Wrap Up

And it’s a wrap!

A big thank you to the 150 teams who spent your weekend with us solving our puzzle hunt. We hope you enjoyed the hunt, as well as the hidden Hunger Games theme and mini storyline! This is our first experience setting an online hunt that is open to an international community - we aimed to encourage greater Singaporean participation by having a final puzzle that requires teams to be physically in Singapore to claim the mystery prize, but also wanted to let Singaporean puzzle hunt teams benchmark themselves against international puzzle hunters.

When designing the hunt, we were worried that the hunt would be solved too quickly by experienced international teams. The final puzzle mechanism was designed to encourage teams who made good thematic guesses in the first two rounds (without actually solving some of the puzzles) to go back and properly work through them. (We tried to make it harder to eyeball the cluephrase, though several teams managed to do so anyway.) As it turns out, that did not deter the top team, Aviation Laws, who completed the hunt in just under 10 hours!

The 🔴 REDDOThunt Award

Aviation Laws
for their prodigious performance

We would also like to give special mention to the following teams who successfully provided reinforcements to the coup against the Capitol and emerged victorious. They are (in order of completion):

  • Duck Soup
  • Plugh (pronounced "plough")
  • Circles All The Way Down
  • 🕶️🦈🕶️ secretly sharks 🕶️🦈🕶️
  • Microtonal Flying Banana
  • Mystik Spiral
  • Amateur Hour
  • Patzers Club
  • Frumious Bandersnatch
  • Team Tricky
  • 🔥🐶☕This is fine.☕🐶🔥

If you’re wondering, the thematic mystery prize is a copy of the board game Coup, which was awarded to Aviation Laws for being the first team to take a selfie at the coup headquarters under the Botero bird sculpture along the Singapore River.

The hunt team had a really great time preparing for the hunt and reading through the guess logs. If you haven’t already done so, please leave your feedback on our first puzzle hunt - we really appreciate your honest comments on the puzzles and hunt structure! We’d also love to hear about any memorable moments and quotable quotes from your hunt experience, and we’ll be featuring some of the more amusing ones here as they come in!

We’ve also received a couple of requests for this hunt to be made an annual event. Right now, we’re still undecided, but we’ll take into account your feedback in exploring future possibilities for the hunt.

Lastly, we’d like to hand out unofficial awards to teams which have impressed or amused us throughout the hunt!

The Fastest Fingers First Award
for the first solve of the hunt

💼💼💼 Galactic Jobhunters 💼💼💼
for solving Observation just 15 minutes into the hunt!

The Just in Time Award
for the last solve of the hunt

🔥🐶☕This is fine.☕🐶🔥
who solved Reaped Again! just 6 minutes before the end of the hunt
also making them the final team to solve the final meta!

The Sharpshooter Medal*
for accurate answer submission

I Love Jade Harley
for solving 13 puzzles within a total of just 14 attempts
Microtonal Flying Banana
for achieving a staggering 21 solves within 24 attempts
* for teams who solved at least half the puzzles

The Anyhow Whack Participation Plaque
for funniest guesses

for their guess of ICE KACHANG for Language
(Was that an attempt to bribe us with our favourite local dessert?)
for their guess of DONALD TRUMP for Psychotherapy
(Though we agree on the need for him to go for psychotherapy sessions)
for their guess of JUKEBOX for The Arena
(Trying to lighten up the mood in the Arena?)
White Maria
for their guesses of EAT FOOD (You’ve got to do more than that to survive in the Arena!)
and ENTER THE MATRIX (Nice try, but wrong franchise) for The Arena

The Reverse Engineering Certificate
for dedicated backsolving

🕶️🦈🕶️ secretly sharks 🕶️🦈🕶️   &   Amateur Hour   &   Mystik Spiral
various other teams, with various degrees of efficacy (you know who you are…)

Thanks for making the first REDDOThunt a great experience for us -- we hope you all had fun too.

the Gamemakers


True to their team name, Team Tricky set a trap to electrocute all other teams coming to the hunt’s final location. We wonder if they are spies for the President…

🕶️🦈🕶️ secretly sharks 🕶️🦈🕶️ sent us a thematic red dot mascot selfie, though unfortunately Toad couldn’t make the trip to Singapore.

🔥🐶☕This is fine.☕🐶🔥 shared his experience as a dedicated solver: I took Friday off from work for this hunt, but still went to the office to have lunch at the cafeteria. To let people know I wasn't working, I taped a piece of paper to myself that read in large letters "On PTO, doing puzzles".

Aviation Laws’ ManyPinkHats, upon reaching one of our more obscure answers: "E IN KORN? like the band Korn? which one's E?"

Chao Tar Chai Tow Kway recounted their experience solving Observation: “After getting BIRDS’ WINGS as a clue, we stared at the picture for so long, thinking that there is a hidden bird that we missed out. In the end, it felt like even the smiling scarecrow was mocking me.” Looking at the guess log, I’m sure many teams shared the same sentiments!

💼💼💼 Galactic Jobhunters 💼💼💼 recounted their experience solving Johanna Mason:
"Is that a person or a Feynman diagram?"
and Morphling:
“It was really funny to solve clues and loudly shout things for Morphling.”




Alex Teo
Aylwin Low
Charissa Yong
Janice Heng
Tan Chor Kiang

Aylwin Low

Jack Ho
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