Exit games in the media

Newspaper graphicHere’s a collection of stories of exit games making their impression on the public.

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  1. The solution document has been posted for the GCHQ competition. Some of the puzzles are clearly brilliant and imaginative. Others… well, I don’t like their sense of aesthetics.

    I like the aesthetic that one puzzle has one answer, and if a puzzle produces more than one answer, then your answer is not correct; perhaps there is another step to the puzzle to turn the multiple part-answers into a satisfying final answer. I also tend to find answers that are not obviously dictionary words, for some appropriate value of dictionary, to be less obviously correct and thus less satisfying than answers which are dictionary words when the puzzle could have been written to result in the answer being a dictionary word. Still, the existence of frequently excellent, high-profile puzzles in the world makes for a more interesting world than their non-existence.

    If you’ve played and enjoyed the GCHQ puzzle and want to know what else exists, welcome and do keep following. Similarities can be drawn between some of the puzzles and some of the puzzles in the world’s puzzle hunts; one of the next of interest is the USC Puzzle Hunt of South Carolina, which has been announced as starting on March 21st. If you want much smaller doses, which compare with the puzzles at the most accessible end of the GCHQ puzzle, there’s always Puzzled Pint in London (and locations all across North America, plus Vienna and Wellington) next month, very probably adding at least one more UK location from March as well. There are all manner of other puzzle contests as well, not least the UKPA’s in-person tournaments near Croydon towards the end of the month.

    Congratulations to everyone who was pleased with their progress, but particularly to the three prizewinners. If you enjoyed that, there’s a lot more where that came from!

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