Mystery Hunt Index Updated

It's only early October and I have all the 2020 puzzles indexed. Still slow but better than some years. I've addressed some feedback you guys left (but not to include any non-MIT hunts yet; someday, maybe) and I added a new top-level page with all the puzzles in alpha order by title instead of hunt order. This still needs some refinement.

We know now Galactic's going to run an all-remote hunt while it's not safe for 2000+ of us to gather in one place. Yay for still having a hunt!

Some stuff happened with the hosting platform but I dealt with it. I believe a limit I was facing (in the rather distant future, if I only index MIT hunts, but sooner if I add others) no longer exists as a result of the changes.

I no longer have a hunt to index, and I have a bit of free time coming up as a result of unused vacation days this year, so I might get around to working on the biggest planned feature which does not involve indexing non-MIT hunts, which is synonyms. The way this would work is that in the lists of keywords, cross-references would appear from alternate forms of a keyword to whichever one I have chosen as canonical, such as between Fences puzzle and Slither Link. On the page for the canonical keyword, an "also called" line listing all the synonyms would appear. Some work on the editor UI would allow me to find these keywords by their synonyms, as well as to create synonyms. And then of course I have to go through my 1800 keywords and add synonyms. Or maybe I'll just go through the puzzle type keywords and do that, and let you guys suggest the others.

Mystery Hunt Index Updates

We don't know what Mystery Hunt 2021 is going to look like. Is it going to be feasible to bring 2000 people together on the MIT campus in January? Will Galactic make the first online-only Mystery Hunt? Who knows?

But my site looks back at the past, not the future, and I've started putting the 2020 Hunt up there now that the puzzles have moved into the MIT archive.

In addition, Ronnie Kon pointed out to me a puzzle I was missing — I remembered the puzzle he described where one teammate had to relay to another these horrible passwords that were designed to thwart that sort of relay like 123FOURFIVEALLLOWERCASEandnowcapitals, but it didn't seem to be in my site. But after a little work I figured out this was the Rescue the Linguist interaction from 2017's hunt, which got missed because the puzzle page in the MIT archives didn't have any content. My research led to dr4b's writeup of that hunt, which described all three Rescue interactions, so I updated the pages on my site for this puzzle and also for Rescue the Chemist and Rescue the Economist with a description of each interaction and some keywords. Thanks, Ronnie and dr4b!

While I was searching for this puzzle in my site, I also chanced upon the only puzzle in my site that linked to the ihavetofindpeach site instead of going to MIT's site. Fixed!

MIT Mystery Hunt 2019, Part 1

This year I stayed with The Team to Be Named Later, though we were now The Team Formerly Known as the Team to Be Named Later. I will just call us Later to avoid that mouthful. We came back with much of the team we had last year, and some former Team Luck members who played on other teams in recent years, a couple other veterans, and a bunch of new people from Caltech, Harvey Mudd, and other universities.

I saw earlier in the week that the 100th anniversary of the Boston Molasses Flood ocurred, and I joked to a co-worker that that was probably going to be the theme of Mystery Hunt. Of course, I was right! Well, sort of. The theme was that somebody decided to make a new holiday, Molasses Awareness Day, memorializing the event and focusing on increasing safety. The word safety was stressed, continuing the running joke prompted by MIT's required distribution of first aid kits to all teams from a few years ago. But the holiday wasn't registered, and it caused chaos when the new town suddenly appeared in the Holiday Forest, which we all just learned about. In particular, leaking (but not flooding) molasses caused residents of several holiday towns, who usually stayed in their own towns, to mingle with their neighbors, leading to various problems.

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