Treasure Hunt
10 December 2008 – map release
To give a couple of homeschool students
practice with the year 9 mathematics skills they've picked up this
year I've created a treasure map for them to solve...
Many years ago a Spanish pirate by the name of Capitán Rondo
de la Barba hid an unknown quantity of treasure somewhere on an island
he called Isla del Tesoro. He was never able to retrieve the treasure,
but thankfully he made a map.
Download
the Treasure Map (PDF, ^{1}/_{2} MB).
Download the Treasure Map (GIF, 216_{} KB).
Handed down through many generations, the
map has by means fair and foul come into my possession. Now, the problem
is that I know the location of Isla del Tesoro, and I was able to translate
most of his clues, but I can't figure out what they mean! I need help.
This is where my two maths students come in. Once they figure out where
on Isla del Tesoro the treasure may be hidden they just need to convince
me that the clues irrefutably point to the spot they've found and I'll
head off to the island to dig at that location. If I find the treasure,
they'll get a share.
Unfortunately, I suspect that since the clues were too baffling for
me to figure out, some of the nonmathematical clues may be a
bit hard for them, and may even take a certain amount of deviousness
from adults to solve. We'll see.
Disclaimer: Please note that families
may find it very difficult or even impossible to solve the clues. Injokes
or subtle hints from the maths tutor may play an essential role. Or just
be plain misleading. While anyone is welcome to try to find the treasure,
only those who have been tutored by me are eligible to be awarded the
treasure.
Treasure Hunting Notes
Miscellaneous notes, and observations
from treasure seekers are continued
on a separate page. Extra parchment scraps have been found!
