2018 Contest Finale Coming Soon

18 Dec

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Here’s the 2018 Tip Jar. As always, 100% of the amounts donated go to charity. if I get at least 100 people donate over $2000, there will be a 2019 MMMM! Thanks for the support!


One week to go before the final 2018 puzzle, the mega-meta reveal.

The December MMMM is now closed and the results are in. A total of 112 people solved the meta. You can see the full write-up and solution here.

The 2018 mega-meta is a popular song from the 1980s. Guessing the mega-meta early earns you lots of bonus points. If you want to submit a guess for the mega-meta, please use the box to the right.

Congratulations to the 36 people who got the mega-meta before this puzzle came out!

Click + to see notes on the 2018 MMMM

2018 MMMM notes

Musical taste and experience vary. You may not have heard of some of the meta songs or bands, but they will always be gettable via an online search once you figure out what’s going on in the puzzle.

The first few metas will start off pretty easy. Difficulty will grow throughout the year, with a slight pullback in December.

The 2018 contest once again features a mega-meta, hidden in the 12 monthly puzzles. Unlike last year, there are no puzzle clues marked with (***) to indicate a connection to the mega-meta. It’s up to you to figure out what’s going on. You can enter your solution to the mega-meta in the box at the right at any time during the year, and the scoring is the same as last year: The earlier you solve the mega-meta, the more bonus points you get. Full details can be found in the Contest Rules.

Because the reward is so large for getting the mega-meta before the final puzzle, there may be some tricks designed to throw solvers off the track. Consider yourself warned. Click here (SPOILER ALERT) for the write-up on last year’s mega-meta (and here for the 2016 mega-meta).

You need to get 9 out of 13 metas to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.