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Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 9:14am

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.

Happy hunting!

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!

Sep 17, 2019, 9:14am


Sep 17, 2019, 9:20am

>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!

Sep 17, 2019, 9:20am

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 9:21am

The banner keeps showing up despite repeated dismissals.

But other than that, yay!!!

Sep 17, 2019, 9:26am

I'm actually changing the banner stuff right now. So hold tight and we'll get that figured out.

Sep 17, 2019, 9:34am

>6 conceptDawg:

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 9:50am


Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 9:57am

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.

Chest #5 I searched for the "shoujo" tag and then looked at the tag combinations for anything that looked remotely "piratey". I also attempted to look through the list of books...but there were too many. The "sailor moon" tag looked promising but no go.

ETA - never mind - I gave up and googled it. I've got all 18 now!

Thanks all for the great hunt!

Sep 17, 2019, 9:58am

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 10:02am

>9 rretzler: The answer for 1 is about as straightforward as it can be. No allusion or fancy wordsmanship in the clue.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 10:09am

>10 conceptDawg:

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 The Bermuda Triangle by Charles Berlitz

Sep 17, 2019, 10:06am

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 10:16am

>13 PawsforThought: Ok. I'll check on it then. Make sure it's finding it correctly.

Sep 17, 2019, 10:18am

>13 PawsforThought: It's a work, not a tag for this one

Sep 17, 2019, 10:20am

Haha, this is delightful! Although I was almost expecting Chest 1 to be a location, not a book.

Meanwhile, Chest 13 made me very happy that I know about tagmashes. I don't know how else I would have gotten that.

Sep 17, 2019, 10:39am

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?)

Sep 17, 2019, 11:02am

One down, none to go. You people are way too clever for my simple mind. At least I'll get a badge (someday).

Sep 17, 2019, 11:07am

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:18am

#2 is also well hidden. I'm fairly confident I know the company but apparently am not skilled at guessing its treasure's location. Hints?

Sep 17, 2019, 11:19am

Are you guys fiddling with the banner? Because it has completely disappeared for me now.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:20am

>20 aspirit: It's not about THE company, but about the group of buccaneers making up a industry.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:17pm

A hint for 2 is that you probably know the two companies. A further (EDIT: probably too spoilery) hint is that you want the appropriately named movie about them.

Meanwhile, any hint for chest 9 would be welcome. I'm a little stuck.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 11:35am

>23 Kanarthi:

for 9: Think Chemical element.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:28am

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:30am

I have almost everything, but I'm stuck on 7. I feel like I'm missing an obvious search term.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 11:31am

Kanarthi (#23):

Or, for those of us who had never heard of the movie, it's just the theme of the day plus the "valley" named in line one . No external knowledge required - it's all doable as an LT search based on information provided in the clue.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:41am

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 11:53am

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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:01pm

>24 hailelib: Hmm, I'm still having problems. I've ended up on pages like Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder or Silver: Return to Treasure Island but no luck.

>27 lorax: I actually found out about the movie by finding a talk thread searching for the name of the two companies and the theme. Perhaps my hint was clumsily given, but that's the route I took.

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:02pm

>26 timepiece: I have the same issue with No. 7.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:07pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:06pm

>32 timepiece: Sweet, thanks!

Sep 17, 2019, 12:08pm

Arrgh? Any more hints for #2? I'm not finding the answer even with help from external web searches.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:09pm

timepiece (#32):

You're on the right track. Rather than searching for "X Y", try searching for "Y of X".

Sep 17, 2019, 12:14pm

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:16pm

aspirit (#34):

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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:18pm


>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:29pm

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:30pm

Sep 17, 2019, 12:41pm

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

Sep 17, 2019, 12:42pm

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!!

Sep 17, 2019, 12:43pm

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

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:48pm

>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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:50pm

uhhh whats a tagmash???
i looked up shojou in the chest in the search site and nothing but manga popped up

Sep 17, 2019, 12:48pm

do i just search by the bar that says search site
gosh lol im 17 and dont know how this site works

Sep 17, 2019, 12:49pm

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 12:51pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:52pm

Thank you so much :)

Sep 17, 2019, 12:53pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:56pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:57pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 12:57pm

Thank you and i may have to ask alot of questions

Sep 17, 2019, 1:22pm

>36 conceptDawg: I'll gladly take it if no one else wants it.... but I don't see that happening!

Sep 17, 2019, 1:35pm

>38 timepiece:, yours was the clue I need. The search that worked was of ONLY the location. Using any terms for the people or companies brought up the wrong works or no results.

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 1:41pm

>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?

Sep 17, 2019, 1:46pm

>56 aspirit:

You can access it anytime, not just on Talk Like a Pirate day.

Sep 17, 2019, 1:58pm

Any hints on 8?

