Puzzle Writing Resources

This is a list of resources specific to writing hunt puzzles and running hunts. Puzzle Resources gives a list of general resources, while Puzzle Solving Resources gives resources tailored for solving puzzles; many of these resources are helpful when constructing puzzles as well. (for instance, if you want to find words that fit a certain pattern when filling out a grid)

Answer Checker[edit | edit source]

Guides[edit | edit source]

Puzzle Writing[edit | edit source]

Puzzle Hunt Event Hosting[edit | edit source]

Hunt Organization[edit | edit source]

For smaller hunts, a spreadsheet may be sufficient for tracking progress.

  • Puzzlord, an updated version of Puzzletron written in Django by Galactic Trendsetters
  • Puzzletron, hunt organization software used by MIT Mystery Hunt writing teams from 2011
  • Puzzup, a fork of Puzzlord, maintained by Palindrome

Hunt Website Frameworks[edit | edit source]

Puzzle Construction Tools[edit | edit source]

  • Puzzle JS, library for setting interactive JS based puzzles in HTML.
  • Qxw, for setting crosswords
  • Crosserville, for setting crosswords
  • Extraction Finder, for checking whether a target answer can be extracted by indexing into a given list of strings

Grid Logic Editors/Players[edit | edit source]

Wordlists[edit | edit source]

These word lists may be helpful for constructing word puzzles (such as crosswords), as well as defining what words are legal for interactive puzzles and games.

Scored wordlists[edit | edit source]

Unscored wordlists[edit | edit source]