Wrap-Up

Overview

Congratulations to the 181 teams that finished the hunt! Special congratulations to H(erm)ans C(margaret)hristian Anderson for being the first team to finish the hunt in 6 hours, 57 minutes, and 19 seconds.

Thank you as well to all the puzzlers who took part in our third hunt! Out of the 768 teams registered:

  • 580 teams solved at least 1 puzzle
  • 450 teams solved the first meta
  • 90 teams solved all 36 puzzles

Special shout-outs to:

  • the card game hunts will continue until morale improves for being the first team to solve the Intro Meta
  • Crazy About Punishment for being the first team to solve the Creatures Meta
  • เฐฏ TELUGU LETTER CINDERELLA'S CARRIAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT for being the first team to solve the Silence Meta
  • H(erm)ans C(margaret)hristian Anderson for being the first team to solve Transmutation Station and the first team to solve any puzzle in the entire hunt (Characters just 3 minutes and 8 seconds after the hunt started)
  • Barf for having the last correct submission, solving Long Cube just 3 minutes before the end of the hunt

The rest of this wrap up may contain spoilers for various puzzles.

Leaderboard

Full Leaderboard

Stats

  • First solve: Characters by H(erm)ans C(margaret)hristian Anderson at 3 minutes and 8 seconds
  • Teams that solved ๐Ÿ”„๏ธ by submitting:
    • A LOUDSPEAKER: 208
    • ๐Ÿ“ข: 25
  • Teams that solved 175+ nodes on ๐Ÿคซ:
    • -------๐Ÿฅ‡้‡‘็‰Œ็บฟ๐Ÿฅ‡------- (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • ...and they all lived Vehemently ever after (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • 1e308 (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • concert fantasy on the betrayal of coby tran (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • Decrypt This Hunt (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • H(erm)ans C(margaret)hristian Anderson (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • Hee-ho (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • inter oves (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • Nameless Chronicles
    • Not A Hunter
    • tfti
    • The Whiskers (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • The Wobs ๐Ÿ”ฎ
    • Tortellini
    • เฐฏ TELUGU LETTER CINDERELLA'S CARRIAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • ๐ŸŽ (๐Ÿ’ฏ)
    • ๐Ÿฅฆ Broccoli Brawlers ๐Ÿฅฆ
  • Times IT was submitted for Fencing: 171
  • 3539 hint requests from 422 teams

Solves and Guesses per Puzzle

Back solves were approximated as any feeder solved after or less than five minutes before its meta.

Fastest Solve per Puzzle

Comparisons with Recent Hunts

Below is a chart comparing the relative length/difficulty of some similar online hunts. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all hunts - it is simply a list of some recent hunts from which we could easily get relevant data.

*Note that the CMU hunt was only open for 29.5 hours.

About Us

The Huntinality III staff included about 25 people from the Cardinality MITMH team, similar to the size of the Huntinality 2.0 staff. This included 9 new authors and a new leadership team. Many previous Huntinality staff members were much busier this year than in previous years and we also wanted to give more people the opportunity to learn how to run a hunt, so many roles were filled by people completely new to the position.

Goals and Reflections

Our goals for Huntinality III were similar to previous years' goals. Since our leadership team and most of our staff was new, our top priority was getting everyone experience across the board. This meant getting new authors acquainted with the writing process in a more hands-on fashion, with more experienced authors and hunt leads on-deck as mentors.

We also wanted the hunt to remain beginner-friendly. This meant having an expert and a casual track, as well as having generous hint availability.

Foreign Teams

46% of this year's website users came from outside the US with 1 in 6 users from China, compared to 31% and 1 of 35 for Huntinality 2.0. We're not entirely sure how this happened, but it probably means that puzzle hunting and our reputation have grown significantly, which are both good to see. Welcome! For non-native speakers, we hope the heavy presence of English-language wordplay didn't deter too much from your enjoyment of the hunt. We didn't anticipate this many foreign teams, but had we known, we probably would've tweaked the intro round to be a bit more international-friendly.

2022 Web Traffic
2023 Web Traffic

Hunt Scope and Design Philosophy

Getting newer people involved was our first priority and drove most of the design choices in this hunt. Initially because of this, we aimed for the hunt to be smaller than Huntinality 2.0 and more "standard" without any gimmicky rounds, to make it more approachable for beginners to write. However, this proved difficult to satisfy, as the first ideas that gained steam only had a limited number of puzzle slots or were too large or gimmicky to be beginner-friendly.

