Talk Like a Pirate Day Treasure Hunt
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Happy (early) International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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!
>1 kjgormley: If you’re not seeing banners
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!
The banner will not go away. I dismiss it, go to a new page, and it reappears. This is especially annoying since I'm looking for a banner to notify that I've gotten a clue right.
The banner keeps showing up despite repeated dismissals.
But other than that, yay!!!
I'm actually changing the banner stuff right now. So hold tight and we'll get that figured out.
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.
As always a great hunt! I was pleasantly surprised to find it today instead of Thursday!
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!
Ok. The X in the banner should be working now. Data overflow on the table column (damn you TINYINTs!)
>7 lilithcat: Can you spoiler me the URL you were trying to hit? I'll check it.
>9 rretzler: The answer for 1 is about as straightforward as it can be. No allusion or fancy wordsmanship in the clue.
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
>11 conceptDawg: I've been to the most obvious page for #1 about five times and nothing. And I still get the banner, even though I've xed it several times.
>13 PawsforThought: Ok. I'll check on it then. Make sure it's finding it correctly.
Haha, this is delightful! Although I was almost expecting Chest 1 to
Meanwhile, Chest 13 made me very happy that I know about
Unrelatedly, Chest 12 made me wish that common knowledge pages that listed works had them listed by popularity. If I want to pick a book to read about someone, it's sort of frustrating to get a list of books ordered by title, not by publication date or popularity or anything more useful. (Does anyone have any reading recs regarding this particular clue?)
One down, none to go. You people are way too clever for my simple mind. At least I'll get a badge (someday).
I also expected #1 to be a location. After seeing the hint, I still couldn't find the chest within a few tries, because I'd already been to the page of the top book--so I'd thought. Turns out, if you go to another member's Work page instead of the main one, then the chest won't appear. Lesson learned.
#2 is also well hidden. I'm fairly confident I know the
Are you guys fiddling with the banner? Because it has completely disappeared for me now.
>20 aspirit: It's not about THE company, but about the group of buccaneers making up a industry.
A hint for 2 is that
Meanwhile, any hint for chest 9 would be welcome. I'm a little stuck.
>21 laytonwoman3rd: Yes. It was requested that the banner only show up on the home page instead of on every page on the site.
You'll still get the banner if you find a treasure, obviously.
I have almost everything, but I'm stuck on 7. I feel like I'm missing an obvious search term.
Or, for those of us who
Ten found so far. Would love to keep hunting, but I've got to make my way to bed if I want to be functional at work tonight.
Got fourteen so far. Not ready for hints on the remaining four quite yet. Need to come back later and see if a fresh look at the clues helps.
>24 hailelib: Hmm, I'm still having problems. I've ended up on pages like
>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.
>30 Kanarthi: issue one: you want a tag, not a work
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.
Arrgh? Any more hints for #2? I'm not finding the answer even with help from external web searches.
You're on the right track. Rather than searching for "X Y", try searching for "Y of X".
Oh, and I don't know if anybody reads the text on the Hunt page, but we are also giving away the original parrot watercolor to one of the winners if they want it.
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.
Okay, it's working for me now. I think it was something on my work computer that was messing things up - I'm home now on my own computer and no problems that I can tell.
I literally cannot find anything except number 1. I need some major hints this is the first hunt i've ever done so i have no clue what to do
For a hunt from Library Thing, I wish it tested my literary knowledge more and my search ability less. Why a DVD with only 15 member entries!!
Can someone please guide me on how this works. all i know from this site is how to write reviews on the books i win. im so lost
>41 Girly_Geek: One important note is that the solutions don't have to be books -- they can be author pages, tags, locations, etc. Searching by tags (or tagmashes) can be helpful as well, especially for chests like 5 or 13. Searching by characters can also be helpful for some clues. EDIT: to search by tags or characters, use the main librarything search bar but then click a different category on the left hand side to bring you the tag page, the character page, and so forth.
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.
uhhh whats a tagmash???
i looked up shojou in the chest in the search site and nothing but manga popped up
do i just search by the bar that says search site
gosh lol im 17 and dont know how this site works
Here is an example! https://www.librarything.com/tag/pirates%2C+treasure
>46 Girly_Geek: The search site is the main search bar, yes. After you search, options other than books are available in by clicking on them in left hand column.
