Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

  • He was known, quite appropriately, as the "hanging judge." During his 21 years at Fort Smith, Judge Isaac C. Parker sent 160 men to the gallows, a replica of which this latest Mystery Photo depicts.

    Judge Parker ruled from the bench of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

  • National parks weren't created only to protect spectacular scenery. Many cultural and historic treasures are protected by the National Park System. Which brings us to this week's Mystery Photo.

    What sort of structure might this be? What was it created for? Is it still used these days? And where is it located?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

  • 1. True or False? In a typical year, there are more 100+ degree days in Theodore Roosevelt National Park than there are in Everglades National Park.

    2. True or false? Bacteria living in the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park are thermophiles as well as extremophiles.

    3. True of false?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

  • It didn’t take long for Traveler readers to figure out the answer to yesterday'squiz.National Park Mystery Plant 3 quiz. Willow quickly identified it as lupine (nice going, Willow), so the mystery was removed right away. Or so I thought.

Monday, June 29th, 2009

  • This mystery plant is pretty…… and poisonous. Sheep, cattle, pigs, and goats will eat it, and therein lies the rub.

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