Greetings to the Clue Community!

Hello again everyone!

I recently came upon this inspiring quote from the American poet, Maya Angelou.  I hope it makes your day as much as it made mine.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Have a great day!


Dr. Clue News:It’s been a busy few weeks for us here at Dr. Clue central.  For example, we just finished creating and delivering a fantastic new hunt for Wells Fargo in the SoMA (South of Market) district of San Francisco. One of the highlights was sending the groups to a computerized, indoor golf driving range (Eagle Club Indoor Golf), where each team had to work together to hit drives a total of 1,000 feet.  Not as easy as it sounds!

Another highlight was the hunt we wrote for Avira at their headquarters in Tettnang, Germany.   Creating virtual treasure hunts is always tricky as you have to rely on your client’s scouting notes (and photos) in order write the clues accurately, and without ambiguity.   Happily, the hunt came together beautifully, with participants visiting the old castle, a variety of historic buildings and chapels, and even a bakery with a cow statue on the roof. After writing the hunt, I now feel like I’ve actually been to Tettnang, myself!

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In today’s economy, there is no bigger problem than turnover & employee retention.  How DO you keep your best talent, and what might be driving employees away?  Inevitably it comes down to:

  • Lack of Trust
  • Poor Communication Skills
  • High Stress and Low Morale

Dr. Clue can help!   During our fun, smart and active team-building programs, your staff will:

  • Practice the top Trust-Building Behaviors (expressing empathy and giving feedback)
  • Learn skillful Planning, Communication, and Strategy tools (that are immediately applicable to the work place)
  • Boost Morale, Release Stress and Break Down Personal Barriers

And oh yes, you’ll have a TON OF FUN in the process:  And not only via mere “recreation”.  Dr. Clue programs are FUN WITH A PURPOSE!

Wouldn’t you like to have an office culture where people are:

  • Smiling, upbeat and communicating in a positive way?
  • Delegating tasks to the right person?
  • Sharing information across teams, with everyone feeling part of the larger team?

These are just a few of the outcomes of a Dr. Clue program!


In today’s issue of the Dr. Clue newsletter, we’ve got 3 more tricky puzzles to solve, an icebreaker that will have you singing McCartney’s “Yesterday”, and an article that may solve that lingering limp of yours.   Enjoy!

Dave Blum
Editor, Dr. Clue Icebreaker Newsletter

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Frame Games

Last issue, we gave you these three tricky puzzles to solve:

Thanks to everyone who sent in a solution.  The correct answers were:

1) Purple Haze
2) An Inside Man
3) Crowded Intersection

Honorable Mention to Tyson Thomas, who got 2 out of 3.

Alas, we had NO correct puzzle solvers this week.  That’s two weeks in a row, folks!   Gotta pick it up!


This week you’ve got three more puzzles to unlock!  Let’s see who can get them all the fastest and be named the “F2S” (first to solve).

Email your answers to me ASAP at:

Good luck!

Got an event coming up that needs a little pizzazz?  Check out our DIY Store: the low-cost way to transform ANY location (indoors or outdoors) into a Team-Building Adventure.

Dr. Clue offers a variety of quick, easy, team-building kits designed for organizations which don’t mind leading programs by themselves, without a facilitator.

Here are some Great Tools for you to consider:

DIY: Build-A-Treasure-Hunt Kit:  Create a site-specific hunt in your area (no fuss, no muss)
DIY: Build-A-Treasure-Hunt – Drive Around Town: Take a fun drive around your area, hunting for cool locations

DIY: Build-A-Treasure-Hunt – Pub Crawl Kit:  Hit the local taverns, solving clues along the way
DIY: Puzzling Networking Game: A great, puzzle-based networking game for all occasions (indoors)
DIY: “Find-Someone-Who” Bingo:  “Find Someone Who” bingo cards, ready to go
DIY: Table Rebus:  A piece of a rebus goes under every table–teams collect all the pieces, solve the puzzle, and perform a fun challenge.  Great icebreaker!


This Week’s Icebreaker

What Did You Learn Yesterday?

