Buy a Friend a Book

While I’m off at ThrillerFest, I’m taking part in Debra Hamel’s weeklong contest as part of her “Buy a Friend a Book” campaign. The gist appears below.

Welcome to Day 2 of Buy a
Friend a Book
‘s First Anniversary Contest!

Buy a
Friend a Book
— the site that urges visitors to surprise their

friends with the gift of books during four quarterly BAFAB weeks a

year — is throwing a week-long puzzle contest to celebrate the

site’s first anniversary. Every day from July 1st to July 6th a new

puzzle will be unveiled at one of the literary sites helping out with

BAFAB’s First Anniversary Contest.

Contest participants will be asked to solve six puzzles

during the course of the week and to answer a final question on the

contest’s seventh day.

Three winners will be drawn at random from all the correct responses

received. The winners will win **hundreds of dollars worth of

literary stuff**–stacks of books and free memberships in

LibraryThing and even a text editor. See the complete prize list here and the official rules here.

If you’re discovering this contest a little late in the week, don’t

worry. After they are initially announced, all six puzzles will

remain available for the duration of the contest. Thus contestants

who learn of the puzzle later in the week will not be barred from


Here’s the complete schedule of events:

July 1 — Puzzle #1 introduced at Grumpy
Old Bookman

July 2 — Puzzle #2 introduced at Confessions of an
Idiosyncratic Mind

July 3 — Puzzle #3 introduced at This Writing Life

July 4 — Puzzle #4 introduced at Books, Inq.

July 5 — Puzzle #5 introduced at Refrigerator Door

July 6 — Puzzle #6 introduced at No Rules.
Just Write

July 7 — Final question posed at Buy a
Friend a Book

**Today’s puzzle is a sudoku. Here is the grid. For instructions on

what to do with it go to Buy a Friend a Book.**