MOP: The Puzzle Hunt
You are a 2019 MOPper at Carnegie Mellon, exploring the campus. You’re starting to find some messages in places you don’t expect. Putting together the pieces, you realize there might be more to the map than you can see…
Click the map to start.
Hunt rules, in brief
More detailed rules will be given after you finish the first step of the intro puzzle (which is marked by “START HERE” in the map; the other links aren’t needed until the next step). At that point you will also get access to the answer checker. So, here’s just a few brief rules to start off.
- This is a miniature puzzle hunt written for MOP 2021.
- The hunt has one intro puzzle, six normal puzzles and one meta-puzzle.
- Most MOP students don’t have much past puzzle experience, and this hunt was designed accordingly.
- Nonetheless, the hunt assumes extensive familiarity with math olympiad lore, e.g. abbreviations such as IMO and ISL, or references to problems from recent exams.
- There are no constraints on how many people you can work with. We suggest that most people will have the most fun in teams of 3-5 people. But it’s up to you.
- The following ARE allowed.
- Guessing as many things into the answer checker as you want.
- Searching the Internet freely for resources.
- Writing programs to help you work on a puzzle, as long as they are local.
- The following are NOT allowed.
- Do not make any form of repeated or automated requests to a website.
- Do not try to hack the website.
- None of the puzzles require you to view the source code of pages. You can look if you want, but we think it’s more misleading than helpful.
- You may run into other people during the hunt. Please follow common sense: keep all discussion safe-for-work, don’t be a jerk to others, and be mindful of spoilers.
This page itself is not a puzzle or part of any puzzle.