MIT Mystery Hunt 1997 was the 17th iteration of the MIT Mystery Hunt. It was run by Mark L. Gottlieb, the winner of the 1996 Mystery Hunt. This was the last Mystery Hunt to be produced largely by a single person.
Initially, the hunt started off with theme being Bill and Ted / Beavis and Butthead, but this turns out to be a
Fakeout theme, as the puzzles in the packet were generally unsolvable. However, it was possible to extract a message out of the packet, and doing so would let teams reach the real hunt early. The real theme was Elvis, with all of the puzzle titles being fantastical headlines of Elvis' exploits.
One of the puzzles in this packet was an unmarked metapuzzle.
Languedoc Culture Attributes Modern Civilization to Elvis!
With Robin Gone, Elvis Doubles as Batman's Partner!
Sequined Elvis Cloak Enshrined in Smithsonian!
According to Mafiosi, Mole Only Wanted a Scarf from the King!
Elvis Obelisk Unearthed at Great Pyramids of Giza!
Elvis, Mediator, Solves Labor Deregulation Crisis!
Says Ross Perot: "I Can't Believe Elvis Snubbed Me!"
Games World of Puzzles Advertises Miracle Elvis Lotion!
Santa Had Rough Toboggan Accident; Elvis Delivers Toys in His Stead!
After Winning Oscar, Gottlieb Cites Acting Coach Elvis as His Inspiration!
In Utopia, Nostradamus Predicts Bisexuality and Elvis Music!
Shark Detaches Anchor; Elvis' Yacht Drifts Into Freak Tropical Iceberg!
Six-Year-Old Surgeon Supplied by Ronco Operated on Elvis!
Elvis Credits Longevity and Pan-Dimensional Vision to Eating Spam in Outer Space!
Virtual Fountain of Youth Goes Haywire; Elvis Trapped in Gossamer Childhood!
Two MIT Students Claim Elvis Was Their 6.001 TA!
"Under Orders from Elvis, I Torched the Church on Tuesday Night!"
"I Don't Control Ledgers," Accountant Says. "Elvis Does it for Me!"
Elvis to Machiavelli: Lighten Up; You're Too Uptight!
Battle on Olympus: Both Eros and Elvis Claim the Throne of Love!
"For Jumpsuits, Velcro's So Very Useful," Elvis' Tailor Attests!
Mass Gen-ocide! Boston's Ill are Euthanized by Kervorkian & Elvis!
New Orleans Vice Cop: "I Ate More Than Elvis in 1986!"
Elvis Slips Through Wormhole; is Imprisoned in Alternate Reality!
Elvis to Lip-Sync Hole; Ranting Courtney Love Vows She'll Sue!
The Big Bopper, Jim Croce, and Elvis Found Running a Pizza Hut in Beirut!
Elvis: Conceited Prig or Geriatric Geezer? The Supreme Court Decides!
Elvis Travels to Peace Talks as Delegate of Switzerland!
Elvis' Siamese Cat Discovers Ionized Presleyium on the Moon!
TA Elvis' End-of-Term Oral is Travesty, According to Students!
Elvis Nabbed After Scaling Round Sphere Atop Green Building!
President Clinton: "I'd Like to Meet God, or, If I Could, Elvis!"
Elvis' Anorexic Lover Saved by the King's Miracle Pills!
Elvis a Trojan? "I Tortured Him Myself," Says 4000-Year-Old Spartan!
Psychic Ray on Saturn Reveals to Oprah that 87% of the Literature Classics Were Originally About Elvis!
Elvis Warns that Wind and Cold Erode Our Precious Resources; Calls for Global Warming! Senator Ridicules Proposed Elvis Coin: "Elvis is Not Dead Yet"