Editors Note: This post was written by sproutcm, who currently sits atop the Sporcle Quizmaster leaderboard, and has now devised a very difficult challenge for even the most diligent Sporclers.
Just over a year ago, I began a quest to create the first puzzle hunt made entirely out of Sporcle quizzes. It sat around unfinished for a very long time until Mother Nature decided to send a giant blizzard to Boston trapping me at home until I finished it.
The Great Sporcle Puzzle Hunt will be comprised of 15 individual puzzle quizzes: one in each of the 15 Sporcle categories. These will culminate in a two-part puzzle quiz, serving as the metapuzzle. One was released each day, for 16 days, so that everyone would have the chance to come to Sporcle, take the quizzes and solve the puzzle.
Read more below if you want more background and info on the puzzle hunt, or click here if you just want to dive right into the quizzes.
What is a puzzle hunt?
In most puzzle hunts, which include the MIT Mystery Hunt, Midnight Madness, and The Game, people are given a series or set of puzzles. The puzzles range from trivia games and logic puzzles to crosswords and wordplay. However, in addition to being a Sporcle quiz you can take, each Sporcle Puzzle Hunt quiz contains a puzzle that leads to a distinctive answer, usually a common word or phrase.
In many cases, each of the answers to these puzzles can be combined together into a larger puzzle, called a metapuzzle, that yields a final combined answer. In most cases, you would need most of the answers to solve this final puzzle, and the more answers you have, the easier it is to solve the overall puzzle. To give you some practice, I’ve created a sample set of puzzles that feature a metapuzzle to warm you up for this hunt.
In this sample there are three smaller puzzles, each of which is a Sporcle quiz that also happens to yield an answer. Each of these answers together leads to a final answer. To help people ease into these hunts, this sample quiz has some hint features to help you along, but don’t expect hints in the final hunt.
Part of the goal of this hunt is to highlight all of the Sporcle features, which is why there will be a quiz in all 15 categories, as well as image, clickable, color, matching, and minefield quizzes. As you solve each of these 15 quizzes, keep track of your answers, because you’ll need those on day 16.
Because this is part of a puzzle hunt, getting to the end is meant to be a challenge, and the first people to complete all the parts should feel very proud of themselves. The puzzles have been set to not display the answers when the quiz ends; this is both for the added challenge and because then you cannot just quit the quiz and see all the answers. Also, for many people there will be lots of difficult things on the quizzes; it is up to the individual, but there is nothing wrong with looking up things you need to complete some of the quizzes. In some cases, you’ll enjoy them more if you don’t look them up, but there are no rules against that in this puzzle hunt. The only real rule will be please please please:
NO SPOILERS, ANSWERS, OR HINTS IN THE COMMENTS
While the hunt is on, there will be no hints, and people must accept that challenge to try and solve them. At some point later, I’ll open up my email for people who want and need hints to get them past where they are stuck. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk about things. At first, when the puzzles are new, there won’t be any hints, but after all of them have been released, I will be willing to help poke and push people in the right direction. A while after the puzzles are released, there will be a Hinting Quiz that will automatically help you with the quizzes.
In honor of this first Puzzle Hunt at Sporcle, those who complete the full challenge will be rewarded with a special badge. In order to earn this badge, you have to get 100% on the final metapuzzle, which can only be done by those puzzle hunters who have met the challenge and solved each of the puzzles as well.
Here is the link to the 15 puzzles:
At any point in time, you should be able to find all of the quizzes that are a part of this puzzle hunt here because they have a special tag.
Now that the puzzle quizzes have all been released, the two-part meta puzzle quizzes are linked here below. The Meta quiz serves as BOTH the final meta puzzle and an answer checker for each of the original 15 puzzle quizzes. Then, after you solve the puzzle in the Meta quiz, completion of the Final Answer quiz will show that you have solved the whole thing!
Or if you just want to confirm a single answer this quiz will still work, too:
Good luck and Happy Hunting!