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Congratulations to our winners!

Click here to see who won what!

Welcome, players!

All the hints will be available until New Years Day.

Almost all of the clue locations are always available, with the exception of MainStrasse puzzles 4 and 5, Downtown puzzle 6 and the Pike Street Art Wall puzzle. 

Here are some helpful links. You can also scroll down for some basic info about the hunt.

Be safe and enjoy!!


If you need a compass, use an app on your phone.


Apple phones come with a compass app. For Androids, you can try this free one.

Frequently asked questions

How do I play?

You will receive a Code Kit that includes a Scavenger Hunt Guidebook with information about the neighborhoods featured in the hunt, the clue locations, the puzzles and how to submit your final solution for the raffle.

The hunt will probably take around 3-4 hours and can be done all in one day or broken up into segments and done on any day from Thanksgiving through Sunday 11/29. Solutions must be submitted by midnight on Sunday and you will receive instructions for how to do that. There are no extra prizes for early submission, so you won’t have those time pressures.

The hunt leads you through five neighborhoods in Covington that are rich with history, art and fun things to do and see. You will solve puzzles and can earn additional raffle entries by completing photo challenges and posting them on Instagram. You can walk, bike or drive between locations, all of which can be accessed without going indoors.

We designed the hunt with a variety of clues and puzzles to keep you and your fellow Puzzle Solvers entertained and challenged.

Who can play?

The puzzles are designed for adults and children of at least reading age, although younger kids can help spot some of the clues. The hunt takes you to several parks, two of which have wonderful playgrounds for kids who want a break.

The Code Kits have supplies for 4 Puzzle Solvers. If you have a larger group than four, we recommend purchasing additional kits. That way, there will be enough supplies plus additional chances to win the raffle prizes.

How much does it cost?

Each Code Kit is $40 and is intended for 1 to 4 Puzzle Solvers. If you have more than four, we recommend buying additional kits so there are enough supplies, as well as extra chances to win the raffle prizes.

If your plans change and you notify us by 5:00 pm on Friday 11/20, you can request a refund. You will have to turn in your unopened Code Kit to receive the refund.

There are only three puzzles that may not be solvable after the Sunday deadline, so you could certainly keep the kit and try to solve most of the puzzles at any time, since they are based on permanent fixtures or installations.

Where is the scavenger hunt held?

All the clue locations are in Covington. The Code Kit includes a map and detailed information with addresses for each location. Free parking is available in all the neighborhoods, although there are a few lots that charge for parking. This information is also shown on the map.

If the weather is fine and you are feeling energetic, the whole hunt can be done on foot. It is also very easy to drive to each neighborhood, park the car and walk to those clue locations and then do the same for the other neighborhoods.

When can I play?

The clues will be ready starting at 8:00 am on Thanksgiving morning and you need to submit your solution (instructions are in the Code Kit) by midnight on Sunday 11/29. In between those times, you can visit the clue locations and work on the puzzles at any time. All the locations can be accessed without going indoors, so there are no closing times to worry about. There are no prizes for finishing early, so you have four full days to play, with no rushing necessary!

What do I need to bring?

You will need the Code Kit, a smart phone and your brains!

What do the proceeds support?

Proceeds from the hunt support the Catalytic Fund’s public art initiatives, including NKY Art Tours and NKY ArtQuest. These initiatives are free for all users and help to promote the arts in Northern Kentucky. Thank you in advance for your support!

What can I win?

The prizes include original art from local artists and fun items from Covington businesses. All prizes are worth at least $50.

There are opportunities to earn up to 15 raffle entries by solving the puzzles and completing the photo challenges. The raffle will be held during the week of November 30, with winners notified via email and posted on our webpage.

How do I get the Code Kit?

After purchasing it (via links on this page, either above or below), you will be given two options for getting your Code Kit:

  • You can pick it up from 9:00-5:00 on Mon. 11/23, Tues. 11/24 or Wed. 11/25 from the Finders Keepers table in the lobby of RiverCenter Towers, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington. Please bring your receipt, either printed or on your phone.

  • You can have it Priority mailed to you for $8.50. 

You can make your choice when you purchase the kit.

What are the safety precautions being taken?

To make it easy to stay safe and healthy during the hunt, we are taking the following precautions:

  • Each Code Kit comes with 4 masks.

  • All clue locations and photo challenges can be accessed without going indoors.

  • There are several puzzles and photo challenges in each neighborhood, so if there are too many people at a certain location, you can visit one of the other locations until those folks have moved on.

  • We are grateful to all participants for following current recommended safety guidelines about masks, groups sizes and social distancing.


Congratulations, winners!!

Read below to see the winners and the prizes!

Click on the photos to see the full images and learn more about the artists.


Enjoy a peek at some of Covington's public art:


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