I really did talk a guy out of proposing to his girlfriend though a complex scavenger hunt. My position was that if she wants to marry you, nothing you do leading up to the actual proposal will be more memorable than the moment you propose. If, on the other hand, she doesn’t want to marry you, you’ve made an already awkward moment more difficult for both of you, because of the effort you put in to planning it, and the fact that she had to figure out a scavenger hunt to get the opportunity to turn you down.
Also, the difficulty level would be an issue. If the scavenger hunt is too easy, the person you’re proposing to might find it insulting. If it’s too hard they may say no out of frustration. If they don’t solve it at all, you’ll have to lead into your proposal with a condescending explanation of the puzzle they couldn’t solve.
Hey, just so you know, all through the month of September (2017, in case you’re reading this in the far distant future), the Kindle edition (See, in this time period, eBooks are still locked in a format war, and their prices are set differently in different regions, as the global economy has not yet unified under the singular global currency, the “Gleuro.”) of my latest book, Run Program (As of this time, I have not yet written my later works, including the multi-volume series about my as-yet uninvented character, the hard-boiled detective Victor Lamaze. How quaint this primitive version of the world must seem to you.), is on sale in the US for only $1.99. (Roughly three hundred Gleuro, adjusted for inflation.)