Important: A small error was pointed out in the instructions, which would lead to a different answer — off by one. And that leads to an entirely different location.
With the exception of question 5 (see below), all you need to do to get the answers is read the magazine. There is no ambiguity, like I thought.
So… we’ll accept both possible answers as correct. Simple as that.
All right, everyone. If you’ve read the current issue of Commonwealth you know about the contest to win a Flip Mino HD video camera. (See page 38 if you missed it.)
Here are your final instructions. We’ll take every correct entry received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 13, draw one randomly, and award the prize. Cool, no?
Two important things: The answer to question 5 did not appear in the magazine; it was removed at the last minute. It is 14. And: "How many e-mail tips are given in Accessible Tech?" is open to interpretation. Let’s keep it simple: Every tip you should count starts with green text. (But not all green text is a tip.) E.g., "Sign your messages completely" counts as one tip, but "remove nested signatures" doesn’t.
Every answer is a number.
1. Add all five answers. (___ + ___ + ___ + ___ + 14)
2. To that sum, add the number of bows visible (or mostly visible) on Carol Umbel’s door.
The answer is a five-digit number.
3. Reverse it.
That number is a ZIP Code.
To enter the contest, send the name of the town or city with that ZIP Code and a photograph of something in that town or city to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, the deadline is this coming Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
Go go go!