Below you will find all the rules and instructions for participating in the event. If you've never done something like this before (and even if you have), please read them carefully. You may also want to visit the Post Hunt website, in addition to previous years' puzzles, for an idea of what to expect. We hope you are excited as we are about having an event like this in Fresno. By the end of it your brain may hurt a little, but mostly you should have had a great time! If you have any questions after reading this, please check out the FAQs or visit the Contact page.
Each team must register prior to participating in the puzzle hunt.
Teams may be comprised of between 1 and 6 people. If you are participating by yourself and would like to be placed on a team with other similar individuals, please note this by checking the appropriate box on the registration page.
While there is no age limit for the event, we recommend you be of at least high school age since children probably won't be able to solve the brainteasers
Each team must have a text and internet capable device.
Do not cheat. While using the internet is acceptable, copying other teams' answers is not. Not only is it not fair, but it won't help when you have to explain how you arrived at all your solutions.
Once you arrive at the event, your team captain must check-in to receive your puzzle packet. The puzzle packet will contain vital information for locating and solving the puzzles. We will start the event at 12 PM with a welcome announcement in which we will provide instructions for the Hunt and other important information. Please arrive early so you have time to check-in and don't miss the opening remarks.
There will be 5 separate puzzles that you must solve, each at a different location around the event area. It will be obvious when you get to a puzzle location.
At each location you will be presented with some kind of puzzle or brainteaser. It could involve something that's given to you (e.g. a drawing on a piece of paper), a display of some kind, or people acting out a scene. The hardest part will be figuring out what to do with what you see/hear/etc. - there won't be any obvious instructions! The puzzle could direct you to a separate location where you'll find another element of the puzzle, it could hint that you call a phone number, or any number of other things.
The answer to every puzzle will be a NUMBER! That number will correspond to a clue in your puzzle packet. The clues will probably not make any sense at this point, but that's okay... you'll use them later.
At around 3:30 PM, everyone should return to the main stage where we started the Hunt. At this point, you will need to have all your clues as a final puzzle will be revealed. You will use all the clues you collected from the other puzzles in order to solve the final one. This will be the hardest part of the Hunt.
In order to claim the grand prize, the winning team must be able to explain how they arrived at all the answers, to our satisfaction. Once we have a winning team, we will bring them on stage to award them their prize. We will then explain all the solutions to the puzzles. As tempting as it may be, please do not bring rotten tomatoes to throw at us.