Treasure Hunt Clues2020-09-07T08:44:51+00:00

100+ Treasure Hunt Clues for You

Welcome to the huge page of clues, you will find more than 100 different ideas for clues and riddles to make your own scavenger hunt an unforgettable event.

We also provide special ideas, if you create a scavenger hunt for kids or a scavenger hunt for adults with even more clues and riddles.

Before you start – make a concept

Don’t just run into it, make a concept first. We created a hole page for this, because it is important for the success of the treasure hunt. Our 8 Step-List-How-to-create-your-own-hunt will guide you through the process and will make sure, that you won’t forget anything.

The long list of 100+ scavenger hunt clues

One day I was thinking about all of the scavenger hunts I’ve made and asking myself: What are truly the best clues? Which riddles are good enough to be tricky, yet not impossible. What kinds of clues work better for which age groups? I decided that I wanted to put a definitive list of 100 Scavenger Hunt Clues and treasure hunt riddles together which could cover a wide variety of scenarios, settings and age groups.

After doing some research on the internet I realised quickly that most websites related to scavenger hunts don’t talk about different kinds of clues. Or there are only a couple of truly good clues and the rest is filler. In other words: they are simply incomplete.

Here we’ve put together 100 great treasure hunt clues so that you’ll never have to worry about finding good clues for your next scavenger/treasure hunt. From this list, about half could be used for kids and the other half for adults. There is definitely some overlap, but that’s not a problem.

If you aren’t sure how to set up a scavenger hunt, check out this page on How To Set Up Your Own Hunt. If all you need are various types of clues and riddles, read on!

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About me

Hello, I am Richard, a big fan of scavenger hunts. This page is intended to inspire you with loads of ideas and tipps. Funniest thing ever happend to me? Falling in the cold lake while trying to set up a clue as a message in a bottle.

Math Riddles

Involving math riddles in your treasure hunt is a great way to get kids to think about numbers and their applications in everyday life. That being said, particularly good treasure is required to get kids (and adults) to use their mathematical brains. Here are some riddles to get those math muscles moving!

What number do you get when you multiply all of the numbers on a telephone’s number pad?

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Answer: 0

The sum of Tim’s and Allen’s ages is 49. Tim is twice as old as Allen was when Tim was as old as Allen is now. How old are they?

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Answer: Tim is 28, Allen is 21.

Jones was very proud of her apple tree. One autumn, after harvesting her apples. She called her three sons together. “Here are 150 apples.” She said. “I want you to take them to market tomorrow and sell them for me.” She gave Paul 15 apples, Nick 50 and Ben 85. “Your job is to sell the apples in such a way so that each of you brings home the same amount of money” How did they do it?

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Answer: The first buyer purchases 12 dozen apples at $1 per dozen. Paul sells him one dozen and has three left. Nick sells him four dozen and has two apples left and Ben sells him seven dozen and has one apple left. Then a second buyer comes along and buys all their remaining apples for $3 a piece. The brothers return home with $10 each.

A man is twice as old as his little sister. He is also half as old as their dad. Over a period of 50 years, the age of the sister will become half their dad’s age. What is the age of the man now?

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Answer: He is 50 years old.

Michael is turning 17 this year and he turned 16 yesterday. How is this possible?

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Answer: His birthday is on December 31st.

Pierre has 10 pairs of pears. If Pierre’s pears cost £5 per pair and a pair of pears weighs a pound, how many pounds will I pay for 5 pounds of Pierre’s pears?

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Answer: £25. Since the pears cost £5 per pair, and a pair of pairs weighs a pound, you will pay £5 * 5 for 5 pounds of pears. This is a total of £25.

Logic Riddles

The benefits of doing logic puzzles and solving riddles are well documented scientifically. Here the additionally benefit is that you get a material reward for solving them! (Perhaps something sweet?). Here are a couple of riddles to test your logical reasoning, all are both kid and adult friendly.

I have hands but can’t hold a thing. What am I?

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Answer: A clock.

It belongs to you, but others use it more often. What is it?

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Answer: Your name.

There are two ducks in front of two other ducks. There are two ducks behind two other ducks. There are two ducks beside two other ducks. How many ducks are there?

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Answer: Just four, in a square formation.

