Dallas Library Challenge Solution

Our first library scavenger hunt of 2016 is in the books! We hope you all had a blast trying to solve this challenging riddle.

Salt Lake City, you’re up next week!

A big congratulations to Kitner family on cracking the code and claiming the key. Here’s how they did it:

Solution To the Dallas Riddle:

Book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain

Library: Preston Royal Branch; 5626 Royal Lane Dallas, TX 75229


Step one: Solve the maze entering from top right.


Step two:      “An imposing adventure awaits your embark.”

“Though it feels like five miles as the crow flies, don’t tarry!

Read the path that will lead to the fated library.”

Superimpose the maze solution on a map of the Dallas area. The poem tells you the path ends at a library, and that it starts 5 miles away (as the crow flies…not as a car drives) from that library. This helps you know how to scale and orient your map.


Step 3:  Read the path that will lead to the fated library.

Read the street names from the map on your way to the library. In order, they are:

1. 75 (Seventy-five); 2. LBJ Freeway; 3. Coit Road; 4. Alpha Rd.; 5. Hillcrest Rd.

6. Forest Lane; 7. Tollroad; 8. Royal Lane


Step 4:   “Five letters ensure that you won’t search in vain,

“But a grand nom de plume the initials might name.”

Select five streets starting with letters that are important initials in this riddle:

1. Seventy-five – S – Samuel

2. LBJ – L – Langhorne

3. Coit – C – Clemens

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, whose “nom de plume,” or pen name, is “Mark Twain.”

4. Hillcrest – H – Huckleberry

5. Forest Lane – F – Finn

Huckleberry Finn, the main character in our book.


There you have it! Salt Lake City, we will post your riddle on our website at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. Good luck and happy hunting!

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