And no worries. I've learned about a lot of librarything features by doing these treasure hunts.
>46 Girly_Geek: When you do a site search, the default results are going to show works matching your terms. If you click some of the other types of searches in the left navigation bar (series, tags, Common Knowledge), you'll get different types of results. Some of the clues will be books/works, but some of them will be tags that apply to works, and some of them might be places or characters (which would be in Common Knowledge).
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.
>46 Girly_Geek: Yes, the search bar at the upper right corner is a good place to start. Try to figure out if the clue is pointing you to a place, a character, a title, an author, etc. And then search for the word/s you think might be the answer. When you get to the search result page you can choose if you want to display works, authors, tags or something else. "Common knowledge" is where you find characters and places.
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.
>45 Girly_Geek: Oh, and a tagmash is a search that combines two tags (like pirates+fantasy). There are always some offered on the right side of a tag page.
>36 conceptDawg: I'll gladly take it if no one else wants it.... but I don't see that happening!
>38 timepiece:, yours was the clue I need. The search that worked was of
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.
>36 conceptDawg: Nice!
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?
I finally got them all. The one that gave me the most trouble was 8, because
>58 amanda4242: Well, the name in the first line is of related people in a series. You want the first one, even though the title of the third one is more relevant (well, 3rd on the page, 2nd in series (there's a novella)). Oh, and don't pluralize the name, that changes the results completely.
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
Nice. I really hadn't expected the Spanish^h^h^h^h^h^h^h Pirate Hunt, so it was a very pleasant surprise. And a fun couple of hours.
>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!
I got them all without (for the first time ever) needing any hints (other than the general hint to remember that tagmashes are useful in this game).
Yay! I hadn't expected this two days early - what a nice surprise!
Of all things, #17 gave me the most trouble,
>67 FAMeulstee: #4
>67 FAMeulstee: #4
RE: 6 - I was so far off I was in an entirely different century. Thanks.
Okay, I need some hints.
I'm stuck on #5, #7 and #17. I've tried what feels like every book and tag and whatnot on LT, but nothing.
Got them all on my own except #9, thanks for the clue >24 hailelib:, I was making it much more difficult than it was.
>73 shadrach_anki: #5 hint gives me no results.
And I can't seem to get #11
#5 if you try what both >73 shadrach_anki: and >74 FAMeulstee: recommend you should find
#6 is the author, right? I'm not getting the treasure for going to the author page.
>80 jjwilson61: - you're looking for a book by that author.
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?
>82 VioletBramble: Just search for
I finally got them all. They seem to rely a lot on tagmashes this time around. Thanks >47 Kanarthi: for the link. So, how do you normally get to a tagmash page?
>78 NorthernStar: Thanks for the tip on searching for tagmashes. It helped be clear up a few.
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.
Thanks for everyone's help. I was "dancing" all around both of those and just couldn't get the right one.
>85 2wonderY: Normally you click on (or search for) a tag, and from the tag page you can go to "related tagmashes" on the right side of the tag page.
>87 VioletBramble: #18
>85 2wonderY: If you search the site for two tags with a comma between, the top result under "tags" will ask if you want to see a tagmash with those two tags
Got them all! This is the first time I haven't needed the clues from this thread, but I did use tagmash and google for the ones that gave me the most trouble.
Lots of fun - thanks very much to all at LT!
Got them all! The only one I had trouble with was #17 - a thank you to >74 FAMeulstee: for the hint.
And thanks to LT staff for another treasure hunt, it was a lot of fun.
Apparently in my case "If you know only one, you know of this guy." is actually the one I DON'T know. I've got everything but 14 and I'm utterly stumped. To the degree that I think I might be misreading the clue entirely. Please help?
Nevermind. I just found it. The problem was that
>95 thornton37814: Thanks! I just found it. The problem turned out to be that
>94 Zoes_Human: which popular pirate name rhymes at the end of the riddle? Remember the
>98 aspirit: Thanks! I found it right after I posted. I ended up trying the correct answer in desperation because
>95 thornton37814: What's especially funny is that
Agh, once again I am thwarted by going to a work page directly from my library, because I have the book cataloged, and not getting the banner. I was going out of my mind until I got to the work page from the site search and it worked.
I never seem to learn...
I just started and I'm having my regular issues (like I know what #1 should be, but any of the pages I hit don't have the banner).
