# July, 2005

• #### Some holiday fun: Puzzle #4

(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)

A pretty straightforward puzzle.

 KENYA ERA COHERENT USE CLEANSED PEE ROMAN OIL NEST OF FUR &

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

• #### Some holiday fun: Puzzle #3

(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)

This was by far the hardest puzzle to make. It's also going to be the hardest to solve because a lot of the clues were originally inside jokes, and rewriting them for a general audience makes the answers much less obvious.

Hint: Quotation is by Nancy Pearl.

 1 H
 2 S
 3 B
 4 P
 5 I
 6 F
 7 K
 8 V
 9 A
 10 I
 11 V
 12 O
 13 J
 14 E
 15 K
 16 C
 17 I
 18 A
 19 R
 20 T
 21 W
 22 F
 23 C
 24 V
 25 L
 26 I
 27 Q
 28 K
 29 G
 30 X
 31 A
 32 C
 33 F
 34 Q
 35 Y
 36 T
 37 M
 38 K
 39 M
 40 E
 41 P
 42 D
 43 K
 44 V
 45 H
 46 Q
 47 C
 48 G
 49 R
 50 V
 51 B
 52 E
.  53 F
 54 M
 55 G
 56 B
 57 V
 58 C
 59 T
 60 V
 61 O
 62 W
 63 X
 64 D
 65 C
 66 V
 67 X
 68 H
,  69 E
 70 O
 71 R
 72 V
 73 C
 74 X
 75 V
 76 I
 77 L
 78 U
 79 A
 80 I
 81 C
 82 E
 83 O
 84 V
 85 L
 86 C
 87 Y
 88 S
 89 K
 90 U
 91 C
 92 Y
 93 W
 94 I
 95 E
 96 T
 97 T
 98 E
 99 V
 100 I
 101 Q
 102 F
 103 N
 104 J
 105 V
 106 B
.
 107 N
 108 P
 109 S
 110 G
 111 B
 112 H
 113 N
 114 O
 115 V
 116 F
 117 C
 118 T
 119 D
 120 U
 121 C
 122 K
 123 V
 124 L
 125 F
 126 D
 127 D
 128 W
 129 Y
 130 X
 131 U
 132 I
 133 F
 134 W
 135 V
 136 Y
 137 S
 138 N
 139 K
 140 D
 141 C
 142 G
 143 S
 144 B
 145 U
 146 A
 147 Q
 148 D
 149 M
 150 C
 151 B
 152 V
 153 S
 154 C
 155 O
 156 W
 157 Q
 158 F
 159 V
 160 P
.  161 P
 162 C
 163 I
 164 O
 165 C
 166 K
 167 A
 168 C
 169 Q
 170 V
 171 P
 172 H
 173 T
 174 J
 175 V
 176 S
 177 V
 178 Y
 179 Q
 180 U
 181 J
 182 T
 183 K
 184 G
 185 S
 186 I
 187 C
 188 R
 189 D
 190 L
 191 A
 192 E
 193 F
 194 J
 195 X
 196 Y
 197 C
 198 A
 199 Q
 200 E
.

A.To lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, gain weight, etc.  - 18 191 9 31 146 198 79 167
B.If you don’t return your book to the library on time, it is...  56 3 144 151 106 51 111
C.Where you’re headed in August (with "The")  32 121 165 47 154 58 117 162 86 73
 168 16 91 141 197 187 81 150 65 23
D.Battled again.  126 148 64 127 140 189 119 42
E.It may be filled with melted cheese or melted chocolate. But not both at the same time.  14 95 98 82 192 200 52 40 69
F.Unable to choose between two options.  53 102 193 22 33 116 133 158 6 125
G.It leaves Seattle at midnight and lands in Chicago at 6am.  - 110 184 142 29 55 48
H.Like corn flakes left in milk too long.  112 172 1 45 68
I.Restaurant in Woodinville that requires a contract if you have nine people.  17 100 5 186 132 94 10
 26 80 76 163
J.Bird that will visit Britney in a few months.  181 174 194 104 13
K.A guided tour down the Amazon, or a whale-watching trip, for example.  - 7 89 139 38 43 122 28 15 166 183
L.A community of monks or nuns, or the church they belong to.  77 124 85 25 190
M.A petty quarrel.  39 37 54 149
N.Dull impact sound.  107 138 113 103
O.Oversized living for your living room, available at Redmond Town Center.  114 12 61 164 83 70 155
P.The last grade before high school.  4 41 160 171 161 108
Q.You can borrow it from the library and are encouraged to use it in the car while driving.  - 179 101 157 46 27 147 34 169 199
R.Color traditionally associated with girls.  19 49 188 71
S.Restaurant in Wallingford with a spacey name (with "The").  88 137 185 109 143 176 2 153
T.You don't usually get to choose your first college one.  173 97 182 36 96 20 118 59
U.The runner was ______ out between second and third.  90 145 131 78 120 180
V.It starts at the corner of Bellevue and Bellevue and goes downtown every half hour.  123 152 115 44 60 24 84 170
 8 11 75 175 72
 66 135 57 177 50 99 105 159
W.A representation of a person, usually hanged or burned to demonstrate hatred.  62 93 128 156 21 134
X.Joe Beda suggested I should become one.  195 74 67 130 63 30
Y.Gerard Schwartz’s instrument.  196 87 136 35 129 178 92

