Us Searchers…


July 2014
from effective detective


With experience in several other puzzlehunts/treasure hunts/searches, I can say there are many similarities to this fun chase: and also many similarities among us searchers. In each of these chases, the treasure was eventually found.

Also, invariably, the treasure hunters then hit the online world and make just as much noise about it AFTER as they did BEFORE the find.

One part comedy, one part cynical, on part truth, …but IMO there’s always these archetype people/comments that pop up once the treasure in a puzzlehunt/treasurehunt game is found.  I expect TTOTC may not be much different, so I present to you this ‘IMO’ peek into the future, of “Typical post-treasure-hunt online comments” if you are so interested:

1.  “Oh that’s impossible, no one could’ve ever guessed that in a million years.”

2. “Oh, that was my solve, the only reason the winner figured it out was because of the hint I gave two months/years/hours ago”

3.  “I knew it all along, but just decided to let someone else get it/but that was my solution they used.  So they should do the right thing and give me half. ”

4.  “Call me paranoid, but that’s not the real treasure, the so-called winner found a fake, I mean, obviously, the treasure-hider never would’ve made it so easy.  Therefore, this is some sort of hoax, the real treasure is still out there and I’m the only one who will get it now.”

5.  “That’s the real treasure, but not the real solve.  They did it out of order / the winner must’ve stumbled on it with just dumb luck and obviously used no skills at all like the rest of us did.  They did it wrong.”

6.  “the game was rigged all along, because you may not realize (but of course I do), that the winner was once the ex of the cousin of the roommate of the car mechanic of the treasure-hider, so obviously it was totally an inside job and they don’t deserve the treasure because of how they cheated.”

7.   “This so-called ‘winner’ person pushed me out of the way/said something online to distract me/intentionally led me astray in the woods/etc  to get there first, otherwise it would’ve been me.  I might sue.”

8.  “Oh that? I gave up on that ages ago.  Could care less.  By the way, anyone wanna buy a barely-used, one-month-old metal detector?”

9. “Oh, well; THAT.  Sure, if you are weird / crazy / risker of life / breaker of the law / morally corrupt / some other judgment/ etc  …I guess you COULD somehow solve it like THAT.   But I would Never.  So I didn’t. ”

10. “I had a thing to do/injury/baby diaper to change/power outage/etc at the same time that last hint came out.  And that last hint gave away the ENTIRE THING obviously, even if you all aren’t wise enough to see how.  So I missed out.  If I had been glued to my computer the whole time, I would’ve been the winner, but I’m not, but only because I have a life filled with distractions [and no one else ever does].  I’m going back to my 6 other blogs now.”

11.  “Well, that person has special knowledge because they a. live near the hiding site /b. work nearby /c. grew up around the corner from there /d. spent a weekend more there than I have /e. wrote their thesis on that exact geological formation …so obviously this wasn’t a FAIR win.”

12. “I actually found it first, but decided to leave it – I left a note in the chest saying so, but the winner isn’t mentioning that fact.  So they’re really the second place winner, just so everyone knows.”

Then for every 5 or so of those, you get 1 like this
— “Dang, well, ok.  Wish it was me, but obviously it’s not.   Ok: Well done, and congratulations, true winner! ”

Humanity is a weird, odd tribe   😉

28 thoughts on “Us Searchers…

  1. Weird, odd – just human and we wonder why we do not have peace in this world? We are all unique. We have our own way of thinking, speaking and the curiosity to want to know what everyone else is doing :).

  2. I thought of this list 2 months/hours/years ago and might have mentioned it in passing to the cousin of your nieces best friends plumber. 🙂

      • YOU are most welcome Navy!! When you throw a victory party I’ll even provide great homemade green chili, minus the elk, and a full bottle of champaign – all in Mr. Fenns honor!

        Now, go get it Navy… But not before Mapsmith. My money’s on Map these days!

        • Homemade green chili sounds amazing, the elk, I can take it or leave it, but I am not that much into parties. I am in the go in peace camp here.

          But I do agree Mapsmith does seem like the pony to bet on, he seems to have a strong grasp on everything.

          However, many lost millions on Cali Chrome.

          My solve continues to be air tight regardless of my attempts to debunk it. Soon I will see if this blaze is just getting me froggy for nothing 😉

          • Navy – all the best to you, and thank you for serving our country. Freedom is not free. I’m very grateful to you and others who have paid for it, and who safeguard our nation! Let freedom ring!

            btw – I’m in the go in peace camp also…if you find the TC, I’ll mail you a congratulatory gift 🙂

          • Ken,

            I will head out at one point in the remainder of this summer. Somewhere between July 3rd and Sept 21st.

            Also l like to add I would not be traveling if I didn’t feel confident in my solve, and most importantly in my WWWH.

            ty Mr Goodwin, are you a man of religion and science?


          • Norwegian,

            Thank you for your understanding of freedom and pride of what we have in this country. I actually opened up a letter today that said I was officially honorably discharged from the reserves. Just twelve years active and a bunch of active and inactive reserve time.

            But its nice to live in the U S of A as a civilian. I live in some great mountains. Had some day off time yesterday to go hit an awesome local swimming hole. So peaceful, my old butt was pulling some nice flips off the rock. The water was cold so I swam against the current for a while, to prepare for the COLD!

            Very nice gesture, but I would get great joy knowing that money helped someone who is down in life. Thank you Norwegian…


            ps my great grandma was Norwegian, awesome lady who would tell me about the great depression when I was five.

  3. Here is one additional we will see.

    Mr. Fenn told me where it was hidden, but I had to promise not to go get it because I was # 16 (one ahead of dal) on his favorite’s list so he promised to put me in his will.

    Sorry dal,, 17 doesn’t make the cut!

  4. What would be more interesting…if the finder gives the (now former) site location, then everyone has to figure out WHY the site matches the clues.

  5. Several hunters have suggested they might leave the treasure as it lies, and others say they’ll hide it somewhere new and make a new poem. I’m basically rooting for anyone in the latter camp: If the winner turns out to be me, (and thanks for the faith Nor, but so far, no joy 🙂 ) I’ve already stated here my promise to my little ones, that we’ll re-hide a fraction of it (25-33%) in ten smaller chests throughout the nation. Auction value might be $2 million. Might be $4M. A windfall like that, there’s no reason not to take 1 million (split into perhaps $100,000 bits) and ‘pay the fun forward’, right?

    • Quite a nice idea Map,

      I think to leave a small bit where it lay.

      or Maybe plant a new search in my mountains. Small and easy, causing no harm to any bush or bug to find.

      gl Map,

      btw, what does a good map really mean? what needs to be on that map to make it good, this makes me wonder often?

  6. US Searchers – 7 things we’ve learned from TTOTC:

    1. Modest wisdom looks great on everyone.
    2. Develop a ‘careful tongue’
    3. If an ungracious comment is still in your mind, you won’t have to apologize for it.
    4. We searchers question. It’s part of who we are.
    5. Hard work and imagination make a good marriage.
    6. The meaning of Grace is an undeserved gift.
    7. Commune with nature’s loveliness & heed her fury.

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