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!
>102 pith: The pop-up for number 1 never showed up for me, but when I refreshed the clue page, it showed that I had collected it. Not sure if that is helpful for you or not.
>102 pith: You should see a sentence at the top of the page that says "Treasure discovered! Ye now have 1 out of 18 treasure chests".
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'm not having any trouble with the banner. Sorry for not being clear! I meant that I know the answers for some of them (1 and 2, or example), but none of the pages I'm going to seem to be right. I'll have to poke around more.
>105 pith: Do you want a hint, or do you want to keep trying?
I got those, but now have reached a rough spot. I have 7 so far. Time to go to Google.
I know I'll solve #13 through a
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!
I have all but 12 and 14 - and I know the answers, just can't find the page. I'm giving it a rest and will try again later.
If you still can't find it
>87 VioletBramble: Have you
>11 conceptDawg: I meant that I was stuck on "a" clue, which was #5 - but then I figured it out about 2 minutes after posting. Yes, #1 was very straightforward, as were 17 others. 😀
12 down, 6 more to go.
>123 Maaly_Ahmed: #14
I had some issues with 16 but now have them all. Thanks for yet another awesome treasure hunt! The time and work put into these is definitely appreciated.
Have them all except for #9, and I have looked for the chemical element but come up empty.
I spent more time and still can't get 12 and 14.
With 12, I know
In both cases
A help for #12 please? I think I know the answer, but can’t find the exact page.
ETA: Agh! I spelled her name wrong! Got them all! Thank you!
I think your spoiler for 14 is wrong>
Whose peg leg anchors him while the seas make him fly."
Got 'em all. Thanks to the creators of the hunt and all those people who are wizards at navigating the site. I learn every time I participate in a hunt.
>136 EdwinKort: I used the answers listed above for 14.
>134 amanda4242: Thank you for your help! I got it right after, and I edited as you click to enter message. 🏴☠️
#15 seems like it should be obvious, but I can't find the right kind of page.
I'm stuck on 11. Got the illustrator, hit every book listed for him and for Dahl, can't find it. Can anyone help? It's the last one for me!
>114 PawsforThought: Yes, I got it. Thank you. My computer must've been glitchy yesterday. I tried that book multiple times and didn't get a banner. When I went back last night it worked. This happened to me a few years ago with one of the clues. Probably my spotty internet.
>130 ginaruiz: Are you sure you have the right
>145 VioletBramble: Good to hear it worked eventually. I've been victim of glitches too, but they usually work the next day or so.
Woohoo! This is the first time I've completed a hunt without looking at any additional clues!
>144 Cariola: Well, I tried every book under the illustrator's name, searched his name + pirates both here and on google and got nothing except an exhibit of his work. Should be easy, but . . .
Ah, found it on Amazon! All done. Strange, because I searched that title and nothing came up.
My first day on LibraryThing, and what a wonderful, fun find, this treasure hunt! I LOVE TLAP day!!
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!
>144 Cariola: Also,
(I finally got them all, but first I had to overthink some. For 15,
I know the authors and the series for #16 but I can't for the life of me figure out where the chest is! I've tried looking at the series and both author pages and both authors together. I know I'm right but I'm just not finding the exact phrase and it's very frustrating!
Arrr, matey, I know th' element, both th' Latin 'n th' common. I been googlin' 'n searchin' and diggin' fer that chest, 'n even added th' numerical clue, 'n come up with titles, but canna get me the treasure chest.....
Thanks matey fer help.... must be overthinkin' whilst gettin' ready fer t'morra, er too much rummmmmm!
Stuck on #10 - I know the one-word 'answer', just can't find 'what' - is it a book?
My treasure chest is full and I am done! Many thanks for the hints (I found I was using more tags this time)
Well mateys, I found all the treasure. Something I found helpful was
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
Got all the treasure. Lot of googling but looked through the clues here for only 3 treasures. Thanks Librarything
Someone please help me with #15, I have tried everyway of putting it in but nothing is working, I felt like thus ahould have been super easy but again it's not working and it's my last one
Finally found them all.
Found the author, and even a page with all the books in order, but no series title.
Thanks for another great hunt.
Thank you for another fun treasure hunt :-) All done, and I only needed to get help here for #5.
