Snitch Lesson 1: Introduction to Seeking

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Snitch Lesson 1: Introduction to Seeking

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If you have attempted to catch a Snitch in the past, you should find this lesson familiar; while Quaffleplay has been significantly revamped, Seeking has been left essentially unchanged since 2020.

Seeking at HOL is fascinating because it is a combination of three separate games in one: a board game, a trivia contest, and a logic puzzle.

The defining feature of Snitchplay is a board game: you and your opponent move around on a 13 x 13 grid that looks like the one here. Each turn, you will be told to move in one of four directions: up ('u'), down ('d'), right ('r'), and left ('l'); this will move you to the next square in that direction.

What happens next depends on what type of square you land on:
-If you land on an Empty Square (grey in the linked image), nothing happens and your turn ends.
-If you land on a Trivia Square (blue in the linked image), both you and your opponent compete to answer a trivia question.
-If you land on one of the ten Bludger Squares (black in the linked image), you lose the next THREE turns.
-If you land on one of the two Wronski Feint squares (green in the linked image), your opponent loses the next FIVE turns. Each Wronski Feint can only be used once per game; after that, the square functions as an Empty Square.
-If you land on one of the five Clue Squares (red in the linked image), you get one of five clues to a logic puzzle.
-If you land on the Golden Snitch square (yellow in the linked image) AFTER having solved the puzzle: you catch the Snitch and win the game! (If you haven't solved the puzzle yet, it will appear as an Empty Square to both you and your opponent).

Note that even if you are Bludgered, you can answer Trivia Questions from your opponent's trivia squares and even continue to solve the logic puzzle!

To finish off this lesson, I will explain how trivia and logic feature into this board game.

-Each trivia question you answer correctly gives you a Trivia Point. When you reach five Trivia Points, you will be told the location of the next Clue Square. Once you land on that Clue Square, your Trivia Points will reset to zero so that you can earn another Clue Square location after answering five more questions. (IMPORTANT: only Trivia Points earned since you reached the Clue Square you were told will count towards earning your next clue location!)
-After landing on all five Clue Squares, you will know enough information to solve a logic puzzle. Pass the solution along to the referee and the Snitch location will be revealed! Only then can you capture the Golden Snitch by landing on its square.

For 20 beans, determine if the following statements are True or False - and correct the False ones to make them True.
Send your solutions to me (Prof. Will Lestrange) in an HOL forum PM no later than Sunday, 4 September at 11:59 PM HOL!

1) Snitchplay at HOL has been revamped dramatically since 2020.
2) Seeking at HOL is a combination of three games in one.
3) Seekers move around on a 10 x 10 grid.
4) If you land on a Bludger square, you cannot answer trivia questions for the next three turns.
5) Each Wronski Feint square can only be used once per game.
6) If you land on one of the five Clue Squares, you get a clue to a logic puzzle.
7) The game ALWAYS ends when a Seeker reaches the Golden Snitch square.
8) After your first five Trivia Points, you will receive the location of a Clue Square if you haven’t already landed on all five Clue Squares.
9) In order to learn where the Golden Snitch exists, you need to solve a logic puzzle.
10) It is possible to answer 25 trivia questions correctly and still only earn the location of a single Clue Square.

SOURCES: Snitchplay lesson by Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis
Lesson 5, Part 1 of HOL Quidditch by Prof. Jenny Lupin

NOTE: Question 8 was slightly modified to catch an issue I didn’t realize when writing the question. You may answer either the old version or the new one.
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