Greetings to the Clue Community!

Dr. Clue News: 
Hello again everyone!    We’ve excited to announce the addition of two new hunts to the Dr. Clue website:

Check ’em both out!    That brings Dr. Clue’s hunt total up to 122 hunt locations, across the country around the globe.     Thanks for making it happen!

DIY Treasure Hunt Kits
Do you remember the old game shows, like “Password”, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Let’s Make a Deal”?   Nearly all of them concluded with the emcee declaring:  “All of our contestants get a copy of our take-home board game version of our show!”    What a great idea; you enjoyed the facilitated experience — why not continue the experience at home, with friends & family?!!

To my surprise, many of our clients are unaware that Dr. Clue also offers a “take home version” of our treasure hunts.   Just go to our DIY Store and check out the large variety of do-it-yourself treasure hunt & puzzle kits available.  Transform any location into a treasure hunt with our fun, clever clue packets — often for $100 or less!    Check them all out at:


In today’s issue of the Dr. Clue newsletter, we’ve got 3 more puzzles for you to solve, an icebreaker that have you listening up, and an article about staying in the here and now.   Enjoy!

Dave Blum
Editor, Dr. Clue Icebreaker Newsletter

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Frame Games

Last issue, we gave you these 3 puzzles:

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

Eyes in the Back of my Head
Mini Skirt
All in All

Honorable mentions go to our fastest solvers, including:

  • Jennifer Magnone
  • Cynthia Kopec
  • Kristen Wilson
  • Jessica Kelley

However our First-to-Solve was Marian Bartlett.  Congratulations Marian!

This Week’s Puzzles:

2) Here are three more frame puzzles to challenge your brain cells.  As always, let’s see who can get them all the fastest and be named the “F2S” (first to solve).

2) And here are some trivia questions.  Again, who will be the F2S?:
1. Is there a 4th of July in England? Yes or no?

2. How many birthdays does the average man have?

3. Some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

4. How many outs are there in an inning?

5. Can a man in California marry his widow’s sister?

6. Take the number 30, divide it by 1/2, and then add 10.
………What do you get?

7. There are 3 apples and you take two away. How many apples
are you left with?

8. A doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take one every half
an hour….   How long will the pills last?

9. A farmer has 17 sheep. All but 9 of them die.
How many sheep are left?

10. How many animals of each sex did Moses bring with him on the ark?

11. A butcher in the market is 5’10? tall. What does he weigh?

12. How many 2 cent stamps are there in a dozen?

13. What was the President’s name in 1960?

14.  At least four words in the English language end in “ous.  What are they?

Email your answers ASAP at:
Good luck!

This Week’s Icebreaker

“Listen To This”

This nice little exercise helps people practice their listening skills in unexpected ways. The facilitator has the attendees pair off and sit “kneecap-to-kneecap and eyeball-to-eyeball.”

  • Group size: 6 to 60 people.
  • Props: movable chairs for all participants.
  • Time: 10 minutes, including an “afterglow.”

Ask one person to be the Listener and one person to be the Speaker.

The Listener has two rules:  1) maintain eye contact with the Speaker and 2) do not respond verbally.  The Speaker has two rules:  1) maintain eye contact and 2) talk about any topic for three minutes.

After round one, have them reverse their roles and time them for another three minutes.

Questions to ask:

  • What did you learn?
  • Did your partner seem comfortable listening to you?  Why or why not?
  • Is it harder to speak without hearing a verbal response or listen without being able to verbally respond?  Why?


If you are uncomfortable listening to someone for three minutes, it might be because you have a tendency to interrupt.  Learn to let the other person have the spotlight.

If you are uncomfortable speaking for three minutes you may not feel you are very interesting.  Could this be a self-esteem issue?  Would you expect another person to be interested in you if you are not interested in yourself?

(With thanks to


Featured Article

The Monk and The Tiger
By Dave Blum

The other day, I was re-reading one of my favorite inspirational books, Sylvia Boorstein’s short and pithy “It’s Easier Than You Think“, and came across this famous parable:

“A monk was being chased by a tiger toward the edge of a cliff.  He leaps off the cliff, grasping a vine that has grown over the edge.  Below him is a long drop to certain death, above him is the snarling tiger.  As the monk swings in midair, a mouse begins gnawing at the vine above him.  His position is one of utter precariousness.  Growing out of the cliff in front of him, however, is a wild strawberry, which the monk picks and eats.  He says, “This strawberry is delicious.”

We can all understand the monk’s position, can’t we.  Smaller budgets…co-workers being laid off…departments (and colleagues) being out-sourced.   There’s the tiger of uncertainty, directly above us, while down below we see the long, long drop towards unemployment and home foreclosure.  And what’s that nibbling away our life vine? Why, it’s the mouse of credit card debt!  Letting go would be so easy, wouldn’t it?  . And yet…if we stay in the present and consider our situation, we find something beautiful right here and right now, a glistening strawberry: perfect, delicious, and within our reach.

Although it may seem like despair is the only option in these difficult times, it’s important to stay present in the moment.  Even in the midst of our worst travails, we’re bound to notice beautiful and tasty opportunities right before our eyes:  a chance to reconnect with our clients, for example.  Or needed downtime to develop new products or services — not to mention “down-economy” buying opportunities.

What is your interpretation of this parable?  What’s your tiger, what’s your mouse?  What’s your strawberry?
As always, thank you for being a part of the Dr. Clue Community!

Dave Blum, Editor, The Dr. Clue Friday Icebreaker newsletter

Feel free to contact us at 707-566-7824 with your thoughts and comments,
or email Dave personally at