Not even winded by this past Spring's 4-and-a-half Meta onslaught, notorious Main Street team A Dissolute Rabble of Miscreants and Jackanapeses had one hell of an idea for a prize alternative to the usual escape room voucher:

"What if we make a small(er) hunt this summer to tide over the puzzle-hungry, stir-crazy Exonians until the 2021 (hopefully in person) main Hunt?"

We are so happy to finally announce our first Summer Puzzle Hunt will take stage on July 31st at 6:00 PM EST, run impressively with only the slightest assistance of old HQ members. Taking a (slightly!) slower pace with three Metas rather than the classic four/five, we are gearing this hunt to be a lot more friendly and exciting to the more casual solvers. That being said, we are still holding no punches!

Although amazingly impressed on how well our hunt format translated into an all-online space, we are hopeful this second socially-distant hunt will be our last. That being said, we learned a lot about what works and what doesn't the first time around, and are deciding to keep our summer format similar to this past spring until further notice:

In lieu of a direct race to the finish, teams will be timed on how long they took to complete each meta. Instead of camping out in the academy building, teams will designate zoom calls that HQ members could drop in for hints and event puzzles. We have once removing the Exonian ratio team criteria, as well as the max team size (within reason), and we encourage all to spread the word about our event and team with anyone who shares your interest in chasing a puzzle's "aha!" moment.

Hunt "HQ HOURS":


  FRIDAY, JULY 31st    ~  6:30PM - 2:00AM EST

 SATURDAY, AUG. 1st ~  8:00AM - 3:00PM EST

                                        ~  7:00PM - 2:00AM EST

 SUNDAY, AUG. 2nd    ~  8:00AM - 3:00PM EST

                                        ~  7:00PM - 2:00AM EST

 MONDAY, AUG. 3rd   ~  8:00AM - 6:00PM EST


Hint policy:

You may call in for a hint on the Contact HQ form.  Hints are given out every 45 minutes and will be timed by HQ. No hints until an hour after your team has started the Hunt.


If you need anything else, use the Contact HQ form or email summerpuzzles@gmail.com

HQ Number for Emergencies: (214) 808-7517

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NOTE: As some of the members of the development team have never actually attended Exeter, we find it important to note that unlike the yearly hunts, this summer hunt is in no direct way affiliated with or sponsored by Phillips Exeter Academy. That being said, this caveat comes at no cost of difference to our perplexing event's regular content and delivery.

With <3 by Hunt HQ, check out our new Archive Site for past puzzles!