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    Anyone who wants to be able to input answers needs to read the
    Designated Guesser's Guide


    This guide is mandatory reading for any prospective designated guesser, and a guesser will be expected to follow these guidelines.

    Tweleve Pack philosophy: We gather to have fun collectively solving puzzles as a team. Wild guesses are not solutions, and detract from the hunt experience. We take pride in solving puzzles in as few submission attempts as possible.
    Designated guesser responsibilities:
    1) To represent your fellow team members by submitting only collectively agreed upon solutions, i.e., no personal guesses.
    2) To check and submit proposed solutions to the hunt headquarters.
    3) To update the status of the solutions on the wiki.
    4) To follow the Tweleve Pack philosophy.
    Abuse of these responsibilities will lead to the revocation of designated guesser privileges.


    How to be a Designated Guesser

    1) Know the rules of the hunt. Hunt rules specify the format of puzzle solutions. Some hunts have purely alphabetic solutions; some allow alphanumeric solutions; rarely do they contain punctuation. Making sure that your solution follows the hunt rules saves time and energy. See the official hunt sites for specifics.
    2) Watch for proposed solutions. There are several ways you might be informed that a proposed solution awaits processing.
    • You might be informed by a team member that there is a proposed solution, in which case you can proceed directly to the puzzle wiki page.
    • There is a Guess queue for each major hunt that can be accessed from the left navigation bar. If there are proposed solutions, they will be listed in a table on the queue page (you might want to click of the Refresh this page link to update the wiki cache). You can click on the puzzle name to be directed to the puzzle's wiki page.
    • Any place a puzzle's group table shows up, proposed solutions are shown in red in the solution column. The group tables show up on the current hunt page (which shows all groups) and on any puzzle page that belongs to the group. Clicking on the puzzle name in the table will take you to the puzzle's page.
    3) Check that the puzzle solution makes sense. The person that proposed the solution should have put an explanation in the Puzzle progress & notes section of the puzzle's wiki page. Unless the solution is blatantly obvious, you likely will want to confer with other team members about the validity of the solution. Once you have the acceptance of several team members, you can proceed to the next step.
    Sometimes near the deadline of a puzzle's point value changing, we will attempt educated guesses to puzzles. This should be a last resort and agreed upon by a majority of team members. This is different from wild guesses which are frowned upon at all times. Puzzle hunt puzzles rarely succumb to such attacks, and in the end just increase the guess count.
    4) Submit the solution to the hunt headquarters. The official hunt site generally has a password-protected page where you can enter solutions. Log in under the team name and password. Go to the puzzle in question and submit the proposed solution.
    5) Update the solution status on the wiki. There will be two possible outcomes from the previous step: correct or incorrect. In either case, you should update the wiki to reflect the outcome. On the puzzle's wiki page, click on the Edit or propose a solution link .

    This will take you to the form to edit the puzzle's info. On the right side of the form is a colored box with three sections. You should see the proposed solution in the dialog box of the top section.
    • If the solution was incorrect, move the solution from the top dialog box to the middle dialog box, Tried Solutions. Save the form by clicking on the Save page button on the lower left of the form. This will add a field to the puzzle's wiki page listing attempted, but incorrect solutions so that we do not re-submit them.
    • If the solution is correct, move the solution from the top dialog box to the bottom dialog box, Confirmed Solution and enter the date and time that you submitted the solution (in US Eastern Daylight Time). The latter step is necessary to calculate team points, so don't forget to enter the information. Save the form by clicking on the Save page button on the lower left of the form. This will change the puzzle's status to solved and the solution will show up in the puzzle's group tables in green in the solution column (You may need to click the Refresh the templates link to purge the wiki's cache). Now go spread the good news about another puzzle solve!

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    I'd like to help out with MUMS, this is my first hunt as a Twelever. Sadly I have just moved hosue and I might not be online at home, but Ingrid has offered to keep my up to date with any solutions. Assuming I'm not online I will print out stuff at work and then see what I can solve at home, but it will mean i'll miss out on much of the chat .

    Fingers crossed I will be live by the 11th and if so I'll probably be able to puzzle from 8pm till late most nights GMT. I can probably keep up to date during the day too, but I really must spend some time actually working sadly, though the odd bit of puzzling distraction is good for a healthy work/home life balance .

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    I see they let up to 10 guessers be registered. I will offer to be one of the 10 should we need it. I am in the same state as Molnar, so I am mostly overlap it would seem.

    I liked the rules for guessers. I would second that our team philosophy for the most part is that we don't really guess. We usually only submit once we pretty much know what it is. Any errors are usually just ones of fine tuning.

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    And it needs to be said again...If you are registered with Twelevepack, you are not allowed to be a member of another registered team with MUMS.

    No sock puppets, or moles, or turncoats, or else the wrath of j15bell will be upon you!

    (sigh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman View Post
    And it needs to be said again...If you are registered with Twelevepack, you are not allowed to be a member of another registered team with MUMS.

    No sock puppets, or moles, or turncoats, or else the wrath of j15bell will be upon you!

    (sigh)
    here, here!

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    da-da-da-dum, da-da-da-dum


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    LOL, that's great J!

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    Molnar left a note on Twelevepack saying he has been very busy and has been in a self imposed exile, but is ready for MUMS and will come over to check in here at Tweleve soon!

    steve

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    Thanks for the update Steve!
    I will dig through my old PMs to find the email addresses and will register the team Sunday night when I get back home.

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    Hi there! I've been away for a while. My apologies if I caused any undue concern.

    I have started the process of setting up the wiki for the hunt, including generating accounts where necessary. I've also made a request to cthree about getting a private forum for use during the hunt. When I have more information, I'll send out PMs.

    Sadly, I have had to ban another user from the wiki for being naughty. Please, if you are going to be a schmuck, do yourself and everyone else a favor and take it elsewhere.
    WHRECVBBLSMCEYVIHTEOIZROMR

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