Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What is a goat plus a flip-flop?

Tricky clues keep scavenger hunt lively (answer: Surefoot)

Express Staff Writer

Alan Pesky waits in the shade for scavenger hunters to return. Photo by Willy Cook

Just sit down and do a little puzzle solving. For most of us, it's a diverting pastime whether it's Sudoku, a crossword or a jig-saw. But imagine if every day all words were a puzzle. For millions of people with learning disabilities, this is life.

The Lee Pesky Learning Center, based in Boise, Caldwell and Hailey, is a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing tools and instruction for those with learning challenges.

For the past seven years, the Pesky Center has held one of the more unique fundraisers, in keeping with the idea of puzzle solving. This year it's been re-dubbed as the seventh annual all-new "No-Sweat" Scavenger Hunt, to be held Saturday, July 12, in Ketchum.

In years past, teams of scavenger hunters scoured the town looking for and solving highly inventive clues. But heat, sore feet and people not familiar with the town caused the powers that be to re-evaluate the system and add a proxy concept.

This year, there is an option for teams to have student runners to chase down hunches. Of course, if participants still want to run around—and it is a huge amount of fun, given the right footwear—they may.

Now participants, if so inclined, can solve the clever clues from the comfort of a shady table. The grand prize given to the winning team is the coveted Gold Shoe Award.

Here's a past clue: "Aristotle had two." Many teams made the mistake of referring to the Greek philosopher, when instead the following clue awaited pick-up at Cristina's restaurant.

The start will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Ketchum Town Center, across from Atkinsons' Market in Ketchum.

At 6 p.m., awards, dinner, and a live auction will follow under the big tent at Atkinson Park in Ketchum.

"The generosity of our community is overwhelming," said Wendy Pesky, Ketchum resident and event chair. "So many people donate their time, items and services. We are greatly touched by their support."

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