2018 Event Archive: CPC 2018 - CPC Magic

The 2018 College Puzzle Challenge asked teams to help prepare the Conjuring Practitioner's Compendium, an annual publication of the best magical spells. Unfortunately, the book's editors had spent the year spellchecking instead of checking the spells, so College Puzzle Challenge teams had to step in at the tenth hour to solve the puzzles and check the spells before the book headed to the printing press for publishing.

The Winners

Across the country, 1,200 students on 300 teams competed in the Challenge. The winner was determined by which team ended the day with the most spells checked:

  • Regular puzzles were worth one spell each.
  • Meta-puzzles were worth five spells each.

Pseudodeterministic Generators, from MIT, repeated as champions and took home the grand prize of Surface Books by solving all the puzzles and meta puzzles first. Full results are available here.

Competition Intro Video

Teams were introduced to the magical world of CPC with this video:

Puzzles and Solutions

The puzzles and their answers are available as PDFs below. Per-wave puzzle collections may also available.

Pre Event Wave

Earth Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Fire Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Metal Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Ready, Player Bunny?

Puzzle | Solution

Universal Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Water Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Wood Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Wave 1 (download all)

Adventure! ____

Puzzle | Solution

Breaking the Logician's Code

Puzzle | Solution

Bubble, Bubble

Puzzle | Solution

Building Districts

Puzzle | Solution

Flash Cards

Puzzle | Solution

Knowledge Is

Puzzle | Solution

Leylines

Puzzle | Solution

Magic Carpet

Puzzle | Solution

Silent Transfiguration Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Sorcerer's Tone

Puzzle | Solution

Wave 2 (download all)

Arcane Cards

Puzzle | Solution

Barrier Crystals

Puzzle | Solution

Curses!

Puzzle | Solution

Enchantment Under the Sea

Puzzle | Solution

F in Mythology

Puzzle | Solution

Flower Bouquet

Puzzle | Solution

Magic Alley

Puzzle | Solution

Magica Squares

Puzzle | Solution

Mystical Transformations

Puzzle | Solution

Summoning Ring

Puzzle | Solution

Wand Movements

Puzzle | Solution

Which Spells?

Puzzle | Solution

Wave 3 (download all)

Alchemy

Puzzle | Solution

Artifact Collection

Puzzle | Solution

Bubble Trouble

Puzzle | Solution

Forest Flora

Puzzle | Solution

Grounds Sweeper

Puzzle | Solution

Like Magic

Puzzle | Solution

Lost Legacies

Puzzle | Solution

Magic Show

Puzzle | Solution

Magic Words

Puzzle | Solution

Other Spells!

Puzzle | Solution

Quas Wex Exort

Puzzle | Solution

Wizard's Path

Puzzle | Solution

 

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