Eventually, "mushroom" puzzle slots in the Witch's Hunt round were created to allow for newer authors to write puzzles. These slots were meant to be smaller in size to allow for beginner proto-puzzles to find a particular home with a shorter or more clueable answer.

This resulted in a hunt that was about the same size as Huntinality 2.0, albeit with smaller puzzles and a narrower average width. The hunt length was what we expected, even with the narrower width. (The narrower width was the primary reason why this year's team cap was 6 instead of 8; with only a few puzzles open at a given time, we didn't want teams to have too many people working on too few puzzles.)

In retrospect, a smaller hunt with fewer bottlenecks would've been ideal. However, the number of new authors and staff we were able to get involved was a tradeoff of the additional size that we were okay with taking. Also, we wanted Witch's Hut to feel like the culmination of the hunt, which justified unlocking it later than the other rounds and thus having narrower width.

Writing

Rounds and Theming

Similar to last year, we put out a call for proposals and ended up with 4-5 proposals. The fairytale proposal quickly picked up steam, especially with its basis being Into the Woods and with the intro meta already written to be a story beat with a witch cursing the solvers. Each post-intro round represented a curse that the solvers would then have to figure out how to undo.

During early round proposals, the Creatures Hollow and Trial of Silence rounds followed naturally from common fairytale curses (you get transformed into an animal and you lose your voice, respectively). We had a lot of trouble finding a third curse, though. (One source claimed that a common non-Creature non-Silence curse was "death", which would've made for a pretty nonsensical story.)

The Witch's Hut round was eventually written for the third curse to be flexible (and to have mushroom puzzle slots); we thought at the time that its general magic theming could justify any third curse. That round was then pushed back in the unlock structure once we decided that it wasn't going to be themed around a curse. Instead, we made it themed around figuring out how to break the other two curses.

While the Creatures and Witch's Hut rounds are more or less "standard", the Trial of Silence was intentionally proposed and crafted to be a gimmicky round without any words and consisting primarily of interactive puzzles. This may be the boldest thing we've attempted, especially with the meta being written after most of the feeders were constructed. While this added a lot of overhead and didn't make for beginner-friendly puzzle slots, we definitely thought it was worth it (and hopefully you did too!).

The endgame concludes the story with you curing yourself of the curses once and for all. We initially wanted the endgame to involve transforming yourself with each power you gained from the main rounds, similar to what happened in the meta for the Witch's Hut. However, this was challenging to write well after the main round metas were in place, didn't fit with our timeline, and as mentioned, would've overlapped mechanically with the Witch's Hut meta which solvers would have just completed. Instead, we opted for a flexible endgame where solvers would have to revisit previous puzzles. Our intention was for this endgame to be short and sweet, though this understandably confused many solvers in thinking this was a "true" metameta that used previous answers.

Story

No fairytale is complete without a story. We wanted something relatively lighthearted in the same vein as last year. We also wanted to make sure that the story wasn't a red herring by making the story generic and not based on any particular fairytale, similar to how Into the Woods blends multiple fairytales together.

We had a skeleton of a story in place for a very long time, which usually involved improvising during our full-hunt testsolves. Eventually, Benji offered to write the entire body of the text, and we lived haphazardly ever after.

Puzzles

Puzzle Difficulty

For difficulty balancing, as is common in hunt writing, our main issue was puzzles being too hard. For our internal hunt staff testsolves, we settled on a goal of 30 minutes-1 hour for most intro puzzles, 5 minutes-30 minutes for mushroom puzzles, and 1-4 hours for other puzzles, assuming a single solver. We wanted authors to aim for something in the middle of this time range at first if possible.

However, these times were mostly informal targets. The main action we took due to them was adding more helpful flavortext or nerfing steps and extractions where people seemed to get the most stuck. A few puzzles also ended up getting moved to our puzzle repository for future endeavors. In the end, a few puzzles ended up on the higher end of the difficulty range (Weaving and How Many Reps come to mind), but we're generally happy with how difficulty ended up.

