5/13/05 | 1:59 pm | Solution: ET And His Shadow
I knew this one would be harder because I had such a hard time finding it even with the answer! Although the Dynamic Duo seemed to get it quite easily. I think one of the main problems was that there were so many golf courses around Louisville. I didn’t know that golfing was such a hot sport in Kentucky…
Mike Z, who submitted the clue admitted it was a bit tough, especially because the Valhalla reference was not immediately found in results by googling the clue. I thought that part wasn’t too bad, but still added “gloriously” as a clue drop later to help out. The hardest part was finding it once the location was known. Shawn D, who has actually been to the golf course before, notes:
Toughie, I never would have gotten this one without the geo clue, and I’ve played Valhalla Golf Course before. I got started late, so I got all the clues up front. From there it took about 15 minutes.
Some people were able to find the answer without even using major parts of the clue. Brian G:
I still have no clue what any of the word clues mean. I just stumbled on the Long Run Golf Course/Road near Louisville once you gave out that clue. I was all over the place on this one from Soledad, CA (soul + dead) to Marathon, FL (long run). Off and on for a couple hours for me…
That is pretty creative thinking for soledad and marathon… I might save those for another session, hehe. Golux 13 brought up an issue with googlemaps itself that I’ve had problems with before myself:
Time to solve: Way too long. I figured out the “Valhalla” part of the clue early and looked in Louisville for Valhalla Golf Club, but thanks to Google Maps’ inability to put a map marker anywhere near the thing it’s supposed to be marking, I could not find the actual Valhalla Golf Club, and thus went on a wild chase around the map for other “ghost” or “haunted” golf clubs. When I saw the clue drop, I went back and searched the map again, and after about 5-10 more minutes found what I needed.
I find that I often have to repeatedly switch between “citymap” and “satellite” views in order to try find things, and yes I often don’t trust Googlemaps markers at all. It is also difficult sometimes because the actual words don’t appear on things like golf courses unless you’re zoomed in to a certain degree. I found myself zooming in to any little green area on the “citymap” view to try find the golf course in question.
I think the “region” clue drop idea is a good one, and I’ll keep that up for now. Chris R wrote:
Whew… i definitely needed the second clue on this one. Spent a lot of time in New Orleans for some reason.
A common pattern was actually deciphering the word clues correctly but having trouble with the actual locating of ET. Tina wrote:
Took a little while to actually find him once I figured out the clue. Maybe 20 minutes.
and Katie N said:
It took me about 15 minutes. After a long time of looking around I finally came across the Long Run golf course.
JoJo went a herring huntin’ for awhile before finding the correct solution:
This one was tough. Places I looked before I found it: Gettysburg Golf Course, Big Run GC (next to Long Run creek), Bull Run GC, and searched all of both the Valhalla and Long Run GC’s before I finally just followed Long Run road. 1.5 hours.
Mark G got to the answer in this slightly roundabout way:
Excellent clue! I found Valhalla golf course fairly quickly. But not until I put in directions to “Long Run” Baptist church did I find what I was looking for. Probably took a half hour overall. Keep up the great work!
And of course many people are playing during work again like Steve M. Hey it’s a Friday, ain’t it:
i found the clue 5 min after you told me the city and state, now i can get some work done and make the boss happy.
OK, I don’t know if your finals are done or if they are coming up. But anyhow, congrats if you are done and good luck if they are coming up… man, I wish there was a major for Scavengeroogling. See you Monday morning at 9!