I had to register just so I could post a comment and say- thank you!! I now have a name for this kind of search, which I must engage in frequently to assist my SO. To be fair, he's had to perform the same kind of search to assist me.
Additionally, I totally feel for the stupid questions. Anytime I would lose something my brother would ask "Well, where did you leave it last?" ...if I knew that, I wouldn't be looking for them. Would I?