One of the fun things about doing an internship at Microsoft has been all the puzzle-hunt related activities they run. Yesterday, with a team of four, I participated in the Puzzle Safari. Although a fully virtual event, it was one of the more fun puzzle hunts I’ve done. The safari is not just about solving puzzles; it mixes in different activities every time you solve a puzzle. Usually, you have to take some kind of photo in your home or outside it, but you can also go on a run, or a few activities were games inside a Minecraft world. The photos worked out really well, first because of the creative challenge of many of them, and second because it offers a break from just sitting in front of a screen the whole time and forces you to get up and move around.
Great job to the organizers!
Some favorite puzzles
- Chemical Compounds. There is something about puzzles that make you rearrange a grid of squares that always gets me.
- Complex Molecules. Elegant!
- Quirky Quarks. Perhaps not that challenging, but cute and enjoyable.
Finally, my favorite “Experiment” (moderated activity which you participate in for points) was Stone Age Science. This is a word game where you have to clue a keyword or phrase using only one-syllable words.
Ariana’s H2O molecule using a cherry tomato, 2 paperclips, and 2 blueberries: