3rd Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt Results Are In!

Hello!  As you all know, the 3rd Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt ended on September 1.  This third year saw a great increase in the number of submitted entries resulting in good competition in both the Team and Individual Categories.  We hope you enjoyed the competition; every effort was made to continue the proud tradition started by our Buttons. Thank you to everyone who participated.

This year is the first time the Treasure Hunt submissions were scored on a point system with a total of 156 points available.  Results are——-


High Honors:  High Honors for this year goes to Uno Studio in Holmes, our returning team from Italy. The outstanding work by this team captured 153 of the 156 points.  Congratulations to team members Michele Lopez, Stefano Guerra, Enrico Solito, Vera Mazzotta, and Roberto Vianello.

Honors: Honors for this year are shared between The Sound of the Baskervilles, returning champions from Seattle, and The Bootmakers of Toronto, with each team earning 143 points. Sheila Holtgrieve and Lauren Messenger represented The SOBs (as they are affectionately known); The Bootmakers are represented by Peter Calamai, Cliff Goldfarb, Peggy Perdue, and Chris Redmond.

O.V.E. Awards: Our Order of Valiant Effort awards go to second-year competitor  La Fayette of La Societe Sherlock Holmes de France with 129 points, and Two Guys Down in Illinois with 124 points. SSHF Lafayette team members are Alexis Barquin, Benoit Guilielmo, and Thierry Saint-Joanis.  The Two Guys are Rob Nunn and Brad Keefauver.

Honorable Mention:  Honorable Mention this year goes to first time competitors, The Retired Beekeepers of Sussex with 70 points; team members are Elinor Gray, Basil Chap, Crystal Noll, and Rowan MacBean.


High Honors:  First time competitor Greg Darak earns the High Honors in this category this year with his excellent work nabbing  145 of the available points.

Honors:  Honors this year go to our returning champion from 2013 and 2014 Denny Dobry with 130 points.  Denny was the first-in this year, submitting more than a week before any others.

O.V.E. Award:  Our Valiant Effort Award winner for this category is Gerry Turnbull with 89 points.

In keeping with the general fellowship of the JHWS, there is another tie in one category this year:

The Best Pull-The-Treasure-Hunt-Master’s-Leg Award

–Two Guys in Illinois for their answer to #47: “He let out a yell, and away he went as hard as he could lick it in the darkness”—SHOS; A year later, Holmes discovers how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop;

–Greg Darak for his answer to #89 (about the Fog): Mel Torme and Professor Moriarty.

Thank you for the comic relief!  🙂

The  JHWS will be sending the keepsake awards out soon, and may need to contact some of you for mailing information.  The answers to this year’s competition will be posted tomorrow on the Quiz page.  We will then return our quiz page to our wonderful Quiz Master Denny.  Please direct any questions about the 3rd Annual Treasure Hunt to treasurehunt@johnhwatsonsociety.com.

  Thanks for playing the game with us this year,


JHWS Treasure Hunt Master for 2015

8 Replies to “3rd Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt Results Are In!”

  1. Wow, good news! 🙂
    This was extremely great fun, from first to last. And by “last” I mean “finding the answer to #80 just a couple of minutes before submitting”…
    Could you please also post the file with the answers? So that everyone can check and see where they did right.
    Thank you also on behalf of my fellow team members!
    Don would have been proud of you and of the way we are keeping the Treasure Hunt tradition alive. 🙂

  2. Congratulations to all of the participates, and a special congratulations and thank you to Margie for providing us with many hours of entertainment and new found knowledge. I was very happy to see the competition expand this year.

    Nice job, Greg, on unseating me from the High Honours position.

    I hope to see an increase in the participation in the weekly quizzes. These quizzes will be a walk-in-the-park for those who made it through the Treasure Hunt.

  3. Hi Reggie: The answers are now posted on the Quiz page. I thought about just posting your team’s response: it is prettier than mine and just spot-on. Congrats on a job well-done. And, yes, #80: it apparently caused a great deal of heart ache along the way this year. 😉

  4. What a thrilling Treasure Hunt this year!

    My deepest thanks to our Hunt Master for creating such a daunting challenge and my heartfelt congratulations for every person and group who entered and took on that challenge. You are all so amazing!

  5. I’d be interested in knowing how many individual and team entries there were this year, since you say it was an increase over previous years.

  6. Hi Peter: All entries for this year are accounted for in the honors list. Because the JHWS Treasure Hunt is such a time-consuming and difficult challenge many begin but few finish. The time crunch is especially difficlt–it often can not be overcome by many who would like to participate. We are thrilled with the number of participants this year who made it happen. We are so glad your team joined in the fun.


  7. Apparently my typing fingers are not cooperating this morning, and typing the word difficult is difficult. :0

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