Words For Your Enjoyment: Blog Scavenger Hunt

What’s more for your enjoyment than winning something…right?

That’s why I figured today would be a perfect day for dusting off the blog scavenger hunt and throwing it your way on this last Friday of April 2006. And what better thing to give away than a fresh, new-smelling copy of The Lost Blogs — hitting stores near you on May 8th, 2006.

As always, if you can be one of the first three to submit the correct answer, you’ll be walking away with a signed first edition copy of the book.

So, how does this whole Blog Scavenger Hunt thing work?

By beginning on the home page of WFME and reading through the poetic-clues below, you’ll need to follow the clues from one blog to another, clicking on the links included in those blogs that you suspect is the next step of the puzzle. In the end, if you’ve followed each clue correctly, you’ll be able to answer the final query and submit your answer. The hunt will run until midnight tonight, or until three people submit the correct answers.

Good luck!

A bad job indeed,
about ten people down,
give a click and start wandering,
within the daughter’s own town.

There’s the fun and the fabulous,
each one has a life,
click on the digital biography,
and search for a “knife.”

Follow the disease if you can,
if you know what I mean,
and then be sure to click through,
on the creature that’s green.

Why are there so many,
songs about rainbows,
and what’s on the other side?
Stop thinking about moving pictures,
click on stills, and go for a ride.

But take a pause on his favorites,
go three down and four to the right,
fly up over the sunset,
red and squishy…that’s right.

Now it’s time,
to find “the key”,
as she has written,
click to see —

Then type her nickname,
and find her space where,
that header image,
warns all to “beware.”

Searching the goodness,
of blogosphere,
follow the numbers,
and you’ll be near.

Take thirteen first,
then down ten quick,
then eight below,
subtract twelve — and click!

Thirteen letters,
making two,
just take the first,
and do what I do…

I’ll take the third,
and make it six,
a brand new meaning,
back at the homestead, search for your fix.

What you get back,
you’ll only see,
one of “that word”
happy with glee…

Now take the name,
of this famous man,
submit it quick,
you’ve done all you can.

Update 11:37am PST: We have our three winners.

They are:

C(h)ristine
Jacquie
Kathleen

Here’s the SOLUTION:

A bad job indeed,
about ten people down,
give a click and start wandering,
within the daughter’s own town.

Click into the post on the front page, WFME’s Bad Job Wednesday, go down to the tenth commenter who happens to be Bre, and go to her site “firefighter’s daughter.”

There’s the fun and the fabulous,
each one has a life,
click on the digital biography,
and search for a “knife.”

Once there, you’ll notice she has a blogroll called “other fun and fabulous blogs.” Click on Blogography (a digital version of a biography) and then once at his site, use the search function in the sidebar to search for the word “knife.”

Follow the disease if you can,
if you know what I mean,
and then be sure to click through,
on the creature that’s green.

The result will show you a list of posts, one of which is titled “herpes” (a disease). Click into that post and click on the “creature that is green” — which happens to be Kermit the Frog… which is the avatar for Kevin.

Why are there so many,
songs about rainbows,
and what’s on the other side?
Stop thinking about moving pictures,
click on stills, and go for a ride.

Once at Kapgar’s site, click on “stills” — which happens to be photo stills or his Flickr account.

But take a pause on his favorites,
go three down and four to the right,
fly up over the sunset,
red and squishy…that’s right.

Search around until you find the favorites area where you’re shown a selection of thumbnails. Go down three pictures, four to the right, look up over the picture of the sunset and click on the picture of the hand holding the “red and squishy” bloated gummibear.

Now it’s time,
to find “the key”,
as she has written,
click to see —

In the comments below the gummibear picture, Ninja Poodles says something about “the key.” Click on her name and go to her Flickr account.

Then type her nickname,
and find her space where,
that header image,
warns all to “beware.”

Now that you know her nickname is Ninja Poodles, find her space (or blog). By searching Google your first result will be her blog. Go there.

Searching the goodness,
of blogosphere,
follow the numbers,
and you’ll be near.

Find her blogroll, titled “bloggety goodness.”

Take thirteen first,
then down ten quick,
then eight below,
subtract twelve — and click!

