Saturday, April 29, 2017

Solve and Share Mini-Challenge

Hints:  #1 - The answer has to do with objects pictured on the books.
            #2 - The answer is in the titles.
           #3 - The answer is in the authors' names.
           #4 - The answer is in the titles again.
Also - the genre, plot or theme of the book does not come into play.  It is strictly the cover that matters.  Hope that helps.

Welcome, Readathoners!  Here's your chance to make a donation to promote literacy - without spending any money - and have some fun at the same time.

The Challenge:  Below are four sets of book covers.  Can you discover the common theme that connects the three books in each set?   For example, the three books below contain the words Summer, Autumn, and Winter in their titles, so the answer would be Seasons of the Year.

The Prize:  In this challenge, everyone's a winner because the prize goes to charity.  The more people who play, the bigger the contribution.  

0-25 correct entries = $10 donation
25-50 correct entries = $15 donation
51-75 correct entries = $20 donation
76+ correct entries = $25 donation

The money will be donated to LiteracyKC.  Please visit their site and see all the wonderful things they are doing to promote adult literacy and family reading.  Once the donation is made, I will post a copy of the receipt - just to keep things on the up-and-up.  

When you have your answers, you can leave them in the comments, or on Twitter using #solveandshare.  Comments will not be visible until after the challenge.  You'll have to use the honor system on Twitter.   The challenge will stay open for the duration of the readathon.

The Bonus:  There's one more puzzle - for the serious puzzler.  If anyone manages to find the obscure connection between these covers, they will receive a $15 credit at their choice of Barnes and Noble or the Book Depository.  If there are multiple super-puzzlers out there, the winner will be drawn at random.  

Good Luck!


  1. These were really hard. I don't want to embarrass myself. I'll just try the bonus: all of the titles have names?

  2. Adversity; Flowers; Revenge; Counting; Childhood Innocence

  3. 1. Grass
    2. Flowers
    3. Presidents
    4. 1-2-3

  4. I feel like I'm going to fail this miserably. But for the charity it's still worth a try I guess.

    1. red on the cover
    2. all three have some round-shaped things on the cover
    3. dark books
    4. mystery novels

    5. something with pulp fiction? I have no idea. :/

  5. Well the 3rd row all the authors have President's names (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln).
    4th row have 1,2,3 in the titles.
    I'm not seeing the others right now. I'll come back later for a fresh look! I LOVE this challenge Tami :)

  6. 1) Birds - down, shells, eggs
    2) Flowers - calla, mum, daisy
    3) Double double letters - full & moon, jefferson & bass, sleepy & hollow
    4) One Two Three - One, II, 3

    5) I'm going to go with cooking/kitchen - fish, pan, basil

    Instagram @thecolorsofwords

  7. Hello!

    Nos. 1 and 2 elude me but, no. 3 could be murder, and no. 4 fortune.

  8. Watership row - things to do with food
    Stephen king row - shops play a pivital role
    Full wolf - 'murders' in remote locations
    One row - 1- 2- 3
    Bonus: Do all have songs connected to them? Cocain blues is a song. Peter Pan is a song (and has a ton of song in the musical etc, and I know Mrs. Basil was turned into a film with songs referensing the plot (which in a stretch would be the book)

    This was a good one :)

  9. 1. Red on each cover

    2. Transportation - Horse, Car, Plane on cover

    3. Murder!

    4. 1, 2, 3 - numbers

    Bonus: Books made into movies

  10. 1. Colour red in the covers
    2. Circles on the covers
    3. Night time setting on the covers
    4. Numbers in the title
    5. Titles all contain names

  11. The only one I know is the third one, in which the authors' names are the same as famous presidents.

  12. Ok. 1st set: a journey?
    2nd set: a flower in each title
    3rd set: a president's name in each author name
    4th set: they are 1, 2, 3.

    Bonus: The typeset?

  13. I counldn't figure out the first one. but second set all have flowers in title, third set all have presidents last name in the authors name. fourth set has numbers in title, bonus all have a name in the title.

  14. Great puzzles!! I got two easy. Then three took some work and helpful sister hints. I will disqualify myself from prizes!!

  15. 1. Play on words
    2. Names/nicknames in title
    3. Presidents in the author's names
    4. 1, 2, 3
    5. Main character's name in the title

  16. 1. Play on words
    2. Names/nicknames in title
    3. Presidents in the author's names
    4. 1, 2, 3
    5. Main character's name in the title

  17. 1. Things relating to birds
    2. Flower names
    3. Presidents' names
    4. Numbers

  18. Please give us the answers, I could only get the presidents one.

  19. 1: Each picture has grass
    2:Each Title has 12 letters
    3:All authors start with J
    Bonus: Each one has alliteration in the title