Sep 17, 2019, 2:07pm

I finally got them all. The one that gave me the most trouble was 8, because searching for Montague and pirate came up with the second volume in the series (which actually has piracy in the title), but the correct answer is the first volume.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 2:23pm

>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

Sep 17, 2019, 2:25pm

Got 'em all. Thanks for another fun treasure hunt.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 2:38pm

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!

Sep 17, 2019, 2:50pm

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).

Sep 17, 2019, 2:50pm

Yay! I hadn't expected this two days early - what a nice surprise!

Of all things, #17 gave me the most trouble, since I kept getting stuck on the "how *TO*" part of the clue and wondering why Cressida Cowell's "How to Be a Pirate" wasn't working.

Sep 17, 2019, 3:25pm

Shiver me timbers! All done! Thanks for another fine treasure hunt

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 3:38pm

Can anyone help me with #4 and #6?

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 3:39pm

>67 FAMeulstee: #4 The author of Peter Pan

#6 A Michael Crichton book

Sep 17, 2019, 3:41pm

>67 FAMeulstee: #4 is an incredibly famous children's book (referensed in clue #16) where a pirate is an important character
#6 is a book written by the author behind one of the most famous dinosaur books ever, which has been made into film(s). Look through the list of titles under the author and you'll find a title that works with the theme for today
#9 is a chemical element. Check the last line of the clue - there are two specific hints there

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 3:46pm

>68 amanda4242: >69 PawsforThought: Thank you, I have them all now :-)

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 3:45pm

>68 amanda4242:

RE: 6 - I was so far off I was in an entirely different century. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2019, 3:50pm

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:04pm

>72 PawsforThought:

#5 A tagmash of shoujo and pirate should get you a list of works, one of which is the work in question.

#7 Swapping around the last two words of the first line should bring up the series that is being referenced; you want the second book

#17 If you have #15 solved, go to that page and look for works that could fit the "how to" theme

Sep 17, 2019, 4:07pm

>72 PawsforThought:
#5 I found it with a tagmash of pirate and shoujo
#7 You find the series with a search for "magic shade"
#17 A title with "How" (not "How to") and "Pirate"

Sep 17, 2019, 4:09pm

>73 shadrach_anki: Thank you!

Got them all now.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:24pm

Got them all on my own except #9, thanks for the clue >24 hailelib:, I was making it much more difficult than it was.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:33pm

>73 shadrach_anki: #5 hint gives me no results.

And I can't seem to get #11

Sep 17, 2019, 4:50pm

>77 perennialreader:

#5 if you try what both >73 shadrach_anki: and >74 FAMeulstee: recommend you should find the work. Search for the two tags, separated by commas, then click the tagmash option

#11 I looked for an illustrator associated with Roald Dahl using Google. Then looked through his works on LT to find one that fit the clues.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:53pm

>77 perennialreader: Click on tags on the left hand side and then on the tagmash suggested

#11 The person who most famously illustrated Roald Dahl books also illustrated other books (by other authors). Check the list of titles he illustrated on the author page or do a tagmash search for his name and pirates

Sep 17, 2019, 4:54pm

#6 is the author, right? I'm not getting the treasure for going to the author page.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:56pm

>80 jjwilson61: No, it is a book.

Sep 17, 2019, 4:57pm

>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?

Sep 17, 2019, 5:06pm

>82 VioletBramble: Just search for parrot as a tag and click on the first book tagged with that

Sep 17, 2019, 5:08pm

>81 FAMeulstee: >82 VioletBramble: Thanks. The "This author" threw me.

Sep 17, 2019, 5:14pm

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?

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 5:21pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 5:17pm

>83 PawsforThought: I've done that maybe 8 times now. Nada.

Sep 17, 2019, 5:17pm

Thanks for everyone's help. I was "dancing" all around both of those and just couldn't get the right one.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 5:24pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 5:27pm

>87 VioletBramble: #18 I found it as the second book when searching for the tag "parrots"

Sep 17, 2019, 5:31pm

>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

Sep 17, 2019, 5:38pm

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!

Sep 17, 2019, 6:23pm

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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 7:32pm

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?

I'm trying to think of a three name pirate that rhymes with winner. Am I totally off base?

Nevermind. I just found it. The problem was that with my accent, that doesn't rhyme.

Sep 17, 2019, 7:30pm

>94 Zoes_Human: For 14 Think chain restaurant.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 7:33pm

>95 thornton37814: Thanks! I just found it. The problem turned out to be that it doesn't rhyme with my accent, so I only tried the correct answer out of desperation.

Sep 17, 2019, 7:33pm

>94 Zoes_Human: which popular pirate name rhymes at the end of the riddle? Remember the "h" in the name!

Sep 17, 2019, 7:34pm

>96 Zoes_Human: (Sorry. I had to type slowly.) Good job.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 7:35pm

>98 aspirit: Thanks! I found it right after I posted. I ended up trying the correct answer in desperation because it doesn't rhyme with my accent.

Sep 17, 2019, 7:36pm

>95 thornton37814: What's especially funny is that I used to work there in my teens.