Puzzle Type Diversity

At a certain point, we noticed that we had a lot of puzzles themed around video games and put a quota on how many more we would include. In the end, we feel like this generally worked, though we may still aim to have fewer next year. As for other topics, we did not intervene too much. In retrospect we think we had slightly more crossword-style puzzles and slightly fewer logic puzzles than most hunts, but both puzzle types still fell in an acceptable range. We also had some puzzle mechanic overlaps in different rounds. For example, Link's Final Stand and Steering Committee (both in the intro round) both had rebuses, and The Bakery and Missing Members both had sets with a missing item. These were slightly unfortunate, but overall since the puzzles were enjoyable and ended up feeling different, we thought it was okay.

Puzzle Claiming

We used Puzzlord to let people claim answers and track puzzle status. This helped us easily determine how many puzzle ideas were in progress, both throughout the hunt and in each round. At first, some rounds were fairly full and we were worried that prospective authors would have trouble finding answers to claim, but as some proposed puzzle ideas ended up not working out, the main issue shifted to rounds not having enough puzzles to fill their open slots. A few answer slots started, ironically given the hunt theme, to feel "cursed" to some members of the writing team as replacement puzzles themselves turned out to not quite work. Fortunately, in the end, people stepped up to eventually fill all the slots.

Structure

The three post-intro rounds are staggered throughout the hunt to reflect the story progression. The first puzzle inside the Witch's Hut unlocks after solvers have made enough discoveries in the other parts of the forest (Creatures Hollow and Trial of Silence).

In fact, the structure was mostly dictated by how the story evolved. We initially wanted to unlock all three rounds at the same time in a similar way to Huntinality 2.0, but after shifting the Witch's Hut from breaking a specific curse to finding a method to break the curses, it made more sense to stagger the round openings, especially with the advent of mushroom puzzles.

Storyboard showing the flow starting with Intro, leading to Silence and Creatures, followed by Spells (Witch's Hut) and lastly the Endgame.

This eventually made for a much more constricted hunt. Puzzle width was lower and there were multiple potential bottlenecks.

Unlock Order

Like last year, puzzles in each round (apart from the mushrooms) are unlocked roughly in order of the longest puzzles first, shortest puzzles last. However, there were a few exceptions. In most rounds, we tried to put one easier puzzle early in the round (Characters, Twisty Path, โšซ, and the first couple of mushrooms come to mind, though some of these did not end up as easy as we hoped) to give solvers an early boost. In The Trial of Silence, we put ๐Ÿคซ last because it put the most strain on our servers. In the Witch's Hut round, we mostly ordered puzzles for meta reasons rather than based on difficulty. We also attempted to put puzzles by newer writers earlier in rounds where possible, so more people would get a chance to solve them.

Unlock Structure

In most of our rounds, puzzle unlocks depended on how many puzzles your team had solved within that round. For the Witchโ€™s Hut round, we used a hybrid unlock system where puzzles would unlock based on a combination of number of solves within the Witchโ€™s Hut round and your overall progress in the Creatures and Silence rounds.

Our unlock requirements led to more bottleneck situations with small width than we expected. To help mitigate these bottlenecks, on Sunday evening, we relaxed some of the unlock requirements to help unlock 1-2 more puzzles for many teams. In retrospect, given the overall size of the hunt, it might have been worthwhile to hardcode the unlock structure so that it was easier to understand and predict how it would play out, as opposed to needing to notice bottlenecks in real-time as hunt played out.

Mushrooms

To couple the mushrooms with the hunt structure, our goal was to unlock the mushroom puzzles over the course of the hunt to give solvers smaller bite-sized wins, in a way similar to the 2021 MITMH Students and 2015 School of Fish rounds. These puzzles first unlock before the main Witch's Hut puzzles unlock, and solving each only contributes minimally to the overall unlock structure (roughly a quarter as much as non-mushroom puzzles). Six of the mushrooms appear on the main navigation page to show that you're unlocking them as you continue to solve puzzles. These build up to the eventual reveal of the Witch's Hut and the puzzles that lie within; four more mushroom puzzles which unlock over the course of solving the main Witch's Hut puzzles.

For those familiar with this "fish" structure, this worked as intended and made for some nice breaks from the "meatier" main round puzzles. However, for many who weren't, much solving power was spent on a difficult mushroom step or two, and solving a mushroom would create confusion when they frequently wouldn't unlock any other puzzles. We regret not signposting this more.

