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A Secret Category Approaches Clue #3

It’s been more than a week since Thanksgiving ended and we’ve had some good stories cranking out at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Things have been pretty normal so far, slipping back to the old routine for the days ahead.  There hasn’t been much excitement in this sluggish week and…OH MY GOD!  It’s an empty bottle!

ANOTHER bottle has entered our office!  It was filled with a note inside, just like the last two we have received.  The bottle was smashed open in order to check out the note.  This note said, “Activision released Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 game system on April 20th, 1982”.

Ok then, so our newest clue talks about Activision releasing Pitfall! for Atari 2600 over 14 years ago.  There’s already a post about a Crash Bandicoot reboot title being released next year.  Could this clue have something to do with Crash Bandicoot?  How come this clue switched from relating to music to becoming about video games?  What is the answer to ANY of this?

Well then, here’s the research that has been dug up about the latest clue.  Pitfall! was a platform game released for the Atari 2600 from Activision.  Players control Pitfall Harry as he navigates a jungle and collects treasures along the way.  Such treasures that are found in the game included bags of money, gold/silver bars, and diamond rings.  You must avoid any obstacles or hazards that come in your way of your journey.

The game received much praise after its release, becoming one of the best-selling titles for the Atari 2600 (over 4 million copies were sold when it was released!).  It is widely regarded as helping to define the side-scrolling platform genre.  Pitfall! also made the #1 video game on the Billboard for 64 weeks straight.  This game helped generate huge success to the Atari 2600 console.

Atari released the Atari 2600 on September 11th, 1977.  The Atari 2600 popularized the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges that contained game code.  It was typically bundled with 2 joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge (first it was Combat, but was replaced with Pac-Man later on).  While the Atari 2600 has been discontinued for 14 years, you can still find most of these games to play online.  Things were running smoothly for the Atari 2600, until the video game crash of 1983 occurred.

Let’s rally up all of our clues together:  First we had a note about an All-Star Concert held in memory of Freddie Mercury that took place on April 20th, 1992 (read here).  A week later, we got another message about Barbara Streisand recording We’ve Only Just Begun on April 20th, 1971 (read more on this clue here!).  Now we have some message about Pitfall! being released for Atari 2600.  Two clues about music, one on a video game release, and yet NO answers that would crack the case.

What is the connection of all three clues?  Why was a video game release thrown into the mix of this puzzle?  And what’s the significance of these dates?  Stay tuned because ALL of the answers will be revealed in just TEN days!


My Adventures at the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum

Boston is always the best city to wander around during the Spring and Summer time.  Lots of pop-up events happen once the weather gets warmer.  Yesterday I went out to one of the pop-up events at the Boston’s Children’s Museum, or what was formerly called Boston’s ‘Grown-Up’ Museum.

The Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum opened on Thursday at 6-9 p.m.  Young adults ranging from 20-30 years old entered the museum for an action-packed night full of fun.  Patrons were challenged to show off their expert corn hole skills, hurl fast balls at the speed pitch game, and even take the last giant Jenga block without letting the tower fall down!  People also raced to the top in the three-story Climb, a big netted play area to climb up on.  Climbing up that play areas was hard for me because I didn’t have the energy like I used to when I was a kid!



Food and drinks were provided for the ‘grown-ups’ while they played around at the museum.  Some of the food sold included pretzels, steak and cheese subs, Italian sausage sandwiches, hot dogs and loaded nachos.  Adults could help themselves to a beer or wine and walk with their friends to all parts of the event.



I stood in line to grab a Harpoon IPA.  As I stood waiting in line, I noticed these creepy dolls inside the glass cases.  These creepy dolls seemed vintage and old, looking like they were staring at all of the customers!  With a beer in my hand, I ventured out to start my journey around the place.


My adventure started in the ‘Arthur’ room, which consisted of activities related to PBS’s Arthur cartoon.  There was a big bookcase display of many Arthur books that I used to read in elementary school.  In one room there was a map of Elwood City and guests were asked to find the characters’ house from the series.  Other than the Arthur room, there were some activities related to the spin-off series Postcards From Buster.


Once I had enough of the Arthur room, I made my way to the ‘Kindergarten’ area where I let my imaginations run wild.  I made a cool triangle structure with these plastic square blocks I put together.  Just like the Arthur section, there was another bookcase filled with old picture books I used to read.



Over in the 2nd floor was the sports section that provided many physical challenges.  There were 3 basketball hoops with funky backboards getting in the way of the rim.  Nearby the court were two rock-climbing walls that you had to wall-climb around.  Within the middle of the floor was a lit-up LED dance game where people had to avoid the red ball coming at their way.


Another fun exhibit I wandered around was the ‘Construction Zone’ area.  This area was all about the world of construction, providing child-like construction equipment for everyone to play with.  All around the floors were black rubber pipes to crawl into.  Just like the ‘Kindergarten’ exhibit, there were wooden blocks for creating tall buildings.


One of the last areas I looked at was the ‘Peep’s World’ exhibit.  Peep’s World consisted mostly of water activities with toys that collected water.  Nearby the water area were foamy blocks that you could connect through small or big holes within the shapes.  Someone actually created a throne out of the foam blocks, which was really impressive!


Overall the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum was a success.  I had a ball walking around the museum and acting like a kid again.  After a long day of work, it felt great to blow off some steam by climbing up the netted play area.  Being an adult can be frustrating sometimes, so it is always great to find events that let you release your inner childhood.  We will always be growing older, but we should never forget the kid inside of us.  Our minds were fascinated by every little thing that we discovered when we were young.  It’s events like the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum that always remind us of the simpler things in life.