A hunt, you say?

Princeton’s First Annual Puzzle Hunt

Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 11:00

Free T-shirts, free food and prizes

Sign up today in teams of up to 6


What is a puzzle hunt?

A puzzle hunt is a competition in which teams compete to solve a collection of puzzles, which eventually lead to a final treasure. The team that reaches this final point the fastest is crowned the champion! Even after one team has solved the final puzzle, other teams can continue playing, for runner-up positions or just for fun. Whether you place first or fifty-first, competing in a puzzle hunt is a great way to stretch your mental muscles, bond with your teammates, and have a lot of fun!

Who is invited?

All Princeton undergraduates, regardless of major or puzzle-solving experience! Sign up in a team of up to 6 people, or register as an individual and allow us to help you put together a team.

Do I have to be a math/engineer person to do well?

NO! A common misconception that only mathematically inclined people are good at solving puzzles. In reality, puzzle hunts involve many word games, historical/pop culture trivia, and other skills that humanities and social science students particularly excel at. No puzzle will require specific knowledge of a particular academic field.

What should I bring to the puzzle hunt?

Some useful materials include a laptop (for researching facts and for submitting answering), pencil and paper, and scissors.

What kinds of puzzles will there be?

Check out our sample puzzles for some examples of the types of puzzles that could show up on the puzzle hunt. You can also find many other online examples from other puzzle hunts.

What are some other puzzle hunts that occur outside of Princeton?

Puzzle hunts are a tradition at many other universities and organizations. One of the most well-known is the annual MIT Mystery Hunt. Microsoft and Google also organize puzzle competitions for college students, and there’s even a region-wide puzzle hunt every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. Looking at puzzles from other puzzle hunts is a great way to practice!