MIT Mystery Hunt 2021

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MIT Mystery Hunt 2021
Running Team✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈
No. of Registered Teams346
Winning TeamPalindrome
No. of Rounds10
No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)199
Timeframe and Location
LocationOnline
Start Time1:00PM EST, January 15, 2021
Finishing Time (Winning Team)7:55PM EST, January 17, 2021
Official End Time10:00AM EST, January 18, 2021
Links
Hunt LinkLink
Kickoff LinkLink
Wrapup LinkLink
Repository LinkLink
MIT Mystery Hunt Chronology
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MIT Mystery Hunt 2021 was the 41st iteration of the MIT Mystery Hunt, with kickoff occurring on January 15, 2021. Run by ✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈, the hunt began with a scheduled conference with Yew Labs (MYST 2021, AKA Maturing Young Scientific Theories: Expanding Reality & You), where an announcement was made regarding the discovery of parallel universes, particularly one that was being studied at MIT. However, when it was revealed that head of Yew Labs and keynote speaker, Barbara S. Yew, had become trapped in the parallel universe version of MIT (known as the Perpendicular Institute of the World, or ⊥IW), teams were sent out to discover a way to travel there themselves and look for her.

Once this method, known as the Projection Device, was up and running, teams could explore the campus of ⊥IW and try to fix the many problems that had been caused by the presence of objects and people from an alternate universe. Eventually, teams were able to rescue Barbara Yew, but were told by her ⊥IW counterpart, Professor Hemlock, that if they didn't finish fixing everything, both universes would be destroyed. Ultimately, teams were able to save both universes after almost missing a final object that had been left behind by Dr. Yew; a quarter that she had placed in a vending machine upon arrival.

List of Rounds[edit | edit source]

Round Title Number of Feeder Puzzles Number of Metapuzzles
Yew Labs 13 1
Students 54 12
Green Building 13 1
Infinite Corridor 5Or 100,000 1
Athletics 25 4
⊥IW.giga 16 4
Stata Center 14 1
Clusters 11 1
Tunnels 14 1
Charles River 05 Events that gave answers 2
Endgame 0 1

State Diagram[edit | edit source]

Write Ups[edit | edit source]

From Team Galactic[edit | edit source]

Others[edit | edit source]

Leaderboard[edit | edit source]

This leaderboard was derived from the statistics provided by the hunt. Teams that finished the hunt are ranked in order of when they finished. Teams that did not finish the hunt are ranked by the number of adjusted solves that they had at 10am Monday, with ties broken by last solve time (not shown on this leaderboard). Solving a round meta granted all remaining solves from the rest of the round. Only the first infinite corridor puzzle of a given type counts as a puzzle solve.

Rank Team Solves Finish Time
1 Palindrome 199 2021-01-17 6:17:21 PM
2 Death and Mayhem 199 2021-01-17 6:29:45 PM
3 Test Solution Bees Ignore 199 2021-01-17 7:37:22 PM
4 teammate 199 2021-01-17 8:05:34 PM
5 Super Team Awesome 199 2021-01-17 10:35:01 PM
6 The Team Formerly Known As the Team Formerly Known As the Team Formerly Known As the Team To Be Named Later 199 2021-01-17 10:41:00 PM
7 CODEX-21 199 2021-01-18 1:31:23 AM
8 Hunches in Bunches 199 2021-01-18 4:30:18 AM
9 Cardinality 199 2021-01-18 5:45:53 AM
10 Non-Abelian Rage Theory 199 2021-01-18 6:36:31 AM
11 Team Left Out 199 2021-01-18 6:38:48 AM
12 Setec Astronomy 199 2021-01-18 9:33:26 AM
13 We Can't Hear You You're On Mute 191
14 The Providence Plant Translations 187
15 NES 174
16 Frumious Bandersnatch 171
17 Wafflehaüs 165
18 Halibut That Bass 163
19 Small Llama Malls 163
20 ET Phone in Answer 159
21 Ange Management 159
22 Up Late 158
23 Duck Soup 158
24 Metaphysical Plant 144
25 Central Services 144
26 Amateur Hour 138
27 😈💣🍫 Immoral, Illegal, and Fattening 😈💣🍫 137
28 137
29 Team Unseen 133
30 Donner Party of N 131

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