Seven minutes of mind-boggling puzzles


Key to winning: For the first stage, contestants have 18 keys to sort through, but nine boxes to see which compartment actually has the puzzle pieces for the next clue.

IF an ice cream isn’t enough to thrill you, a game requiring a quick mind and some physical strength should do the job.

Members of the media covering the finals of the Magnum Gold Pursuit event at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre were invited to have a taste of what the contestants had experienced earlier.

We only had to try out Stage 1 of the Pursuit, after being briefed on the general concept of the challenge.

The single Stage 1 was split into four sub-stages.

Starting off with a cabinet of nine drawers with 18 keys, we had to unlock one of the drawers to retrieve a box of puzzles.

Then came the next step — piecing the puzzle together to reveal the coordinates for the next stage.

Assembling a puzzle was never my forte, but what made it worse was the puzzle pieces were cut into the same rectangular shape.

The clock was ticking and after what seemed like forever, I finally managed to make out what was written on the puzzle and proceeded to the next sub-stage.

I had to locate the coordinates I found earlier on a board and memorise a set of eight numbers which was the passcode to unlock the door in the final sub-stage.

I went through the door and was surprised by one of the game masters who gave me a card which indicated that I came in second.

Happiness hadn’t hit me at that point of time, but later when I was informed that I won a gold coin, I was certainly overjoyed.

The game was definitely a memorable seven minutes of my life.

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