Treasure Hunt Puzzles

Padlocks, mazes and other clever puzzles; these clues ideas will help you create treasure hunt clues that need to be solve, usually by doing something to unlock them or figure them out.

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Combination Locks

A combination lock gives the next clue by using digits found on other clues

[easy difficulty, 1+ people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
easyanynot physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Cryptex

A simple cryptex-style puzzle made from toilet roll tubes.

[medium difficulty, 1 people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
medium1not physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Invisible Black Light Writing

Use a special pen to write a clue that can only be read with a "black light".

[easy difficulty, 1 people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
easy1not physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Invisible Lemon Juice Ink Writing

A clue is writting in lemon juice, which can only be read by gently warming the paper it is written on.

[easy difficulty, 1 people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
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Jigsaw Puzzle

The next clue is written down and cut up to form a jigsaw puzzle.

[easy difficulty, 1+ people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
easyanynot physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Letters With Transparent Overlay

A grid of random letters hides a clue, which is revealed by correctly positioning a transparent sheet over the top.

[any difficulty, 1 people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
any1not physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Locked Card

Using two padlocks, pieces of cardboard are locked together, and must be unlocked to solve the clue.

[easy difficulty, 1+ people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
easyanynot physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue
Word Search

A clue is hidden in a word search by using the word search's leftover letters.

[easy difficulty, 1+ people, non physical, indoor or outdoor]
easyanynot physical clueoutdoors or indoors clue