So I had this great idea.

In the US this year (and I don't live in the US), Flag day occurs on 14 June. Father's Day occurs on 16 June. I can put the two of them together and launch a new puzzle event combining the two on the 15th of June. Easy Peasy. So I started writing puzzles in May to meet a 15 June launch date.

Uhhhh... Yeah, I always underestimate how long it takes to finish writing puzzles. Sigh... So somewhat belatedly, five weeks late, please find my FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS Event.

A few ground rules: The "Flags" part and the "Fathers" part can both be done independently. They are each separate events with their own metapuzzles, which make use of the answers from the other puzzles. The "Of Our" is an appropriate lighter appetiser to link the two parts together and like the others, it can be done separately and independently.

There are no hidden puzzles, or hidden giveaways in this event. What you see is what you get. If you want any guidance as to how I write my puzzles, I can again recommend my magic guide (this should not be confused for Zelghadis' excellent guide).

Each of these puzzles have been written so that each will yield a single word or short phrase for the answer, which means I can use them with ITSTOOHARD. Not all of the puzzles are original (though most are). Where I have used an unoriginal puzzle, I will of course provide full information about the source, and where you can get others of that creator's puzzles.

The contributor level for all games is set to 1. I usually use SGTools, but have decided not to do so this time.

ALL of the puzzles are open from the start, but to take some of the pressure off, I am staggering the event. So the giveaways will be staggered, which means that you may be able to solve a puzzle at the very start, but not enter the associated giveaway. Later on in the event, you can reopen the ITSTOOHARD page and jump straight to the reward giveaways. The exception to this is the Of Our section, which will not open until 25 July

Also, I don't really care if you do not play your wins, but I do care deeply if a game does not reach 5 entries, so if you are one of the first five to solve something, and you wouldn't mind seeing that game in your library, then please enter the giveaway. You can always choose to remove your entry later (once 5 people have entered it).

One last thing, some of these puzzles will yield to backsolving. That is not an inadvertent design flaw. I knew that when I wrote them. Backsolving is still solving. You are perfectly entitled to enter the giveaways if you backsolve a puzzle. Though feel free to leave a note on the giveaway page, so I can tell if the puzzles that I thought would yield to backsolving are indeed the puzzles that led themselves to backsolving and to get some feel for the ratio of forward solvers to backsolvers.

FLAGS

Giveaways run 23 July to 22 August - Ends 22 August at 23:59 G.M.T.

1 - Flags of the World
2 - Graphs
3 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Flags
4 - Places in an Embarrassing State
5 - Signalling
6 - World Travel
7 - Many Exciting Things Await

OF OUR

Giveaways run 27 July to 25 August - Ends 25 August at 23:59 G.M.T.

Of
Our
[Of Our]

FATHERS

Giveaways run 2 August to 1 September - Ends 1 September at 23:59 GMT

1 - Father Confessor
2 - Father William
3 - Father Brown
4 - Father Guido Sarducci
5 - Father Figure
6 - Father Christmas
7 - Father in Law
8 - Father Time
9 - Father Ted
10 - Father of All He Surveys
Warning note: One image in puzzle 10 contains racial epithets and may offend as it is providing a clue to a concept that is inherently offensive. Do not open if you are likely to be offended by racial epithets. It is not gratuitous; it is exactly relevant for the word clued.

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS

Giveaways run 2 August to 1 September - Ends 1 September at 23:59 GMT

Flags of our Fathers

Prizes for this event include (in alphabetical order):

Alter Army
Anomaly 2
Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Bioshock Infinite
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015
Construct: Escape the System
The Darkness II
The Deadly Tower of Monsters
Dex: Enhanced Edition
Distant Worlds Universe
Duke Nukem Forever
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy Remastered
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk
The Final Station
Gods will be Watching
Gravity Wars
Heroes of Annihilated Empires
HIVESWAP Act 1
Hue
Ice Lakes
Industry Giant 2
Kill the Bad Guy
The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
Last day of June
The Last Express Gold Edition
Learn Japanese to survive Hiragana Battle
Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade
Little Farm
Mafia II Directors Cut
Mafia III
Merry Glade
Metal Slug X
Midnight Mysteries
Mini Metro
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Naval Warfare
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Oxenfree
Pandora First Contact
Pathfinder Adventures
Prime World: Defenders
The Princess' Heart
Project Highrise
Project Temporality
Puzzle Kingdoms
Qvadriga
Renowned Explorers: International Society
RiME
Runespell: Overture
The Sexy Brutale
Sid Meier's Civilization V
Small World 2
Snake Pass
The Spatials
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophesy
Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
Time Mysteries 3: The Final Enigma
Torment: Tides of Numenera
The Town of Light
Unbox Newbies Adventure
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut - Classic Edition
Windward
Wurm Unlimited

