QQQ 2012 is about to become official!!

Yep, you have read the title correctly.  I’ve just received word from the hosting team that QQQ 2012 is on!!  You can look forward to getting your official invitations in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you may want to keep Saturday October 27th, 2012 open from 8:30am until, well, whenever.  🙂   It also seems that the hosting team is going techy with a Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/stlqqq/events/  – which you can join to get all the latest information straight from the hosting team themselves.  I’ll keep everyone here posted as well.  😉

Wanted – QQQ 2012 Information

I just received an email today asking if I knew anything for the QQQ of 2012 and I had to truthfully answer no.  I really don’t know what is going on for the next QQQ yet.  So in an effort to make sure everyone has all the updates I’m looking to you for information.

What, our undying gratitude isn’t enough?  OK, then I promise to update this blog with the information for everyone.  Alright and remind everyone before the big day as well.  😉

New Format – what do you think??

OK, so the previous post by a concerned QQQMember was a bit controversial I’ll admit.  But I want to be sure that everyone got through the ranting part and actually read the idea that was created because of all that frustration.  I have personally felt that the QQQ has been getting dangerous.  And I understand it – everyone wants to win, it’s exciting and if you can go just a little bit faster you’ll have an edge at winning, right?  Normally there’s more solving and the distances are fairly short so we overlook it, but this year the distance was pretty large, road rage on a busy street fueled the fires a little bit and I believe that it could very well be a recipe for disaster in future QQQs. 

So what can be done?  Take time out all together.  Make it a non-issue by restructuring the way that we score the QQQ.  It’s always been about the time – but really I think the original purpose was to show the first place team’s superior brain power at solving the clues the fastest and knowing how to navigate the roads better (in the days before we all have road-mates in our cars… come on, we all know we used them on Saturday  😉  ), not speeding to get there.  So why not go back to the roots?

Lets say that the QQQ would be the same.  You have a series of clues that lead to the locations you need to get to.  But let’s say you get a few points deducted for opening the secondary and give away clues and a clean slate for figuring out the clue without help.  We can say that everyone should only give themselves a certain amount of time to solve it and make the deduction low enough that people will relinquish those few points more easily to get to the next location.   You get there and at the location is the challenge (I don’t know about you but I thought the challenges were fun this year!) where you earn points.  May the team with the most points at the end win.  Done.  Ties should be broken at lunch with some sort of throw-down type challenge.  Everyone gets to participate – infact since everyone should be able to get out at each location for a bit we’ll all get to enjoy each others company more as well! – , you still get the same QQQ we all know and love (yes QQQ, I really believe that we all still love you!!!!) and we remove the need for speed (sorry, watched a Tom Cruise movie last night…). 

So, what do you think?  The last post had some comments and I’d like to see some here as well.  No more ranting and raving – just an open discussion about our little amazing race.  Do you want to keep the time in there?  Or would you be OK with letting in go in place of a QQQ sans drag racing?

Katie

QQQ 40 Update! Welcome email has arrived!

So, I don’t know about the rest of you but I have been anxiously awaiting word from the QQQ 40 hosting team about the ins and outs of this years exciting race.  Just today I received the welcome email!  Yah!  So here is the message that was sent out in case you missed it.  I have also posted the list of items that you will need for this years QQQ on the QQQ 40 faqs page so check it out. 

Hello Everyone, 

Consider this your official welcome letter to the 40th anniversary of the QQQ!!!  We’re very excited about this year’s Q and we hope you are too.  Let me start off by saying thank you to all of you guys for participating this year.  We had no idea so much work was involved, but as long as you guys have a great time we’ll consider it all well worth it.  Just as a reminder the QQQ will start promptly at 9:00AM June 25th so you should probably get there a little early. (Although I’m sure I don’t need to tell you all that)  

The pavilion is on the left hand side, by the main building, in Rockwood Reservation.  You should have no problem finding us.  

Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the race but you will need to bring your own drinks.  Please remember to obey all posted speed limit signs.  You will not have to enter any businesses for your clues so please be considerate of the people and places that you stop at along the way. 

 And now the important stuff.

You will need the following items in order to complete this year’s QQQ: 

Deck of cards

Street guide

Glue stick

5 Rubber bands

8 Ct. box of Crayola Crayons

Ruler

Compass

June 2nd edition of the Riverfront Times

Smartphone

Calculator

Binoculars

4 Thumb tacks

Scissors

Dictionary

Drinks

Pens

Paper

A whole lot of energy.

Please reply to this email with a simple message so that we know all of the teams have this information.   

Again, thank you so much for participating this year we hope you guys really enjoy yourselves.  We’ll be ready rain or shine so get your items and your team members and meet us on the 25th.

 Sincerely,

2011 QQQ Host Team

YTS’H JD PRMCLNRYH.

 

Hmm… anyone translate the message at the end! OMG I’m so in need of practice! LOL

Are you QQQing this year?

Need some daily Brain-ercise?

So I was thinking that maybe I needed to be brushing up on my trivia – with four kids running around I’m constantly on Elmo-mode. So I decided to go on a little search for brain teaser sites to get some brain-ercise. I found this site – www.funtrivia.com – and it has tons of brain games, teasers and trivia to explore. Best of all they have a feature to create your own tournament! While I like training my brain and as much as I would like the advantage, I thought some of you might also want to brush up before the big QQQ day! Check it out! You can login and create a tournament for your own team and see who’s who when it comes to trivia on your team. 😉

QQQ 40 Update

Hi everybody! Katie here from the QQQ 38 & 39 hosting team! 🙂

Sorry for the lack of updates! I have gotten a couple of emails from you and wanted to keep everyone in the loop. In case you haven’t received the QQQ 40 invitaion you can now view it at QQQ 40 FAQs or just click the QQQ 40 FAQs tab at the top of this page. The team that is hosting was really excited to be taking over so I have high hopes that this years QQQ will be a blast! Please note that the QQQ40 team has requested that all registration forms be mailed to them by April 1st. Their contact information can be found on the invitation I have posted on the QQQ 40 FAQs page if you need further information. If for some reason you can’t reach them or cannot see the invitation feel free to send me an email using the contact form for this blog.

I’ll keep everyone updated on how the QQQ goes! I’m so excited to be in the race again!!

Thanks everyone and good luck!!
Katie