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Have some free stuff on us! Here are some great family friendly ideas for free games and puzzles from Treasure Trails to keep you entertained when you’re not out doing a Trail.

The Clock Puzzle

Ah, the clocks are changing this weekend. Never sure whether that's a good or a bad thing? It's darker in the evenings so I get home from work in the dark, but then again, when I wake up it will now be light!

Anyway, TIME for a puzzle (excuse the pun) to celebrate the clocks changing!

Can you solve the Clock Puzzle?

Instructions

We've picked 12 famous clocks from around the world.

First, You'll need to work out in which city each of the clocks are in the world and then work out what the time zone difference is from that city to UK time (or to be more precise GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or as it is sometimes called UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). It's important that you are not using BST (British Summer Time) – as you will get the wrong answer and as much as you may hope it isn't, summer is over for this year I'm afraid!)

Next...

Add all the time differences together and this will give you the final solution!

Why? Because it's good fun, and, we'll give away some free Trails to those with the correct answer who do it the quickest time – oh yes, did I forget to mention - you'll be doing this against the clock! Your challenge is to complete the puzzle in under 15 minutes! It's tough but we know you're up for a challenge!

Now Let's Get Started!

Read the information for clue number 1 to help you discover where the clock is in the world and what the time difference is from that city to GMT.

For example, if it was Sydney Australia, then the answer to number 1 would be +11.

Record your answers for each of the 12 questions on the time sheet (below) (or a scrap of paper) to come up with your final solution!

Submit your answer at the end and we'll tell you if you are correct or not, and how you ranked amongst the Trailers!

And don't forget to start and stop the timer.

NOW GO, GO, GO!

 

Don't forget to STOP the clock once you've solved the puzzle!

Oh and don't forget you can SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ANSWER to see if you were correct or not!

Clue 1

This clock is located in one of the busiest and most famous stations in the world. The Grand Central Clock sits atop the information booth in Grand Central’s main station. The clock is made of brass and its four faces are made of opal. A compass sits on top of the timepiece, which recently helped to ring in Grand Central’s 100th birthday.

The Clock Puzzle - Clue 1

Clue 2

The Glockenspiel only marks the time twice - at 11 am and noon every day, however, it also chimes at 5 pm between March and October. The chiming clock has 43 bells and is situated in Marienplatz square in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. When it rings, 32 life-sized figurines act out various events from the city's history, including the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine. Each show runs for about 15 minutes and finishes with a golden bird emerging at the top and chirping three times.

The Clock Puzzle - Clue 2

Clue 3

This clock holds the record for the world’s tallest clock tower (140 feet), it houses one of the world’s tallest hotels (Fairmont's 76-storey Makkah Clock Royal Tower), and boasts the world's largest clock face (42 metres wide). The clock also marks daily prayers with calls announced to the Muslim world from the tower's loudspeakers which are audible six kilometres away.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 3

Clue 4

Maybe the only large clock you can actually ride, this clock is fixed on one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world (369 feet tall). First built for a 1989 exposition, the wheel and clock lights up at night and offers great views of the city in which it sits. This city is the second largest by population in its country. It takes 15 minutes for one rotation – in case you were timing.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 4

Clue 5

Made of marble and stone, this sundial may not have the latest technology but it is so accurate there is just a 2-second margin of error – day or night. This "Supreme Instrument" was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 and is the biggest sundial in the world. Visitors can climb a flight of stairs on the gnomon (the part of the sundial that casts the shadow) to check the time from above.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 5

Clue 6

This floral clock is on the Canadian side of a place named after three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The clock features up to 20,000 seasonal flowers and plants and the design changes twice a year.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 6

Clue 7

This astronomical clock is believed to be the oldest one in the world still operating. Built in 1410, the clock features a dial which shows the position of both the sun and moon as well as a calendar dial to show the date and the zodiac sign for each month of the year. On the hour, every hour, wooden figures of the 12 apostles and other figurines move through the window above the astronomical dial. The city in which the clock resides is the 14th largest city in the European Union and is located on the Vltava river.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 7

