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23 December 2011 @ 10:00 am
Friday Puzzle #132 - Holiday Hunt  
As announced earlier this week, today's Friday Puzzle is a four-part holiday treasure hunt for my fans that travels through some of my past work including my books.

Each step will yield an answer or code that you should enter as a web address. Specifically, go to
with any of your answers going in place of "youranswer" above. Use only lower-case letters and numbers, no symbols or spaces. Reaching a new page will confirm you have completed the step, and may give you more information to use for the next step. There is no web-page for the final answer, but when you think you have it you should email me at motris at yahoo dot com. If you run into trouble along the way, feel free to contact me at motris at yahoo dot com too and I'll help out as seems fair.

Finishers will:
A) Officially become my #N fan for the next year, based on the order of finish. This can be shared publicly, or not, depending on your preference.
B) Get a chance to win one of two prize packages which will include a custom puzzle design of your choice, and signed copies of my next two books. If N people finish, solver M will get (N+1)-M entries into the drawing, so finishing sooner will increase your chances.

You'll find the page for part one by answering this clue:
Overused themes, or items "roasting on an open fire"


ETA: An additional clue to part 3 was added on December 24th at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST to help those struggling with it.
ETA2: A bug with how some html content displays on different browsers has been addressed, as of 5 PM EST on Dec. 24th.
ETA3: While I've identified a lot of fans, I always want more, so I added an example for part 3 at 1 PM EST on Dec. 27th. If you are really stuck anywhere in the hunt, feel free to email me.
zach polanskyzach polansky on December 23rd, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think i is fair that "it will cost you some time" if you haven't bought your book :(
motrismotris on December 23rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I had a very good reason for making solvers try to go to that location, actually (not the one you might be thinking). I guess I do vainly think my #1 fan should always have my books handy, so having to wait at most 15 minutes to get what you need doesn't seem too harsh a penalty.
TH: pencilrpipuzzleguy on December 23rd, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, the other thing is that people are traveling and thus might not have your books handy. Or they've already solved them and discarded them.
Adam R. Woodzotmeister on December 24th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
15 minutes isn't that much, given I have what I need, but spent HOURS so far staring blindly at it without getting to part 4 yet :P And this after blowing through the first two parts VERY quickly... - ZM
motrismotris on December 24th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Part three is harder than I expected. I'd always planned to make the published piece a clickable link after two things happened and I still will. But having the puzzle is not the time consuming step here
motrismotris on December 24th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I've made a decision to add more information to part three, and will make this addition specifically at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST on Dec. 24th.
TH: tweekrpipuzzleguy on December 24th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I've still got nothing... the extra info is just enabling me to discard my attempts more quickly.
cyrebjrcyrebjr on December 24th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
What's that userpic?
hagriddler on December 26th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm a bit dumb because nobody seems to have a problem with part 2...
Am I missing a clue ? Is the title a clue to a solving method ?
There seem to be way to many possibilities...
Do I really need the book to solve this one ?

Nice, motris thinks i'm cute... ;-)
but still feel a bit dumb...

Edited at 2011-12-26 05:27 pm (UTC)
motrismotris on December 26th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Cute? Ah you hit one of the Easter egg links. You don't need my books persay, but every puzzle I've made with that title looks a certain way. Fill in the missing things with something natural (and email if you need a more specific clue).
cyrebjrcyrebjr on December 27th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Once the deadline passes, I'd be interested in seeing the rest of those Easter Eggs. (BTW, it's "per se," roughly translated as "through itself.")
motrismotris on December 27th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Now I'm wishing I had more than a handful of easter eggs. Watching the site names people are trying suggests I missed some fun chances!
(BTW: Thanks - I guess I didn't mean what urban dictionary defines as "An incorrect spelling of per se. Used by those who do not know its proper use.")
hagriddler on December 26th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Solved Cupid's puzzle but then I feel like Phil Collins...
Oh well at least then I guess I have a perfect body & face ;-)
Do regular visitors here have a clue what to do or are we all equally frantic ?
cyrebjr: Numberscyrebjr on December 27th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
I had to e-mail for further hints. Now I'm his #4 fan for the year!

(Phil Collins?)
motrismotris on December 27th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
I can feel me hinting in the air tonight?
Since I've identified a lot of fans but always want more, I'll post a sample dance card for another grid tomorrow, again at the magic 1 PM EST time for fairness
hagriddler on December 27th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
I can't dance :-) but maybe tomorrow...