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Subject:Midnight Madness
Time:12:18 pm
This weekend Greg and I teamed up with lowkey and engaged in Snout's Midnight Madness game. For those who don't obsess about puzzles, Midnight Madness is the 1980 movie that invented the puzzle hunt. It's also Michael J. Fox & Paul Rubens's theatrical debuts.

This weekend's hunt was absurdly accurate to the movie, to a fault. It was cool to kind of know what's coming up, but a bunch of the stuff that watching the movie doesn't look fun, in fact isn't fun! For instance there were some puzzles that there's no reasonable way to solve them! I mean that, even the good teams had to take hints on them! We had to read information off the necklace of a big-breasted woman in a diner, which was predictably awkward.

There were some nice parts - none of the puzzles used any of the standard encodings. It seemed a nice step back from how esoteric puzzle hunts have become. We actually got to play minigolf. At three in the morning. That was great! A few of the puzzles were really excellent (and did not have the undercluedeness that makes me cringe while watching the Midnight Madness Movie).

Despite all the sleep I got yesterday (my weekend total is about normal) I'm going to be kind of "buuuuuuh" for the next few days, though.
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malcubed
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Time:2008-04-08 12:54 am (UTC)
ohmigod!

I've been trying to remember what that movie was--with no relevant details at my disposal--for years!

Thank you!
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cuthalion
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Time:2008-04-08 02:08 am (UTC)
Hah!
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bneely
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Time:2008-04-08 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize that Midnight Madness influenced all of puzzle hunting!

Should I watch it?
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cuthalion
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Time:2008-04-08 07:29 am (UTC)
It's not a fantastic movie, but it's sort of fun and cheesy.
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