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"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 (usually) held at Phillips Exeter Academy that brings together our community each spring. Puzzle Hunt is a competition between teams of 3-10 people, usually composed of PEA students, staff, alumni, and/or faculty. These teams race to solve a series of unique puzzles, which range from visual puzzles to word puzzles to logic puzzles, and are riddled with references from pop culture to Exonian culture. Quick thinking and good teamwork are the only things you'll need!


In past years, hundreds of Exonians have participated in the Hunt. Many say Puzzle Hunt is one of their most memorable weekends at Exeter, so grab some friends and make a team, quickly!

More information about Puzzle Hunt 2024

Making a Team:


There is no minimum time requirement to compete in the Hunt. You can play for just a few hours or go hardcore for the full weekend! Either way, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.


Teams can be anywhere from 1 to 10 participants in size, but 5+ is strongly encouraged to power through the hunt. The Hunt is open to anyone who would like to participate, however if you want to be eligible for prizes, your team must be at least 50% current PEA students. 

If you want to make a team with more than 10 people, please contact HQ! We will most likely approve this request, but want you to let us know beforehand. Teams above 10 are not eligible for prizes.

Team Registration 2024

About HQ: 

Each year, the members of Hunt HQ spend months designing and testing the elaborate series of puzzles you get to solve! Puzzles range from clever twists on standard forms (e.g. crosswords, sudokus, etc.), to interactive programs to audio/video puzzles, to even run-around puzzles which require clues scattered around campus.

You might have already seen us lurking on your Instagram feed as @totallyphillipsexeter. This is where we will feature our Pre-Hunt puzzles; solving all of them will give you a voucher to skip a puzzle during the actual hunt. Find Us Online!

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