Mastermind Hunt: San Francisco - High Seas Edition Regular Division Answers 2015
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1. Answer: Bandit
Starting location: Portwalk Marker #14 along the Embarcadero (Noted by the Anchor icon on the map)
The five-letter and the three-letter words spliced together are:
Following the rope, the circled letters read ANCHOR. The anchor icon on the map marks the correct location of Portwalk Marker 14 entitled “What’s in a Name?”
Above the head of Harbormaster Hedley Prince near the bottom of the marker is a photograph of some moored boats. Named in both black and white is a boat called Bandit.
2. Answer: Gatsby’s Shipwreck
Starting location: Pier 41 near Forbes Island
The correct matching of these ships to crewmembers from literature is:
Ghost: Larsen, Mugridge (The Sea Wolf, London)
We're Here: Manuel, Harvey (Captain's Courageous, Kipling)
Hispaniola: Silver, Hawkins (Treasure Island, Stevenson)
Dawn Treader: Drinian, Reepicheep (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lewis)
Pequod: Ahab, Ishmael (Moby Dick, Melville)
USS Caine: Queeg, Greenwald (The Caine Mutiny, Wouk)
A line drawn from each crewman to his respective ship would be positioned like one of the SF Bay Marine Telegraph Signals located at the top of the map. In the 1850, these signals were used at the top of Telegraph Hill (hence the name) indicating the type of vessel entering the harbor. (e.g. Barque, Frigate, Side Wheel Steamer, etc.) An indexing of the name of the signal name by number found next to the ship’s name on the map gave the letters FORBES
On the last of the spiked concrete piers there is a sticker of a pink whale. The caption reads Gatsby’s Shipwreck.
3. Answer: Temptation
Starting location: Pier 39
To the left of this location is the reflective Magowan’s Mirror Maze and one of the many Pier 39 Photo Spots where one can reflect upon the beauty of the bay.
Beneath a lamp is also one of the many information markers that give the history of the San Francisco waterfront and Pier 39 in particular. Entitled A Big Netful Of Dollars, this marker features a picture of the wharf. On this photo the ship docked next to the Tribute is Temptation.
4. Answer: HUNAPU
Starting location: Beacon Coffee & Pantry at 805 Columbus
The flashing light in the shape of a lighthouse at the back of the gymnasium could be deciphered using Morse code. Decoded it said simply BEACON ON COLUMBUS.
In the coffee house window display there is a lighthouse and a bunch of burlap coffee sacks hanging in the window. On one of them there is a stencil that reads GENUINE ANTIGUA. Directly beneath the letters INE ANT is the coffee varietal HUNAPU.
5. Answer: 70%
Starting location: 1026 Greenwich
Crossing out the sashimi from the wordsearch leaves some letters left uncrossed out. The remaining letters gave the address: ONE ZERO TWO SIX GREENWICH.
In the open space next door to this building there is some artwork on the concrete depicting a piece of sushi bearing a sign saying “week old 70% off”.
6. Answer: 73
Starting location: Tony’s Pizza Napoletana at 1570 Stockton Street
The anagrams of countries plus one letters are:
VALIANT = LATVIA + N
EARING = NIGER + A
ARPEGGIO = GEORGIA + P
PIANOS = SPAIN + O
TOENAILS = ESTONIA + L
SUNDAE = SUDAN + E
PLANET = NEPAL + T
MANDRAKE = DENMARK + A
LICHEN = CHILE + N
LAMIA = MALI + A
ERUPT = PERU + T
YEOMEN = YEMEN + O
LITANY = ITALY + N
ANALOGY = ANGOLA + Y
ISLANDER = IRELAND + S
The added letters spell out Napoletana Tonys.
The mural on the Union Street side of the business features landmarks from Rome and San Francisco. At the top there is a trophy with the number 73 on it.
7. Answer: Ultimately Fatal
Starting location: Jack Early Park
The ship captained by Jack Sparrow is called the Black Pearl. Using the last four letters of Pearl (EARL) and the 2nd through 4th of Sparrow (PAR) one could add the letters Y and K to get the name EARLY PARK. The entrance to Jack Early Park is on Grant near the beginning of Pfeiffer Street.
Affixed to the railing on the landing at the top of the stairs, there was a laminated sheet that bore the quote: Life is dangerous – ultimately fatal – endeavor, so you may as well live it full out. Chart your course, cast off the lines, and boldly sail the seas of life. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie.
The words coming before endeavor are Ultimately Fatal.
8. Answer: Love Pirate
Starting location: Musée Mecanique
There is a hidden message contained in the highlighted red letters in the script from Chapter Two of Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before The Mast.
The message reads: FIND A PILOT ON A MACHINE NEAR THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT IN MUSEE MECANIQUE YOUR FATE IS ABOVE A MOVIE STAR.
Inside the museum there is a machine called Career Pilot. On its face there are a number of different career paths the captain might steer one toward. The Fate directly above movie star is Love Pirate.
9. Answer: CENTER OF BALANCE
Starting location: Water Street
The picture puzzles solve to:
The numbers refer to an indexing of the names of each of the fish spelled out. Placing them in order the letters read: RUE D’EAU FRENCH – Water Street in English.
Near the middle of the street close to a set of oars there is a metal container full of bamboo and other plants. In the middle of the container it says CENTER OF BALANCE.
10. Answer: SHS
Starting location: Chestnut and Jones Streets
The cross streets referenced are Chestnut (first part of a box of treasure) and Jones (comes between Davy and locker.)
Uphill from this corner along Chestnut is the San Francisco Art Institute. Beneath one of the windows is a poured concrete slab, and drawn there is a quote saying: Given a wall to write on, all manner of monsters are possible. - SHS
Teams were asked to use these three initials to make a creative nautical three-word phrase of their own choosing.
There were several fun acronyms including Send Help Soon, Sinbad Hates Salmon, Ships Have Souls, and the most submitted name - Sailors Have Scurvy, however, our favorite acronym of the day was Sailors Hate Shampoo submitted by Team Knots & Cruises who played in the Regular division.
They won passes to any Mastermind Event. Congratulations!