ON THANKSGIVING DAY, we hid an object in plain sight within a 31-mile radius of the State Capitol in Austin...the first person to find this object won a treasure trove of silver ingots and coins, a value of over $1,000!
ESCAPE ROOM LEANDER
WE HELD A REAL-LIFE TREASURE HUNT
ON THANKSGIVING DAY!
WE HAVE A WINNER! THE HUNT WAS SOLVED ON THANKSGIVING DAY...DETAILS BELOW, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS, The Coville Family: Patty, Shawn, and Trevor!
THE EDDIE SILVER STORY EXPLAINED THE SOLUTION TO THE HUNT
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COVILLE FAMILY; SHAWN & PATTY AND THEIR SON TREVOR.
Trevor heard about the contest from friends and vowed to solve the puzzle on his Thanksgiving visit from Dallas. Together with his parents Shawn and Patty, they quickly determined that the solution steered them toward Westwood Neighborhood Park in Leander, where the object they would be looking for was a common Hummingbird Feeder.
At first they circled the Westwood neighborhood area, unaware that the neighborhood itself contains the park, but they soon discovered it, and spotted the Hummingbird Feeder almost immediately. But when Trevor approached it, he saw the feeder was labeled HOA PROPERTY, DO NOT REMOVE, so he and his parents searched the rest of the small park for a different feeder.
Finding no other such object, Trevor removed the contest-winning feeder from the low-hanging branch on which it hung, unscrewed the top of the feeder, and located the phone number to call. He called the number, left a voice message, and also sent a picture of himself holding the feeder at the site, thus becoming the winner of Escape Room Leander’s first real-life Central Texas Treasure Hunt!
The price of silver on the day of the find...Thanksgiving...$14.48 per ounce, meant that the Covilles received 69 ounces of silver coins and ingots.
And now...the Solution. How did Trevor decode the Message in the Story? Quite simply, he just looked at the Capital Letters, which spelled out WESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK LKLK LEANDER HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER. Anything after this point in the story didn’t count at all. Just the capital letters at the start of the story and moving forward until the location, the city, and the object were spelled out.
Let’s take a look at the opening paragraphs of the story, with the capital letters emphasized...
THE EDDIE SILVER STORY
Whenever Eddie Silver tried walking out on detective work, an intriguing case would walk through his door. This time, intrigue appeared in the form of a dame: a sophisticated-looking, well-off, well-put-together, well-dressed dame.
“Won’t you have a seat, ma’am,” the detective gestured, as the lady chose one of the two straight-backed chairs on the other side of his desk.
“Olive,” she said, extending her hand for a quick grasp before settling into her preferred seat. “OliveDavenport.” [Note: we already have the first word in the code, Westwood.]
Nodding, Eddie indicated with a look that he recognized the name of one of the oldest, most well-connected, and richest families in the city. “I have to tell you, ma’am, that your rather cryptic phone call yesterday got my interest piqued; very piqued.”
“Get ready for further piquefication, detective, because you’re being sent on nothing less than a real-life treasure hunt,” she replied. “Hunt for treasure. Big treasure. Or it could be nothing. Really no way to tell until you get out there and find it or fail.” Here, Olive paused to let her words sink in, and when she saw that the gumshoe was leaning forward, literally on the edge of his seat, she continued. “Olive Davenport doesn’t waste her time, or send men on missions to waste their time.” [The second word, Neighborhood, is finished.]
Producing a small slip of paper from her jacket’s inner pocket, she unfolded it into an 8x10 piece of looseleaf with several lines of writing on one side. A crude diagram at the bottom of the page depicted what might have been a sports complex or public park, with soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and at least one tree-lined pavilion.
Rising to his feet to get a better look at both the drawing and the words on the page, the detective noted that those words seemed to have been penned by someone with a very shaky hand, but they had clearly written “$27,450,000 -- KL” at the top of the page. [Now Park is done, and we stutter a bit before starting the next word.]
“K.L.?” wondered the detective out loud.
“Kyle Leighton, Eddie,” answered the society dame. A less-likely-looking treasure hunter you’d never see, thought the private eye, but for $27 million a lot of folks would act contrary to their normal nature. “No doubt you’ve heard of him.”
“Doubtless,” Eddie answered while reading out loud a passage from the page. “Rich beyond measure, is hidden the treasure.” [That's Leander.] He was a lunatic, you know,” the detective opined, drawing a raised eyebrow from his potential client.
“Undoubtedly,” she replied. “Mister Madman, I believe they called him. Not that that changes the fact that he was also one of the wealthiest men in the world.”
“Good for him,” said the gumshoe. “But the fact that he was both rich and a madman doesn’t mean this little treasure map, or poem, or whatever you call it, is in any way accurate.”
“I sense you are intrigued, though,” the lady replied.
“Really?” he smiled his slyest smile.
“Definitely,” she smiled back. [Hummingbird is done.] “For one thing, you’ve barely taken your eyes off that page since it was laid out in front of you.”
Everyone loves a mystery, Eddie thought. “Don’t get to see what might be a real-life treasure map every day, ma’am,” was his reply.
“Eddie, you won’t be just looking at the map; you’ll be using it to find an actual treasure, and if you’re successful, you know what that means? Riches beyond your imagination.” [Feeder.]
...and that’s it! The rest of the story is just filler. From the capital letters alone, you are directed to an exact place, Westwood Neighborhood Park in Leander, and an exact object, a hummingbird feeder.
By using only the capital letters. It was just that easy. Congrats to the Covilles!
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