A crowd of puzzlers, including Federico Gomez, gathered in Lobby 7 on January 14 for the launch of the 2011 Mystery Hunt. Featuring a Mario Brothers theme, this year’s hunt began with an invitation to the wedding of Mario and Princess Peach. When the princess was kidnapped in the middle of the ceremony, teams retreated to work around the clock on puzzles that would help Mario find his bride. Less than 42 hours later, the team Codex Alimentarius helped Mario invade the Aperture Science Testing Facility to rescue Peach—and find the Mystery Hunt coin. Team Codex also won the right to design next year’s Mystery Hunt. The contest has taken place annually during Independent Activities Period since Brad Schaefer ‘78, PhD ‘83, started the tradition in 1980. The 2011 Mystery Hunt puzzles and solutions are posted at ihavetofindpeach.com/puzzles.
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