Petawawa library mystery goes unsolved
Most would-be puzzle solvers share
a common mistake, says the author of
Petawawa's "Mystery at the Library"
riddle, Don Shade.
"They seize one clue, then bend all
other clues to suit their premature
assumption", says Shade, who
laboriously devised all 16 clues to the
library's contest, held as part of Civic
The clues, a blend of factual and
riddle-types, included teasers such as
"So complex it took three to do", "A
horned helmet may twice be of help to
you" and "Some horsey terms blended
No one managed to solve the
mystery, but a draw was made and a
winner, Michelle Dumas, 9, was
Michelle's mother, Jenny, who
puzzled over the clues with her
daughter, admits they, too, were guilty
of setting their sights on one clue and
making the others fit in.
"We thought it was a Commodore
computer", says Michelle, but adds she
is quite pleased with her prize, the
mystery object, which turned out to be
a book,"The Story of English", published by
Viking Penguin Inc.
Shade says the clues " weren't meant
to be easy"- they were aimed at those of
high school level education-
but he concedes the contest would
probably be made a bit easier if it was
The Petawawa Library would
appreciate feedback concerning the
contest, and for those interested in boning up on their puzzle-solving skills, Shade
recommends the book, "The Search for
the Golden Hare", which is available at
the Petawawa Library.
Michelle Dumas receives her prize, the book "The Story of English" from Petawawa Library board
member, Don Shade. Although Michelle was unable to solve the Mystery at the Library riddle, her name
was chosen in the draw.