How to Conquer the "Leap Year" Requirement in The Password Game

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The Password Game by Neal Agarwal has taken the internet by storm. As a self-proclaimed gaming and streaming expert, I‘ve become obsessed with solving each insane password requirement thrown my way. The leap year rule initially had me stumped, but with some creative thinking and clever workarounds, I managed to crush it. If you too are struggling with this perplexing leap year challenge, fret not – help is here! In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know to successfully include a leap year in your password for The Password Game.

What Exactly is The Password Game Asking You to Do?

Let‘s start by understanding precisely what you need to accomplish to solve the leap year requirement. Here is the full text of rule #15 in The Password Game:

"Your password must include a leap year."

Simple enough, right? Or is it?

What this rule is asking you to do is incorporate a 4-digit leap year (such as 2020, 2024, etc.) separated by spaces somewhere in your overall password.

For example, if your password up until rule 15 is "MagicPegasus", you could update it to:

"MagicPegasus 2024"

And that would satisfy the leap year criteria.

Now that you know exactly what the rule requires, let‘s dive deeper into what a leap year actually is so you can identify valid ones to include.

So What Exactly is a Leap Year?

Before picking a leap year to add to your password, you need to understand what makes a year a leap year in the first place.

See, the Gregorian calendar that we all use has 365 days in a standard year. But the astronomical year, aka the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun, is approximately 365.25 days.

To account for this difference of 0.25 days (or 6 hours), our calendar adds an extra day to February every 4 years, creating a 366 day leap year. This helps keep the calendar in sync with the seasons over long periods of time.

Now the specific rules for determining leap years are:

  • Any year divisible by 4 is a leap year. So 2020, 2024, 2028 are all leap years.

  • However, years divisible by 100 are NOT leap years, unless they are also divisible by 400. So 1900 was NOT a leap year. 2100 will also not be one.

  • But 2000 WAS a leap year since it‘s divisible by 400.

In summary, leap years occur every 4 years to add an extra day (Feb 29th) and prevent the seasons from slowly shifting over time.

Now that you‘re a leap year expert, let‘s pick one to include in your password.

Choosing a Leap Year to Add to Your Password

When selecting a leap year, you want to stick to the 2000s and beyond to keep it simple. Here are some valid options:

  • 2020
  • 2024
  • 2016
  • 2012
  • 2008

I‘d recommend using 2024 or 2020, since they‘re easy to remember and recent. Once you‘ve picked a year, just slap it into your password separated by spaces:

"MagicPegasus 2024"

And you‘re done satisfying the leap year requirement!

Well…not so fast.

Watch Out for Conflicts with Previous Rules

Here comes the tricky part. Sometimes adding your leap year can conflict with previous password rules you‘ve already satisfied.

For example, rule #5 states:

"The digits in your password must add up to 25."

So if your password is currently "MagicPegasus 2024", the digits 2 + 0 + 2 + 4 only add up to 8. That breaks rule #5 requiring them to sum to 25. Uh oh!

How do you fix this?

The solution is to expand your leap year by adding additional digits that WILL sum up to 25.

Here are two options that work:

"MagicPegasus 2024 98"

Since 2 + 0 + 2 + 4 + 9 + 8 = 25, it satisfies rule #5.


"MagicPegasus 2020 73"

Because 2 + 0 + 2 + 0 + 7 + 3 = 14

As you can see, you have to get creative here and work around the conflicting requirements. But with some numerical finessing, you can make both rules #5 and #15 work in harmony!

Summary of Conquering the Leap Year Rule

Let‘s do a quick recap of everything we just covered about solving the leap year requirement:

  • Leap years occur every 4 years and add an extra day to February to keep the calendar aligned with Earth‘s orbit.

  • For the password game, pick a recent leap year like 2024 or 2020 and include it separated by spaces.

  • Watch out for conflicts with previous rules like "must sum digits to 25"

  • Get creative by expanding your leap year to include additional digits that satisfy BOTH requirements.

If you follow these tips, you‘ll be able to successfully add a valid leap year to your increasingly complex password.

Now get out there and conquer the leap year beast! I believe in you. And remember – have fun with the absurdity of it all. ThePasswordGame is meant to be hilariously frustrating. But you CAN beat it with the right state of mind.

Let me know once you‘ve solved the leap year challenge and we‘ll celebrate your success! This is just one step along the winding road of password insanity. Buckle up…there‘s much more hilarity ahead.

Your gaming friend,

William Decker

P.S. If you need help with any other password rules, let me know. I‘m becoming an expert at solving these nonsensical requirements. We got this!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.