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!
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 off to BOSTON this month!
NOTE: This is an updated version of the Finders Seekers August 2019 Boston box.
Everything is packed in a string-tie envelope.
There’s also a sticky note that contains instructions on how to get started with this case.
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.
The website took us to Boston!
This is the birthplace of the United States and modern democracy! We’ve been brought here by an elite group of patriots who have long guarded a valuable relic from American history. Internet chatter has led them to believe the relic is in danger of being stolen by communists. None of the patriots have ever really seen the relic, nor know of its final resting place. But each of them hold a different token that all lead to the relic’s location. Your mission is to retrieve the 10 tokens found throughout Boston and discover the hiding place of the relic so it can be secured. Guiding your quest will be the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile route that connects the city’s most notable historical sites.
Review all of the items in your box. There are hidden elements that will be useful throughout the game. You shouldn’t have to research to solve any of the puzzles.
Visit the following 10 attractions located along the Freedom Trail.
You’ll be tested by the patriots at each site, who will award you tokens for completing their puzzles.
Once you have collected all 10 tokens, visit the Boston Finish Line to complete the ‘Find.’
Freedom Trail Map. To make the journey easier, we need a map and in this case, it’s the Freedom Trail Map.
The other side of the map features Prominent Bostonians such as Ben Franklin, John Hancock, JFK, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, and more!
The map shows official sites that you can pass by as you go along the 2.5-mile trail. You can also see the link of the Freedom Trail Official Sites on the website and start from there.
Freedom Trail Seal & Ring. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and it passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States, like museums, churches, and meeting houses. Here’s an image of the seal for the historical stretch, and there are some symbols that have been added. Also included is the Freedom Trail Ring.
Our first stop is the Boston Common, which is the first public park established in the U.S.
For the first test, we need to decipher the code to a padlock in order to escape and earn our first token.
Scrap of Paper with Curious Writings. This is the small slip of paper that we used for the first puzzle.
After solving the puzzle, we earned a token that we need to collect and save for later reference. There are 10 tokens that we need to collect!
Latin School Spelling List. This one is for the Boston Latin School Freedom Trail site. The Boston Latin School is established in 1635, and it is the first public school in the United States. Several of the country’s founding fathers attended classes here, including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin.
We translated this one to English using the internet and here’s the result:
The first and last letters:
For this puzzle, we need to figure out little Sammy’s secret password to get the next token.
Bookshelf and 11 Books. Our next stop is the Old Corner Bookstore. It was built by Anne Hutchinso in 1634 but was destroyed in the Great Fire fo 1711 and rebuilt in 1718. It’s one of Boston’s oldest buildings, and it was operated by Ticknor and Fields to publish works of the most well-known 19th century American and English authors.
For the next puzzle, we need to figure out which 8 fit on the shelf together and their correct order to decipher the password required to earn our next token.
Letter from “Your Fellow American”. The next challenge can be found and solved in the Old South Meeting House. This is the place where Bostonians met to discuss whether they would pay the heavy taxes the British government had placed on 340 crates of tea that were sitting on three ships at Griffin’s Wharf. This is where the Sons of Liberty started, a secret society designed to protect the colonies. They also destroyed the tea by disguising themselves as Mohawk Indians that boarded the ships and dumped all the tea into the harbor.
For this puzzle, we need to decipher and follow the instructions found hidden in the letter from “Your Fellow American”.
Copy of the Declaration of Independence. We proceeded to the Old State House next. It was the backdrop of many important events during the American Revolution. This is also where the Declaration of Independence was read publicly for the first time.
A copy of this document was found in a time capsule, inside the head of the lion statue. For the next puzzle, we need to examine this historic document and uncover a passphrase that will earn us our next token.
Letter from Samuel Cooper. Revolutionists used many forms of signals and codes to relay messages under the prying eye of the crown. At the Old North Church, Robert Newman signaled the movement of English troops by displaying lanterns in the church’s steeple, and this signaled Paul Revere to make his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington and alert the colonists.
The actual letter from Revolutionary soldier Samuel Cooper will be used for this next puzzle. We can earn our next token if we decipher the letter’s secret passphrase.
USS Constitution Post Card. Now, we’re on to get our last token, and for this puzzle, we used the USS Constitution Postcard. The USS Constitution was launched in 1797, making it the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel that is still sailing. She is most noted for her battles during the War of 1812 as she defeated five British warships, and today, the USS Constitution is open to the public for tours and sails once a year through Boston Harbor where she performs an elaborate gun drill.
To receive our last token, we need to decode the secret message found on this postcard.
To help us further with the challenges, here are the other items included in the box:
There’s an included card with a Transparency in the middle.
The box also provided us with a Spy Marker with Blacklight. The cap serves as the lighted part of the pen, while the pen has invisible ink.
The light actually is bright and it can be used to see hidden messages on pieces of paper.
There’s also an included Mirror, with the “Finders Seekers” logo printed on it.
After collecting all the tokens, the website led us to the final challenge.
We need to use the ten tokens along with the Freedom Trail Seal to discover the location of the priceless relic.
We’re done! The relic is in Bens Burial, Christ Church in Philadelphia! We found a collection of writing utensils, which were very elaborate, and the others are understated quills, and these are used by the founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence! What a historic and amazing find, and it’s time to return them to the Patriots who find a new secret location for their safekeeping! There’s one more thing to do, and that is to get the prize! By clicking “Enter To Win Prizes,” we can get our price by providing information on the form.
This is another Boston box, but it’s just as fun as the first one. Exploring history and culture is fun, and with added mystery, it becomes a really great adventure. The reward in the end is not just the material prize but also all the new things we learned from this journey! Our family is always excited whenever this box arrives as we all know that we’re up for a fun and challenging adventure! You can also try it with friends, or make it as a group or club activity. Everybody will love how amazing this “escape room in a box” is!
Did you solve the mystery? How long did it take you? Let us know in the comments below!