The Vintage Mystery Bingo Hall will be open for gaming again in 2015, so get out your daubers and be prepared to shout "Bingo!" I have scrambled the cards and switched out a few of the categories for brand new square challenges in the hopes of keeping it interesting. Categories with an asterisk in the square are explained a little more fully in the rules.
Here are the rules:
* All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.
***Change Alert: due to financial constraints, I am forced to revise my prize offerings for 2015. If anything should change and I am able to return to my original plan, I will certainly do so***
1. Challengers who complete one BINGO will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list.
2. Challengers who complete two or more BINGOs (either from the same card or BINGOs from each card) will be entered in a separate drawing with three winners--three times as many chances to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list.
Challengers who cover a card by completing all categories will also be eligible for a special prize drawing at the end of the year. Complete bonus prize package to be announced at that time. Two complete cards will earn two entries in the drawing. Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit notifications of prize status prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link. Thank you.
*The categories are open for interpretation—within reason. Many of these categories were featured in the 2013 version of the challenge and it may help to refer to the 2013 Challenge List. If you have doubts whether a potential book will meet a category or have a somewhat unusual interpretation, please email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com.
*I would love to see reviews of your challenge books, but it is not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments that you intend to join and then post again at the progress site (see below) when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read and which categories you have completed). If you use a Free Space, please indicate what category the book read is actually from and which space is being claimed.
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**(12/27/14): I just realized that the "Size Category" was left on the Silver Card when I was rearranging and adding new categories. My intention was to have both cards the same. For those who were frustrated with the "Size" category in 2014--you are welcome to use the "More Than One Title" category (as it appears on the Golden Card) instead and it will not count as a "Free Space Substitution." OR you may use the "Place in the Title" category--which is missing entirely. If you like the "Size Category" go ahead and use it as the official square for the Silver Card. Just make it clear what you have done in the final wrap-up.
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