Timeline and Process

  • Late January 2023: Started assessing interest in writing, choosing a theme and assigning people to needed roles.
  • Late February: Started work on metas and matching new writers with mentors upon request.
  • Late March: Executing on meta ideas turned out to be hard. By late March, we had finally gotten two meta ideas that were mostly developed, and let people claim answers for them.
  • April: Developed the intro meta, but we didn't have feeder puzzles drafted yet.
  • Late May: Drafting feeder puzzles remained hard. After two months, we still had basically no puzzles drafted.
  • June: We came up with and iterated on the Witch's Hut meta, and by early July it was ready for answer claiming.
  • June-October: Over time, we eventually started to get puzzles written. Once all (or almost all) the puzzles in a round were written, we did full-round test-solves. We intentionally tried to focus first on finishing intro round/Creatures Hollow, then Witch's Hut, and then Trial of Silence, rather than working on them fully concurrently (though this was not hard-and-fast). In late July, we started having team meetings every two weeks (previous team meetings had been intermittent); this helped us progress more quickly and helped somewhat in keeping people on the same page.
    • Early July: Intro round test solve
    • Early August: Creatures Hollow full-round test solve
    • Mid-September: Witch's Hunt full-round test solve
    • Mid-October: Though it needed to be scoped back slightly, Trial of Silence got its full-round test solve
  • Late October: first full-hunt testsolve
  • Early November:
    • Second full-hunt testsolve, with an emphasis on testing the unlock structure and puzzles that had changed since October.
    • Most dev/art work was also done in the month and a half before hunt (the website only launched at the start of November, a month before hunt).
    • The endgame was conceptualized and continued to be improved upon.
    • For most of this last month and a half, due to all the things that needed to be done, we bumped up our meeting timeline to weekly.
  • A week before hunt: last full-hunt test solve, primarily just for testing puzzles that were most sensitive to change when being put on the site or had gone through last minute edits.

Test Solving

As in previous years, we had three types of testsolves; individual puzzles, full-round, and full-hunt. For testsolving individual puzzles, we had a #testsolving Discord channel where people could ask for testsolves, but we tried to make sure that a few people remained mostly unspoiled on each round. Those unspoiled people (who in some cases were not fully unspoiled and knew one answer, but usually did not know more) would do the full-round testsolve (and would of course avoid puzzles they personally knew the answer to). For full-hunt testsolves, as last year, we enlisted help from some members of the wider Cardinality team or other kind folks from the wider puzzle community who could not make the hunt date; some of our full-hunt testsolvers were interested in helping with dev, and went on to help a lot in the final month of hunt writing.

From the Desk of the Art Lead

Once the storybook theme was finalized, we realized the asset generation would be much harder than last year (oh we miss the days of looking up ye olde gifs and clipart for Huntinality 2.0). For the creation of these assets, we leveraged PowerPoint, gimp, and Canva. For the first pass, the website looked drastically different than it does now because we thought we would adopt an illustration style inspired by The Little Prince:

The Little Prince moodboard.
An early draft of site styled after The Little Prince.
Figure 1. We might have gone astray.

We realized soon that this style would not align easily with the intro round, with "Into the Woods" being fairly dark. For the logo, we wanted to incorporate a bird, but decided, hey since this is our third hunt and we're talking about the woods, we could write it as Huntinality III with the I's representing trees.

For the meta art, we created the intro round art and couldn't decide on which filters we liked better; hence, we leveraged some of the most extreme versions for the Creatures and Silence rounds with subtle changes. Overall, we are happy with the artistic improvements made across our hunts.

Thank you to my friend Will for blindly submitting prompts to Midjourney with no context to provide inspiration ("recursive mushroom"). A special thank you to Julia for stepping in the last couple of weeks to help with the intro round icons, the meta and hunt leads for communications and guidance, devs who brought it all to life, and the overall team for being flexible on art bandwidth restrictions. Also, thank you to the solvers who provided feedback on the art during the hunt! Please send us fanart :)

Website Development

The Huntinality 3 website built on top of the Huntinality 2 codebase without major modifications. See our 2022 wrap-up notes for the full tech stack.

