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Monday, August 15, 2011

Grandpa Thrifty's Treasure Hunt Giveaway: AND THE WINNERS ARE......


THE CONTEST:
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 =)


THE HINT WAS: ITS A VOLCANO 
AND THE ANSWER IS: MT. RAINIER

Kim  - busybee2@comcast.net - OMG-  I would NEVER have gotten that without your clue.  Is it Mt. Rainier?  I am SO bad at puzzles.  I don't have the head for it at all. But my dad was an engineer and he LOVES puzzles.  Go figure.

Dave – irish23dave@yahoo.com - I would like to revise my answer... Mt.Rainier?

*FROM THE ACTUAL EMAILS




AND THE WINNERS ARE:

KIM FROM SNUG HARBOR
AND
DAVE FROM SMITHIE23
CONGRATULATIONS!
FROM ALL OF US AT CACHECRAZY.COM AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR TREASURE HUNT.

6 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Thanks guys! I've already downloaded the book and read thru it once. Wow, where to start?? Dave, email me if you want to brainstorm on this and work it together!

Anonymous said...

Can you explain how it was solved please?

smithie23 said...

I came across the solution rather easily. The first thing I did was figure out what Magazine, Sassafras, Sunflower, Marcy, Woodall & Driskill all had in common. As with many other puzzles, Google turned out to be my friend. I soon realized the highest elevations of their respective states were at their peaks. I then substituted the elevation for the mountain name, to solve the equation. I shot Kevin an email with that number, then realized, shortly after, it wasn't going to be the number. The answer was going to be another mountain. I went back to my trusty list of mountain ranges, found on the interwebs, and searched the number to see if any state's highest peak was 14,411 ft. Bingo! The highest point in the state of Washington is on Mt. Rainier, elevation....14,411 feet!


A wise math teacher once told me to show my work...

(Magazine+Sassafras+Sunflower+Marcy-(Woodall+Driskill)+56=

(2753+3560+4039+5344)-(806+535)+56=

15696-1341+56=14411

As a side note, I did find the elevation of Mt. Rainier listed as both 14,411' and 14,410', depending on web site.

The website I used to solve the puzzle is http://geology.com/state-high-points.shtml.

Thanks for the puzzle and the book! Kim, I'll be in contact with you. Let's find that loot!

smithie23 said...

Grrr, I don't know what happened to my original comment post!

Anyways...

I found the solution rather easily. I first needed to figure out a common link between all those words. As with many cache puzzles, Google was my friend. Mountains! Each was a mountain. The highest elevation in their respective states, actually. From there I substituted the altitude for the mountain name and came up with a numerical solution. I emailed Kevin the solution, then quickly realized the answer was the mountain itself.

As a wise math teacher once told me, show your work...

(Magazine+Sassafras+Sunflower+Marcy) - (Woodall+Driskill) + 56 = ?

(2753+3560+4039+5344)-(806+535)+56=?

15696-1341+56=14411

The highest point in Washington state is on Mt. Rainier (a volcano) at 14411'!

I used http://geology.com/state-high-points.shtml to get my answers.

Note: Mt. Rainier has also been listed as having an altitude of 14410 at its peak, depending on which source you find on the interwebs.


Thanks for the puzzle and the book!

Kim, I'll be in touch. Let's fetch this loot!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I googled them and found that they were mountain peaks, so I found a site that listed them all
http://geology.com/state-high-points.shtml

I figured out the algebra equation by plugging in the mountain peak heights. Then I used the answer to figure out which US volcano was that height.

smithie23 said...

I'm not quite sure why my comments to this blog post keep disappearing, but I'll sum mine up, now, by saying...

What Kim said.

Thanks for the puzzle, and the book! Kim, I'll email and we can brainstorm. Let's fetch that loot!

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