Well, it was a Hunt, all right. Tom Shroder and I got the feeling that this year we might have made it a bit too hard. Here are a couple of reasons we felt this way:
-- Roughly 43,000 people came up to us and said, "It's too hard this year!"
-- It took a long time for the winners to solve it.
-- Stephen Hawking gave up after like 15 minutes.
Nevertheless we DID have winners, who will receive a fabulous trip to Amelia Island Plantation, courtesy of Visit Florida. And there were some fine highlights, the highest in my view being when the sheep flew across the stage over the symphony band playing on the big stage at the Arsht performing-arts center. The sheep paused in mid-flight and emitted two "baas," this being a tricky way of indicating tubas, which was a clue that...
OK, never mind what the specific clue was. The point is that there was a flying sheep.
Anyway, thanks to everybody who came out. We will make it easier next year, so everybody can tell us that it was too easy.
Update: Here's a video by the Miami Herald's Chuck Fadely explaining the Hunt.
Update Thanks to DiverDownDoc: Here's a video of the Greater Miami Symphony Band performance. The flying sheep appears at 6:53.
Update Thanks to Andy the TropicHunt.com Guy™: Here's a photo Andy took when I was explaining the Hunt to the crowd at the end. One of the puzzles involved giving Hunters a little plastic back-scratcher with a little hand on the end. As you can see, one of the Hunters modified his little hand slightly to provide some helpful feedback on the difficulty level of the Hunt: