Archive for 2007 Scavenger Hunt

Awards

Thus, with our reviews complete, we come to the awards. Obviously, everyone who took part won in some way, we hope, by having fun, but there was a scoring system to reward those who showed true scavenging prowess. In addition, we’ve selected further categories in which to honour our teams and have mentioned once again the bonus points we awarded for impressive completion of a task or item.

Top Three

  • Gold Medal - Team Internet, for actually scoring the most points. Their strength lay in indiscriminately spamming us with as many items as possible, bravo!
  • Silver Medal - Would Sell Sex For Points, coming in a brave second.
  • Bronze Medal - The Cambridge Unnameables, in a very close third.

Awards

  • String Quartet Award for Musical Flair - The Cambridge Unnameables, for all their playing and singing
  • Colouring Pencils Award for Artistic Ability - Trinity Blue, for their posters
  • Missing Nobel Prize Award for Scientific Endeavour - Team Badger for both the ice in a sieve and their gunge
  • What Dignity? Award for Voluntary Humiliation - Phil Bielby of Team Internet, for his frighteningly good makeover
  • I Can Tell Because I’ve Seen a Few of Them in My Time Award for Photoshop Endeavours - Peterhouse Mafia, for their world leaders
  • Spin Doctor Award for Outrageous Lying - Will Sell Sex For Points, because that wasn’t a piece of the Berlin Wall
  • Copy Pasta Award for Stealing from the Internet - Team Internet, because of Phil
  • Essay Due In Award for Creative Writing – Will Sell Sex For Points, for their essay on emo kids
  • Fabulous Finesse Award for Style - The Cambridge Unnameables, for so many reasons

Bonus Points

  • Number 7 Bus - Getting the Caius porter to ‘give’ them the college flag, getting a member of staff to meditate with them in Sainsbury’s
  • Team Internet - Getting a picture of the blue plaque in the Mayor’s office and developing their own notation for Wuthering Heights in semaphore
  • Will Sell Sex For Points - Finding a five-language dictionary, putting together a 12-person human pyramid
  • The Cambridge Unnameables - Dressing as a vampire for the purpose of crossing bridges, the string quartet

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Day 2 Review – The Cambridge Unnameables

With this team there is so much to say. Mary was the most prolific email correspondant by far and when we finally met her on Wednesday evening, everything we’d ascertained from her correspondance seemed to make sense. One thing’s for sure though, nearly everything they did from the list, they did with exceptional style!

Starting with examples of that style, they didn’t bring us ordinary pictures of bridges that vampires can cross, oh no, they had Aidan dress as a vampire to cross those bridges. Similarly when sending us photos of people whose names are geographical places, they made them look awesome. When it came to seceding from a political organisation, it just had to be done in black tie. As for the Owlbear, it took three of them to ‘make’ it, and was quite indescribably fantastic, mostly for involving Mary climbing onto someone’s shoulders, all wearing black and tree branches. Sadly there is no photo of that feat.

Out for Blood Famous at Last Dapper

Moving to more miscellaeneous items, they planted a slightly skeletal tree, found someone in the university who owned a My Little Pony, brought us a cake with a toy soldier (apparently an extra team member) inside it and also managed to punt some tourists.

A Tree What’s My Name? Sunny Day

Other noteable scavenges included a The Simpsons monopoly set, more dressing up in order to save a copy of Le Monde and sending Chris a fax via Caius. On video we can show you Blaise defeating a fellow at Rock, Paper, Scissors and also crossing a new bridge across the Cam, constructed from the plank they had earlier fetched for us.

Perhaps part of their success was down to their unique access to the Institute of Theology and associated religious establisments. It meant that for copies of the same book in multiple langauges, we were shown Bibles in English, French, Russian, Greek, Hebrew, Syriac and Coptic. Then we have Mary pictured with both a bishop and a president of a seminary. Additionally, for whatever reason, the wife of a fellow offered her help to the team and when asked if she could make the presidential pasta portrait, gathered several different types of pasta and produced a marvellous George Washington. Finally in related matters, enjoy Chris munching on red M&Ms from the church collection plate they borrowed.

Which is Which? George Washington Handsome or What?

