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Attention Phase I Treasure Hunters…time to unlock those final treasures to qualify for the last Phase I prize drawing. I’d like to take a moment to welcome all new TH7 participants and remind everyone that if you are ever in a jam or just need a little nudge in the right direction, leave a comment on this blog and I’ll help you through the hunt!

The final deadline for Phase I (classroom and youth group) entries is approaching. All Phase I participants who successfully unlock the final treasures of Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and/or Chapter 7 by April 19, 2012, will be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies! Congratulations to one of our latest winners, 4D Christian Academy (you’ll get to meet them soon on our winner’s page). Let’s help everyone progress through the hunt by looking at a question from Chapter 6, Peru:

11. The tomb of this ancient ruler was discovered in Chiclayo. It is the oldest and most significant tomb in South America, drawing comparisons with the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.   DEAF RHINOS PLOT

Deaf rhinos are not plotting anything…as we discussed last week, those odd word combinations at the end of each clue actually contain all the letters you need for your answer. In this instance, we need four separate words, so let’s look at some additional clues:

** Peru’s renowned archaeologist, Dr. Walter Alva, made the discovery in 1987

** Huaqueros, or present day “tomb raiders,” brought attention to the area when they were caught with artifacts dated to the Moche era

** Many subjects were buried alongside this Mochican warrior priest to accompany him into the afterlife including his wife, a dog, and even a llama

** In 2003, a museum was opened in Lambayeque so that the Peruvian residents of Chiclayo may share their treasured ancestor with the world

This is another fascinating subject that can distract you for much longer than you anticipated, but are educational distractions really that bad?!? Using the additional hints should help you unearth the answer to this mysterious clue and bring you closer to solving Chapter 6. Since we only have a few more weeks of Phase I play, make sure to ask for guidance if you need it and remember that all Phase I participants can register as Phase II individual participants. Good Hunting!

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! The first four winners of TH7 have been contacted and we’ll be updating the Winner’s Page soon. Congratulations to our Chapter 1 winners, the first and fourth graders of Wisestar School! They will be receiving a $1,000 Walmart gift card to stock up on supplies for their school. With only a few more weeks until the final Phase I deadline, let’s jump right in and look at a clue from Chapter 6, Peru:

7. A ferroequinologist’s dream can be found in the Peruvian Andes! Built to service lead and zinc mines, the highest standard-gauge railway reaches the Anticona mountain pass from the west via the Galera Tunnel and emerges here: TAINT STOIC OIL

As we near the end of Treasure Hunt 7, the chapters and clues are getting trickier! To help us solve the clues, we are provided with a little help…those odd word combinations at the end of each clue actually contain all the letters you need for your answer. Let’s look at this clue in sections, getting additional hints to unscramble TAINT STOIC OIL and find the answer:

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** A ferroequinologist is a train enthusiast and a standard-gauge rail line is 4 feet, 8 ½ inches wide

** It took forty years for a multinational workforce to complete the railway which includes 61 bridges and 65 tunnels

** Our answer is located a headache-inducing 15,600 feet above sea level and is the last stop on the Pacific side of the railway

** If you plan to visit this locale via train, book your trip early…there are only about a dozen passenger runs per year

I hope you found this clue as fascinating as I did! While I was conducting my own research, I came across a great website, http://www.incasdelperu.org, that I thought was a wonderful source for this clue in particular. When you solve this clue and enter your answer, the numbered letters will automatically transfer into the “Anagram Quote” on the left.

All Phase I participants (classrooms and youth groups) have until April 19th to unlock the treasures of Chapters 5, 6, and/or 7 to be eligible for the final Phase I prizes. Please remind students that they can also register and play on their own (with parent/guardian permission) and be eligible for the Phase II (individual) prize drawing in September. Good Luck!

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