63 teams took part in BAPHL 16, which celebrated squares of all sorts. The event took place on October 8, 2017 in Cambridge, spread across Central Square, Inman Square, Kendall Square, and Tech Square. BAPHL 16 was made possible by the following contributors:

Editing: Nathan Curtis

Planning and logistics, and puzzle construction: Nathan Curtis, Andrew Greene, and Christian Krenek

The organizers of BAPHL 16 would like to thank several volunteer constructors from other BAPHL teams and from outside the Boston area who wrote individual puzzles: Chris Cieslik, Craig Kasper, Kevin Wald, and Carl Worth

Preliminary testsolving: Avram Gottschlich, Lily Chen, Stan Park, Mike Walsh

Dry run testsolving: Carol Carveth, Eric Haines, Lance Nathan, Caitlin Ragan, Julia Tenney

Website and registration: Andrew Greene

Puzzle assembly: Carol Carveth, Nathan Curtis, Dennis Loo, Leah Smith, Rachel Tanenhaus

Event staffing: Nathan Curtis, Andrew Greene, Cate Hirschbiel, Diana Hsu, Christian Krenek, Eliza Leadbeater, Sarah Leadbeater, Dennis Loo, Julia Tenney

Pictures for Splitting Image were taken from the Noun Project:

Maps were taken from OpenStreetMap:

The mural featured in Completing the Square is by James Foskett, using photographs taken by Nathan Curtis.

Other images were created by their respective puzzles’ constructors.

Puzzles and Solutions

Central Square
Central Square Cover PDF Solution
Alphabet Breakfast Cereal Disaster: Chris Cieslik Casual Competitive Solution
Back to Square One: Nathan Curtis Casual Competitive Solution
Completing the Square: Nathan Curtis Casual Competitive Solution
Square Pegs: Craig Kasper Casual Competitive Solution
Inman Square
Inman Square Cover PDF Solution
Pro Bending: Nathan Curtis Casual Competitive Solution
Square Route: Nathan Curtis PDF Solution
Two-Tone: Nathan Curtis Casual Competitive Solution
Unsquare Dance: Nathan Curtis PDF Solution
Kendall Square
Kendal Square Cover PDF Solution
Circle, Triangle, Square: Christian Krenek Casual Competitive Solution
Hollywood Squares: Nathan Curtis Casual Competitive Solution
Music of the Spheres: Andrew Greene Casual Competitive Solution
Squaring the Square: Nathan Curtis PDF Solution
Tech Square
Tech Square Cover PDF Solution
A Dopey Puzzle: Kevin Wald Casual Competitive Solution
Build-a-Maze Workshop: Carl Worth Casual Competitive Solution
Shakespeare in the Square: Nathan Curtis and Christian Krenek
(with puzzle interactions featuring Christian Krenek as the Iridescent Bard)
Casual Competitive Solution
Splitting Image: Andrew Greene Casual Competitive Solution
Metapuzzle 1: Nathan Curtis PDF Solution
Metapuzzle 2: Nathan Curtis PDF Solution

BAPHL Information

What is BAPHL?
The Boston Area Puzzle Hunt League (BAPHL) is a recurring puzzle hunt taking place in areas around Boston. Teams of 4-6 travel on foot solving sets of puzzles (logic, crosswords, trivia, etc.) to reach a final goal.
When is the next one?
October 8, 2017
Isn’t that a Sunday?
Indeed it is. Some of our staff cannot attend puzzle hunts on Saturdays, and we wanted to give them and others the chance to participate.
Where will this take place?
BAPHL 16 will take place in the vicinity of Central Square and Kendall Square in Cambridge.
How do I register?
Registration is open! The number of teams is limited, so make sure that you register ASAP!
How much does it cost?
Registration will cost $30 for most teams. If at least half of your team members have never solved in a BAPHL before, the cost is $20.
What if it rains?
We'll get wet. We'll all be a little sad. If it gets really bad, we'll make some adjustments to the route and puzzles, but you should be prepared for whatever nature may bring.

Puzzle Info

What kinds of puzzles will there be?
Every hunt is a little bit different, and every puzzle is unique. But if you want to get a sense of the types of puzzles and their difficulty, you can check out some examples from prior BAPHL events: BAPHL 14, BAPHL 15, or BAPHL 13
Just how hard is this thing?
There will be two divisions: Casual and Competitive. If you've never done any sort of puzzle hunts before, the Casual mode is for you - we'll provide more hints so that you can keep solving and having fun. If you've done anything like The Game, the MIT Mystery Hunt, or past BAPHLs, then you should go to Competitive mode.
What kind of supplies will we need?
You'll want lots of solving supplies - paper, pencils, scissors, tape, highlighters, markers, rulers, etc. You'll want to bring clipboards, since you may not be able to find seating at a table along our route. You'll want to bring comfortable footwear, as there is a bit more walking in this BAPHL than usual. And don't forget that it will be October in Boston, so you will want things that will keep you comfortable and warm.
Did you say there would be more walking than usual?
Yes. The route we have planned covers about 3 miles on foot, compared to 1-2 miles for most other BAPHLs. If someone on your team has mobility issues, you are welcome to use public transit, hired rides, or your own vehicles, but we ask that you let us know beforehand as a courtesy.

BAPHL 16 Registration

Registration is now open!

To register your team for BAPHL 16, first purchase a registration using the PayPal link below. Registration costs $30 for veteran teams, and $20 if your team is at least 50% new BAPHL solvers. After you have completed the PayPal transaction, you will be taken to a Google Form where you can supply team information. Registration is limited to 60 teams, and the link will be closed on October 2.

Registration type

If you don't have a team, you may sign up as individually or in pairs: Unattached Hunters. We will attempt to match you with teams that are willing to accept unattached hunters.