Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

  • Pool n.

    1. A small body of still water.
    2. An accumulation of standing liquid.
    3. A deep or still place in a stream.
    4. A swimming pool.
    5. An underground accumulation of petroleum or gas in porous sedimentary rock.
    6. A game of chance, resembling a lottery
    7. A fund containing all the money bet in a game of chance or on the outcome of an event.
    8. A grouping of resources fo

  • Situated in San Francisco’s Presidio, a component of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio Golf Course was the object of yesterday’s inaugural mystery spot quiz.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

  • National Park Mystery Spot 1 is somewhere in the National Park System. Can you identify it with just these five clues?

    • It cost 50 cents to use it when it was opened in 1895.

    • During Theodore Roosevelt's administration, survivors of a major disaster lived in tents there for a while.

    • Thousands of trees were added to it during the Great Depression.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

  • If there was a trick to this week's Mystery Photo, it was that the buildings were not authentic. Rather, this is the Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

    Originally built by the Paramount Movie Studios, the Paramount Ranch Western Town is now owned and operated by the National Park Service.

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

  • It's definitely not 21st Century architecture, but then, the National Park System is home to a wide array of architectural styles. Can you identify this location?

    There are some obvious flavors to this setting. But the trick is not just identifying the period, but correctly naming the spot in the National Park System where you can find these buildings.

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