Scavengeroogle: A Google Maps Scavenger Hunt To Waste More Of Your Time On

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    Scavengeroogle is a scavenger hunt game where you use Google maps to find the location of a particular graphical clue. (see us in Wired Magazine)

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6/8/05 | 9:00 am | Ballpoint Pen

click to search using Google MapsAs I write up this clue on Tuesday, there are 2 or 3 helicopters whirling nonstop nearly above of my house. This has gone on for about six hours. There was a car chase that has ended in a standoff on the freeway about 1/2 mile away from me. They even sent in a robot for crisis negotiations. Fun, I wish I could work that into a clue or two. Man, Los Angeles… I have to laugh like hell.

Anyhow, here is a clue sent in by Brian G. which is a nice red ballpoint pen. Or a ship that looks like one. I know I said I wasn’t going to include any more ships and airplanes but I caved in because this was kind of fun. I’m wondering how hard this will be because there must be a billion ships possible. Well, I’m going to give you Brian’s clue so you get to blame him instead of me in case it’s tough! Here you go:

“Litigate Schlage”

Oof, that seems sort of hard. I think it needs be tough because it’s visible from so far out and is somewhat isolated. I will drop the region clue soon, have no fear.

[Edit:11:00 PDT - Whups, I almost forgot to drop the region clue before I went out… not that many of you have needed it! Surprised me again. Anyhow, here you go: Michigan…]

Clue Name : “Ballpoint Pen”
Submitted by: Brian G.
Status : Solved (13)
Duration: Wed 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Mike M, Chris R, Jim M, Phil M, Mark L, Jon G, Shawn D, Michael J, Josh W, Josh C, Mike J, Jared R, Ken S

Word Clues : “Litigate Schlage”
Magnification Needed: 9/15

SOLUTION TO “Ballpoint Pen”

5/4/05 | 9:00 am | You Sank My Battleships!

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Ahoy. I don’t think these are battleships or even military ships. Nor are they sunken. But they do look unused at the moment. Full disclaimer: I am not 100% sure if this clue has already been “found” elsewhere in the google maposphere. So if it has been documented, you guys/gals are going to have an easy day today!

This clue comes from Hunter A. who submitted it along with the title “Ghost Ships”. I have a feeling that even if this clue hasn’t been documented in the usual “google sightseeing” places it is still going to be easier because it is visible at an amazing 9/15, and maybe even farther out at 8/15.

Your clue:

“James R. the Tormentor”

What?? Yeah. Oh, by the way. I think people’s first instinct when getting a clue is to either type the entire word clue into google maps or into google itself. This is fine, but I would suggest against it because I usually try as hard as I can to make sure that will not bring up the correct result. Occasionally it happens, but I try checking usually.

It IS often profitable, however, to take apart the word clue into pieces and google them. Or transmute them into homonyms, synonyms, onomatopoeia and then google them. This can also lead to numerous bloody herrings, though so be careful. =)

I think I may end it a little earlier at 1:00 p.m. PDT today, but I’m not sure yet. I definitely will if too many people get the solution too fast. OK, all hands on deck. Avast! And all that other sea captainy nonsense…

P.S. You might note that now near the top of the page there should be a note telling you when the next clue is probably going to launch. This can be helpful for those trying to plan their day around Scavengeroogle sessions!

[Edit: I’m actually going to stop this clue search early. Will explain in solution…]

Clue Name : “You Sank My Battleships!”
Submitted by: Hunter A.
Status : Solved (16)
Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT

Solved By: Mike M, Chris R, Michael W, Robert M, Jason C, Ken S, Andy K, Shawn D, Eric W, James C, Greg J, Ian T, Bill P, Andrew M, Matt O, Dan

Word Clues : “James R. the Tormentor”
Magnification Needed: 8/15

SOLUTION TO “You Sank My Battleships!”

5/2/05 | 9:00 am | No Sunken Treasure

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Good monday morning to you! This clue is called “No Sunken Treasure” for the obvious reasons… I think that boat decided to try make its passengers sick by driving in a curved fashion. Either that or he doesn’t know where he’s going. In any case, in addition to the wake, there are 2 vertical lines that give the impression of a dollar sign in the muddy water.

The clue is a bit light on contrast, so you may need to adjust your monitor to really see the lines. Randy M. sent in this clue about a week ago and I just got to it now. He called it “Money In The Water” but I changed it to “No Sunken Treasure” because I really like that Wilco song…

Even though it requires 14/15, I’m not sure how hard this one will be, but I suspect it will not be tough once you get the right location out of the word clues. Which are: “Holy Freshwater French King in Misery”. I made this one up myself (*groans from audience*)… hehe, which as always means that you’ll probably have a harder time… I can already see one big scavengeroogle herring that may crop up, so look for a clue drop to correct that halfway through, if not earlier.

We are going to let this clue bake in the oven for about 5 hours on medium high until nice and crispy. Or 2:00 p.m. PDT today. Time’s a-wasting… get going!

[Edit: 11:30 PDT - This should clear up some of the mud: “Freshwater” does NOT refer to a river. Repeat, it’s not a river.]

Clue Name : “No Sunken Treasure”
Submitted by: Randy M.
Status : Solved (16)
Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Chris R, Mike M, Brian G, Ian T, Brian M, Jason C, Robert M, Scott L, Rian B, Tony A, John F, Justin, Matthew T, Josh H, Phil M, Eric W

Word Clues : “Holy Freshwater French King in Misery”
Magnification Needed: 14/15

SOLUTION TO “No Sunken Treasure”