The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt

The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt
Running TeamEdric Haleen
Winning Team???
No. of Rounds7
No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)26 easy/26 hard
Timeframe and Location
LocationOnline
Start Time2023-07-18 17:00 EDT
Finishing Time (Winning Team)???
Official End Time2023-07-28 12:00 EDT
Links
Hunt LinkLink
Edric's Treasure Hunt Chronology
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The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt (the fifth non-treasure hunt in the series, and the third "Puzzle Hunt") will go live at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 18, 2023. The hunt will be 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, will be that there will actually be two hunts running simultaneously -- an "easy-half" hunt that will be formally presented on the main web page and a "hard-half" hunt which will run "in the background." Solving an easy-half puzzle will allow the solver to access the corresponding hard-half puzzle, so the puzzles for the hard-half will follow the same release schedule as the puzzles for the easy-half.

The easy-half puzzles will be specifically tailored for young kids to be able to solve, so families are encouraged to participate. (The guiding philosophy for writing the easy-half puzzles is 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, will be able to dispatch these easy-half puzzles very quickly and will hopefully merely regard them as cute little "palate cleansers" on their way to the more substantial hard-half puzzles.

List of Rounds[edit | edit source]

Round Number of Puzzles Notes
Day 1 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 18, 2023)
Day 2 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 19, 2023)
Day 3 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 20, 2023)
Day 4 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 21, 2023)
Day 5 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 22, 2023)
Day 6 4 easy/4 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 23, 2023)
Token Meta 1 easy/1 hard (Tokens will get collected as puzzles get solved)
Meta 1 easy/1 hard (Will be released at 17:00 EDT, July 24, 2023)