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The Clue Conundrum

I know you, little libertine.

It has certainly become prevalent in the treasure hunting community. Nobody can solve puzzles so creators compose cryptic clues. I'm guilty of it. I tried so hard to lead someone to say "Inn Diana" for Ross's Inn but it was not happening. Each hint I dropped led people deeper down their respective rabbit holes.


On the flip, I've also interpreted most hints incorrectly. I am beginning to believe, on average, they have an outcome contrary to the creator's intent. The people who love them the most tend to use them to justify the most ridiculous things. Often, we just need to be more honest with ourselves. I'm an amateur puzzle maker at best...AT BEST! Let's not forget many of the current hunts are also created by inexperienced puzzle makers. List off the published ones and pull up the creator's puzzle resume. It's logical a puzzle maker with little history creating will experience pitfalls. Now add additional mini puzzles atop an already flawed puzzle. Yikes! It can get out of control real quick. I do want to give Phrabbott props for forgoing the cryptic clue and providing a straight forward hint on how to approach his recent puzzle, Memory Gaps: A Chronology.



Phil creates outstanding puzzles. Better constructed than most published and amateur freebie hunts we've seen over the years. He was astute enough to understand hints often lead to pure chaos and should be commended for it. If you haven't already, check his recent puzzle out. So, what do you all think? Cue the clues or clueless?

I know you're a real cuckoo.


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woodford
woodford
Sep 16, 2023

PREACH 🙌🏼

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ATdreamer2112
ATdreamer2112
Sep 14, 2023

Cue = Q, is that a clue? Yes I'm being serious. I liked it when he said "mini games." And also that time I got capital letters!

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Fenix
Fenix
Sep 14, 2023
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Violalee
Violalee
Sep 14, 2023

I think too many hints become a distraction to a puzzle, but sometimes a nudge is needed. Less is more though - so if I had to choose one or the other, consider me clueless.

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Fenix
Fenix
Sep 14, 2023
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Nothing like Secret mystery guests behind Elvis' curtain. Only to find out Elvis did a voice over.

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phrabbott
phrabbott
Sep 14, 2023

It really is fun though, right? To channel your inner riddler and say some nuanced phrase that you're sure will point people in the right direction?


Thanks for writing this up--it's a good topic.


I guess I'm kinda somewhere between now. I think if I release another hint it will be something with a tangible answer that overtly tells a method or important line. Similar to the "mini games" in the current puzzle. (oops... mighta just given too much away there) But damn, good puzzles are hard to make as well, so those kinda hints take a lot of effort on the part of the puzzle maker too haha.


I'm terrified my puzzle isn't as well constructed as I hope.…

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Fenix
Fenix
Sep 14, 2023
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Indeed. It's tricky to get it right, especially with a guy like me who is always slightly left of center with a couple dashes of spice.

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