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This is a list of puzzlers who have been considered notable outside of puzzlehunts. This list is currently restricted to people with a Wikipedia article who also have participated in, or worked on a puzzlehunt.
- Sam Bankman-Fried is a controversial former billionaire. He is known to have hosted a puzzlehunt event in Stanford University. 
- Evan Chen is a mathematician and active in mathematical competitions. He has written for Mystery Hunt 2021 and Mystery Hunt 2023.
- Richard Garfield is a game designer who created Magic: The Gathering. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 1996.
- Catherine Havasi is an AI researcher at MIT. She wrote for Mystery Hunt 2013 and was co-captain for the running team.
- Francis Heaney is a crossword constructor and editor. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2001, Mystery Hunt 2003, Mystery Hunt 2007, Mystery Hunt 2009, and Mystery Hunt 2012.
- Benjamin Mako Hill is a free software activist and professor at the University of Washington. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2012.
- Tyler Hinman is a crossword solver and constructor, winning seven American Crossword Puzzle Tournaments. He has written puzzles in Mystery Hunt 2008, Mystery Hunt 2010 and Mystery Hunt 2016.
- Wei-Hwa Huang is a logic-puzzler and game designer. He has written puzzles in Mystery Hunt 2012 and Mystery Hunt 2020.
- Jofish Kaye is a scientist specializing in human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2003.
- Kiran Kedlaya is a mathematician and professor at University of California, San Diego. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2000, Mystery Hunt 2002, Mystery Hunt 2005, Mystery Hunt 2017, and Mystery Hunt 2019.
- Tanya Khovanova is a mathematician who teaches at MIT. She wrote for Mystery Hunt 2013 and Mystery Hunt 2018.
- David Kwong is a magician and puzzle constructor. He has participated in MIT Mystery Hunt and Galactic Puzzle Hunt.
- Craig Mazin is a screenwriter and film director who created the miniseries Chernobyl. He has participated in Galactic Puzzle Hunt and MIT Mystery Hunt, and helped testsolve puzzles for Mystery Hunt 2022.
- David Morgan-Mar is a cartoonist, author, and engineer. He wrote for CiSRA/mezzacotta Puzzle Competition.
- Randall Munroe is a cartoonist and author who created the webcomic xkcd. He participates in MIT Mystery Hunt.
- Trip Payne is a crossword solver and constructor, winning three American Crossword Puzzle Tournaments. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2008, Mystery Hunt 2017, and Mystery Hunt 2019.
- Brad Schaefer is a professor of astronomy. He started MIT Mystery Hunt and wrote Mystery Hunt 1981, Mystery Hunt 1982 and Mystery Hunt 1983.
- Scott Seiver is a professional poker player. He has solved multiple MIT Mystery Hunts and assisted with Mystery Hunt 2022.
- Thomas Snyder is a puzzle and sudoku constructor. He wrote for Mystery Hunt 2007 and Mystery Hunt 2009.
- Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer and hacktivist who co-founded Reddit. He helped write a puzzle for Mystery Hunt 2012.
References[edit | edit source]
- Denis Auroux - Other interests
- Fort En Forge's Mystery Hunt 2022 recap
- "Manic Sages prepare 2013 MIT Mystery Hunt puzzles", The Tech
- "Mystery Hunt" on Hill's blog
- American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
- Jofish Kaye, Ph.D
- Twitter posts mentioning MH
- Comment on Reddit AMA
- Scriptnotes, Episode 533: We See and We Hear, Transcript
- Twitter thread by xkcdbracket, 20 Jan 2016
- MIT Mystery Hunt 2014, part 1 (pre-Hunt and the MIT round)
- "MIT Mystery Hunt sends Scott Seiver searching for a solution", World Poker Tour