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MIT student blogger Laura N. '09

Semi-Real Time Mystery Hunt Update by Laura N. '09

The title says it all.

Well, Mystery Hunt is in full swing, and let me tell you, it is quite the adventure. I just took a quick trip back to my room so I could grab my driver’s license- ambulance driving lesson in less than an hour! What a day.

I took some pictures of the kickoff, which I’ll post next week.

The thrill of solving a puzzle is just awesome. Obviously, I can’t tell you anything about the particular puzzle or answer just yet, since other teams are still working on it! But it’s so awesome to be working with a small group of peopole when one you suddenly has an ephiphany and all of sudden is crystal clear. We solved the puzzle and the next thing I knew, someone had shoved the phone into my hands to give the answer to the hunt organizers. There was a pause while they checked, and then:

“That is correct. Congratulations!”


This is so much fun.

10 responses to “Semi-Real Time Mystery Hunt Update”

  1. shen says:

    Glad to hear that the Mystery Hunt exemplifies what my teacher calls the “ahaha!!!!!!!” feeling for hard math problems. smile

  2. Anonymous says:

    They also call it the “Eureka Moment”

  3. Sam T says:

    The mystery hunt sounds great.

    How long is it gonna be going on for? I hope I can catch a glimpse of it during my visit.

  4. Bryan says:


    People typically find the coin on the Sunday of the weekend mystery hunt occurs, but there have been longer hunts in the past as well.

  5. “…to be working with a small group of peopole when one you suddenly has an ephiphany and all of sudden is crystal clear.”

    Tired much? Or is that a hint at which puzzle it was? :p

    The hunt is over, everyone can take a look at the puzzles at


    P.S. It was fun hunting with you Laura!

  6. Anonymous says:

    No more updates?

  7. Vineet says:

    Hey Laura, what are you talking about? It’s like ‘I brushed my teeth today, then gargled, looked into the mirror and …’. Please blog something worth reading.



    PS: Thank Gosh, I am not in your class as I could have been. I’ll see you soon.

  8. Daniel says:

    Props for diving into MIT life so fully! Both EMT training and the Mystery Hunt, that’s a full plate for IAP! Maybe you’ll have time to enjoy the next weekend off… unless you have exciting plans once again? No need to write back, instead take the next 2 mins to catch your breath smile

  9. Vineet says:

    Okay, I agree I was in a funny mood. I wasn’t serious about my last comment.

    Take care.