Congratulations to Benji Nguyen.
He is the winner of The Puzzler Hunt, and will receive the $10,000 prize.
Though the contest portion of the Puzzler Hunt is over, the puzzles will live on. The website will remain live, with a functioning answer checker, and we will post solutions soon.
Welcome Puzzle Hunter!
To begin your quest, enter the passphrase hidden in the introduction of the new book The Puzzler by A.J. Jacobs (which is available for free).
Keep in mind: You are allowed more than 641 decillion guesses. Start at the first paragraph, read every word, and pay attention to all the great characters that populate the book. All are important to cracking this book's cipher. You can count on it.
-Arnold "Cipher" Jacobs
The Puzzler Hunt is brought to you by The Puzzler, by A.J. Jacobs.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically goes on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world.