Sunday, July 02, 2006

Buy A Friend A Book

Welcome to Day 3 of Buy a Friend a Book's First Anniversary Contest!

Buy a Friend a Book -- the site that urges visitors to surprise their friends with the gift of books during four quarterly BAFAB weeks a year -- is throwing a week-long puzzle contest to celebrate the site's first anniversary. Every day from July 1st to July 6th a new puzzle will be unveiled at one of the literary sites helping out with BAFAB's First Anniversary Contest. This Writing Life is your co-host for the third day of the puzzle. Contest participants will be asked to solve six puzzles during the course of the week and to answer a final question on the contest's seventh day.

Three winners will be drawn at random from all the correct responses received. The winners will win hundreds of dollars worth of literary stuff--stacks of books and free memberships in LibraryThing and even a text editor. See the complete prize list here and the official rules here.

If you're discovering this contest a little late in the week, don't worry. After they are initially announced, all six puzzles will remain available for the duration of the contest. Thus contestants who learn of the puzzle later in the week will not be barred from participating.

Here's the complete schedule of events:

July 1 -- Puzzle #1 introduced at Grumpy Old Bookman
July 2 -- Puzzle #2 introduced at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
July 3 -- Puzzle #3 introduced at This Writing Life
July 4 -- Puzzle #4 introduced at Books, Inq.
July 5 -- Puzzle #5 introduced at Refrigerator Door
July 6 -- Puzzle #6 introduced at No Rules. Just Write
July 7 -- Final question posed at Buy a Friend a Book

Today's puzzle is a logic puzzle. Here are the puzzle's clues. Go to Buy a Friend a Book to print out the diagram you need to complete the puzzle.

The clues:

1. Chuck Noland shipped his package two days before Lawrance Bernabo's BAFAB gift was ordered at and shipped by Amazon.

2. Fiona Widdershins sent her package the day before Wayne Knight shipped his. She did not send her package to Boston.

3. The package sent by the U.S. Postal Service was shipped three days after someone used a secret drop in Frankfurt to deliver theirs.

4. The packaged delivered in Connecticut was sent the day after a package was shipped to Boston.

5. Three men sent off their BAFAB books before Wayne Knight sent his.

6. Because it was shipped on the first day of BAFAB Week, a lucky book recipient in Elba was able to finish reading War and Peace ere others ever received their packages.


Blogger Tim Footman said...

This is, of course, distinct from that circular game among authorial acquaintances, Buy A Friend's Book (you buy mine and I'll buy yours).

And as for the end-of-year game, Plug A Friend's Book, hell, let's not go there.

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