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Golden Ticket Winners!

Rachel Moore and Kelly Jones Found the Golden Ticket!

Rachel Moore and Kelly Jones will be spending a lot of time sipping tea or coffee in some of Atlanta’s best coffee houses.  Together they found the Golden Ticket hidden inside Ian McEwan’s novel “Enduring Love” and won the Keep Me Caffienated prize package.  Their winnings include:

  • two $10 gift certificates to Kavarna;
  • $10 gift certificate to San Francisco Coffee; and
  • two $10 gift certificates to Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (which is a new coffee house/art space set to open later this month by Grant Henry).  Originally this prize package included Danneman’s Coffee, but Danneman’s is currently in the process of being reinvented as Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium.  Grant Henry indicated that the Danneman’s gift certificates would be honored when the new space opens.

How Did They Win?

Like many participants, Rachel and Kelly decided to just tackle the library stacks rather than wait for our clues to help them narrow down the results.  They identified the call numbers of the books listed on the flyer (and in the display case by the elevator) and narrowed their search to three floors: Ground Floor, Stack 2, and Stack 3.  Rachel and Kelly initially started on Stacks 3, but since there were several other students already there, they moved down to Stacks 2 where they found the ticket.  Rachel indicated that though they had two clues, they really didn’t know much about the book.   They did know what year the book was published so they limited their search to only books published during that year.

The Clues

While it was exciting to have a winner so quickly, we were sad that our clues were not more helpful.  Next time we will shorten the span of time between clues.  Here are the clues that were given:

  • Author Clue #1: The author of the book containing the Golden Ticket is a man from the UK.
  • Book Clue #1: The book was published in 1998.
  • Author Clue #2: It is rumored that the author of the book containing the Golden Ticket was banned from writing for the BBC because his script was grotesque.

For future contests it may help you to know that the the literature section of the library is organized geographically and is located in Stacks 2 and Stacks 3.  In this contest, the ticket was found before it was revealed that the book was a novel.  That fact combined with the knowledge of the author’s georgraphical origin would have elimiated all the books on the list except those written by British novelists.  The only British novelists on the list were located on Stacks 2.

If you want to learn more about the organization of the library, check out the Library of Congress Classification system.  It may actually help you figure out where you can find books on topics that interest you.

What’s Next?  What About the Other Prizes?

We still have prizes from Dad’s Garage Theater, Village Theatre, and the Flying Biscuit Cafe.  After the excitement of Black Cat dies down the McCain Library will be back with more prize winning opportunities.  We are thinking it will involve trivia questions that will need to be answered via text or through our chat service.  To be prepared add our text number 66746 to your phone.  All messages to us must begin with the keyword McCain. Feel free to send us some practice messages.

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