Saturday, October 23, 2010

a little help, please *updated*

We have a long and unsuccessful history of dragging Dylan into corn mazes. They all have puzzles and clues and map pieces that you pick up as you go through and as you know we are a mite tad compulsive around here and it hurts our very souls to enter into such an establishment without getting EVERY SINGLE CLUE, however long it takes. What we thought this year was, now that Dylan is old enough to know exactly how annoying it is to walk around a corn maze for an untold amount of time, and now that we've added yet another child to the mix, let's DO THIS AND DO IT RIGHT. So we did. Two hours worth of right.Aw, yeah.

Dylan was skeptical at first, because why were we bypassing ice cream and a bounce area and a playground and a giant slingshot and a hayride (you know how in Little People Big World [I assume you're all fans] the dad keeps adding pirate ship to fort to pumpkin launcher to whatever random image flits through his head to their farm and then people come visit and give them money? it's like that) to go wander around in there? We got her more deeply involved in the finding of the 12 map pieces and the taping of the pieces to the paper and that, along with a few strategic piggy back rides, did it for her. An hour and a half in we thought we might work our way out so she would have time to play and her first reaction was "BUT WE STILL HAVE TO FIND THE OTHER THREE PIECES." Good girl.

We did, ultimately, let her play.
But not before collecting all the twelve clues and getting the thirteenth from the market. We got most of the answers pretty easily and figured out the rest at home. The lucky thirteenth one was directions on how to put the mystery letters in order, which had theretoforth (<--totally a word) been the subject of little explanation. They were then clearly a simple substitution cipher and while we failed to find the key on the premises it was simply a matter of googling an automatic cipher-solver and there you have it and why didn't they have this kind of thing when I was a kid? Ahem.

Anyway, we're not sure about one of the clues. All the other answers are superstition kinds of things, like black cats and four leaf clovers. The clue for this one is "The first of Loafer, Marshall, and Nail." Is it just the letter L? For lucky? Is that a thing? Your opinions appreciated. There's a place to submit them online, and I assume we will win the $150 if we are correct.

I love this one because it looks totally fake even though it is not fake. Just cheesy.

She still steered clear of the goats. I think she had a minor scary incident with one when she was like two and can't quite seem to shake the feeling that there is nothing good to be had where goats are concerned. She told me she'll be okay with them when she's seven.

We won fall now, right?

*Update* I went and took a shower after I posted, which is always where I figure things out. I feel silly now, but I got it. How about you? Where you yelling through the computer at my thick head? Sorry, that must have been frustrating.


Sarah said...

it's penny, right?

bleisenblog said...