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Historic Horse Hunt 

Wednesday, Feb 5 2014

The annual Chinese New Year parade is tonight, and will take over large swaths of downtown. But scattered among the lion dancers and red sweatshirts will be another great San Francisco tradition, the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt. It's played on the streets of Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill. Clues for the hunt are designed by professional investigator and amateur historian Jayson Wechter. Answering them involves a bit of history, San Francisco geography, and some good old-fashioned deduction. Here's a sample clue: "This father is immortalized on a circle that you handle every day and a local square that bears his name. Near one corner you'll see a stony marker commemorating a 19th century woman who had stock on this spot. On a corner across the street, there's a depiction of a hot spot where uprisings occur." Teams can be prearranged, or made impromtu at the initial meeting point. First place wins a "Key to the City" cake, and Wechter will explain the answers at the end. Oh, and about that sample clue: It's Washington Square.

Sat., Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., 2014

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