UTA Puzzle Hunt
|UTA Puzzle Hunt|
|Winning Team||Someone Old, Someone New, Someone Borrowed, and Someone Blue|
|No. of Rounds||1|
|No. of Puzzles (Feeders and Metas)||22|
|Timeframe and Location|
|Location||University of Texas at Austin|
|Start Time||November 4, 2000 9:28 AM|
UTA Puzzlehunt, subtitled The Enigma of Ra, was a puzzle hunt held by students in the University of Texas at Austin campus. The approximate theming is based off Ancient Egypt. The hunt was directly inspired by one of the organizers having had interned at Microsoft, where they participated in the Microsoft Intern Puzzleday. The single word "puzzlehunt" likely originated from Microsoft as well. There were a total of 22 puzzles in the hunt without a metapuzzle.
The hunt had a somewhat stringent guessing policy, allowing for three guesses per puzzle without penalty. However, from the fourth guess and onward, the point value of a solve would be reduced, first to 80% and then decreasing by 5% for each guess, up to a maximum of 10 guesses. The winning team "Someone Old, Someone New, Someone Borrowed, and Someone Blue" won the top prize of $500. Second and third place teams "The Holistic Detective Agency" and "The Mindbenders" won copies of The Code Book by Simon Singh.
Plans for another sequel, subtitled The Dark Orb, were announced in 2002.