Well folks, finally the KK Challenge 4 is over. We had some surprises, but not at the top of the table. This is the result of the hunt (Maximum score is 100 pts):
1) KK Chai, Margaret Sha, VK Chong, Vincent Woo — 91 pts
2) Bernard Liew, Alvin Wong, Christine Netto, Audrey Chin — 85 pts
3) Mary Lokupi, Shirley Lim, Ellen Yee, Dr Liaw — 69 pts
4) Harry Koh, Grace Chong, Chan M H, Vivian Cham — 63 pts
5) CK Tan, C L Teo, Leslie Yew, Frederick — 62 pts
As you can see the top 2 teams are within a class of their own. They are followed by the "chasing pack", all of whom scored in the 60s.
When I set this hunt, I have designed the "achievable score" of 95 pts (so the champions scored almost "perfect"). The remaining 5 pts-question was "reserved for CoC". I suppose there were also other tough questions which could be categorised as "reserved for the CoC", but given the 6 hours hunting time, there was a good opportunity for the teams to solve them. But I will get to them later.
There were 40 route questions for this hunt and 4 treasures, all to be solved within 6 hours, plus 30 minutes penalty time. In spite of the 6 hours, most of the teams got into time trouble. Most of them did not, however, get the time penalty. They opted instead to abandon some tail-end questions in order to arrive at the finish station within the 6 hours. I can only conclude that time management is still one of the most difficult aspect of treasure hunts—especially for pure hunts like this.
As always, I shall discuss some of the interesting questions and their respective analysis. I will do that in separate threads. However, apart from analysing, I also want to reveal my thought process while conjuring up those questions. I'm sure it will be interesting for the hunters to experience hunt questions from the CoC's point of view.