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    Default Help w/ Organizing a Weekend "Hunt"...

    over an area of 10 acres.

    Our group will be there from Wed-Sun (about 2 months from now), and I'd like to formulate something fairly tricky so that it won't be "solved" in the first day or two.

    Here's the good part...

    NONE of them are familiar w/ ATT (except my poor partner, whose had to deal w/ my incapacitation for the lat 10 mos.!!! )

    Most of them have no puzzling/treasure hunting history (excluding crosswords)...


    SOOO... maybe all of you wonderfully talented minds out there could help me with a few ideas to completely WOW my colleagues with a wild goose chase weekend...

    any help/ideas greatly appreciated!

    The Facts so far:
    -10 acres (privately owned lot)
    -LOTS of trees (yep...w/ LOTS of knotholes)
    -a pond
    -an old outhouse
    -a creek (sometimes has water)
    -a guest cabin
    -a main living cabin....


    so, there it is...

    thanks in advance for your time & input...when all done, i will keep good records and document the "hunters" hunt, etc...


    kimo

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    How old will your hunters be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderman
    How old will your hunters be?

    32-58

    let's see...
    a hairdresser/jeweler
    a stock analyst/photographer
    3 attorneys
    a case worker
    a business negotiations professor

    and a few more that i am not sure what they do.


    they're all pretty snappy, but whenever i've mentioned ATT, it's like a glass sheet forms over their eyes

    i'd like to incorporate some of the stuff that i've learned from ATT with some other aspects like scavenger hunt, leave clues that take you to more clues, etc. i just don't want them to be too easy OR too hard...

    i think i used all of my brain cells workin on those blasted blocks/grains

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    I did a hunt like this in June, but it was mostly indoors and it was for 2nd graders...

    We started with a substitution cipher. That led them to the girls' bathroom, where they had to read a clue in the mirror. That led them to the cafeteria, where they had to work a jigsaw puzzle. That led them to a mascot where they had to use their magnifying glasses to read teeny tiny writing. That led them to the media center where they had to anagram the next clue, which led them back to the classroom for a treasure. In their case, it was a class memory book (each of them was a treasure ) and an ice cream sundae party. If you wanted you could actually bury your treasure. it'd be fun if you only provided spoons for the digging!

    You could certainly use any or all of these and dial it up a bit for the age. I'm assuming that you won't have anybody who will have a hard time physically getting around... we all know that the tokens were totally and completely accessible to all... heh heh...

    But I digress!

    You could put them in teams and give each team a disposable camera. Make them do something for the camera with each clue, and provide costumes or props as needed at the right places. At the end of the weekend, you'll have photos of the fun to share at their birthdays or the holidays.

    Hope this helps. It sounds like fun! We had a scavenger hunt at the beach this week and even the people who were groaning in the beginning were having a blast by the end. The competitive nature of people always trumps the boredom in some...

    Enjoy!

    Carol

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    A fun hunt I went on had the next clue hidden in a water proof container (35mm film canister / water bottle) that was tied to a string and sunk under water. Seeing as you have a pond, that might be one method of keeping a clue within reach but out of sight.

    Anagrams are no fun if they're long. Use sparingly.

    Crosswords are fun if they involve information that you know about eachother or nostalgia.

    Maps are great. Especially if you make one up... cut it up and make people collect the pieces.

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    Something else that might be fun:

    Make one of the clues a Beale cipher, using either a book from the cabin, or a cheap paperback "buried" with the clue. To make it more challenging, throw in several books. Another way to add challenge would be to switch books part way into the message, so the searchers would have to figure out why the message suddenly went to gibberish and then deduce that a different book is needed for the second part of the clue.

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    how well does everyone know each other?

    One year for a family reunion, I had everyone submit with their RSVP a very little known fact about themselves. Then we incorporated this into the hunt .

    For example, my step dad's middle name is Carol. So they had to find the person whose middle name was Carol. It was pretty funny as people were getting frustrated asking all the (women)girls and were not able to figure it out. Of course we got lucky nobody else had a middle name of carol...lol


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