Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't Be ALARMed! It's Only The Purple Antz's Hunt!

Rajj - UMIC's Founder & President,
Feeling Tickled As A Committee Member Makes Out The Winners' Cheques.

Every COC has a unique flavour that they can call their own, and call their own they will regardless of the opinion of the rest of the Hunting Community - it is what makes "reading the clerk" a necessary skill of every hunter who is worth their weight in salt.

Lady COC & Presenter, Shirley Ho, Wrapping Up For The Day!

Today, we had the privilege to experience first-hand the birth of one such special flavour at the UMIC 3rd Treasure Hunt, 2008.

At the flag-off briefing, we were told that only shop signboards will be considered as permanent and applicable - anything else would not be - and some "no, no" examples were quoted : banners, buntings, posters and stickers.

And then came the real kind (T5) of test - it was to be expected, right - why else would the COC talk about it?

Q17. An unusual sea animal spotted here. What and where?
A. Sale @ (some shop)

And it's easy to see the unusual animal - it being the SEAL. Why spotted? Because, it was a small word, vertically printed, bottom up, on a picture of a shopping bag which itself was a part of a major signboard. And with that, as a Nutty Gang member put it, "many a hunter's fate was sealed!"

No problems, if that was the only option. But as you know - hunters always somehow find alternative(Q7) answers, and being plausible ones too.

Popular answer : SUPA @ Supa Alarm at Fashion Boutique.

Remember the final briefing highlight? Only signboards - nothing else was acceptable. And like another Nutty Gang also observed, "Many hunters' prized "local whale" got beached!"

Therefore, for the Purple Antz, words found on ALARMS do not qualify as "acceptable permanent signs" - "they are labels and are in the same class as stickers".

Despite the fact that "ALARM signs" have been used in all hunts before today and I am very certain it will be for future hunts and for many more years to come, the Lavender uniformed organisers will not accept ALARM signs, say what you may.

Can't blame them at all - they did give us early warning this morning despite not specifically quoting "ALARMS". Of course to expect them to include it, they would have to quote a lot more examples to cover all grounds - an almost impossible task.

Yet a question was begging to be asked - would it have been fairer to have included it in the briefing, if they already knew of the alternative answer before the flag-off? Did they know? That calls for a different hearing (Q14).

If I understand their rule correctly, I would volunteer, that by logical extension, that will include graffiti, lamp posts, POS Malaysia mail-boxes, telephone booths, traffic and road signs, taxi and bus stands and probably also billboards. It's easy for everyone now - just work on shop signs! Yes?

The oddity will be interesting to observe too when Purple Antz members take part in other COC hunts which do use ALARM signs (and the host of other signs suggested) - would they disregard them and force another answer into their sheet?

Well, I guess not. One of the most interesting characteristics of this sport is this widely accepted "norm" - that each game is "To Be Played By The Rules of The Presiding Ruler - the COC!"

As for the rest of us, "Try Again!" (Q35), and Don't Be ALARMed! It's Only for The Purple Antz's Hunts!

Congratulations to the people "On The Run" as we do our "Next Stop Analysis" (Q11) of our "Silver Pot" (Q31)!

Here's a snapshot of the Results!

16 Nov: UMIC Charity Hunt
(Full score 160 pts)

1st: K Pavananthan, Yeap Heng Boon, Loh Siew Fun, Ho Mun Yee (138)
2nd: Vincent Woo, Margaret Sha, Chong Voon Kiat (135)
3rd: Wong Chiang Chuen, Claire Chin, Julie Tan, Goh Teck Koon (133)
4th: Steven Arockiaraj, Sanjay Abdullah, Sumita Devadas, Rahmah Othman (130)
5th: Ramesh Rajaratnam, Liew Kok Seng, Adrian Wong, Lim Kong Yew (114)
6th: Hj Suhaimi, Anwar Jeffri, Lim Say Chye, Chan Kah Sing (107)
7th: Not available (100)
8th Mohd Asri, Ahmad Zahrol, Sharifah Nur Laila, Mohd Farid (98)
9th Loh Chee Kwan, Tommy Ng, Rachel Chia, Ling Liong Ang (95)
10th Sakthivel Marymuthu, Venkateswaran Nagappan, Buvanes Tharmalingam, Eeeswaran Kanesalingam (95)

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