Note: I had to go to the page for #18 answer 3 times before it registered as completed, not sure why.
OK, got 'em all - but how in the name of all that's holy does that name rhyme with "winner"?
Arrrgh! I've not mixed up the chemical, but I've clicked on everything remotely related to Ag, with and without the number, and still canna find th' chest!
I've lost me maps for chests 9, 10, 12, 13, 'n 14...... canna find 'em anywhere!
Happy TLAP Day, me hearties!!
>171 Stewartry: It doesn't. There's lots of clues where the rhymes break.
Thanks much! I had already clicked on that, but this time it gave me the treasure chest. :)
>171 Stewartry: I'm with you on this. That was the last clue I got, in part because of that. While the rhymes often do break, that clue is set up specifically like the clues which have rhymed in past hunts.
Arrrrrrrg, singular vs plural makes a difference!
Got them all now.
I've done that, yet the chest eludes me! I'm doing something wrong, clearly. Looked at books, tags, just the words, AND things remotely related. I can find nothing. I'm just doing something wrong....
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRR! I did not know I did not need part of the clue.....
Me hearties, sorry t'be so troublesome.... bein' new here (24 hours) ta LT, what be the difference 'tween a works page 'n not a works page?
Got 'em all, and learned how to do a tag mash search. It would have made finding #11 much easier. :)
I don' know how I got number 12! I be searchin 'n searchin 'n nothing showin' at the top o' me map, but when I just went back to me main map, it be sayin' I found all the treasures! LOL
Arrrrrrrrr! 'Tis a good day t' be a pirate!!!!!
>163 PawsforThought: Thani you for the hint for #9. I was really overthinking that one.
Well, I have them all, except I KNOW who is #12 -- I've searched her common knowledge character page, but that gives a list of 146 books... and no chest. Perhaps a glitch? I've checked at least the top ten books, I've checked the tags. I believe I'm spelling her name right, at least Wiki agrees with me as do the authors who use her name as part of titles.
That's my issue, too.
Delete that.... somehow in my 100th pass on my search, I stumbled 'cross the chest without a'knowin' it!
Matey, ye be needin' t'
>182 RabbiMorgan: A works page is made up of a collection of all the copies of that book that people have entered. So if you look at a book page (in your catalog, or someone else's), that's the book (that particular, individual book), not the work (which is all the books).
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.
I got all but 11, by searching or Googling, but was utterly stuck - I'd found
I am curious how so many of you found the hunt two days ago. I read all of my emails from LibraryThing to make sure that I don't miss these hunts. But an email today was the first I had even heard about it. In the past, I have almost missed the deadline for a hunt because I didn't know about it until I stumbled across it when I logged on the site for something else entirely.
This was fun. Got them all (I did need to consult Talk for a couple clues -- thank you) -- and after 11 years of being on LT, finally learned what a tag mash is and how it works :-).
>195 55T-bird: The pirate theme treasure hunt is a yearly tradition on LT, so people knew there was going to be one somewhere around Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was also mentioned in the State of the Thing email in August. Plus, a lot of us log in every day (multiple times a day) and the banner lets you know the hunt has started.
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.
>198 Micheller7: They have all ben asked about - look at some of the early posts.
>198 Micheller7: #5
Hope that helps!
>197 PawsforThought: Hmm, I think I always read the State of the Thing but I guess I missed that. I rarely log in-- usually just to make early review picks, and write reviews on books I have been awarded. In my opinion, although LibraryThing has many features that are helpful for researching books, this isn't the most useful site for keeping track of my library so I use another one instead. So I guess that is primarily why I am not logging in every day. And, haha, Talk Like a Pirate Day isn't on my radar at all :) I have only been a LibraryThing user for just over a year so maybe eventually I will get used to the hunt schedule. Thanks for the response-- I'm going to make sure I don't miss any of those State of the Thing emails in the future!!
At last, got them all! I had a lot of trouble with #5, despite the clues. Finally got it! :-) Thanks for the fun search! I had trouble figured out how to access tagmash for #5 , but finally got it.
Thanks to the several people above who suggested using a tagmash for #5. Not a genre I read, so would never have found it without that.
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!!
Thanks to everyone who opened my eyes to the wonderful world of tagmashes and helped me answer #5. I've got all 18 and feel very smart (for a change). A big thanks to everyone who organised this.
