"The only thing better than a double-cross is a triple-cross"
Ladies and gentlemen, we have successfully out-foxed the master Aelfinn (Brandon) and received the answers to 20 questions!
Here's what happened. Around 4 PM U.S. Pacific Time yesterday, Brandon challenged Dragonmount and Theoryland to compete against each other to find the last hidden clue in his GREAT HUNT. He encouraged us to fight over the bragging right. But we had other plans. He said each site could submit (5) Yes/No questions.
Brandon was giving clues to where the codes were --really obscure clues-- and his assistant Peter would tease the Hunters every once in a while. They thought they were out-FOXING us. But like a certain gambler... it was time to toss the dice and take the fight to the 'Finns.
The first thing we (Jason, Jennifer, Tamyrlin and Frenzy from Theoryland.com) did was get on a conference call. We came up with a plan to trick not each other but BRANDON into giving us even MORE clues.
In public --on our websites and on Twitter-- we declared that we were peacefully working together. It seemed like Brandon was disappointed because he wanted us to FIGHT! But our motives are pure. We want to find this code as fast as possible. We're not totally sure, but it looks like the reward could be a whole chapter's worth of Towers of Midnight content!
So once we collected our 10 questions (5 from Dragonmount and 5 from Theoryland) the Dragonmount team sent Brandon an email, claiming that we had "stolen" their questions.
It worked! Brandon replied with the answer to all 10 questions.
Shortly after that, the Theoryland team followed up with their own email, asking for 5 more of their own questions. And THAT worked too! Not only did Brandon answer those five, but being a fair sport, he then offered to answer 5 MORE for Theoryland, matching the total Dragonmount had.
When all this settled, we now had a total of 20 questions (!!) when we originally expected to only have 5, or 10 at the most!
So here you go people. Dragonmount and Theoryland have been working together to trick the master Trickster himself. Our goal from the start has been to give the entire WoT community a better chance of seeing the hidden prize as quickly as possible. Let this be a point made for all: WoT fans are never divided. We are united in our causes. We uphold the positive ideals set forth by the books. Tai Shar Dragonmount. Tai Shar Theoryland.
Here are all 20 questions and answers. Read them over. And let's get some feet in the ground in these places so we can unlock that hidden prize!
- Matt (aka Tamyrlin from Theoryland)
- Mary (aka Frenzy from Theoryland)
1) Is the code in the northern hemisphere?
2) Is the code in the western hemisphere?
3) Is the code in a country that was one of the original NATO signatories?
4) Is the code located in a country with a population greater than 36 million?
5) Is the code in a city with a population of more than 250,000?
6) Is the code currently in the possession of a WoT fan (someone who has read at least one of the WoT books)?
7) Is the code in a bookstore?
8) Is the code in a capitol city?
9) Assuming each English letter corresponds to a progressive numerical value where a=1 and z=26, does the last word of the most commonly accepted English name for the name of the facility/business the code is located in begin a letter with a value EVENLY divisable by 2?
10) Is the code in one of the following cities:
Aalborg Aarhus Abidjan Adelaide Alexandrian Algiers Birmingham Bradford
Brisbane Bristol Cairo Calgary Cape Town Casablanca Copenhagen Coventry
Edmonton Esbjerg Frederiksberg Johannesburg Kano Khartoum Kinshasa Lagos
Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Lyon Manchester Marseille Melbourne
Montreal Nantes Nice Paris Toulouse Augsburg Berlin Cologne Dusseldorf
Frankfurt Hamburg Kaiserslautern Mannheim Munich Stuttgart Dublin
Belfast Limerick Cork Galway Newry Lisburn Waterford Armagh Kilkenny
Rome Milan Naples Turin Palermo Genoa Bologna Florence Bari Catania Oslo
Bergen Stavanger Trondheim Fredrikstad-sarpsborg Drammen Madrid
Barcelona Valencia Sevilla Zaragoze Malaga Les Palmas de Gran Canaria
Bilbao Murcia Valladolid Bern Zurich Geneva Nottingham Odense Perth
Sheffield Sydney Toronto Vancouver
NO. And that one was pushing it. ;)
11) Is the code in a city north of the Equator?
12) Is the code in a city with a population of more than 500,000 people?
13) Assuming each English letter corresponds to a progressive numerical value where a=1 and z=26, does the last word of the most commonly accepted English name for the City where the code is hidden begin with a letter with a value evenly divisible by 2?
14) Assuming each English letter corresponds to a progressive numerical value where a=1 and z=26, is the second letter of the last word of the most commonly accepted English name, for the City where the code is hidden, a letter with a value evenly divisible by 2?
15) Assuming each English letter corresponds to a progressive numerical value where a=1 and z=26, is the third letter of the last word of the most commonly accepted English name, for the City where the code is hidden, a letter with a value evenly divisible by 2?
16) Is the code in a fixed location (e.g.: not in someone's possession)?
17) Is the code in a member state of the European Union?
18) Have you ever personally visited or lived in the country where the code is located?
19) When responding to these questions, will you provide us a picture of where the code is located?
YES. Here it is:
10) When responding to these questions, will you provide us with the first name of the individual that possesses or oversees this code?
YES. His name is Ryan.