Holy cow, I wrote a book!
(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)
Number five is an old-style riddle.
My first is an avatar, you are guardian of its soul.
My second you must vanquish if you wish to reach your goal.
My third you may injure if you slide too hard to third.
My whole is a place where dead people can be heard.
Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow.
Please do not post spoilers.
A pretty straightforward puzzle.
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.
Onward to Puzzle #4.
Upon arrival at the first puzzle location,
she was handed the second puzzle:
"Opghg'i xk ialp opfxw zi
z ioaufy jagiofkx."
Wk ok opg fxqkhvzofkx ygib
fx Lgxogh Pkaig zxy zib fq
opge pzmg zxe oflbgoi
zmzfnzdng qkh opg Vzhfxghi
The following clues are not necessary for solving the puzzle,
but are provided in case you get stuck.
Onward to Puzzle #3.
Today is a holiday in the United States, so I thought I'd go
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
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.
Onward to Puzzle #2.
I hope you weren't using
those undocumented critical section fields,
because in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1,
tells an interesting story of
a vendor who used reserved fields and then complained when the system
started using them!
The most important difference between My Documents and
Application Data is that My Documents is where users store their files,
whereas Application Data is where programs store their files.
In other words,
if you put something in CSIDL_MYDOCUMENTS
you should expect the user to be renaming it,
emailing it to their friends,
all the sorts of things users do with their files.
Therefore, files that go there should be things that users
will recognize as "their stuff".
Documents they've created, music they've downloaded,
that sort of thing.
On the other hand, if you put something in
the user is less likely to be messing with it.
This is where you put your program's supporting data that isn't
really something you want the user messing with,
but which should still be associated with the user.
High score tables,
spell check exceptions...
There is another directory called
(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
%TEMP% and Temporary Internet Files
Temporary Internet Files