Valentine’s Day Hunt

With only 7 days away until Valentine’s Day, it is easy to fret about what possibly to get your valentine.  Have no fear though – scavenger hunt programs that make use of text messaging on cell phones, like Textclues, can provide you with an easy, yet thoughtful, solution to make this your best valentine’s day yet!

All you need to think about is:
a) Where should the scavenger hunt take place: In the comfort of your home, around the neighbourhood, or all throughout town
b) Where do you want the scavenger hunt to end
c) Whether you want to involve other gifts during the scavenger hunt or lead to a gift at the end of the hunt
d) Some facts that will make your valentine reminisce the time spent with you

Once you have all of this thought up, you are well on your way to putting together a fantastic gift that your valentine will never forget.

Let’s get started!

Clue: Hey there valentine, what is my favorite nickname for you?
Answer: Pooks
Clue: You’re right pooks ;) Head to the kitchen and look in the cookie jar. What do you find?
Answer: Kisses
Clue: Yes, chocolate kisses for you and some real kisses for you later too :) Go up to our room. What number is on the back of my favorite jersey?
Answer: 40
Clue: That’s right. We’ll save that number for later. Now, work through this word puzzle: Chime – him.
Answer: Ce
Clue: Deer – eer + ar
Answer: Dar
Clue: Now put those two words together.
Answer: Cedar
Clue: Right! now put this together with the number mentioned before, starting with the number.
Answer: 40 Cedar
Winning Message: Great job! Head on over to 40 Cedar for 6pm tonight for a special night out ;) Happy Valentine’s Pooks!

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2012 London Olympics Quiz

The London Olympics were a tremendous success and awesome event. If you and your friends followed every twist and turn and you want to have some fun with an after the event quiz to test your friends recollection of the event using a cell phone based quiz then TextClues is for you. TextClues allows you to set up a series of questions and answers in advance, the options are almost limitless, you are simply limited by your creativity and the time and effort you want to devote to the quiz. The TextClues website provides user friendly guidance on how to set up a quiz or scavenger hunt, it is very simple to use. Below is a short sample of some very easy Olympics questions to illustrate how the quiz would work. Questions are sent by text to the participants’ cell phones and when answered correctly a new question is texted, this process continues until all questions are answered correctly. Nothing could be simpler. To provide an incentive for all participants a clue to find the winning prize could be set up as the final text. See the TextClues demo and FAQ for more information and to answer any questions you may have.

Question: How many Gold Medals did Michael Phelps win in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: 4

Question: Who won the Gold Medal in tennis in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: Andy Murray

Question: How many medals did the USA Team win in the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: 104

Question: The USA Women’s Soccer Team beat what country to win the Gold Medal?
Answer: Japan

Obviously many more questions could be asked depending on the group’s area of interest and knowledge. The questions can be made as easy or difficult as you want although clearly you don’t want to make them so difficult that no one stands a reasonable chance of answering them all. On the other hand if the questions are too easy there would be no challenge. Use your judgement to determine the best questions to ask.
After all the 2012 Olympics Quiz questions have been answered correctly a text message could be sent to the winner advising him or her of the winning prize. Good luck and if you have any questions that the TextClues website doesn’t appear to address simply send an email message to the TextClues support team at support@textclues.com

Car Rally

A car rally is usually a fun treasure-hunt type of event in which friends get together and conduct a car hunt with the winning team getting a prize usually at a party after the car rally. Friends are divided into teams, each with a car, and these teams race to find and complete their list. Players can find businesses, landmarks, signs, or other things and you are limited only by your creativity.

TextClues can be used to provide instructions and questions to the driving teams by cell phone, once they have texted back the correct answer they are provided with their next instruction and question until all the questions have been correctly completed. The first team to answer all the questions correctly is the winner. The rally can last hours or be a short rally dependent on the time you want to devote to the rally. Below are a series of directions with questions and associated answers to illustrate a very simple car rally.

Directions and question: Go to City Hall, how many windows are on the front façade of the building?
Answer: 12

Question: Go to McDonald’s on the corner of Main and Union, what is the building number on the first house to the East?
Answer: 261

Question: What sign is on the northwest corner of Trinity and 6th Avenue?
Answer: One Way

Question: How many soldiers are listed on the World War II Memorial in Central Park?
Answer: 173

Question: Rounded to the nearest mile how many miles from Central Park to the Wal-Mart on Highway 1?
Answer: 12

Question: How many traffic lights do you pass between the Washington Bridge and the Starbucks on Avenue Rd?
Answer: 12

After all rally questions have been answered correctly a text message could be sent to the winner advising him or her of the prize for winning the rally. The TextClues demo should answer any questions you may have, otherwise visit the TextClues site for more information.

