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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/ 3/2007

Get a Clue

By Jen Chaney

Breaking News: As of right now (10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4) there are still spots available in the clue hunt. I am told they will accept teams that have at least three people, not just four, and that if you go to sign-up before 11:30 a.m., you can participate without even taking the test. So head on over to the Library of Congress ASAP.

Are you: A. a big fan of the movie "National Treasure"; B. a world renowned puzzle solver; and C. off of work tomorrow?

If you answered yes to any of these questions -- c. being the crucial one -- make plans to head to the Library of Congress tomorrow morning. That's where the "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Clue Hunt -- a massive city-wide scavenger hunt that, conveniently, also promotes the heck out of the upcoming "National Treasure" sequel -- will take place.

"But Jen, how can I qualify to participate in the hunt?"

I'm glad you asked, imaginary GOG Blog Reader. All you have to do is rally three friends, then sign-up in the Grand Hall at the Library of Congress between 9 and 10:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., each team of four will be given a test. I believe this will be a brainteaser type of quiz, so knowledge of Nicolas Cage's filmography, while admirable, probably won't help you here. If your team earns among the 10 highest scores, you'll get to compete in the Clue Hunt, beginning at noon.

And if your quartet is smart enough to solve all of the mysteries embedded in downtown D.C. and among the first two teams to reach the final destination, you'll be declared the winners!

"What do we win, Jen?"

So many questions. The top two D.C. winners will be sent to New York City to compete against finalists from L.A. and San Francisco. (You also get to go to the world premiere of -- you guessed it -- the new "National Treasure" movie.) Should you emerge victorious in the Big Apple, you get the grand prize: a trip around the world.

"Awesome! Does Helen Mirren, who stars in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," get to come, too?"

Um, no. I can tell you this, though: You have to be 18 or older to participate in the Clue Hunt. So high schoolers, don't even bother skipping class to head downtown.

"Last question: Do you know the answers to all the Clue Hunt mysteries and their undisclosed locations? And if so, can you share them with us?"

Nope. You have to take the test and, if you qualify, hunt 'em down fair and square. So study up, Ben Gates wannabes. You have less then 24 hours to prepare.


By Jen Chaney  | December 3, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
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Poop. Gotta be at work.

Posted by: Jesse | December 3, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I get what time and where to register, but not the date and if there is a fee?

Posted by: LSN | December 3, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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