Clue 8

Perhaps one of the most significant timepieces in the world, this clock is mounted on the wall of an observatory marking the Prime Meridian of the World at 0 degrees longitude. All other locations on Earth are measured using this line as a reference point. Installed in 1852, the clock is controlled by a master clock inside the building.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 8

Clue 9

This ceiling-mounted clock in the Cevahir Shopping Centre is one of the largest in the world with a face that is 35 meters in diameter. It only shows the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12, but with each being 3 metres tall, you won’t have any trouble telling the time!

Clock Puzzle - Clue 9

Clue 10

This City Hall held the title of tallest building in the world from 1901 - 1908, with a height of 548 feet. The famous tower has four clocks – one on each side. Each of the clocks is 26 feet in diameter. The building is topped by a 37 foot, 27-ton bronze statue of city's founder William Penn, which is the world's tallest statue atop a building.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 10

Clue 11

This clock sits on the Spasskaya Tower which overlooks a famous square. The Tower was built in 1491 by Italian architect Pietro Antonio Solari. According to a number of historical accounts, the clock on the Spasskaya Tower appeared between 1491 and 1585. It chimes on the quarter hour, with bells tolling for each full hour.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 11

Clue 12

This clock sits on a 245 foot clock tower and with the Beaux-Arts building was a primary point of arrival and departure from 1898 until the construction of a famous bridge in the late 1930s. Inside, a 660-foot-long skylit atrium that once provided access to ferries now houses shops and restaurants.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 12

"STOP THE CLOCK!!!!

Now, submit your answer to see if you were correct or not, and how you fared!

Photo credits

The following are the photo credits:

Clue 1: By Ingfbruno - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27955753

Clue 2: By Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1443071 

Clue 3: By commons:User:King Eliot - commons:File:Abraj-al-Bait-Towers.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36717582

Clue 4: By ajari from Japan - %u6A2A%u6D5C Yokohama_30, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9466531

Clue 5: By Rialfver - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11091797

Clue 6: By Dsdugan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45025699

Clue 7: By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Astronomical Clock, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24306300

Clue 8: By Jcfrye at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Matasg using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6878131

Clue 9: "Photo by Babak Gholizadeh", CC BY-SA 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11913531

Clue 10: By Max Binder - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21847013

Clue 11: By © Milan Nykodym, Czech Republic, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29093469

Clue 12: By JaGa - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4120354

25th October 2017

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The Whatever the Weather Puzzle

It's topical... in fact, when isn't discussing the weather!

To solve this puzzle, you need to look at our selection of ‘extreme weather photos’ and then complete the sentence or statement that accompanies each picture; just like an ‘I-Spy with my little eye...’!

Each clue has one or more shaded letter boxes which then need to be transferred over to the Answer Grid. You will then be able to decipher our secret message and work out the final answer!

Step 1

Fill in the missing letters for the following six photo clues.

We have given you an example to get you started. On the below image the clue could be 'Two   B_ _ _   H _ _ _  B _ _ _ _"

Any ideas? 

The answer can be seen below....

Weather Puzzle - Example Clue

The answer would be 'Two Blue Hair Bands'!

Step 2

Once you have found and completed all of the sentences, transfer the shaded letters from all of your answers to their respective place in the main Answer Grid. It is important that you put the right letter in its correct place, shown by the number below each letter.

Step 3

To reveal the Secret Message, take each set of 5 letters in the Answer Grid and write them downwards in a column in the Code Box. Do that with all the letters and you should have a grid of 5 x 5. Then read across this grid and the secret message will be revealed.

Now, let's get started!
All of the images can be seen below along with the individual clue answer grids, the main Answer Grid and the Code Box. To make it easy for you to record your answers though, we have a downloadable document for you to print out and write on - the images are still best viewed on screen however, (especially if you want to save your printer ink!).