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Announcements

  • Added a note to the main description to clarify my approach to backsolving on this event.
  • Congratulations to onlytwin, the first to solve any puzzle (Flags of the World).
  • 12 people have now completed the entire event.
  • seNs has now gone on to be the first person to finish the entire event, by completing EVERYTHING. He reports that he backsolved 1 puzzle on FLAGS and 2 puzzles on FATHERS.
  • snrd3r is now the second person to finish the entire event. He reports that he backsolved 2 on FLAGS and 3 on FATHERS.
  • Beridok is now the third person to finish the entire event.nickchanger the fourth, monkey66 the fifth, metacom the sixth, Xartyx the seventh, OnlyTwin the eighth, dobeduck the ninth, and Ryzhehvost the tenth.
  • The Fathers giveaways are now open. They all close at 23:59 GMT on 1 September, except for Pathfinder adventures, which due to an error closes at 23:04 on 1 September.
  • Beridok very kindly, and without my asking for contributions in any way, donated 3 giveaways as bonus features for this event. They are attached to Father Time (which now has 6 giveaways). Beridok's giveaways end on 23 August at 10:59 am GMT. Thank you Beridok. Father Time is rapidly emerging as a favourite puzzle. It and Father Willam are the marmite puzzles of the event. You love them or you hate them.

Errata

  • ComplexPrincess has also pointed out that there was also some ambiguity around one of the clues in World Travel, and that could affect the puzzle. The introductory text in World Travel has now been changed to fix that problem.
  • PapaSmok pointed out that one of the flags in Flags of the World was just wrong. Sigh... it has now been fixed. Thank you PapaSmok. At the time that this was found, 7 people had successfully solved it, even with the error.
  • Ryzhehvost (echoed by c0ba812 pointed out that I had made a typo in entering the answer in for Graphs so that it was not accepting the right answer. I fixed the typo (that was easy), but it also threw off the spelling required for the metapuzzle (which could have broken the whole event). Arrgghhh!. Fortunately, I found a way to fix it, but it did mean changing subtlely the meta. That will, of necessity, give an unwanted hint to anyone who has the ability to compare the old with the new metapuzzle, but it was my genuine screw up.
  • TFrostPG (echoed by PapaSmok) noticed that the top left flag in World Travel was printed back to front. Ouch. I thank them for their vigilance, this has now been fixed. I should note that many people were able to solve despite the error.
  • There was an error in the message after Of. I was trying to figure out why nobody had solved Our and it turns out that nobody could reach it. I have fixed the error in the jigidi text following Of. If you have already solved Of and do not wish to solve it again, then simply contact me by Steam message and I will give you the appropriate code for Our. I am so sorry.
  • Beridok spotted an ambiguity in picture 7 on "Our". I have replaced it with a less ambiguous picture. The answer is unchanged.
  • seNs identified that one entry in Father Confessor was out of order. It has been fixed.
  • Ryzhehvost noted an error in the example for Father Guido Sarducci This has now been fixed.
  • Clericust noted an error in the movie ID puzzle (Our). One of the films has a title of the form [A] & [B], but in my answers I only accepted [A] and [B] taking only the word "and" and not the ampersand symbol. This is despite the IMDB title having the ampersand. I have changed it to accept either the word or the symbol and I apologise to Clericust and anyone else who struggled with this one.
  • Beridok found a serious flaw in a puzzle, which should not have been solvable with the flaw (even though it has previously been solved). It turned on a legal change that I had missed (and at least one previous solver had made the same mistake that I did). Nevertheless, the puzzle has been fixed now. My thanks and apologies to Beridok. I have deliberately avoided identifying the fixed puzzle.
  • Monkey66 found a flaw in Father Time. It said that if a "letter is in the first half of the Alphabet (A-E)" then do some thing. But of course, the first half of the alphabet is A-M. Because the puzzle comes as a graphic image, it is surprisingly hard to swap the E for an M. So I have made a change to make it A-L, which is still not right, but which will allow the puzzle to be correctly solved. Sorry.
  • Update to the previous erratum: I was completely wrong. Ryzhehvost proved that it really needed to be A-E, not the first half of the alphabet. I am changing it back. And I am really sorry, particularly to Ryzhehvost.
  • GabbyGabe asked an important question. In Father Time given that according to the story, the puzzle was set prior to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, should the Julian Calendar be used throughout. No. Sorry, the Gregorian calendar (what we use today) is used throughout. Sorry for any confusion.

Solving Statistics

As of the end of the giveaways at 23:59 GMT on 1 September.

Flags of the World has been solved by 43 people.
Graphs has been solved by 22 people.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Flags has been solved by 23 people.
Places in an Embarrassing State has been solved by 24 people.
Signalling has been solved by 21 people.
World Travel has been solved by 29 people.
Many Exciting Things Await has been solved by 19 people (who have completed FLAGS while the giveaways were open).

I do not have reliable solving stats for Of but it's at least 20 who have entered the giveaway
Our has been solved by 41 people.
Of Our has been solved by 27 people (who have now completed OF OUR while the giveaways were open)

Father Confessor has been solved by 16 people.
Father William has been solved by 17 people.
Father Brown has been solved by 27 people.
Father Guido Sarducci has been solved by 21 people.
Father Figure has been solved by 26 people.
Father Christmas has been solved by 17 people.
Father in Law has been solved by 16 people.
Father Time has been solved by 17 people.
Father Ted has been solved by 20 people.
Father of All He Surveys has been solved by 15 people. (who have now completed FATHERS)

Flags Of Our Fathers has been solved by 14 people. (who have now completed the FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS puzzle event)

Solutions

None as yet

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Hints

Hints for Graphs

  • One of the boxes in each graph seems different from the others. It is the one with the BLUE border. What could that refer to?
  • This is a puzzle about flags. Somehow these things have to relate to flags.
  • More blatant hint: These are colour adjacency graphs.

Hints for What we talk about when we talk about flags

  • The text tells you that the attributes can be "read left to right, top to bottom". How many attributes are there? And how can you arrange them that they can be read this way.
  • This is not a traditional binary code puzzle.
  • Some people claim that they can't see this one, which is kind of appropriate.

Hints for Places in an Embarrassing State

  • Assuming that you have identified the flags (and if you struggle with this I have some great flag ID sites in the references section of my magic guide), the flavourtext tells you "At times like this, it is important to think of what they might have in common." Look at the pairs that you have identified, you should see one thing in common immediately. If you look carefully, you can see another.
  • A bit more blatant: The common thing does not have to do with the flags, but rather with the names of the identified places

Hints for Signalling

  • This puzzle clearly involves nautical signal flags, and a way of signalling that uses flags and is often used at sea.
  • The first item isn't merely an example, it also spells "EXAMPLE" or almost does

Hints for Many Exciting Things Await

  • The initials in the title of this puzzle spell out META which should hint that this is a metapuzzle. That is to say, you will need the answers to the other puzzles in the round in order to solve this one. The title serves another purpose as well.
  • You may have identified two different words using different methods. Neither of those words is the answer to the puzzle. But what you are looking for is a third word that goes with the other two to complete the puzzle.

Hints for Father Confessor

  • Consider the 16th entry. There are no typos in this one.
  • There are some clear differences between the various Christian denominations, where the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic, and Roman Catholic churches disagree on some of these. Remember the introductory text. I have always been Roman Catholic in my tastes. That should help remove some of the ambiguity around some that could have multiple answers.
  • Consider the very beginnings of each of the clues.

Hints for Father William

  • These verses appear to be taken from plays, but what plays are these taken from?
  • The "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks..." speech is the opening of Romeo's speech at the start of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet (Act II, Scene 2), but this version doesn't quite appear to be from Romeo and Juliet? Almost, but not quite.
  • In the previous hint, it is off by a single letter. As are all of the plays. You do not need to identify which plays they all originally came from (though you can), but you will need to identify which play they could be off by one letter.

Hints for Father Brown

  • The EXACT colours matter a lot in this one.

Hints for Father Christmas

  • The first step, obviously enough, is to identify the correct gift for all the teams. After that, you will need to put them into the correct order. To do that, you will need the department names.
  • The question reads "That does not look like a partridge in that pear tree. What the heck is that animal?", but you know, in a way the puzzle does look a bit like that.
  • The numbers represent both an index and an ordering.

