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Thread: The First CustardQuest Will Be Released April 1, 2012, at noon EDT - $250 prize

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    Default The First CustardQuest Will Be Released April 1, 2012, at noon EDT - $250 prize

    Hi. I've set a start date for the first CustardQuest. The investigative notes for CustardQuest I will be released at 12:00 p.m., noon EDT, Sunday, April 1, 2012, on CustardQuest. The reward for finding the special hidden stone is $250. Not a lot of money, but it might be just enough to pay for your plane ticket to go retrieve the cool stone, or enough to bribe somebody who lives closer to check out your guess for you. The amount will hopefully increase in later CQuests.

    I've posted a couple of times before explaining this new treasure-hunt game, but here's a summary for those who haven't read the other posts.

    The game is pretty simple. I'm an 11-year-old boy who travels around the country investigating paranormal events and unexplained phenomena. Just read my investigative notes and figure out the clues hidden within the text of the notes. These clues will lead you to unique hidden stones buried somewhere in the United States. If you find a stone, report it on the website and include the code engraved on the front of the stone, and you will be paid the reward money via Paypal. The notes are appropriate for all ages, so get your kids involved too. Each CustardQuest will lead you to one stone, and a new CustardQuest will be released after the prior CustardQuest is solved. It might take a few hours to solve, or it might take a few weeks. I'm way shocked at how clever the Twelevers are, so it might be minutes.

    The homepage at CustardQuest will keep you updated on any new developments.

    Any questions, just ask.

    Sincerely,

    Custard Marks -- True Believer
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    If it is too easy, it won't be any fun!

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    I agree, Genetic Blend. If it does turn out to be too easy, the next one won't be.

    Tomorrow. 12:00 noon EDT. CustardQuest. Come visit.

    Sincerely,

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    At first glance - it doesn't look too easy. In fact - it looks impossible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genetic Blend View Post
    If it is too easy, it won't be any fun!

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    Yep, I hardly know where to begin. There are some things that jump out, sort of, in a way, maybe...nah. I'll have to re-read and dust off my secret decoder ring from a Lucky Charms cereal i had last year. Good luck all.


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    Domino has a decoder ring?!?
    Read the story a few times, yeah, nothing is jumping out, numbers, minutes, seconds, weeks.....
    Good quest for the first quest!!

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    I read it over once for entertainment. Now I am going to read it over again and scour it for clues.

    Looks quite interesting.

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    I read it too and think the stories will be interesting and fun. Of the contextual clues, the thing that grabbed my attention was the line "they saw the state I was in...". Coal mining made me think of PA, but perhaps there is a state motto nearby in the text. Lots of numbers if there is eventually an addresses, highway numbers, mileposts, etc. I think the part about looking at his watch to be somewhere at a certain time was important. Whatever was happening he thought it would get that ghost out. I searched for a miner's memorial (there are many) that may have a bell that tolls each day or something like that, but didn't see anything.

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    Some questions for Custard Quest:

    Is the place where the stone is hidden always open to the public? Or is it a place where you have to pay an admission price?
    If no one goes to claim this "stone", will you give other hints or clues to its location? If so, what kind of time frame do you have in mind?
    Will you come out with another "quest" before this one is solved? Or will you not publish another hunt until you have a winner for this first treasure hunt?

    I have found what I think are several clues indicating a place (indirectly) through peoples' names, a building, and a report of an event, as well as some other hints that I can't quite describe without giving too much away. Then again, I could be totally wrong.

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    Thanks for the questions, Genetic Blend. They are fair questions in order to lay ground rules for this and future CustardQuests. I will answer some questions somewhat vaguely and others more specifically.

    The stones are hidden in places accessible to the general public. No costs are involved. If nobody claims a stone after several months, I may reveal a clue or two from the investigative notes, but I do not expect this to be necessary. I may start a new CustardQuest even if one or more prior CustardQuests are still unsolved.

    I appreciate everybody playing. If anybody has any further questions like this, feel free to ask.

    Your pal,

    Custard
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