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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Valentine’s Day Gift

Every year Valentine’s Day slowly creeps up upon us and every year we try to think of new ways to make this year more special than the last for our family members, significant others, kids, friends.

Why not put together something like a valentine’s day scavenger hunt, where at the end of the hunt, there can be a gift waiting for your special someone, or if not a gift, just the fact that you have created a scavenger hunt for them would be thoughtful enough!

You can use TextClues to send your valentine on a text message scavenger hunt.  This way, they can have the hunt sent to their cell phone, and each time they respond with the correct answer, the next clue will automatically be texted to them! Less paper work and laying out of paper for you, and more interactive overall for your valentine.

Let’s get this started!

Clue: Happy Valentine’s day, babes! Head over to our bedroom and tell me what year the photograph on the night table was taken.

Answer: 2005

Clue: That’s right! Now, open the top drawer of our dresser. What do you find inside?

Answer: Chocolate, Lindor chocolate

Clue: Yup, that’s for you :) Save me a piece for later :) Now, tell me what DVD is sitting in the “Forrest Gump” movie case

Answer: 10 things I hate about you

Clue: I know you love that movie :) Let’s watch it later. Now, this requires a bit of thinking. When you first see me, you instantly recognise me. I show you exactly what you show me. What am i?

Answer: A mirror

Clue: You’re right! Head to the mirror in the main hallway. What do you see?

Answer: Me, Myself, My reflection

Clue: Yes, I see you too! I love you, just the way you are. Now it is time to head out for your favorite meal

Create your own with our free text message scavenger hunt demo.

Secret Santa Hunt

Are you doing a Secret Santa with a colleague, friend, family, neighbour??  Do you want to find a sneaky way to send them hints as to who you are, without the trouble of leaving mysterious notes around, or to help lead them to the surprise gift? If you both have cell phones, why not send them “mysterious” text clues from “Secret Santa”?? You can use a tool like TextClues in order to send your Secret Santa clues from an unknown phone # to them, so they will have no idea who you are, but keep them on their toes at the same time!!

How would this work with, perhaps a colleague at work? Let’s get started!

Clue: Hey there! This is your Secret Santa sending you on your first hint about me :) Head over to your desk, second shelf. My eyes are the same colour as the package awaiting you.

Answer: Brown

Clue: That’s right. Know who I am? Probably not. The next clue can be found behind your phone. What year does it say on the sticker?

Answer: 1970

Clue: Yep, now you know the year I am born! :) Those are all the clues for today.  Stay tuned tomorrow!

You can stop this hunt after this first set of messages, and schedule a second hunt to start the following day by using the scheduler on TextClues to schedule when the next message should be sent :)

Clue: Welcome back! Know who I am? My favorite food is sitting in the kitchen fridge, in a red container. Feel free to have it and respond what I am.

Answer: Brownie

Clue: Yum indeed! Alright, final clue – you may know me as the “good with numbers” guy at the office. Head to Josie for the final clue.  What did you get from her?

Answer: A dollar

Winning Message: Right! Lastly, and you better get it right now, but my last name rhymes with the last answer :) Come find me for your prize! And if you don’t guess who I am, well, I may just as well be keeping it :) Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Christmas and the Holidays are quickly approaching and you may be trying to think of a more unique way of presenting your gift to loved ones, instead of the typical “under the tree” theme.  What better way to give your gift through a surprise text message scavenger hunt, using a tool such as TextClues?  Not only will the individual receiving the gift be so happy to receive your gift at the end, but they will have a blast trying to find it in the first place!

Let’s get this started!

Clue: Merry Christmas, baby! Thought I didn’t buy you a gift this year? Think again! What year was the photo taken that is sitting on the fireplace?

Answer: 2008

Clue: Great! Now head on over to where that mistletoe is hanging in the house. What did you get?

Answer: A kiss

Clue: That’s right. Don’t worry, that’s not your gift :) Look inside the cookie jar in the kitchen. What is the odd one out in there?

Answer: A chocolate kiss!

Clue: More kisses for you! Take a look under your favorite sofa. What is there?

Answer: Slippers

Clue: Yes! Your feet are always cold so here are some slippers to keep them warm. Speaking of warmth, could you use a cup of hot chocolate right now? Head to the kitchen.  How many marshmallows are floating in your cup?

Answer: 4

Clue: Right! Enjoy that cup :) Ok, head over to your night table drawer. What’s inside?