Sep 17, 2019, 7:57pm

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...

Sep 17, 2019, 8:19pm

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!

Sep 17, 2019, 8:24pm

>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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 8:25pm

>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.

Sep 17, 2019, 8:34pm

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 8:39pm

ha ha ha aarghh! me mission completed.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 9:18pm

>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.

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 8:57pm

I know I'll solve #13 through a tag-mash although which specific one I have no idea because I have tried dozens and just can't find anything at all, nevermind anything that fits. How should I aim my queries?

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!

Sep 17, 2019, 9:00pm

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.

Sep 17, 2019, 10:04pm

Got everything but #16. Any hints would be appreciated

Sep 17, 2019, 10:18pm

>110 tarmina:

It's a series. Author's initials are DB

Sep 17, 2019, 10:21pm

Thanks perennialreader

Edited: Sep 17, 2019, 10:23pm

>110 tarmina:
If you still can't find it catch a falling star is a key phrase.

Sep 18, 2019, 2:16am

>87 VioletBramble: Have you searched for "parrot", clicked on "tags" on the left hand side, clicked the actual tag and then the title (at the top of the list) by an author whose name starts with a kind of spice (referenced in the clue)?

Sep 18, 2019, 2:17am

>105 pith: #1 isn't a tag or a place, it's a book

Sep 18, 2019, 2:29am

>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. 😀

Sep 18, 2019, 3:24am

Another hunt.. Great

Sep 18, 2019, 4:40am

8 is killing me.

Sep 18, 2019, 4:51am

>118 Ragnell: If you search for "guide" and "montague" the title should be fairly high up in the list of results.

Sep 18, 2019, 4:52am

>118 Ragnell: Maybe the hint >59 yoyogod: might help you out.

Sep 18, 2019, 4:58am

Got it, thanks!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 5:45am

Ah.. I was looking for an author Now it was easy

12 down, 6 more to go.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:22am

I am stucked at 10 , 14, 16
Any help?

Sep 18, 2019, 5:55am

123 #10 A disease that could be cured by lemons and limes. It was something that lots of seamen died of

Sep 18, 2019, 6:15am

Thanks EdwinKort
I got it

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 4:20pm

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Sep 18, 2019, 10:12am

>123 Maaly_Ahmed: #14 This character was played by Tim Curry in The Muppets version of the tale.

Sep 18, 2019, 10:44am

Thank you AHS-Wolfy
I got it
I found all the treasures

Sep 18, 2019, 11:39am

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.

Sep 18, 2019, 11:48am

Have them all except for #9, and I have looked for the chemical element but come up empty.

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 12:27pm

I spent more time and still can't get 12 and 14.

With 12, I know that it is the restaurant - only thing I can find is a cookbook but it isn't the page

14 is the female pirate spelled 4 different ways - I've tried the tag pages, lots of books

Sep 18, 2019, 12:30pm

>131 fdholt:

In both cases try checking the Characters page under Common Knowledge

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 12:47pm

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!

Sep 18, 2019, 12:47pm

>133 Yamanekotei: Clara Paget played her on Black Sails.

Sep 18, 2019, 1:17pm

>132 shadrach_anki: Thanks. I didn't think of that!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 2:21pm

I think your spoiler for 14 is wrong> On my screen it's not about a female pirate, but "If you know only one, you know of this guy.
Whose peg leg anchors him while the seas make him fly."

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 3:18am

Stuck on #9, #13 and #16.

Still some time to find them

Sep 18, 2019, 2:53pm

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.


Sep 18, 2019, 4:29pm

>136 EdwinKort: I used the answers listed above for 14. Didn't think of the lists under bibliographic on the search page. I never use this one.

Sep 18, 2019, 4:31pm

>137 EdwinKort:
>130 ginaruiz:

#9 The last line of the clue is where you should focusit's NOT a works page

#13 Try a tagmash of keywords from the first two lines of the clue

#14 It doesn't actually rhyme, at least not if your accent is anything like mine.He appears in a famous book from 1883 which has a Vegas Casino named after itAlso not on a works page

#16 focus on lines 4 & 5 of the clue to figure the names of the authors and start searching from there

Sep 18, 2019, 4:40pm

>134 amanda4242: Thank you for your help! I got it right after, and I edited as you click to enter message. 🏴‍☠️

Sep 18, 2019, 4:48pm

#15 seems like it should be obvious, but I can't find the right kind of page.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:03pm

>142 SF_fan_mae:

Try tags. That's my go-to if I'm looking at a seemingly generic answer.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:09pm

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!

Sep 18, 2019, 5:09pm

>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.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:12pm

>130 ginaruiz: Are you sure you have the right chemical element? The symbol of it is in the last line of the clue and the name of the element sort-of-rhymes with the last word of the clue. Search for that as a tag and you've got it.

