February 11, 2013 | Posted in:Answer, Event Tips, Events, Front Page News, Information

Solving Treasure Hunt Puzzles

If you are stuck on a puzzle, stop and take a look at it from another angle. Put yourself in the mind of the person setting the question. The first thing this person had was the answer, then they constructed the puzzle to arrive at that. If you know the puzzle maker, consider their style and any similar combinations of questions and answers they may have come up with previously. Also consider where they would have sourced the answer from – do their other answers suggest that they can see the object they are making questions about.


The person who has set the problem obviously wants you to solve it, but they want to stretch you to the limits of your ability so you get the maximum personal reward by solving it. The secret to the answer will always be in the question.

Read it very carefully and slowly, not getting hung up on one particular detail. When you have the correct answer, it will feel like it makes perfect sense.

Example

Let’s take Question 3 of the puzzles from the 25 Riddle Puzzles For You To Solve:

What am I? I look sick. I won’t cut like a knife but have similar qualities. I hang around in big groups. If you cut my head off – I look great.

Let’s break it down.

  1. What am I: This means it is a Thing.
  2. I look sick: Think of what symptoms you have if you visually appear to be ill.
  3. I won’t cut like a knife but have similar qualities: It is something that isn’t sharp, but may appear so.
  4. I hang around in big groups: When you see this Thing, it will be amongst many other similar Things.
  5. If you cut my head off – I look great: The Thing looks better with the top taken off.

Starting with 5, we can discard anything that doesn’t look better with its physical head on i.e. anything animal. As we know from 1 that this is a Thing, then we can discard conceptual objects or words. From 2 the visible symptoms of sickness are that it is something like, sweaty, pale or green. 3 tells us that it contains a knife’s qualities like a blade.

The (1) object is (2) green, with a (3) blade, seen in big (4) clumps that can be trimmed (5).

The answer is: GRASS  (drag cursor across to highlight and see).

If you have a puzzle you can’t solve – post it here and we’ll see if the reader’s of Treasure Hunt Design can solve it.

 

9 Comments

  1. Jacques L. Brooks
    April 18, 2017

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    I have a treasure hunt and these are the clues. Could really use some more help. Thank you

    CLUE #1. The cash is well hidden in one of two places;
    Decide Caddo or Bossier and then off to the
    races.

    CLUE #2. If you have the right Parish then just find the
    seat
    Respect posted signs and do not cheat

    CLUE #3. Some people buy houses while others just
    build
    So neighbors now live in what was once a
    mere field

    CLUE #4. When driving around please use extreme
    care
    Your mission is treasure, so remain aware

  2. Akkub
    March 13, 2017

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    Legions encamped upon its lot
    Weapons of war they had not
    There young comrades found safe quarters
    A retreat from life’s shells and mortars

  3. shubham
    January 29, 2017

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    i have a problem
    the question has an image of harry porter 2007 movie and the hints are as follows
    1.slave and master will be reunited once more
    2. the hanged man,the devil,the wheel of life and the fool
    3. london thumakda
    4. ne dis jamais je taime

  4. Tina
    June 2, 2016

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    I sometimes bring a lot of cash,
    However i’m also know to have caliber,
    Though you would want me when i’m sweet,
    Just bring my outer wrapper

  5. Manisha
    March 10, 2016

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    I have a treasure to solve :

    oh ‘mad’ ridley , its seeds he brought,
    all around the country now , these trees they dot,
    three different products of its fluid please bring,
    In order to show us you know what we’re meaning

  6. Nitin
    September 26, 2013

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    Tell me answer of a treasure hunt question “Who am I ” ?

    • TreasureHuntMan
      October 24, 2013

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      Drag your cursor across to the left of where it says “drag cursor across to highlight and see” to reveal…

  7. CJ
    February 11, 2013

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    A test that used to be called Sam?

    • TreasureHuntMan
      February 11, 2013

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      It is no longer Sam, so it must be an Ex-Sam. It is a test, so “EXAM”.

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