It Is The End…

…but the moment has been prepared for.

It has been a hugely entertaining couple of days. All the way through Saturday, Xe Leptfromcoma and Lavender Scavengers brought us item after item, entertaining us and pushing against each other and beating Emily at chess. It looked like a two-horse race, but come Sunday Not Enough Books appeared with over 450 points’ worth of items, pushing into first place. As we entered the closing hours of the Hunt, the difference between the three teams was less than ten points, with Not Enough Books just barely in the lead… But a last-minute push from Souradip, LavScav’s last standing member, brought them into first place, and a final tally confirmed them as the winners.

Lavender Scavengers: 523.77
Not Enough Books: 490.82
Xe Leptfromcoma: 484.75
Thieving Magpies: 10
Geography Trilost: 5

Lavender Scavengers: You made us laugh so many times, from your beautiful seven-minute slo-mo run around Trinity’s Main Court to Souradip’s teaching the Time Warp to a stranger despite not knowing it himself, to your delightful Adventure Time cover and coming tantalisingly close to dead dropping Michael French. Bravo, congratulations on the win, and now it’s your turn…

Not Enough Books: We suspect that you might, in fact, have had enough books. The 41 Discworld novels was something we’d been hoping to see (and you gave Roisin a new profile picture, so kudos for that),  you get major points for style for breaking the Scavenger Hunt, and I’m sure my sister will really appreciate the gift of 12 different flavours of lubricant (in delightful pink wrapping!)…

Xe Leptfromcoma: We liked your romantic picnic with a bike, your sycophantic poetry, Goonvile and Cayus and your continued insistence that your plant was a person. You fought hard, and we hope that the bonds of friendship you formed during the hunt last long into the future.

Thieving Magpies: I liked your sign-up email, and just wish we’d met you.

Geography Trilost: You seemed so keen on Saturday morning, being the first to turn in an item, and rushing off to the UL to find points. Unfortunately, you were never seen again… And a quirk of the scoring system puts you behind even the team that didn’t turn up, which is sad.


Thank you everyone who participated, we had a whale of a time. Join the Lavender Scavengers next year when (hopefully) they’ll be running the 2017 Hunt. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have about 283 jelly beans to eat.

~Flattus Rattus~


It Begins!

Hail, Scavengers! The list is up - – and we have physical copies available wherever there are judges. Which, at present is St. Catharines’ College bar. Come. Bring us items. Dazzle us with your creativity and pizzazz.

EDIT: We’ve moved: Now in Woodlark 3, Catz. (Up the stairs to the left as you enter the college.)

EDIT: Time for the judges to go for dinner. We’ll be back at 7! (Still in Woodlark 3.)

EDIT: Right, we’re going to call it a night, kids. See you tomorrow, 12pm, Woodlark 3! xoxo

EDIT ONCE MORE AGAIN: And we’re back online! Woodlark 3, here until nine (possibly with another break for dinner, we’ll see), please bring us things. And we’re adding an item to the lists, in the interest of charity: we’re offering 25 points if you raise £15 or more in sponsorship and donations.


It’s Tomorrow!

Howdy, scavengers!

Tomorrow morning beginneth the fun, kids. We will be waiting outside Great St. Mary’s Church at 9am tomorrow with physical copies of the list (which will go up on the website shortly after). We’ll be there until 10, at which point we will move… somewhere. Probably the bar in St. Catharine’s College, but we will keep you updated via Twitter (@CUSH2016) and Facebook on where we are during the day.

It’s so not too late to sign up, for anyone who wants to partake, and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!


Cambridge University Scavenger Hunt 2016

That magical time of year has rolled around again: CUSH 2016 is here. Last year’s winning team, Flattus Rattus, are back with a new list of exciting things for you to find, and we can confirm now that the hunt will run from 9AM on Saturday the 11th to 9PM on Sunday the 12th of June.

You can register your team now by emailing with your team name and a list of (up to five) team members.

But wait, there’s more! This year we’re putting a charitable spin on things with our own JustGiving page: Sign a member of your team up, find some fine folk to sponsor them, and there could be some bonus points in it for you!

Twitter feed:
Facebook event:
JustGiving page:

Get hyped.


The Final Results

Since the hunt finished an hour ago, the judges have been considering the last e-submissions, adding up the scores, and checking and re-checking them.

Today has seen dramatic changes of fortune. At the beginning of the day there were three teams that seemed to be in with a good chance of winning. A late entry from one-man-superteam FBM briefly shook things up, and when the Masters of the Lint tripled their score in a single visit it was clear there was still everything to play for.

