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…


2013 Teams

This years teams are:

Aiming for Fourth – Christina, Kweku

Super Owl Strokers – Katie, Lea, Ruby and Chris

AP Allstars – Alex, Michel, Clare, Sam and Tamela

The Cambridge Unicorn Society – Lucy and Katie

The Wesley Crushers – Rachel, Sarah and Helen

Nick Cage’s Cunning Plan – Greg and Emily





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 cush@srcf.ucam.org 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 cush@srcf.ucam.org 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!


Post-Hunt Stats

Hi all,

With all this free time I’ve done some quick and fun analysis of the numbers from cush2011! To start with, here’s a histogram of how many teams attempted each item:

There were 412 items attempted out of a possible 500 (82%), and 329 items had maximum points awarded to at least one team.

The following items were not attempted by anyone:

Num. Item
6 The biggest Royal Wedding photograph
11 A Superinjunction
13 An RSA SecureID token
25 A Carriage
31 A glass slipper
33 Stag do photos
35 Cartwheeling whilst dressed as a vicar
40 Tobin’s spirit guide
45 High voltage laser containment facility
46 Bill Murry
47 Total protonic reversal
48 Twinkie (bonus points if 35′ long and 600lb)
67 Most people on a punt
71 A stress detector machine (bonus if it works)
75 Flammable sea parks model (bonus points if burnt down, with explanation)
76 Wear an Aunt Irma t-shirt
77 Grand Designs DVDs (bonus points if you don’t have a receipt)
80 Shithead of the Year Award
81 A Flappy Duck take away dinner
114 Holiday snaps from Girton
115 Girton passport stamp
116 Surfboard
127 Mr. ASBO
136 A video on saving money
138 Cardboard box house (must be able to fit at least one judge)
141 Cave Johnson quotes recited from memory
143 A personality core
145 Long fall boots
147 An ASHPD (bonus points if it works)
164 Myrrh
166 A snow ball
173 Pigs in blankets (bonus for quantity)
175 An ugly Christmas jumper
198 A probability drive
201 Bistromath
203 Deep Thought
206 A properly labelled book of matches
220 Meatloaf
221 Old fashioned rattle
222 Micky Mouse Hat
224 Charles Atlas
231 The Eye of Gallifrey
233 Time Lord robes
235 Tom Baker scarf
239 The Rod of Rassilon
244 A monocle
245 A cravat
253 The source
256 A ruby on some rails
258 The Sea
259 HAL 9000
265 Most twitter followers
266 Get #cush11 trending
270 Proof of fattest mum
300 Arabic dictionary
310 Shot put
322 An anti-bullying video
350 Oldest Varsity hoody
361 A Betamax tape
363 A polaroid
367 A TV watch
368 A thermionic valve (vacuum tube)
373 Gramaphone
374 A Laserdisk
376 A typewriter
381 An HD-DVD
402 Ancient Mew Pokemon Card
409 Hansom Taxi
415 Hover car
416 Hoverboard
420 A space suit
421 A square melon
424 Soylent Green
426 Nicotine patches
428 A Jade hairpin
433 An ASBO
440 Carl Powers’ shoes
452 Red weed
455 Triffid
461 Four-leafed clover
468 The Angry Inch
478 Rollerblades and goggles
481 A mithril skateboard
486 Ramona’s bag
488 A glowing head
489 The Power of Love
490 The Power of Understanding

The most popular items (attempted by 8 teams) were:

Num. Item
17 Chequered Shirt (up to 5, must be wearing all of them)
19 Pretentious band t-shirt
122 Alcohol
189 A towel

338 points were awarded for superlative entries, out of a total of 4288.5, for 8% of all points going to superlatives.

Here’s a chart of the number of items attempted by each team:

And to finish off, here’s the money shot: the scores of each team over the two days!

Hope you enjoyed these stats!


and the winners are…

The results are in! After a very very close finish that was eventually settled by some fantastic and very entertaining superlative entries, we have the results!