Two men have to ferry a lion and a goat across a river. They have only one boat, but it is small and can only carry two at a time. The goat cannot be left alone with the lion, as the lion will eat it. How can the men and the animals reach the other side of the river safely?

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Answer: One man rows to the other side with the lion and comes back for the other man. He rows him over to the other side and goes back for the goat.

Mary has 7 daughters and each of them has a brother. How many kids does Mary have in total?

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Answer: 8 (Because each of the sisters only have one brothers).

Personal favorite: A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.
“If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving this plate, I will give you $100,” the man said. “You can use the match and lemon to do this.”
A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with $100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?
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Answer: First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate. Try it yourself at home – everybody will be amazed 🙂

Alice comes across a lion and a unicorn in a forest of forgetfulness. Those two are strange beings. The lion lies every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the other days he speaks the truth. The unicorn lies on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, however the other days of the week he speaks the truth.

Lion: Yesterday I was lying.
Unicorn: So was I.

On which day did they say that?

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Answer: Thursday (Only the Lion spoke the truth when he met Alice on Thursday and spoke with the Unicorn about Wednesday.).

Research Riddles

Doing “research” simply means finding out obscure facts about your neighbours or your surroundings. These are great for a scavenger hunt, which focuses more on the collection of various objects and information in order to get the treasure. You can also be playful with it and make sure the questions and answers are funny. Getting kids to be confident to ask people questions is great for their social skills. However, Of course, be sure to remind them be safe!

  • Go around to three different people in your neighbourhood and ask them why the moon is lit up at night. Record their answers.
  • Find four different kinds of leaves and be able to name the trees they belong to. (Only take one leaf! Be nice to the trees!)
  • Ask three strangers to tell their favourite jokes and record the jokes.
  • Ask the same three people which year they were born in.
  • My favorite: Take a photo of the cutest dog you see around town (ask the owner first if you are allowed to take a picture).
  • Give every group the same item, for example a box of matches and ask them to trade it with a different item.

Word Games

A classic way to get people to think about words to get people to think about a palindrome. For those of you who aren’t sure what a palindrome is, it’s a word, phrase or sentence that is spelt the same way forwards as backwards.

Some examples of easy enough palindromic words are: Radar, level, noon, eye, racecar, pup, nun. Some tougher ones for adults would be: deified, civic, tenet, kayak, deed, ewe (a female baby sheep).

Using palindromes in a treasure hunt setting is easy. Tell the kids or adults to each come up with their own palindrome. Encourage team work when people are getting stuck. Other word riddles are akin to logic riddles, the main difference being is that the answer focuses on a rearrangement of letters in order to get the correct answer, testing both logical thinking and vocabulary.

What heavy seven letter word can you take two away and be left with 8?

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Answer: weights

What common English verb becomes it’s own past tense by rearranging the letters?

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Answer: eat (-> ate)

It occurs once a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour

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Answer: the letter M

What necessary garment drops a letter, only to become a group of hardworking insects.

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Answer: pants (– p = ants)

Indoor clues

If you don’t live close to a public park or if you unfortunately receive bad weather, having a backup plan for some good clues for indoors. Try to have riddles that are not impossible to crack (even for adults) but make the kids think and use their vocabulary.

I’m never wicked, but I do have a wick. I come in all sizes, from skinny to thick

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Answer: a candle

I hold all the words you need to know. Use me to make your vocabulary grow.

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Answer: a dictionary

I’m not a selfie, but I do show faces. Find me in bathroom and a few other places.

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Answer: A mirror

Time to chill, time to think. For your next clue go here for a cool drink.

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Answer: the fridge

Inside here you’ll find coats and shoes. Keep it organized so you know whose and whose.

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Answer: a closet

Outdoor clues

Having a back yard or a park close to home is great for having a great treasure hunt. Setting up your treasure hunt or scavenger hunt outside gives the kids the chance to blow off some energy before they sit down for cake and pizza later on. It also gives them an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and experience a bit of nature, a rare thing in modern life! Here I’ve collected some clues that are connected to the outdoors.

It’s not sharp even though there are thousands of blade.

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Answer: Grass

They grow by soaking up the sun’s rays. Then they’re cut and put in a vase.

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Answer: Flowers

The wider I seem the older I am. On me the sun beams, and in fall the green scrams.

