Are you ready for some puzzleball?
Perennial puzzlehunt contenders [three airplanes] Galactic Trendsetters [three more airplanes] are bestowing upon us a six-day Aussie-style puzzlehunt starting on March 14. It has a year on it, which makes it sound like the event might be recurring, and the debut theme is the “Puzzleball Championships.”
There are some interesting rules innovations, such as replacing the canned hints with yes/no questions (potentially an improvement, but this sounds like a potential bear for the organizers) and breaking ties via adjusted average solve time, where the adjustment is that anything in the first day counts as a full day (I actually hate this idea, because it means ties will likely be broken by teams’ times on the most flawed puzzles, but we’ll see what happens!).
I enjoyed BAPHL 11, which I believe came from some of the constructors involved in this project, so I have high hopes. Now if it had just been a week later to coincide with my spring break…