Every year, I used to blog about math-related puzzles from that year’s MIT mystery hunt. However, I want to skip this year. I participated in the hunt, and a few of the puzzles I saw were not good enough. Moreover, the puzzles had boring steps or were inelegant. I am not motivated to sift through every math puzzle in the hunt and check its quality.
This year, instead of cataloging all the math puzzles, I will present a short list of puzzles from the hunt that were recommended to me by others. Most of these puzzles are unrelated to math, but I checked them out, and they seem cool.
After the hunt, I asked two people about their favorite puzzles. Both of them mentioned Showcase. Looking at it, I know why. I’ll give you a hint: this puzzle will appeal to people doing competitive programming.
Here are some other recommendations.
- Scicabulary, this is a word puzzle.
- Natural Transformation, you are presented with some very structured images.
- Collage, this is a funny farm.
- Cute Cats, you are presented with many images, some of them with cats.
- Hall of Archaeology, this is a Nikoli-type puzzle.
- Museum Rules, this puzzle looks like a children’s picture book.
- This Puzzle is Just Another Regular Cryptic, this is a cool cryptic puzzle.
- Parsley Garden, you are presented with a grid of words.
- Dispel the Bees, you are presented with crossword clues.