I am trying again. The last 2 hunts I earned badges but never received my badges. Maybe this one I will have some luck. Arrgghhh!! Some great puzzlers in this hunt!! Love the parrot!!
>201 55T-bird: thanks for your help. I found number 8 ( not easily, but I found it). However, not getting any results when I tried your directions for 5 and 7. I get no results on the Tagmash and cannot locate the series. Can you add anything more??
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.
>210 ggprof: for 10 think about
>208 Micheller7: I feel your pain - was stuck at #16 for ages till I read a helpful hint above!
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 :)
>210 ggprof: there's a helpful hint for #18 midway up the thread if you can be bothered scrolling through - and to that I'd add that
Ok so i know the book title and author for #16 but i cannot find it under Works or Tag... help!
Edited... nvm i found it!
Got them all but I feel guilty; I needed a spoiler from here for one. I should have waited and thought some more but was impatient.
This is me!! I haven't used the site in ages and I love puzzles, so this brought me back. But man, I feel like a total idiot trying to find these chests *L*
Ho boy. The pirate speak was making it a little more difficult, but I managed 12 on my first go. Tempted to bail on the rest and grab hints. I can't for the life of me get the right page for the person working with Dahl though I'm positive I know who it is.
I need a little help...I have clicked everywhere on two of the simpler clues and no chests. What can I do to "reset"?? I tried logging out & closing my browser, but still no go.
>219 HockeyGoddess: Are you sure you're on the right page? It's not just works and authors; it can be tags, series, characters, places - all sorts.
213floremolla It was the word change help I needed. I'd seen the comment earlier but... you how know the brain can get stuck like rusty hinges on a treasure chest!
>195 55T-bird: I put this hunt on my calendar when the date was announced in a discussion a little while back. At the start of the first day, the banner at the top of the page was everywhere, so the announcement was convenient for those of us who don't always come into the site from Home.
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.
I finished. Thanks for the help. I knew answers but could not find the chest on some and the hints helped. I did not know there were so many books about pirates. Thanks LT for another great search.
I need a little help on 2,3,15, and 16 and those are the ones i have left... i have an idea on the catch a falling star one but i could never find a book with the DB initials for the author
Can someone please help me out a little
Going ga-ga looking for the last 4 and I consider they should be easy as I know what the clue means, just can't find the area with the chest. I was sure at least one would be a tag no 14, but not finding it -sigh
idk how to put the spoiler thing on it but there ya go
Now may i please get a little help :)
Am I the only one having trouble with #15? It seems obvious, but I'm not having any luck
If you look at the top of this page under the instructions, it will tell you how to add the spoiler tag.
>233 perennialreader: when you say its a series, how do i search that because i searched
>236 Girly_Geek: Search for the name of the series you're after (or part of the name) and click on "series" in the left hand side margin on the result page (it's right below "works" and "authors". Alternatively you can go to the works page of one of the books in the series and click on the series link near the top of the page.
I clicked on the link for
I only have 3, 15, and 16 left and when i try to put the series name in it doesnt work for me. can i get a little help please!
Next Treasure Hunt I really need to remember to write down my answers . . . yesterday I got so caught up in the hunt that later I couldn't remember which book went with some of the clues. Eventually figured it out, but wish there was some way to easily see the answers once we've acquired the chests/flags/whatevers.
If that exists and I just missed it, please let me know. Thanks.
>239 Girly_Geek: You're on the right track
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.
>239 Girly_Geek: For 16 if you goto
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.
>246 Girly_Geek: When you search for something, in the results page, one of the options/filters on the left side is to select TAGS. These are words/subjects/phrases that people have put on books and catalog enters to group stuff together. The tag page is the summary.
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 :)
i have found all the chests, huge thank yous to those who helped me. Thank you!!! if anyone needs help i'd be glad to help out
I am having huge problems with 5! I finally looked at the hints and things seem to be working differently for me. In fact, I had tried the exact things that the spoilers suggest, but I get "no results" and nothing to click on.
>240 LucindaLibri: I agree and have the same issue. I always forget to write down the correct answers. In a prior hunt, I suggested that clicking on your check mark (after successfully finding the correct answer) you should be brought back to that page. But alas, nothing changed.
That was a blast, thanks again LT for all the hard work putting this together for us!!!
