Puzzle hunt

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Promotional poster for the annual Manbites Dog puzzle hunt.

A puzzle hunt (sometimes рuzzlehunt) is a puzzle game where teams compete to solve a series of puzzles. A puzzle hunt can happen at a particular location, in multiple locations, or via the Internet. In a puzzle hunt, a puzzle is usually not accompanied by direct instructions for how to solve it (although the puzzle's title and its "flavor text" will often hint at how to solve it). Puzzles may come in familiar types such as crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, cryptograms, and others, but often involve an additional twist beyond the usual structures of such puzzles that solvers must discover. Other puzzles may have innovative structures whose mechanics solvers must work out from scratch. The answer to a puzzle is generally a word or phrase. Groups of puzzles in a puzzle hunt are often connected by a metapuzzle, which is a puzzle based on combining or comparing the answers of other puzzles.

Puzzle hunt events[edit]

Famous annual puzzle hunts[edit]

Corporate recruiting puzzle hunts[edit]

  • APT Puzzle Tournament, a recruiting event on multiple campuses hosted by Applied Predictive Technologies
  • Google Games, a multi-part competition that usually includes logic puzzles, coding, trivia, and building challenges that utilize materials like LEGO bricks
  • College Puzzle Challenge (Multiple Locations, North America), hosted by Microsoft as a recruiting event on college campuses.
  • Palantir's Puzzle Challenge, a recruiting event on multiple campuses hosted by Palantir Technologies

Collegiate puzzle hunts[edit]

Collegiate puzzle hunts (retired)[edit]

High School puzzle hunts[edit]

  • MaPP Challenge,[4] a national event hosted on various college/university campuses that gets high school students solving puzzles inspired by recent developments in mathematical research
  • PEA Puzzle Hunt,[5] a puzzle hunt at Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Puzzlepalooza,[6] a puzzle hunt at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring MD
  • RM Pi Day and Mole Day Puzzle Hunts,[7] two hunts celebrating their namesake days through math and science-themed puzzles at Richard Montgomery High School, located in Rockville, MD

Non-competitive puzzle hunts[edit]

Individuals or teams can take part in a puzzle hunt-style challenge using software such as ClueKeeper on their smartphones.[2] An individual hunt is purchased, downloaded, and played at the player's convenience. Such hunts are typically not timed and offer no prize except the enjoyment of playing and the satisfaction of solving the challenge. Most are tied to a particular location and require walking from place to place as the puzzles are solved,[8][9] but some are designed to be played at home.[2]

Related puzzle events[edit]

Puzzle hunt event calendars[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roeder, Oliver (2018-01-19). "Can You Stay Awake For 50 Hours And Solve 150 Puzzles?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  2. ^ a b c "ClueKeeper, that puzzle hunt app [Review]". ClueKeeper Review. Room Escape Artist. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us". www.vthunt.com. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  4. ^ "Mathematical Puzzle Programs". Mathematical Puzzle Programs. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  5. ^ "About the Hunt". PEA Puzzle Hunt 2018. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  6. ^ "Puzzlepalooza!". puzzlepalooza.mbhs.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ^ "RMHS Pi Day Puzzle Hunt". RMHS Pi Day Puzzle Hunt. Retrieved 2022-06-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Furuichi, Miles (May 11, 2020). "Escape Ashland offers outdoor puzzle hunt, safe social distancing". KOBI-5. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. ^ Brooks, Nick (June 17, 2020). "Escape Enterprise offering new experience to social distance". WTVY. Retrieved 13 July 2020.