The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt
|The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt|
|Running Team||Edric Haleen|
|No. of Rounds||7|
|No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)||26 easy/26 hard|
|Timeframe and Location|
|Start Time||2023-07-16 17:00 EDT|
|Finishing Time (Winning Team)||2023-07-23 18:30:47 EDT|
|Official End Time||2023-07-26 12:00 EDT|
|Edric's Treasure Hunt Chronology|
The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt (the fifth non-treasure hunt in the series, and the third "Puzzle Hunt") went live at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 16, 2023. The hunt was structured in the style of an Australian hunt, with six rounds of puzzles released over the course of a week, and then a final metapuzzle at the end.
The twist on this structure, however, was that there were actually two hunts running simultaneously -- an "easy-half" hunt that was formally presented on the main web page and a "hard-half" hunt which ran "in the background." Solving an easy-half puzzle allowed the solver to access the corresponding hard-half puzzle, so the puzzles for the hard-half followed the same release schedule as the puzzles for the easy-half.
The easy-half puzzles were specifically tailored for young kids to be able to solve, so families were encouraged to participate. (The guiding philosophy for writing the easy-half puzzles was that a 4th grader should be able to solve them solo and a 2nd grader should be able to solve them with maybe a little reading assistance from someone older.) Veteran solvers, for their part, were able to dispatch those easy-half puzzles very quickly and could merely regard them as cute little "palate cleansers" on their way to the more substantial hard-half puzzles.
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List of Rounds[edit | edit source]
|Round||Number of Puzzles||Notes|
|Day 1||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 16, 2023)|
|Day 2||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 17, 2023)|
|Day 3||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 18, 2023)|
|Day 4||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 19, 2023)|
|Day 5||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 20, 2023)|
|Day 6||4 easy/4 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 21, 2023)|
|Token Meta||1 easy/1 hard||(Tokens were collected as puzzles got solved)|
|Meta||1 easy/1 hard||(Puzzles released at 17:00 EDT, July 22, 2023)|