Monday, January 5, 2015

Super Book Password Challenge

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to give Bev's new challenge a try.  As you may know Bev is the Queen Bee of her own blog, My Reader's Block, and for years know she has been feeding my love of vintage mysteries.  At first I wasn't sure what to make of this particular challenge, even though I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.  Now that she has posted her first clue of the challenge, I think I've finally gotten the gist of it, so here is my sign up post. 

I'll copy and past the instructions here, but if you want to read her original post on it, please do so.

Announcing the debut of a brand-new My Reader's Block sponsored reading challenge. Remember the Super Password game show where partners gave each other clues to words that described an over all secret word or phrase? 
The Super Book Password Challenge is a bi-monthly challenge inspired by the game show and is designed not only to encourage reading a variety of books but also to interact with your fellow challengers.

*Every two months will feature a different Password Category. 
*Your first job as a challenger will be to choose your over all secret word or phrase and then read up to eight books whose titles provide a clue to the secret word/phrase.
*Please email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com with your secret word/phrase before posting your first clue. 
*Titles may not contain any part of the actual secret word/phrase. (i.e. if your famous person were Mark Twain, you could not use a book calledThe Quotable Mark Twain or The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan) 
*Your second job as a challenger will be to check out the clues of fellow Password players and attempt to guess their secret word/phrase. 
*A weekly linky will be provided for clues and for fellow-challengers to guess. 
* Points will be assigned for clues given and correct guesses (see below). I will keep a spreadsheet with participants and point totals and will periodically post the current scores with the post for each new category round.
*In order to claim points for a correct guess on a specific clue, the guess MUST be made before the next clue is posted. 
*You may participate in as many or as few categories as you like. But the participant/s with the highest point total at the end of the year will be eligible for a prize from my prize vault of gently used books. 
*Please sign up on the linky below to indicate your interest in participating--you'll need a challenge-specific blog post to do so. If you have no blog then you will need to comment with your intent to participate.

Example of an Acceptable Entry: 

January/February's Category is "Famous Person"

Clue #1: The Bamboo Blonde by Dorothy B. Hughes
Clue #2: Star Trek Movie Memories by William Shatner 
Clue #3: Falling Star by Patricia Moyes
Clue #4: The Kennedys in Hollywood by Lawrence J. Quick
Clue #5: The Misfits by Arthur Miller

The answer would be "Marilyn Monroe"

Point system 
For the reader: 
20 points for each clue given

And while you will earn more points for giving more clues, please play fair and don't make your clues so vague or obscure that it is impossible for anyone to guess. 

For fellow challengers:
First correct guess registered on the linky will collect the points. 
40 points: correct guess on clue #1 
30 points: correct guess on clue #2 
20 points: correct guess on clue #3 
10 points: correct guess on clues #4 
5 points: correct guess on clues #5-8 

For those who like to plan ahead, here are the monthly categories
January/February: Famous Person
March/April: Historic Event
May/June: Movie Title 
July/August: Musical Group
September/October: A Vacation Destination
November/December: Sports Team

Since this is a brand-new challenge, please bear with me as I launch it. There may be a snag here or there that will need to be worked out. My main hope? That this will be a fun new challenge that we'll all enjoy!


bermudaonion said...

This sounds like your kind of challenge. Good luck, Ryan!

TracyK said...

You are a brave man, Ryan. I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Bev Hankins said...

Ryan: So glad to have you join me! Please pass the word--I'm open to anyone who wants to play along with guesses. I'm hoping to get people interested--even if it's just to try and guess the Password.