Earlier this evening, I received the official email announcing Mystery Hunt 2006. What is Mystery Hunt?
Mystery Hunt is one of IAP‘s most exciting activities. In short, the Hunt is a weekend long competition at MIT where students and others team up to solve lots of puzzles, with the ultimate goal of finding a coin hidden somewhere on campus. For a more in-depth description, you should check out these longer articles from the Boston Globe and Games Magazine.
Anyway, here’s the email:
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 18:07:33 -0500
From: 2006 MIT Mystery Hunt
Subject: 2006 MIT Mystery Hunt
It's almost IAP -- time to start thinking about Mystery Hunt. The 2006
MIT Mystery Hunt will begin at 12:17 pm on Friday, January 13, 2006.
Team registration is now open. Like in the last two years, we are
handling the job of assigning rooms for team headquarters. Accordingly,
Schedules will not entertain requests for rooms for Hunt; teams that
want classroom space will need to reserve rooms through us.
If your team wants to reserve a room (or more) through the official
registration system, you MUST REGISTER BY DECEMBER 15. If you do not
want a room, we strongly encourage you to register by then anyway, but
will accept reservations up until Hunt itself, or later. THE EARLIER
YOU REGISTER, THE BETTER. If your team has already registered, we
still need your room preferences (if you want a room).
To see the list of available rooms, go to
To read about the registration system, go to
To register, go to http://mit.edu/puzzle/www/mailto.html.
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]
Thanks very much.
for [email protected]
Let me show you some pictures from my team in last year’s Mystery Hunt…
The Hunt kicks off in MIT’s Lobby 7 at 12 noon, the Friday before Martin Luther King Day, every IAP. A bit before noon, a large crowd began to gather…
This year, we gathered not only for a kickoff speech (announcing the theme: “Normalville”), but also for a giant kickoff puzzle! Construction paper “meteorites” rained down from above, containing a message…
Back at team “Lost in Space Waffle” headquarters…
…we came together to start solving the puzzles…
…because had a wall full of unsolved puzzles to work through.
Of course, we also solved many puzzles (my quickest solve: Take Me Out).
Our “map” of Normalville kept the team up-to-date on our progress.
This year’s winning team comes from the Random Hall dormitory. And what do they receive for their victory? The honor and privilege of writing Mystery Hunt 2006, of course =)
59 days and counting until Mystery Hunt!