The contest will run through February 14th, 2012. Interested people need to get a puzzle pack (see next sentence), solve the puzzles inside, and follow the directions given there. To get the puzzle pack and make a donation, click the button:
Alternatively, if you've "given at the office" (or are a starving student, or just don't want to donate to this particular charity), you can send me an email at tabstopva plus sign vifl at sign gmail.com to request a set of puzzles for free, no annoying questions asked. (Also, no non-annoying questions!)
After the end of the contest period, I will randomly choose two people who sent me correct answers as winners, and will then send them their gift certificates.
WHAT ABOUT THESE PUZZLES?
There are eight puzzles (plus a ninth "meta" puzzle to get the final answer), mostly word-based with a little bit of logic. The main puzzles are named for famous couples, and in some cases knowledge of who these people are may be needed to solve the puzzle. I've tried to go for a generally gentle solving experience, although there may be a few tricky points to navigate through.
CAN YOU GIVE ME A RECEIPT?
I could give you a receipt, but I'm just this guy, you know? I'm certainly not registered with the IRS. If you need a receipt for tax purposes, then I suggest donating to the charity directly (if you're donating to Transitions, you can use the link above to find their donation page; or you can donate to a charity of your own choice -- it's your money, after all). I won't mind; just send me an e-mail so I can send you the puzzle pack.
- The first part of Bogey & Bacall (the "word golf" part) has a couple words with ambiguous possibilities. However, once you work out the method for getting the final answer, you will see which ones are intended. (Thanks Eric Maddy!)
- The first clue in Bertram & Helena is in error; it should read "Site of a supposed UFO landing". (Thanks David Stein!)
I was originally planning to use Transitions' Paypal button to transfer the money I collected over to them. However, the Paypal button on their web page is broken! However, I believe I have copied the button code and will put it here so that I can use it. (Yes, this is just as complicated as you think it is.)
(Note: This button goes straight to Transitions, not to me.)