Finders Seekers is a monthly puzzle subscription box for anyone who loves puzzles, escape rooms, Sherlock Holmes, mysteries, or anything requiring a little brainpower. Finders Seekers features a new destination each month, so in addition to the puzzle/escape room experience, you get a mini travel experience, too, exploring a new city and its culture every month.
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FYI – there are SPOILERS in this post!
The outside of the box also has a sticker that says that it contains mysteries from the city of Petra in Jordan!
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Explore world cultures solving puzzles, decoding cryptic messages and discovering underground societies. A new city each month!
As a subscriber (limited numbers can join each month), you are invited to join the Society of Seekers, a group of like-minded puzzle fiends who use their heads and a little bit of internet-search know-how to explore a city and solve a mystery each month. We’re going to JORDAN this month!
Everything that you’ll need to solve the case is inside the box, placed inside a large white envelope! We’re excited to solve this one!
Everything in the box!
Also included in this month’s box is a welcome letter and checklist of every item that should be inside the package, plus all the clues you’ll need to solve the mystery. Plus, we now know where to start the journey! In this case, we need to uncover ancient scrolls that contain secrets of the ancient Nabataeans, who first inhabited the arid lands.
The took us to the beautiful main entrance of Petra, Jordan!
Map Of Petra. We will never get lost in the place but get lost in the adventure with this included map!
The other side includes more information about the place.
Petra was established around 100 B.C. as the capital of the Nabataean Empire and the center of trade for exotic fragrances and spices.
The map presented 10 places in Petra, and these are the places where each of the online puzzles will take place.
20 “sandstone” batons with carved letters. There are also these elegant-looking “sandstone” batons, which look like treasures! Each one has carved letters on them.
Handmade Soap. There’s a hand-crafted soap made by Indigo Salts Soaps!
It has the eFinders Seekers printed on it, with the clue “Only the clean will discover”.
The soap is really beautiful, and I wonder how it will be used to solve some puzzles!
Incense Packet. There is also incense packet that contains 3 sticks.
These incense can be used for the Colonnaded Street puzzle.
Treasury/Colonnaded Street Puzzles. The Treasury puzzle presented a photo with jars that seemed that they are all the same, but as you look closely, you’ll see some slight differences. I guess this is like the game of “spot-the-difference”.
Here’s the puzzle for Colonnaded Street with random letters all around it, and the incense will be used on this one!
Street Of Facades/Royal Tombs Puzzle. The Street of Facades is a row of monumental Nabataean tombs carved in a cliff face that lies past the Treasury, adjacent to the outer Siq. Here’s the puzzle related to the location!
I thought this was just a photo of the Royal Tombs, but looking at the lower right corner of the photo, there’s something there and it looks like a familiar game.
Theatre/Great Temple Puzzle. The Theatre is carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place os Sacrifice. It has three rows of seats separated by passageways. The puzzle looks like a crossword puzzle in the form of a theater!
The next puzzle is related to the grand monumental complex that lies at the south of the Colonnaded Street, which is the Great Temple. Looking at this one, I figured this is a Hashiwokakero, a type of logic puzzle which is played on a rectangular grid with no standard size, although the grid itself is not usually drawn, and the goal is to connect all of the islands by drawing a series of bridges between the islands.
Byzantine Church Puzzle. A prime example of monumental architecture in Petra, the Byzantine Church can be found on elevated ground in the city center. This puzzle shows the beautiful mosaics, and it looks like we can make something out od the design at the bottom!
The back of the picture has this black background with white rectangles that I think can be filled with something to solve another puzzle!
There’s always a starting point for this kind of boxes, so better visit the website first for hints.
As the website welcomed us to Petra, Jordan, after we clicked ‘begin’, it took us to Bab Al Siq.
Each puzzle that you will be able to solve will lead you to another location and puzzle until you solve everything.
Also, search engines can help you a lot with unlocking some puzzles (like this one, which doesn’t involve box items), and if you really had a hard time solving one puzzle, you can consult the Facebook fan page for hints. Don’t worry, there are just hints and there are almost no spoilers so you’ll still feel the thrill fully!
Each puzzle that you solve will earn you phrases, until you have everything that’s needed to solve the word search.
Solving the case will gain you the trust of the Nabataeans and share with you jars that contain the stories of the early inhabitants of Petra!
Petra, Jordan is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, voted by 100 million people in 2007. The city is not just filled with history but also filled with beauty because of its carved rose-red sandstone rock facades, 2royal and great tombs, and temples. It is also well-known because of its appearance in Indian Jones and The Last Crusade. It’s really fun to explore such a majestic place and learn more about the early civilization of the Nabataeans. If you find yourself stuck in some puzzles, there’s always the world wide web and the Facebook page for help. It’s really a great box to bond over with the whole family, or with friends!
Did you solve the mystery? How long did it take you? Let us know in the comments below!