SnoutCast #168: The Coin Heist Report with Glenn Willen, Part 1 of 3

The first part of our conversation with Glenn Willen, one of the Manic Sages who ran the 2013 MIT Mystery Hunt!

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00:59 – “serious”
02:01 – a little bit of MIT history repeating
04:26 – Mr. Willen goes to Cambridge, Mass.
07:21 – how to win a Mystery Hunt (or not)
09:56 – tools for competitive solvers
15:03 – fun with clue construction
16:24 – experience in other puzzle hunts?
18:08 – why people run Games
21:24 – The End

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Music: instrumentals from “Code Monkey” and “My Monkey” by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn Glenn


  1. I believe only a minority of people are willing to travel for ANY kind of event–puzzle hunts, concerts, plays, other live performances. (Specific evidence: players wait-listed for DASH in SF who did not want to drive down to Palo Alto to play.)

    This is why bands go on tour. You might get a few "Deadheads" following hunts all over the place, but most people want to go to events near where they live.

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