MIT Mystery Hunt 2022

MIT Mystery Hunt 2022
Running TeamPalindrome
No. of Registered Teams393
Winning Teamteammate
No. of Rounds14
No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)182
Timeframe and Location
Start Time1:00PM EST, January 14, 2022
Finishing Time (Winning Team)9:57AM EST, January 16, 2022
Official End Time6:00PM EST, January 16, 2022
Hunt LinkLink
Kickoff LinkLink
Wrapup LinkLink
Repository LinkLink
MIT Mystery Hunt Chronology
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MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 was the 42nd iteration of the MIT Mystery Hunt, with kickoff occurring on January 14th, 2022. Run by Palindrome, the hunt technically began prior to kickoff, with a series of optional Prologue puzzles released on December 13, 2021, and carrying an "intelligent/superpowered animals" theme known as Star Rats. This is the first recorded instance of a hunt releasing a round's worth of puzzles prior to the start of the hunt.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The plot of the hunt began with Star Rats, an optional pre-hunt set of puzzles which detailed a story hook for a future hunt revolving around the retrieval and research of a series of super-powered and super-intelligent rats. When kickoff occurred in January, the opening skit seemed to be continuing with this theme, including reference to the Institute for the Acquisition and Study of Hyperintelligent Creatures (IFTAASOHC), but was interrupted when Hayden Library (the intended starting location for the hunt proper) disappeared into a large hole and was replaced by a large vortex which sent the former contents of the library flying. This revelation forced the hunt organizers to "drop the skit" and send teams to investigate the incident, in particular the puzzles that seemed to be appearing on the pages of the books that remained. Before teams could fix the problem, however, they were sucked into the hole itself into a different world, a place which solvers would eventually learn was called "Bookspace".

Teams at first found themselves at a location called The Ministry of Intertextual Transportation, and were confronted by six "Ministers"; people who were in charge of particular types of books and written media and sharing their names with libraries or collections on MIT campus. After accusing solvers of causing the hole, as well as other destruction within Bookspace, the Ministers recruited solvers to assist in figuring out what was actually causing the damage, as well as how to stop it. While doing so, teams were approached by Tock the Watchdog, a character from Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. He offered to help return the teams to the real world once they had stopped further damage from occurring.

After identifying and subduing the creature that had been wrecking Bookspace, solvers discovered that their way home wasn't as clear cut as it had seemed; due to the previous damage to the realm, people, places, and object had begun to fade from existence. Tock explained that normally any damage would be reversed by something called the Plot Device, but that had also been destroyed prior to the teams' arrival. In order to return home, teams would have to explore the different regions of Bookspace and collect components that would help to rebuild the device. A location called Pen Station acted as a hub for travelling to the different regions, which were all themed after particular book genres (horror, romance, how-to, etc.).

Once the Plot Device was reassembled and powered up, Tock informed the teams that there was one more problem. They could use the tollbooth to travel back home, but required fictional currency to power it; something that the solvers, being from the real world, did not have. After searching through Bookspace, they managed to find something that fit the bill, and were able to travel back home just before the "real" hunt on MIT's wrapped up.

List of Rounds[edit | edit source]

Round Title Number of Feeder Puzzles Number of Metapuzzles
The Investigation 10 1
The Ministry 25Plus 5 in Fruit Around 7
Noirleans 13 1
Lake Eerie 16 1
The Quest Coast 8 1
New You City 13 1
Recipeoria 10 1
Heartford 14 1
Whoston 11 1
Reference Point 12 1
Howtoona 9 1
Sci-Ficisco 11 1
The Plot Device 10 1
The Tollbooth 0 1

State Diagram[edit | edit source]

Mentions in Other Media[edit | edit source]

Write Ups[edit | edit source]

This is a list of write ups about Mystery Hunt 2022.

From Team Palindrome[edit | edit source]

Others[edit | edit source]

Leaderboard[edit | edit source]

This leaderboard was computed from the solve log 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 solves that they had at 12pm Monday, with ties broken by last solve time (not shown on this leaderboard).

Rank Team Solves Finish Time Notes
1 teammate 172 2022-01-16 9:56:50 AM
2 Left Out 182 2022-01-16 11:19:41 AM
3 Death and Mayhem 181 2022-01-16 1:08:09 PM
4 UNICODE EQUIVALENCE 174 2022-01-16 4:56:10 PM
5 The Team Formerly Known as the Team Formerly Known as the Team Formerly Known as the Team Formerly Known as the Team to Be Named Later 182 2022-01-16 5:58:06 PM TTBNL was the fifth team to finish the hunt, but were not officially classified on the leaderboard.
5 ✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈ 174 2022-01-16 7:29:37 PM
6 Cardinality 174 2022-01-16 10:24:36 PM
7 The Providence Transmutations 174 2022-01-17 12:56:36 AM
8 Super Team Awesome 171 2022-01-17 1:29:11 AM
9 404 Rage Not Found 159
10 Setec Astronomy 150
11 Frumious Bandersnatch 144
12 Hunches in Bunches 131
13 The TSBI Swarm 128
14 Immoral, Illegal & Fattening 125
15 Setec Astronomy Total Landscaping 123
16 Duck Soup (with an Exploding Moose) 123
17 Halibut That Bass 123
18 NES 122
19 Codex Vindobonensis 751 120
20 simhunt 119
21 Up Late 113
22 Entire Contingent of /r/PictureGame 108
23 Central Services 107
24 Small Llama Malls 106
25 Metaphysical Plant 101
26 Amateur Hour 98
27 ET Phone in Answer 95
28 🗺️🦥🥘 93
29 Donner Party 90
30 84

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