Last January, I organised my KK Challenge 3. In it I included a simple challenge. Teams were required to supply the fist names of characters obtained from the Disney cartoons. I gave coloured pictures which I downloaded from the internet. The above was one of those pictures. Some teams answered Ariel. The correct answer was Melody. The reason I printed coloured pictures was because I wanted to leave no room for disputes from the hunters. Ariel was Melody's mother, and she had red hair. Without knowing the colour of the hair, there might be a remote chance that someone in the audience will challenge my answer. That's why I decided to print the picture in colour, so that the hunters could actually tell that the colour of the hair was black.
Colours are rarely an issue in treasure hunt clues. But sometimes, for some specific items, the colours are significant; those items are "colour-coded". By changing the colour of a picture, it may have a different meaning.
Take the above logo for example; it is commonly associated with the medical field, particularly first aid. They are associated with red colour, and only the red colour; and that colour is known worldwide. Now imagine what would happen if you are given those shapes—either the cross or the crescent—in different colours; say green or purple or yellow. Would an average person in the street still associate those shapes as connected to the medical field? Maybe yes, maybe not.
I browsed through some sources and have found that the shape of the crescent can be used as a symbol for Islam. I am sure if I investigated further, I will find at least several other things which the crescent can represent. But somehow when the colour of the crescent is red, it is almost always associated with the first aid. Apparently it is a universally accepted logo for first aid.
Last Saturday, the hunters were up against the crescent twice. Firstly, as a black-coloured picture as part of a treasure clue; and secondly, during that killer third K Events where teams were required to count moons and stars within a timeframe of 60 seconds.
In the treasure clue, the crescent was printed in black; in the K Event, they were in white against a black background. The appearance of those crescents in the treasure clue and the K Event were totally unrelated, but for this thread, we are concerned with the crescent of the treasure clue.
I meant to publish the entire treasure clue here exactly as it appeared on the question paper, but to do that I would have to scan it and then paste it here, perhap as a jpeg format. Anyway, that is not really necessary, as it is sufficient to describe those pictures.
For that treasure clue, teams were given 4 pictures arranged horizontally. All of them were in black and white. To the extreme left was the picture of a man in a white lab-coat and he had a stethoscope around his neck. He was apparently holding a clipboard or some documents. In fact, it was quite obvious that he was either a doctor or a male nurse.
Next to that "doctor" picture was a picture of a cup with the words "STARBUCKS COFFEE" on it. The cup was tilted slightly and some coffee was apparently spilling out of it.
Next to the cup was the picture of a woman scratching her back with a wooden claw (or was that a metal claw?). However, her other hand was also scratching her upper arm.
The final picture on the extreme right was that of the famous crescent mentioned above. To repeat, that crescent was in black.