Go down thirteen blogs. Down ten more. Down eight more. Then go twelve up and click on that blog, which happens to be Defective Yeti.

Thirteen letters,
making two,
just take the first,
and do what I do…

I’ll take the third,
and make it six,
a brand new meaning,
back at the homestead, search for your fix.

“Thirteen letters making two” refers to the title of the blog “Defective Yeti” at the top banner. Now “just take the first” of the two words, which is “Defective.” “Take the third” letter (the “F”) and make it six (or the sixth letter, which is “T”) — turning the word from “Defective” to “Detective.” Back at the homestead, WFME, search the word “Detective.”

What you get back,
you’ll only see,
one of “that word”
happy with glee…

After searching for “detective” in the WFME search box, you’ll get these results on the front page. But on the page, there will be only one instance of the word “detective” which you can find by using the browser’s simple search form.

Now take the name,
of this famous man,
submit it quick,
you’ve done all you can.

By doing so you’ll find “Detective Riggs” (Mel Gibson). Now take the name of that famous man, and submit it. So if you submitted MEL GIBSON you would have won.

40 comments on “Words For Your Enjoyment: Blog Scavenger Hunt

  1. ms. sizzle - April 28, 2006 at 8:22 am -

    this is almost like having to do a word problem in math. 🙂

  2. Alissa - April 28, 2006 at 8:25 am -

    I don’t even know where to start – oh wait, you told me exactly where to start.

  3. Kevin - April 28, 2006 at 8:43 am -

    I got through about line 8 and I’m lost. I would’ve thought I’d be better at this sort of thing. Alas…

  4. dgm - April 28, 2006 at 8:48 am -

    well, this is a time suck. i’m all for cutting corners, so i’m going to guess that the answer is “paul davidson.”

    how soon can i expect my copy?

  5. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 8:51 am -

    Sizz – At least it’s more fun than long division.

    DGM – You can expect your copy to arrive after you’ve ordered it from Amazon, as your answer is wrong.

    All joking aside, if you think you know the answer, submit it but don’t post it here. (I know you were kidding DGM.)

  6. Karl - April 28, 2006 at 9:03 am -

    Wow, very cool game. Thank goodness I’m ineligible because my brain isn’t awake enough yet to handle all that thar thinkin’.

  7. C(h)ristine - April 28, 2006 at 9:15 am -

    I’m stuck at “searching the goodness of blogosphere…” bleah.

  8. Jacquie - April 28, 2006 at 9:35 am -

    Will you let us know via comment here when you got the 3 right answers? Pretty please?

  9. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 9:38 am -

    Jacquie – I’ll update the comments section as people guess correctly. So you’ll know when there is one correct, two correct and three correct winners.

  10. C(h)ristine - April 28, 2006 at 9:45 am -

    okay…now i’m stuck at “just take the first…”

  11. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 9:47 am -

    C(h) – Well, you’re obviously getting there.

  12. Melina - April 28, 2006 at 10:13 am -

    i just want a book. signed. by you.

  13. C(h)ristine - April 28, 2006 at 10:24 am -

    argh. totally stuck, and in a few minutes, i’ll be too busy the rest of the day to finish anytime soon!

  14. Jacquie - April 28, 2006 at 10:32 am -

    I’m getting there!!!! This is good and I’m glad I have nothing better to do!!! Nice job Paul. Yer the coooolest!

  15. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 10:48 am -

    We have one winner. Two slots left.

  16. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 10:55 am -

    We have two winners. One slot left.

  17. Kevin - April 28, 2006 at 11:03 am -

    I got it, but I want someone else to get a copy.

    Very nice riddle, Paul! You had me beating myself upside the head a bit on it.

  18. Bre - April 28, 2006 at 11:06 am -

    Oh if only I hadn’t drained the last of my math attention for the day by playing Soduku! Curses! 😛

  19. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 11:07 am -

    Bre – Really, there’s no math involved. Just counting.

  20. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 11:35 am -

    We have our three winners.

    Solution to follow very soon.

  21. the swede - April 28, 2006 at 11:50 am -

    Congrats to the winners!

  22. Jacquie - April 28, 2006 at 12:46 pm -

    Thanks Paul for the fun adventure and giving us these creative opportunities to win your book!!!