>142 SF_fan_mae: It's a tag

>144 Cariola: It's not a Dahl book, it's one he illustrated for a different author

>145 VioletBramble: Good to hear it worked eventually. I've been victim of glitches too, but they usually work the next day or so.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:41pm

Woohoo! This is the first time I've completed a hunt without looking at any additional clues!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 5:43pm

>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.

Sep 18, 2019, 5:45pm

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!

Sep 18, 2019, 5:45pm

>144 Cariola: Also, the start of the clue is in a book title.

(I finally got them all, but first I had to overthink some. For 15, I thought "title" and came up with the song and thus Perry Como, not anyone named Barry lol.

Sep 18, 2019, 6:23pm

>149 RabbiMorgan: It's a chemical element and a precious metal. If you google the first two words in the last line you should get the element as a suggestion. Or if you just google the two letters preceding the exclamation mark in the last line.

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 6:28pm

>149 RabbiMorgan: What a good day to start on LT!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 7:23pm

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!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 7:06pm

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!

Edited: Sep 18, 2019, 7:06pm

Might need t' look at the group rather 'n focus on a singular...

Sep 18, 2019, 7:39pm

Yay! Mission complete. Time fer a drink.

Sep 18, 2019, 7:41pm

Stuck on #10 - I know the one-word 'answer', just can't find 'what' - is it a book?

Sep 18, 2019, 7:46pm

Any luck? I am also stuck on #9.

Sep 18, 2019, 8:00pm

My treasure chest is full and I am done! Many thanks for the hints (I found I was using more tags this time)

Sep 18, 2019, 8:00pm

I was stuck too, but I got it now. Perhaps someone else mixed up Au and Ag like I did...

Sep 18, 2019, 8:40pm

Well mateys, I found all the treasure. Something I found helpful was searching categories other than "Works" for terms with lots of results. Arr!

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 1:28am

Googling's helped a bit, but I'm still stuck on 2 and 17.

Sep 19, 2019, 2:16am

>153 MillieHennessy: It's the series page. Click on any book in the series and when you get to the work page, click on the series name

>154 RabbiMorgan: It's a tag, with just the common name

>157 jguldy: It's a tag

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 is a film. If you know the tech-ralated geographical locatioin hinted at, just search for the name of that place and it'll be at the top of the list under "works"

#17 is a bit tricky because other books seem like more of a "right" answer. If you serch "how" and the word/vocation that is the theme of the hunt, it'll be among the top hits

Sep 19, 2019, 2:57am

Got all the treasure. Lot of googling but looked through the clues here for only 3 treasures. Thanks Librarything

Sep 19, 2019, 3:23am

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

Sep 19, 2019, 3:57am

Finally found them all. gazing at the stars, it came to me that I was looking at the wrong books

Found the author, and even a page with all the books in order, but no series title.

Thanks for another great hunt.

Sep 19, 2019, 4:23am

it's a movie too!

Sep 19, 2019, 4:35am

>165 ShalimarFoxx26: It's a tag. Just search for the single word that is the theme of the hunt and click "tags" in the left hand colum. The tag at the top of the list is the right one.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 5:57am

>165 ShalimarFoxx26: #15 rhymes with gyrate

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 9:30am

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.

Sep 19, 2019, 9:33am

OK, got 'em all - but how in the name of all that's holy does that name rhyme with "winner"?

Sep 19, 2019, 9:43am

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!

Sep 19, 2019, 9:45am

I've lost me maps for chests 9, 10, 12, 13, 'n 14...... canna find 'em anywhere!

Happy TLAP Day, me hearties!!

Sep 19, 2019, 10:01am

>172 RabbiMorgan: It's not something "remotely related" to it, it's just the name itself, as a tag

Sep 19, 2019, 10:03am

>171 Stewartry: It doesn't. There's lots of clues where the rhymes break.

Sep 19, 2019, 10:21am

Thanks much! I had already clicked on that, but this time it gave me the treasure chest. :)

Sep 19, 2019, 10:46am

>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.

Sep 19, 2019, 10:57am

>143 shadrach_anki:

Arrrrrrrg, singular vs plural makes a difference!

Got them all now.

Sep 19, 2019, 11:14am

Looking for me matey's help with
5, 7, 8, 11.. Thanks in advance.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 11:54am

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.....

Sep 19, 2019, 11:58am

>180 RabbiMorgan:
Then you may not have let the page load fully, it is on one of the pages you listed there... The English name for the element Ag

Sep 19, 2019, 12:07pm

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?

Sep 19, 2019, 12:28pm

Got 'em all, and learned how to do a tag mash search. It would have made finding #11 much easier. :)

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 1:10pm

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!!!!!

Sep 19, 2019, 12:49pm

>163 PawsforThought: Thani you for the hint for #9. I was really overthinking that one.

Sep 19, 2019, 12:52pm

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.


Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 1:10pm

That's my issue, too.

Delete that.... somehow in my 100th pass on my search, I stumbled 'cross the chest without a'knowin' it!