During the first few hours of the hunt, we experienced exciting moments of panic with โšซ, first fearing that teams with the correct solution were not being credited, and then realizing that some teams were getting shown the correct solution without solving. For more details of what happened here, please read the โšซ Author Notes.

A meme illustrating the difficulties of interactive puzzles.

Load Testing

Before each Huntinality, we run a series of basic load tests using k6 to determine an appropriate allocation of our Heroku resources. For Huntinality 3, we found similar results as Huntinality 2 last year, notably these minimum requirements to sustainably service ~800 virtual users simultaneously:

  • 40 Heroku Dynos Standard 1x
    • ๐ŸŽฒ Testing in Prod: We hypothesized that we over-provisioned last year and that fewer individuals would start right at hunt opening this year, so we actually only used 20 Dynos to start. We decreased that count closer to the end of the hunt and were satisfied with the overall performance.
  • Heroku Postgres Standard 2 (400 concurrent connections)
  • Heroku Redis Premium 2 (200 concurrent connections) for our interactive WebSocket-based puzzles like ๐Ÿคซ. This was decreased to Premium 1 (80 connections) and Premium 0 (40 connections) in step with decreases in the dyno count.

In total, our Heroku costs were ~$300 for Huntinality 3. The total cost of the hunt, including other infrastructure like SendGrid and Vercel, was ~$400.

Hinting

Similar to last year, we wanted to provide freeform hint responses to our solvers, to uphold our goal of making Huntinality a beginner-friendly hunt. We once again had authors prepare prewritten hints for each major step of their puzzle, as well as writing up full solutions. As we responded to teams throughout the hunt, we customized every response to where the team was in their solve path. Over the course of our hunt, we responded to 3539 hints with an average of 11 minutes and 10 seconds response time, with our top 3 hinters (out of 18) handling ~51% of the responses. Whew. Time for a nap.

We felt that giving expert teams 2 hint credits every 12 hours had gone well last year, so we didn't adjust that. For our casual teams, as mentioned in our FAQs, we are always trying to fine tune the right balance between giving enough help (so that solvers feel like they're having fun and making progress) while also keeping our hint duty scalable across hundreds of teams and thousands of hints. We tried to set expectations prior to hunt that our goal would be to help each team with up to two hints per hour; during hunt, we reminded teams of this and also reiterated that the more detail they put into each request, the more we would be able to help them with a suitable nudge to the next step.

We tried to encourage teams who were using hints to check a single clue or confirm an (often already promising!) hypothesis that they should feel free to experiment and test out their own theories, as this would unblock them faster (and honestly likely be more fun, as they'd get more aha moments themselves). Wherever possible, we attempted to teach teams how to fish instead of giving them individual fish: we would try to point out parts of the puzzle that are self confirming, like alphabetical ordering or things that all clue answers have in common, rather than give specific answers.

With only 54% of this year's users located in the US (as opposed to 69% during Huntinality 2), we also had an unexpected influx of non-native English speaking teams this year (an estimated ~17%, compared to Huntinality 2's ~3%). This created a few additional challenges: the difference in time zone meant that many of their requests came in during overnight stretches in the US, when our primarily US-based (predominantly west coast) hint staff was already mostly asleep, and the teams understandably often requested more help with word/pronunciation-based puzzles. For puzzles like cryptics, which were a challenge not only for non-native speakers but also beginner teams, we tried to find an appropriate middle ground between simply introducing the general concept and breaking down individual clues into definition and wordplay sections, but this balance was tricky to get right. Other noted challenges included hints that were written in a punny way (which sometimes worked great but at other times were less clear than some teams would have desired) or idiom-based cluefill.

We often tried to mirror the tone and energy of the hint request. Sometimes, this meant writing back in rhymes or emojis (or even Chinese!) when the incoming hint took that form. This also meant that teams who provided extensive detail about their ideas (whether right or wrong) and progress would likely receive lengthier responses; this was because the more we knew about what they'd tried, the more specific we could be about where to go next, without risking stealing any satisfying aha moments. We also appreciated the teams who asked us how best to communicate with us or explicitly let us know whether they wanted a small hint or a huge shove. Some teams were apologetic about needing help; we did our best to reassure them that as long as they were putting effort in, we'd truly be happy to respond. (After all, we did have an internal hint answering competition going again.) We chuckled at the memes, marveled at beautifully organized spreadsheets, smiled at the greetings and thank you's sprinkled into various correspondence, and sometimes lurked for a moment with fingers crossed to see if hopefully our hint had done the trick, cheering when teams got the next step.

