As promised, I have now uploaded all the files for Spaceportland. You can download them from Dropbox using this link.

A few notes:

– You should print these puzzles out on legal-size paper if at all possible. Some of these puzzles would not fit on standard letter-size paper, and besides, we thought the larger paper size would facilitate co-solving. If you print to letter-size paper, the PDFs should shrink down automatically, and the result should be perfectly solvable. Some puzzles might be a little hard to read, though.

– Before you begin, read file 1 — the introduction — and familiarize yourself with the list of Conference Attendees in file 2.

– Files 3 to 17 are the puzzles. The answer to each puzzle is a gift that particular alien is bringing to Spaceportland. You will have to determine the intended recipient of each gift.

– If you apply each alien’s file number (found on the list of Conference Attendees) to the gift that alien receives, you’ll spell out a message. That message tells you the result of all this gift-giving.

– Let me say it again: You are applying the file numbers to the gift that each alien receives from some other alien. We had a couple of instances of teams not reading the instructions closely enough, and these folks applied ET’s file number to the answer to ET’s puzzle. Nope, that’s not how it works.

– Once you have used the file numbers correctly and have received the message, turn to the final page of the hunt, “Saving The Day,” in file 18, and follow the instructions.

If you’re curious about who did what puzzle, here’s how it breaks down:

I created the puzzles for ALF, Audrey II, Predator, and Worf. I also had the basic idea for Yoda, though I needed Francis Heaney to help me with the construction. (His grids, my clues.) Francis and I worked closely together on Superman, too.

Francis created Optimus Prime and Beldar Conehead. I helped out some on the latter puzzle.

Rick did everything else: The Blob, Chewbacca, The Doctor, ET, Silver Surfer, Spock, and Zoidberg.

A great deal of thanks are due to our testsolvers: Jesse Morris, Scott Weiss, Susan Garrett, Philana, JrMan, Sew Do I (excuse me while I slip into NPL nom-speak for a moment), Amy Goldstein, Nancy Taubenslag, and Greg Pliska. That doesn’t even include the test solvers on the west coast who worked with Rick. Thanks to them, too, even though I don’t know their names. My company, Penny Press, let me do all the printing for free, for which I am grateful.

I hope you enjoy solving Spaceportland!

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  1. Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    just finished this. nice work! really enjoyable.


  2. Keith
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I took this on vacation last week. My daughter, step-mom, family friend, and I had a great time solving it over several days. Thank you so much!


  3. Posted August 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Eric! My co-workers and I tackled one or two of these over each lunch hour for the past week+. Very fun!


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