Sep 19, 2019, 1:14pm

>186 muumi: >187 RabbiMorgan: Make sure E on the first name, no E on the last name. . That worked for me.

Sep 19, 2019, 1:15pm

Matey, ye be needin' t' 'plore her character. Had t' go back 'n retrace me steps!

Sep 19, 2019, 1:17pm

Thankee t' all who helped this new pirate!

Sep 19, 2019, 1:53pm

>186 muumi: It's the CK character page itself you want, not any book. So if you've spelled the name correctly (no E in the last name), and you click on CK - character there should only be one hit. Click that and you've got the treasure.

Sep 19, 2019, 2:18pm

>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 , 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.

Sep 19, 2019, 2:22pm

I got all but 11, by searching or Googling, but was utterly stuck - I'd found the illustrator, but despite going to several piratical books wasn't finding anything. Went over and over and never saw a banner...but when I refreshed the Hunt page, I'd found everything. Possibly it's just that my internet is being slow? Pages did seem to be loading just a little slowly, and the banner loaded last of all. But I thought I'd stayed long enough for it to show, if it was going to. Whatever, got them all - and without help, for the first time ever! I read all the spoilers but I'd already found them all.

Sep 19, 2019, 4:48pm

Thank you for another great year of pirating! Always fun!

Sep 19, 2019, 5:10pm

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.

Sep 19, 2019, 5:21pm

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 :-).

Sep 19, 2019, 5:24pm

>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.

Sep 19, 2019, 5:27pm

Still need help on 5,7, and 8. No one seems to be asking about these.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 5:35pm

>198 Micheller7:

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.

Sep 19, 2019, 5:35pm

>198 Micheller7: They have all ben asked about - look at some of the early posts.

#5 If you do a tagmash search for the last word in the clue and the "occupation" that is the theme of the hunt, it should be at the top of the list of works

#7 Switch the order of the last two words in the first line of the clue and search for that. And then pick the second volume in the series

#8 if you search for the second (in singular, not plural, form) and the last word in the clue, the right answer will be among the top hits (it's a book)

Sep 19, 2019, 5:37pm

>198 Micheller7: #5 do a tagmash of "shoujo" and the theme. It is a short list so just start clicking on the titles.

#7 to find the series, change the order of the words in the series name in line 1. Ie. instead of MS, S of M

#8 do a tagmash of the family name in line 1 and the key word in line 8. The book won't be too far down on the list.

Hope that helps!

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 5:47pm

>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!!

Sep 19, 2019, 5:48pm

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.

Sep 19, 2019, 6:12pm

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!!

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 7:20pm

hailelibm thanks! That was my last one! #9 had me really stumped.

Sep 19, 2019, 7:43pm

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.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 8:08pm

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!!

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 8:32pm

>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.

Sep 19, 2019, 8:50pm

Thanks to all for the help. This has been educational!

Sep 19, 2019, 9:06pm

Fighting with 10 and 18... all the rest is water through the bilge.... ;)

Sep 19, 2019, 9:19pm

>210 ggprof: for 10 think about the disease you could get without your citrus

Sep 19, 2019, 9:24pm

>208 Micheller7: I feel your pain - was stuck at #16 for ages till I read a helpful hint above!

#5 You're looking for a shoujo manga with a single word title - I found it by googling 'shoujo manga pirate' and trying the most popular ones till I eventually hit the right one

#7 'bard' is not a poet but a ?

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 :)

Sep 19, 2019, 9:32pm

>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 changing 'memory' to 'memoir' would put you on the right track

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 9:39pm

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!

Sep 19, 2019, 10:54pm

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 1:49am

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*

Sep 20, 2019, 5:47am

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 6:27am

>217 WeeTurtle: Look through the list of works at that person's page - it's a book where they collaborated with someone other than Dahl

Sep 20, 2019, 6:42am

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 6:52am

>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.

Edited: Sep 20, 2019, 9:11am

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!

Thank you

Sep 20, 2019, 9:20am

>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.

Sep 20, 2019, 12:17pm

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 12:27pm

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

Sep 20, 2019, 12:29pm

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

Edited: Sep 20, 2019, 12:50pm

Long John Silver

Sep 20, 2019, 12:44pm

idk how to put the spoiler thing on it but there ya go
Now may i please get a little help :)

Sep 20, 2019, 12:45pm

Am I the only one having trouble with #15? It seems obvious, but I'm not having any luck

Sep 20, 2019, 12:46pm

NO!!! I'm having trouble with 15 also!!

Sep 20, 2019, 12:46pm

all i have left is 2,3,15 and 16

Sep 20, 2019, 12:48pm

>227 Girly_Geek: See >1 kjgormley: for how to use the spoiler tag.

