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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!


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!


We have moved…

We have now migrated to Newnham bar and will be judging there until 9pm. Bring us all your awesome items! From the plodge, go through the door on the right, go through two doors and then it is on your right.


Another Update!!

Sorry, we are back at the GU. Huge apologies for everything! We will be here until 5pm, then Newnham Bar from 5:30 (hopefully).


Updated Location

We have Relocated to the Granta Lounge, University Centre. Next to the Mill pub (across from Scudamores – Facing the river) From the GU, go down Mill Lane, turn left at the river and then it is on the left. GU appears not to be open for some reason, Sorry about the confusion.


On your marks…

Meet us tomorrow at 9am outside Great St Mary’s with a fancy/silly hat so that we can identify you, and we will give each team present the list of items. Don’t worry if you can’t be there, the list will be released online at 10am.

JUDGING LOCATION: We will be holding judging in the GU from 9am to 5pm each day, and at Newnham College bar from 5:30-9pm! Hope to see you there!!

PS. Don’t forget to follow the twitter feed… you never know what you might find popping up…


Welcome back – CUSH 2013

Welcome to CU Scavenger Hunt – it’s time for fun and frolics once again!

CUSH 2013 will be running from 9 a.m. on Thursday 13TH to 9 p.m. on Friday 14TH of JUNE.

Spend 36 hours gathering unusual items (or just making a vague and entertaining attempt at them), performing silly tasks and generally having lots of fun in lovely springtime Cambridge.

Interested? Drop us an email at with your team name, your team members’ names (max. five) and preferably a team photo. Don’t worry though, you can show up on the day and join in if you prefer.


And the Results are in!

Its been an amazing 36 hours and we have enjoyed everything that you people have brought to us.

And the winners are

Lesbians of Newnham     650.2


Laser Raptors    447

Filthy Larpists    300.5

Leave it blank for now   255.5

Aquatic Avian   245.5

The Magic Words Are Squeamish Ossifrage   234.5

Big Damn Heroes   222.7

Chugs between my jugs   130.5

Penis  128.5

Sc-Avenger 1

Anything 0


Congratulations to the Lesbians of Newnham!

Special Mentions

-Lesbians of Newnham- For a team member dressed in the cutest Pikachu outfit and their amazing Queen Victoria Dress and the most outfit changes, including one in a Phonebox. Special mention for the Twitter Challenge where they brought the Staff at the Granta a Maserati!

-Laser Raptors- They managed to give us the most disappointing entry for any item but gained many points for trying to break science.  So much fire between the Olympic Torch, Hat and Fire Poi!

Filthy Larpists-We enjoyed their massive Dragon/Dinosaur who appeared many times and joined us at the desk. They also had amazing chocolate cake! And for bringing all the boys to the yard with their milkshake!

-Leave it blank for now-They had the most talented team member we have ever met who entertained us by licking his elbow, nose and blowing bubbles without soapy liquid! They also gave the most beautiful rendition of the Elephant Love Medley.

-Aquatic Avian- For sheer determination and most points gained through paper and pen!

-The Magic Words Are Squeamish Ossifrage- We enjoyed your team entry for your imaginative names and we loved your amazing memory! An entire Chapter of the Bible!!!!!!

-Big Damn Heroes-We enjoyed all the armour and weaponry and Nigel was awesome!

-Chugs between my jugs- An amazing attempt at some Newnham Stereotypes from a team mostly composed of men!

-Penis – Least Childfriendly name created in a panic

-Sc-Avenger , Anything, FBM -For not doing anything apart from turning up at the beginning!


Congrats to everyone and we will be having a get-together in The Granta tomorrow night at 7 if anyone wants to come along!


Judging begins again

The Judges are back in the judging chamber and eagerly waiting your entries!

Last night we met some of the teams on Orgasm bridge and were treated to some amazing sights such as fire poi and we got to play with Light Sabers!

Remember to email us any pictures or videos you have presented so that we can share them on the Tumblr!


And it begins!!

Yay, the scavenger hunt has started and we are getting tons of wonderful entries. Remember to check the tumblr and twitter account for updates.

