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NEW HAVEN--If puzzles are your idea of fun, then boy have we got a conundrum for you--if you can handle the pressure.

Escape New Haven is a unique place where you pay to get locked in a room, and you have 60 minutes to find your way out.

You can use any method you please--so long as you don't break anything or whip out the cell phone to use your "call a friend" lifeline.

You won't be the first to test your wits: check out this clip from "The Big Bang Theory," where our favorite scientists solve a similar puzzle a little bit too quickly.

At Escape New Haven, there are three rooms for visitors to choose from, and once you enter, the clues are all around to help you get out.

But as the visitors struggle to look behind books and under chairs for clues, the team behind the scene is watching. Max Sutter is the chief engineer, while Ethan Rodriguez Torrent is the chief architect. Torrent points to a series of monitors to indicate that he is always watching. "We also have audio monitoring," he said, "and these are the countdown timers."

Sutter and Torrent joined forces after graduating from Yale. The two wanted to find a way to profit from their love of games, and word of mouth has certainly helped them succeed.

But not many of their fans are as lucky. According to Ethan, "Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's frustrating, because I feel a lot of sympathy for the people who are playing. I designed these puzzles and I don't want people getting stuck, and so I'm frustrated along with them.

There are three options to test out for visitors, and every four months the rooms are changed to keep it interesting for return customers.

For more information, you can visit Escape New Haven's website here.

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