Sep 20, 2019, 12:51pm

Thank you >231 Taphophile13: Taphophile13

Sep 20, 2019, 12:54pm

>224 Girly_Geek:
#2 book by Martyn Burke
#3 series by Brian Jacques
#15 it's a tag
#16 series by Dave Barry

If you look at the top of this page under the instructions, it will tell you how to add the spoiler tag.

Good luck!

Sep 20, 2019, 12:57pm

Thanks for the badges!

Sep 20, 2019, 12:59pm

>233 perennialreader: thank you so much

Sep 20, 2019, 1:01pm

>233 perennialreader: when you say its a series, how do i search that because i searched redwall series and that didnt give me anything

Sep 20, 2019, 1:10pm

>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.

Sep 20, 2019, 1:17pm

I clicked on the link for redwall and it didn't give me anything does that mean it isn't the right series

Sep 20, 2019, 1:31pm

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!

Sep 20, 2019, 1:44pm

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 1:48pm

>240 LucindaLibri: could you give me a little help!!!?

Sep 20, 2019, 1:48pm

>239 Girly_Geek: You're on the right track
#3is indeed a series page; make sure you have the right series by that author, who has several
#15is a tag
#16is also a series page

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 1:49pm

>239 Girly_Geek:

#3 You have the right author, but the clue is talking about Redwall as his more well-known series. You want one of his other series

#15 You are looking for a tag page. The word is in the name of the hunt.

#16 It's a series by Dave Barry, related to a classic novel about a boy who can fly and has battles with pirates. You want the series page

Sep 20, 2019, 1:50pm

>243 shadrach_anki: i tries peter pan and never land series

Sep 20, 2019, 1:50pm

>239 Girly_Geek: For 16 if you goto Dave Barry's author page and goto one of his books that references one of the lines in the clue (don't want to give TOO much detail), then you will see a link to the series that that book is part of.

Same for 3 but its not Redwall, choose another book from his list, pick one that has a nautical theme

Sep 20, 2019, 1:53pm

so when ya'll say 15 is a tag, what do ya'll mean by that?

Sep 20, 2019, 1:57pm

>246 Girly_Geek:

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 1:58pm

>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 :)

Sep 20, 2019, 1:58pm

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

Sep 20, 2019, 3:57pm

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.

When I search on shoujo pirate, shoujo+pirate, shoujo manga pirate, or shoujo pirate manga, I get "No results". Have I been staring at this so long that I'm misspelling pirate or something?

Sep 20, 2019, 4:03pm

>250 ejmam: I did a tagmaash for manga and pirates and then clicked on the first title that wasn't One Piece, since that's not shoujo.

Sep 20, 2019, 4:26pm

>250 ejmam: A tagmash of shoujo and pirate should work, but the way to reach a tagmash via the search bar is with the search entry shoujo, pirate not shoujo + pirate. Click on "tags" in the left sidebar, and then click on "See a tagmash of shoujo, pirate" to reach the tagmash.

Sep 20, 2019, 5:38pm

>250 ejmam: Search for "shoujo, pirate" (with a comma), click on "tags" and then on the link that says "See a tagmash of shoujo, pirate"

Sep 20, 2019, 5:56pm

>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.

Sep 20, 2019, 7:11pm

That was a blast, thanks again LT for all the hard work putting this together for us!!!

Sep 20, 2019, 9:07pm

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!

Sep 20, 2019, 10:54pm

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.

Sep 20, 2019, 11:12pm

Hooray! Got there in the end. Thanks everyone for your help with the clues. :)

Sep 21, 2019, 12:23am

Just checking in, though I do have my first treasure chest...

Sep 21, 2019, 4:37am

Yes, they were quick with adding those shiny badges

Sep 21, 2019, 8:27am

OK, I am feeling quite dumb: I have only 2 left. I know one deals with scurvy and the other with talking like a pirate. I have searched everything I know to search. What am I missing?

Sep 21, 2019, 8:37am

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.

Sep 21, 2019, 9:01am

>261 ddlambert:
#10 You have the word, now search the tag
Spoiler for #15 >242 LucindaLibri: and >243 shadrach_anki:

>262 MarySchubert: There is a spoiler for #12 in >191 PawsforThought:

Sep 21, 2019, 9:17am

Thanks! I still don't know which answer was correct; I never saw the banner but I have all 18 now. Such fun

Sep 21, 2019, 10:52am

>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.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:14am

>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.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:33am

>265 MarySchubert: Do a search for the name you think it is (make sure it's spelled right). Then click on "Common Knowledge" in the left hand side margin, then click "Characters" . Your results will now show a link to a character page for the person you're after. Click that and you'll have the treasure.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:55am

Thanks! I got #2 with your clue, but I'll have to poke at #17 more later.

Sep 21, 2019, 12:13pm

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. :-)

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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!

Sep 21, 2019, 2:17pm

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!

Sep 21, 2019, 2:42pm

>271 librookian: The answer is How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

Sep 21, 2019, 4:55pm

>44 Kanarthi:

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.

Sep 21, 2019, 6:00pm

>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.