  23. Bre - April 28, 2006 at 1:03 pm -

    Haha – I wonder what it says about my counting skills that I was involved in this whole thing but still didn’t quite catch on? “Fun and Fabulous” really should have triggered me, but I say it so often that I just assume everyone else does as well! You are a clever one, aren’t you? 🙂

  24. Alissa - April 28, 2006 at 1:24 pm -

    Holy crap Pauly D. – How long did it take you to come up with that? I was way off course.

  25. Nicole - April 28, 2006 at 1:45 pm -

    I hate living in the last time zone! I’ve barely woken up but already completely missed out on the whole scavenger hunt thing. Oh well. Instead of making my blog rounds in the morning, maybe I need to start staying up really late and checking them when it’s morning in the States.

  26. dgm - April 28, 2006 at 2:00 pm -

    well done. well done.

  27. hkd - April 28, 2006 at 2:21 pm -

    paul…

    myself and some mutual blog nerds are having a little get together in los angeles on may the 12th.

    i am coming down from toronto…other people are coming from arkansas, vancouver, new york etc etc.

    would you care to join us?

    email me at explosivelaughter(at)gmail(dot)com

    we have small blog devoted to it right now….

    http://www.lablogstock.blogspot.com

    bye!

  28. C(h)ristine - April 28, 2006 at 5:08 pm -

    I hope you sell a lot of books off this game! it’s totally awesome–I can’t even imagine all the work that went into it.

  29. Pauly D - April 28, 2006 at 5:18 pm -

    I came up with the game and wrote in in 30 mins.

    Not bad, right?

  30. Dave2 - April 28, 2006 at 5:20 pm -

    Can I just say what an utterly brilliant contest this was?

    I didn’t have enough time in my break to finish (I got as far as Ninja Poodles)… but was obsessively clicking through the clues the entire time I had available!

    There should be a web site that has more puzzles like this… though part of me is glad that there isn’t, because I would undoubtedly waste a good chunk of my life trying to solve them! 🙂

  31. Will - April 28, 2006 at 6:34 pm -

    Looks like you’ve made yourself another good one, Paul. Very clever. Too bad I didn’t come onto the scene sooner. Still, I’m quite content with my signed copy of ‘Consumer Joe,’ so no worries.

  32. mikey - April 28, 2006 at 8:37 pm -

    How Awesome was that. Congrats to all the winners. Paul you Rock!!

  33. Pierce - April 29, 2006 at 10:16 am -

    I can’t believe I chose yesterday not to be on the Internet.

  34. C(h)ristine - April 29, 2006 at 4:33 pm -

    30 minutes!
    You’re genius.
    How long did it take you to write “Lost Blogs”?!

  35. Pauly D - April 29, 2006 at 4:35 pm -

    C(h) – 5 months. A little bit longer than this post.

  36. Belinda - April 30, 2006 at 1:24 pm -

    Oh, man, I can’t believe I MISSED this! What fun! I’m gone for two days, and the frolicking commences…

  37. Nicole - May 1, 2006 at 8:45 am -

    What a fun idea! Good thing I already have my signed copy of the greatest book ever published, though. ‘Cause I would have never gotten all those clues!

  38. the swede - May 1, 2006 at 4:14 pm -

    Got my copy in the mail fifteen minutes ago! I have to take a break reading it, my face was starting to hurt from all the laughing. Seriously!

    My absolute favorite blog so far has to be L. Ron Hubbard’s.

    :O)

    Thanks again for the book, Paul! I will never part with it, even when one day your signature is worth a crapload of moola.

  39. Alison - May 2, 2006 at 8:02 pm -

    Today is May 2nd, and I saw your soon-to-be-released book on the shelf at Joseph-Beth here in Lexington. But I didn’t buy it. I just stared at that hot picture of Abe Lincoln for a while, then read the Acknowledgements.

    Why didn’t I buy your book tonight? Because I ordered it from Amazon this morning. Sigh.

  40. Pauly D - May 2, 2006 at 8:16 pm -

    Alison – Looks like some stores are selling it early! Woo hoo. Would love to know how it was displayed. Prominently, I hope.

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