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We hit the books and wrote up 18 Piratical clues for you to solve. Read and solve each clue, and find the page on LibraryThing that matches your solution. When you find the right solution, you’ll see a banner announcing that you’ve found a piece of treasure at the top of the screen.
Go here for the hunt!
You have one week—until Tuesday, Sept 24th—to find as many pieces of treasure as you can.
Use this thread to brag, ask for and give hints, etc
As in past treasure hunts, we'll be awarding profile badges to anyone who finds at least one piece of treasure, upgrading accounts to lifetime memberships for anyone who finds at least five, and anyone who finds all 18 will be entered into a drawing for a LibraryThing or TinyCat t-shirt of their choice, or the original of the bird picture.
Important: When giving hints, please use the spoiler tag. To mark something as a spoiler, start your message like this:
And end it like this:
If you’re not seeing banners, or the treasure hunt is otherwise not working for you, you may be using the old site design. Treasure hunts don’t work on the old version of the site. You can switch to the new version by going here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look under "Design." You can always switch back after the treasure hunt, if you like.
P.S. Hats off to conceptDawg for the beautiful blue macaw illustration! He's made many of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple years. We get a kick out of them, and we hope you do, too!
Unfortunately, I am seeing the banners. I click on the "x", but they continue to pop up on every page. It's very annoying.
Hats off to conceptDawg for the beautiful blue macaw illustration!
Absolutely stunning piece of work!
But other than that, yay!!!
Thanks! I think it's hiding the "you found a clue" banner, because I was absolutely convinced I had found one, but didn't get the banner; however, now when I go to the "hunt" page, it shows that I have the chest.
I thought the clues were fairly easy this year, except for 1 which I am totally stuck on. It's not a genre that I have ever read, so I know nothing about it which doesn't help.
ETA - never mind - I gave up and googled it. I've got all 18 now!
Thanks all for the great hunt!
>7 lilithcat: Can you spoiler me the URL you were trying to hit? I'll check it.
Weird, I tried to spoiler the URL and it still showed. But it was Clue #1.
I think the "Treasure discovered" banner didn't come up because the other one hid it, but it shows now when I go to that page. (Work page for
Meanwhile, Chest 13 made me very happy that I know about
Meanwhile, any hint for chest 9 would be welcome. I'm a little stuck.
You'll still get the banner if you find a treasure, obviously.
Or, for those of us who
>27 lorax: I actually found out about the
>26 timepiece: In at attempt to be more subtle giving hints, I would say that the first line of clue 7 is probably a the best line to concentrate your searches around.
EDITED to remove links which didn't respect spoiler tags.
and for mine, I've been trying to find series called magic colors, magic shades, magical colors, magical shades... if I'm not on the right track, then it isn't phrased well. I'm currently working my way through the results of Series search: colors, and it's mostly picture books about learning your colors.
You're on the right track. Rather than searching for "X Y", try searching for "Y of X".
It's small sketch: around 5 x 7 inches.
No need for an external search, this one is "fair".
There is a place alluded to in the first line, which is associated with a particular industry. One well-known company in this industry has an apple for its logo. Another has a name starting with the letter M. Search for the name of this place, and a word associated with the theme of the day.
>35 lorax: Found it. I had found the right series before, and neglected to click on the second book. Oops.
>34 aspirit: it's like >27 lorax: said, if you've figured out the companies, try the name of their "Valley" (which, technically, only one is located in - the valley associated with their industry), plus the theme of the day. Actually, you might just need the name of the valley alone - when you see the list of works, the right one will be obvious.
Maybe starting with chests like 4 is a good start for clues with solutions other than books. Some of the clues, like 11, sort of give you a hinted "route" to find the answer.
i looked up shojou in the chest in the search site and nothing but manga popped up
gosh lol im 17 and dont know how this site works
And no worries. I've learned about a lot of librarything features by doing these treasure hunts.
And these treasure hunts are meant to get people to explore and learn about the features of the site! It's a great way to explore the features.
