DASH 7 Rita Skeeter puzzle
In 2015, Cathy participated as a puzzle author for DASH 7, which had a Harry Potter theme. DASH teams were participating in a contest akin to the Triwizard Tournament.
Cathy created the puzzle that had teams navigating their way through an interview with the infamous journalist Rita Skeeter.
This was Cathy's first time writing for DASH, but we had played DASH several times. For DASH, teams get one puzzle at a time. This means that everyone on the team will be solving the puzzle together.
Cathy's goal was to create a puzzle where each of the 4-5 people on a team would have something to work on, both from the standpoint of interest in different types of puzzles and also being able to work concurrently on different parts of the puzzle.
We also helped at the event, and got into the spirit with costumes.
There are three versions of the puzzle. DASH teams register for one of these categories based on the experience of their members. Click on the link below for the version that you'd like to solve.
The "par time" for this puzzle (expert / novice) is 40 minutes. That's assuming a team of 4-5 people, and the puzzle is designed to have team members work concurrently on different parts. If you're solving solo, expect it to take quite a bit longer; an hour and a half would not be unreasonable!
If you get stuck on any of the puzzles in this set, you can visit the Hints Page for help. It is safe from spoilers; each hint will be shown only when you click to reveal it.
The solutions will of course contain spoilers, so it's better to use the Hints Page to help you solve.
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