This is a powerful activity. Simple idea, and so potent.

Ask any group (to consider individually): What did you learn yesterday?

Review answers through discussion, brief statements, or presentations.

Optionally, you can first establish what sort of “learning” qualifies to be mentioned.  Alternately, you can leave that aspect open because it’s obviously an interesting debate in itself which tends to naturally arise from the discussion.

Review angles:

  • If you can’t think of anything you learned yesterday, how far back do you need to go to find something?
  • Was it learning for work, or life, or both – and what’s the difference anyway?
  • How did you learn it?
  • How could you measure/quantify/apply it?
  • How might you transfer it/teach it to someone else?
  • What will change now that you’ve learned it?
  • What further learning does it prompt or enable?
  • What value would you put on it?
  • What would you have paid to have learned it some while ago?
  • What could you do to maximize the learning that naturally comes to you every day, for free?

You will think of lots more angles and plenty more suggestions will arise in discussions.


  • What is the most useful thing you learned in the last week/month/year/previous life?
  • What did you learn at the water cooler/pub after work/party at the weekend/on holiday?
  • What did you learn on your social networking website when you should have been ‘working’?
  • What’s the most valuable learning you’ve obtained in the past month/year and how did you get it?
  • What’s the most you’ve learned for the least cost/effort and the least you’ve learned from the most cost/effort?

Larger groups can be split into smaller work teams to explore what departments or divisions have learned and the extent to which learning is shared, assimilated and applied.

(This exercise was inspired by a brief story in Leo Buscaglia’s wonderful 1972 book ‘Love’, in which Buscaglia recalls his father asking his children at the end of each day, “What did you learn today?”. This expectation encouraged them to seek facts and knowledge – about anything – and the habit was very significant in forming Buscaglia’s positive approach to life and lifelong learning.)

(with thanks to )

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By Dave Blum

If you had to list your five, daily “must do” actions or activities in your life, what would they be?

My own list would probably include (in no particular order):

–Eating right (healthfully and low-cal)
–Sleeping sufficiently

If any one of these actions or activities is missing, I find myself starting to feel grumpy and off balance.  It’s as if a watch dog has started growling at me, or else I’ve developed a limp.  The only way to get the dog off my back, or to start walking straight again, is to determine which of my five “must do’s” is missing and then re-inject it back into my life.

My college friend Tim first told me about all this in 1985, describing the phenomenon as ”Abraxas”.  This morning, I looked up “Abraxas” online, expecting to see some mention of watch dogs and limps–and what I discovered was far more mysterious and complex. According to Webster’s Dictionary, Abraxas is described as follows:

“A*brax”as, n. [A name adopted by the Egyptian Gnostic Basilides, containing the Greek letters , [beta], [rho], [alpha], [xi], [alpha], [sigma], which, as numerals, amounted to 365. It was used to signify the supreme deity as ruler of the 365 heavens of his system.] A mystical word used as a charm and engraved on gems among the ancients; also, a gem stone thus engraved.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.”

–Hmm, although interesting, no real answer there.

Thankfully, the German novelist, Hermann Hesse, mentions the god Abraxas in his novel, Demian, as follows:

“The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas…it appears that Abraxas has much deeper significance. We may conceive of the name as that of the godhead whose symbolic task is the uniting of godly and devilish elements.”

It’s hard to know what to make of all this mystical stuff; where is Dan Browns “Da Vinci Code” Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon, when you need him?!!

As far as I can parse it, Abraxas represents unity and totality — Abraxas brings together that which has been broken (both the good and the bad).  In order to reach Abraxas (wholeness), you need to first make a break with the world of habits that have been holding you back and then fly towards your ideal behaviors.

In my own case, if I want more unity, clearly I need to stop sitting on the couch, eating poorly, and staying up too late!

Go ahead, now – make that list of your 5 must-do actions/activities.  Put it up on your refrigerator and ask yourself:  What is currently missing in my life?  What’s keeping me away from Abraxas?  What’s gotten me so grumpy recently?  What’s making me limp?  And then do something about it. 🙂