Monday, November 10, 2014

Super Book Password Challenge

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 way to participate 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 called The Quotable Mark Twain or The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan) 
*Your second way to participate will be to check out the clues of fellow Password players and attempt to guess their secret word/phrase. 
*Everyone is welcome to make a guess on posted Clues. Please use the form provided at the current round.
*A weekly linky will be provided for clues and for fellow-challengers to guess. Weekly Clues for each Password Category will be linked up through the Password Headquarters page.
* 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. 
* There are NO penalties for guessing early and often. As on the game show, you are welcome to throw out a guess for each clue and wrong answers will not disqualify you.
*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.

***Just as a point of clarification: If only part of your title is the clue, please indicate which word or words are relevant--make that portion bold, another color, in quotes, etc. My clues are in bold at my review site.  In the example below, the relevant words are underlined.
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
If at least four clues are given and the reader stumps the panel, then a bonus 40 points will be awarded.

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!



Lois TinĂºviel said...

This looks like so much fun! I'm definitely going to have to join in on this one. :)

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks, Lois! I'd been mulling this over since this summer. I hope I've figured out how to make it work smoothly.

Rachael said...

This challenge sounds like a lot of fun, but I know that I would never be able to keep up with reading this many books for the challenge. I will watch from the sidelines.

Bev Hankins said...

Rachael--feel free to jump in for guesses.

Ryan said...

Would the clues be posted in one posts or multiple posts?

Bev Hankins said...

Ryan: My idea is to post the clues one at a time (weekly, I hope). I will have posts/links for Clue 1, Clue 2 and so on. Participants who are guessing will only be able to collect the points for Clue 1 until Clue 2 is posted. So...If I posted the first Clue in my example above in the first week of January, but didn't post a second Clue until the third week of January, folks would have until that third week to guess on Clue 1 and collect full points. Does that make sense?

Ryan said...

I think so. I may watch this time around, and participate the next time.

Bev Hankins said...

Ryan--I hope you do. I'm starting my first "Clue" book today...hope to have it up for you all to think about soon...