But two teams put on impressive late surges. With one hour to go until the end of the competition there was just 0.76 points between Team Anonymous A and Flattus Rattus. Team Anonymous A brought a final flurry of late items, including an especially beautiful Marauder’s Map of Selwyn, and at 9 PM the judges’ spreadsheet had them in the lead.

But a final check of the CUSH gmail account revealed an 862 MB zip file from Flattus Rattus sent at 8:57 PM! Once these, including the amazing “Dumb ways to die – Jelly Edition“, were added on, Flattus Rattus had edged ahead.

Final scores
The Bermuda Pentagon: 0
Anonymous C: 0
Anonymous D: 0
FBM: 69.5
Masters of the lint: 443.23
Anonymous A: 625.90
Flattus Rattus: 687.17

We would like to thank all the teams,

FBM – for the team with the least members, and the shortest participation time, you punched well above your weight. We’ve never seen a pint consumed that quickly. Congrats!

The Bermuda Pentagon – you had the best name, it would have been even better if you had brought us some items!

Anonymous A – You came so very close, both to achieving an astonishing new Guiness World Record (for the most peas eaten with a cocktail stick in 5 minutes), and to winning the entire hunt. Thanks for your sterling efforts in the Treasure Hunt in the face of great adversity.

Flattus Rattus – You made us laugh again and again with your videos (we hope you have recovered from the onion-induced heartburn!), your array of costumes and your ingenuity in jelly baby genocide.

Anonymous C and D – you were the first sign-ups and you really lived up to your name by remaining anonymous, and unseen, throughout the entire hunt so well done on that.

The Masters of the Lint – Your feats of physical exertion, from a minute’s headstand to reaching 8 of Cambridge’s 9 co-ops, were deeply impressive. You also brought us someone who was really very tall, and our favourite David Attenborough documentary.

It’s been a joy to see the amazingly inventive items you have all brought to us over the last 36 hours. The competition has really been intense with the lead shifting again and again over the final hours. Thanks for all your dedication, imagination and enthusiasm.

We’re going to be in the Fort St. George from 8 PM on Sunday night to recuperate after the excitement of the hunt. Please do join us for this pub-meet if you can. (Drop us an email at if you plan to, please).

All the best for the summer!

The Judges



We’re in the MCR again. The Treasure Hunt has begun.


Change of venue


To the Hepple Room (D staircase). If you can’t see us in the MCR or the door is closed find us there.


Teams 2015

The teams for 2015 so far are:

The Bermuda Pentagon

Team Charlie Palin


Anonymous A (name finalised)

Flattus Rattus

Anonymous C (name in progress)

Anonymous D (name in progress)



The List 2015

The hunt has begun!

The list is available as a PDF, here. There is still time to enter new teams, and for those of you who registered online to collect the paper list. Come find us in Clare MCR (left side of old court) to get in on the action!



IT’S TOMORROW!! See you at GREAT ST. MARY’S AT 9 AM where we’ll be there to give out the list. And we’ll also put it online soon after for any stragglers.


Announcing CUSH 2015!

The PCarchs are delighted to be returning to judge this years Scavenger Hunt. The judges have been hard at work preparing the list and we can now let you know that the hunt will be held from9AM on Thursday the 11th until 9PM on Friday the 12th of June.

You can register your teams now by emailing with a team name and a list of your team members (up to five).

Attend the event on Facebook, as well as in real life, to keep up to date on the latest news.


Pub Trip

The judges are still recovering from the excitement that was CUSH 2014. To aid this difficult recovery process, and to try and fill the hole that they now find in their lives, the traditional post-hunt pub trip will take place on Sunday evening (the 15th of June) in the Fort St George on Midsummer Common in The Old Spring on Chesterton Road, as the Fort is mysteriously closing early this evening. The judges will be there from 1930 for the duration of the evening, and everyone who entered a team, helped a team or simply enthusiastically followed the ensuing chaos is welcome to join us.

If you would like to join us, try to let us know via Twitter or email (adr34) so we can book an appropriately sized table if necessary. Even if you don’t join us for the pub, make sure you enjoy May Week and all the associated pleasures it brings.


CUSH 2014 Results

The results are in (to two decimal places – using logs to score some items is fun!)

PCaRCHs 680.98
Shersoc 668.50
You’ll Never Beat The Irish 492.66
St Catharine’s College Mariachi Band 405.84
Crazy Scientists 317.04
??? 266.49
Hoping not to be alone forever 138.00
FBM 5.12
Communist Citchen 0
Rainbow is the New Black 0

It became clear at some point this afternoon that we were witnessing a two-horse race, but neither team was able to pull appreciably ahead despite each of them bringing an enormous quantity of items. It could have easily gone either way, and we scoured the spreadsheet during the post-hunt judging for any missing points for either team. Congratulations to the PCaRCHs, and our hearts go out to Shersoc for coming so close.

