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I have been wanting to do a couple of things for a while now. One was to divest myself of a lot of games, either through e-Bay or just giving them away. The other was to host a treasure hunt here on the BGG geek lists. So I decided to tie the two together by hosting some sort of puzzle with the prize being a few of those games I’ll ultimately be doffing. It’s not really a treasure hunt, as I had originally hoped, but it’s my way of testing the waters.

The prize package :
Banana Republic (played a few times)
Blackbeard (I don’t think I ever played it)
El Grande (probably played once or twice—German edition, I think)
Falling (surely never played, but possibly abused as it sat on a nightstand for years)
Maul of America (never played)
Paris Paris (played less than 6 times)
Sell-out by National Lampoon (played once)
Settlers of Catan (Mayfair edition from long ago, played once)
Tikal (never played—don’t remember if it’s German or English)

I have verified that I do, in fact, own all of these except for Tikal (and I’m 99% sure I have my never-played copy around, just have to find it) and Falling (which is no big loss if I can’t find it). Should I be unable to find any game on the list, it will not be part of the official prize package, but I’m not trying to shaft you—I just want to cover myself in case a game comes up mysteriously missing from my game room.

The rules:

There are some questions interspersed with a few games I own below. Your mission is to answer those questions to the best of your ability. I can’t vouch for the fact that everything is perfect, but I think it’s pretty well fact-checked.

1. You can post questions or comments about a puzzle question, but I may or may not get around to answering.
2. My answers, per my research, are correct. You may find alternate references or solutions, but my answers are the ones that count. If that requires you to be psychic, so be it.
3. Don’t post answers here on this list. Or anywhere else.
4. Submit your answers in accordance with the instructions given in one of the puzzle questions. Other means of delivery will be ignored. Submitting your response via multiple methods (a shotgun approach) will remove you from contention for prizes.
5. If you contact me via private BGG e-mail, I may or may not get to answer it—I don’t really like using that feature of BGG.
6. Don’t post answers here on this list. Or anywhere else.
7. The contest ends seven days after I receive five valid entries or on October 4, whichever comes first (at noon, EDT).
8. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer the questions. You must include your real name and the city, state, and country where you live. You’ll get one point for every correct answer. You’ll also must include a list of what you think are the three toughest questions (ranked as first, second, and third toughest). And you’ll also need to include a guess as to how many valid entries I’ll get . You can get bonus points for correctly predicting which questions are toughest and for guessing close to the actual number of valid entries and for entering early, but I won’t tell you how the bonus points work so that you don’t try to “play the system.” Assume bonus points can be a deciding factor in the contest.
9. One entry per person. If you submit a second (or if I think you’re submitting a second under another name), it replaces the first.
10. For an entry to be valid, at least eight correct answers must appear in your submission as instructed within the puzzle. Invalid entries will not be included in the contest for any purposes.
11. Don’t post answers here on this list. Or anywhere else.
12. If I detect any shenanigans (even if I imagine them), I’ll invalidate your entry.
13. Winner receives the entire lot of games (no cherry picking) and must pay for shipping. Payment must come through PayPal, and I’ll charge not only for the freight, but also the small fee PayPal charges me. So, you’ll get the loot for the cost of shipping and the cost of the money transaction. The games themselves are free.
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1. Board Game: Jumbo Jet [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:21657]
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1. Here are the names of nine games (spaces are important and there are no spaces at the beginning or end of each title). There are never two consecutive spaces.

BANANA REPUBLIC
EL GRANDE
FALLING
LORDS OF THE SIERRA MADRE
MAUL OF AMERICA
SELL-OUT BY NATIONAL LAMPOON
SETTLERS OF CATAN
TIKAL
TRIVIAL PURSUIT - BABY BOOMER EDITION

Sequence them and write them out as one long string of letters, spaces, and punctuation in that sequence. Here's the code for your meta instruction:

2-98-59-116-156-26-32-122-49-6-44-93-36-133-58-18-84-12-67-61-153-41-72-94-8-105-73-34-10-125-19-42-89-37
 
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2. Board Game: Ultimate Golf [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:20984]
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There was a time when I had to have every golf game made. And every election game. And every horse racing game. Hell, every game. But when I bought this one (and it was expensive) and read the rules, I realized you don’t have to have all that much trash. Still got it, though.
 
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3. Board Game: Noteability [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:21397]
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1a. Figure out what that code's referring to (it is here, somewhere).
 
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4. Board Game: Key to the Kingdom [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:21417]
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2. Spell out the number of letters in common in the names of the four events I've run at AvalonCon/WBC. Then spell out the number of different (adult) events I've run there. What letter(s) are in common in both words, listed alphabetically?
 
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5. Board Game: Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:21694]
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Picked this one up at the Tower of London. Seemed a mighty good combination of tourist and gamer. And the pieces are pretty.
 
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6. Board Game: Lone Wolf and Cub Game [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:21633]
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3. Take the first and last names of all people who have walked on the moon (use their common name if a nickname is more often used than their given name). Take all letters that appear between 7 and 14 times and make an anagram. What's the word wordsmith.org comes up with?
 
