MUMS the word

Just registering our team for our third attempt at the annual MUMS Puzzle Hunt. We came 31st on our first attempt, in 2007, with a team of two. Last year we came in at a healthy 20th, still just the two of us despite looking hard for some partners.

This year we want to finish in the top ten.

We think we have one or two other mugs dedicated puzzlers willing to join us this year. We are allowed ten members in a team. Let’s be honest, just a pair of us playing against teams of ten, that’s not a level playing field. Soooo… if you like puzzles and ciphers and generally beating your head hard against a wooden desk for a week, do please get in touch and I’ll happily add you to our team.

Puzzle Hunt begins 30th March. There are five puzzles a day for five days, plus a Meta Puzzle.

I should add – we can’t actually win anything. This is strictly for the mental exercise. You know… fun. You don’t need to be clever or have experience with these things – the most valuable asset you can bring to a team is a slightly different way of thinking and a knack of asking “stupid” questions.

The game operates on Melbourne time, but we’d appreciate it if team members shared at least a broadly similar time zone to ourselves. European-based or East Coast leftpondians preferred, I guess.

PS – the Melbourne Hunt has previously included puzzles specifically solved by knitters!

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

We just met our first Spanish self service fuel, there has always been an attendant whenever we have fueled up on previous visits. The machine took the card, asked which pump (!?), what fuel, and how much. It chucked the ticket out, said something in Spanish, and then failed to provide any diesel. We are… Continue reading October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

October 21, 2020 at 10:55AM

Time to go. Pastures new tonight, another revisit tomorrow. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. March 12, 2009

    I’d be up for joining you, hopefully I’d be of some use!

    • March 12, 2009

      @Katie, we would be delighted to have you on board.
      All the previous puzzles, with hints and answers are available for study. Last year’s are here If they don’t scare you off, let me have the email address that you would like to register under and I’ll add you to the team (Fifty-nine Degrees North)

Comments are closed.