Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Easter was on Sunday 1 April in 2017 (also John’s Birthday!) and as usual we had friends, family, and neighbors over for a potluck brunch and Easter Egg Hunt in our back garden and on WP668. The Associate Easter Bunny wrote a very difficult set of riddles for the adults to find the Gold and Silver Eggs.

Gold Egg
The clue has 3 words; each quatrain is a clue for one of them.

Birds circle in their dances, bright pinions
a-spinning as they whirl; making circles
and ovals and untracable-shapes to
describe with their sleek bodies this first clue.
The second clue is the colonial name
of an Alaskan burb, whose name now means
either a place for gathering potatoes
or snowy-owl in old Iñupiat.
Third clue: what do snakes and shells and people
and varicella-pox and cats and dogs
and lizards and chameleons and rats
and nematodes and bats do in common?
Hold up one finger, tap three on your arm:
that’s quatrain one and two. A charades charm!

Solution: The Gold Egg was in a brown paper bag behind a storage shed next to a yellow wheelbarrow.

Silver Egg
Literary references may require a search engine for non-English majors

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote |
In the swamp in secluded recesses,
A shy and hidden bird is warbling a
song. | queer / old balloonman whistles / far and
wee and bettyandisbel come dancing |
Can curls rob can curls quote, quotable. As
presently. As exactitude. As | [Here]
keys in hand, I’ll reach the landing and / you’re
there—the one lesson I never get right. |
It has taken / seventeen years. This trip,
these characters patterned / in black ink, curves |
having been previously hardened, tempered
or sprung. Precision Steel’s inventory |

Solution: The Silver Egg was in a brown paper bag tucked into the end of a leaf spring under the WP668 caboose.

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One response to “Easter Egg Hunt 2018

  1. Thanks so much for the fun, as always. I also wrote a post in Chinese on WeChat.
    又到复活节。又去Katy家捡蛋。

    Katy家的后院是个植物联合国,十几年前还用大吊车空降了一节1906年的火车车厢,当办公室用。每年复活节,他们就在后院各个角落放藏上五百多个装了糖果的塑料蛋,邀请小朋友们去搜索。小朋友们出发前会拿到一个篮子和一个毛绒玩具助手,“手牵手”去捡蛋。他们会在露台边按照年龄从大到小排好队,Katy会拿个钟,每隔三十秒放行一个娃。这个温馨的活动已经持续了十几二十年,很是佩服主人的执着和热情。

    “Associate Bunny”每年还会藏一个金蛋和一个银蛋。这两个蛋藏在“云深不知处”的地方,要靠“线索”才能找到。“线索”都是优美的散文或者诗歌,可惜我们一家才识粗浅,还从来没有成功解码过。但是,谜底往往经过Katy的女儿一番解释后,臭皮匠们都会恍然大悟。今年的银蛋线索太高深了,我们离开的时候还有一群诸葛亮在研究,悬而未决。

    今天碰巧是愚人节,又是男主人的生日。非常“逗比”的男主人说过生日要实现愿望,一定做到两点,第一,蜡烛统统一口气吹掉;第二,蛋糕快快一口气吃掉,不能讲话。所以他开始吃蛋糕后,熊孩子们不停地逗他,让他讲话,他就是恩恩啊啊不吐字。蛋糕甜得让人掉牙,他三下五除二就下肚,怪不得早产三个月还能长成身高一米八体重两百磅的大高个。

    问男主人愚人节生日是不是经常遇到哭笑不得的局,他说基本都是他父母首当其冲捉弄他。比如,给个海绵蛋糕,奶油里藏块真海绵。给个棉花糖,糖粉芯子是团真棉花。或者烤箱里出炉个香喷喷大pie,手一掰掉出一路的玻璃弹子。

    孩子们面面相觑,偷偷地都去检查塑料蛋壳里的糖果是不是也有诈。

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