Treasure Hunt: LGBTQ Pride Month
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We've written 11 clues for you to solve around the theme of LGBTQ Pride. Read and solve each clue, then find the page on LibraryThing that matches your answer. When you find the right solution, you’ll see a banner at the top of your screen announcing that you’ve found a rainbow. Remember: it's not necessarily a work page!
Go here for the hunt!
You have one week—until Tuesday, June 30th at 5pm EDT—to find as many rainbows as you can.
Use this thread to brag, ask for and give hints, etc
As in past hunts, we'll be awarding profile badges to anyone who finds at least one rainbow, and anyone who finds all 11 will be entered into a drawing for a LibraryThing coaster set and sticker. This is a change from our usual tshirt prize, as stock is difficult to access while the office is still closed for social distancing.
Important: When giving hints, please use the spoiler tag. To mark something as a spoiler, start your message like this:
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P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the gorgeous peacock illustration! He's made many of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple years. We like them, and hope you do, too!
I'm stuck on #5 and I thought #6 was
I'm not getting flags for 5 or 6. I think the answer for 6 is fairly obvious, but I checked both the tag for the blank word and the work page for 5, am I missing something?
>3 Watry: Same for me. I’m fairly certain I’m in the right place for both 5 and 6 but no banners.
yeah, the answer to 6 seems obvious, I even own the book, but no banners. I got banners for 1-4.
I got the first one and the last one.
Like everyone else, I thought I must have 6.
Well, while we wait for answers on 5 and 6, does anyone have a hint for 7?
ETA: Never mind, I got it just after I typed this out! That just leaves 5 and 6.
Joining the crowd i have the book of 6 but not getting any joy when i go for it
I was sure I was doing something wrong for 5 & 6. Glad to see it's LT and not me. lol
I'm another member who's here to confirm banners are missing. At first, I thought the problem was that I'd clicked from my catalogue. Then problem is the main work page doesn't bring up the flag.
I'm pretty sure I'm correct for numbers 5 and 6, too, but I'm not getting a banner for either.
Ok. Fixed that. It was only failing to find Clue 6 correctly because the solution key had a trailing '/' after it, so it wouldn't know that you hit that page unless you ALSO had a trailing slash after the work ID. Needless to say, most of them don't unless you happen to have the book (in which case it would have a trailing slash followed by the book/bookID suffix).
Anyway, I'm rambling. Short answer: that clue is fixed.
Yep! It popped up!
P.S. The Peacock painting is beautiful!
Oh. And it looks like it might be having problems with Clue 5 also. I'm looking into it.
Is 10 okay? I felt sure I knew it, and that it was a tag, but I haven't seen a banner yet.
>18 amanda4242: Last line missing word and word from first line give you 1/2 the answer (only four words).
I've gotten all the tags except 5, so unless something else happens, it looks like the rest are working.
al.vick, it's not the tag you probably think it is. You're looking for more specificity, two words.
CLUE 5 solution was incorrect in the solution key also. I've fixed that.
So if you think you knew the answer to 5 and it didn't give it to you, try again. You might have been correct.
got 10. I was thinking it was a nightclub, but I looked it up on wikipedia. and it is a tag.
Still stuck on 7.
For 7, make sure you're reading the first line correctly. You're looking for
>33 al.vick: It's difficult to do a search when you don't know what to search for.
>32 Watry: Thanks from me, too! That hint was just what I needed.
And I'm done! This was more challenging than the last one but just as enjoyable.
Thanks to everyone at LT for the diversion :)
>35 amanda4242: Try searching for the last line. Google might autocomplete it for you.
Or, really google any part of the clue would give you some good pointers.
>37 conceptDawg: Thanks, but google proved no help. Clicking on every slightly plausible Lambda finalist finally yielded results.
Thanks for another great hunt!
Got 'em all without clues! First time that's happened.
