Welcome to Edric’s 2022 PUZZLE Hunt!

This is a puzzlehunt in the style again of my 2020 Puzzle Hunt, which in turn was modeled after the Australian hunts put out by the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne.  The solution for each puzzle will be a word or a phrase which should be written in all lowercase letters with any spaces between words removed.  (There will never be numerals or other special characters in a solution.)

Especially if you’re new to doing puzzle hunts, please know that utilizing outside resources is absolutely allowed in puzzle hunts! Solvers often search things on Google, view images in software like GIMP, perform reverse image searches -- and you can do all of that too!  (I’m quite partial to Qat!)

As always, this hunt was open to anyone and everyone.  The hunt was formatted so that not just teams but also individuals would feel welcome to participate (as opposed to other hunts which often encourage, require, or even necessitate teams).  And, following the tradition of Edric’s hunts, the first teamto solve the final meta puzzle (congrats to Cardinality!) received $100 cash and a free puzzle!

The final meta puzzle was released exactly at noon (EDT) on Monday, July 11, 2022, and the hunt officially “began” at midnight on the night of Saturday, July 16.  Each day, the puzzles were released two hours earlier than they were the day after.  The full schedule (all times in EDT) was as follows:

        Day 1 puzzles:    Released at midnight, Saturday, July 16

        Day 2 puzzles:    Released at 10:00 p.m., Friday, July 15

        Day 3 puzzles:    Released at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14

        Day 4 puzzles:    Released at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 13

        Day 5 puzzles:    Released at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12

        Day 6 puzzles:    Released at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 11

        Meta puzzle:       Released at noon, Monday, July 11

Three hints were given for each puzzle (except for the final meta), and the solutions to all of the puzzles were posted at noon EDT on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

And now -- with all that having been said . . .

The 2022 Puzzle Hunt!

(If you want to see the participants and teams who finished while the hunt was still live, that historical artifact can be viewed here.)