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« on: June 20, 2007 07:56:59 PM »

I've gotten into letterboxing, but one thing would make it funner! That would be accual clues, like a treasure hunt instead of telling you the accual directions. It would be more challenging, and would make getting the stamp more treasurelike! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007 08:14:22 PM »

I've done this before, like a riddle.
I have one hidden in caves on Vancouver Island, and I actually put it into a "face" in the rock (literally had eyes, a nose and a mouth), and had the directions written up in rhyme.
A lot of people do use rhymes and riddles and vague directions. Its harder though in a way, because making clear directions appear vague and mysterious-like can lead to poor directions, causing lost or missed boxes.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007 08:43:58 PM »

Thats cool, yeah, I just want it to be like they describe, "A treasure hunt!" Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007 07:07:35 AM »

you have to keep looking at various boxes to get the riddle or "clue" clues. I find it disappointing to also have directions when all you have to do is follow the trail until you find the well-described landmark!
where are you located and practice your clues with us!
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007 10:55:47 AM »

I'm located in tucson Az.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 06:40:11 AM »

Definitely look up some mystery letterbox clues for ideas on how to make your hunts trickier.  Here's an example of one of my local letterboxer's version of what he calls eeevil - http://hometown.aol.com/RPBoehme/Food.pdf.  I box with an 8 year old and a 3 year old, so we tend to stick to straightforward clues.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013 03:39:41 PM »

My favorite are imaginative descriptions that are impossible to parse completely beforehand but when you are on site and puzzle it out they are unmistakable. Silly stuff like calling trees dancers, making puns with the names on tombstones, and calling a business a fortress. Or you have to get a piece of information off a plaque or by counting stairs.

I don't really like the terribly opaque ones like, "CHHW! G BT AH RJYM ABNNP BR UXFFCJA. MBNJ LXO AHCNGOQ RMGA KGRMHXR B YHTUXRJZ!"but then again when else will I get to use cryptography? I like to do really hard ones from time to time, but I am glad I don't have to every time I want to go letterboxing.

I recommend the Lemony Snicket ones for mystery if you have one nearby. They're in CA, FL, NY, and a mystery one I haven't solved. I've hunted for the one in CA but mistook the starting point (it's under the tallest bridge in CA, but I thought it was around one end of the bridge) and since we were en route to somewhere else we didn't have time to go back. Someday!
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