Stupefyingly difficult U. of C. Scavenger Hunt marks 35 years with Olympic condoms, aerial pancake flipping and Rube Goldberg machines

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CHICAGO — The 35th annual University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt — which is nominally a scavenger hunt but closer to a campus tradition wrapped inside a multigenerational class reunion bundled into an elaborate prank requiring the cooperation of hundreds of students, dozens of faculty, family, friends and government officials — concluded Sunday night. The winners were the students and alumni of the Snell-Hitchcock residential hall. To win, they jumped through hoops. Many hoops. They located a list of scavenger hunt items from the first hunt in 1987. They found an official Olympic condom. They fl…

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