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text 2018-12-05 17:10
24 Festive Tasks: Master Update Post

 

 

MARKERS:

Books: Falling Star / Meteor

Tasks: Bows

 

 

 

DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Book:  Agatha Christie: Miss Marple - The Complete Short Stories (audio version, narrated by Joan Hickson, Isla Blair and Anna Massey)

Task 1:

Task 2: Favorite epitaph (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Task 3: Sherlock Holmes altar

Task 4: Mexican food

 

Points: 4

 

 

DOOR 2: GUY FAWKES NIGHT

Book: Georgette Heyer: Behold, Here's Poison

Task 1:

Task 2: Book-related crimes

Task 3: Favorite food "flambé" (vanilla ice cream and hot cherries)

Task 4: "Non-explosive" "Gunpowder" titles

 

Points:  4

 

 

DOOR 3: MELBOURNE CUP DAY

Book: Dick Francis: Field of Thirteen

Task 1: Pick your ponies: A Prince of Arran, The Cliffsofmoher, Sound Check  (=> 1 point for participation + 1 point for getting 1 horse right)

Task 2: Hats

Task 3:

Task 4: Hamburg Derby & CHIO

 

Points: 5

 

 

DOOR 4: DIWALI

Book: Terry Pratchett: The Light Fantastic

Task 1: Bonn leuchtet / Bonn Shines (favorite light display)

Task 2: Shelf organization / tea shelves

Task 3:

Task 4: Book covers (girls holding flowers)

 

Points: 4

 

 

DOOR 5: VETERANS' / ARMISTICE DAY

Book: Colin Dexter: The Riddle of the Third Mile

Task 1: Book cover flag of Germany

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4: Poppy seedcake

 

Points: 3

 

 

DOOR 6: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

Book:

Task 1: Redeeming element of low-rated book

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 7: MAWLID

Book:

Task 1: Book-related prophecies

Task 2: Book rescue & book-related travel / pilgrimages

Task 3:

Task 4: Characters who made a career change

 

Points: 3

 

 

DOOR 8: PENANCE DAY

Book: Barbara Vine: The Brimstone Wedding

Task 1: Comfort reads

Task 2: Favorite sports teams and their pennants

Task 3: Bad hair day

Task 4: In the desert (Egypt)

 

Points: 5

 

 

DOOR 9: THANKSGIVING

Book:

Task 1: Books I am "most thankful" for / my favorite books of 2018

Task 2:

Task 3: A book full of stuffing

Task 4: Book harvest

 

Points: 3

 

 

DOOR 10: BON OM TOUK

Book: Simon Brett & Certain Members of the Detection Club: The Sinking Admiral

Task 1: Paper boat (and cats)

Task 2: Rhein in Flammen / The Rhine on Fire (festive boat procession)

Task 3: Rainy day books

Task 4: "Moonlighting" book characters

 

Points: 5

 

DOOR 11: RUSSIAN MOTHER'S DAY

Book: Michael Connelly: Dark Sacred Night

Task 1: The mother of all writerly sins

Task 2:

Task 3: Favorite shoes

Task 4:

 

Points: 3

 

 

DOOR 12: ST. ANDREW'S DAY

Book: Michael Connelly: The Late Show

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3: Cloud formations

Task 4: Books featuring golf

 

Points: 3

 

 

DOOR 13: ADVENT

Book: Neil Gaiman: A Study in Emerald

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 14: HANUKKAH

Book: Michael Connelly: Two Kinds of Truth

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 15: ST. NICHOLAS' DAY

Book:

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points:

 

 

DOOR 16:

Book:

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points:

 

 

DOOR 17:

Book:

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points:

 

 

DOOR 18: WINTER SOLSTICE / YULETIDE

Book: Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 19: FESTIVUS

Book:

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points:

 

 

DOOR 20: CHRISTMAS

Book: Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 21: KWANZAA

Book: Ken Bruen: The Guards

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 22: NEW YEAR'S EVE

Book: Stephen Brusatte: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 23: HOGSWATCH

Book:

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points:

 

 

DOOR 24: EPIPHANY

Book: Patricia Wentworth: The Clock Strikes Twelve

Task 1:

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4:

 

Points: 1

 

 

 

BOOK JOKER

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Running Total Score:

 

 50 points

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text 2018-12-03 23:04
24 Festive Tasks: First Month Facts and Figures

So, the first month of the game is over, and collectively we almost blew the lid off last year's total results in the first month alone!  Go us!!