Tennis Quiz

With the upcoming start of the US Open Tennis tournament in late August at Flushing Meadow it might be fun to test your tennis friends and aficionados’ knowledge of tennis trivia in preparation for the big event. Using TextClues you can set up a tennis quiz using text messaging. To motivate your friends to participate you should probably have a worthwhile prize for the quiz winner. This is a fun way to get you and your friends in the mood as well as everyone learning perhaps some interesting factoids about the game, past winners and generating some interesting discussions and debates about tennis.
A very simple tennis quiz is outlined below to give you an idea of what is possible with some simple questions. You would set up a series of questions and answers in advance using TextClues. These would be received and answered by participants on their cell phones at a tennis party or any venue which would work for you. Clearly you can choose whatever questions you want varying the level of difficulty to match the knowledge of your participants, the questions can be made hard or easy and you can ask as many or few questions as you want. You are limited only by your creativity and the time and effort you want to devote to the tennis quiz.

Question: Who won the Men’s US Open last year?
Answer: Novak Djokovic

Question: Who was the last American to win the Men’s US Open?
Answer: Andy Roddick

Question: In what year did Andy Roddick win the US Open?
Answer: 2003

Question: What American Woman has played the most singles matches at the US Open?
Answer: Chris Evert

Question: Who holds the record for the most singles finals without a victory at the Men’s US Open?
Answer: Bjorn Borg

Question: How many singles finals did Bjorn Borg play at the US Open?
Answer: 4

The following text message could be sent after all the questions were answered correctly, you can choose any message you want: Congratulations, you’ve won as the first person to answer all the question correctly, look in the envelope on the dining room table to claim your prize ! ! The prize could be a pair of tickets to the US Open final. See the TextClues demo to assist you in setting up your tennis quiz. Good luck and match point.

A Scavenger Hunt for Food Lovers

Do you live in an area filled with an abundance of restaurants, pubs, and lounges? Are you and your friends or coworkers lovers of all food? Why not make a game out of it for your next foodie adventure! With a tool like TextClues, you can create a scavenger hunt using text messages on any mobile phone to have your group scavengering around town looking for the latest eats ;)

Before the scavenger hunt begins, you’ll need to inform the group that for each clue they must pick up a take-out menu of the restaurant in order to complete the clue.  If the restaurant does not provide take-out menus, be sure to tell the groups ahead of time to bring a camera. If the restaurant has a menu posted on the outside of the restaurant, taking a photo of the menu item would be just as good to satisfy a clue.

Let’s see how this would work:

Clue: Welcome to the City Food Scavenger Hunt! Find a place that serves apple crumble on the menu. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that serves fois gras on the menu. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that serves milkshakes. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that has a dessert for under $5 on the menu. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that has a “Menu for 2” or “Menu for 4” dinner combo. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that serves a bottle of wine that cost more than $100. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Find a place that serves stuffed chicken as one of its menu options. Reply “done” when complete.
Winning message: Head back to Bob’s place to enjoy some wine (winner gets a free bottle!) We’ll go through the menus to decide our next dinner place to check out!

With TextClues, you can also make use of the “scramble” functionality so that groups won’t necessarily be going to the same places in the same order! Of course, the scavenger hunt above can be varied in so many different ways to satisfy your food lovers. You never know, but you can find a restaurant out there that you may never have even considered before. Try it out today and you will be craving for more!

Baseball Quiz

Baseball is one of America’s most popular sports and therefore it’s fun to test baseball fans’ knowledge of the game as well as baseball statistics using TextClues. All you need is some baseball loving friends who have a cell phone who have a strong desire to demonstrate their extensive knowledge of baseball. Get some prizes for the winner to make it fun and you’re ready to go.
Below is an example of a Baseball quiz. Using TextClues you would set up a series of questions and answers in advance to be received and answered by your friends at a party at say your house on their cell phones. Obviously you’re free to use whatever questions you want, for example you could use only questions related to your home team. Many variations are clearly possible depending on the knowledge level of the participants, time you want to devote to the baseball quiz and the creativity of the baseball quiz organizer.

Question: Who won the 2010 World Series?
Answer: San Francisco Giants

Question: What player won the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year?
Answer: Craig Kimbrel

Question: Who won the 2009 American League MVP award?
Answer: Joe Mauer

Question: Who was the National League pitcher who won the 2010 National League Cy Young?
Answer: Roy Halladay

Question: Who holds the Major League Baseball’s record for highest batting average and most steals home?
Answer: Ty Cobb

Question: Who holds the Major League Baseball’s record for most home runs?
Answer: Barry Bonds

After answering all the questions correctly the following text message would be sent: Congratulations, you’ve won a prize, you’re the first to answer all the question correctly, look in the kitchen refrigerator to claim your prize ! ! (You could have a large pack of beer in the fridge marked “Baseball Prize ! ! “) To set up your own quiz, try our Textclues demo.

Coronation Street Trivia Game

Here’s an idea for all you fans of the TV show Coronation Street.  If you’re anything like me you’ve been watching this soap for years, well how about you set up a trivia game for your friends and family who are also fans and test your knowledge.  You could have your mother playing the game from her home and other family members and friends living in their hometowns all playing against each other, all they need to participate is the use of a cell phone.

 

With Textclues you can organize all the questions and answers ahead of time and then have them texted to your friends and family anywhere in Canada or the UK all at the same time, this means that everyone starts playing at the same time too.

 

Everyone could play individually or as a team.  Most Coronation Street fans have been watching the show for years so there is plenty of scope for questions.  You could have prizes of some Coronation Street memorabilia to be given/sent to the winner.  This could be a fun way to connect  your out-of-town friends and family.

