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The 2023 Scavenger Hunt HAS BEGUN!
The Village of North Aurora is hosting its fourth Village-wide scavenger hunt where teams will need to solve riddles to find a total of 10 different locations around town. The 2023 Scavenger Hunt will officially launch with the the first clue on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. (see below or the Village Facebook).
You and your team will solve riddles that identify a public location in North Aurora and also the location of the next clue, which will be a card that features the Scavenger Hunt logo (see below). All cards will look different as they will be colored and cut so they are camouflaged at the locations so please be certain to look for the Scavenger Hunt logo in your search.
Each clue card will be laid out in the following format:
You will need to make sure you write down each clue location number and name as you will need to submit both once you’ve found the last location (#10) to be eligible to win a prize! All information on how to submit will be provided at the last clue location.
The Scavenger Hunt will run from July 1, 2023 at 10:00 am to Monday, July 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm. All answers must be submitted by such time to qualify.
1) You (or your team) must have at least one North Aurora resident to participate.
2) Please do not remove or tamper with clues.
3) Do not post or share riddles or locations; we want everyone to have fun and a chance to solve the riddles!
4) Make sure you write down each clue location as you will need to submit all ten at the end of the scavenger hunt.
5) Please adhere to all posted signs, including those that note parks close at dusk (one hour past sunset). This is for your own safety.
6) Take any fun photos on your hunt? Email them to email@example.com to be used in the “Your Community Snapshot” feature!
7) Have fun!
If you manage to solve all ten riddles and subsequently find all ten locations, congratulations, you did it! If you are the first — third team to submit the correct answers you will win a gift card to a North Aurora business of your choosing in the following amounts:
First Place: $100
Second Place: $50
Third Place: $25
If you are the fourth place finisher onwards you still have a chance to win a gift card! Your team will be assigned a raffle number that will be randomly chosen when the event has finished and if your number is selected you will also win a $25 gift card to a North Aurora business of your choosing.
The First Riddle
Like a treasure chest a hidden lake in a field is one of its gems
So too are its paths of which the furthest ‘round may splinter
For a shortcut face west away from the new path of black
Then head in the direction birds go during the winter
Down whichever ever path you choose be careful please,
For as the warnings say: Slippery when wet!
There’s no water here now though, just a small bridge
Cross over it now to where your next clue is set
Where we’ll post a few hints as we go along for those who get stuck on clues 🙂
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟏 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
• We will confirm that this location is a Park
• The name of the park (words that make it up) is essentially hidden in a single line in the top portion of the riddle.
• We draw your attention to line #3 and the last four words, particularly the first in that set. Why would we emphasize that word? Can you think of anything that it could be relating to in the Village? (extra hint: we have posted about this on the Facebook. Nearly weekly in fact ;))
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟐 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
If we look at line 2 let’s zoom in on words four and five. If you were to put the word ‘and’ between those two words what’s a place in the Village that would fit that? Second hint: it’s the name of a TV show and we do not have a court house in town so it’s gonna be the other one Good luck!
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟑 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
Our clues typically have the format of the first section helps you find the location and the second part helps you find the exact clue spot, but this one actually utilizes both sections for each element. Let’s look at line 6: what type of area would that particular creature possibly call home and where does that feature exist in North Aurora? That should help you narrow down some options A secondary clue: in line 1 there is a word that starts the name of this location (for example, if the word was ‘north’ it could be referencing North Island Park).
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟒 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
Let’s look at line one of this riddle. The Village hosted an event of whose name contained two of those words. Figure out what event that could be and then see where it was held
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟓 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
We’re thinking you’ve made it to the right place, so we’re going to focus on the second half directing you to the exact spot to find the next clue.
The last word of the third line denotes a place; what would that look like to you? Do you spot any structure in the area that could represent that? Hint: it might be at the end of a path, as the clue denotes, so spread out and look around!
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟔 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
This one was definitely a tricky one to find the location of (although as a reward for finding it the riddle does give you an exact instruction once on site as to where to find the next clue!) if you weren’t super familiar with it. The hint here is the emphasized letter pairs you see, but in this case it’s not what those letters are but look for the pattern they represent (and how many pairs you see per line as that could mean something too!) and see how that could apply to a public location in town. Notice too the word in “” – it’s indicating that item is there but it’s not quite “real” hence the quotes so knock off any areas that have that particular word in your search but be on the lookout for a something that it could be representing.
Secondary hint for Location #6: The name of this location shares the name of of one of the two streets that border it and it starts with the same letter as the park district that owns it.
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟖 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
We don’t want to make it too obvious, so we’ll say that one of the words in the first two lines of the riddle is part of the name of this location (i.e. if the word was ‘island’ it could be referring to North Island Park).
A secondary clue is that a word in the third line could both refer to an action that you may do at an attraction at this location and is also tied to the name of the park for what item it shares a name with and what that item does.
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟏𝟎 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭:
If we’re trying to find this general location and you aren’t too familiar with a feature(s) at said location (denoted in line one), let’s focus on line two. It’s listing off “careers” so to speak of two individuals so we can assume the third person mentioned also holds a similar themed “career.” A second hint to that is the color they describe their friend to be; what’s another word to describe that color that could relate to the above occupation?
If you have any questions about the Scavenger Hunt please contact Village Hall at 630-897-8228.
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