A tagmash is when you search for two (or more) tags at once, so the book/s have to be tagged with both tags. You do this by just putting a comma between them (so "pirates, LibraryThing" would give results for books tagged both "pirates" and "LibraryThing").
Good luck, and don't be afraid to ask questions is you need more help.
Thanks for all of the help with #2. Without it, I might've given up on that one today. I tried several more options until I found the chest.
About the creativity gone into this challenge... I'm no longer seeing a way to the Talk Like a Pirate version of the site. I think the link was in the banner, which is no longer appearing on any page for me. How do I return to the temporary version of the site?
Or, that adjective in the first line is very relevant. I'd recommend a tagmash with our theme, it'll be one of the top results.
edited to correct series notation
>36 conceptDawg: I'm glad it's not the original bird, I can win. My father had a parrot and it had a very powerful bite! Ouch!
Of all things, #17 gave me the most trouble,
RE: 6 - I was so far off I was in an entirely different century. Thanks.
I'm stuck on #5, #7 and #17. I've tried what feels like every book and tag and whatnot on LT, but nothing.
And I can't seem to get #11
#5 if you try what both >73 shadrach_anki: and >74 FAMeulstee: recommend you should find
I have found all of the clues except #18. I've tag mashed and google searched every combo I can think of. Can any one offer any hints?
eta: I don't know if anyone else came upon this issue, but I had cleared a couple of clues but not given credit for it. One of them I followed my way to the page two times, got the banner on the top, but was not credited. I thought maybe I inadvertently cleared a different clue but the nice graphic of chests at the top of the search page helped me see that was not the case. Anyway, the problem seems to have cleared itself and I've gotten credit for all the clues I solved. I still need 3 more.
Lots of fun - thanks very much to all at LT!
And thanks to LT staff for another treasure hunt, it was a lot of fun.
Nevermind. I just found it. The problem was that
I never seem to learn...
Did the progress bar always show you which questions you had right? I didn't think so, but I can't remember. Either way, a nice feature!
I turned off the announcement running across the border of the page, but it sounds like they fixed that issue. I don't know. I just left it off.
I got those, but now have reached a rough spot. I have 7 so far. Time to go to Google.
Edit: Nvm after resorting to Google I found it and am even more baffled why I coudln't find it on LT
That was the last one! Another fantastic pirate hunt!
If you still can't find it
12 down, 6 more to go.
With 12, I know
In both cases
ETA: Agh! I spelled her name wrong! Got them all! Thank you!
Whose peg leg anchors him while the seas make him fly."
>145 VioletBramble: Good to hear it worked eventually. I've been victim of glitches too, but they usually work the next day or so.
Ah, found it on Amazon! All done. Strange, because I searched that title and nothing came up.
I'm doing well, surprisingly, BUT, I am so stuck on #9. I've read the clues and spoilers here and STILL can't figure it out......
I'll skip over this one and keep coming back here.....
Nice to find LibraryThing and what a fun adevnture for my first day cruising around the stacks!
(I finally got them all, but first I had to overthink some. For 15,
Thanks matey fer help.... must be overthinkin' whilst gettin' ready fer t'morra, er too much rummmmmm!
I'd suggest that anyone stuck on #9 look at >160 -Eva-: 's hint. I have a feeling that more than one person has made that mistake.
>162 pith: #2
Found the author, and even a page with all the books in order, but no series title.
Thanks for another great hunt.
Note: I had to go to the page for #18 answer 3 times before it registered as completed, not sure why.
Happy TLAP Day, me hearties!!
Arrrrrrrg, singular vs plural makes a difference!
Got them all now.
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRR! I did not know I did not need part of the clue.....
Arrrrrrrrr! 'Tis a good day t' be a pirate!!!!!
Delete that.... somehow in my 100th pass on my search, I stumbled 'cross the chest without a'knowin' it!
