Why do I keep seeing web site errors?

Sometimes when you try to open a page here, you may get a strange error (often with error codes 404, 418, or 500). It usually happens when the load on the web or database server becomes too great (since this site is running on the same server as a lot of other customers of the hosting company I use).

If you see one of those errors, wait a minute or so and try again. You may have to do this a few times before it starts working again.

If you find a link that you absolutely cannot ever seem to open that you believe should work, please send me a note using the Contact form on this site (if it’s up) or to info@puzzlehead.org (if it isn’t).

How do I report a problem I found with the construction of a puzzle?

While it is possible that there is an as-yet undiscovered error in a puzzle, it is highly unlikely. All of the puzzles in Geodyssey have been tested extensively by the constructor, by the test solvers, and by the many successful solvers of all three challenges.

If, while solving a puzzle, you encounter a contradiction or a situation that does not reconcile with the given information in the puzzle, chances are that you’ve made an error somewhere along the way. In that case, here’s my advice:

  1. Start over from scratch, assuming nothing and being extremely judicious in making inferences.
  2. Step away from the puzzle for a while, then come back to it later.
  3. Clear your head by solving a completely different type of puzzle.
  4. After the contest is over, ask for a hint.

If you’ve done all those things and still are firmly convinced there’s an error, please let me know via the contact form on this site.