Hunt puzzles[edit | edit source]
Jack Lance was the sole author of P.I.HUNT, a hunt released on Pi Day and well known for its innovative explorations of various hunt structures. Past P.I.HUNTs have included a hunt formatted like a book, a hunt that took place entirely on a jigsaw, and a hunt that only used the words "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". For the MIT Mystery Hunt, he hunted with the team Test Solution, Please Ignore in the past (which later merged to form Test Solution Bees Ignore). He was also on the team that won the meta prize for Mezzacotta Puzzle Competition 2016, Unclean Axis. Jack also completed the 2022 Galactic Puzzle Hunt solo, a hunt originally designed for teams of 10 people.
Logic puzzles[edit | edit source]
Jack Lance was an accomplished logic puzzle writer and solver, with about 150 logic puzzles posted on his Wordpress blog between 2013 and 2017. He won the U.S. division of the 2022 U.S. Puzzle Championship. He also scored top 5 finishes in the first and third rounds of the 2023 World Puzzle Federation Puzzle Grand Prix, beating out all other U.S. competitors.
Puzzle games[edit | edit source]
Jack Lance published many puzzle games, many of which were written in Puzzlescript. He also entered in the Ludum Dare game jam, with several highly rated and innovative games such as INF, Torus Tours, and Ludophile. He also joined the game development company Thekla, Inc., best known for the 2016 puzzle game The Witness.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Zachary was born to parents Hari and Susan in Lexington, MA. In middle school, he represented Massachusetts in Mathcounts in 7th and 8th grade, and got an Honorable Mention in the 2011 USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad (USAJMO). In high school, he got a 2015 USA Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) Honorable Mention, scoring in the top 24 students of the year. He also qualified for the Math Olympiad Program (MOP) multiple times. He went to the University of Rochester and graduated in 2019. While there, he got a Honorable Mention in the 2016 Putnam Competition. Additionally, he was part of his school's ACM-ICPC team, where they placed 31st in the 2017 ACM-ICPC World Finals. He also participated in his school's hackathons, DandyHacks, and placed highly three times. After graduating from the University of Rochester, he worked at Google for about a year before joining Thekla, Inc. He continued to be active in competitive programming, winning the ICPC Game AI challenge in 2021 and placing third in the ICPC Quantum Computing Challenge. He also reached a Codeforces rating of 2889, reaching the rank of international grandmaster.
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Archive of Jack Lance's tweets
- Jack Lance's list of games
- Jack Lance's itch.io profile
- Jack Lance's Wordpress blog
References[edit | edit source]
- Zachary H. Polansky | 2023 | Obituary
- 2022 U.S. Puzzle Championship
- Dedham Student Goes to National MATHCOUNTS to Compete
- 2011 Junior USAMO Winners and Honorable Mentions
- 2015 USAMO Winners and Honorable Mentions
- 2016 Putnam Competition Results
- Profile of Zachary Polansky - Competitive Programming Hall of Fame
- Yellowjackets Move on to World Finals in ACM-ICPC Programming competition
- Zachary Polansky's software portfolio - Devpost
- ICPCNews on Twitter
- Presenting the Winners of the First ICPC Quantum Computing Challenge - Medium, Qiskit
- atomicenergy - Codeforces