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2012 Post Hunt Official Rules

1. No purchase necessary.

2. The Post Hunt begins and ends on Sunday, June 3, 2012, and will be conducted rain or shine.

3. To enter, you must obtain the 2012 Post Hunt special section in the Sunday, June 3, 2012 edition of The Washington Post Magazine within The Washington Post. Free copies of the June 3, 2012 edition of the Washington Post Magazine will be available at the Main Stage at noon on Sunday while supplies last. The 2012 Post Hunt begins at noon and the first clue will be announced from the Main Stage at noon on Sunday, June 3, 2012. To participate, you must be at the Main Stage located at the Franklin Square Park located at I street between 13th and 14th Streets NW in Washington, D.C. by noon. You must apply the 12’ o’clock clue to information found in the 2012 Post Hunt Washington Post Magazine special section to begin your play.

4. To win, you (or your team) must successfully solve the 2012 Post Hunt, a scavenger-type urban puzzle. Each participating team must designate a “team leader” at the commencement of the Hunt. 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 2012 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 2012 Post Hunt to a close, as determined by The Washington Post in its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on you and your team’s skills and abilities in solving the various puzzles.

5. Winning teams will be announced from the Main Stage immediately after correctly solving the 2012 Post Hunt (“Winner Announcement Event”). There will be prizes for the first, second and third-place teams.

6. The first team to correctly solve the 2012 Post Hunt will win the first prize which is $2,000.00. The second and third teams to correctly solve the 2012 Post Hunt will win the third prize which is $500. Total value of all prizes offered: $3,000. Each team leader of each of the above-described winning teams will be deemed to be the actual winner of the applicable prize and, as such, each team leader (i) will be solely responsible for all tax liability associated with winning such prize, however, 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. The team leader of each selected winning team 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. Except as provided in these Official Rules, prizes are not transferable. Prizes may not be resold. . The odds of winning depend upon each team’s abilities in solving the presented puzzles.

7. The Post Hunt is open to all persons 18-years or older who are legal resident of the United States and who have not participated in any way in the planning of the 2012 Post Hunt. Employees, affiliates, lessees, agents or franchisees of The Washington Post, Mix 107.3, Paramount Pictures, National Dairy Council, Mattress Warehouse, and The International Spy Museum (the Sponsors) are not eligible to enter. By entering the 2012 Post Hunt, each contestant consents to the use of the winners’ names and likenesses for purposes of promotions and/or advertising, and contestants agree to execute additional documentation and releases to confirm such consent upon the Sponsors’ request.

8. By accepting prizes, winners release 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 maybe sustained in connection with receipt or use of prizes. The Post Hunt will take place on public streets in downtown Washington, D.C. 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 all Sponsors from any and all liability whatsoever for any damage to property or injury to persons, even if Sponsors are notified in advance of a situation and fail to take proper action. Sponsors’ liability is limited to the value of the prizes. All winners must provide information and execute a formal release in order to receive prizes. 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.

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 2012 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) 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.


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