They were no strangers to attempting to bluff us into giving them points either. Much like WSSFP, they crossed the Rubicon fruit juice, although they did bring every flavour. They also told Chris’ fortune by observing the fall of doughnut sugar over a picture of Tiger Woods, then channelling Tiger’s innate divining powers to reveal my fate. After researching the Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky bridge and finding it to be a wormhole, they brought exactly that, from their garden in a jamjar of course. Their Carmen Sandiego was not a women dressed in red, alas, but it was a copy of the original game.

To finish our sparkling review of their performance we have their musical talent. It began with a medley of US TV themes (it made a change from Neighbours and Eastenders) on Wednesday morning. Then in the afternoon we were treated to a guitar-accompanied blues song in which they mostly woke up in the morning. Apparently the lyrics to their song about Jesus, naturally their favourite historical figure, were made up on the way to see us, but they flowed so well they could have had their own rock group. The piece de resistance however was mostly definitely the string quartet which comprised entirely of team members. We were both wowed and wooed. Inspiring stuff!

The Unnameables bring us some stuff A string quartet

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Day 2 Review – Trinity Blue

After meeting us to collect the list early on Tuesday morning, we didn’t see them again until Wednesday, apparently due to rowing. We’re glad they showed up eventually though! We’re missing pictures of many things so unfortunately descriptions will have to suffice.

Firstly, someone had some serious drawing talent. They produced a superbly coloured-in poster warning of the dangers of driving alone and also a combined protest banner/book banning asking us to ‘Say No to Pharmacology’. Their cakes were also quite delicious. Alex sang a lovely medley of TV themes, on her own, bless. She then recounted the many woes she had from the day’s rowing before. Their flag of Derbyshire was unparalleled, complete with flagpole and again, hand coloured. The team also brought us the only genuine (or as genuine as you can probably get) chunk of the Berlin wall – it had that ‘sold to tourists’ feel about it. Alex also told Chris’ fortune through palmistry, she’s clearly a very talented young lady. They combined 4 items in one with their gelatinous cube of jelly-ice containing a thimble, brought us a single statement with 8500 nectar points, the most we’ve ever seen, and had a pasta family tree that extended over three pages. Finally, their survey revealed that the public is torn between Superman and Batman if they were to fight. All in all, an impressive haul for just a morning’s work, well done!

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Day 2 Review – Exploding Circus Avalanche

An unexpectedly quiet team, they left it to the very last moment to bring us their wares. We’ll share with you their exquisite castle, an innovative wig made from pasta no less, and a strange game of scrabble featuring the word ‘Aiiiie’!

Castlicious Wig Scrabble

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Day 2 Review – Team Badger

Whilst in comparison to the other teams they were small and found it difficult to spam us with quite so many minor items, they did bring us some interesting things. We loved their high quality glossy colour poster warning us about not sharing cars. Their chocolate cupcakes were perhaps the best we consumed (very moist, quite delicious). They seemed to pick up on our eating habits quickly as they attempted to woo us with doughnuts. One picture we did manage to take was of their gunge, apparently created with cornflour, water and turmeric, tasty stuff:

Gunge

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Day 2 Review – WSSFP

The second of our three overexcited and perhaps a little overzealous teams. So for starters, enjoy Claire posing with their dictionary that contains no less than 5 different languages. Then we have Lucy modelling the wig they made and their Famous Five collection (number 16 was in a different photo):

She Looks Fascinated Objection! Golly!

They were also quite good at videoing their achievments. Most of them, whilst embarassing, aren’t all that amazing. However we will share with you The Amazing Adventures of Owlman and Bilen’s party trick, a rather impressive backflip. Back in pictures, despite access to the Newnham art room, they preferred many of their creations on the floor. Here we have their superb confectionary castle, another Abraham Lincoln without a hat and our second favourite owlbear (it just looks so cute!):

I <3 Lovehearts Where’s My Hat? Aww

Not in pictures for a while now. They managed to be the only team who gave us an interpretation of non-wind chimes that we awarded points to with their wind chimes decorated with hearts and love in big letters. Their favourite historical figure was the Duke of Wellington. Their attempt at discussing the difficult Abort, Retry or Fail question was truly inspiring though, giving us a brief analysis of the social phenomenon known as ‘emo kids’. They were the first team to come to us and cross the Rubicon by jumping over the well-known brand of tropical fruit juice. Bilen’s semaphore was a re-enactment of the famous Monty Python sketch from which we derived the task. Other items we sadly can’t share are their 12 pictures of a cuddly monkey in various situtations, their very original mappe of Cambridge and the team performing big fish, little fish, cardboard box in Cindies.

