Public Clarifications

Public or General Clarifications

These are updates, amendments, or further explanations of Long-Term Problem limitations, written by Odyssey of the Mind HQ and made public for all members. General Clarifications take precedence over published problem details and the rules in the Program Guide, so it’s important that teams keep current on all general clarifications issued throughout the year by clicking Read Clarifications.”

Private or Team-Specific Clarifications

When teams are unsure whether their solution is allowed within the limitations of their Long-Term Problem and the rules of the Program Guide, they may request feedback from Odyssey of the Mind HQ. The questions and answers remain CONFIDENTIAL and may be taken to tournaments to affirm that a team’s solution is valid. For full details, please consult the Program Guide. Clarifications may be submitted until February 15th of each season.

Clarifications note: Odyssey of the Mind HQ reminds teams that the clarification system is not intended to replace reading the Problem and Program Guide. Teams should read the Problem and its limitations, all general clarifications, and the general rules listed in the Program Guide BEFORE requesting a clarification.

Please DO NOT submit a clarification that asks:

  • if an idea is creative or if one idea would receive more score than another (No comment regarding subjective scoring will be provided.)
  • where the judges or audience will be positioned during the performance (That is a question for your tournament director.)
  • to confirm the wording of the problem
  • if something may be different from an aspect that is specifically required (e.g., if the problem requires 1/8″ wood for a part you may not use 1/16″ wood for that required part)

Each level takes priority when understanding the rules. For example, if something in the Long-Term Problem is different or contradicts a statement in the Program Guide, then what is stated in the Long-Term Problem supersedes the Program Guide.