The judges have enjoyed this hunt immensely, and were consistently impressed by the items everyone was bringing to be judged. We’ve mentioned some of our highlights from each team below.

Communist Citchen: For being the keenest team pre-hunt, and arguably the least keen during the hunt.

The St. Catharine’s College Mariachi Band: For being cross-dressed far longer than the item required, and for getting LITERALLY COLIN MOCHRIE to tweet about CUSH.

Crazy Scientists: Impressive memories and admirable commitment to the physical challenges in the face of intimidating opponents and severe cynicism on our part.

Hoping not to be alone forever: Props for not being alone forever! And a fine performance given that you were only competing for one day. Their disobeying-a-sign-photo was also enjoyably meta.

FBM: For having the smallest non-zero points total at the end!

PCaRchs: The trailer for next year’s hunt brought a smile to the Judge’s faces start to end. Competing even though you were in bumps was very impressive, and it was clear that you were burning the midnight oil from the number of videos the judges woke up to.

You’ll Never Beat The Irish: The effects of a pangalactic gargleblaster, and literally obtaining the actual plans for a local bank. One of the judges was also delighted to meet someone even more knowledgeable of Animaniacs’ musical repertoire than he was!

Shersoc: The Emperor’s New Clothes, and what it almost cost you. Space T-Rex was beyond the judge’s wildest dreams, as was Hood, their incredible Batman villain. Their regular delivery of items kept the judges entertained throughout the hunt.

The Team Latterly Known as ??????: A felt lined case packed full of goodies and wearing more clothes than anyone else. Their watermelon was also a masterpiece combining equinology with the Doctor’s oldest and deadliest enemy.

Rainbow is the New Black: For raising the judges’s hopes that we’d see you again, and then dashing them against the rocks :-(

Most importantly, thank you to everyone who competed over the last two days and for making this an unforgettable scavenger hunt for us to both run and judge. We are organising a pub trip for Sunday night for everyone to meet in a non-competitive setting (or a least not one controlled by the judges). Keep your eyes peeled here and on Twitter for details…

Hugs and kisses,

The AP Allstars


Doors closed!

It’s after nine, so the doors are closed! The judges will retire to their chambers now, and announce the results later tonight.


Day two!

It’s time to do it all over again today! Hoping to see lots more impressive items today. We’re back in the GU until at least 5, whereupon we will likely move again for the home stretch. Keep an eye on Twitter! The Judges would also like to mention some things to bear in mind as we enter our second day.

  • We won’t allow you to try any of the ‘Beat the Judges’ section after 17:00, to make sure we have enough judges for judging actual items during the inevitably hectic final few hours. So if you want to compete, make sure you do before then!
  • As you try to eke out as many points as you can, remember there is a 20% bonus for any section you complete.
  • Sticker locations (see Twitter!) are worth three points each, and will count as their own section for getting the 20% bonus.
  • Please don’t remove the stickers when you find them – simply take a photo and send it to us or show us.
  • Reports of stickers going missing were true. We have confirmed all stickers exist as of 9:00 this morning, having replaced them where necessary.


New Judge Location

We’re in the St. John’s SBR – follow the map we posted on Twitter  if you don’t know where it is. We’ll be here until 9.

There will also be a clandestine meet later this evening for those who are keen. If you are interested, meet us at the Round Church at 11PM this evening. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes!


This year’s list is now online!

To see the list in all it’s glory, click here.

Good luck to everyone competing, and thanks for coming down to Great St. Mary’s at what some would perceive as an ungodly hour. The judges are in the Graduate Union, waiting for the first items to come in. See you all soon!


2014 Teams

We’ve started to get registrations! All very exciting… This post will be kept updated with the teams that enter.

Communist Citchen: Made up of Liz Adams, Cameron Dashwood, Lucy Lim,Karan Singha and Monika K:



The St. Catharine’s College Mariachi Band: Who have explicitly informed us that they are not an actual mariachi band, more’s the pity. They are made up of Curtis Reubens, James Brotherston, Ben Morley, Suzanna Beaupre and Maddy Austin.