Hints Over Time

Hints Answered

Hints Per Puzzle

What's Next

We don't know. We're quite tired and need some time to rest before we'll be ready to consider another adventure into the woods.

Credits

A general note: If you would like us to change/remove the appearance of your name below, please let us know and we're happy to fix it.

Head Editors

Bryce Cai
Dan Simon

Writers

Akira Baruah
Alison Chang
Benji Nguyen
Bryce Cai
Dan Simon
Darren Lee
David Lin+
James Hitchcock+
Jamie Lai
Joshua Chan
Julia Sun+
Junyu Yang+
Lily Yu+
Marisa C+
Max Chang
Melissa Yuan
Peter Vera
Pichusuperlover
Richard Wu+
Ryan Liu
Sam Wang+
Tim Miller+
Victor Chan

+ First-time hunt writers

Devs

Akira Baruah
Bryce Cai
Dan Simon
Jenna Himawan
Peter Vera
Max Chang
Ryan Liu
Shuxin Zhan

Artists

Melissa Yuan
Julia Sun

Hint Staff

Alison Chang
Max Chang
Bryce Cai
David Lin
Peter Vera
Dan Simon
Tim Miller
Junyu Yang
Marisa C
Joshua Chan
Pichusuperlover
Melissa Yuan
Benji Nguyen
Shuxin Zhan
Victor Chan
Akira Baruah
Darren Lee
Julia Sun

Story

Benji Nguyen
Bryce Cai
Darren Lee
Ryan Liu

Whips

Alison Chang
Bryce Cai
Dan Simon
Max Chang
Pichusuperlover
Tim Miller

Test Solvers

Alborz Bejnood
Andy Chen
Anthony Hsu
Cameron Montag
chimpaznee
Jenna Himawan
Joanna Sands
Kagami
Kevin Irish
Lillian Zhou
Linda Wang
lovemathboy
Nicholai Dimov
Shuxin Zhan
Yoojin Kim
Zoรซ McGuire
...and most of our puzzle authors

Shout out to people who went above and beyond including David and Bryce who handled most of our overnight hint requests, Ali for once again dominating our hint answering competition, and Max for finishing in a distant, but still respectable second.

For Fun

This section contains spoilers for various puzzle answers.

