The puzzles in this hunt are designed to entertain those new to puzzling and experts alike. Beginners can take advantage of the hint system to overcome hurdles while experienced puzzlers can challenge themselves to solve the puzzles as quickly as possible.
Hints are distributed automatically, in a timed fashion, by the ClueKeeper system.
Submitting intermediate messages that you discover while solving may confirm your progress and/or may reveal information to help guide you to your final answer. When you are typing partial answers, punctuation should NOT be included, case does not matter and you should not have to worry about whether you use spaces or not.
Game Control (GC) support:
The entire hunt and the use of ClueKeeper is intended to allow you to play anytime without live GC. However, if there is something you need from GC, please do not hesitate to send Dr. Bob an email:
. He may not get back to you immediately, but he is online a lot so if you are in a pinch, it is worth a shot.
Dr. Bob's standard scoring system is in play. In this system, each puzzle is assigned a Generous Average Solve Time (GAST). You receive GAST points for solving a puzzle (without a hint) and (GAST minus <solve time>) bonus points if you solve the puzzle in less time than 'expected.' Taking a hint early limits your score to 90% of the GAST (meaning, you can no longer earn bonus points for that puzzle). Waiting for the hint to release automatically is free and does not impact your score.
The solve time for each puzzle begins when you enter the start code into ClueKeeper and ends when you submit the correct solution. When you enter the start code, you will have to point your browser to the puzzle link and print the puzzle. This is a time that everyone has to deal with and the extra two minutes have been factored in to the generous "average" solve times. Breaks between puzzles do not count against you - allowing you to space out your play. Simply start each puzzle when you are ready.
Results will be automatically distributed through the ClueKeeper system!
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