The Winners:

Robyn Will Kick You In The Face! Well done! They had perhaps the best stories from Newnham, with a special commendation for their fantastic costumes and delicious bribery brownies. They also supplied us with morning whiskey! It kept us going all day :)

Second Place:

Lion Hunters! Sheer efficiency, a huge quantity of items, they were here almost the entire time presenting stuff, acting out, doing some fantastic singing and completed the most sections.

Third Place:

F.B.M.! No signup email, they turned up briefly Wednesday morning to collect the list and we thought that was all we’d see of them… until Thursday afternoon, where they turned up with a punt full of 500 points worth of items! They had a huge quantity of items, a lot of quality of items and a lot of naked man! Seriously special commendation for bringing everything on a punt in one massive hit.

The Scores:

Robyn Will Kick You In The Face: 988.5
Lion Hunters: 917.5
F.B.M.: 607
Socksoc 3: 378.5
Lesbian Steampunk Samurai Lizard Detectives: 329.5
The 87s: 288
Nyan: 274.5
Captain Friendless: 255
BAJJA: 226
Lips To Suck A Mango: 24
Team “Couldn’t think of a team name”: 0

Special Commendations:

  • The 87s for a lot of gratuitous nudity (almost got kicked out of the Union!) and the look on the judges’ faces when it happened!
  • Captain Friendless for getting 255 points with only one team member plus Biscuits the Sock Monkey, and for his fantastic films
  • Robyn Will Kick You In The Face’s jazz chicken
  • F.B.M.’s working difference engine
  • Nyan’s fantastic text from last night
  • Lion Hunter’s brilliant singing, team rocket rendition, getting The Duke on Skype and reasoned vim/emacs debate
  • Socksoc’s absolutely disgusting/amazing skin infection and entertaining extreme ironing
  • Lesbian Steampunk Samurai Lizard Detectives’ for memorising 75 spells and their brilliant Pokemon LARPing
  • BAJJA getting us the first submission of a beautiful Venus Fly Trap

Check out the tumblr for the items we’ve put online! we’ll probably put a bit more up in the next day after we’ve recovered a bit.

Well done to all the teams that took part, we had an absolutely brilliant, fun, exciting, incredible, sexy, strange, disturbing, exhausting, arousing, magical, &c., &c., time and we hope you did too!

We’ll be giving out prizes (maybe) at a pub meet tomorrow with details to be announced! Hopefully see some/all of you there :)


Signing off,

2011 Judges
The Laser Raptors




We’re back!

We’re now back in the Union (well, we’ve been back a little while judging some of yesterday’s digital submissions, to our delight and amusement) and are all ready to receive your efforts for day two!

If you haven’t checked the tumblr, it’s got a load of great stuff on it now – see the sidebar link. Equally, if you haven’t been checking the twitter you’ve been missing out on some fun special items! You should check that. We had a secret meeting at midnight where a mysterious stranger from the past even turned up and donated items to one team!

See you all soon!


Loads of submissions!

Hey everyone, we’ve been getting loads and loads of great stuff, check out the Twitter or Tumblr for what we’ve uploaded so far:




Lesbian Steampunk Samurai Lizard Detectives

Team Members: Alex Guttenplan, Steph Leddington, Emily Room, Greg Weir


The 87s

Team members: Zoe Asquith, Danny Johnson, Joe Seaton, Benth Webb, Amelia Booth


Captain Friendless

Team members: Cap’n “Bringing down your local oppressive coologarchic groupthinkocracy” Friendless, Biscuits the Sock Monkey


The List 2011

It’s out! Below and on the sidebar. Only a little late!



Times update

We’re actually only going to be open until 9pm, not 10pm! Just so you know.



Team members: Phil Richman, Ben Evans, Will Keir-Nuir, Georgia Plunkett, Esther Momcilonic


Socksoc 3: Revenge of the socks!

Team members: Cillian, Tea, Sophie, Sally, Phineas

Team photo:


Robyn will kick you in the face

Team members: Robyn Moates, Helen Hoogewerf-McComb, Christine Stafford, Lea Hampton-O’Neil

Team photo:


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