Every year since 1998, I’ve participated in the MIT Mystery Hunt, a weekend-long team puzzle competition. The winners each year write the puzzles for the next year, and I was on the winning team in 1999 (Setec Astronomy), 2001 (Setec Astronomy), 2005 (Physical Plant), and 2010 (Metaphysical Plant). I was one of four leaders of the team that organized and wrote the 2006 S.P.I.E.S. Hunt and the 2011 Video Games Hunt, and in 2000 and 2002 I helped answer phones for the organizing team. It’s the best weekend all year.
2006 Hunt puzzles I (co)wrote
- Advanced Foreign Operations (with Lanya da Silva and Roger Ford)
- Bring Us Food, Yo (with Timothy Abbott, Iolanthe Chronis, and Roger Ford)
- Editor (with Matt Cain and Aaron Dinkin)
- Feel Your Way (with Flash help from Allen Rabinovich)
- Handbook Fragment (with Kate Baker and Andrew Thomas)
- Introductory Foreign Operations (with Roger Ford)
- Joint Operations Intelligence Archive (with Roger Ford and Joia Hertz)
- Boston meta (with Aaron Dinkin and Noah Snyder) (solution only, go look at the round itself for the puzzle)
- Moscow ante (with Reid Barton) (solution only, go look at the round itself for the puzzle)
- Kuala Lumpur ante (with Aaron Dinkin) (solution only, go look at the round itself for the puzzle)
- McMurdo Station ante (with Allen Rabinovich and David Speyer) (solution only, go look at the round itself for the puzzle)
- McMurdo Station meta (with Aaron Dinkin and Roger Ford) (solution only, go look at the round itself for the puzzle)
Music and musicals
In college and after, I was very involved in the MIT Musical Theatre Guild, mostly as a tech. I stage managed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Assassins, and Into the Woods; ran light board or moved sets for Children of Eden, West Side Story (PDF review), and Star Wars: Musical Edition (photos), among others; and actually acted in City of Angels. I also played piano for ten years in elementary/high school and sang in MIT’s Concert Choir.
I haven’t climbed much since high school, and I miss it. Maybe going to a gym will be a project soon. I wrote my MIT admissions essay about climbing and math – I’ll have to dig it out and post it at some point.