A Holiday party treasure hunt this month became a reminder about how winning a game also depends upon understanding exactly what game you are playing. This treasure hunt game involved finding 12 clues and answering 12 questions about objects around where the clues were found. As the dozen or so teams heard the rules of play, they learned that the first three teams to find all the clues and answer all the associated questions correctly would win prizes. So as the game began, everyone rushed off. And somewhere around question 4 my partner and I got stuck. So no way were we going to finish first. In fact, I am pretty sure we finished last. However, we also won one of the prizes. The reason: we had been accurate in answering our questions. Although the treasure hunt was presented as a race, accuracy, not speed, was the dominant condition for winning. Speed was only the tie breaker.
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