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Challenging Treasure Hunt for Adults | LIFESTYLE

One of my most popular blog posts has been a treasure hunt I made a few years ago – you can read all about it here – but when a ‘big’ birthday for my dad came up, I decided to make him treasure hunt too. I wanted this one to be a little bit harder so keep reading if you’d like to make a treasure hunt for someone special.

This treasure hunt is longer than the last one but I promise it’s definitely worth the effort! In this hunt there are 18 clues / riddles and instead of hiding a present with each clue (this could get expensive) I hid all of the presents like a treasure trove at the end of the hunt.

I started by giving the first clue to my unknowing dad and as he solved them, it gave him a location where the next clue was waiting for him. You might recognise some of these clues from my previous treasure hunt as I ‘recycled’ some of them and added in some harder ones and some riddles too. The first clue is the toughest but I promise they get easier.

A treasure hunt is surprisingly easy to make – all you need are a selection of clues, some good hiding places across the house or garden and I bought some cards and envelopes which I wrote the clues on but you can download my free printable. All you have to do is print the clues on single sided paper, cut them up and hide them in the correct place!

Search far and wide, by any measure

It’s time to begin your quest for treasure

Challenging Treasure Hunt for Adults | LIFESTYLE | FREYA WILCOX

Treasure Hunt – The Clues:

Clue 1: A very famous chemist was found murdered in his kitchen today. The police narrowed it down to six suspects. They know it was a two man job. Their names; Felice, Maxwell, Archibald, Nicholas, Jordan and Xavier. A note was also found with the body: 26 – 3 – 58 / 28 – 27 – 57 – 16. Who are the killers?

Hint: If you need a hint, you could give the recipient a copy of the periodic table where the numbers match up to elements on the periodic table.

Answer: Felice and Nicholas.

On the correct answer, I then gave my dad clue number two by hand.

Clue 2: You’ll lay your head here when you’re about to count sheep, it often gets fluffed before you go to sleep

Answer: Underneath a pillow

Clue 3: Feeding from me they float on air, wings beating fast, they best be quick because soon there won’t be enough to last

Answer: Birdfeeder

Clue 4: A metal box with numbers is usually the norm, for this thing that keeps our food warm

Answer: Microwave

Clue 5: A clue to find where you keep things cold, where to go next is what you’ll be told

Answer: Fridge

Clue 6: It’s full of paper and full of ink, its not a book so what do you think?

Answer: Printer

Clue 7: Turn up the heat, it will help you bake, cookies, casseroles and even a cake

Answer: Oven

Clue 8: People knock on me to say hello, but you lock me up when I go. What am I?

Answer: Front door

Clue 9: To find the next clue, you’ll have to think, you’ll use one of these if you need a drink

Answer: Glasses cupboard

Clue 10: I get bigger when I eat but die weaker when I drink. What am I?

Answer: Fire

Clue 11: Can you find something which has keys that open no locks, with space but no room and allows you to enter but not go in?

Answer: Keyboard

Clue 12: 100 degrees

Answer: Kettle

Clue 13: — / • / • — • • / • / • — — • / • • • • / — — — / — • / •

Hint: If the recipient doesn’t recognise this, you could give them a morse code key to decode the clue

Answer: Telephone

Clue 14: 4 – 2 – 7 – 2 – 4 – 3

Hint: These numbers match up to the dial on the telephone keypad

Answer: Garage

Clue 15: You’ll find a clue with tools used to eat, hurry now, your hunt is almost complete

Answer: Cutlery drawer

Clue 16: Soap and water but it doesn’t clean hands, used with persil, ariel and many other brands

Answer: Washing machine

Clue 17: Where you can watch films, cartoons and episodes too, check behind me to find the last clue

Answer: TV

Clue 18: A place where water falls down like rain, after it falls on you it goes down the drain

Answer: Shower

If you want a slightly shorter and easier treasure hunt which is fun for all the family, click here.

I put a HUGE amount of work into creating these awesome treasure hunts for you, completely free of charge and if you had a great time using my treasure hunt would be utterly amazing if you could show your support by buying me a coffee for just £2 by clicking the button below.

Thank you – Freya Wilcox

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  1. Costa
    May 29, 2020 / 10:34 am

    YES! I’ve been looking for this! I have been looking for a scavenger hunt for adults, and ideas on how to execute, and this is the first one which is ORIGINAL! Thank you so much!

  2. Chelsea
    March 25, 2021 / 12:25 pm

    Wow, you did such an amazing job in this! Thank you so very much!!!

  3. Sienna
    May 10, 2023 / 1:34 am

    Thanks so much for this AMAZING SO FUN!

  4. connie
    December 26, 2023 / 1:18 pm

    we all loved it!
    do dome more!!

  5. Alicia Hursley
    January 29, 2024 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! We planned an awesome treasure hunt! The only thing we didn’t plan for was mud…some of our clues needed to be outside and well, mud got tracked all over our house haha luckily, we have a good carpet cleaner so no harm really and at the end of the day, we had an awesome time thanks to you!

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