Two easy ones to get you going, then it gets a bit tougher!

Clue 1

Six U_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Weather Puzzle - Clue 1
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 1 Answer

Clue 2

Four D_ _ _ _ _

Weather Puzzle - Clue 2
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 2 Answer

Clue 3

ONE  O_ _ _ _ _   and W_ _ _ _   C_ _ _

The Weather Puzzle - Clue 4
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 3 Answer

Clue 4

THREE S_ _ _ _ _   in the  I_ _   C_ _ _ _  CO_ _

Weather Puzzle - Question 4
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 4 Answer Grid

Clue 5

A   M_ _ K_ _    M_ _   on a   M_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Weather Puzzle - Clue 5
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 5 Answer

Clue 6

ONE  C_ _ _ _   on a  R_ _ _

Weather Puzzle - Clue 6
The Weather Puzzle - Clue 6 Answer

Answer Grid and Code Box

Don't forget you can download and print out our document to record your answers.

Answer Grid

Transfer the letters from the shaded boxes and enter them below. Ensure you put the right letter in the right box.

The Weather Puzzle - Answer Grid

Code Box

Now enter the letters from the Answer Grid above into the Code Grid below, in groups of 5, writing downwards. The secret message will then be revealed if you read across the rows.

 

The Weather Puzzle - Code Box

Think you've solved it? Or just need to know the answer!

Enter your answer below to see if you have the correct answer. On the 11th September we will draw 5 correct entries at random to win a Treasure Trail of their choice!

21st August 2017

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The Secret DNA of a Super-Trailer

Scientists at the Treasure Trails labs have stumbled upon something interesting. It seems that the top 1% of our Trailers all have a common thread within their DNA string.

There is one tiny piece of the research left to do though, and we are asking you if you can help us.

Download this free puzzle, and get the family together to put your grey matter to the test!

Secret DNA of a Super-Trailer

Download the puzzle

Click on the image below or the following link to download the puzzle to help you solve the final piece of the research into the Secret DNA of a Super-Trailer.

Once solved, dig a little bit deeper and the true answer will be revealed!

Comment below and let us know if you think you are a Super-Trailer and why - the best 5 reasons will win a Treasure Trails voucher!

Solved it, or just need to know the answer!

Enter your answer below and you will find out if you are correct or not!

Don't forget to comment on why you think you are a Super-Trailer and why you deserve to win a free Treasure Trails voucher!

We will pick the best 5 reasons on the 19th June and inform the winners by email. Our standard competition details apply.

 

 

23rd May 2017

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The Word Game

Similar to Channel 4’s “Countdown” (minus the big clock), this free word game is your chance to win your next Treasure Trail adventure!

How to play?

Put simply, you need to create valid words by dragging letters onto the grid.

To reach the next level, you need to complete the three tasks. You need to cover all the marked blue squares whilst also reaching both the score and the number of words shown. 

Don't worry though, you don't have to do this all in one go. You can click on submit any time you have a valid word or words to clear some tiles and get some fresh letters! If you can't make a word, click on double down arrow to get some new letters. Be careful though because if you do this too many times you'll run out of moves!

Watch this quick video to give you the full lowdown.

Quick Tip - Don't be put off by the advert before the game starts. Click on the "skip" button as soon as you can and make sure not to click on the advert itself. 

How can I win a Treasure Trail?

To be entered into the competition to win a Treasure Trail of your choice, post your high score on the game's leader board by entering your chosen name, followed by TT.  For example, “William Wordsworth TT”

Confirm your leader board entry by entering the details of your name and score in the comment box below.

You can enter as many times as you like and the person with the highest score on the game's leader board (and in the comments below) at close of play on 8th May 2017 will win a Treasure Trail of their choice.  

Good luck!

25th April 2017

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The Easter Word Hunt

What you have to do...

Pretty simple this one - find as many words as you can which are related to Easter in the following image - comment below how many you find! 

