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* An In-Universe example is the Blue Star Bottlecaps in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Certain caps of Sunset Sarsaparilla have a blue star on the underside and if any one brings at least 50 of them, an old man named Festus will grant them a treasure. People have murdered for their bottle caps and so can the [[PlayerCharacter Courier]]. It turns out that the bottle caps were just a pre-war promotional gimmick so Clark County (the county Las Vegas and neighboring cities are in) kids can come to the bottling plant for a [[https://fallout.fallout.com/wiki/Sunset_Sarsaparilla_deputy_badge fake deputy's badge]]. The Courier gets that, a made-up story about the company for kids, a whole stockroom full of bottle caps (the real treasure as caps are used as currency after the nuclear holocaust), and a unique laser pistol from someone who got in there earlier and died. The The Legend of the Star is based on the Tootsie Pop urban legend, where kids would have to turn in 100 wrappers with young Native American shooting a star for a free Tootsie Pop.

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* An In-Universe example is the Blue Star Bottlecaps in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Certain caps of Sunset Sarsaparilla have a blue star on the underside and if any one brings at least 50 of them, an old man named Festus will grant them a treasure. People have murdered for their bottle caps and so can the [[PlayerCharacter Courier]]. It turns out that the bottle caps were just a pre-war promotional gimmick so Clark County (the county Las Vegas and neighboring cities are in) kids can come to the bottling plant for a [[https://fallout.fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Sunset_Sarsaparilla_deputy_badge fake deputy's badge]]. The Courier gets that, a made-up story about the company for kids, a whole stockroom full of bottle caps (the real treasure as caps are used as currency after the nuclear holocaust), and a unique laser pistol from someone who got in there earlier and died. The The Legend of the Star is based on the Tootsie Pop urban legend, where kids would have to turn in 100 wrappers with young Native American shooting a star for a free Tootsie Pop.

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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons once ran a contest based around the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns", where if a viewer correctly guessed who shot Mr. Burns they would get animated into the show. However only one person guessed right, but used a college email leading to the team being unable to contact them. They instead had to choose a winner at random and the person who won didn't even watch the Simpsons and instead chose a cash prize.


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* The author Bill Adler created (or co-created) several books that offered cash prizes for solving a mystery: these included ''Who Killed the Robins Family?'' (1983), ''The Revenge of the Robins Family'' (1984), and ''Murder Game'' (1991).

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* The author book packager Bill Adler created (or co-created) or co-created several books that offered cash prizes of $10,000 or more for solving a mystery: these included ''Who Killed the Robins Family?'' (1983), ''The Revenge of the Robins Family'' (1984), and ''Murder Game'' (1991).(1991), and ''Who Should Melissa Marry?'' (1994).


* A few years later, Kit Williams put out a second picture book along the lines of ''Masquerade'' simply dubbed "The Bee Book" or "The Book With No Name". The challenge this time didn't involve going to dig anywhere; it was to find out the true name of the book. The solution involved bees, the changing of the seasons, and Kit's illustrations throughout the book to figure out the title. There was [[TimedMission also a deadline]] involved as the answer was to be revealed AYearAndADay after the book's release. More information on that book can be found [[http://bunnyears.net/kitwilliams/untitled/ here]].

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* A few years later, Kit Williams put out a second picture book along the lines of ''Masquerade'' simply dubbed "The Bee Book" or "The Book With No Name". The challenge this time didn't involve going to dig anywhere; it was to find out the true name of the book. book and express it without using written words. The solution involved using bees, the changing of the seasons, and Kit's illustrations throughout the book to figure out the title. There was [[TimedMission also a deadline]] involved as the answer was to be revealed AYearAndADay after the book's release. More information on that book can be found [[http://bunnyears.net/kitwilliams/untitled/ here]].



* The author Bill Adler created (or co-created) several books that offered cash prizes for solving a mystery: these included ''Who Killed the Robins Family?'' (1983), ''The Revenge of the Robins Family'' (1984), and ''Murder Game'' (1991).



* The 1985 miniseries ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_in_Space Murder In Space]]'' offered a cash prize to viewers who could figure out the mystery, with the last 15 minutes of the show being shown at a later date to explain the solution.



* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' had the "Aardwolf" contest organized by Apogee Software: by finding deep in a secret area a sign saying "Call Apogee Say Aardwolf", and following its instruction, the players could win a prize. The contest was abandoned, however, since cheat programs popped up within days of the game's release, allowing anyone to see the sign without effort.

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* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' had the "Aardwolf" contest organized by Apogee Software: by finding deep in a secret area a sign saying "Call Apogee Say Aardwolf", Aardwolf" and following its this instruction, the players could win a prize. The contest was abandoned, however, since cheat programs popped up within days of the game's release, allowing anyone to see the sign without effort.



* In-Universe example: Played with in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. In one episode Mr. Krabs takes Spongebob and Patrick in a treasure-hunting trip, playing pirates. For some reason Krabs doesn't allow S & P to read his map. When Krabs is sleeping S & P took their time to investigate the map... and reveals that it's just the pirate-styled board game they played days ago. But just as Krabs is going to punish them for looking at the map, [[RealAfterAll they find the X and consequently the treasure beneath it]], after all, the board game was based on the real map.
* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling a notoriously large jigsaw puzzle, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took two weeks and the statue was moved after fans found it- as while it was originally placed on private property with permission, the land came under dispute by another landowner.

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* In-Universe example: Played with in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. In one episode Mr. Krabs takes Spongebob and Patrick in a treasure-hunting trip, playing pirates. For some reason Krabs doesn't allow S & P to read his map. When Krabs is sleeping S & P took their time to investigate the map... and reveals that it's just the pirate-styled board game they played days ago. But just as Krabs is going to punish them for looking at the map, [[RealAfterAll they find the X and consequently the treasure beneath it]], it]]; after all, the board game was based on the real map.
* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling a notoriously large jigsaw puzzle, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took two weeks and the statue was moved after fans found it- it -- as while it was originally placed on private property with permission, the land came under dispute by another landowner.

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* Referenced by the {{Creepypasta}} story [[https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/Pale_Luna "Pale Luna"]], revolving around an InteractiveFiction game, in which the player must bury some "gold". Doing so rewards the player with geographical coordinates, presumably leading to real-life buried treasure. An enterprising gamer sets out to find the treasure, and indeed finds something in the indicated location: [[spoiler:the corpse of a murder victim]].

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* ''The World of Series/JonathanCreek'' includes a ScrapbookStory (with comic-strip framing sequence) called "The Riddle at Castle Cain", in which the reader is given all the information Jonathan has about a mysterious murder, with a prize of a "Mystery Weekend", plus a genuine Jonathan duffel coat and a signed script.


* An In-Universe example is the Blue Star Bottlecaps in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Certain caps of Sunset Sarsaparilla have a blue star on the underside and if any one brings at least 50 of them, an old man named Festus will grant them a treasure. People have murdered for their bottle caps and so can the [[PlayerCharacter Courier]]. It turns out that the bottle caps were just a Pre-War promotional gimmick so Clark County (the county Las Vegas and neighboring cities are in) kids can come to the bottling plant for a [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Sunset_Sarsaparilla_deputy_badge fake deputy's badge]]. The Courier gets that, a made-up story about the company for kids, and a whole stockroom full of bottle caps (the real treasure as caps are used as currency). The The Legend of the Star is based on the Tootsie Pop urban legend, where kids would have to turn in 100 wrappers with young Native American shooting a star for a free Tootsie Pop.

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* An In-Universe example is the Blue Star Bottlecaps in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Certain caps of Sunset Sarsaparilla have a blue star on the underside and if any one brings at least 50 of them, an old man named Festus will grant them a treasure. People have murdered for their bottle caps and so can the [[PlayerCharacter Courier]]. It turns out that the bottle caps were just a Pre-War pre-war promotional gimmick so Clark County (the county Las Vegas and neighboring cities are in) kids can come to the bottling plant for a [[http://fallout.wikia.[[https://fallout.fallout.com/wiki/Sunset_Sarsaparilla_deputy_badge fake deputy's badge]]. The Courier gets that, a made-up story about the company for kids, and a whole stockroom full of bottle caps (the real treasure as caps are used as currency).currency after the nuclear holocaust), and a unique laser pistol from someone who got in there earlier and died. The The Legend of the Star is based on the Tootsie Pop urban legend, where kids would have to turn in 100 wrappers with young Native American shooting a star for a free Tootsie Pop.

