Mystery Hunt Archive

This archive is a work-in-progress: a few hunts are still missing bits and pieces, and we would like to make them as complete as possible. If you have any of the following, please let us know:


We are also missing solutions for the Chess Competitions and the hunts from 1981-1983, 1985, and 1989-1992. Additionally, during the early years of the Mystery Hunt, there were often two simultaneous hunts (one for individuals and one for teams, or one for small teams and one for large teams, etc). Since we have no way of knowing which years had two hunts, the archive may have gaps of which we are unaware.

2014

Mystery Hunt 2014 featured characters from Wonderland that had escaped into MIT and resulted in solvers exploring Wonderland to hunt down a fearsome beast.

2013

Mystery Hunt 2013 lead solvers on a heist to steal the coin from a bank.

2012

Mystery Hunt 2012 was themed after The Producers and other Broadway shows.

2011

Mystery Hunt 2011 had solvers assisting Mario as he traveled through several video-game worlds to rescue Princess Peach.

2010

Mystery Hunt 2010 explored alternative history ahead of the Hunt's 30th anniversary.

2009

Mystery Hunt 2009 sent solvers a thousand years into the future as they tried to escape from Zyzzlvaria.

2008

Mystery Hunt 2008 asked solvers to identify Dr. Otto Awkward's murderer.

2007

Mystery Hunt 2007 involved a descent through hell after making a pact with the devil.

2006

Mystery Hunt 2006 required the agents of S.P.I.E.S. to save the world from the evil Professor Moriarty.

2005

Mystery Hunt 2005 set solvers on a quest to save Normalville from a rain of meteorites.

2004

Mystery Hunt 2004 was based on Time Bandits.

2003

Mystery Hunt 2003 was initially a corporate murder mystery hunt, that was soon revealed to be taking place in the Matrix.

2002

Mystery Hunt 2002 was based on the Monopoly board game.

2001

Mystery Hunt 2001 was the Hunt of Horror.

2000

MH2K involved getting Dorothy Gale back to Kansas or Oz--anywhere but MIT.

1999

Mystery Hunt '99 was a race by Mystery Hunt detectives to catch the evil Carmen Sandiego.

1998

Mystery Hunt '98 (mostly missing) was about getting a degree in Enigmatology.

1997

Mystery Hunt '97 was a search for Elvis, the King, preceded by a mini-hunt featuring Bill and Ted, Wayne and Garth, and Beavis and Butthead.

1996

Mystery Hunt '96 took inspiration from the book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.

1995

Mystery Hunt '95 was based on the game Clue.

1994

Mystery Hunt '94 had a loose cyberpunk theme.

1993

Mystery Hunt '93 (PDF) was a search for The Holy Grail (with the coin inside).

1992

Mystery Hunt '92 (PDF) was a treasure hunt on Captain Red Herring's Mystery Island.

1991

Mystery Hunt '91 (PDF)

1990

Have info on this hunt? We'd love to hear from you! Email us! Puzzles, solutions, anecdotes, photos, themes, we'll take anything!

1989

Mystery Hunt '89 (PDF)

1988

The 1988 hunt was canceled.

1987

Mystery Hunt '87 (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '87 Hints (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '87 Solutions (PDF)

1986

Mystery Hunt '86 (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '86 Solutions (PDF)

1985

Mystery Hunt '85 (PDF)

1984

Mystery Hunt '84 (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '84 Hints (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '84 Solutions (PDF)

1983

Mystery Hunt '83: version for individuals (PDF)

Mystery Hunt '83: version for teams (PDF)

1982

Mystery Hunt '82 (PDF)

1981

Mystery Hunt '81 (PDF)

Chess Competitions

Brad Schaefer ran these chess puzzle competitions a couple years before he started the Mystery Hunt. You could say they're the grandparents of the Hunt. Or second cousins once removed. Or possibly step-uncles.

Chess Puzzle Set 1 (PDF)

Chess Puzzle Set 2 (PDF)

Chess Puzzle Set 3 (PDF)

Special thanks to Dr. Brad Schaefer for (in addition to creating the Mystery Hunt) sending us copies of everything up to 1987.