Setec Astronomy

Setec Astronomy is a team that participates in the MIT Mystery Hunt. Formed in 1996 by then-graduate student Chris Morse, Setec Astronomy is one of the longest running and successful MIT Mystery Hunt teams, having won the 1999, 2001, 2004, 2016, and 2018 MIT Mystery Hunts, therefore hosting the 2000, 2002, 2005, 2017, and 2019 hunts. The team size is about 45 people, and is still mostly composed of friends and friends-of-friends of Chris Morse.[1]

The name of the team comes from the 1992 film Sneakers, where a plot point is that "Setec Astronomy" is an anagram of "Too Many Secrets". The team has instituted a "we're absolutely not winning this year" rule in 2003 and for many years after 2005 (sometimes implemented as "taking a drink after every solve"). This led the team to temporarily take in past Mystery Hunt constructors who did not wish to write again, leading to the team getting a reputation of being the Mystery Hunt Retirement Home. This has also been parodied on at least one occasion, in the 2010 MIT Mystery Hunt. Setec Astronomy enlisted the help of Immoral, Illegal & Fattening to help write the 2019 MIT Mystery Hunt.

Hunt performances[edit | edit source]

Date Hunt Rank Notes
2022-01-14 MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 10
2021-01-15 MIT Mystery Hunt 2021 12
2020-01-17 MIT Mystery Hunt 2020 7 as setec
2019-01-18 MIT Mystery Hunt 2019 Host
2018-01-12 MIT Mystery Hunt 2018 1
2017-01-13 MIT Mystery Hunt 2017 Host
2016-01-15 MIT Mystery Hunt 2016 1
2015-01-16 MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 6
2014-01-10 MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 9
2013-01-11 MIT Mystery Hunt 2013 10 as Setec
2012-01-13 MIT Mystery Hunt 2012 7
2011-01-14 MIT Mystery Hunt 2011 8

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