About the Hunt

"I think this is the single most amazing event that I have participated in during my four years at Exeter. I have heard more pitch silence and exploding cheers in the past two days than the past four years combined. Thank you all so so much for this thrilling experience just before I graduate!"

- Zhengyan "Darius" Shi '16

The PEA Puzzle Hunt is a one-of-a-kind, weekend-long event held at Phillips Exeter Academy that brings together our community each spring. The Hunt is a competition between teams of 6-10 people (composed of PEA students, staff, and/or faculty), all racing to solve a series of unique puzzles. They range from visual puzzles to word puzzles to logic puzzles, riddled with references from pop culture to Exonian culture. Quick thinking and good teamwork are the only things you'll need.  There will be over $600 worth of prizes at stake! In past years we've had hundreds of Exonians participate and many said it was one of their most memorable weekends at Exeter -- so grab some friends and make a team, quickly! You can play for a few hours or go hardcore for the full weekend -- either way, you are guaranteed to have fun!

Our team, Hunt HQ, spends several months putting together an elaborate series of puzzles each year. They range from clever twists on standard forms (e.g. crosswords, sudokus, etc.) to interactive programs to audio/video puzzles to run-around puzzles which require clues scattered around campus.

Non-Exonians (including alums) ARE encouraged to participate in the Hunt. Your team must be at least 50% current Exonians (students, faculty, staff, and families) in order to be eligible for prizes -- but we all know the real prize is in the fun you'll have playing! Some on-campus presence is strongly recommended in order to attend kickoff and complete the runaround puzzles, which use clues on campus.

The kickoff and opening skit for our third annual event are scheduled for Friday, May 22nd at 6:45PM in the Assembly Hall, and the Closing Ceremony is scheduled 48 hours later, for Sunday, May 24 at 6:45PM. Mark your calendars! (Oh, and there's going to be free food involved, of course.)

This message is not a puzzle.

Hunt HQ 2020 Credits

Hunt Director: Alexander Pieroni '20

Head Writer: Richard Huang '20

Art: Alexander Pieroni '20

Website: Orion Bloomfield '20

HQ (writers, test-solvers, logistics): Arjun Rajan '17, Bryce Morales '19, Emma Cohen '19, Miranda Derossi '19, Gordon Chi '19, Andrew Loevinger '19, Nathan James '20, Orion Bloomfield '20, Claudia Sánchez '20,  Eleanor Bolker '21, Mana Vale '21

Hunt HQ 2019 Credits

Hunt Director: Miranda Derossi '19

Head Writer: Andrew Loevinger '19

Art: Alexander Pieroni '20

Website: Andrew Loevinger '19

HQ (writers, test-solvers, logistics): Arjun Rajan '17, Bryce Morales '19, Emma Cohen '19, Gordon Chi '19, Alexander Pieroni '20

Hunt HQ 2018 Credits

Hunt Director and PEA Puzzle Hunt founder: Vinjai Vale '18

Head Writer: Michael Chen '18

Art: Wendi Yan '18

Website: Andrew Loevinger '19

HQ (writers, test-solvers, logistics): Miranda Derossi '19, Kristy Chang '18, Andrew Loevinger '19, Alec Sun '17, Yannick Yao '17, Emma Cohen '19, Adam Bertelli '19, Arjun Rajan '17, Victor Luo '19, Matt Hambacher '17

Made with <3 by Hunt HQ