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Answer: a tree

If you can’t make up your mind, this might be where you’re sitting

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Answer: On the Fence.

It’s what you need to plant a seed, it’s mostly moist and brown. No need to go far, or look to the stars, in the garden it’s all around.

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Answer: soil/dirt

Adult clues

Finding good riddles for adults is a challenge. During my research I found a lot of riddles I came across to be very unintuitive. Is this maybe the point? Are some people simply better at riddling than others? Tough questions demand tougher answers, but these riddles will find a way of making your head spin, yet still retain the fun factor.

Red as blood, sour but divine, A hard hard heart yet it’s flesh tastes sublime.

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Answer: Cherry

I start with an “e”, I end with an “e”, but I usually contain only one letter.

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Answer: Envelope

I am the beginning of the end, the end of every place. I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?

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Answer: the letter “E”

Where does a king go to get his crown replaced?

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Answer: The Dentist

Which country would you GO to just for the SAKE of it?

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Answer: Japan

When she’s small, she’s deadly, feared and can move all directions as long as far as she pleases,
But in reality, she’s reserved, well protected and can also be considered something musical.

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Answer: Queen

Who am I talking to? “Hi there Margherita, you look lovely today. I hope this doesn’t sound too cheesy, but I think you would be perfect with some wine.”

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Answer: Pizza Margherita

Trivia questions

Trivia is something that can work for adults with solid general knowledge about music, movies, art, history and geography.

Since these are some of the traditional subjects which feature in trivia, I decided to come up with a couple trivia questions for adult players. Although I would be impressed if kids today even knew who Elvis was!

Hopefully your group of adult players have a wide variety of skillsets and knowledge. If this is the case, then these shouldn’t be too difficult. If you deem these too easy, write in the comments below your suggestions and I’ll be motivated to come up with more difficult ones myself.

My tipp: Trivia questions get really good, if the teams can find the answers along the way, maybe they will be passing an “Elvis Presley-Fanshop” and should find out something about the Kind of Rock. Or you can add in some information given on signs of a nature trail?

What was the family name of the rulers of Russia from the 17th Century until the Russian Revolution in 1917?

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Answer: Romanov

During what year did the Ford Model T enter production.

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Answer: 1908

When did Elvis Presley pass away?

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Answer: 1977

What is the capital of Madagascar?

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Answer: Antananarivo

Where are puffins exclusively found?

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Answer: north atlantic ocean. (not to be confused with penguins!)

Rhyming Clues

As you’ve noticed, rhyming clues are a big aspect of what’s great about treasure hunts. Rhymes feature heavily in this list because they are fun and get the attention of kids as well. Giving kids the power to play with language and make words sound great together is a great gift. Allow these rhyming clues to be the first of many such gifts.

  • Ask the teams to write a little poem or a limmerick. Choose a funny subject.
  • How about this: Let them write a poem about their group, all their first names must be in it.
  • Find 10 words that ryme on a certain word, e.g. table.

Off to the room where work is done, but there one can have some quiet and fun. Perhaps on the surface you’ll find me here. Printers and papers and pens are near.

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Answer: Desk in the office

When I’m in your hand, I’m likely to click
But on the ground, I’m likely to speak
Unless I’m your friend, you must catch me quick
Or the last thing you’ll hear from me is a squeak

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Answer: Mouse

During the night they light up the sky
It’s something you wouldn’t see in the day
Americans see them during July
Animals would rather stay far away

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Answer: Fireworks

Wrapped around rice, some think I’m nice,
When I’m where I should be, fish have me for free

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Answer: Seaweed

Roses are red, this isn’t a clue,
What color is fuchsia if violets aren’t blue?

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Answer: Magenta

Trees can have many, a wife may have one,
Big Ben has had more than anybody under the sun.

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Answer: Rings

Guessing riddles

Sometimes it is just impossible to know the answer and even the internet will not help. That’s when guessing comes into place. Of course, you should know the answer and be ready to prove it. Whoever can make the best aproximation is going to win, when you ask the following questions:

  • How many marbls are in the bag. (Let them feel the marbles in the bag from the outside.)
  • What is the distance between the gate and the first street lamp.
  • How many siblings does the team members of the other teams have?

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