That's why I love these puzzles -- I keep learning new things about Librarything. Now I'm starting to understand tagmashes, instead of whatever I thought I was doing before!
I can't see any banners, and I don't see anything marked "Design" to click on to get the "new?" version of the site. I know I found a clue because today I had a badge, but I wouldn't have known it while I was hunting.
Hooray! Got there in the end. Thanks everyone for your help with the clues. :)
OK, I am feeling quite dumb: I have only 2 left.
Is there a spoiler for #12? I came across something I think, but it made no sense at all to me that it was related. I know the answer (as far as who the clue is about) but I have tried all of my search knowledge and not found anything yet.
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! I still don't know which answer was correct; I never saw the banner but I have all 18 now. Such fun
>263 FAMeulstee: FAMeulstee - thanks for the redirect. I am unsure how to do what the spoiler indicated. Not even sure how to search for that. But thanks anyway.
>260 EdwinKort: Tim was giving out the badges from the June hunt yesterday. Adding the treasure chests must have not been to difficult to do at the same time.
Thanks for the fun, LT team.
Well, I finally got them all! First time without any hints, although I think this was the hardest hunt for me. I think Google was my friend—easier for me than tag mashes. I got #8, then forgot to write it down and had to go through the entire process again. This time I used hints, but eventually got it through Google. I can relax now. :-)
I spent hours struggling with #17. This morning I noticed I had finally answered it but I never got the banner. I don't know which of my guesses was finally correct. Someone tell me the answer, please!
I spent hours struggling with #17. This morning I noticed I had the chest for answering #17. I never got the banner when I solved. I don't know which of my guesses was finally correct. Someone tell me the answer, please!
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.
>273 m.belljackson: Most of the time the clues make it at least fairly obvious that it's not a book, but something else. Spending time looking at the clues means you won't have to go through all the categories but can make a guess at which one it'll be.
Thank you for once again providing a pleasant piratey challenge. I enjoyed it.
That was fun! I used some hints from here for my final five. Thanks, everyone.
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.
I have tried to get #8 to work and I found the write book but no treasure yet. Did you all have to click through to a certain page???
Oh - that was fun. Thank you!
I had fun with this. Some of them I couldn't figure out or I would think I knew what I was looking for but couldn't find it. Thanks for all the help guys!
>280 Meredy:. I hear you! For the last 2 hunts, what I have done is save the Hunt page as a pdf. Each time I find an answer, I write on the pdf using the red square you can write in with Adobe Acrobat. The good thing about that is that I have a record of how many I got and also a potential reading list.
>278 ScoLgo: That is strange! I wouldn't have guessed that would happen.
One more down.
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.
>286 shadrach_anki: That covers a bit. Everytime I do the comma thing, I just get a nil list. I did find something just by going to the tag page, so that worked, but it wasn't easy to figure out.
Still stuck on #5 though. Blah.
>287 WeeTurtle: I used google for this.
New to the site, and finding it very interesting! My 1st Treasure hunt on this site, but involved in many... learning to navigate, but it seems I've been all over the place with #8,and the clues haven't helped me locate the last chest, curious if I'm doing something wrong or what I'm not getting?? Thank you for any help you can give 🤔
>285 WeeTurtle: To do a tagmash via the regular search box, you have to first search for the two tags with a comma between them; when you get to the results page, click on tags. You'll probably get a "no results" page, but there will be a link (under the search bar) that says "See a tagmash of XX". Click on that.
16 out of 18 without the help of the talk, now just the most illustrious pirate and the wikihelp to go :)
>290 Some1LikeYou: For #8, try entering
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!
That was an epic hunt. Pretty difficult and it took me a few hours and lots of hints to read through. And then some more hours of searching those hints. But now I'm done and got all of them. Amazing :)
I like these treasure hunts, but I don't know how to use them. I'm not sure what you are after.
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.
>302 Kathleen828: You need to delete the answers in your post immediately and replace them with numbers. People are still working on them.
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.
I have altered my post. I don't want hints, I want explanations of how to find the reward when I know the title of the book(s) being described in the clues.
What?! What is the "main" page of a book? I thought we were all supposed to love and use "works" pages which I despise. I have physical items, not works, which is what I catalog, but I lost that battle years ago.