Back to pictures, we were astonished by one of their two pyramids, I bet you can’t work out which of these it was:

Some Coins Twelve People!!!

And to finish off their magnificent collection, we have their amusing gravestone(s), Bilen’s makeover and some extremely manly scrabble:

They’d Turn in Their Graves Before After I’m Not Sure That’s a Word

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Day 2 Review – Peterhouse Mafia

We think that this team might have been a little busy with other things on Day 2, but so long as they were having fun, we’re happy. What we can say is that one of their team attempted to complete as many things on the list as he possibly could during one visit to the judges. This including completing the Skittles challenge in just over two minutes, wooing Martin with some outrageous flirting and causing considerable offence during all of this. He also had a good eye for page 3. The team also got up to their usual photoshop tricks:

It’s Like He’s Really There

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Day 2 Review – Team Internet

Where to start with this team, they were truly prolific in bringing us as many things as they possibly could, often for us to reject their cunning, but still impressive enough to amount the score they did.

The first set of pictures here show a banana tree (very carbon neutral), their stolen poster warning us about a lack of car-sharing, planting a tree from an apple seed and their scout leader, in uniform:

Banana Tree Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You! Will It Grow? Dib Dib

Moving on to sweeter things. Whilst superb preparation went into Richard’s attempt at the Skittles challenge, it didn’t help. Then there’s their confectionary castle, complete with a team member ‘inside’ it. The cupcakes were also delicious.

Tasting the Rainbow, One Colour at a Time! This One’s For Keeps!

Onto more serious pursuits now. Somehow, they managed to get a Caius porter (perhaps the same one responsible for the flag incident on Day 1) to officially ban an obscure sci-fi book from the lodge. They also burnt a book and as an attempt to revolutionise the fashion industry, made quite a nice pun on the item in question by sending us an electronic version of the novel Dune, compressed using zip. We’ll also share their amusing leaflet, Animals in Architecture, Phillip with the college domestic bursar and Richard punting some tourists:

Phil’s New Job? They Look Thrilled

Further achievements included completing the cryptic crossword from Wednesday’s Telegraph, singing us a fine song about Henry VII and beating Dr E. Anderson at Rock, Paper, Scissors (only after losing however). They did a fine job of faking a string quartet too, with an excellent piece of artwork depicting the quartet and made of string. Their pasta president was Lincoln, without a hat!

A slightly dubious string quartet Abraham Lincoln (without a hat)

Then there was the fascist porn, oh how we regretted setting that challenge. I won’t link to it for obvious reasons, but it met the requirements and at least for the first few seconds was amusing. More pictures now: we have the four bankers in a technical orgy and the two different types of pyramid we asked for:

Friendly Bank of Scotland Employees! Human Pyramid Inhuman Pyramid

And we’re not finished there. We were pleased they brought some microfiche from Caius library. Their ‘Abort, Retry or Fail’ flow chart could have been better, but they redeemed themselves with a mathematical proof that their dad(s) could beat up our dad(s). We were genuinely impressed with Richard’s swift mastery of semaphore and subsequent cover verison of ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush. Obviously whilst he was learning that, the girls had been studying too, showing off their Esperanto skills in a short skit for us. Phil was probably busy being made over, and doesn’t he look lovely:

Before During After

Nearly there now. It’s worth noting that they faxed Chris at work (and he actually received it, perhaps because it sounded suitably meta-business-speak). Their ye olde mappe featured owlbears, shrubbery and apparently ‘here be flagones’ down by the millpond. Their model volcano, made from fudge, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, did the job, even if it did smell quite revolting. Finally, we’ll leave you with their labyrinth and one of the results from their survey, part of which we can bring you in all its glory here.

Labyrinth

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It’s over!

