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

End of List

2 months ago*

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Bumped for solving Father Brown. Had an...annoying issue that kept me from solving it for the past week, but my logic was fine.

1 month ago
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Friendly bump!

1 month ago
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I think that Fathers are harder than Flags, unfortunately for me. X)

1 month ago
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Maybe a little bit, but not much.
Again hinting is freely available. On which puzzles are you struggling?

Based on the solve stats, Father William, Father-in-Law, and Father Christmas appear to be the hardest.

William is the interesting one to me. It is based on a AHA. A number of solvers have said how nice it was to have a simple straightforward puzzle, and others have been stuck here for hours. So let me add that additional analysis of the play fragments is not what is needed here.

1 month ago
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As I try to go in order I am still solving Father William.
I just took a quick glance over Father Brown, thought that it would be easy... now I feel really dumb as almost everyone have done it. XD

1 month ago
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But Father Brown IS easy... 🤔

1 month ago
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Shhh, I have to maintain the remains of my dignity. XD

1 month ago
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Nah, it's not hard. Just find a logic behind "Father of All He Surveys", backsolve the puzzles you miss, and then solve "Father of All He Surveys". Easy. You only need to solve at least one of the puzzles, and, as I said, find a logic in "Father of All He Surveys". Not much, huh?

1 month ago
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You make it sound so easy. XD

1 month ago
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Additional hints have now been added for Father Brown and Father William.

1 month ago
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Another one does the bump!

1 month ago
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View attached image.
1 month ago
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Thanks for all the puzzles!

1 month ago
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You are very welcome.

1 month ago
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Don't stop me now, 'cause I'm bumping a good thread!

1 month ago
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I'm merely bumping the best puzzles that I don't think I'll have time to solve!

1 month ago
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Anything that needs more hinting?

1 month ago
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Anything for Signalling? I've made no headway into it and the completion stats suggest it's a bit of a difficult one.

1 month ago
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I will see what I can do.

1 month ago
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I am a bumping man!

1 month ago
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Okay, half some of the Fathers done, just four three remains! :D

1 month ago*
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There are 10 Fathers puzzles, so if you solved half and have 3 to go, I am expecting you had significant trouble with Father Figure. (Grin)

1 month ago
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I don't count the meta puzzle to it, with it counted I am still on four. XD
Surprisingly that one was solved quickly. ;P

Edit: Oh, I get it now. XD Oh god, I can be so slow sometimes. XD

1 month ago
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All is done and I come victorious! :)
Thank you for nice and very challenging event! First looking at it I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but I have surpassed myself. :3

1 month ago
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Too much bump will kill you (just as soon as not at all)

1 month ago
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Bumperinio.
Remember that one particular puzzle has 3 additional giveaways from me.
And you are free to send last GA to your friends (since this is DLC, so most people might not be able to enter).

1 month ago
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Solved Of Ours series, which is the easiest part of the puzzle...

I think I solved one of the Flags and two of the Fathers. The outlook for the rest is not too great.

1 month ago
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Bump for solving Many Exciting Things Wait and backsolving Signalling. Still need to work on Graphs.

Edit: And there goes Graphs too. Done with Flags and Of Ours, let's see if I can finish Fathers in the week or so that's left.

1 month ago*
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Congratulations
Good luck. Two or so weeks left for Fathers. One week or so left for Flags.

4 weeks ago
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I want to bump this thread!

4 weeks ago
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Bumps must go on!

4 weeks ago
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Definitely.

I need to catch up

4 weeks ago
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Up you go! :)

4 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
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The Flags giveaways have ended. Particular congratulations to dobeduck who won 5 games in Flags (the random number generator was friendly yesterday).

3 weeks ago
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Thank you for my new games :)

3 weeks ago
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You are very welcome.

3 weeks ago
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Bumps Of Our Fathers.

3 weeks ago
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Bumpedy.

Only Confessor and the Metas left...

Confessor giving me problems since day 1.
While I see some strange things still no idea and 39 entries make it not easier ;)

3 weeks ago
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Can I help? Do you know where you are stuck in Confessor? I can try to add an additional hint, but I am not sure where you are stuck and whether it will help.

3 weeks ago
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Got all the saint names, tried to order them any maybe get something usefull out of it.

Wondering about the errors and strange occurances, as you said they are intentional - at least for the 16th one
octors
Testement
H.24
Fe
Jotunheim???
Rio di Janiero
Also I'm lacking a W hmm

My next idea would have been to check which really were catholic - and I saw you just added that as a hint :)

Also would be nice if the wiki authors would add some consistency to their church names^^
Roman Catholic
Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
Latin Church, not 100% the RC-church but based on other languages it should be the RC

3 weeks ago*
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Look at the beginning of each line. Also reread the introductory text.

3 weeks ago
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Thank you very kindly - for everything, the whole event!
I'm gone again with nearly no Internet (and sparsely time) probably wont be able to to solve it anymore.

I enjoy it very very much and am looking forward to the solution.

2 weeks ago
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Bump for Fathers! :)

3 weeks ago
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Additional Hints have now been posted for Father-In-Law, for Father Christmas and for Father WIlliam

What else do people need hinting for (or are these not sufficient)?

3 weeks ago
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