Update: The winner who managed to solve the puzzle the fastest was Mr. Andres Alvarez (Dre) of Colorado! Amazing effort put in from everyone! It was a close race.
ZURB recently put together a four person team to participate in a one day puzzle hunt hosted by Shinteki. We had such a good time that we were inspired to create our own mini puzzle. There is a puzzle hidden in this blog post, be the first person to tweet the answer with the tag #zurb and we'll make you an honorary member of the ZURB puzzle team by mailing you your very own ZURB Aquarius remix T-shirt.
If you've never heard of these puzzle events, and you enjoy puzzles, you should most definitely take a gander at Shinteki. You and your team travel from location to location solving all manner of puzzles, with the goal of acquiring clues that will lead you to the next location. We like to do a little bit of team building, but wanted to get away from our daily routine of trust falls, bare-knuckle cage fighting, and
PreparationThe event we participated in was called the Aquarius Remix, started at 10am in Palo Alto, and suggested we bring swim suits. Which was a little confusing since this was supposed to be a puzzle day and not a swim meet. In addition to swim wear we also brought the following:
- Pens, pencils, and sharpies
- Grid paper
- Glue stick
- Box cutters
- AC car adapter
- Binder of common encodings
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Swim suits
- GPS device
- Handheld internet portals (iPhones)
Without giving away too many spoilers from the event, the puzzles consisted of everything from more traditional word searches, anagrams, trivia, and geography, to the less conventional message in a bottle, unidentified vials of liquid, snowball in a fountain, and a night hike through Golden Gate park (we were glad to have brought the flashlights).
Most of the puzzles involved multiple steps (like dealing with grief), identifying some sort of unique twist (