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May 9, 2006 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago students to host 20th annual Scavenger Hunt this weekend

What/Who: The University of Chicago’s 2006 Scavenger Hunt will send 10 student teams hunting for more than 300 items, some of which will require a three-day road trip. The list remains top secret until midnight Wednesday.  

When: Thursday, May 11 – Sunday, May 14

Where: The Scavenger Hunt Olympics will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Quadrangles on campus. On Sunday afternoon, a panel of about 15 students will hold the judging ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in Ida Noyes Hall at 1212 E. 59th Street.            

Background: The student judges spend about six months annually planning the Scavenger Hunt, which can require teams to wear themed costumes and travel up to 2,000 miles. Traditionally, judges include seemingly impossible items, including a live elephant in 2000 – which students were able to produce. Other item categories can include photographs in specific locations, construction, pop culture trivia and University history. Teams are typically affiliated with a College dorm or student group. Graduate students and alumni are welcome to participate as well. Students say that the first-place team’s true prize is fame and glory. Additional information is available at
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