At least once a month, always on a Wednesday, we challenge Traveler readers to figure out the identity of a Mystery Spot in a National Park System unit. A total of 13 Mystery Spot puzzles were published this year. The master list, with hotlinks, is provided below.
Coming up with correct answers can be a tricky business. Our national parks contain many thousands of named objects, features, and places, and the Quizmeister only provides a few clues. Still, our collective readership almost always gets the thing figured out.
There are some standouts, of course. The Mystery Spot champion for 2011 is RangerLady, who solved 8 puzzles and was one of only two readers to solve #20. The Quizmeister is very impressed, RangerLady.
Runner Up awards go to RoadRanger and ed-123, who each solved five puzzles. Honorable Mention awards go to Eric (4), y_p_w (3) and tomp2 (3). A host of other readers -- 48, to put a finer point on it -- solved one or two of the puzzles. All of you deserve a round of applause. We think our readers are definitely a cut above average.
Stay tuned. Another batch of Mystery Spot puzzles is being prepared. Will 2012 be your year to shine?
MYSTERY SPOT PUZZLES POSTED IN 2011
Mystery Spot #20: The Business End of the Arrow
Mystery Spot #20 Revealed: No Trucks in This Convoy
Mystery Spot #21: Alas, Poor Hillside Homes
Mystery Spot #21 Revealed: Lots of Stars Have Done Their Thing Here
Mystery Spot #22: See the Sunrise
Mystery Spot #22 Revealed: You Can See the Sea From This Dome
Mystery Spot #23: Cue Ball's Habitat
Mystery Spot #23 Revealed: Saddam Didn't Build this One
Mystery Spot #24: A Movie Critter Provides a Clue
Mystery Spot #24 Revealed: Not the Kind a Drunk Can Hug
Mystery Spot #25: Not Even a Puddle to Wet a Frog
Mystery Spot #25 Revealed: A Hexagon in a Very Dry Place
Mystery Spot #26: An Elevation
Mystery Spot #26 Revealed: A Hill Like No Other
Mystery Spot #27: On a Hill It Stands
Mystery Spot #27 Revealed: A Home for a man Who Sure Could Write
Mystery Spot #28: A Natural Shape
Mystery Spot #28 Revealed: A Delicate Subject
Mystery Spot #29: You Need to Go Down to Go In
Mystery Spot #29 Revealed: A Hole In the Ground
Mystery Spot #30: Just Answer These Questions
Mystery Spot #30 Revealed: The Rhyming Road Takes You There
Mystery Spot #31: Walk This Way
Mystery Spot #31 Revealed: Big Tree Inside, Lots More Outside
Mystery Spot #32: At the Mouth of a Feeder
Mystery Spot #32 Revealed: A Domed Domicile