Love Puzzles? Sign Up For Tim’s Seattle Scavenger Hunt

A short note unrelated to real estate: Puzzle-solving and competition sound like fun to you, I’m hosting a big Seattle scavenger hunt next month that you will enjoy.

Clue Quest NW - Seattle Scavenger Hunt

I’ve been working on this hunt for quite a while, and recently put on a successful test run for my employer with a group of about 40 players. It was a blast for me and for my coworkers.

It’s a roughly two hour experience for teams of four to six players, designed to be challenging and fun. There are no photos to take and you won’t have to talk to strangers. All you need to win is your wits and speed.

Put together your team and sign up before July 27th to get the early bird price.

Questions, comments, criticism, insults? Feel free to let it all fly in the comments.


About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

13 comments:

  1. 1
    Green-Horn says:

    Who wants to meet and pick teams?
    It’ll be just like gym class.
    Let’s see who gets stuck with everybody’s favorite West Seattle Condo Magnate, err Resident, Erik…

    Might be fun to finally see some faces of this little community… More fun arguing in person over a beer and gentle competition than faceless over pixels…

  2. 2
    Erik says:

    RE: Green-Horn @ 1
    Pick me pick me pick me!!!

    I will have you know that I am a great team member and any team would be lucky to have me.

    Let’s play dodgeball next! I’d love to crush a code monkey in the face with a big red rubber ball. “If you can dodge a mortgage payment, you can dodge a ball.”

    2 teams. Team 1 is called”big down”. Big down put a large downpayment on their home. Team 2 is the “mortgage Dodgers.” This group foreclosed and or short sold last bubble. 30 minutes of all out chaos to settle this once and for all.

  3. 3
    Green-Horn says:

    RE: Erik @ 2

    No doubt you’d be a great team-player. It’s all about having fun. Bottomless optimism is always an asset.

    Would be interested to learn what you make of this:

    http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-oxycontin-everett/

    I find it depressing that there are so many dysfunctional places here. Haven’t lived in western Washington long, but I hear so many horror stories about people growing up among squalor, drugs and dysfunction everyplace from Aberdeen, Olympia, Tacoma, Everett, Spokane, etc… Not to mention the problems on tribal reservations and in the Jungle in Seattle…

    What happened? It seems there is something seriously wrong.
    Was it always like this? I can’t imagine.

    Kind of makes you want to “Make America Great Again.”
    Unfortunately I can’t imagine anything as simple as voting any particular clown into office is going to do it. Fixing the frayed fabric of our communities will be much much harder if it’s possible at all.

    As far as teams go: my suggestions are – Bulls vs. Bears.
    No explanation necessary.

  4. 4
    erik says:

    RE: Green-Horn @ 3
    I just read the first part of the article, but I can confirm from 6 years of misery in North Everett that OxyContin eaten like candy there. Horrible horrible place to live.

    Live in seattle, mukilteo, eastside, etc. Stay out of everett at all costs. Lots of child preditors there too. Everett has been a dumping ground for seattle area low lifes for a long time.

  5. 5
    whatsmyname says:

    RE: Erik @ 2
    Dodgeball? Be careful who you pick. Many of your potential teammates will be cheerleaders; the rest will wait out the game on the sidelines. They are certain that that ball is insanely overinflated, and may pop at any minute. Even if it’s not overinflated, conditions could easily lead to that. The air inside a ball measured to regulation at 66 degrees will expand dangerously when temperatures hit the high 80’s. The realtors will distort the field, and the government scoring rules will give all your points to the rich. Dodgeball is for suckers.

  6. 6
    Drone says:

    This looks super fun! Although some of us super-nerds already have our PAX tickets :)

  7. 7
    Erik says:

    RE: whatsmyname @ 5
    Good point. Anyone that has studied dodge ball knows the ball will be overinflated by some outside force. I want to slam a few code monkeys and get out before the ball pops.

    If the ball does pop on team mortgage Dodgers, we will just go to the rule book and find a reason we didn’t lose like we did last time the ball popped.

  8. 8
    The Tim says:

    By Drone @ 6:

    This looks super fun! Although some of us super-nerds already have our PAX tickets :)

    Indeed. I figured the hardcore PAX fans already have tickets. The hunt is intended to be a blast worth the price of admission even if you don’t win anything. Winning PAX tickets is just the icing on the cake for the winners.

  9. 9
    ess says:

    “All you need to win is your wits and speed”.

    Tim – add a ton of money to your above statement, and you have a winning strategy for obtaining a house in one of Seattle’s hotter areas.

    Sorry – no dodgeball – this is the politically correct Puget Sound area, and dodgeball has components of both violence and clear winners and losers – both big no no”s around here.

  10. 10
    Blurtman says:

    A friend has put a lot of work into her home. Nice landscaping, new outside stairs, done quite well. Restored gravel paths and new drain rock. New BBQ grill. Tall trees in backyard, reasonable privacy.

    She bought in early 2005, on the upward slope, and paid mid-500’s for a 3,000 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5 bath 2-story craftsman built in 2000. She figures the house could sell today for $850k. She also expects it to be worth $1 million in the future. The home is in Sammamish.

    I don’t think this is necessarily irrational exuberance. Having lived in the Bay Area, I believe her home would sell for over $1 million in a comparable suburban location.

  11. 11
    Jim DeCamp says:

    That sounds like a blast!!

  12. 12
    Justme says:

    Is this a Pokemon contender?

  13. 13

    Is the Entrance Fee $25-45?

    Based on the URL website?

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