# 10 had me flumoxed for a while until I got more specific and focused on
Interesting tidbit: I had one rainbow already when I opened the hunt page because I entered the book minutes before.
>41 SandraArdnas: Wow, the chances of that are pretty small. You should hit the casino later. heh
>42 conceptDawg: I was thinking the same, but the chances of two extremely unlikely odds happening in a row are even slimmer ;)
I've found all ten! The answers include a fun mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. Tamping down the urge to add books to my Wishlist was a bit of an additional challenge. That's a good sign, though.
Thank you for the hunt. I like the peacock. The badge selection is also nice.
Hey everyone! I'm stuck on my last clue, which is #3. Otherwise I've gotten all of them, which is exciting.
I've done a crap ton of Googling and I think I must be missing something! Any hints for me?
Hm. Either I'm searching the wrong authors, or the banner isn't working when I search. I'll keep Googling and see if I can come up with someone else. Thank you! :)
Thanks! I'm almost positive I have the answer, but I'm not getting a banner telling me that I got a rainbow for it, so there must be a bug.
Edited to add: I just got it and I'm not entirely sure how I did. xD Anyway, thanks for all the help!
Thanks to google I have them all except #2. Any clues would be grateful.
So thanks to this talk and judicious googling I have only four more to get. Number 7 I have seemed to stumble on by accident
I don't know what I did to get it but I'm happy I have
Please someone toss me some clues for #8 and #9!
ETA: never mind, some googling got me there
>51 lowelibrary:, #2 -
>52 Macbeth:, #7 -
>53 FemmeNoiresque:, #8 -
I don't know why I didn't notice this earlier, but in the posted clues, capitalized words usually indicate a proper name. Like, ya know, a person or the title of a work.
Thank you, thank you! I love these hunts! Always learn something and have fun doing it. Please keep them coming!
Hi all. This is a quick note that, due to social distancing constraints of accessing our store stock, the prizes for this hunt have been changed.
As in past hunts, we'll be awarding profile badges to anyone who finds at least one rainbow, and anyone who finds all 11 will be entered into a drawing for a LibraryThing coaster set and sticker.
For number 5, some hints:
I believe the final line of the clue is a reference to
It's author is
For anyone stuck on # 3.
I knew the author right away and clicked on his profile but no banner.
>57 kjgormley: I doubt that people are doing it for the prizes. We haven't gotten the badges for the last treasure hunt yet.
Thanks for the hunt! Got them all!
>62 MarthaJeanne: Now this is the last treasure hunt :-) A fresh hunt beats a badge anytime :-)
Quite frankly, I don't do these for the badges or the prizes. I do it for the fun!
thanks for the hunt - really enjoyed it and came across some books I'm less familar with. good fun! 🏳️🌈
>57 kjgormley: I've always preferred the coaster set anyway. So yay! Maybe I'll win this time.
But I'm glad I came to this group to look for something else. I saw the banner once then never again and I forgot about it. I'm using the current web design. After about a century, I finally changed.
I still want my salmon back. 😝
For #5, I know what the word is - I know the song (ew) and I know the book (Google Fu) but where do I find it? I'm not getting the rainbow for tag or character and I'm not sure where else to look.
So as it goes in the Melissa Etheridge song (how appropriate) - I'm Down To One.
Looking for No. 11 and then I'm done :)
>69 aspirit: Okay, that was confusing. Up until now, the answer has always been what fills in the blank. I'll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks.
🌈🌈🌈 Took me forever to find Rainbow #10 but finally! I got it. (I must have been going through a wrong route?) Thank you >1 kjgormley: for a fun treasure hunt again. 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
Bless you Lilithcat
Another hunt successfully completed.
Can anyone give me any clues towards #10? I think I have the correct tag , actually I've tried a number of tags, but I can't seem to get it. Is it a tag on
I got all the rest no problem, but this one is driving me crazy ;-)
>76 amanda4242: Thanks so much! I thought I'd hit the particular tag, but apparently not! Thanks for the hint. All 11 hints found now. Thanks for those who put this together. I always enjoy the treasure hunts.
