Finders Keepers 2018: FAQs

We answer your questions about this year's competition

What is Finders Keepers?

Finders Keepers is an exciting Sunday Times competition, brought to you this year with the support of SPAR. It runs weekly for six weeks from Sunday April 8 2018 and there are prizes worth R1-million to be won. These include weekly cash prizes and the R700,000 grand prize.

How does it work?

Every Sunday from April 8, buy the Sunday Times and look for the Finders Keepers page, or visit Every week, you'll get a beautiful illustration that relates to a specific region of South Africa, with a riddle to complete. The six answers are hidden in the illustration – and there are six extra clues to help you find the answers.

Every week, we'll draw one winner who got all six answers right, and that person will win R40,000. At the end of the competition, we'll draw one winner who got all six weeks' answers right, and that person will win R700,000.

Once you've solved the week's riddle, visit to enter your answers for that week. 

Can I get a bonus entry?

If you buy a print copy of the Sunday Times, we'll give you a unique bonus number every week on the Finders Keepers page. Enter that number with your answers on and you'll automatically get an additional entry into the draw for that week – so, two chances to win the R40,000 prize in that week.

How do I qualify for the SPAR product of the week prize of R10,000?

Every week, a product you can buy at SPAR is hidden in the illustration. We'll also tell you about it on and on the Sunday Times Facebook and Twitter pages. If you buy that product and submit your till-slip number on the Finders Keepers website, along with your answers, you could win R10,000 in that week. Please keep your original till slip as proof!

Where do I submit my answers?

Once you've solved the week's riddle, visit to enter your answers for that week. There is also space to submit your print bonus number and your SPAR till-slip number.

If you don't have internet access, you can also enter the week's answers via USSD by dialling *120*32119#.

Can I still play if I missed earlier weeks in the competition?

You can start playing online at any time by completing the previous weeks' answers. You just won't qualify for the cash prizes in those weeks anymore.

How do I sign in on the Finders Keepers website?

The Finders Keepers website will ask you to sign in to proceed (it's quick to do and free). If you have already registered on the TimesLIVE or Sunday Times website, you can use the same details to sign in. Otherwise, you can follow the prompts to sign up for the first time.

Why does the website ask for my ID/passport number and phone number?

We ask for your ID or passport number – only once – to guard against fraudulent entries. We also ask for your phone number to ensure we can link your entries via the USSD line, if you go that route, to your online entries. (And perhaps to call you when you've won.)

Any more questions?

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