## 23rd Annual MIT Mystery Hunt

The 2002 Mystery Hunt was based on the game Monopoly. The instructions, puzzles, and figures can be found below.

### Instructions

The main instructions were available to everyone from the beginning. These included the introduction and the structure of the hunt, along with some general guidelines about participating and some references for different puzzle types.

We also have a page describing instructions given to teams who reached the final stages of the hunt, which also includes links to some of the miscellaneous puzzles.

### The Main Puzzles

These puzzles are also listed by title.

 House and Hotel Puzzles Orange Purple Yellow Cyan Red Dark Blue Magenta Green

### Statistics

The 2002 Hunt had eighty-three puzzles (not counting one or two unintentional additions), more than any other previous Hunt. The winning team found the coin after 41 hours and 29 minutes.

#### Board Puzzles

• Most Solved: Puzzles 1-2 and 1-6 were each solved by eighteen teams. A few teams disappeared or merged with others as the Hunt progressed, and many of the puzzles in the later rounds were solved by anywhere between seventeen and fifteen teams.
• Least Solved: Only four teams solved 5-2. (Solving this puzzle forwards required a visit and a bribe, so we know that three solved this puzzle forwards and one team got this by backsolving.)
• The Killer: No team solved 4-6, forwards or backwards.
• Fastest Solution: The first team to solve 7-8 called in just eighteen minutes after we released it.
• Slowest Solution: We forced teams to wait a while after we released 2-7, and its first solution was called in 5 hours, 22 minutes after its release. Nobody had to wait once we released 3-5, however, and its first solution was called in 4 hours and 27 minutes later.
• Most Solved Block: The three red board puzzles were solved by eleven teams, more than any other set of board puzzles.

#### House and Hotel Puzzles

• Most Solved: For houses, Orange A and Dark Blue D were each solved by twelve teams. Nine teams solved the Yellow and Cyan hotels.
• Least Solved: Four house puzzles were solved by only four teams. The only teams who solved the Magenta or Purple hotels were the three teams who found all eight hotel solutions.
• Killers: Nobody solved Orange B or Green B, forwards or backwards.
• Biggest Leap: One team solved the Cyan hotel without solving a single Cyan house!
• Smallest Leap: Teams that solved the Purple hotel had each of the six constituent answers for hours before finding a solution.

### The Law Offices of Stetson, Mayer, & Co. were:

Roger Barkan, Jennifer Berk, Jamie Coffin, Jacinta Conrad, Ann Jones, Ray Jones, Dan Katz, Kiran Kedlaya, Rose Koch, Albert Lin, Brian Litofsky, Chris Morse, Dave Savitt, Brian Tivol, and Dave Tuller