If you would like a clue... well, there are more than 6 but less than 16 to find. The answer will be revealed on our Facebook page on Wednesday 12th April. Now get hunting!

 

Easter Word Hunt

10th April 2017

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The Impossible Question. Or is it?!

To solve this sneaky puzzle, all you have to do is correctly answer one single question. Easy!

The question is: “What time is it on the church clock?”

We are not telling you the name of the church, or where it is though.

To find the answer, we have given you a series of links in a chain which will lead you to the solution. Good luck!

The Impossible Question. Or is it?!

Chain Link 1

Complete this crossword grid. The answers to the cryptic clues are all names of well-known chocolate products.

Download a pdf of the crossword to print out at home.

Chain Link 2

Take the shaded letters in the crossword grid and rearrange them to reveal the name of a well-known person. Their name is made up of two 5-letter words.

Chain Link 3

Go to YouTube and watch the video of the only solo song that this person sang in 1971, and spot what type of flower they had a drink from near the end of the video. Don’t forget to enjoy the song!

Chain Link 4

Believe it or not, this flower has over 13,000 varieties broken into 15 divisions. The one you want can be found on The Plant Expert website. Click on the correct flower and go to Division 2 of the flower type. The only one whose hardiness is suitable for Zone 3 to 9 without any fragrance is your answer.

Chain Link 5

Now go to Google Maps and enter the full name of this variety of flower into the search box. Pick up your golden Google man (see instructions below on how to do this) and drop him on the red pin in the centre of the location to convert the image to Streetview. Now you can search the area to find the answer to the impossible question.

For bonus points - search the square and see if you can spot what word comes before ‘Marvellous’.

The Impossible Question. Is that the golden Google man I spy?

Solved it, or just need to know the answer?!

Enter your answer by clicking on the button below and we will let you know if you are correct or not, along with how the final answer can be reached.

 

 

20th March 2017

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The Annoyingly Addictive Treasure Hunt Game!

A Treasure Trail is all about following a route and solving clues, so you can see why we're somewhat obsessed with this FREE Treasure Hunt Game that we’ve discovered online. 

Aaron has currently got office bragging rights with his high score of 48,770, much to Sam and Tristan’s annoyance; they were sure that he wasn’t going to beat their attempts!

The all-time top score is 55,630. Reckon you could beat that?

The person with the highest score by Wednesday 22nd February will win a Treasure Trail of their choice. See “Win a Treasure Trail - How to enter” below for full details.
Good luck! And please could someone try and beat Aaron’s score? If you don’t we'll never hear the last of it!

Treasure Hunt Game

Top Tips

  • Don’t be put off by the annoying ad before the game starts. You may have to watch a 30 second ad but if you get the option, click on the “Skip” button as soon as you can.
  • Click or tap on the squares to complete a clear path through to the treasure chest. The “treasure hunter” will only move once the path is clear. See "How to play" image above .
  • Squares full of mud can’t be moved so you’ll have to go around them.
  • You get around 3 minutes to complete each level. The quicker you complete a level the more bonus points you score!
  • There are 30 levels which get harder as you progress. On some levels, you have to make a path to a key to unlock a certain area before you can progress onto the treasure chest. On later levels you will have to get to two treasure chests.
  • Once completed, make sure to post you score on the games leader board to see how you rank. Also, comment below with your score, as the highest score posted by Wednesday 22nd February 2017 will win a Treasure Trail of their choice. See full details on how to enter below.

Win a Treasure Trail Competition - How to enter

So, you’ve completed the game and have been given your final score. To enter the competition to win a Treasure Trail of your choice, post your high score on the game's leader board entering your chosen name, followed by TT for example, “Treasure Hunter TT ”.

Once you have posted your final score on the game's leader board, comment below giving details of your entry name and score. You can enter as many times as you like and the person with the highest score on the game's leader board (and in the comments below) on 22nd February 2017 will win a Treasure Trail of their choice.

