The UTS Engineering Society Puzzle Hunt is an event where teams solve a number of online puzzles. The puzzles may take any shape or form, and part of the challenge is figuring out how to solve them! There is no physical component in these puzzles, all you need are your wits and the internet!
This event is in support of Mental Health awareness, and we encourage donations through our CrowdRasier. All proceeds of this event will be donated to WayAhead. WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) participate in the development of mental health initiatives which result in increased community awareness and knowledge of mental health issues. For further information please check their website at https://wayahead.org.au/.
Everyone is welcome to join the puzzle hunt, however prizes are only open to teams from UTS (registered with at least one UTS email). The puzzles vary in difficulty, catering to both experienced and new puzzle hunters. The teams are limited to 3 people per team (or less). For a full list of rules and scoring please read the rules at the bottom of this page. Any technical issues or questions should be directed to EngSoc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the winners! Each team will be contacted in the following days for their prizes.
Thank you for your participation.
Participation in the Puzzle Hunt is in teams of up to three members each. There is a max of 25 teams so get in quick!
All information except for names will be kept strictly confidential.
A team with at least one member with a UTS email address will be eligible for prizes.
Individuals may not be part of more than one team. Individuals found in breach of this will cause all offending teams to be disqualified.
Format of the Hunt
The first puzzle will be released on the 7th October 2019 at 5pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time, UTC+11). A new puzzle will be released the following day until the final puzzle on 11th October 2019 at 5pm AEDT.
There are five rounds of puzzles and each puzzle is released at 5pm from 7th - 11th October 2019.
Teams are allowed 10 guesses every 24 hours. This is reset at 5pm AEDT every day. Correct guesses do not use up guesses. Unused guesses do not carry over. Any guesses submitted over the 10 per 24 hour window will not be accepted.
For each puzzle, one hint is released 24 hours after the puzzle's release. The exception to this is the final puzzle released on the 11th October 2019 will have its hint released at 10am AEDT the following day (12th October 2019).
Each puzzle is worth 5 points at release, and loses 1 point in value when its hint is released. Thus, solving a puzzle is worth 5 points for solving it within the first 24 hours of release and 4 points thereafter.
No score penalty is applied for incorrect guesses, but the number of available incorrect guesses will decrease.
Teams are first ranked by score. If scores between two teams are tied, then the team with more puzzles solved ranks higher. If teams are still tied, then the team with the lower average solve time ranks higher.
You must be in a registered team for your guesses to count.
No more guesses will be accepted after 5pm AEDT 12th October 2019.
The winners of the Puzzle Hunt will be finalised and released at 8pm AEDT 12th October 2019.
Solving a Puzzle
Each puzzle has a single solution (most likely a word or phrase) composed of only the 26 letters of the English alphabet. This means that it will not contain digits or punctuation.
To solve a puzzle, submit your answer through the Google form found above. You can only submit an answer for one puzzle at a time. Submit your answers with no special characters or capitalisation.
Prizes are available to teams with one or more UTS students. Prizes are in the form of cash, provided by the UTS Engineering Society.
1st place ($150 AUD) - Awarded to the team with the highest score after the close of the puzzle hunt.
2nd place ($100 AUD) - Awarded to the second highest scoring team.
3rd place ($50 AUD) - Awarded to the third highest scoring team.
UTS Engineering Society Directors may take part in the Hunt but their teams are ineligible for prizes.
Any action deemed unsporting by UTS Engineering Society will result in disqualification. This includes, but is not limited to, soliciting and/or stealing answers and intentionally sabotaging any aspect of a puzzle. Attempts to hack the website will also not be tolerated.