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…

  • John

    I’m stumped.

    December 19, 2005 at 1:02 pm
  • Jason D. Moore

    Well, certainly a clue like my dad’s part of #6 refers to something in my apartment that I got when I was in Japan.

    1. use synonyms for the words in quotes
    2. Carlos Estevez was in it.
    3. It sings.
    4. Poe
    5. It’s a place in SW Pennsylvania
    6. (Mom) Ben Kingsley was in it.
    7. (Mom) Think Seseme Street, (Dad) Think about a kitchen.

    December 19, 2005 at 1:55 pm
  • Jason D. Moore

    Well, since there were no takers I suppose I’ll reveal the answers:
    1. “expired marine documents” = a copy of the “Dead Sea Scrolls”
    2. Oliver Stone won Best Director for “Platoon”
    3. I have a Tibetan singing bowl which you either hit with a wooden stick or move around the edge like you would do to make a wine glass make a sound.
    4. The quote is the first line of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabelle Lee”
    5. The Kaufman house is better known as Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”
    6. (Mom) Schindler’s List; (Dad) a tea cup I got in Japan
    7. (Mom) Ernie’s rubber ducky lives in the bathtub; (Dad) it’s in a cabinet between the stove and refigerator.

    December 20, 2005 at 12:23 pm

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