The Hunt and Prehunt are known, in the puzzle-solving world, as "puzzle extravaganzas". These
are sets of puzzles marked by metapuzzles, which are puzzles that are made up of answers
to other puzzles. These puzzles and metapuzzles lead to some sort of payoff, which in this case
is either a final answer (in the case of the Prehunt) or the Finish Line (in the case of The Hunt).
Thomas Weisswange is a Calculus and computer science teacher, currently teaching at Great Neck South
High School in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. He has been teaching since 1997 and has been teaching
in Great Neck since 1999. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from
Princeton University and a graduate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.
In addition to his work in teaching, he is also the coach of the Math Team and spends several months' worth of time preparing The Hunt and Prehunt. He also coaches the Nassau County All-Star Math Team.
Outside of school, Mr. Weisswange is very active in the puzzle world, as a member of the National Puzzlers' League and a regular competitor in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, at which he regularly finishes in the top 10% of competitors. He has been part of the "Palindrome" team at the MIT Mystery Hunt since 1995, whose team has won the Mystery Hunt three times since then.
By the way, if you love puzzles, you should make an attempt to attend the MIT Mystery Hunt (January) and/or the NPL Convention (July). They are both spectacularly fun puzzle events!