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If you’ve never seen puzzlehunts before, the short explanation is that the goal of every puzzlehunt puzzle is to obtain an “answer”, which is a short word or phrase. Beyond that, puzzles can come in many forms and usually contain no direct instructions; figuring out what to do is the puzzle. For a more in-depth tutorial and suggestions for first puzzles/puzzlehunts to try, you can read my blog post, Introduction to Puzzlehunts.

That is all to say, I’ve written quite a few puzzlehunt puzzles over the years. Some shortlists of puzzles I’m particularly proud of:

Full list:

Some other selected logic puzzles:

My Katz number is at most 5:

Hunting History

The first puzzlehunt I participated in was the 2011 CiSRA puzzle hunt ( link), with a bunch of people from Art of Problem Solving. I kept hunting with people from the site for a couple years. In 2013, I was invited into the MIT Random Hall team to do the MIT Mystery Hunt. We didn’t win that year, but we did in 2014 and thus had to write the 2015 hunt. Three of my puzzles made it into the hunt.

Afterwards, I briefly hunted with a Plugh for MUMS Puzzlehunt 2015. In 2016, I got into MIT and started hunting pretty exclusively with my dorm floor, Floorpi, and the associated team ✈✈✈ Galactic Trendsetters ✈✈✈. With the latter group, I’ve also helped run the Galactic Puzzlehunt all four times it’s run so far, as well as the 2021 MIT Mystery Hunt, per tradition, since we won the previous year’s Mystery Hunt.

In my spare time, I also occasionally put puzzles on my blog; mostly logic puzzles in the early days, but more puzzlehunt-style puzzles now. Just to give a feel, here’s a logic puzzle from 2012, one MellowMelon’s Double Back.

[Double Back puzzle]

Below is an incomplete, vaguely sorted list of all the puzzlehunts I’ve done and teams I did them with. But it looks like I have stopped updating this.