It's a peculiar concept and hard to grasp at first, then it becomes second nature. There's Jane Eyre, which is the works page for that book, and is made up of everything people have entered on 45,239 individual books - and there's https://www.librarything.com/work/2204/book/15413688 , which is my copy of Jane Eyre, in my catalog. The latter is 1/45239th of the work.
There are a lot of other kinds of pages, but the work/book distinction is probably what you're asking about.
5 is best attacked via tagmash.
7's most helpful line is the first one. Try messing around with it, maybe turning adjectives into nouns or vice versa.
I'm going to let other people hint at 8 because I'm not sure how to phrase it well. I do think it was discussed somewhere above. ETA: post 61 gives hints for 8.
Hope that helps!
I really enjoy these Treasure Hunts, so thanks for providing them. I started after lunch today, got half of them right away, a few more after some thought and googling, and then the last 3 after a nap and some help from friends on FB.
Of course now it's 6pm and I'm trying to figure out what I had intended to do this afternoon . . . :) ARRRGGGHHH!!
PS just found the Tagmash for 5. I did it in a different way. I do't even know how I got to that screen. I had been selecting Tagmash under Classification on the left bar. That had no results. But I found a screen that had a Tagmash box at the top and that worked. Now I only need 7. Can you help with one more clue for that one matey?
PPS. I found the series. Don't know what I had been doing wrong before. In fact I don't exactly know how I found most of them, but I now have all 18. Lots of persistence! Thanks again for your most helpful help.
I'm all done now - thanks once again to the creative souls at LT for another fun puzzle. Quite addictive but always a learning experience :)
Edited... nvm i found it!
I read the State of the Thing emails but don't remember the hunt mentioned there. I'm on the site almost daily, though. The emails are likely most valuable to infrequent visitors.
Can someone please help me out a little
Now may i please get a little help :)
If you look at the top of this page under the instructions, it will tell you how to add the spoiler tag.
If that exists and I just missed it, please let me know. Thanks.
Sometimes you have to wait a second to see the banner at the top indicating you found the right page. Occasionally I've gone too fast and missed it.
Same for 3
It means you are looking for a tag page, rather than a specific book or author or series. If you type something, like, say, "marbles" into the site search bar (picking something completely unrelated to the hunt), you will be brought to the search results page. On the left-hand side of the page are all sorts of ways to filter your search. One of them is Tags. If you go there, you can find the tag results for what you typed in. If you click on a tag, you are brought to the tag page, which shows works that are tagged with that tag, members who use the tag, etc.
so if you searched for "dog", the tag page would show all the books that have been tagged with dog.
I'll leave it to you (or other clues) to figure out which word to search for :)
Thanks also for the #9 clue somewhere above. I found what I needed with your search advice!
Rather pleased with myself, some of these I partially stumbled on and some I admit I used Google to help me with. I am surprised that some of the pirate books I actually know have not been answers to clues, but that is what makes this a treasure hunt I suppose.
Thanks for the fun, LT team.
It is fun when the answer is a book > going through all the categories, etc., feels like a waste of time
that could be spent learning from book clues.
One little thing I wish the hunt page would include: once I've found a treasure, I'd love it if I could roll over or click the clue and see what the answer was. By the time I'm done, I'm likely to have forgotten the ones I didn't know straight off.
Oh - that was fun. Thank you!
I can never seem to make the tagmesh actually work. I search things and I get nothing, even when I search stuff that other people have searched. What am I supposed to be doing?
The manga one is throwing me for a loop since, while I'm familiar with it, I don't read it. Also, "ship" is used often to refer to a supported couple, as in "I ship X/Y together" so that doesn't help when it comes to google.
To do a tagmash, you need to separate the tags in question with a comma when you type them into the search bar. As an example, fantasy, mystery will generate a tagmash. When you go to the Tags page on the search results, the top line under the search bar will be a link that reads "See a tagmash of fantasy, mystery". Clicking on that link will bring you to the tagmash page.
Still stuck on #5 though. Blah.
