2009 Post Hunt: Official Rules
1. No purchase necessary.
2. The Post Hunt begins and ends on Sunday, May 17, 2009, and will be conducted rain or shine.
3. To enter, you and a team must obtain the 2009 Post Hunt special section in the Sunday, May 17, 2009 edition of The Washington Post Magazine within The Washington Post. Free copies of the May 17, 2009 edition of The Washington Post Magazine will be available at the Main Stage at noon on Sunday while supplies last. The 2009 Post Hunt begins at noon and the first clue will be announced from the Main Stage at noon on Sunday, May 17, 2009. To participate, you must be at the Main Stage located at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th & 14th Streets by noon. You must apply the 12 o'clock clue to information found in the 2009 Post Hunt Washington Post Magazine special section to begin your play. All contestants are responsible for forming their own teams and ensuring that such teams adhere to the requirements set forth in these rules. At least one participant on each Post Hunt team should have a cell phone with texting capabilities. Teams that will not have access to such a cell phone should leave a message for The Post at 202-334-7702 by 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 14 for assistance with an alternate method of participation.
4. To win, you (or your team) must successfully solve the 2009 Post Hunt, a scavenger-type Urban puzzle that is based on skill. Each participating team must designate a "team leader" at the commencement of the Hunt. Each "team leader" must be 18 years of age or older as of May 17, 2009. During the Hunt, a team may be required to disclose the identity (or other identifying information) of that team's team leader to a representative of The Washington Post for purposes of identifying the order in which teams solve the various puzzles. The Final Clue necessary to solve the 2009 Post Hunt will be given at approximately 3 p.m. at the Main Stage. The Washington Post reserves the right to offer additional clues from the Main Stage after 3:30 p.m. in order to bring the 2009 Post Hunt to a close, as determined by The Washington Post in its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on the skills and abilities of the teams (including your team) in solving the various puzzles. Each puzzle has a correct solution as determined by The Washington Post in its sole discretion, and all decisions of The Post as to puzzle solutions and contest winners are final.
5. Winning teams will be announced from the Main Stage immediately after correctly solving the 2009 Post Hunt ("Winner Announcement Event"). There will be prizes for the first-place team.
6. The first team to correctly solve the 2009 Post Hunt will win the first prize, which is $2,000. The second team to correctly solve the 2009 Post Hunt will win a prize of $500. The third team to correctly solve the 2009 Post Hunt will win a prize of $500. Total ARV of all prizes offered: is $3,000. The team leader of the above-described winning teams will be deemed to be the actual winner of the applicable prize and, as such: (i) the team leader will be solely responsible for all tax liability associated with winning such prize, and (ii) The Washington Post reserves the right, in lieu of the above, to award a portion of a prize to the team leader and one or more team members who are not the team leader, each of whom may be responsible for any applicable taxes. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the tax implications of winning prizes and sharing the associated tax liability. The team leader of the selected winning teams must be present at the Winner Announcement Event in order to claim his/her team's prize. A selected winning team will forfeit its prize if its team leader is not present at the Winner Announcement Event. Forfeited prizes may be awarded to another team or may not be awarded, at the sole discretion of The Post. Except as provided in these Official Rules, prizes are not transferable. Prizes may not be resold. No prize substitutes are permitted. All elements of prizes are subject to availability. Sponsor may substitute a prize (or a portion of a prize) with one of equal or greater retail value if a prize (or a portion of a prize) is unavailable or cannot be awarded for any reason.
7. The Post Hunt is open to all persons who are legal residents of the United States and who have not participated in any way in the planning of the 2009 Post Hunt. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all participants who are minors. Employees, affiliates, lessees, agents or franchisees of The Washington Post, Citadel Communications and Mix 107.3 FM and Papa Johns (Sponsors) are not eligible to enter. By entering the 2009 Post Hunt, each contestant consents to the use of his or her name and likeness in connection with the Post Hunt by Sponsors for all purposes, including without limitation for promotions and/or advertising, and contestants agree to execute additional documentation and releases to confirm such consent upon the Sponsors' request. Prize winners (including all members of any winning teams) agree and acknowledge that Sponsors may use their names, voices, biographical data, likenesses, and other related information in any and all media throughout the universe and in perpetuity for promotional and all other purposes without additional compensation and in the sole discretion of Sponsors, except where required by law. Winners will be required to complete an additional release and affidavit of eligibility in order to claim their prize. As part of the release, each team leader of each winning team will be required to identify all team members who participated in the Hunt as part of his/her team.
8. By accepting prizes, each winner and each guest releases all Sponsors from any and all liability with respect to any prize, or any actions whatsoever for injuries, damages or loss to persons or property, which may be sustained in connection with receipt or use of prizes. In addition, all contestants acknowledge that the Post Hunt will take place on public streets in the downtown Washington, DC and contestants participate at their own risk. By entering, each contestant acknowledges and agrees that (I) he or she will obey all applicable traffic laws and all other law, rules and regulations; (II) he or she will act with due care and in a reasonable manner; and (III) he or she hereby releases, discharges, indemnifies, and holds harmless Sponsors, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and each of their respective employees, officers, shareholders, directors, representatives and agents (collectively, "Releasees") from any and all liability whatsoever for any damage to property or injury to persons that is in any way connected with the Hunt or any prizes, even if Sponsors are notified in advance of a situation and fail to take proper action. Each contestant further agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Post, which are final and binding in all respects. Each contestant further releases, discharges, indemnifies, and holds harmless Releasees from and against any claims, damages or liability involving or arising out of: (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries; (ii) telephone system, technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, transmission or other errors of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; or (iv) any printing, distribution, typographical, administrative, human or technological errors involving or associated with the Hunt. Sponsors' total liability is limited to the value of the prizes.
9. The Washington Post is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. In case of a disputed finish, the winners will be determined at the sole discretion of the 2009 Post Hunt coordinators. The Washington Post reserve the right to modify or cancel the Hunt (with no obligation to reschedule the Hunt and/or award any prizes) for any reason, including without limitation due to safety, health or other similar concerns or for any reason beyond the control of The Washington Post. The Washington Post reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who violates these rules or who engages in any act that is unfair, disruptive, or inappropriate or who behaves in a manner which does (or may) create a safety, health or other similar concern or which otherwise adversely affects the Hunt.
10. For the names of winners, after May 17, 2009, or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Post Hunt, The Washington Post Promotions Department, 1150 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20071.. Please specify "Winner List" or "Official Rules." Requests must be received by November 17, 2009.