2014 Event Archive: Seattle Seattle, a puzzling casino concept

Ever wanted to beat the house? The 2014 College Puzzle Challenge focused on a brand new casino on the Las Vegas strip: Seattle Seattle.

Participants received a cache of leaked documents from the casino’s security department, with information about several games that looked crackable. They worked through the puzzles and toward the meta puzzle - breaking into main casino vault.

More than 300 teams participated in the 2014 challenge, held simultaneously at 14 campuses across the US.

Winners: galactic dogesetters from MIT

Full results are available here.

Scoring worked a little differently than previous years.

  • Regular puzzles: Teams earned $100,000 in "casino chips" per regular puzzle solved. A bonus went to teams based on how quickly they solved the puzzle. Teams were also allowed to bet some money they had in hand, earning that bet if their first submission for the puzzle was correct, or losing that money if they were wrong.
  • Meta-puzzle: The meta-puzzle was worth $1,000,000 in casino chips (and not eligible for bonuses or betting.

The winner was determined by which team ended the day with the most casino chips (unlike in previous events, where the winner was determined solely by which team solved the meta-puzzle first.

Puzzles and Solutions

The puzzles and their answers are available as individual files below. Puzzles and answers are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader or compatible software to open.

A Minor Inconvenience

Puzzle | Solution

Advance the Silver State

Puzzle | Solution

All Flights Lead to Vegas

Puzzle | Solution

Bad With Names

Puzzle | Solution

Beat the House

Puzzle | Solution

Caesars Palace's Trophy Room

Puzzle | Solution

Casino Games

Puzzle | Solution

Don't Trust the House

Puzzle | Solution

Game of Numbers

Puzzle | Solution

Headlining Act

Puzzle | Solution

It's In Your DNA

Puzzle | Solution

Keepin' It Reel

Puzzle | Solution

Keno

Puzzle | Solution

Las Vegas, the Center of the Universe

Puzzle | Solution

Mandalay Bay

Puzzle | Solution

Mating Games

Puzzle | Solution

Mobius Strip

Puzzle | Solution

Natural Odds

Puzzle | Solution

Ocean's Eleven

Puzzle | Solution

Old Green Eyes

Puzzle | Solution

Please Don't

Puzzle | Solution

Poker Alice

Puzzle | Solution

Revolving Roulette Wheel

Puzzle | Solution

Seattle Seattle

Puzzle | Solution

Show Me the Money

Puzzle | Solution

Six Line

Puzzle | Solution

Soccer Facts...and Fiction!

Puzzle | Solution

Table Stakes

Puzzle | Solution

The ABCs of Nevada

Puzzle | Solution

The Line

Puzzle | Solution

The Safe

Puzzle | Solution

Therefore You're Not

Puzzle | Solution

To Egypt From Luxor

Puzzle | Solution

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!

Puzzle | Solution

When the Chips are Down, Look to the Stars

Puzzle | Solution

You Think You're Done

Puzzle | Solution

 

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