I'd already found the answer to that one using the clues in this thread but couldn't find it easily again using the same clues. That one is shifty!
When I go to titles which I know to be correct answers, I don't get badges, in this case chests. This happened to me last time too. I know the answers, but get no rewards.
Could you please, somewhere, give some clear explanation and/or direction about what we are actually searching for?
Kudos to the clue writers, they are fun and clever (the clues are, I don't know about the writers :-) ),but some explanation would be much appreciated.
If you want hints on some of the others, just post the numbers. Some of them are tags, characters etc. We can give you clues.
Firstly, if you wish to give what you think are the answers to the clues, please hide your answers behind spoiler tags, as described in the first post, rather than spoiling the enjoyment of this treasure hunt for others.
And in answer to your question: do not search only for book titles. The answer may be an author, a tag, a series, a tagmash or some other feature of this site.
That said, several people (including me), found a glitch where some chests were not automatically showing up on the first day.
Also, you may need to check your browser settings. If you have it set to reload saved copies of a page, rather than reloading anew each time, the image will not refresh to show you the version complete with chest. When using a "data saver" option on my phone, I have to manually refresh the Treasure Hunt page in order to see my newly solved clues greyed out.
Or are you thinking of different kinds of rewards? For example the badges that people get for participating? They should be linked from your profile page. It looks like you don't have any badge yet for this hunt, so perhaps you haven't found any chests yet? Perhaps you could explain more what you are missing?
Another possibility is that you are missing them because some of them are not books. They are tags or characters.
If this work held a chest, the banner would only appear on the main page. Going to the "/book/" page, even for another member's account, would not count. You might've been finding the books but not where the chests are coded for the hunt.
To check... the TLAPD Hunt main page: https://www.librarything.com/hunt_2019-10.php
Needing help with #11 and 17.
For # 17,
I now have completed the hunting of chests...great practice for a newbie with alot of information to sort and decipher. I appreciate the help aspirit 😚 The winning of knowledge and a Lifetime membership, whoot, whoot!
A lot of the information on the two links is going to be the same. However, the edition link has a "Book Information" box that gives specific information on aspirit's copy of the book, while the main work page does not have that information. Other differences include the formatting of the title, some minor differences in author attribution--the link to aspirit's edition has (Author) after the author's name; the main work page does not. The main work page references other authors, while aspirit's copy does not.
And, more importantly, if you are looking at a specific member's copy of a work (yours or anyone else's), the treasure hunt isn't going to identify you as having found the title in question, because the hunt is looking for the main (general) work page.
Just now, I searched the illustrator's name, the theme of this hunt, and made a tagmash.
Finally got them all!
Thanks for all the clues!
I got all 18! In one evening! Yaaay, that was fun!
As far as a clue for #6,
As a last resort, try going back to the treasure hunt page and refreshing it in your browser. Clues for which you have found the right page should appear "greyed out", and chests appear in a line.
332: I was clicking the summary page for the #6 clue, but thought it was the maine page (look similar)
I am now seeing the banners! Very exciting!
333: yes, that i I am doing
I just went to the work for clue #6 by clicking on it from the author's page. I saw the banner. However, from the work page, I clicked on "Main page" and, although it looked identical, the banner disappeared. Very strange.
Hi, do you know that
Also, see my post at 335. For some reason the banners only showed up when I clicked on the title from the author page. I don't know why, but if you have guessed the book, try clicking on it from the author page.
When do they pick the winners?
I had so much fun thanks everyone
Love you all!!!
I also wanted to say that I am now reading the book from clue #18, but I am waiting until the Treasure Hunt is over before I add it to my library.
Thank you for helping me find some really interesting reading material.
Of those, 619 found all of the treasures. That's a very good number and I think you can all be proud.
kjgormley will be in touch with the winners some time this week and everybody that participated and found at least one treasure will soon get a badge on their profile.
Thinking about it, a hunt that could really have a lot of us going crazy hunting and asking for hints is if we had a hunt for one of the major Jewish or Islamic holidays.