Operation Justice Unlimited
"Maybe thy written report shall save thee further
and God He knows we need men more and
more in the Game."
Kim, Rudyard Kipling
It was a little before 10:00 AM on July 31, 2004.
I was at the end of San Francisco's municipal pier and so were a lot of
other people. It was an unusual combination of frivolity and seriousness.
Many people sported silly costumes; silly conversation circulated.
The Justice Unlimited Game was about to begin. This was to
be an instance of THE GAME--a treasure/puzzle hunt that would last for
more than 30 hours. I was playing with Team Mystic Fish, a
crew of word puzzlers, athletes, gadget freaks, and generally smart folks.
Soon I would learn the thrill of The Game: Riding around in a rented van
full of gear, visiting unusual locations around the San Francisco bay area,
finding hidden clues, using toilets, and solving creative puzzles.
- The Shortest Longest Day:
Getting in the good deed before dawn
- Free Comic Book Day:
Visiting five San Francisco comic book shops in one day with time to spare
- Construction Notes:
The three-eyed fish hat; the battery bandoleer
What happens when busy people collaborate by email
In which I fail to observe the van's provisioning
- The Briefing:
The start of The Game proper.
- Putting The Petition In Competition:
We annoy many innocent people
- Under Cover Of Darkness:
Kicked in the butt by tiny-Hulk
- The Coast By Post:
I just got a post card of an unknown... Instantly I noticed its unusual features... where you hiding
- Box Full Of Stuff, Oh Yeah:
How I came to own a pair of X-Ray specs
- Beale Cipher, Speech Balloon Variation:
Finally, an excuse to visit the beach by San Quentin
- Fun With Chicken Wire:
A twisted puzzle
- Balancing Act:
If my mom asks, tell her there was a safety net
- Blood And Bones Behave Classily:
You can throw things at them and yell at them and they are still sweetie-pies
- He Was A Daredevil:
Sitting in the van at night
- Candy Weirdness Transcends National Boundaries:
If it makes no sense, it's always semaphore
- Knowing Hal Jordan: Too Much Or Not Enough?:
Knowing just a little superhero trivia: too embarrassing, not helpful enough
- Light Reading:
Read lights at night; puzzler's delight
- Bless The Darkness, Destroy The Candle:
Should we burn it, cut it, or smash it with hammers?
- Handling Addictive Substances:
Flying at high speed, Having the courage, Getting over crisis, I'll rescue the people
- We Live To See Another Dawn:
We almost participated in the Tour de Peninsula
- Snickers Bars Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, And Other Origins:
We solve the wrong puzzles
- Not Exactly The God Of Gamblers:
I manifest bad attitude
- Contrapositive Of Pigpen:
This puzzle was over in a hurry
- Parasol Para-solutions:
I want to hear you say "I want to make a better day"
- Hogtied And Dog Tired:
Smart questions means less running
- Arranging The Tubes:
A thing of beauty is a joy forever