Here are the teams (but you can still sign up if you want :) )

Name: The Magic Words Are Squeamish Ossifrage

Team members: Tamsin Lim (Captain), Emily Smith (Quartermaster), Will Bryan (Midshipman), Anna Wagner (Powder Monkey)

Name: Lesbians of Newnham

Team Members: Kate Champion, Charlotte Ferris, Kim Millard, Megan Goldman-Roberts, Martha Hawker

Name: “Filthy Larpists”

Team members: Megan Williams, Andrew Mason, Steph Leddington, James Robson, Tea Kew

Name: “FBM”
Team members: Martyn Higson, Steen Pettit, Esther Momcilovic, Dom Carr, Rob Norton

Name: Chugs between my jugs
Team members: Abi Lucas, Sam Ashcroft, Pete Gould, Pete Townsend, Will Bowers

Name: Penis

Team members: Hannah Basford, Will Robinson, Mike Sargeant, Tina Roushannafas

Name: Laser Raptors

Team members: Adam Greig, Sean Tull, Laurie Burchell, Thomas Watling, Rob Thompson

Name: Big Damn Heroes

Team members: Gregory Weir, Emily Roon, Alex Guttenplan, Rosie Shewell-Brockway, Maddie Sharman

Name: Leave this blank for now

Team members: Kweku, Jenny, Rachel, Becca, Cristina

Name: Aquatic Avians

Team members: Admiral IceBreaker, Jayaveni Chedumbarum-Pillay, Sophie Kneller,  Katie Hocking

If you have any corrections to the teams, please send us an email :)

Remember to send us photos and videos.


And we are off!

The list is online and the teams are off!

We are just about to relocate to the Granta and can’t wait to see you there!

If you didn’t receive the paper copy this morning don’t worry you can still join in!


Starting tomorrow!

We’re nearly set to start! Here’s how things should unfold:


9.00 a.m.: We’ll be outside Great St Mary’s with printed copies of the list for anyone who turns up with an interesting hat (Points to the team with the most interesting hat!). It might be worth your while getting a paper copy!

10.00 a.m.: The list goes up online. We’ll post it here and it’ll go on the sidebar.

11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.: We’ll be in the The Granta by the door, sitting tight and waiting to be brought your excellent items.


11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.: We’ll be in The Granta for the second day to be wowed and delighted by your finds.

9.00 p.m.: Doors close. If you’re in the room by 9, we’ll judge your stuff, but not if you’re late!

approx. 9.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.: Results! Depending on how long final judging takes, we’ll publish the results on the blog, twitter etc as soon as possible and tell anyone who’s stuck around in person.

Some stuff to bear in mind:

  • Completing any whole section of the list will net a 20% bonus on that section’s points
  • You should bring stuff as often as you can! Leaving it all until the end makes for busy busy rooms and bored judges!
  • Points on the list are the approximate maximum for that item — great attempts will get the maximum points, merely mediocre will still get some points. Going above and beyond the call of duty is likely to net you bonus points.
  • Be sure to check the Twitter feed (@CUSH_2012)! Who knows what we’ll post?
  • Unless you ask us not to, we’ll probably post your exciting/entertaining photos and videos, and may photograph items and post them too. They’ll end up on the website or Twitter.
  • We’ll have computers with us, so please bring digital items on USB sticks if you can!
  • Any questions, email or tweet us

See you all tomorrow morning and best of luck!


Can’t find a team?

If you can’t find a team to go scavenging with, don’t worry – drop us an email and say so, and we’ll put you in an exciting team of people in a similar situation!


Cambridge University Scavenger Hunt 2012

Welcome to CU Scavenger Hunt – it’s time for fun and frolics once again!

CUSH 2012 is this year running from 9 a.m. on WEDNESDAY 13TH to 9 p.m. on THURSDAY 14TH of JUNE.

Spend 36 hours gathering unusual items, performing silly tasks and enjoying yourself in lovely springtime Cambridge.

Turn up with your team outside Great St Marys Church at 9.00 on WEDNESDAY in an interesting hat (with points awarded to the most interesting hat. Start off your hunt with points!) to get the list. The list will be posted online afterwards.

Interested? Drop us an email at with your team name, your team members’ names (max. five) and preferably a team photo.

This year Team Robyn will Kick you in the Face are running the show with lots of thanks to the Laser Raptors for their help!


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