Funny Answers

PuzzleGuessTeam
Information RelaySHEWENTDEAFYEARSAGOGRAMPSISAFOOL Dan City
Information RelayWHATTHEFUCKISAHOMOPHONERAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH๐Ÿƒ
Information RelayANAGRAMPSBABA and GOAT solve HUNT
Information RelayHOWNANCHEATSGRAMPSChicken & ROFLs
Information RelayAURALLY/ORALLY๐Ÿง Penguinality ๐Ÿง and Dirty Bayes / ๐Ÿง Penguinality ๐Ÿง
Information RelayHOMOPHONICALLYDirty Bayes
Information RelayHEARINGAIDSRevolutionary Girl Utena, Qrs Tuvwxyz, Chicken & ROFLs, showerpomelo, ๐Ÿ…ฑ๏ธuzzle idiots, The Ptrocanfers, Kinship Of Evil Queers
Information RelayBEARINGAIDSshowerpomelo
Information RelayPRETTYWELLSHESBLINDNOTDEAFCasuals
Into the Woods (META)ANURSERYLOVE73 teams
Into the Woods (META)DISNEYTALESALLENDINLIES๐Ÿƒ
WeavingUNDERWATERBASKETS๐Ÿƒ
WeavingOPENEDCOLA ้˜ŸๅๅŒ…ๅซไธ้€‚ๅฎœๅ†…ๅฎน
Hot PotSPARETHEINNOCENTDUCKLIFEPLEASETime Vultures
Hot PotSPAWNPRAWNHelp, I'm stuck in a textbox!
Hot PotHUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUAA้—ฒๆ•ฃ่งฃ่ฐœ๏ผ๏ผˆLaid-back Puzzling
Hot PotFELLOWJELLOCELLOPuzzly and Wild
Hot PotHESIREONMYJELLIESUNTILILURE ๐Ÿƒ
Hot PotSARAHJESSICALARKERThe Builders' Guild
Hot PotSALMONJAMMINLEMONTortellini
Hot PotFATHERPUDDINGSTRINGTime Vultures
Hot PotFATHERSAUCIERTANBURgeoffwee
Hot PotWHATTHEHECKISFISHTEAPersistent Puzzlers Plus Plus
Long CubeLONGCUBEPuzzles are for Slovers, Ceci N'est Pas Une Harvard Team, RSVPuzzle
Long CubeHTTPSWWWYOUTUBECOMWATCHVUEFFRHYDan City
Long CubeFORGOTITSTRIPPEDCHARACTERSVIDISLONGLONGMANDan City
Creatures (META)THEGRAPHICISTERRIFYINGPLEASEPUTNSFWIsotopes Puzzles United
๐Ÿ”„๏ธIVECOMETOMAKEANANNOUNCEMENT :praytrick:
๐Ÿ”„๏ธ๐Ÿฆ”Chicken & ROFLs
Front and CenterAMANAPLANACANALAOOPSFUCKBOATGOTSTUCK๐Ÿƒ
Fruit MathIWATCHEDFOURANDAHALFHOURSOFSUIKALASTNIGH:praytrick:
Fruit MathTYOUCANTDOTHISTOME:praytrick:
Fruit MathPLAYINGSUIKAGAMEUNTILMYWIFESIGNSTHEPAPERS๐Ÿƒ
Fruit MathICANTBELIEVEYOUMADEAPUZZLEABOUTSUIKAGAMETeam Wide
HeroesBEANS65 teams
HeroesDONTMINDMEJUSTTESTINGIFICANUSEEMOJIHERETOOAudio, Video, Disco
HeroesSTICKINGOUTYOURGYATTFORTHEHERO๐Ÿƒ
Are You The OneWHATSCHUMAgeronimo stilton: the hunt for the golden book
Are You The OneDOESTHISGETUSINTOWRAPUP 1e308
A Rimer to NittingNOONELIKESKNITTING1e308
SetsKINGOFTHEHILLghostbloods
SetsMAGICOFTHEGATHERING๐Ÿƒ
SetsWIZARDSOFTHECOASTGOURDitas, 1e308, Giants' Realm Inhabited by Massive Mathemagicians
Keep OutWHATMANUFACTURERSHOULDIBEPROCURINGCHEMICALSFROMExploring the Countryside with r/PictureGame
Keep OutSHITTINGPACMAN:praytrick:
Keep OutWHYCANTIEATTHECOPPERWIRE:praytrick:
Keep OutAMIGONNAGETARRESTEDFORMAKINGILLEGALFIREOWR:praytrick:
Keep OutTHISSIGNCANTSTOPMEBECAUSEICANTREADPepsimen

Beyond the answers, here are some assorted screenshots and quotes from our own hunt planning and hint requests.

As always, if you are not comfortable with something quoted here, please let us know and we will remove it!

Meme by Pichu:
Normal People: Two Apples, Sets Solvers: Two colorless mana and one apple mana, Fruit Math Solvers: One Pear

Hot Pot Art and Hints

From the astronaughts เถž traded their original name for some magic beans:
astronaughts's sheet for Hot Pot
From Nameless Chronicles:
Hello, this puzzle really makes us hungery and want have some hot pots.
From Team Sam: Bears Indahouse:
While this puzzle has been making me quite hungry, I know we gotta focus

Information Relay Hints

From Puzzle But Lunch:
We can't manage to hear Gramps...

Twisty Path
๐Ÿซจ
s

From The Whiskers
๐Ÿซจ
๐Ÿซจ
๐Ÿซจ
:
there ain't no way [PSHAWS]'s playable ๐Ÿซจ๐Ÿซจ๐Ÿซจ

Long Cube

A screenshot of a sheet named "Long, lo ng l"

