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2020 Pirate Treasure Hunt - Pelican Edition

Avast! It's Talk Like A Pirate Day once again, so we've made another hunt for you to do! We've let loose a squadron of pelicans () around the site. You'll solve the clues below to find them and gather them back together.

  • Decipher the clues below and visit the corresponding LibraryThing pages to find a pelican. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there's a pelican on a page, you'll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have just over one week to find all the pelicans (until 9am EDT, Monday September 28th).
  • Come brag about your squadron of pelicans (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least one pelican will be awarded a skull and crossbones Badge ().
  • Members who find all 16 pelicans will be entered into a drawing for one of five LibraryThing (or TinyCat) coaster sets and stickers. We'll announce winners at the end of the hunt.

P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the pelican sketch!
He's made all of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple years. We like them, and hope you do, too!

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Pelican 1

In this hoard of sequential tomes
A girl runs away to roam
The blue wine-dark seas,
Blithe as you please
As a ship’s boy, now with a home.

Pelican 2

In a book which came out this year
Lies a set of instructions to be a buccaneer.
A pirate has tattoos, so of course does the author too,
With two other books about said sinewy hues.

Pelican 3

More precious than many
But moldable as any.
Hold it dear but layer on a cake.
Bite down to test its mettle
(wizards might use it in a kettle)
Valued for scarcity but also its own sake.

Pelican 4

Nonfiction history about a time real salty
The author’s name rhymes with that, so, _-alty
A son of one Empire, his army finished off another,
Shaping, scoring, plundering, pillaging
The New World asunder.

Pelican 5

A riff on a story that’s out of copyright?
Gosh, what a new and wondrous sight.
This series ponders what else Peter might do,
Were his adventures given more than a book or two.
Catch a falling Star and put it on your shelf:
Come visit a new look for this favorite yourself!

Pelican 6

Children’s books are sometimes viewed as a Milk run,
The grandeur of adult readers or intrigue of YA deemed more fun.
But we’re glad the author turned from Gods to time-travel,
And made this lactose-challenged tale unravel.

Pelican 7

The name is the thing for when you don’t perform to satisfaction,
Dancing along the thin line of an audience’s reaction.
No, not a book,
A crook or a look,
But the beginning of an article’s abstraction.
Combine that along with a martial title
And tick tock,
stay with this character awhile.

Pelican 8

We pirates have a pirate code,
"You must be at least thirteen old.
In France it's sixteen and what's more,
It's who-knows-what in Ecuador."
It too commands you be polite,
Even when you fuss and fight,
Do never play a stockinged part
And spam is off the freakin' chart!

Pelican 9

When you were a kid
(heck, even now!)
You would pore over each factoid
In compendiums of knowledge
(way more fun than in college).
These -ologies contain worlds and animals so rare
That some think them extinct, nonexistent, or not there.
And while most deal with dragons, wizards, or old myths,
There’s one that fits the theme of this hunt, so don’t miss.

Pelican 10

We started this hunt on this religion’s New Year,
So at least you’ve got the first word of this work down.
And, really, those two concepts are all that you’ll need
To find this nonfiction history, if my advice you heed.
Put culture and theme together in a search,
And probably that won’t leave you in a lurch.

Pelican 11

This one’s not obvious unless you’re more familiar,
A bard who used pirates to solve plots peculiar.
How to get the lost twin, the exiled prince, and others away?
Or bring them back when best they would play?
Why get a pirate, of course, or more than a few
The deus ex prædo maritimus on the sea so blue.

Pelican 12

This isn’t going where you think,
But it's probably what’s on your mind.
You see, the author of this book
The castaway narrative really defined.
So, you’ve found your friend (or Foe) in the writer,
But now spread a little bit further.
He kept a diary of a year much like ours,
A memoir of a time filled with virality and dark hours.

Pelican 13

X marks the spot on paper
And a pin dropped on the app.
The math’s quite tricky,
Or a child’s play without scaling.
Stuffed in a trunk or displayed on the wall,
Carefully preserved, or marked up—the gall!

Pelican 14

Culloden is 20 years gone,
and 1968 has dawned.
Claire's reunion with Jamie is at the front
of this third installment.
But before they can have all the feels,
there's Jacobite treasure to steal--
to the West Indies they set sail,
and that's when pirates enter this tale.

Pelican 15

Pirates make a jolly sound,
But others make the world go round.
They add and flag, they split and clean.
They translate "More" into Slovene.
So to the skies may fame resound
And medals make a helpers mound.

Pelican 16

You've found the rest? That's good on you.
The last's a place that wholly new.
So ask your friends and wrack your brain
For directions to this rare "domain."
Where groups are "grups" and more is "més."
Sign in there, we'll be impressed!