We’ve gone about another 2 pi radians around the sun again, which means it must be time for P.I.HUNT again! This year is the 22nd year of the century, and the 7th P.I.HUNT, which means that my average time for hunt production this century will be 22/7 by the end of this year, the common approximation for pi! 🙂 This is definitely a natural statistic to look at and not contrived at all to make this year’s Pi Day seem special like I do every year. If that’s not special enough, there’s something else interesting that happened this year (in some time zones, at least.) There were two notable occurrences today, as close as is possible for them to occur without overlapping. Namely, Pi Minute (which has the first 6 digits of pi), is 3/14, 1:59 AM, and Daylight Savings Time begins 3/14, 2:00 AM.
About this year’s hunt: I was feeling very demotivated about writing hunt puzzles at one point during the year, and I was thinking about cancelling the hunt. But I ended up deciding not to cancel it, and take the pieces of puzzles I had written and combine it into a full hunt. Something I notice myself doing sometimes is trying to raise the bar for myself over and over, until it gets to a point where I can’t pass over it anymore, and I think this is a good thing to notice when it’s happening and relax my expectations. (More specifically, I really am happy with how P.I. 4 and P.I. 5 turned out, so if you haven’t seen those you might also want to check them out!) As a result of this, the puzzles ended up a little scattered in some places in terms of varying in scale or difficulty level. Overall, I’m quite happy I ended up finishing this hunt, and I still think I made something I can be proud of. 🙂
The theme of the hunt is very vaguely Scooby-Doo themed (basically that’s just the theme of the meta.) There are 8 puzzles this year, and a meta. I’ll send the meta once you have solved at least 5 of the puzzles. Email me at jack[dot]l[dot]lance[at]gmail[dot]com to confirm your answers, or for other comments/hint-requests/questions.