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Puzzle Pursuit: Gold Rush (Eureka!)

What is Puzzle Pursuit?
Get ready for the 7th annual Puzzle Pursuit event benefiting Outdoor Outreach. Part Amazing Race and part Sherlock Holmes, Puzzle Pursuit requires out-of-the-box thinking, team work, and high energy.

NEW FORMAT. MORE FUN! MORE STRATEGY! Teams of all levels will enjoy this years challenges(Details here).
Welcome to the bustling mining town of Buckeye Hill, where thieving and swindling are as common as finding gold and drinking whiskey. Go in search of the mother load but keep an eye out for claim jumpers who want nothing more than to steal your gold and leave you with nothing.

All of the money raised goes to benefit the hundreds of at-risk and underprivileged youth that Outdoor Outreach serve each year. Click here for more information on Outdoor Outreach.

Event Details
  • Date: Saturday September 19th
  • Location: Old Town San Diego
  • Time: TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • You will need to create a team of 2-4 players. During registration you will be asked your team name. Please make sure each team member uses the same team name. Spelling counts.
  • Prior to the event, we will send out detailed instructions, puzzle examples, and updates to registrants. Be sure to sign up early so you don't miss anything.
  • Prizes: TBD
  • We have a new format this year so divisions are a bit different. Find out which division is right for you.
  • You will receive race updates and instructions after you register.
Note: This event is intended for individuals 16 years or older.

Which Division is right for me?
This year's format will allow teams to begin with straight-forward puzzles that get progressively harder. You will have to decide if you should attempt the more difficult parts of a puzzle for more points, or if you are better off moving quickly through all the lower point parts and then circling back around to the harder parts if time permits. Teams in the Challenge division will find more parts to each puzzle giving them more opportunity for points.


THE SHORT ANSWER
  • CHALLENGE
    If you enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to put together a piece of furniture you bought at IKEA (good luck), or you enjoy the mental challenges of Sudoku, crosswords, who dunnits, etc., then you might like the CHALLENGE division.
  • BASIC
    You enjoy the mental challenges of jigsaw puzzles, card games, etc. You prefer to be handed a set of instructions on how to assemble your IKEA furniture rather than trying to figure it out on your own. The Basic division will have its share of challenges for sure, so don't assume this will be a walk in the park.

THE DETAILED ANSWER WITH EXAMPLES
BASIC
The BASIC division will contain puzzles ranging from EASY to MEDIUM DIFFICULTY. This division is best for novice players who can follow directions and get from point A to B to C with only minor leaps in thinking between them (see examples below). You will almost always be provided with directions on HOW to solve the puzzle(as opposed to having to figure out on your own how to solve it), so your actions will be to actually implement the instructions given(which may include hunting for a certain statue, taking the letters from a sign and transscribing them into a given code, etc.)
This will certainly not be a walk in the park. Just because you are told:
Find the 5 statues of horses and add the year on the plaque from each one
doesn't mean it's going to be easy to find those 5 statues, it just means it won't take you 10 minutes to figure out that that is what you are supposed to do based on hints and clues for that particular puzzle.

CHALLENGE
The CHALLENGE division will contain puzzles ranging from EASY to MIND-BENDING. This division is best for those that love recognizing the clues and figuring out how to do things from those clues. You do NOT have to have raced a puzzle race before, nor do you have to be someone who plays Sudoku and does logic puzzles all day long. However, if those things are not something you think you would enjoy the mental challenge of, then perhaps this division is not for you. It will be necessary to employ an out of the box style of thinking. To solve a puzzle you MAY have to first figure out how to solve the puzzle (see examples below). You do NOT need to know Morse code or what a pigpen cypher is (stuff like that will be provided to you if used). In fact you will NOT be required to have any special knowledge in order to solve puzzles, but you will be required to use reason, logic, and deduction.