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

• #### Some holiday fun: Puzzle #2

(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)

Upon arrival at the first puzzle location, she was handed the second puzzle:

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zmzfnzdng qkh opg Vzhfxghi
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```

The following clues are not necessary for solving the puzzle, but are provided in case you get stuck.

 _ _ _ _ _ What Gérard Depardieu might bid _ _ _ _ _ It babbles _ _ _ _ _ Hip hop artist LL (2 words) _ _ _ _ _ Nerd _ _ _ _ _ College application requirement _ _ _ _ _ Mushrooms, for example _ _ _ _ _ Mystery, for example _ _ _ _ _ Yellow bile is one _ _ _ _ _ One of the bones of the inner ear _ _ _ _ _ Denzel Washington movie 2002 (2 words) _ _ _ _ _ Humming instrument _ _ _ _ _ Expressing deep emotion _ _ _ _ _ "I want __ ___." (2 words) _ _ _ _ _ A Russian one will be long _ _ _ _ _ Hardly concealed _ _ _ _ _ To cook in near-boiling water _ _ _ _ _ To drink heartily _ _ _ _ _ Famous Swiss watchmaker _ _ _ _ _ It met Apollo in the 1970's _ _ _ _ _ Author of "One L" _ _ _ _ _ To seize control by force _ _ _ _ _ It's poisonous _ _ _ _ _ It's not right _ _ _ _ _ Atomic number 54 _ _ _ _ _ You do it at a triangle _ _ _ _ _ Striped animal

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

• #### Some holiday fun: Puzzle #1

Today is a holiday in the United States, so I thought I'd go entirely non-technical. But that doesn't mean you get to rest your brain.

One of my friends was accepted to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are of course very happy for her, but also sad that she will be leaving us. As part of her going-away festivities, we sent her on a one-team Puzzle Hunt because she's a puzzle fan and regretted missing out on the most recent Hunt. Our puzzles took her to various landmarks in the Seattle area, culminating at the location of the big party. At each landmark, a different group of her friends was be there to greet her, socialize, and give her the next puzzle.

There were six puzzles in all. I have made some adjustments to the puzzles to remove the "inside jokes"; otherwise you wouldn't stand a chance! Knowledge of Seattle is still important, though.

No reference materials allowed. All you have is a pencil and your brain.

The first puzzle is a simple grid of letters.

 I S P R I N G S S U J E F F E R S O N A Q M A R I O N I U A A A A H Y E V M A I C J R S S E U A P B E P L Y R E H D A M N I R S C N O I N U E K I P O I N S D L S T I T I P O O N O Y R R E H C E N R C

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

• #### Some holiday fun: Puzzle #6

(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)

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Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

• #### I hope you weren't using those undocumented critical section fields

I hope you weren't using those undocumented critical section fields, because in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, they've changed.

Mike Dodd tells an interesting story of a vendor who used reserved fields and then complained when the system started using them!

• #### What's the difference between My Documents and Application Data?

There is another directory called CSIDL_LOCAL_APPDATA (Local Settings\Application Data) which acts like CSIDL_APPDATA, except that it does not get copied if the user profile roams. (The "Local Settings" branch is not copied as part of the roaming user profile.) Think of it as a per-user-per-machine storage location. Caches and similar non-essential data should be kept here, especially if they are large. Other examples of non-roaming per-user data are your `%TEMP%` and `Temporary Internet Files` directories.