The Very Tall Turban of Ahmad Baba
Very Tall Turban of Ahmad Baba
The turban atop the stone column.

Production Number

2-19 (59)


July 14, 1994


Green Monkeys


Shane & Jamie Davis

Artifact Location

The Observatory

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Very Tall Turban of Ahmad Baba is the 59th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 52nd episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

In this moat crossing, teams have to swing over the water one teammate at a time using a long rope suspended from above.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Silver Snakes 0:27
2nd Green Monkeys 0:45
3rd Purple Parrots 0:48
4th Red Jaguars 1:12

Steps of Knowledge

One of the most famous scholars of all time was Ahmad Baba. When the caliph of Morocco conquered the city of Timbuktu, Ahmad was captured and taken back to Morocco in chains. One day the caliph reviewed the fate of his prisoners. The first prisoner trembled so hard that his chains rattled. The guard pushed him forward, shouting, "Convicted thief, served ten years and is to be freed today, sire!"

"Free him," thundered the voice of the caliph from behind the curtain, "but first, ten more years. Next!"

Ahmad Baba stepped forward fearlessly. "You must show yourself to speak to me," he said. "You could have heard a pomegranate drop."

"Why should I?"

"I can teach you many things. Besides, it must be lonely back there."

Finally the caliph came out from behind the curtain. He was a short man with a very tall turban.

"You're right," he said. "It's lonely being so mean."

He gave Ahmad his very tall turban and set him free.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was Ahmad Baba from the city of…?
  • Kalamazoo
  • Timbuktu
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Is Timbuktu in…?
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was Ahmad Baba taken prisoner to…?
  • Egypt
  • Persia
  • Morocco
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
What was the title of the ruler of Morocco when he conquered…?
  • Caliph
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these deserts separates Timbuktu from Morocco?
  • The Gobi
  • The Mojave
  • The Sahara
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
How was trade conducted across the Sahara Desert?
  • By Caravan
  • By Wagon Train
  • By Passenger Pigeon
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these animals carried baggage in caravans?
  • Llamas
  • Camels
  • Giraffes
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these is the nickname for a camel?
  • Sloop of the Sahara
  • Gondola of the Gobi
  • Ship of the Desert
Purple Parrots (Correct - 1 step left)
Were Camels imported to Africa from…?
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Green Monkeys are Jamie and Shane. The Purple Parrots are Tiffany and Jason.

Turbans (Bungee Ceiling)

According to legend, Ahmad Baba was freed from prison and given a turban as a token of the Khalif's friendship. Beside Shane and Jason were two ropes. When Kirk gave the signal, using their hands on each rope, they had to pull themselves up to the turbans on the ceiling. Once at the ceiling, they had to place a turban on their heads and ride back down. The player to bring down all four turbans or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Jason knocked down two turbans while Shane did not miss his bin. Both players each got two turbans, awarding them each a half pendant of life.

Keep the Camel Forward (Squirting Statue)

To bring Ahmad Baba from Timbuktu to Morocco, the Khalif soldiers crossed the Sahara Desert on camels. Camels are rather stubborn, and one has to keep them headed in the right direction. When Kirk gave the signal, Jamie and Tiffany had to shinny up the camel's backbone and turn its head around. Like all camels, the two before the girls spit, so they had to hold on tight on their way up, then climb back down and do it again. The player to turn the camel's head the most times in 60 seconds won. Jamie had trouble shinnying up her camel and was only able to turn its head around once. Tiffany however, turned her camel's head around three times, awarding her a half pendant of life.

Minaret Reconstruction (Ring Tower)

When the Khalif conquered Timbuktu, he destroyed much of the city. When Ahmad Baba and his people returned, they had to rebuild. Before each team stood a topless Arabian tower called a minaret, and their task was to rebuild it. When Kirk gave the signal, both players on each team had to grab their dome and begin climbing their minaret. Once at the top, they had to place the dome on all the way. The team to place the dome on top and remove their hands won. The Green Monkeys placed their dome on at the end of the game, awarding them a full pendant of life, sending them to Olmec's Temple with 1½ pendants.

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

Temple Run

Shane sped through the rooms at a great pace. He did not take any shortcuts to the artifact, but he was determined to come out of the temple a winner.
After two and a half minutes of temple running, he finally grabbed the turban, and escaped the temple a mere fourteen seconds later. This was simply a superb episode, and an exciting win added to its value.
Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (Solo - 0:14 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations

The Swamp

Medusa's Lair

The Crypt

Half Pendant Location The Rock Quarry

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