The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan
Golden Cricket Cage of Khan
The cricket cage on the wall at the front of the Spider's Lair.

Production Number

1-06 (6)


January 9, 1994


Silver Snakes


Jon & Tia Thomas

Artifact Location

The Spider's Lair

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


Previous Episode

John Henry's Lost Hammer (Production/Completion Order)
The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl (Broadcast Order)

Next Episode

Elizabeth I's Golden Ship (Production/Completion Order)
The Lost Logbooks of Magellan (Broadcast Order)

The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan is the sixth episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing


Footboard moat

One partner from each team had an "Aztec footboard". When Kirk said go, the first partner of each team paddled across the moat. Once across, they climbed out onto the other side. That was the signal for the second partner to pull the footboard back to the other side, jump on, grab the rope, swing the footboard into the water, and pull themselves across the Moat. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to hit the gong.

Moat Results
Place Team Time
1st Silver Snakes 0:42
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:46
3rd Red Jaguars 1:13
4th Purple Parrots 1:45

Steps of Knowledge

When he was seventeen, a famous Italian explorer traveled from Venice and along the legendary Silk Road to China. He was Marco Polo. Along the way, he rode camels through burning deserts, giant sandstorms, and through the icy mountains. After he arrived in China, Marco was invited to dinner at the palace of the emperor Kublai Khan. Marco was very impressed with Kublai Khan's court, and the Khan was very impressed with Marco's bravery and intelligence. They quickly became friends, and Khan gave Marco many gifts, including ivory, jade, silk and some say a very special pet cricket cage made of gold. On the journey back to Venice, he was robbed by bandits and lost everything including the golden cricket cage.
Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Which of these is the name of the route that Marco Polo took to India?
  • Appian Way
  • Silk Road
  • Santa Fe Trail
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these men was the emperor of China when Marco Polo arrived there?
  • Kublai Khan
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was Kublai Khan a…?
  • Mayan
  • Mongolian
  • Minoan
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was Marco Polo born in…?
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Kolkata
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)
How long did it take Marco Polo to reach China?
  • 3 Years
  • 3 Months
  • 30 Years
Silver Snakes (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Previously Guessed Wrong Answer)
Which of these explorers was inspired by Marco Polo to find a shorter route to China?
  • Leif Erikson
  • Ponce de León
  • Columbus
Purple Parrots (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these fabrics came to the West from China?
  • Silk
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these would you stop at if you were on a caravan in the desert with Marco Polo?
  • Oasis
  • Rainforest
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these did the Silk Road partially follow?
  • Trans-Siberian Railroad
  • Great Wall of China
  • Erie Canal
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Purple Parrots are 13-year-old Michelle and 12-year-old Mike. The Silver Snakes are 11-year-old Tia Thomas and 13-year-old Jon.

Travel the Silk Road (Dragon Tunnel)


In this game, each player's task was to snake through the "Silk Road", grab a piece of silk on the other end, inch back through, and carry the silk back to the beginning. The first player to do this in one minute won. Michelle beat Jon, pulling the silk back in 30 seconds.

Giant Cricket Cages (Peanut Shaft)


The players grabbed a cricket from the bottom of the "cage", climbed up, and placed the cricket in the bin at the top. Then, they climbed back down, and grabbed the next cricket. The first player with five crickets in the bin - or the player with the most after one minute - won. Tia and Mike tied, 4-4.

More Spices for China (Bungee Soap Line)


One player from each team started with a bag of spice. When Kirk said "go", both partners pulled themselves to the center. When they got there, one passed the spice bag to her partner; then, they both slid back to their respective starting points. The first partner grabbed another spice bag while the second partner dumped his spice bag into the bucket. Both players then pulled themselves toward the center and repeated the process. The team with the most spice bags in their bucket at the end of one minute won. The Silver Snakes barely won versus the Purple Parrots, 4-3.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Purple Parrots Won Tied Lost 1 Pendant
Silver Snakes Lost Tied Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run


Many runs in Season 1 feature one smart player and one stupid player, but this episode featured a pair of stupid players that had absolutely no idea what they were doing! They only covered four rooms in three minutes - a record low for the show (admittedly, the team in the next episode also only covered four rooms, but they had a valid excuse - they got caught by three temple guards.) If it makes the players feel any better, they are one of the few teams in the history of the show to use both crawl tubes connecting the Cave of Sighs to the Wall Climb.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Heart Room

Half Pendant Location Unknown

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  • This was the first episode where a player loses their water shoes in the Moat.
  • This is the first episode where an artifact is placed in the Spider's Lair and the first overall in that roomspace.
  • This episode marks the first time that the Purple Parrots and the Silver Snakes competed against each other in the Temple Games.
  • Jon is the only contestant to press the actuator leading into the Cave of Sighs.
  • Tia is the first African-American contestant to enter Olmec's Temple.
  • This episode's run is widely considered the worst ever.
  • This episode's run and Elizabeth I's Golden Ship hold the record for the fewest number of rooms entered with the teams entering four rooms each.

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