>305 Kathleen828: By reward, do you mean the chests? In that case, you just go back to the page of clues and there will be green check marks.
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.
It has taken all day, but I finally found them all. Some of them were stinkers, but now I have learned what tagmashes are. :-) Thank you for the fun opportunity. I've enjoyed this puzzle.
>307 Kathleen828: Here's an example of a work's addition vs the main work page. (This book is not involved in the hunt.)
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
Well, after a few days of trying, I've got them all except two.
Needing help with #11 and 17.
For # 17,
>311 LibraryCin: #11
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!
Thank you very much, aspirit, but I don't see any difference in the data no matter which link I use....clearly I am missing something
*peeks in* Hmm, it seems like maybe these clues are a little easier than last year? Or maybe I just did the easy ones first without meaning to, lol. Just starting the hunt today, after repeatedly reminding myself to not miss it, I still have plenty to work through!
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.
>317 shadrach_anki: shadrah_anki - Thank you so much,that's very helpful.
Thank you to those who helped with #17.
And for #11,
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!
>321 Macbeth: For 18,
I got all 18! In one evening! Yaaay, that was fun!
It would be great to have access to former hunts, with riddles, links to answers and personal scores.
>320 LibraryCin: For # 11 ... I actually looked up
>326 Susannahtc: Please use the spoiler tag when talking about clues.
for clue 6: I have found the book and am clicking all the links from the main book page, but no success...? can someone help? thanks!
same thing happening with clues 3,5,11,12 - found solution but no banners ! are banners visible? ARghhh!
>331 pinetreeacademy: There should be a banner on the top of the page. If there isn't, the right answer may be a character or a tag or a series page etc. To see if you have any of the chests, go back to the page with the clues. Even if the banner doesn't show up, you will see a green check mark next to the clues you have found.
As far as a clue for #6,
>331 pinetreeacademy: Banners show up ok for me.
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.
Thank you 332 and 333!
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
>334 pinetreeacademy: There is something odd though.
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.
Ok. I'm going nuts. I know the answer to 9, 11 and 14 but I cant find the banner. Ugh!
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.
Got them all - and a HUGE thanks to those who explained what a tagmash was & how to get the one I wanted. Google, of course, was helpful with ideas, but then still a lot of clicking around to get the right thing. Maybe after a few more, I'll finally figure out some nuances of the site, besides keeping track of my books!
Hi folks! I'm glad so many people have done the hunt this year! You still have most of today to finish up if you're still hunting for treasure. I'll close the hunt at 6pm EDT today or thereabouts and announce winners of tshirts, etc later this week.
krazy4katz Thanks I did find one last night and I swear I was on the right page for another but the banner did not come up. I now have all 3 thanks so much
How many people have found all the chests?
When do they pick the winners?
I had so much fun thanks everyone
Love you all!!!
>340 kmjessica: Good for you! I'm glad it worked.
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.
Done! Thank you, LT, for the fun hunt and for all of you for your help on the half dozen I couldn't seem to get on my own.
1,341 members participated in the 2019 Pirate Hunt.
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.
Very excited to see 👀 what comes next!! I was one of the 1’s to find them all, much thanks to all who provided clues to help us newbies 🥰 also, learning the site with all the advice from 🧵 threads and reading reviews.. very interesting place, and others libraries too! I’m excited about this whole site ( and a few others) 🤔 anyways, thank you again for the hints, and good luck 🍀 to all that are in the winners drawing!
A big thank you to everyone!! Loved the hunt!!!! I only realised it was on at the last minute so it was a mad scramble and am very tired now ...... paying for it today!!!! (But such a thrill to be on the hunt.) Happy reading!!
>348 Some1LikeYou: Based on past years, the next hunt will be for Halloween, or else Christmas.
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.
>350 rastaphrog: The Ramadan hunt would have to last for a month and clues would only show up after sundown in Mecca.
Ohh I really like the idea of a 'different religious holiday' hunt!! I'd especially be interested to find out if I remember any of my Jewish studies.
I would like to know which lucky LT member won the lovely painting of the macaw by conceptDawg. ;-)
I actually forgot there were prizes for these things! I just like to show up and do the hunt for (internal) bragging rights. ;). Someone wins a parrot?
See the beautiful image at the top of the clue page on the right side? ConceptDawg painted it. It will go to a lucky LTer who found all the answers.
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