The guy bringing the case of beer to The Dugout was just priceless. I don't know why I get such joy out of the "we are seasoned investigators and our tactics are brilliant" having their little trick fail. If the detectives had had just an hour or so more, I believe they would have found the case. The contestants didn't hide it so that it was unfindable; it was simply a matter of time. It seems like ruses such as buying items or parking tickets are pretty quickly dismissed. I wonder if this buying things strategy might work if they bought a group of odd, seemingly unrelated items at a hardware store that might make the detectives overwork their imaginations trying to figure out the relationship; i.e.: paint brush, three bolts, washers and nuts, a piece of PVC pipe.