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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt

Today we are featuring a treasure hunt of a different sort, a real live treasure hunt with a treasure valued at over $10,000! Put on your thinking caps kids because we'll also have a little puzzle for you to solve to be eligible to win a copy of the book that has all the clues, Grandpa Thrifty's Treasure Hunt.
Who better to feature the book and treasure hunt than the creator and author himself, Mr. Stanford Squirrel brought to you by CacheCrazy.Com


Hello Cachers,

Bloodhounded has been kind enough to let me tell you a little bit about my homemade treasure hunt project.

I’ve written a book and created a treasure hunt contest that offers readers a $10,269.01 prize.

The book is called “Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt: A Clue-Filled Story that Leads to a Real Hidden Treasure”.


The way it works is that we've hidden a medallion in a tree somewhere in the continental United States.  The first person to find the medallion wins the prize.

The story contains a lot of clues and illustrations that you have to put together to figure out the location.

It’s a lot like a puzzle cache only more elaborate and less straight-forward than most of those.  You'll have to stretch your mind a little bit.

This is a Kindle book, but it can be read on any computer, tablet or smart phone with the free reading apps from Amazon.

One of the first questions people ask me about this project is:           “Why are you doing this?”

There are a few reasons. 

The first one is that as a kid I was always very interested in these types of books and contests and when the Kindle publishing program came along I realized I could create one of my own. I was also inspired by some of the adventures I had with my two very different grandfathers.

But probably the biggest reason is the same reason there are thousands of geocaches hidden all over the world.  Because it’s fun!

The whole process of hiding something and leaving clues for people to find is just inherently fun.   For example, I really enjoyed making this treasure map:

I also think it’s kind of like that feeling you get after you get older when it becomes a lot more satisfying to give gifts than to receive them.  I think life is more interesting when we know that there are little hidden treasures around us.

I have no idea if I’ll break-even on this project (the book costs $2.99 on Amazon), but I’ve really had fun creating it.  I also like the fact that people who read it will have to use their imaginations and that kids might learn a few new things.

Bloodhounded thought it might be a good idea to have a little contest to give away a copy of the book.  Amazon actually makes this very easy to do with their email gift program so I thought we might as well give away two copies.

I wasn’t sure what kind of contest to do, but I figured it should be geo-related.  I thought about it for awhile and this is what I came up with:

(Magazine+Sassafras+Sunflower+Marcy) - (Woodall+Driskill) + 56 = ?
email Bloodhounded if you need a hint =)

If we have more than two correct answers we’ll do a random drawing from all of the correct answers to determine the winners.  You can email your answers to Bloodhounded at bloodhounded@gmail.com.  The deadline to enter is August 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM EST, please put Grandpa Thrifty Contest in the subject line.

Note that this is not a Grandpa Thrifty hint and has nothing to do with any of the puzzles or anything in the book.


Thanks again, Bloodhounded.   And happy hunting and puzzling to everyone.


Thank you Stanford for allowing our readers the opportunity win a free copy and to find the big treasure.We will be following this contest to completion and will keep our readers abreast of developments. The Book was first made available to the public on July 14, 2011.  The Treasure Hunt will run until the medallion is found and finder verified, or until December 31, 2015 (the "End Date"), whichever is sooner

IDEA: We may set up a link to a blog page where folks could collaborate ideas, share clues, talk about theories and develop relationships with others who are seeking the treasure. What are your thoughts on that?   

2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a fun, fun, fun idea and a nice thing for Mr. Squirrel to do. My answer to the question has already been emailed to bloodhounded. Bugleann is hot on the trail!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

A big, Thank You to Stanford for sharing his secret with us!
ALSO, I have received many entrants and I am going to release a clue.
THE ANSWER IS A VOLCANO
Have fun!

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