Rules for Non-Intern Puzzleday 2020
How to play
- HAVE FUN! (And if you're not having fun, let us know. If your team is running out of steam, let us know.)
- None of the puzzles require you to do anything illegal, immoral, or that would cause Microsoft security to be concerned.
- Everyone should have access to a computer during the event.
- Access to a printer is optional. You may find some puzzles easier to solve with pencil and paper, but all puzzles are designed to be solveable on your computer.
- You may use your computers to communicate with puzzle control and help you solve puzzles. You may also use any printed reference material you care to bring with you. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with a number of common encodings.
- You can use any reference source on the internet. You can use friends or strangers as reference sources but not to help you solve puzzles (e.g., you could call someone to ask them a trivia question but not send them a whole list of trivia questions for them to research). You may not send entire puzzles to friends for help.
- Writing a computer program to solve a puzzle is allowed, but this may take longer than solving the puzzle in its intended manner.
Hacking puzzles is not in the spirit of the event and is strictly prohibited. This includes:
- hacking into any computer system to find answers
- giving false information to another team
- trying to purloin answers from another team, and
- colluding with other teams
- In order for a puzzle to be marked as solved, the correct answer must be entered into the correct answer submission box on the website and be submitted before the event ends.
- Each team must be reachable by email during the event. New puzzles and corrections to puzzles will be sent out via email. Ensure that you are set up to receive email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teams should be between 4 and 6 people. You may register your team with only 1 person and fill out the roster later.
- The event is designed for Microsoft full-time employees, their family and friends. Each team must have at least one FTE.
- Microsoft interns are not permitted to participate in this specific event.
- Teams that have fewer than 4 members are encouraged to merge or find more members.
- Only registered teams will have access to puzzles.
Winning and scoring
- Teams will first be ranked according to the time by which they solve the final metapuzzle.
- Teams that do not solve the final metapuzzle will be ranked by the total points gathered over the event.
Should a tie-breaker become necessary, the following criteria will be used to determine the higher-ranking team:
- The team that has the higher total points by the end of the event.
- The team that solved more puzzles by the end of the event.
- The team that reached that point total first.
- Random drawing.
- Teams that are found to be in violation of the event rules will be disqualified from the event. If disqualification happens before the event is over, that team may continue to solve puzzles at the discretion of puzzle control.
- The decisions of puzzle control are final.
Microsoft Entertainment Code of Conduct
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We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, messages, images, or interactions by any party participant, in any form, at any aspect of the program including business and social activities, regardless of location.
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