 

A few fun facts:

 

The single most popular task remains (of course) Melbourne Cup Task 1 -- "pick your ponies".  Hard to argue with that one: horses and gambling ... result: 22 participants and 36 points total collected!  That said, next in line are:

 

16 points / participants each:

Día de los Muertos, Task 2 (your favorite epitaph)

Guy Fawkes Night, Task 2 (book crimes)

Diwali, Task 4 (the infamous "women holding flowers" book covers)

 

15 points / participants:

Guy Fawkes Night, Task 1 (burn a book in effigy)

 

13 points / participants each:

Diwali, Task 1 (favorite light display)

Penance Day, Task 1 (book habits / comfort reads)

Penance Day, Task 2 (favorite sports teams and pennants)

 

* Average number of points jointly accrued for the 4 tasks pertaining to each of the 12 doors opened in November: 33.1.

 

Books have been read or claimed by more than one participant for every single square for which we've released the corresponding book task -- including the first two December squares, Advent and Hanukkah!  Hooray!

 

Highest score for a "book task" so far:

Día de los Muertos (book by deceased author / from terminated series) -- 11 points / participants

 

Of the seven final holidays where we've already revealed the book tasks, five have so far seen more takers than the "regular" November squares with the lowest number of book takers (Thanksgiving, Bon Om Touk, and Russian Mother's Day):

 

Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve -- 5 points / participants each

Epiphany -- 4 points / participants

Festivus -- 3 points / participants

 

Other than Hogswatch (where everybody just seems to be waiting for the right moment to get to Hogfather), of all books and other tasks revealed through November 30, only one single task so far has not seen any takers at all: Russian Mother's Day, task 4 -- make a traditional Russian dish.  (C'me on, all the cooks out there ... I remember this one being extremely popular in previous incarnations of the game!)

 

* Average number of book points accrued, including the final 7 holidays: 4.6

* Average number of book points accrued, without the final 7 holidays: 5.5

 

And finally:

 

The overall most popular square in November was, of course, also Melboune Cup Day (cue "pick your ponies" -- 68 points collected for all tasks and books so far).  But outside that spike, with 52 points each, Guy Fawkes Night and Penance Day are actually not so far behind.

 

* Average number of points accrued for each of the 12 doors opened in November (books and tasks together): 39.3

 

That's almost as much as the single most popular square in last year's game in the entire 2 month-period of the game (Guy Fawkes Night / Bon Om Touk, 45 points).

 

Go us!!

 

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text 2018-11-26 18:05
24 Festive Tasks: Third Week Stats

A bit late once again, but that allowed me to include the first results for Russian Mother's Day (right-click the graph image to see those).  We had a busy week last week ... not only in terms of doors being opened but also tasks being completed!  I continue to be blown away by this year's activity -- we're now less than 100 points away from reaching last year's total number of points for the entire game.  You guys are rocking this one!

 

 

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text 2018-11-20 12:13
24 Festive Tasks: Second Week Stats

Admittedly a bit late (work and kitty adoption got in the way), but since we've got a busy schedule for the rest of this week with a total of four doors to be opened -- the first one of which is today's for Mawlid -- I at least wanted to get the 2d week stats out before everyone gets busy on this week's tasks and books.

 

And just as a "by the way" ... as of the end of last week, the sum total of all points accrued was just short of 250 -- which is almost half the total number of points accrued last year in the entire two-month game!  Woohoo!  How cool is that?? 

 

Keep 'em coming ... and please remember to report your progress in the bingo group!

 

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