Answer: A key

Winning Clue: Yes, and what jewelery box does it unlock? Look inside for your surprise! Hope you have a great holiday. Love you! xx

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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 Bar Hopping Good Time

Do you and your friends like to go out for a drink every now and then? Do you want to change things up a little so that you can make a little game out of your outing? Why not turn it into a scavenger hunt-like outing using a tool like TextClues? TextClues would send you all of the necessary “things to do” while at a bar, and tell you where to go for your next bar destination, all through the use of your own cell phone! So, there is no need at all to carry around a pen and paper with you; simply just use a cell phone, which majority of your friends would have!  You just need to come up with:
– The Bars you would like you and your friends to go to
– The various tasks you would like you and your friends to accomplish at the bar
– Whether you want your clues to include photo opportunities, and thus, you will need to make sure a camera is handy
– If you want to include a theme in your outing

Let’s check out an example to see how this would work:

Clue: Welcome to Bar Hopping 101. To start things off, let’s all do a round of shots together. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Great! First bar on the list – where do we go to enjoy our favorite $3 beers?
Answer: The Harp, Harp
Clue: That’s right. Head on over there and reply “done” when you are there.
Answer: Done
Clue: Good job! Go on over to our favorite bartender and take a group shot. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Good. Now, let’s order a round of beers. Last one finished drinking needs to complete the next clue. Reply “done” when the last one has finished drinking.
Answer: Done
Clue: Great! Now, for that last place beer-drinker, have them go up to a stranger, give them a compliment, then take a photo with them. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Good. Now, we’ve spent enough time here at this bar. On to the next. Which bar has the eletric bull?
Answer: Moe’s Tavern
Clue: That’s right! There may be some bull riding tonight ;) Head there and reply “done” when complete
Answer: Done
Clue: Find someone in the bar that will buy you a drink. First one who does it gets a free drink… courtesy of the person buying you the drink ;) Reply “done” when complete
Answer: Done
Clue: Hope it was good. Now, head over to the electric bull. Each person must take a turn. Person that rides the longest gets to make up a dare for the person of their choice. Reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Hope you all enjoyed that! Final bar – Where can we go to screech out “Spice up your life!”?
Answer: Brazen Bar
Clue: Yep. Head there now and reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Clue: Let’s do one more round of shots at the bar, take a photo, and reply “done” when complete.
Answer: Done
Winning message: Great! Head over to that karaoke machine, now that you have some liquid courage, and enjoy the night!!

And just as easy as that, you can turn your night out into a laughing good time. Set something up like this with you and your friends and you will guarantee to want to do this on every night out.  This type of hunt can easily be used for any other occasion such as birthdays, or even a bachelor or bachelorette party! Try it out today and have your friends raving about their night with all their other friends in no time!

Travel Trivia Quiz

When you travel to other countries it’s always interesting to read up on the people and history of the country you are visiting before your trip.  If you’re going with friends or family why not set up a travel trivia quiz before you go so that everyone learns something about the place they will be visiting in a fun way.

With a tool like TextClues you can create a fun quiz using text messages on any mobile phone.  You can research all your questions and answers beforehand and everyone will be sent the first question of the quiz at the same time.

 

For example, if you plan to take a trip to England with your family, set up a quiz for them to participate in a week or so before you leave.  Let everyone know about the quiz so they can do some research, give them some guidance on subjects your quiz will be covering.  Some of your questions could be as follows:

 

Question:  Who is the Prime Minister

Answer: David Cameron

 

Question:  What is the surname of Queen Elizabeth II

Answer:  Windsor

 

Question:  Where does the Queen live

Answer:  Buckingham Palace

 

Question:  Where are the Crown jewels kept

Answer:  The Tower of London

 

Question:  Who will succeed the Queen when she dies

Answer:  Prince Charles

 

Question:  What is the name of the bell in the clock tower in London

Answer:  Big Ben

 

Question:  What is the name of the river that flows through London

Answer:  Thames

 

You can include questions about the local food, weather, and history and make it as easy or difficult as you like.  Pick up a travel themed prize for the winner and you’re ready to go.  Try making your own travel quiz with our free demo.

Word Puzzle Scavenger Hunt

Send your friends a text scavenger hunt full of word puzzles with TextClues. Here’s a fun example to give you some ideas:

Question: What’s the 14th letter counting backwards in the alphabet?

Answer: M

Question: Rearrange these scrambled letters into a word (hint: you use it on water): Lab Iotas

Answer: Sailboat

Question: What’s an 8 letter word for mental pressure: ______ed. When spelled in reverse it’s a tasty treat.

Answer: Stressed

Question: Poor people have it. Rich people need it. It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. If you eat it you will die. What is it?

Answer: Nothing

Question: Rearrange these scrambled letters into a word (hint: you may climb up to this): Stereo Hue

Answer: Treehouse

Question: What word describes: a slab-like top supported on one or more legs or other supports

Answer: Table

Question: This word spells another word when reversed. Fill in the blanks to solve: de _ _ l

Answer: devil, vi

Question: What word is the same word when viewed backwards and upside down? Hint: You do it in a water

Answer: swims

Question: Solve this palindrome (spells itself when read backwards. hint: can be used on water): k _ _ _ k

Answer: kayak

Question: Solve this Caesar Cipher by shifting each letter by 4. hssvfipp

Answer: doorbell

Try creating your own text message puzzle with our free demo.