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How it Works

The hunt kicks-off May 1st! Weeks 2-3 puzzles will be released May 9 and May 16. All puzzles will be posted at noon. The final puzzle will be released May 23rd at noon. Download and print the puzzles by going to Beginning May 1st, you can also visit Mitchell Park or Lucy Stern Palo Alto Community Centers to get a free set printed for you (for that week or the prior weeks), or use a separate piece of paper and solve from the screen. Previous week's puzzles will be available online through the end of the Puzzle Hunt. 

With a group of friends or family, solve the week’s puzzles at your own pace. Each individual puzzle will give you an answer. Enter the answers online at the puzzle page of the hunt. The correct answer will give you a location in Palo Alto where you will find a clue. When you get to the location, look for a sign with bold words on it (sample below). Save the answer to the question for each location. Use these answers in that week's meta-puzzle. The signs will not be hidden or buried and are on public land within the city of Palo Alto. You will not need to damage anything to find them. Write down the words you need and leave the signs for future solvers.

From time to time, clue signs go missing because they are in public places. If you cannot locate a clue in the expected location, please message us. We will work as quickly as possible to replace the clues. At the end of the hunt, submit your answers for a chance to win a prize!

Final Round

After you’ve solved all 3 weeks of puzzles, there’s one final step. Use the clues you’ve collected and a final puzzle to lead you to your last destination. Submit your final answer for a chance to win a Solving Fun gift card!

Safety Reminders

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals and the City of Palo Alto want all of our community members to be safe and have fun. Be mindful of all laws and safety regulations as you explore our city. Clues are posted in visible areas and on public property. If you experience an emergency, call 911.


At the end of the hunt, submit your answers for a chance to win a prize! In order to submit your entry, fill out the form here on or before May 31st, 2024. It is free to enter. One entry per person. All winners will be notified after June 1, 2024.

New this year! We're excited to announce we will have collectible enamel pins of Chris Cross for all solvers that complete the entire hunt!

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We hope you love our Puzzle Hunts. If you are having fun solving, check out our other puzzle products or email us to create a custom hunt for you. 

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