When the hidden immunity idol (HII) was introduced on Season 11 – Survivor: Guatemala – it brought a new twist to how the game was played. Hidden immunity idols gave the players and their alliances behind-the-scenes power that would forever change how votes and strategy were played out at tribal council.
In seasons 19 and 20 Russell Hantz had the ability to find HIIs without clues; which led to this season’s “Russell factor” determination that more difficult clues be given for HIIs. On the first episode of this season’s Survivor: Nicaragua the young La Flor tribe’s Alina and Kelly B. found the first clue to the HII. They couldn’t figure it out so they hid it in a tree to look at later. Alina was a bit annoyed that she found it with Kelly B. because now it forces them to be in an alliance.
What was the clue to the first HII found at the La Flor tribe’s camp? You can see the actual clue and enlarge the image on the CBS website. And it’s not that difficult especially after all the comments giving solutions:
The first clue is a series of five graphics. From left to right the first graphic is a cave with crossbones above it and with the hatch marks IIII/ (this is actually with the diagonal cross mark over the IIII but couldn’t do it with Word) III inside. Second is E=V, J=X, H=? Third is a ship with an arrow pointing at the top most crossbeam below the flag on the mast, a minus sign and an arm. Fourth is a Mayan-looking sun halfway setting/rising? into three sets of waves. Finally an outline of tree with a person’s silhouette in front of it.
Solutions thanks to comments on CBS website:
1) X crossbones over CAVE with 8 hatch marks = EXCAVATE
2) E = V (Roman numeral 5), J = X (10) therefore A = 1, B = 2 etc. so H = 8
3) It’s a ship’s YARDARM (used to support a sail) – ARM = YARD
4) The location of this set is on the Pacific Ocean side of Nicaragua according to Death by 1000 paper cuts blog therefore this would be a graphic of SUNSET = WEST
5) TREE with MALE in front = TREE MAIL
Excavate 8 yards west of tree mail.
More Survivor: Nicaragua:
For a recap of the first episode click here
For insight into the players and strategies click here
For a list of the cast click here