36 hours later, it’s all over. Sadly, due to the problems Cambridge has been experiencing with internet connectivity, we’re not in a position to announce a winner as yet. Expect a result some time in the next day or so, as we slowly wade through the immense backlog of email

On behalf of myself and the rest of the judges, I’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who took part, and made this year’s Scavenger Hunt so enjoyable.

Martin

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Day 1 Review – CUAS

CUAS, a late entry, seemed to spend the whole of the first day wandering around town photographing things. It earnt them a fair few points, but we’ll take this opportunity to invite them to actually come and see us in person! That goes for all of you, people and things are better in front of us than on a camera ;)!

Still, they were very photogenic. We liked their high visibility jackets:

High Visibility CUAS

Also, their novel interpretation of the Key to the Secrets of the Universe:

42?

It wasn’t quite what we were looking for. Still, good work all round!

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Day 1 Review – Team Badger

Whilst we didn’t see them in person until Wedesday, Robin and company sent us some amusing contributions. Firstly for your consideration, his phylogenetic tree of pasta:

Pasta

He also had us laughing with his conspiracy theory, allegating that Chris is in fact a reptiloid in league with George Bush. It’s all a lie.

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Day 1 Review – Number 7 Bus

Aside from the beautiful alliteration they’ve brought us in the title, this team was really quite busy. We hope to get the photographs of their achievements up at some point; for now descriptions will have to suffice.

Their knowledge of historical fashion was excellent, and they were big fans of buses, including a snapshot of their signature motorised vehicle as their team mascot. Incredible organisational skills also allowed them to punt tourists down the Cam before lunch as well as amount an impressive collection of minor items. Their big fish, little fish and cardboard box was very well presented.

We were extremely impressed also by their persuasive abilities in getting one of the Caius porters to write on the The Flag is Flying Today Because noticeboard, “because Team Number 7 Bus own it!”. Satisfying both capturing and bringing us a college flag, we threw in a bonus point for this incredible feat. Secondly, whilst meditating in Sainbury’s, they somehow convinced a member of staff not only to join them cross-legged on the floor, but to be told to by his manager.

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Day 1 Review – Will Sell Sex for Points

This team has taught us that not sharing cars will lead to a violent bloodbath:

Bilen’s car-sharing poster

Other triumphs included a pentalingual dictionary for which we gave them a bonus point. Bilen kindly performed some of Wuthering Heights in Semaphore for us. They’re also currently in the lead for the largest bra, into which one of their team members could fit her head.

We’ll leave you with their exquisitely decorated and highly contraversial family tree:

The Bush Family Tree

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Day 1 Review – The Peterhouse Mafia

Visiting us nice and early, they brought a host of small items. We liked the pirate flag that they’d obviously captured, their Countdown keyring and the propaganda of Lenin (complete with his signature Mohican and multiple piercings) inviting us to join the party.

We’ll also share these two amusingly photoshopped pieces. Whilst they’re not getting any more than a point for so obviously trying to trick us, we still like the natural look they’ve achieved.

Me and my mate Tony Me and my mate Tony

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Day 1 Review – Team Internet

Team Internet’s contributions today were overshadowed by their prolific attempts to steal pictures from the internet and pass them off as their own. They’re also getting no bonus points for nerdy arguments; whatever they say, Yoda is not a revolutionary leader.

We do have quite a bit of their work to show off though, starting with some fine videos. Firstly, here is their excellent interpretation of Live Action Tetris.

We also have their game of Manly Scrabble. We particularly like the play that changes ‘UG’ to ‘JUGS’:

They also brought us a fine picture of Abraham Lincoln made out of macaroni, but he was missing his hat. Phillip’s GCSE coursework was appalling, in all honesty; his picture of the experiment for measuring the resistance of a filament lamp left me quite bewildered as to how it scored any marks at all. The team successfully brought us the correct set of Star Trek movies, we won’t reveal which those are just yet. Their TV theme Medley consisted of Neighbours, Eastenders, Doctor Who, Postman Pat and The Bill, plus one other we didn’t get. We were also big fans of their ‘string quartet’ which we’ll hopefully get a picture of up at some point.Finally we’ll leave you with two of their finest photos. A highly accurate tattoo of t.A.T.u. and an extremely pimped out ride, although it doesn’t have a single X-Box:

A tattoo of t.A.T.u. One pimped out ride

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Nearly Time for Dinner

It’s been a busy day! We’ve had at least four teams visit us in person, emails from two more and I’m sure the rest of you are working hard. We’ll be making a series of updates this evening including some of the best material we’ve seen.

