This episode of DASH airs on
April 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Santa Rosa, CA

The Santa Rosa DASH kicked off at Franklin Park.

What is DASH?

DASH (Different Area--Same Hunt) is a one-day, walking puzzle hunt which takes place in several cities across the country on the same day. The most recent DASH was on Saturday, April 24th, 2010.

When will the next DASH occur?

The best way to find out that is to subscribe to the DASH mailing list:


Is there a DASH forum?

Yes!  Visit http://forum.puzzalot.com/dash2

What is a puzzle hunt?

A puzzle hunt is similar to a treasure hunt, except instead of using a map to move from location to location, teams of 2 - 6 people (four is ideal) solve unique puzzles, each constructed by a different city around the U.S.  Each puzzle solves to a single word or short phrase.

How does the DASH puzzle hunt work?

Teams are given their first puzzle at the beginning.  Upon solving it, the location of the next puzzle is revealed.  Each puzzle takes about 20-30 minutes to solve.  Walk time between each puzzle is 5-15 minutes.  The final "meta" puzzle makes use of all the information from the previous puzzles.

What are the puzzles like?

Each puzzle is unique mental challenge.  It may require solving crossword-style clues and indexing (selecting a letter based on its numeric position in a word).  It may require finding patterns in words and applying the pattern to a new set of words.  It may require assembling items and finding hidden codes.

Here's a simple sample puzzle of the kind that you might find in a typical DASH (actually puzzles vary in difficult and take about a half-hour to solve):

DASH Sample Puzzle 

Are there any other events like DASH?

Quite a few!  The Bay Area Night Game was the direct inspiration for DASH and usually occurs a few times a year.  A longer and more challenging puzzle hunt is known as the Shinteki Decathlon.  An overnight puzzle hunt known simply as The Game usually occurs one a year.

In other cities, there are the MIT Mystery Hunt, the Microsoft Puzzle Hunt, the Seattle and Nearby Adventures in Puzzling, the Boston Area Puzzle Hunting League, among others.

Who hosted this?

Scott Royer III and Given Clatterbaugh, both members of The Smoking GNU, hosted the Santa Rosa version of DASH.

I have a question about something not covered here.

Please email us at santarosa@playdash.org with any questions or concerns you have.