Sep 21, 2019, 6:07pm

16 has me stumped! Any clues you can give me?

Sep 21, 2019, 6:26pm

Thank you for once again providing a pleasant piratey challenge. I enjoyed it.

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>275 magicbyc:. Both authors are referenced, although one is obscurely described. An important word in the title is also in the first line.

Sep 21, 2019, 7:27pm

>271 librookian: >272 krazy4katz: Funny story. I got this one while searching for #16. I clicked the book and got the 'new booty' banner message. Thought, "Aha! That was it!" Went back to the main hunt page and found it was the answer to #17 instead... <O_o>

Sep 21, 2019, 7:44pm

Thank you! I was trying so many books and nothing was working!

Sep 21, 2019, 7:50pm

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.

Edited: Sep 21, 2019, 7:56pm

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???

Update: Finally!!

Oh - that was fun. Thank you!

Sep 21, 2019, 8:29pm

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!

Sep 21, 2019, 8:49pm

>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.

Sep 21, 2019, 9:26pm

>278 ScoLgo: That is strange! I wouldn't have guessed that would happen.

Sep 21, 2019, 10:50pm

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.

Sep 21, 2019, 10:58pm

>285 WeeTurtle:

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.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:46pm

>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.

Sep 22, 2019, 12:17am

Got 3 more!

#8 and #17 are still being problems though.

Sep 22, 2019, 12:34am

>287 WeeTurtle: I used google for this. Search shoujo, pirate and go for the best answe.

Sep 22, 2019, 12:38am

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 🤔

Sep 22, 2019, 12:44am

288>For #17, try “how” instead of “how to” as a search word along with pirate

Sep 22, 2019, 12:46am

Hooray!! I just finished this thing!

Sep 22, 2019, 3:24am

>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.

Sep 22, 2019, 4:31am

Thank you everyone for another enjoyable puzzle!

And to shadrach_anki, 55T-bird, and FAMeulstee for the help I needed to get my last 4 chests.

Sep 22, 2019, 7:26am

16 out of 18 without the help of the talk, now just the most illustrious pirate and the wikihelp to go :)

Sep 22, 2019, 7:37am

>290 Some1LikeYou: For #8, try entering the surname in the clue in its singular along with "siblings" for the reference of a sister. The answer is a book.

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!

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Sep 22, 2019, 8:26am

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 :)

Sep 22, 2019, 8:31am

>267 PawsforThought: Thanks!! I learned something new!!

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 10:02am

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 9:37am

>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.

Sep 22, 2019, 9:46am

>302 Kathleen828:
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.

Sep 22, 2019, 10:00am

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 10:40am

>305 Kathleen828: Please reread >304 -pilgrim-: for possible explanations of your problem.

Also note that if you go to the "works" page, rather than the "main" page for a book, the reward will not trigger.

Sep 22, 2019, 10:50am

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.

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 1:54pm

>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.

Sep 22, 2019, 3:55pm

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 4:14pm

>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:

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 5:20pm

Well, after a few days of trying, I've got them all except two.
Needing help with #11 and 17.

#11 I have tried looking for books that Dahl has illustrated (based on a clue earlier on), but still haven't found what I'm looking for

#17 I have tried (a couple of times) searching for how pirate (instead of how to pirate, as I tried first), also based on clues here, and have clicked on multiple things, but am still coming up empty on this.


Sep 22, 2019, 5:23pm

>311 LibraryCin:

For #11, the illustrator is not Dahl, but another "author" listed as the illustrator. So you need to go to his page, not Dahl's page and look for pirate-related books..

For # 17, how and pirate are in the title.

Sep 22, 2019, 5:25pm

>311 LibraryCin: #11 It's not a book that he has illustrated, but one illustrated by a common collaborator of his. His most common collaborator worked with another author on a book with a theme fitting the hunt.

#17 If you search for the words you mentioned in the, the right book should appear in the result list for works. It's not at the very top but it's fairly high. The title is in the past tense and the author's last name is the same as the first word in the answer to clue #14.

Sep 22, 2019, 5:50pm

Thank you!! It was the comma that kept me from finding it.
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!

Sep 22, 2019, 6:20pm

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

Sep 22, 2019, 6:22pm

*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!

Sep 22, 2019, 6:42pm

>315 Kathleen828:

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 7:06pm

>317 shadrach_anki: shadrah_anki - Thank you so much,that's very helpful.

Sep 22, 2019, 11:26pm

Thank you to those who helped with #17. I looked at so many different "works", but just now finally tried looking at the "book" pages instead, and finally came across the right one!

Sep 22, 2019, 11:29pm

And for #11, I had discovered the illustrator he usually worked with, but (even trying those before asking for help), I wasn't stumbling across the correct one.

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!

Sep 23, 2019, 1:52am

I am making no headway with 18, but have finally nailed down the rest :)

Sep 23, 2019, 2:08am

>321 Macbeth: For 18, The second line is a big clue (scroll up!), combined with the time reference and capitalized word in line 5 (I had to do a Google search, wasn't getting it through site search).