Silence Round Art and Hints

From the astronaughts เถž traded their original name for some magic beans:
astronaughts's artwork for Silence round
From Decrypt This Hunt for โšซ:
Decrypt This Hunt's emoji-ful hint request for โšซ
From ET Phone in Answer for โšซ:
ET Phone in Answer's emoji-ful hint request for โšซ
From Time Vultures for โšซ:
Time Vultures's emoji-ful hint request for โšซ
From the astronaughts เถž traded their original name for some magic beansfor ๐Ÿ”„:
astronaughts's emoji-ful hint request for ๐Ÿ”„
From Isotopes Puzzles United for ๐Ÿ”„:
Decrypt This Hunt's emoji-ful hint request for ๐Ÿ”„
From Pepsimen's for ๐Ÿ”„:
Decrypt This Hunt's emoji-ful hint request for ๐Ÿ”„
From Mathemagicians Unwavering, Figuring Fairytales' Epic for ๐Ÿ”„: From
Decrypt This Hunt's emoji-ful hint request for ๐Ÿ”„

Heroes Hints

From ๐Ÿƒ:
I, I WILL EXTRACT AND YOU, YOU WILL HELP ME AND NOTHING, WILL KEEP US AWAY FROM THE ANSWER, JUST FOR ONE DAY AND, IT CAN BE SEEN THAT WE, HAVE ALL DATA CAUSE WE'RE CLOSE NOW, AND THAT IS A FACT YES WE'RE CLOSE NOW, AND THAT IS THAT THOUGH NOTHING WE'VE TRIED IS SUCCESSFUL LIKE INDEXING, FROM LEVLELS TO SPELLS WE FOUND THE HEROES, AND ORDERED BY CREATURES WHAT THE HELL? ALL, ALL OF OUR MEN HAVE WISDOM, ALL OF THEM EXCEPT ONE, EXCEPT ONE DOES NOT HAVE THE WISDOM FOR HE IS STUPID.. STUPID AND DUMB WHAT'D YOU SAY?

Are You The One Hints

From Puzzkill:
Team Puzzkill had managed to sort the contestants into potential romantic groupings, taking the form of chains where each contestant was placed next to another contestant whose name fulfilled what they were looking for in some shape or form. However, AVERY was left unpaired by themselves at the end of the day, and Puzzkill wasn't sure if the contestants would be happier in 10 pairs or in a loop of 20. Will Puzzkill respect the contestants' wishes for monogamy or polyamory? Will AVERY escape the friendzone? Will they work out how to extract the answer? Will all 20 contestants find their partner(s) of thieir dreams? Will true love prevail? Stay tuned to find out!

Candies and Stories Hints

From ้—ฒๆ•ฃ่งฃ่ฐœ๏ผ๏ผˆLaid-back Puzzling๏ผ‰:
Help! We get an indigestion for the candies!

How Many Reps Hints

From Pepsimen:
*flex* we're not really sure where to start with this one (i'm too busy working out my body - *flex* - for my brain to work out the puzzle), but it looks like it could be a meta-like? we really just don't know. anyway, gotta get back to the dumbbells, cya
From Dan City:
DEAR HUNTINALITY MEATHEADS: We can tell you've been working out at the library, because this puzzle is too big brain for us.

Alabama Conundrum

A screenshot of a sheet named "The Bird Conundrum: Does Alabama exist?"

Keep Out

Having me look up firework formulas is gonna put me on a list
From ๐Ÿƒ:
Unsuspecting hint answerer is trapped by a pool of corrosive acid in ๐Ÿƒ's sheet
Our protagonist is given a chance at freedom if the hint is good.
The hint is good, opening up a passage of safety for the hero of our story.

Out of the Woods Hints

From 1e308:
We've spotted the funny faces and the letters that they replaces need we make another potion in keep out? We might need a hint, we can't go on without You don't need to go back to Keep Out. All the ingredients are here, no doubt. To make the potion that you need. Follow the lyrics you must have seen. (I know that line doesn't rhyme, I don't have all day or the time.)

Meme Hint Responses

Around the World

From Team Sam: Bears Indahouse: we have absolutely no idea how to now order our extracted letters! We can't sort by length of game title, either in words or in letters, since there's overlaps.

Hint Response (Tim): What year is it? meme

'What year is it' meme featuring the adult Alan from Jumanji

The Transmutation Station

From concert fantasy on the betrayal of coby tran: hi we don't know what goes in the yellow blanks. we think it has to do with the 5 words we extracted from the red blanks, and we think we have to apply transformations to them

Hint Response (Ali): We had one, yes. What about second breakfast? meme

'Second Breakfast' meme featuring Pippen from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring