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Monday, December 19, 2005

Holiday Reversal

As I mentioned in a previous post about Christmas traditions, one of the ways my dad would make Christmas a little more fun and to make the festivities of the day last a little longer would be to create a scavanger hunt where my brother and I would have to decipher clues to find our major presents.

This year, as I am playing host to my parents, I have decided to make up a scavenger hunt for them. It's not going to be as long or elaborate as the ones my dad came up with, after all, my apartment isnt' so big as to allow me to hide a clue in a vast number of places. However, I think it will be a special part of the day.

Now, if you promise not to tip off my parents about the clues I'll share them with you.


Ok. Here it goes:

  1. Look for some "expired marine documents."
  2. Who won the Oscar for Best Director in 1986?
  3. Find a Tibetan Meditation aid.
  4. "It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea..."
  5. The Kaufmans enjoyed life here for awhile.
  6. Now split up: Mom - #9 on AFI's Top 100 list (hint: 1993 Best Picture); Dad - "I'm from Japan."
  7. Mom - Ernie's little yellow friend makes time lots of fun here; Dad - Not between a rock and a hard place but between a hot and a cold place.

Without looking up numbers 2 or 6, can you figure out the clues? I'll post the answers after we have a winner.

Good Luck!

Update: Each clue leads to the next one on the list. They aren't all a part of the identity of the gift(s). For example: I will first give clue #1 which will lead them to a place in my apartment where they will find clue #2 which will lead them to another place to find #3, and so forth, until they find what they are looking for at the locations identified in #7. Just wanted to make that clear. Also, for the movies, they would look among my collection to find the clue inside.

Believe me, I'm being much nicer to them than my dad was to me. Once he gave me a matrix of numbers and an obscure clue to find the book he used and I had to search by page number, line number, word number and letter number and then figure out the jumble of letters to find the next clue. Good times...