Hunt For Justice, At-Home Charity Puzzle Hunt, Oct. 21

Half proceeds go to Innocence Project.
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Puzzle hunt veterans Matt Cleinman and Eli Goodfriend have gathered together some of the field’s most recognized designers to create at-home puzzle hunt Hunt For Justice, for which half of the event’s proceeds will go to charitable foundation Innocence Project.

Taking place Oct. 21, Hunt For Justice will feature nine puzzles that wrap-up with a final meta-puzzle that will arrive prior to the event date. Puzzles for the hunt will come packaged up with an investigator’s kit with useful tools, physical puzzle components, and printed copies of each puzzle.

“The puzzles in this hunt aren’t garden variety [Sudoku] or [Crosswords] — these puzzles typically come without instructions,” describes puzzle hunt officials. “[They] can involve anything from logical reasoning to identifying pop culture references to playing with toys. Figuring out what to do with the information you are given is often the crux of the puzzle.”

On the day of the hunt, the Hunt For Justice website will be opened from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET for teams to have live access to humans for hints and to check solutions. The website will remain available forever, but the access to live help will end that day and solutions will be revealed Oct. 28.

Organizers expect the puzzle hunt to take around five hours to complete.

Registration closes Aug. 1, running U.S. teams $80 and international competitors $90, the additional bump going toward increased shipping costs. Organizers estimate that shipping charges will be between $40 – $50 and could vary based on the final total of teams that have registered.

A total cap of 160 teams have been opened to the waitlist, with all those signing up prior to July 26 guaranteed a spot. Those registering by the Aug. 1 deadline will be added in if resources remain to accommodate the amount of interested players.

Puzzle Designers

  • E Forney
  • Larry Hosken
  • Nat Guy
  • Neal Tibrewala
  • Sandor Weisz
  • Sean Gugler
  • Spidere

Cleinman is one of the co-founders of Puzzled Pint and Goodfriend has writer’s credentials from past Berkeley Mystery Hunt under his belt.

Innocence Project is a non-profit organization 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, that assists wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing. The organization also works to prevent similar issues in the criminal justice system from occurring in the future.

About Bran McMillin

Bran McMillin is the founder and senior editor for the puzzle news site Puzzle Pile. From 2007 - 2010, he served as editor for the magazine Panopticon: Puzzles & Games. He is the inventor of the Itachi and Hairetsu puzzle forms and has created hundreds of puzzles. Disclosure: Bran is a member of the National Puzzlers' League.


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