 

Maybe everyone decides to play on a particular Sunday evening at 7pm.  Your first text could say something like “Welcome to the Coronation Street trivia game, reply “great” to start the game off.”  Once they text “great” as their reply the first question of the game will be texted to them.  Start off with a few really easy questions and then make them harder as the game goes on.

 

Question:  Who is married to Ken Barlow?

Answer:  Deirdre, Deirdre Barlow

 

Question:  Who runs the hair salon?

Answer:  Audrey, Audrey Roberts

 

Question:  What is the name of the pub on the Street?

Answer:  Rovers Return Inn, Rovers Return

 

Whoever finishes first would be texted the winning message “You’ve won the Coronation Street trivia game!”

You can make the trivia game as easy or difficult as you want depending of the interest of the participants, what’s great is that you can input your questions and answers when you have time and on the day you decide to play everything is all ready to go.

Hope this gives you a few ideas of how you can set up your own trivia game.  Try out the free demo here.

 

Music Text Quiz

Do you know someone who’s a huge fan of a music band? How about sending them a text message quiz with TextClues!

Here’s an example for someone who loves The Beatles:

Question: Welcome to The Beatles quiz. Are you ready? Reply “start” to play.

Answer: start

Question: In what English city were The Beatles formed?

Answer: Liverpool

Question: In what year?

Answer: 1960

Question: What German city did The Beatles spend years playing in before they became popular?

Answer: Hamburg

Question: What was the name of their manager?

Answer: Brian Epstein

Question: What was their first single in the UK?

Answer: Love Me Do

Question: Who was their producer?

Answer: George Martin

Question: When was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released?

Answer: 1967

Question:  What was the band’s final album release?

Answer: Let It Be

Question: Last question! When did The Beatles break up?

Answer: 1970

Winning Message: You’ve won! Congratulations. Come see me for your prize :)

To create your own text quiz try out our free demo.

American Football Quiz

Football is America’s most popular sport and therefore it’s fun to test football fans’ knowledge of the game as well as football statistics using TextClues. All you need is some football loving friends who have a cell phone who have a strong desire to demonstrate their extensive knowledge of football. To provide an incentive for your friends to participate you should have an appropriate prize to the winner who first answers all the questions correctly.
Below is an example of an American Football Quiz. Using TextClues you would set up a series of questions and answers in advance to be received and answered by your football friends at a party at say your house on their cell phones. Below are some illustrative questions and answers you could consider. Obviously you’re free to use whatever questions you want, for example you could use only questions related to your home team. Many variations are clearly possible depending on the knowledge level of the participants, time you want to devote to the football quiz and the creativity of the football quiz organizer.

Question: What Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback has won 4 Superbowls?
Answer: Terry Bradshaw

Question: In what year did the American Football League begin play?
Answer: 1960

Question: Who was the first person in the NFL to rush for over 1,000 yards?
Answer: Beattie Feathers

Question: Who is the All-Time leading receiver in the NFL?
Answer: Jerry Rice

Question: Who is the only Head Coach to win the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl?
Answer: Dick Vermeil

Question: Who is the leading rusher in AFL history?
Answer: Clem Daniels

After answering all the questions correctly the following text message would be sent: Congratulations, you’ve won a prize if you’re the first to answer all the question correctly, look in the kitchen refrigerator to claim your prize ! ! (You could have a large pack of beer in the fridge marked “Football Prize ! ! “) To set up your own quiz, try our Textclues demo.

Fun Scavenger Hunt Clue Ideas

Today we’re going to give you some ideas for great clues and riddles for your scavenger hunt. Whether you are using the TextClues service or making your scavenger hunt by hand we hope that you will find these ideas helpful and fun. If you haven’t heard of out text message scavenger hunt service you might want to read more about it here. Now onto the clues!

Online Research Clues

This type of clue is great for adding some education into the fun of a scavenger hunt! It will not only help teach kids interesting facts, but it will also help with their ability to research facts on the internet. This type of clue asks very specific questions about subjects that the participants are interested in or that they are learning about in school. Some examples are as follows:

Clue: In what year did the tyrannosaurus Rex get its name?

Answer: 1905

Clue: How old was Christopher Columbus when he discovered the new world?

Answer: 41, forty one

Clue: How many planets are in our solar system?

Answer: 9, Nine

It’s easy to find facts such as the ones above by typing the topic of interest into Google and reading the educational websites that come up. You’ll find lots of interesting questions to ask the kids and might even learn something yourself.

Rebus Clues 

Rebus Clues are great riddles for kids and are really easy to make. Sometimes they are take a little time to answer which is a great way to add some difficulty to the hunt without making it too hard. It may also help with the children’s spelling. An example for a simple Rebus Clue for “Toaster” is:

OR

TV – V + O + AXE – XE + LOBSTER – LOB

You can easily make these clues on Festisite and clicking the rebus option on the top right of the webpage. You can choose to either print out the clue and hide it for the hunter or write out the clue to send over text message. This is a really fun clue to add to a scavenger hunt and we think you should try it soon!