For now, there’s a scores page which has -very- rough tallies of how everyone is doing.

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GAME ON!

The challenge began at 9am this morning – we were very impressed by the turn out outside GSM that early in the morning!

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After a strong black coffee, it’s time to put the list up for everyone else, happy hunting!

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Twas the Night Before..

The time is nearly upon us. The hunt will begin at 9am tomorrow morning! Read this email very carefully, it contains everything you’ll need to know!

The List

The list will be released in two stages: firstly at 9am, it can be obtained from the judges outside Great St. Mary’s church in the centre of town, right opposite the Senate House, secondly it will be placed on the website and emailed to the contact we have in each team at 10am. That’s one whole vital hour you could gain by coming to see us lovely judges! When you get it, you’ll note that items have again been organised into small categories – this will function the same as last year – completing a category will earn you one bonus point per item in that category.

Judging

Since you have quite considerable time to obtain things on the list, and from experience, the judges will only be available during certain periods for you to bring them things. The schedule is below. The Caius MCR is a small room in the main Caius site: as you enter the college, turn immediately right and follow the path around the court until you go down some steps and through a small tunnel, continue along that path until you reach the corner and the MCR is just on your right. The Caius JCR is very close by, just continue following the path around the court and there are two sets of double doors into a large undercroft hallway, the JCR is clearly labelled on the left as you enter. The Department of Genetics is on the Downing Site, and is best found following this map: http://tinyurl.com/yzqfsg. If you can’t find the site itself, use this map: http://tinyurl.com/ypux9b. When you get there, ask reception for Chris Field and I’ll come to see you.

PLEASE be aware that in Caius there may be exams going on, if not people revising, so try to avoid making excessive noise. If for some reason we should be removed from either the MCR or JCR, we’ll try to find somewhere nearby and let you know as soon as possible where that is.

Tuesday

  • 9:00am-9:15am
    • List released outside Great St. Mary’s
  • 10:00am
    • List released online
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm
    • Judge(s) will be in Caius MCR for items
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm
    • Judge(s) will be in Caius JCR for items

Wednesday

  • 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Judge(s) will be in Dept. of Genetics
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm
    • Judge(s) will be in Caius MCR
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm
    • Judge(s) will be in Caius JCR
  • 8:00pm
    • National Lottery Draw!

Outside of these times you can of course email us, this is encouraged! Especially if you have photo/video items that we can look at from work or home. If you’re really desperate to show us something and we’re not officially around, then you could email and be asked to trek miles outside of town to where we live. So you don’t want to do that, ok?

Rules and Queries

The rules are as written on the website. PLEASE make sure you have read them. PLEASE also make sure that you don’t get into any trouble during the event – don’t aggrevate the public, fellows, college staff, fellow students and especially the police.

If, and undoubtedly you will, you have any queries about items on the list, then email us, we’ll respond as swiftly as we can. Be aware that some are deliberately cryptic or open to interpretation, so we might not tell you much about those! We hope to be continuously updating the website, but we have work to do too sadly, so much of it may have to wait until you’ve all finished and we can count up scores.

And Finally

Have fun! We hope to meet you all in person and then when it’s all over, go down the pub or something. We’d have arranged a party or something, but we really had not expected this overwhelming response! Thanks to you all for taking part, I can only hope you’ll say the same to us on Wednesday evening!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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It’s alive!

This year’s Scavenger Hunt will begin at 9am, Tuesday 12th June and end at 9pm, Wednesday 13th June.

If you are interested, then take a look at the history page and the previous years’ lists. This year expect to have to perform a few more unusual activites than before, as well as a wider variety of creative tasks and even some cryptic clues.

If you’d like to take part then get together a group of friends and email us. We’re inviting teams of up to five people to take part. We’d love it if you could come up with a team name, a short description of yourselves and if possible a group photograph.

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