Join the Quest Saturday with Labyrinth’s Capitol Hill Puzzle Hunt

Three Rounds of Riddles, Puzzles –and a Grand Finale Party at the End

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Kathleen Donahue poses with puzzles at Labyrinth Puzzles and Games (645 Pennsylvania Ave SE).

Are you ready to fulfil your mission? How about all three? Then sign up now for the Capitol Hill Puzzle Hunt, put together by Labyrinth Puzzles and Games (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) with support from so many local businesses!

The hunt will start on October 5, 2019 and will send you all around the neighborhood on a puzzling quest. Every puzzle you solve increases your chance of winning some awesome prizes. It all leads to a grand finale event at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles on October 19.

The puzzle hunt is held in honor of the birthday of Pioneer of recreational mathematics Martin Gardner, well-known for writing a monthly mathematical games column for Scientific American for more than 25 years.

A рuzzle hunt is an adventure where teams compete to solve a wide variety of logic puzzles. Groups of puzzles in a hunt are often connected by a metapuzzle, which combines the individual puzzle answers into a final solution. The Labyrinth puzzle hunt is appropriate for all ages, and the puzzles are beginner-friendly.

The quest beings at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct 5 when Round 1 puzzles will be released on the Traipse App. The app will guide you on a quest sending you to locations on Capitol Hill to answer questions or solve riddles and puzzles. Once you solve the individual puzzles you will have all the info you need to solve the big metapuzzle!

Round 2 begins Saturday Oct 12. Starting at 10 a.m., you’ll be able to download puzzles from the Labyrinth website. You can solve them anywhere –the coffee shop, the train or at home to complete the round!

Finally, Round 3 will take place during the Oct. 19th Grand Finale Party, to be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m, at Labyrinth. Players can earn prizes at the party based on how many puzzles they solve –and how fast they solve them.

A gentleman walks by Labyrinth Games and Puzzles (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).

The Grand Finale is open to everyone, even those who did not participate in Rounds 1 and 2. There will be puzzles, cake and prizes. Bring your team and stay the whole round to win your prizes!

The puzzling professionals at Labryinth suggest you prepare for the Hunt by assembling a team. The ideal size is 2-4 solvers. “We won’t enforce a limit, but if you have a very large team you may find there’s not enough for everyone to do,” the experts write. “Also, while it’s certainly possible to play on your own, puzzles are always more fun with friends!”

The team should next create a single shared username and password to sign in to the Labyrinth website. Then, download the Traipse app before the hunt begins. Note that you can download the app and create password right now to prepare, but there will be no puzzles to solve until the hunt begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5.

If you’ve never participated in a puzzle hunt before and want to get an idea of the types of puzzles you may see, check out the puzzle archives at DASH and Puzzled Pint. If you get stuck on a puzzle, you might try reading the MIT Mystery Hunt’s very helpful Resources for Beginners and Puzzle-Solving Tools.

And if you really get stuck, you can always ask for a hint.

Get ready to win and have some fun! Learn more about the Second Annual Labyrinth Capitol Hill Puzzle Hunt by visiting labyrinthgameshop.com. Download the Traipse App on the Apple App Store and Google Play.