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7. Board Game: Assassin [Average Rating:3.54 Overall Rank:21861]
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Surely I’ve mentioned the story of the year my team won the WBC (then AvalonCon) Team Tournament championship. My brother’s entry was Dune, and I don’t know if he scored a point or not, but he sure likes the game. My game was probably Superstar Baseball, and I won the event (ching!). Ralph’s game was Adel Verpflichtet. He swore there is a method where you can just win at will—and he did. He mowed down a huge field and had to play six or seven games in succession to take the championship (ching! ching!). Then there was poor ol’ Bobby. He didn’t know what game to play, because he just came to the con to drift around and play games. I told him there was a new event called “Assassin” and that I owned it. He said “Great! I like the theme.” When he arrived at the hotel, I sat down with our team, plus our junior member, Ben, and we played the game. Bobby said “You mean I have to play this crap for my team tournament game?!?!?” And the answer was, yes, we needed him to fulfill his commitment. So he signed up and Ben decided to join him in his misery. Both won their tables and advanced to the finals (I could hear Bobby shouting “Make it stop!”) And at that final table, Ben and Bobby worked the table (not directly so, they just were better players than everyone else) and Bobby took home top honors (ching ching ching!!!). We dominated the tournament and Bobby (and all of us) never played Assassin again.
 
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8. Board Game: Adverteasing [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:21586]
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4. In 1991, the first WBC was held (then called AvalonCon). The pre-registration form appeared in Avalon Hill's magazine, The General, under the title "more late breaking news. . ." According to that document, how many events were offered that first year?
 
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9. Board Game: Tom Clancy's Politika [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:21787]
Board Game: Tom Clancy's Politika
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Bobby may have had something to do with our single playing of Politika. He’s a big Tom Clancy fan and the game cost something like $5 at Toys ‘R’ Us, so I splurged and bought it. Aside from the fact that it makes a run for the title of Game with the Cheapest Components, it’s just not a very good game. Never again.
 
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10. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:21538]
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5. Two US sitcoms have earned 11 Emmy nominations each for "Best Comedy" (show). On those shows, according to imdb.com, one actor from each show has the same first name and same-length last names. Take their last names and scramble the letters to make an answer for the question posed to a vegetarian: "What'll you have for dinner?"
 
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11. Board Game: Edison & Co. [Average Rating:4.47 Overall Rank:21811]
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I own this game (picked it up from a prize table—or my wife did, can’t remember). Heard it’s bad, but haven’t experienced it myself.
 
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12. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Board Game [Average Rating:3.63 Overall Rank:21796] [Average Rating:3.63 Unranked]
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6. What's the fourth word in the only Dr. Seuss book whose title begins with "W"?
 
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13. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [Average Rating:3.26 Overall Rank:21863] [Average Rating:3.26 Unranked]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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7. Of all Major League Baseball players ever known by the name "Mickey," or "Homer," how many years elapsed between the end of the careers for the only ones whose last names began with "E" or "G"?
 
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14. Board Game: Spices of the World [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:20735]
Board Game: Spices of the World
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I own this one too, and I think I looked at it once, to discover that it was very Game of the States-ish. But my spice story is also about AvalonCon/WBC. Years ago, when WBC was AvalonCon, the McCormick Spice Company (underwriters of the game) used to “cook” spices in their facilities next door to the convention site. One morning you may smell cinnamon, the next it could be cardamom, then peppers. Don’t recall them ever working on garlic powder. But a few years ago, that stopped. Did they move to a new facility?
 
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15. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:21869] [Average Rating:4.81 Unranked]
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8. What is the only nation, beginning with the letter "I", to have a flag with only one star on it?
 
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16. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.94 Overall Rank:21888] [Average Rating:2.94 Unranked]
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9. Among the most popular (first) names given to boys in the decade of 1910-1919, one of the most popular names was actually just an initial. Where did it rank in the top 100?
 
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17. Board Game: Therapy [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:21522]
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10. While we're talking about names, all of the US First Ladies have 'em (not necessarily their popular name; Eleanor’s first name was Anna). But if you investigate the last letter of those first names, how many of the 26 letters of the alphabet are represented?
 
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18. Board Game: Huggermugger [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:21552]
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Someone who I rarely see gave me this as a gift once. Haven’t played it. In fact, I thought it was just another packaging of “Fictionary” (like Balderdash and many others), but reading about it here makes it sound like a different game. Maybe I should play it.
 
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19. Board Game: Distant Seas: The Merchant Marine Game [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:19149]
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Memory sure does go quickly as one advances or as one accumulates games. I know I’ve at least unfolded the board for this one, so I must have played it. At least that’s my thinking. But I just don’t know if I’ve played or not.
 
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20. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.12 Overall Rank:21926]
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11. Hurricane names get retired if they do enough damage. They are also assigned names alphabetically starting with A and moving forward throughout the season towards Z. What's the name of the hurricane closest to "Z" to have been retired and in what year did it strike?
 
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21. Board Game: Time: The Game [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:21087]
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12. "Washington" is the most popular US county name. There are 31 such counties in the US. But there are also 1,373 county names in the US that are unique. Of those, which state boasts the one most advanced in the alphabet?
 
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22. Board Game: Nizza [Average Rating:4.68 Overall Rank:19806]
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13. What's the English name of the world's most populous city?
 
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23. Board Game: Extinction [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:19826]
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I own this game and have even played it once. I also own Mass Extinction, but I don’t see it here at BGG. This was not a good game, as I recall, so if you can work the word “extinction” into your submission, I’ll add this game to the booty.
 
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24. Board Game: ThinkBlot [Average Rating:4.41 Overall Rank:21754]
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14. According to Joel Whitburn's 2000 "Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits," only five songs beginning with "E" or "U" made it to #1 between the years of 1970 and 1979. Name one.
 
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