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** The novel itself is also about an in-universe hunt for a real treasure hidden in a virtual world by its developer, with the finder to inherit his company.


* The BenAffleck-produced TV series ''Push, Nevada'' had a $1,000,000 prize for the first person to figure out all the clues. And then it got cancelled before the planned end of the series, so they had to scramble to shove a bunch of clues in all at once towards the end. The last clue was actually aired during a ''MondayNightFootball'' commercial break.

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* The BenAffleck-produced Creator/BenAffleck-produced TV series ''Push, Nevada'' had a $1,000,000 prize for the first person to figure out all the clues. And then it got cancelled before the planned end of the series, so they had to scramble to shove a bunch of clues in all at once towards the end. The last clue was actually aired during a ''MondayNightFootball'' ''Series/MondayNightFootball'' commercial break.

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* An In-Universe example is the Blue Star Bottlecaps in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Certain caps of Sunset Sarsaparilla have a blue star on the underside and if any one brings at least 50 of them, an old man named Festus will grant them a treasure. People have murdered for their bottle caps and so can the [[PlayerCharacter Courier]]. It turns out that the bottle caps were just a Pre-War promotional gimmick so Clark County (the county Las Vegas and neighboring cities are in) kids can come to the bottling plant for a [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Sunset_Sarsaparilla_deputy_badge fake deputy's badge]]. The Courier gets that, a made-up story about the company for kids, and a whole stockroom full of bottle caps (the real treasure as caps are used as currency). The The Legend of the Star is based on the Tootsie Pop urban legend, where kids would have to turn in 100 wrappers with young Native American shooting a star for a free Tootsie Pop.


* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling jigsaw puzzles, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took up two weeks and the statue was destroyed after fans found it, as it was on private property.

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* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling a notoriously large jigsaw puzzles, puzzle, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took up two weeks and the statue was destroyed moved after fans found it, it- as while it was originally placed on private property.property with permission, the land came under dispute by another landowner.


* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling jigsaw puzzles, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took up two weeks and the statue was destroyed after fans found it, as it was on private property.

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* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling jigsaw puzzles, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took up two weeks and the statue was destroyed after fans found it, as it was on private property.property.
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[[/folder]]* The Cipher Hunt, a world-wide hunt for the statue of Bill Cipher, was placed after the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended. The hunt for the statue included decoding ciphers, assembling jigsaw puzzles, and searching for clues in various places such as a shrine in Japan and a forest in Oregon. The hunt took up two weeks and the statue was destroyed after fans found it, as it was on private property.


* The SwordQuest series from Atari for the Atari 2600. A total of four games were planned, but only three were released. Each game came with a comic book and the goal was to find five words which would qualify the player for the national tournament. These words were hidden in the comic book, and clues to their location were given by the cartridge for solving various puzzles. If the player found all five words, he was given a certificate of merit and his name was entered in the drawing for the tournament. The national tournament consisted of a handful of other finalists competing against each other in a special "tournament" version of the game. Those who won the tournaments could get really fantastic prizes of gold and jewels. Sounds like fun? It wasn't - the games [[GameBreakingBug were lousy and confusing]] and involved more of luck rather than skill. The entries on the Atari Protos page describes each game in detail, the contest, the prizes, and their problems:

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* The SwordQuest ''VideoGame/{{Swordquest}}'' series from Atari for the Atari 2600. A total of four games were planned, but only three were released. Each game came with a comic book and the goal was to find five words which would qualify the player for the national tournament. These words were hidden in the comic book, and clues to their location were given by the cartridge for solving various puzzles. If the player found all five words, he was given a certificate of merit and his name was entered in the drawing for the tournament. The national tournament consisted of a handful of other finalists competing against each other in a special "tournament" version of the game. Those who won the tournaments could get really fantastic prizes of gold and jewels. Sounds like fun? It wasn't - the games [[GameBreakingBug were lousy and confusing]] and involved more of luck rather than skill. The entries on the Atari Protos page describes each game in detail, the contest, the prizes, and their problems:

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