Past Hunts

DCPHR #1 (2016)

Joan Marrow celebrates her Death Day. A Death Day is the day where monsters like skeletons celebrate their deaths! Joan Marrow invites 10 of her monstrous friends, and all of the puzzle hunters of course, to her party. The puzzle hunters locate each monster and solve clues to find out each monster's response to the invitation in an attempt to help Joan throw a spook-tacular party.

What is DCPH®?

DCPH® (pronounced "decipher" and often written DCPHR) stands for D.C. Puzzle Hunters. Inspired by day-long puzzle hunts from around the world (like DASH, BAPHL, and BANG), DCPHR is a recurring, day-long walking event in and/or around DC. Teams of roughly four people compete to solve puzzles of all types, moving from location to location.

How are hunts created?

A team of puzzlers spend the summer writing and testing puzzles for the hunt. If you are interested in writing a puzzle please contact

When is the next hunt?

October 7, 2017. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when registration is available.