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18 May 2009 @ 12:12 pm
on being remote support crew for the Great Urban Race  
Saturday a couple friends of ours from college did the Great Urban Race in San Francisco. It's a mix of treasure/scavenger hunt and puzzle contest where the team gets clues referring to locations in the city. The team has to figure out the places referred to in the clues, then travel on public transportation to the places and take a picture. Ten clues total, whoever has best overall time is the winner.

Teams are allowed to have phone-based helpers so they asked if I would help out. Honored, I said yes!

C and I helped with three puzzles of the ten. On one, the clue was in code and we helped figure out the code and then the place in San Francisco referred to in the clue. On the other two, we figured out what place the clue was referring to.

- The puzzle clue, decoded, was something like: "Take a photo of all teammates at the statue symbolizing the great soul."

- Second clue was: "I was born in the 1870s. I've seen many people in my life and traveled all around. Some people still call me a dummy. In 1966, I moved to my present home in a museum. Take a photo of all teammates with me, and remember to be respectful when you approach me."

- Third clue was: "It's not the Statue of Liberty, but San Francisco has its own statue representing freedom. Find this status and take a picture of all teammates with it." Here's the picture:

Can you figure these out? Internet access is assumed and allowed. I'll put the answers in a follow-up post.

The Great Urban Race sounds like a blast. C and I are thinking we might try to enter next year, especially if the San Francisco one is the day before Bay to Breakers, as it was this year.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 18th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Cool! Kate and I will be doing GUR Portland in June.

My guesses on the trivia questions (URLs shortened to not give the answers away to other readers):

1. http://is.gd/B5oe
2. http://is.gd/B5nJ
3. http://is.gd/B5qL
jeffsoesbe: bender applause signjeffsoesbe on May 18th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
As you might have seen by my follow-on "answers" post, you were 3 for 3!

I think you two will do well in GUR Portland. Have a blast!

Ken and Jay should be a team. I bet those two would be another pair that would have fun.

Edited at 2009-05-18 08:47 pm (UTC)