Solutions to the 2020 Hunt

Opening

Going onto the Puzzles page first gave Hunters a welcome video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HguaVFSqFvw and a link to the first puzzle below.

Puzzle 1

This is the puzzle. Puzzle One. Solve it.

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1820-1872 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new interface along with a riddle:

A poem for the seeker, a location for the key
Click me on the map, here’s what you need to see:

My age is old as dirt, you're sure to find some here
After all, it’s how we made our livings year to year

Plantation life is hard, and full of endless strife
Just ploughing and Smithing, and not much nightlife

Revolutions and war, these storied walls have seen
Would you have ever known it, amidst these fields of green



Blocks

The first puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1830:

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Sixteen Squares

The second puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1856:

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Lorem Ipsum

The third puzzle to appear in the timeline and the last puzzle to appear in the first stage was from 1869:

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1872-1896 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new riddle:

A poem for the seeker, a location left alone
Click me on the map, here’s what needs to be shown:

My purpose was quite cool, my methods rather slick
People came to me for assistance rather than a drink

A little brother is how I’m seen, it’s actually pretty rude
A smaller little offshoot, less weathered and more crude

I have some steps that go together if you let them flow
Hop on over, find my face, its surface let ice grow



Course Catalog

The fourth puzzle to appear in the timeline and the first puzzle to appear in the second stage was from 1872:

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March

The fifth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1878:

Hunters were presented with the following video: https://youtu.be/4Q54K6hd5Cw



Lecture

The sixth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1880:

An embedded video was shown as the puzzle.



Midterm

The seventh puzzle to appear in the timeline and the last puzzle to appear in the second stage was from 1892:

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1896-1944 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new riddle:

A poem for the seeker, a location lost in time
Click me on the map, here’s what you need to find:

If you listen very closely, even though ‘twas long before
You can still hear the echoes from my crowd and her roar

People would flock to see the turkeys play their marvelous game
They’d cheer, gobble, and chant their chants as the turkeys fought for fame

Alas, just as the game itself, my stands have given way
But since that time, I’ve been replaced, where domiciles lay



Trails

The eighth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1905:

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Influenza

The ninth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1918:

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Bells

The tenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1926:

Hunters were greeted with this especially timely video: https://youtu.be/Yo498CE6FUc



1944-1990 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new riddle:

A poem for the seeker, a location bound in time
Click me on the map, here’s what you want to find:

At the top of every land, enthroned sits a king
For Whom treasures and tributes the Lordly court brings

And under the Lords in their castles on-high
A knight and his steel will often pass by

But who serves the knights their dinner of mutton
Where lent us their tables before we were shut-ins



Bones

The eleventh puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1948:

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Adders Multiplying

The twelfth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1965:

Like all good lovers, they start with the head.

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Iron Key

The thirteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1974:

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Routes

The fourteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1983:

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1990-2020 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new riddle:

A poem for the seeker, a location made anew
Click me on the map, you’ll need me to get through:

‘Twixt arches of gold and tops of stairs
Your skill should sit displayed

Welcome to our final act
Along the promenade

Bravo, Bravo! Quite well you’ve played your part.
But to see the end of this fair play, you’ll need special art



Graphical

The Fifteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1993:

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Mining

The sixteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 1999:

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Digits

The seventeenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 2004:

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Transit

The eighteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 2013:

A city must be untangled to be understood.

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Friend Request

The nineteenth puzzle to appear in the timeline was from 2020:

"In stories, we trace our history and memories - the paths through life resolving in a glorious final note." - @vt.hunt, Instagram/Facebook, 2020

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2020 Poem

Coming back to the main puzzles page, Hunters were greeted with a new riddle:

A poem for the seeker seeking something that will bind
all their journey into one. Now it is me that you must find.

Sixty Fahrenheit, the thermometer reads, a warm night this'll be
North star shining bright above, Earth whirling under me

Fifteen Celsius sounds colder, though; I look up, think of home
East wind running through my field, a vast but fine-toothed comb



Final Puzzle

Part 1

After completing the 2020 riddle, a starmap and a new submission box were revealed after the 2020 node:

Every Rekam had their own types of blemishes, imperfections and irregularities that burn starkly against the backdrop of their successes. Seek them out, and look to your victories so far to organize what you find.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020 VT Hunt!

This year we raised over $5,700 dollars in donations to various charities! Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

We had a total of 782 teams with 2135 total participants.

Of these 782 teams, 32 completed the Hunt, garnering a total of 125 Victors.

The medal-finishers of the hunt were the teams WhippleThis, dawsondo, and puzzlersclub.

We'd like to give a special shoutout to team OlyFriendFam, who had the most answer submits (at 740!) - congrats on a victory well-earned.

We'd also like to give a special shoutout to RollCanes for getting Rick Rolled 69 times! Nice!

At the end of the hunt, here's how many teams were stuck on each stage:

Stage 0: 219

Stage 1: 103

Stage 2: 270

Stage 3: 72

Stage 4: 72

Stage 5: 9

Final Part 1: 5

Final Part 2: 0

We had a total of 32,045 answer submissions.