Welcome to Dr. Bob's 9th annual Online Holiday Puzzle Hunt (OHPH 2020). Puzzles are provided for your enjoyment. Solving one puzzle leads you to the next puzzle. This continues until all puzzles have been solved.
This year's "Holiday" Hunt is themed around 2020!
The hunt is through the ClueKeeper
website. With this, you will experience immediate scoring, a high-quality hint distribution system, and a robust answer submission process.
What you will need:
- an iOS or Android phone with the ClueKeeper app
- a computer
- internet access
- a printer (will make it easier, but not strictly required)
- something to write with - a highlighter would be useful (or digital equivalent if solving without a printer)
- access to the Pandemic board game board... OR be able to find a high quality image online - here's one that might help: https://www.jorgedl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/pandemicMap.jpg
The hunt went live on January 8th and can be played anytime thereafter. Those interested in scoring can rest assured that there is no penalty for waiting.
The cost is $7.99. For those that really don’t like the idea of paying for this hunt, I am truly sorry. This also supports ClueKeeper - and, for those in the puzzling community, I hope you can respect this - ClueKeeper is awesome! Of the $7.99, I receive less than $4. If this is about what you would have tipped anyway – thank you. If you want this back, let me know. If you’d like to tip more, you will have an opportunity to do so - more on this below. If I were asked, I'd say let your enjoyment level be your guide. A big reason for doing this each year is to raise awareness for my non-profit: Elevate Tutoring. Thus, as always, you will also have the opportunity to make a donation.
So, if you are in a giving mood, you have the opportunity to show your appreciation by leaving a tip for Dr. Bob
and/or making a donation to Elevate Tutoring
, a non-profit company that Dr. Bob started to help underprivileged high school and college students in our community. You will be reminded of these when you complete the hunt.
Access is handled through ClueKeeper. To purchase the hunt, click here
to go to the ClueKeeper website. If you are already there, click on "FIND HUNTS" and then HH2020 should show up as one of the options. There is also a direct link here
. By purchasing the hunt, you will be given a hunt code that will allow you to download the hunt onto your app. When you are ready to start - you must provide a start code (listed below). If you have only the ClueKeeper hunt code, you will not be able to play. If you have only the start code below, you will not be able to play. You need both.
If you have friends or family that would like to play as a separate team, please invite them to register separately. Thank you!
More ClueKeeper details:
1) If other players on your team have a ClueKeeper account, be sure to add them before entering the start code.
2) If you want to hear when hints arrive, turn notifications on.
The start code is WHATAYEAR.
If you find any errors in the system or otherwise, please do not hesitate to let me know!
Unlike previous years when I would ask for your email address upon registration, there is no way for me to collect contact information from the participants (ClueKeeper keeps that separation for privacy reasons). So, if you are interested in hearing from me after the event or if you want to hear of any errata, etc. - please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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