Got them all, this was a fun little diversion. Thanks!
(And a quick question, but the Rainbow Badge, when should that show up? I'm not super worried about it I'm just curious, since it's not on my profile/badges so far. I know someone else posted that a previous badge hasn't shown up, I just think they're fun to have.)
>81 Ricechex: Badges are awarded after the hunt is over. It's not an automated process so it can take quite awhile.
>82 amanda4242:(Argh, didn't want to delete my response.) Thank you so much! I've never done one of these before so I figured I'd find out. Thank you again! And thank you to everyone for the help in the clues. Some of them were tricky! (And phew, I finally got it to link to the person I was trying to reply to, THAT was a process!)
Yay, so much fun! Saw this a couple of days ago, but didn't have time to do it until today. Got them all pretty quickly, with a bit of help from google and some hints for #7 (which was my last one to find, and the only one I needed help with).
Thanks so much to the organizers!
And I agree with all the others who love the peacock!
Literally squealed when I saw this! Only found three so far but only started like 20 minutes ago, lol. I knew 10 immediately but it took awhile to get the exact wording right. Knew 6 immediately but forgot the phrasing of the title at first.
Thank you for all these awesome treasure hunts! I look forward to these so much.
I’ve gotten all but #1, which must be really easy as no one else has asked about it
>90 Salvator: I just checked and it worked for me.
Can someone please remind me how to find a tagmash? I'm stuck on #8 (my last one!).
Thanks in advance!
>93 frogprof: Separate the tags with a comma, search, click "tags" on the left, and then select tagmash.
This is the first time I've done a Treasure Hunt here and it was a lot of fun!
Thank you once again LibraryThing! I was stuck on two clues and I appreciate the helpful members above!
Got them all, with special thanks to >54 karenb:, who provided just enough clues for 7,8, and 9. Will we get this badge and the previous one at the same time as in prior hunts?
Found them all ;) with a bit of help ;) from here and our friends at Google.
I've got all but #1 and feel like a dolt because it seems kind of obvious, but nothing I have tried worked.
Clue #1 is so obvious that you probably think that can't be it!
Clue #8: Do a tagmash search on the topics and look for the book whose author who fills in the blank.
Clue #9: You're looking for the series page of
# 8 - I tried google search for
# 9 - Very popular
Another fun treasure hunt, thanks LT! Thanks everyone for help with clues - saved me from tearing my hair out over #2 and #3. And well done to conceptDawg for another delightful illustration.
Still getting no rainbow love from the page for Clue #5.
Also getting nothing from page I believe goes with Clue #7.
I'm 99% sure I've got the right pages for both.
ETA: #7 finally registered, but no banner to tell me so. #5 is not registering in spite of multiple attempts.
And if you check the thread about it http://www.librarything.com/topic/319272#7198988 and read the last few messages there, you will see the update that these will probably be given out when the ones for this one are - no one has a badge for the seedling one yet (as these are somewhat manual and the developers were a bit busy lately).
Yay! I’ve found them all with lots of help from google. Made me realise how much I don’t know about books.
Thanks FAMeulstee and lkmiller--I thought I had tried that, but it worked this time!
I got all except #9 very quickly (with an hour). Used the hints here for #9.
Can someone explain (in a spoiler) what the Pride connection is for #9?
Thanks, LibraryThing, for another amazing treasure hunt. I treasure every one!
>114 LucindaLibri: no spoiler is needed. The riddle describes the main character as genderfluid, which is included in the LGBTQ spectrum.
I am having SUCH a hard time over #2. I have the rest down pat. Anyone have any new clues?
Edit: I knew, in my soul, that as soon as I asked for help I would find it on my own! Got them all now!
The riddle describes the main character as genderfluid
No, it doesn't. It describes a character in a different series by the same author as genderfluid: One Alex is . . . genderfluid . . . The series is not about Alex . . .
