After decrypting the
test file, print the problem pages. The puzzles are designed to be solved on paper,
so not printing them will likely not save you any time. Start working on the first
page while the rest are still printing.
The point values
are a good indicator of difficultly, and the puzzles are ordered roughly
from easiest to hardest. Of course, your experience may be different.
There may be some puzzles that the organizers want to make sure you
try. For these, there will be bonus points (noted on the test) above and
beyond the points allocated based on difficulty.
Each problem will include an Answer template. This describes what you should
enter on the Answer Page. Precise formatting, such as separating values
by commas or spaces, is desired but not critical -- if it's clear enough for you to
double-check your entry, we'll be able to figure it out
Don't guess -- the penalty is designed to discourage this; don't disappoint
The Answer Page is linked from the Test
Page. Be careful when entering your answers on the Answer Page. Don't go too
fast -- everyone has to do the same thing. There is nothing worse than
spending the valuable time to solve a problem correctly, then ending up with a
penalty for a wrong answer.
You may enter your answers on the Answer Page as you go along to avoid a last
minute time crunch. You submit your answers by clicking the button at the bottom
of the page. If you are concerned about losing data, you may submit some
answers before you are finished. If you submit multiple
Answer Pages, we will combine your results, using the latest answer for
The Test Page
also includes a link to the countdown timer. This reflects the exactly server timer,
and is provided for your convenience. However, you are still solely
responsible for submitting your answer before the test deadline.
Relax and have fun. You wouldn't be doing this on a Saturday if you didn't
like puzzles -- enjoy it!