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Fans of ThanksUSA’s Treasure Hunt have been asking for a bonus all summer and it’s finally here! Whether you’re a seasoned Treasure Hunter or just trying out “The Hunt” for the first time, we think you’ll have a blast completing our Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia. The contest period coincides with the 2012 U.S. Open – August 27th through September 9th.

Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia is a free mobile device application (Apple app or Google Play app) to test your tennis knowledge. Install the Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia app on your mobile device and answer the ten (10) tennis trivia questions to get your first clue to the final answer. At the end, you will be given a second clue and the opportunity to submit your final answer.

Submit the correct final answer by the deadline to be eligible to win Prince Tennis racquets signed by Lisa Raymond and T-shirts signed by all three tennis celebrities!

If you don’t have a mobile device, don’t worry.  You can always register and play through our website. Please note that due to a few technicalities, the Android App has been delayed but will be available soon.

We hope you enjoy Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia and encourage you to share the App with your friends, family, and especially tennis fans!!

Good Luck!

ThanksUSA Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia - ThanksUSA (Android app coming soon)

**We’d love to know what you think of the new App…would like to see additional Treasure Hunt installments in this format? Give us your feedback and help us develop TH8!**

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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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Congratulations to our first Phase I winners, Wise Star Elementary and Bishop Woods Elementary…we hope to bring you photos and updates soon! In the meantime, we have another deadline approaching. Phase I participants (school/youth groups) have until midnight on Thursday, March 15, to unlock the treasures of Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 and be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies. This week, we’ll focus on one more clue from Chapter 4 America’s First Ladies:

7.  Eleanor Roosevelt began writing a syndicated newspaper column, My Day, during her tenure as First Lady. Many Americans drew inspiration and guidance from My Day during World War II. In October of 1943, Mrs. Roosevelt used her column to urge that American women be allowed to have a greater role in our military efforts. The article was titled:

Oh, how times have changed…thanks to progressive-thinking women like Eleanor Roosevelt. Although we have provided the month and year that her article was written, finding one particular article won’t be so easy. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote the column six days a week!

This is one of those clues that can suck you into the research black-hole. You know it happens, you try to find the answer to a clue and discover a trove of interesting information that keeps you engaged for far too long…welcome to Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day. The George Washington University has created a wonderful website dedicated to the My Day articles that is comprehensive and easy to use (click here). When you take a break from reading those, come back and check out some additional hints to solving this week’s featured clue:

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** She was inspired to write the article after watching a film about the British Women’s Military Auxiliary Services

** Mrs. Roosevelt said, “If I were young enough, I would rather be a nurse in the Army or Navy, for they are allowed to share more nearly the men’s existence.”

** Dozens of the My Day articles were focused on women taking a greater role in society

After you’ve entered your answers in the crossword puzzle, don’t forget to click the “Treasure” tab above the clues. You’ll need to unscramble the transferred letters and solve one final clue to unlock the chapter’s treasure. Thursday is the next deadline so if you need some help, please leave a comment or send me an email (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) so I can help your classroom or youth group qualify for prizes. Good Luck!

 

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Our first two Phase I winners have been confirmed and the next deadline is approaching quickly! The deadline for Chapters 3 and 4 for school and youth group participants is Thursday, March 15th. Remember, even if you are playing as a group, students can register (with parental permission) as Phase II individual participants. Since the next deadline is less than two weeks away, let’s look at a clue from Chapter 4, America’s First Ladies:

9. Not only did she help her husband run a front-porch campaign, but this soon-to-be First Lady was the first to have the constitutional right to vote for her husband in a Presidential election. Her historic vote was cast in Marion, Ohio.

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Election years provide so many teaching opportunities and so does the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt! It may be hard to believe, but women’s suffrage is still a global issue. Just last September King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote in the next election cycle (2015). Here are a few more facts to help you solve this TH7 clue:

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* American women won the right to vote in 1920

* Prior to becoming First Lady, she studied classical piano for years and had dreamt of being an internationally recognized concert pianist

* Staying true to the “front-porch campaign,” she opened the gates to the White House as a symbol of neighborliness

* When sugar prices became too high for most American households, she led a national boycott

Once you’ve found the answer, type it into the crossword puzzle to the left. When you click the “Treasure” tab above the clues, you will notice that letters have automatically transferred from your crossword. When the entire crossword is solved, you will unscramble the letters for clues to the chapter’s final treasure. As we advance further through the Treasure hunt, unlocking those final treasures become more challenging. If you ever need additional direction, please leave a comment or send me a direct email at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org so I can help you complete the hunt. We want to challenge participants, but we also want you to have fun and be eligible for prizes!

 

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This is it Treasure Hunters…the final deadline for Summer Stories is tonight. One winner will be drawn from the correct Week 10 entries and 1 lucky participant will win the Summer Stories grand prize – a Kindle! Remember, you can revisit the clues from previous weeks in order to qualify for the grand prize, so login and submit your answers now!

Congratulations to our Week 9 winner, Daphne Leigh who says, “I have been playing ThanksUSA for so long I can’t even remember when I started.  It’s a fun way to learn about our history and a  challenge to what I remember and what I have to seek out each week.”

Daphne Leigh and her beautiful family

Thanks for playing Daphne! Good luck to you and all of our TH6 and Summer Stories participants. All players, please take a moment to verify the contact information in your profile…if you win a prize, I need to be able to reach you!!

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!! Announcing Summer Stories !!

Do you remember the first story that fueled your dreams and made your imagination run wild? Did you actually enjoy some of the “required reading” during your primary school years? Do you like passing along your favorite novels, tall tales and poems to your friends and family? Then join ThanksUSA for Summer Stories — this year’s summer bonus on the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt!

Each Sunday, ThanksUSA will post a group of three Summer Stories clues with a common theme. Submit the correct answers to each of the three clues by the following Saturday to be eligible for prizes. Each week, one entry will win a $25 Amazon gift card. There will be a total of 10 weekly clues. Participants who submit correct answers to all 10 clues will be eligible to win the Summer Stories Grand Prize…a Kindle!

During Summer Stories, you’ll also be encouraged to:
* Tell us your thoughts on the week’s featured author
* Recommend a favorite book, author, or genre
* Write your own short story

When you login to Summer Stories, you will see a feedback box.  We want you to share your thoughts, stories, and recommendations.  The best feedback will be featured on the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt blog, shared with our Facebook friends, and tweeted to our Twitter followers! As always, you can still leave comments here on the blog or add comments to our Facebook feed. Good luck and enjoy the weekly challenge of Summer Stories!!

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