2009 in Review: National Park Brain Teasers

Traveler posted 67 national park-themed quizzes, mystery photos, mystery spots, and mystery plants in 2009. They’re all listed here, and we cordially invite you to take a crack at the ones that may have escaped your attention.

NATIONAL PARK QUIZ

Traveler posted 40 quizzes of the traditional variety (true-false/multiple-choice) in 2009. Originally offered weekly, the National Park Quiz was moved to a biweekly schedule in August and will transition to a monthly schedule beginning this month.

#36 Management
#37 Search and Rescue
#38 African-Americans
#39 Winter
#40 Mission 66
#41 Lincolnalia
#42 Rocks and minerals
#43 Names
#44 Potpourri II
#45 Green
#46 Glaciers
#47 Spring
#48 Mysteries
#49 ”Bones & Stones”
#50 Wilderness
#51 Administrivia
#52 Celebrities
#53 Castles
#54 Authors
#55 Climbing
#56 Memorials
#57 Canyons
#58 Tunnels
#59 Only
#60 Bears
#61 Heat
#62 Paired Parks
#63 Pools
#64 Statues
#65 Dunes
#66 Cemeteries
#67 Potpourri III
#68 Fishing
#69 Camping
#70 Bad
#71 Are There Any?
#72 Forts
#73 Birds
#74 Ranches
#75 Potpourri IV
#76 Ringer I
Rules! Rules! Rules!

NATIONAL PARK MYSTERY PHOTO

A total of 16 Mystery Photo quizzes were posted during 2009. This quiz is intended to be a monthly feature -- and has been since last August -- but we got a late start and didn’t offer the first one until May. We made up for lost time by posting several a month until July when we switched to the once-a-month schedule we’ll now try to maintain in 2010.

#1 Wow – This is One Big Boulder!
#2 Where In the National Park System Does Puck Reside?
#3 It's All In the Patterns
#4 What Cabin Is that Yonder?
#5 Which Way Does The Wind Blow?
#6 A Movie-Goers Special
#7 Who Was This Maiden?
#8 Well, It's Kinda Oval
#9 What Sort of Reviewing Stand Might This Be?
#10 Name that Location
#11 And What Room Might This Be?
#12 Lots of Water Out There
#13 Beam Me Up Scotty!
#14 You Might Know What This Is, But Where is It?
#15 What's She Smiling About?
#16 Something Curious This Way Came

NATIONAL PARK MYSTERY SPOT

We posted six Mystery Spot quizzes this past year. Readers had a lot of fun with them, so we’re going to continue offering one a month.

#1 Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth Used It
#2 You Walk Around, I’ll Walk In
#3 Do the Math
#4 Standing Tall In the Middle
#5 A Jenny May Take You There
#6 You Might hear It Before You See It

NATIONAL PARK MYSTERY PLANT

Only four Mystery Plant brain teasers were posted in 2009, but we’re planning to make it a regular monthly feature beginning this month.

#1 Will This “Lime-Green Cancer” Derail Everglades Restoration?
#2 There’s a Good Reason They Call This Thing the “Death Apple”
#3 It’s Toxic, and Livestock Producers Hate It
#4 This “Tree from Hell” Smells Like Rancid Peanut Butter

Comments

This is a terrific part of Traveler. Thanks for all the hard work, and I'm looking forward to brain teasers in 2010!

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My travels through the National Park System: americaincontext.com

Thanks for the positive feedback, Barky. We'll try to maintain our high standards in 2010. I must admit that it's getting tougher and tougher to stump Traveler readers, though. You guys are an exceptionally well informed bunch.