Do we just post that we found everything on here or do we submit it somewhere??
I did get #6 and it is the one all of you think it is. I put the name of the book in the search box and it gave me two book titles. I clicked on the first one, and got my rainbow. Try again!
I hate when I know the book title and I know I know the author's name but can't think of his name to save my life. Finished the hunt.
You can post here, but it's not necessary. And, no, you don't submit it anywhere. The site knows when you've got everything.
Correct, it is not registering as the correct answer on
The hunt is not over yet, is it? There is a banner saying it is but the end date is not until June 30th. I am so confused.....
All but 11 wrapped up. I keep thinking I have it but then I'm shown I don't. Any hints?
I got it as soon as I posted here.... Too funny
Is it just me, or did the banner disappear from the home page already? I noticed yesterday it was gone and it's still gone today. Had to find this thread to be able to get to it (I usually don't take time to do these until the weekend).
>118 lilithcat: the series is titled after the character whose name is blank in the clue, but Alex is one of the series' main characters.
>132 aspirit: That happened to me too right after I completed the search and got 11 rainbows. Past hunts did not work like that. I also had to access through this thread. There does not seem to be any other access point. There should be. It is not supposed to be over until Tuesday.
>133 Micheller7: I looked for it in the "top news" section on the right side of my home page. Usually the treasure hunts are also listed there with a link, but I was surprised to not see it (it was the first place I looked when I noticed the banner gone). So, instead I had to hunt down this thread!
Got them all in about 3 hours. Some I knew by my self. But Google is a great friend.
I didn't know about the treasure hunt until I read the monthly newsletter. When I click to use the "new design" nothing seems to change? :(
>140 Faranae: What colour do you see at the top of this page? If you see chocolate brown, you are using the 'new' design. If you see salmon pink you are are using the old design. This change was made in 2013, so before you joined LT.
Hi all—I'm glad you're all playing this month! Per a couple notes here, I've made sure to put a link to the hunt in the Homepage Top News section. Thanks for the catch. Happy Hunting!
Thanks very much for the Pride Hunt this month! Got them all without coming here (she says smugly)…. very fun!
>143 kjgormley: Thank you! Nice to see it in the Top News section (for a day or two, anyway! :-) ).
Glad the link is now in the news. I had looked there too when I did my prior post to this thread. But no one has said why the banner disappeared.
Fun Hunt and educational - learned about a lot of books i might never have heard of otherwise.
Thanks to LT and the Dawg for putting this up
>116 aspirit: and >118 lilithcat:
So the only connection is that this author once wrote a different book that includes a genderfluid character??
That seems like a pretty lame connection to Pride.
Oh well. Got it anyway, but if that's it then the series isn't going onto my TBR LGBTQ list anytime soon . . .
You don't have to know or to understand. You just have to find.
The solution is on this site and is of a technical kind.
Hunt for the Pirate. Travel back in time.
You will find all 11 solutions in a single chest.
>149 magicians_nephew: To be sure I have VERY little to do with this hunt, or any of the others for that matter. I contribute about 15 minutes of my time to a sketch and get the hunt files up to the server then get personal credit in every talk post. It's a sweet gig. :)
kjgormley is the one that does most of the actual work of planning, poems, organization, social posts, talk posts, giving out prizes, etc. They deserve all of the credit. The Hunts are fun though so I think we keep going until members stop participating.
>150 LucindaLibri: no a secondary character in the SAME series is genderfluid. and the main character is pansexual btw (if u wanted to know)
>150 LucindaLibri: this doesn't feel to me like an appropriate thread to talk about any one book's characterizations and themes in detail.
Basically, the main hero's interactions with the Alex character include discussions about gender and identity. If you do want to know more, you should be able to look up the reviews onsite and fan synopsis off-site.
Of course, don't include the series on a list where you don't want it.
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