Leg 20.06 – “My body is very inappropriate.”
During the Pit Stop, teams will be taken by bus back to Tel Aviv where they will begin the next Leg of the Race. At noon on this sunny day, teams will open their first clue telling them to make their way to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. And here, they will learn that their next destination is Brussels, Belgium!
Teams must secure their own seats on one of two direct flights: Brussels Airlines arriving at 8:50am and El Al arriving at 9:55am.
Upon arrival in Brussels, they must figure out that the clue, “Find the meeting place of the Council of the European Union”, refers to the Europa Building.
Here, teams will be led into the meeting room where they will find the next clue.
That next clue is merely a picture of curious young boy. Teams must figure out this refers to Manneken Pis, a humorous and irreverent symbol for the people of Brussels! Teams must travel on foot to the statue for the next clue.
Teams must now make their way to the Atomium where they will find the Road Block: Who’s got a good cellular connection?
For this Road Block, teams must correctly assemble a life-size version of the Atomium. Once it can freely stand on its own, they will receive the next clue.
And that clue reveals the Detour: Whip It Off or Whip It Up. This is a Limited Stations Detour and only five teams can perform either side of the Detour at a time.
In Whip It Off, teams must head to Concert Noble where they will put on bikinis, cover their bodies in oil and learn a series of bodybuilding poses. Once they get the thumbs up from the pros, they will receive the next clue.
In Whip It Up, teams must head to Brussels Central Station where they will set up a waffle stand and then make and correctly decorate 18 Belgian waffles in order to receive the next clue.
Teams must now make their way to the Grand-Place where they will find the U-Turn Reveal Board.
AND! It is an All U-Turn! All teams must perform the other side of the Detour!
Once teams have completed both Detours, they must return here to the Grand-Place. Every two years, the Grand-Place of Brussels is covered with a flower carpet of begonias. For this task, teams must correctly complete a two square meter mini-flower carpet using begonias and according to a photo on their Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultras. Once approved, teams will receive their next clue.
This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg of the Race. If any teams choose a box of begonias containing the Trigger Point, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.
Teams will now be given a photo of a mural which they must find on foot. They must figure out it is the Tintin comic mural on Rue de L’Etuve.
Here, teams must dress up as famous detectives Thomson and Thompson and figure out the location of the next Pit Stop based only on this. Teams must learn that Thomson and Thompson are from the famous Adventures of Tintin and their next Pit Stop is located at Musee Herge.
This museum is dedicated to the life and work of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, the creator of The Adventures of Tintin. And it will serve as the Pit Stop for this Leg where the first-place team will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
And the last team to check-in WILL be eliminated!
A recycled Leg, but it should be a competitive one. This is TARPHDME’s first visit to Belgium and it fit very well as the European Leg of this route.
After a quick visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, teams will fly to Brussels. The first clue will have teams figuring out they need to go to the Europa Building. Our hope is some teams may mistakenly go to different EU buildings which will of course create some fun drama and tension.
I chose the Europa Building because it looks so unique, but I don’t think it can be fully appreciated during the day. Looks more stunning at night, I think.
Next, another indirect clue. But teams shouldn’t have trouble finding such a famous location. Anyone on the street will know what it is in the photo. Also, a team may travel by taxi to it so it would be fun to issue a small penalty from time to time lol
The Road Block is a very TARPHDME staple task: Put together a puzzle version of an interesting piece of architecture. What we hope here is that the finished model needing to stand on its own with its awkward composition will be tricky. It should be a nice, frustrating task for teams.
Now to the Detour, it takes the two more interesting Detour choices from TAR19. The bodybuilding task was apparently a Detour option, but presented as an Active Route Info task when everyone chose it. It is a fun, amusing task that should throw teams off. The waffle side of the Detour obviously features a wonderful local treat.
Now, both tasks are good so instead of just having a regular U-Turn, why not have all teams do both. So this was a perfect spot for an All U-Turn. Of course, we need to make sure the Trigger Point in the last Leg is easy enough to have the All U-Turn be activated here.
And being a Limited Stations Detour, there can be many possibilities of teams messing up, losing time, falling behind, etc. Should be very exciting. Teams could be waiting at one side of the Detour when they should’ve been on the other one to save time, for example.
Next, the flower carpet is a wonderful event in Brussels and it’s the perfect kind of tedious, attention to details task that makes for great meltdowns.
Finally, we want to feature Tintin of course and borrowing the Route Markers from TAR19, teams will have to use their brains or befriend some locals to figure out this final clue of the Leg. It would be interesting to see how difficult it would be for teams to figure out the Pit Stop would be at the museum. It’s also a half hour away from the Grand-Place. So there’s definitely lots of room for error here.
Overall, a pretty good and exciting and competitive Leg!