Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Clever

I thought that in honor of the sequel for National Treasure coming out, we'd do something sneaky today and make today's post in the same font as the background. Of course that yields the same sort of effect as invisible ink.

I was a big fan of the first National Treasure. I like the idea of bouncing around famous things and places and solving clues. Oh...and several billion dollars of treasure wouldn't hurt either.

I actually thought that would be a good on-the-side business; writing treasure finding games and then selling them on the internet. You could get sponsorship from famous local locations such as a restaurant and somewhere in the script write in that you have to get a Spanish Coffee at the oldest restaurant in Portland. Anyway, you could write it different one; some easy, some not. Some quick, some not. Leaves open a lot of possibilities for creativity. But I digress...

Well, in honor of the movie; I've decided we can create our own treasure trail. We'll create a virtual clue trail. Here's how it works. I'll give you the start of the trail and the first reader to fill in the next clue and why it would logically be next then creates a link in the trail. After that, anyone that wants to add more to the link just follow the comments. You can make as many links as you'd like to. Good luck and here is the format and first clues and locations:

Clue: The secret lies with Dorothy

Answer: The Wizard of Oz movie. Dorothy says "There's no place like home." This, of course, means the small town of Home, KS.

Clue: An old crane in Home, KS

Answer: The old crane is the only significant prominent thing in Home, KS and therefore leads us to another crane; Ichabod Crane from the story of the Headless Horseman. This of course gives us our next location: (see the first comment)

Ok, we are off. Give us our next clue/location/and reason why it links. Good luck


Clue:

33 comments:

VE said...

The Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY

Nessa said...

Let's see if I get this:

Clue: Two places based on the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Answer: Washington, D.C. and Irving, TX

VE said...

Nice one nessa.

Answer:
We travel to Irving, TX; which of course was named after Irving Berlin; author of The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Our next clue is:
"Be Prepared"

Kurt said...

I don't see anything!

Uncivil said...

clue:"Be Prepared"

Scout motto?

The lion king lyrics?

Serena Joy said...

I can't see anything, either.:(

VE said...

Come on now...use your imagination...there is a post there and it can be read but you have to be a little creative/curious to see it. I'll keep it up for a day or two; I know, I've posted for almost 20 days straight now; you could probably use a break!

VE said...

uncivil - Yes, you got it the first time...why? Try looking up Irving, TX on wikipedia; that should get you going...then, give us another link clue from there to take us somewhere else.

Theresa said...

Does this have something to do with Cowboys?

Matt-Man said...

Now I know what the inside of Dubya's head looks like. Cheers!!

NYD said...

Clue:The city on the edge of the Black forest that bears the same name as the founder of the Boy Scouts.

Answer: Baden.

Jeeze I came here to find out who left such a witty limerick at Serena's place and I walked into something kinda weird.

Like the post idea, but I've seen it before.

Kanrei said...

Clever is a big blank spot. I am confused.

Kanrei said...

Ah, I read the post. It is clever. I did not see the movie, but loved the Illuminati book which the movie's plot reminded me of.

It is too early for me to try this and I think it is beyond my abilities.

Great post. Very sub-genius.

VE said...

theresa - Nope, we were looking for a link tied to the boy scouts whose headquarters is in Irving, TX. NYD provided our next link

nyd - Welcome. Hmmm...that must have been that 12 days of Christmas one I did on Serenas post last week. That one was probably worthy of a post on its own but since Serena provided the challenge, I thought I'd leave it just as a comment. I'm pleased you find the site weird; that's a compliment. As to seeing this before; doesn't surprise me, I would guess most things have been done before by somebody. But things I do on my blog I come up with on my own. I'll add to your next link in a separate comment.

Kan - Thought surely you'd have gotten this one right away and added to the hunt. But sometimes the brain cells aren't working at full speed. Don't worry; I'll resume to my normal weirdness shortly

VE said...

Ok, thanks to nyd, we have left Irving, TX and are now in Baden, Germany. How about our next clue being:

Seek the source of the original Roman Empire's northern border

What is that and where does it take us to and what would our next clue be?

Kanrei said...

I suck at riddles/ puzzles. I tried to follow the clues you gave the solutions to and could not even see it when the answer was given to me. Maybe I am just tired...yeah, that's it. I'm tired.

Theresa said...

Could it be the Rhine?

VE said...

theresa - Bingo. Now...where is the source and what clue should we be looking for there that will take us somewhere else?

Uncivil said...

source of the rhine = Tomasee in Switzerland?

Theresa said...

In Wikipedia it says the origin is in Grisons (or Graub√ľnden) in the Swiss Alps. Is that it?

VE said...

theresa - That's right! So, "source" being first and "gray union" being the definition of 'Grisons', our clue then would lead us to the first battle of the Civil War where the union blue army and the confederate gray army battled.

Uncivil said...

Go Theresa! Hurry up and figure this thing out so I can get on with my life!!LOL!!!!

The battle of "Bullrun" or would that be bull chit?
Or would it be the battle of mansasses I mean manassas

Manassas Virginia

Theresa said...

The first battle that's listed is the Battle of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, but it wasn't much of a battle, since all they did was bombard the fort. So, does it count as the first battle? Or is it the Battle of Bull Run as uncivil suggests?

Uncivil said...

Ve
We need some help down here! Forget about those other post! Theresa is trying to solve this thing! I'm only good with Uncivil wars!

VE said...

Ok, ok, let's put a close on this one. Last clue. Now that we are at Fort Sumpter and this is the FIRST battle of the civil war. Assuming we don't know who the first casualty of the war is; let us look for our treasure in the place that represents those that are not known in battle.

Uncivil said...

Could it be Fort Moultrie National Monument, a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument where the Seminole Indian Osceola is burried?


Help me Theresa!

VE said...

That was a very good try uncivil. Do you want the answer?

Uncivil said...

No way. I'm waiting on theresa to get it!

Uncivil said...

I guess Theresa gave up?
What's the answer doc!

Theresa said...

Does the Fort Sumner flag have anything to do with it? Robert Anderson took it to New York with him as a symbol of the battle. It was displayed in Union Square, so could the next step be New York or Union Square?

VE said...

Good guesses all of them. It's actually pretty simple. If Fort Sumptner represents "first" and the first casualty of that war is unknown, then your treasure is actually in the place we remember those; the tomb of the unknown soldier in Washington DC. All you have to do is open it up...oh...I should mention that it is guarded 24/7 too. But then again, National Treasure they had to look on the back of the Declaration of Independece. I never said the treasure location would be easy...

Theresa said...

So, is the treasure worth trying to open the tomb?

VE said...

Theresa - THAT is always the question, isn't it?