name in 2016 for the Mezzacotta Puzzle Hunt as Octarine Herrings, which they won. The team is composed of alumni from Brown University, many who were introduced to puzzles by Dan Katz. For the MIT Mystery Hunt, the team hunts with The Providence Transplantations.

History[edit | edit source]

A screenshot of Herrings' achievement tab

Originally, most Herrings teams were of the form <color> Herrings, referring to the Red Herring element often referenced in hunt puzzles. The original team name used the fictional color Octarine from Discworld, a reference to the hunt theme. Later, the team also adopted the use of the 🎏 emoji as a calling card. The team also maintains an "achievement tab" for each hunt, with fun achievements such as "McFly a puzzle" or "take a screenshot of us ahead of Mystik Spiral[1]".

Hunt performances[edit | edit source]

Date Hunt Rank Notes
2022-10-08 EC Puzzle Hunt 2022 8 as /u/embarrassedclupea 🎏
2022-08-26 Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2022 6 as 🎏🎏🎏 SATisfACTory Herrings 🎏🎏🎏
2022-04-15 Quantum Online Puzzle Hunt 11 as Câd🎏Herrings' [Active Sails
2021-12-18 Puzzle Rojak 20 as 🎏ikanbilis🎏
2021-12-04 Silph Puzzle Hunt 2021 4 as Mystik Herrings πŸŒ€πŸŽ (Team ❄️)
2021-10-01 Teammate Hunt 2021 9 as Haringhappen 🎏
2021-09-10 QoDE Puzzle Hunt 12 as Eight Herrings in a Wheelbarrow 🎏
2021-08-21 Puzzle Potluck 4 10 as Pretty Dapper Snappers 🎏
2021-07-23 Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2020 24 as 🎏🎏🎏 Myopic Herrings 🎏🎏🎏
2021-07-16 Hunt20 2.1 Puzzle Hunt 19 as Icosahedral Herrings 🎏
2021-05-29 Huntinality 2021 19 as Mustachioed Herrings
2021-01-02 UMD Puzzle Hunt 2021 17 as School of Herrings
2020-06-20 Puzzle Potluck 3 9 as Pot of Herrings
2019-08-07 MUMS Puzzle Hunt 2019 16 as 🎏🎏🎏 Scrambled H³rrings 🎏🎏🎏
2018-03-16 Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2018 11 as 🎏🎏🎏 Chocolate Herrings 🎏🎏🎏

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ↑ Dan Katz's team, sometimes