It seems that the puzzles are becoming trickier as we move into the final phase of this competition. Many people are asking for help, either in the forum posts or by DM, from those who have solved the puzzles.
I’d like to invite opinions from the other competitors about how we balance the individual desire to win, against the community spirit which such events fosters.
Please do NOT reveal the solutions to any of the previous puzzles until the competition is over. These solutions may well reappear in metapuzzles.
I will no longer offer any advice via DM for any of the puzzles. I’ve given a handful of people hints similar to those which are in the forum posts but I’d rather any hints offered were publicly available for all, which also helps with moderation (i.e. if people think too much help is being given).
I think that public hints/clues are community-spirited and - especially for those for whom English isn’t a first language - can help level the playing field a little.
If anyone has any objection to any specific clue/hint which they regard as TOO helpful, speak up and we can decide if it should be removed.
Let’s moderate this as a community (deferring of course to the powers-that-be). Everyone has a voice so let’s hear it if you have strong opinions one way or another.
Good luck everyone!