|The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King|
The cracked crown atop the stone column.
July 26, 1994
Josh & Kerry
1½ + ½
The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King is the 50th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.
In this extraordinarily difficult moat crossing, one player holds a long wooden plank steady as the other crosses it. After one teammate is across, he or she holds the board for the other partner to do the same.
Steps of Knowledge
One of the bravest and most able leaders of his time was Simón Bolívar. In the early 1800s, Spain had colonies in South America, among them Venezuela, where Bolívar led a revolt against the King of Spain. His men swept through Venezuela like wildfire, but as they entered the capital Caracas, an enormous earthquake flattened the city.
Bolívar would not be deterred: "Not even nature can stop the cause of liberty!"
A half-crazed monk climbed up on a pile of rubble and began to shout: "This earthquake is a sign! It is punishment for treason against the king! Bolívar is responsible for this; take God's vengeance upon HIM!"
Bolívar pushed the monk aside. They say he plucked a stone from the rubble, and on it was carved the crown of the King of Spain, which had cracked in half.
"Here is a true sign: The power of the king is broken!"
Bolívar freed the people from royal tyranny, and when he died, the Cracked Crown vanished.
|Steps of Knowledge Results|
|Did Bolívar liberate much of…?||
||Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)|
|Was Bolívar born in what is now…?||
||Orange Iguanas (Spain - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)|
|Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)|
|Is the capital of Venezuela…?||
||Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)|
|Is South America also part of…?||
||Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)|
|Did Bolívar fight against…?||
||Orange Iguanas (Correct - 1 step left)|
|Which mountain range in South America did Bolívar…?||
||Orange Iguanas (Correct before Olmec could finish - Advanced to Temple Games)|
|Which South American country is named so because it is situated on the Equator?||
||Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)|
The Green Monkeys are Marshal and Wynter. The Orange Iguanas are Josh and Kerry.
South American Liberation (Mountain)
Simón Bolívar liberated most of South America from the tyranny of the Spanish King. Josh and Marshal however had to liberate four South American countries. Before them stood a mountain into which their pegs fit, and it was divided into four sections, each named after a South American country: Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. Each country can be liberated by either player placing his peg in the secret hole that sets off the victory salute. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to start putting their pegs into as many holes as possible. For each country liberated, they each had to move on to the next one. The player to liberate all four countries or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Marshal won the game by liberating his third country at the last minute while Josh only freed two. Thus Marshal won the half pendant of life for.
Ride Like a Good General (Spinning Horses)
A good general has to be able to ride a horse and not just pose on one. That was Kerry and Wynter's task in this game. Each player was mounted on a mechanical horse and had to hold very tight when it started spinning. The player who stayed on the horse in 60 seconds or the player who stayed on the longest won. This was a very quick game thanks to Wynter falling off with 48 seconds of spare time. Kerry won the half pendant of life.
Spanish Troops (Slingshot Bowling)
Bolívar fought against the Spanish troops for many years before gaining independence and freedom. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load his/her team's slingshot and launch a ball at the Spanish troops on the wall. Then, it was his/her partner's turn. The team to knock over four Spanish soldiers or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. The Orange Iguanas won the game after knocking down three soldiers while the Green Monkeys only knocked down two, sending the Orange Iguanas to Olmec's Temple with 1½ pendants.
|Temple Games Results|
|Team||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Pendants Won|
|Green Monkeys||Won||Lost||Lost||½ Pendant|
|Orange Iguanas||Lost||Won||Won||1½ Pendants|
The Orange Iguanas did well during the middle portion of the show, but their performance in the Temple left a lot to be desired. Josh was an excited contestant all day, and was not actually that bad of a player. He kept a medium-to-fast pace throughout the run, and tried all three doors leading left from the Pit of Despair, which was a very good move. The team seemed like they would do well based on Josh alone, but when he hit two Temple Guards as early as possible in the Ledges and the Throne Room, the entire Temple Run's fate rested on Kerry's shoulders, but that changed.
With 2:12 to go, Kerry trotted up the stairs and slid into the Ledges, where she mistakenly ventured down into the old Cave of Sighs entrance, costing her time. She smartly stuck to the bottom floor once she got to where Josh left off, but she moved at a sluggish pace and never really accelerated. Nevertheless, she found the other half of her Pendant of Life in the Swamp, and immediately needed it in the Dark Forest, when a Temple Spirit caught her. After giving up her Pendant fragments, Kerry retrieved the key, and used it to go up into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. After putting the monkey together, though, she went into the Viper's Nest instead of the King's Storeroom by mistake; time ran out there. Minus those two little wrong turns, however, Kerry knew exactly what to do— if she had moved at an acceptable pace, chances are that this team would have won.
|Temple Run Results|
|Reached the Artifact||No|
|Method of Loss||Failed Acquisition|
|Temple Guard Locations|
|Half Pendant Location||The Swamp|
- The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora can be seen in the Mine Shaft during the temple games.
- This is the only episode in Season 2 where a contestant is removed from the Throne Room.
- This second episode in which a player goes the wrong way after completing the Shrine of the Silver Monkey's task during the Temple Run. The first was The Belly Button of Buddha and the third was The Milk Bucket of Freydís.