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1984 Tropic Hunt

Your online guide to the zaniness of the 1984 Tropic Hunt!

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When:  6/3/1984

Where: Across Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties


The first Hunt was South Florida\'s introduction to the \"Hunt\" experience.

It was spread across three counties, which meant that everyone needed to drive to participate. This had the advantage because one large central location wasn\'t needed (kind of hard to close off downtown Coral Gables for most of a weekend!), and it made people get out and see places in South Florida that they normally wouldn\'t. On the other hand, it made people speed to get between all the sites, which wasn\'t safe.

\nThis Hunt is one of my most memorable Hunts…mainly because of the candy canes…I was 13 at the time the Hunts began, and I joined a friend of mine and his father on the journey across all of South Florida. The novelty of a game that was so different than what everyone was used to…and so loony at the same time…it was a sure winner.


The Initial Puzzles
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Main Puzzles (i.e. the puzzle sites)
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Puzzle: Howard Schnellenberger billboards
Location: Boca Raton and Tamiami Park
Description:
At Tamiami Park (replicated in a park in Boca Raton) there was a billboard with four huge pictures of former University of Miami football head coach, Howard Schnellenberger, smoking a pipe. Above him, there was a headline reading, "My Canes couldn't be licked. These can." The pictures were identical except that the pipes were different colors, (from left to right) green, brown, orange and blue with the smoke coming out of them forming four different numbers 48, 65, 41 and 19 (respectively). Hunt volunteers were handing out re-and-white candy canes.
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Puzzle Answer: 41
How to get the answer:
The candy cane looked normal - that is peppermint - but if you licked it, it tasted orange. So the answer was the number formed by the smoke coming from the orange pipe.

Puzzle: Walking the Line
Location: Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium
Description:
You into Lockhart Stadium and found strange lines drawn all over the field. They seemed to be a confusing mess, but there signs and instructions posted on the field. Also, a famous Johnny Cash song was being played over the PA.
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Puzzle Answer: 67
How to get the answer:
If you followed the instructions posted on signs around the field, your path traced out the answer.

Puzzle: Modern Art
Location: Orange Bowl
Description:
At the east end-zone of the Orange Bowl was a large, pecular piece of modern sculpture. It had structures and shapes standing, leaning, lying at all angles, and was multi-colored. On the scoreboard behind the sculpture, various words were being displayed, including: Auerbach, Skeleton, Buttons.
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Puzzle Answer: 4
How to get the answer:
If you walked around it and stood at the right angle, it formed the answer.

Puzzle: Clowns!
Location: An old roller rink in Hialeah
Description:
Each of three circus clowns at a Hialeah skating rink were dressed in a different color. There was a giant reproduction of a page from that day's Tropic Magazine. On that page ot the Tropic you would find four numbers, each formed by three clowns.
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Puzzle Answer: ??? (Unknown)
How to get the answer:
The correct answer was the number formed by the clowns wearing the same three colors as the clowns at the site.

Puzzle: The Musical Election
Location: Hollywood bandshell
Description:
At the Hollywood Band Shell there was a "Fun Raising" rally. There were streamers, balloons, a piano player entertaining the crowd and a tally board listing four candidates:
Darth Vader
Mister Magoo
Mickey Mouse
Captain Kangaroo

A number was next to each name.
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Puzzle Answer: ??? (Unknown)
How to get the answer:
In every song he played a few bars of the Mickey Mouse Club theme. The answer was the number next to Mickey's name.


The Clues
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The Final Puzzle
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The Final Puzzle:

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Solving the Hunt:

Who won (Congratulations!):
Mike Mattson and his sister, Cathy Stutin


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