Crazy Scientists: Diana Danciu, Sana Waheed, Andrei Sofian, Irina Rasolonjanahary

Hoping not to be alone forever: Kweku Araham (Kudos for showing up by your lonesome)

FBM: Ben Evans, TPJ

PCaRchs: Ana Rita, Mateja Sborchia, Theo S, Kerstin Timm

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You’ll Never Beat The Irish: Vicki McAvinne, Takek Krassowski, Mycroft Mead, Eoin Martyn, Kasia Beiba

Shersoc: Steph Bale, Ellie Griffiths, Charles Cooper, John Cunner, Tim Pearson

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The Team Latterly Known as ??????: Heather Brittan, Fred Alford, Joe Allen, Raj Jethwa, Laura Malarky

Rainbow is the New Black: Kate Champion, Charlotte Ferris and as-yet unnamed fellow inmates.


Ready, Set…

Just 24 hours until this year’s Scavenger Hunt kicks off! The judges will be in front of Great St. Mary’s tomorrow morning at 9AM, handing out hard copies of the list. Wear something yellow! Then come find us during the rest of the day at the Graduate Union on Mill Lane to claim your items.

As mentioned in the previous blog post, if you can’t be there, the list will be made available online at 10AM. We encourage all teams to keep an eye on the Twitter feed, either by following it or just using the widget here on the right hand side of the site. We will be tweeting updates, items brought to us that particularly impressed us, as well as bonus items that won’t be on the list!



Timeline 2014

For those curious, here’s the proposed timeline for this year’s Scavenger Hunt.

Wednesday 11th June:

9.00 a.m.: Collect the list from the judges, who will be stood outside Great St. Mary’s church. Show up wearing something yellow.

10.00 a.m.: The list goes up online. We’ll post it here and on Twitter too.

10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.: We’ll be in the Graduate Union, waiting for you to come find us, and dazzle us with your wonderful items.

Thursday 12th June:

9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.: We’ll be in the Graduate Union again.

9.00 p.m.: Doors close. If there’s an item in the room before 9, it’ll be judged, regardless of how long it takes.

Later that evening: Results! We’ll publish the results on the blog and on Twitter as soon as we can.

As always, however, things are subject to change. Be sure to keep an eye on this website and our Twitter feed during the hunt for any sudden changes! We also now have a Facebook Event for those of you who want to make your participation public (please do, and tell all your friends!)


Cambridge University Scavenger Hunt 2014

Time passes so quickly in Cambridge. It’s time to once again prepare for a memorable 36 hours (described by one participant as ‘the most fun I’ve ever had sober’), where you will scavenge for items, do silly activities you never thought you’d find yourself doing, and generally enjoy yourselves in the Cambridge sun.

This year, CUSH 2014 will be running from 9AM on Wednesday 11th June until 9PM on Thursday 12th June.

As usual, teams can be made up of up to five people. To register in advance, send an email to adr34 with your team name, the name of the members of your team and, ideally, a team photo. The list of items will be handed out in person in front of Great St. Mary’s at 9AM on Wednesday, where you will also be able to register on the day. The list will be posted online shortly thereafter for any teams unable to be there in person.

As is tradition, last year’s (narrow) winners, the AP Allstars, are in charge this year. They’ve been preparing all year, and are thoroughly looking forward to being impressed by you all!


Pub Meet!

We hope everyone had fun during the Scavenger Hunt, and we want to see you all again, so we’re having a pub meet! It will be on the 16th (this Sunday) at 7pm in the Granta (near Darwin college). Hope to see lots of you there!


Results Are In…..

In a nail biting finish, the closest Scavenger Hunt in it’s 10 year history, I am pleased to announce that AP Allstars have won by 1.4 points over the runner up Super Owl Strokers. The point results are below.

  • AP Allstars – 575.8
  • Super Owl Strokers – 574.4
  • Nick Cage’s Cunning Plan – 248
  • Aiming for Fourth – 219
  • The Wesley Crushers – 212
  • The Cambridge Unicorn Society – 60
  • DANgerous -32
Special mention to
  • AP Allstars  for burning a bra and defying gravity.
  • Super Owl Strokers for being the closest runners up ever, and for very impressive music videos!
  • Nick Cage’s Cunning Plan for coming third despite only playing for 1 day!
  • Aiming for Fourth for coming fourth. So proud you got your target.
  • The Wesley Crushers for the cutest animal photo.
  • The Cambridge Unicorn Society  for doing so well despite doing only 2 hours.
  • DANgerous for the most entries without actually meeting us.
Thank you all for taking part. We hope you have all had FUN!!! Keep an eye on the Website, twitter and Facebook – We will be arranging a pub meet.


20% bonus

Don’t forget that if you complete a section of the list there is a 20% (cooler) bonus for that section!


Good morning!

We are back in the GU this morning, bring us items!


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