Puzzles

I enjoy participating in elaborate puzzle hunts, where teams compete to solve lots of small puzzles and a meta-puzzle that draws on their answers. (Perhaps the most famous puzzle hunt is the MIT Mystery Hunt, though I have never participated in that.) I was a founding member of ISMETA (Interns So Meta Even This Acronym), a puzzling team at Microsoft (now with both intern and employee branches) that has placed highly in several competitions.

My competition results include the following:

  • 2nd of 91 teams, Microsoft Intern Puzzle Day 2014 (ISMETA)
  • 1st of 99 teams, Microsoft Intern Puzzle Day 2013 (team captain, ISMETA)
  • 1st of 85 teams, Microsoft Intern Puzzle Day 2012 (team captain, ISMETA)
  • 6th of 420 teams, College Puzzle Challenge 2010

 

Receiving our awards at Microsoft Intern Puzzle Day 2014