Thursday, December 27, 2007

KK Challenge 3 vs Virtual Hunt

It's hard to believe that we're approaching the end of 2007 already. How time flies. Next week we're crossing over to a new year. I foresee a very busy year ahead for me. A fellow valuer will be retiring in a few days' time, so I guess there will be much more for me to handle beginning from next month. If there is a registered valuer out there wanting to try his luck here in Kota Kinabalu, please feel free to write to me at Let's talk terms!

A little over 2 weeks ago, I posted December Virtual Hunt. It's intended for the many treasure hunters who craved for hunts during a quiet December. I managed to attract 15 participants—they were diehard hunters ranging from grandmasters to newbies, and from as far as Penang! I am honoured to have been able to attract such a pool of hunters. However, perhaps 15 is just too small a number to justify virtual hunts as a regular feature in this blog. In a few days' time, I will close the December Virtual Hunt and publish the answers together with the respective explanations.

During the next few weekends, I will be working on the KK Challenge 3—my unofficial hunt to be held on 20 January 2008. I have a full-time job, so I can only work on the hunt over the weekends. To be honest, I prefer to hunt instead of to clerk the hunt. But I am doing the KK Challenge 3 because of popular request from some friends. To those of you who have a phobia of my hunts, please be informed that I have grown soft over the last few months. There will be more "easier" questions in the KK Challenge 3, although there will still be some "complicated" ones too (I can't help it!).

After that I will probably concentrate on hunting rather than setting hunts, except for the open walk-hunt set for 15 June 2008. IF I can find the time somehow, I will also do an occasional virtual hunt here in this blog for the fun of it, if only to fill in the gaps when I run out of ideas of what else to write about!


Cornelius said...

I am amused by an interesting suggestion I just received shortly ago from a newbie hunter who's considering joining my KK Challenge 3.

I am told to block the regular hunters from hunting, because if they are in it, newbies have no chance to win anything!

What a strange suggestion! During the KK Challenge 2, a new team managed to beat some "regular" teams to achieve 3rd place. That was quite a feat in my opinion, considering that my hunts are pure hunts—no games of chance to "level the playing field".

Quoting the questions in the movie, Higher Learning, if you find that everyone else is running fast, thus leaving you behind, what do you do? (i) Run at the same speed; (ii) Try harder to run faster somehow; (iii) Give up!

But now, with this suggestion, we can include another option: (iv) Ban the fast runners from competing.

Cornelius said...

Last night I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Millie who submitted some answers to my Dec Virtual Hunt questions. So she's the 16th participant of this hunt. She scored 4/5 so far. She said she's still trying to solve the rest.

I thought people are no longer paying any attention to those questions, but it seems that some of you are still working on them!

Cornelius said...

Just arrived home from a mahjong session. Very tired now, but just want to make this quick report before a bath and then straight to bed.

Venka submitted his answers to all 9 questions. He scored 4/9. Be patient, I will reveal the answers and explanations tomorrow or the day after.