Lagoon (AKA Sharks)
GC to update day-of-game.
Teams arrive at a lagoon, staffed by a couple of "lifeguards", with a few colored markers in the water. The lifeguards will not let the interns into the water until they beat him/her at a game of Go Fish
Step One: Go Fish
Lifeguards have a stack of cards with single letters and one of six suits
Interns play Go Fish while the lifeguard, and are given differing responses based on their ask:
[something other than a fish] -> that's not a fish
[a fish name] -> that fish name seems really long
[a single letter] -> regular old Go Fish: if the interns guess a letter they don't have "Go Fish!", otherwise the interns get all copies of the guessed letter
Letters per suit can be anagrammed into the names of common sharks:
If the interns come back to the lifeguard with the name of a shark, they will be directed to a second lifeguard
Step Two: The Sharks and Skewers
The second lifeguard will ask what shark name they have identified, then direct them to a colored balloon in the water. Attached to that balloon is a bucket full of that type of shark.
Teams take one shark - they have 2 holes in them!
Upon exiting the water, lifeguard will offer the team a skewer as well (for stabbing)
Skewers have letters on them. Skewers go in the sharks and then different letters are visible.
When properly assigned to the correct shark, each skewer contains 3 pieces of data, concatenated together:
1st and last letter: provide a hint to next step - "WHAT IS HIDDEN"
Middle section: hidden by the shark - "EACH HAS EIGHT"
Rest of it: way to identify which shark goes with each skewer ("new skewer word")
|Shark Name||New Skewer Word||First Let.||Half of new skewer word||Hidden inside||Second half of new skewer word||Last Let.||Concatenated|
Hidden letters lead to message: "EACH HAS EIGHT" -> Sharks have eight fins.
Some teams have trouble figuring out to ask the lifeguard for single letters in the first step. On-site GC should hopefully handle this through emphasis if a team keeps coming back, but yeah. Single letters. Ask them if they've tried short names for fish, and if they have, ask what is even shorter than a 2- or 3- letter word.
Yeah, the skewers are sometimes hard to fit in the sharks. Sorry.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONFIRM DATA. Sometimes the ink on the skewer runs.
The skewers WERE NOT assigned when they got the shark. You can remind the teams that they just randomly picked a stick
A lot of people find the first and last letters, figure out an ordering, and use that to solve without really using the sharks. That's fine. This is a good place to have them start looking.
Yes, the internet will auto-complete to "Sharks have 8 senses" - no, this is not the answer. Tell the teams they can focus on the physical sharks that they have. And no, the tail fin doesn't count as 2 fins.