Geodyssey Update #11: We Are the Champions

Contest Results

There were 8 entries in the Local Challenge contest, 65 entries in the Remote Challenge contest, and 45 entries in the Hidden Challenge contest. Here are the winners, chosen entirely at random from all applicable contest entries:

Local Challenge Grand Prize Brad Clare
Local Challenge Geocoin Prize Tim Hall
Remote Challenge Grand Prize Ciprian Tutu
Remote Challenge Geocoin Prize Jon Sarche
Hidden Challenge Grand Prize Brad Eldredge
Hidden Challenge Geocoin Prize Chris Rickard
How to Puzzle Cache Book Prize Richard Dennis
Bonus Geocoin Prize * Roseanne Fox

(* I found one spare unactivated geocoin in my collection, so I threw that into the prize pool as well, choosing at random from all entries in all contests.)

I should have the prize packages shipped by this weekend, so watch your email for tracking info.

Congratulations to all the winners! I expect that you’ll all be singing this (which, as I know you all know, is Thing A Week #53):


Now that the contest is over, I’ve added hints for all of the puzzles to the web site. At the bottom of each page is a link to a hint page specifically for that puzzle. The hints are protected with spoiler reveal buttons, so you can choose for yourself how spoiled you want to be (but I didn’t provide outright solutions for any of the puzzles).

More FAQs

I updated the FAQ list with all of the latest info. If there’s anything you’re still wondering about, please check there. And if you don’t find it there, please contact me.

What’s Next?

The Geodyssey web site will stay online for the foreseeable future, including the Bonus Puzzle and the Final Final Puzzle (links to find them are in the FAQ and on the home page).

The geocache in South Florida will still be active. If you’re planning to visit it, please let me know … perhaps we can get together in person if you do.

I’ve got some more puzzle projects in the works right now that will hopefully see the light of day soon. If you enjoyed Geodyssey, I have a feeling you’ll appreciate them.

The best way to find out about them if and when they appear is to join the email list and the Puzzlehead group on Facebook. Please get involved in the discussion in the Facebook group to stay connected to your fellow solvers.

Thank You!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped to create Geodyssey and especially to everyone that took the time to solve it. I hope you enjoyed solving it as much as I enjoyed interacting with all of you.

Sincerely, Your Puzzlehead,

Eric Peterson / ePeterso2


Geodyssey Update #10: The End of the Road

Happy Belated April Fools Day!

In case you haven’t realized it yet, my new contest rule was a simple April Fools Day prank. Fear not: if you already entered the contest, your entry has not been invalidated.

On page 6 of Puzzlecraft, Mike Selinker says:

“The central skill of a puzzlemaker is not the mastery of wordplay or logic or math. The puzzlemaker’s most important skill is the mastery of frustration. I’ve had many puzzle event staffers work for me over the years, and I look for a certain balance of emotions in them. The ones that don’t get invited back are those that cannot bear to see a solver in pain. The solver will come up, eraser worn to a nub, and say “I can’t solve this!” The puzzle staffer who says, “Here, I’ll show you the answer” is failing in her job. Because the solver doesn’t want to know the answer. People solve puzzles because they like pain, and they like being released from pain, and they like most of all that they find within themselves the power to release themselves from their own pain.

The fact that the contest ended right on April Fools Day wasn’t a coincidence. What better way to celebrate a holiday based upon frustration than to release yet another puzzle?

In case you missed it, the Final Final Puzzle is still and will continue to be available for solving. Click here for the Final Final Puzzle.

End of the Contest

Now that Howland Island has ticked over into April 2, the contest is officially closed for new entries. I’ll announce the winners early next week here and in the Facebook group. Stay tuned!

Eric Peterson / ePeterso2
Chief Puzzlehead

Geodyssey Update #9: Important Announcement

Important Announcement

I’ve become increasingly convinced that Geodyssey is too easy to solve. There are far more contest entries and Found It logs and Discovered It notes than I ever anticipated, and I didn’t get anywhere near as many hint requests as I expected I would.

As a result, you have forced me to make this last minute, unannounced change to the contest rules:

If you submitted a contest entry to any of the three challenges (Local, Remote, or Hidden), you must now solve a new final puzzle or your contest entry will be disqualified.

Click here for the Final Final Puzzle


End of the Contest

To give you all time to satisfy this new requirement, I’m going to extend the window for accepting contest entries. The contest will now end on Friday, April 1 at exactly 11:59 PM on Howland Island. (That’s Sat Apr 2 at 6:59 AM for those in US Eastern time.)



Eric Peterson / ePeterso2
Chief Puzzlehead