I got all 18! In one evening! Yaaay, that was fun!

Sep 23, 2019, 7:14am

It would be great to have access to former hunts, with riddles, links to answers and personal scores.

Sep 23, 2019, 12:07pm

>320 LibraryCin: For # 11 ... I actually looked up the illustrator on GoodReads and found it there more easily!

Sep 23, 2019, 12:09pm

Thanks for another fun treasure hunt! And, for the helpful hints!

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Sep 23, 2019, 2:28pm

>326 Susannahtc: Please use the spoiler tag when talking about clues.

You're not supposed to find something containing it - you're supposed to find the thing itself. The actual metal.

Sep 23, 2019, 2:54pm

Sorry about not using the tag, I didn't know

Sep 23, 2019, 3:51pm

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!

Sep 23, 2019, 3:55pm

same thing happening with clues 3,5,11,12 - found solution but no banners ! are banners visible? ARghhh!

Sep 23, 2019, 4:05pm

How can we tell we found the clue?

Edited: Sep 23, 2019, 4:25pm

>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, think about an author famous for dinosaur books, but this is not a dinosaur book. It is the theme of this hunt. I just checked and the banner was there when I clicked on the correct page.

Good luck.

Sep 23, 2019, 4:19pm

>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.

Sep 23, 2019, 4:31pm

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

thanks much!

Sep 23, 2019, 4:55pm

>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.

Sep 23, 2019, 9:37pm

Ok. I'm going nuts. I know the answer to 9, 11 and 14 but I cant find the banner. Ugh!

Edited: Sep 23, 2019, 10:07pm

>336 kmjessica::
Hi, do you know that #9 is a tag; #11 is a book with a very long name (with the theme of this hunt) and the illustrator is the same as the one for Dahl; #14 is a character ?

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.

Good luck!

Sep 24, 2019, 8:09am

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!

Sep 24, 2019, 8:31am

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.

Sep 24, 2019, 9:38am

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

Sep 24, 2019, 10:42am

These hunts are so much fun! Big thanks!!

Sep 24, 2019, 12:55pm

How many people have found all the chests?
When do they pick the winners?
I had so much fun thanks everyone
Love you all!!!

Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 1:37pm

>342 Girly_Geek: see >339 kjgormley:. A rundown of stats will be included, later, after the hunt is closed.

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>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.

Sep 24, 2019, 3:34pm

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.

Sep 24, 2019, 6:01pm

Ok. About to stop the hunt. I hope everybody has found them all!

Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 6:13pm

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.

Sep 24, 2019, 9:04pm

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!

Sep 24, 2019, 10:21pm

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!!

Sep 25, 2019, 9:51am

>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.

Sep 25, 2019, 4:25pm

>350 rastaphrog: The Ramadan hunt would have to last for a month and clues would only show up after sundown in Mecca.

Sep 26, 2019, 8:46am

Ooh! Passover and Diwali hunts!

Sep 26, 2019, 8:58am

Yes please!

Sep 28, 2019, 2:18am

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.

Oct 4, 2019, 11:04pm

I would like to know which lucky LT member won the lovely painting of the macaw by conceptDawg. ;-)

Oct 5, 2019, 6:34am

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?

Edited: Oct 5, 2019, 10:38am

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.

Oct 7, 2019, 2:56pm

The winners for this hunt were shannon1774, MillieHennessy, alanteder, guyalice, and Becchanalia. Congrats, all.

See you all soon for the next hunt!

Oct 8, 2019, 3:45am

Congratulations to the winners!

Oct 10, 2019, 5:50am


Oct 27, 2019, 12:30pm

Hello! A friend recently participated in the Pirate challenge, and secured enough chests to earn a free lifetime membership. Still to date, his account shows as free, public. I would imagine Library Thing has been rather busy changing the memberships for those who found all the chests. Could anyone offer input, or should he email Library Thing? Many thanks.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 8:21pm

Did he get a treasure chest? Either way, I would email LT and see what they say. No harm. Seems like winners for special prizes were announced Oct. 7th.

Oct 27, 2019, 11:12pm

>361 WUVIE: I had that and I'm not sure how long it took but it did show up. Unless they are approaching the maximum allowed free library, I wouldn't worry too much. Does hurt to ask though.

Oct 28, 2019, 8:37am

>361 WUVIE: Badges and profile upgrades for Hunts can take a while, as Tim (timspalding) needs the time to do so. If you can email me the account username that needs upgrading (at I'll be happy to manually upgrade them. :)

Nov 1, 2019, 5:13pm

Profile upgrades for those who found more than 5 treasure chests are done! If you found 5 treasure chests in this hunt and have a free account, we've upgraded you to a Lifetime account. We have automated this process somewhat, so it should be a faster turnaround in the future. Thanks for your patience and for playing.