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Hunt for Fun, Hunt for Pun 

Wednesday, Feb 16 2011
The annual Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt is equally about finding the perfect team name and outfit as it is about finding hidden treasure. Last year — the Year of the Tiger — brought out teams including Irritable Growl Syndrome, Black Eyed Paws: I Gotta Feline, … But I Tigress, and the then-topical Tiger Was Lion About Being a Cheetah Off the Lynx. Past years have inspired names such as Subprime Interest Rats (Year of the Rat); I Never Sausage a Team (Year of the Boar); Rex Marks the Spot (Year of the Dog); Marmoset Said There’d Be Days Like These (Year of the Monkey); and Those Opposed Who Say Neigh (Year of the Horse). Awards are also given to the best attired teams — last year’s winners dressed as the characters from Scooby Doo (named Scooby Hu Gang), while the best Tiger-Themed costume went to Cape Fur (dressed in matching tiger shawls). If you’re an urban sleuth and into the actual competition, here’s how it works: Each team is given clues/puzzles that lead to various locations, which may or may not lead to other clues and locations, until a team finds its ultimate destination. For example, one year a clue centered on the pseudonym under which Lawrence of Arabia enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1922. (It was “Ross,” which led to Ross Alley, a tiny alley in Chinatown.) One team checked a biography of Mr. Arabia available at a bookstore. And another, realizing that S.F. libraries were closed, called a public library in Honolulu (where it was three hours earlier), and the librarian provided the information.
Sat., Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m., 2011

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