7th February 2017

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Wish You Were Here? Bash Those Winter Blues

In this puzzle we're going to whisk you away from turkey leftovers and the British winter, and take you on a globe-trotting holiday around the world! On the way you'll need to complete a crossword with a secret location hidden within the answers. We're calling it a CrossWorld©.

Winter blues

Two things have provided the inspiration for the final puzzle of the year...

The first was seeing an advert for a sunshine getaway break on Christmas Day. The second was a roll of crossword toilet paper that someone sent to the office as a secret Santa gift!

Important note

You will probably need to use a computer or a laptop to solve this puzzle as it uses Google Streetview. By all means try it on a phone or tablet, but you may find the maps struggle to load.

How to solve the CrossWorld© puzzle

Each of the clues in the CrossWorld© puzzle contains a link to a Google Street View scene in a sunny location somewhere in the world. Go to the location and have a look around to find the answer to the question. The answer is close by, so you won’t have to move far - just look up, down and all around.

Find the answer and enter it in the crossword. When you have solved all the clues take the shaded letters and rearrange them to form a new secret location. This is your final answer.

 

The clues

Click on the image below to load Google Streetview within the Treasure Trails website (loads on a separate web page). Please note that this may not work on some mobile and tablet devices.

Across

1. (Phuket, Thailand) - What is two up from James Bond?

3. (The Burj Kalifa, Dubai) - Who is Dean’s partner in the café?

5. (Sifnos, Greece) -  At the top of the list is bread. What is at the bottom?  

6. (Machu Picchu, Peru) - ‘Viva La’ what?   

8. (Sydney, Australia) - The ‘what’ is a history about love, loyalty and broken promises?  

9. (Disneyland, Florida) - What royal can you find here? 

Down

To solve the next clue, use the 360 degree view and zoom function only (i.e. don't click on one of the arrows to move forward).

1. (St Lucia) - What famous fictional creature can you find here?  

2. (The Seychelles) - Find the sail boats. Take the individual digits on one of the boats (they are the same) and add these together. Write your answer in words.  

4. (Mauritius) - Where should you book?

7. (Table Mountain, South Africa) - What gorge is below Castle Rock?

Solved it, or just need to know the answer?!

Enter your answer by clicking on the button below and we will let you know if you are correct or not, along with how the final answer can be reached.

On the 30th January 2017 we will draw 5 correct answers at random to win a Treasure Trail of their choice!

 

 

 

3rd January 2017

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The Treasure Trails Christmas Pantomime – Part 3

"So here it is, Merry Christmas, Everybody's Having Fun"...

 

FINALLY - the trilogy is complete!

Step aside Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Godfather, there is a new epic trilogy in town!

Have a look at the third and final part of our pantomime puzzle, which will lead you to a fantastic "present finding" treasure hunt game to set your loved ones this Christmas!

The Treasure Trails Christmas Pantomime - Part 3: Poor Mince Pie Private Eye.

Even when he escapes to a sun drenched holiday destination, he can't avoid the pestering of the Treasure Trails team to come up with fantastic fun ideas, puzzles and games!

Still, at least he's earning his crust*.

 

* © the Bad Cracker Jokes Corp 1972.

Now you've watched the final video - why not download the Christmas game!

Click the banner below for your fantastic festive treat:

15th December 2016

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The Treasure Trails Christmas Pantomime – Part 2

"Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine..."

 

Well, this year's winter weather hasn't been great again, so rather than go out and write our 1,237th Trail in the rain, we decided to get a bit carried away with The Treasure Trails Christmas Pantomime - Part 2 - our funtastic free Christmas pantomime puzzle!

Can Mince Pie Private Eye win his adorable wife Pumpkin's affections with a lovely cocktail or two?

Watch the video below to find out and help solve the clues...

Now you've watched the second part of the Treasure Trails Pantomime, click the image below to download the cocktail menu - Can you work out what put the smile on Mince Pie Private Eye's lovely crusty little face?

8th December 2016

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