Congratulations to Team Internet Explorer! Last season's first two-time winners went the last 13 rounds without a win, but they never gave up. After 26 days of clues, they dashed to Roxboro Park in Calgary's southwest and found the Missing Codex hanging from a branch just inside the tree line. For their efforts, they've won the $300 cash prize and, as always, everlasting glory.
Want to hear it in their own words? Watch the video above to hear about how Thomas and Irene found the artifact, then scroll down to have the puzzles explained.
And, if you haven't seen the event posting on Facebook yet, join your fellow Treasure Leaguers for end-of-season drinks. We've got a couple tables booked at Local 510 (on the main floor, at the back) from 6pm onward, on Friday, December 1st.
This month, the daily clues each solved to word fragments. Placed in the rearranged and placed in the right order, they would eventually give the general location of the hidden artifact.
The clues that were released before the game ended solve to:
ARK, SEA, TER, HER, ETH, TOC, HAP, RST, TFI, HIG, LOS, PAR, AND, K, EMB, WER, RCH, ISC, NLO, and OXB
These can be rearranged to spell out:
TOC LOS ETH ISC HAP TER YOU ___ TFI RST EMB ARK AND SEA RCH HIG HER ___ NLO WER ___ OXB ___ PAR K
And with the spaces removed and put back in:
TO CLOSE THIS CHAPTER YOU ___T FIRST EMBARK AND SEARCH HIGHER ___N LOWER __ _OXB___ PARK
OXB was the last clue to be released and based on the syllables, could have been guessed a few days earlier. Team Internet Explorer knew Roxboro park and recognized that OXB could only spell Roxboro. They had been hoping it would be hidden up a tree all season long, so with "higher than lower" they were able to find the artifact up a tree, without searching the entire hillside.
As an added twist, Clue #1 had warned about 2-1 odds of the winners being able to open the book. Thomas and Irene had no trouble with that, as they'd already suspected this meant a combination of some sort. This month's artifact wasn't just a book — it was a book safe — and the code 2-2-1 was needed to open it.