Hints for Father in Law

  • It matters that he is an American lawyer.
    *Most of the cases that were defended should have been made illegal somewhere.

Hints for Father Time

  • If you get NOWRONG, that means NO. You have gotten it WRONG.
  • A leap year occurs when we add a leap day or intercalary day to the month of Feburary. We do this every year which can be evenly divided by 4. However, if the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless the year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
  • Each action occurs whenever as as many times as that date/time combination occurs. Which of course means that if that date and time combination never occurs, then the action never takes place. Through history, some of these date/time combinations did not occur for various reasons.
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First to comment! Yay! (and a bump)

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And first to solve. I added a congratulations to you in the announcements section.

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Thanks :) Three "flags" puzzles solved.

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Bump for solved all. There was some backsolving though. Can't wait to see answers on how to solve some of these puzzles.

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And thank you for these great puzzles!

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Superb.

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Ends on my birthday. :p

Nice to see a big event again.

Good game for it. https://store.steampowered.com/app/495700/Gabriel_Knight_Sins_of_the_Father/

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Darn it, why didn't I think of that.

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It is a proper classic as well. Shame the remake was a bit...unpolished.

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Oh my gosh. O.O

Edit: I think my brain will cook itself in this heat and with this kind of exercise. XD

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Wow! Well, this is slightly overwhelming! Can't wait to dig in when I get home from work!
You keep amazing, man!

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For some reason Flags of Our Fathers - Graphs does not accept correct answer.

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I agree with you

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Shoot, absolutely my fault. There was a typo

Try it now.

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🤗

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Oh man that was scary. See the errata for more details.

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"Of Our" has now been opened. Closes 25 August at 23:59 G.M.T.

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The first solver has now solved the Flags Meta, and has finished the FLAGS section.

Yay!

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Bump

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сложна

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правда, но, надеюсь, весело

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Bump and meow

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just to make sure: for the metapuzzle, I only need the correct answers of the individual puzzles, I don't need to keep all of my notes which I used for solving the individual puzzles?

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For some metapuzzles, the order of the puzzles matters, but other than that no, all you need is the answers. It is usually irrelevant how you got those individual answers.

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Very nice, but you forgot Father Dowling. ;)

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Not completely, he shows up in one of the other puzzles.

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Argh!!!!

There was an error in the message after Of. I was trying to figure out why nobody had solved Our and it turns out that nobody could reach it. I have fixed the error in the jigidi text following Of. If you have already solved Of and do not wish to solve it again, then simply contact me by Steam message and I will give you the appropriate code for Our. I am so sorry.

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Hints are available. Post on which puzzles you would like a hint, and I will see what I can do. Or contact me by chat.

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Still thinking about Father Confessor. (Don't know how to extract the answer)
BTW, is it hasn't prepared yet or all of the father events are missing the reward link?

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I have staggered the start and finish of each of the puzzle sets. What I said in the introduction was "ALL of the puzzles are open from the start, but to take some of the pressure off, I am staggering the event. So the giveaways will be staggered, which means that you may be able to solve a puzzle at the very start, but not enter the associated giveaway. Later on in the event, you can reopen the ITSTOOHARD page and jump straight to the reward giveaways. The exception to this is the Of Our section, which will not open until 25 July"

The FLAGS giveaways are open. The Flags giveaways run 23 July to 22 August and End 22 August at 23:59 G.M.T.
The OF OUR giveaways are open. The Of Our giveaways run Giveaways run 27 July to 25 August and End 25 August at 23:59 G.M.T.
The FATHERS giveaways are not yet open. They are expected to open on 2 August and to run to 1 September
The FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS giveaways will run simultaneously with the FATHERS giveaways.

I am afraid that I won't publicly hint for FATHERS until the giveaways open. Oh... well maybe one. Check the hints section above.

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Bump for Flags and Of Our done... will come back to try my luck with Fathers later, now work awaits.

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Bump for... you know. It was a fun ride as always. Thanks again!

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I missed the start of this, but getting right into the puzzles now :D

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HELLO WORLD can't result in HEL LD LLO WOR, because splitted version has one extra L.

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WHOOPS. That would be the example in Father Guido Sarducci. I will fix at once. It does not, of course affect the puzzle, but it would be better if the example was right. I checked the puzzles more carefully than the demos.

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I haven't bumped this yet.

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Unfortunately, the power of machine translation did not understand puzzles.XD
Thank you Puzzle♪

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Ah well.... Thank you for looking.

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