Kingstonist’s Big Birthday Contest

Kingstonist's Big Birthday ContestMy grandmother always says “you’re only as old as you feel”. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe that two weeks from today we will be celebrating Kingstonist’s second birthday. Has it really been that long since we started the site? Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer contributors, we’ve been able to attract and retain a rather loyal following, which continues to expand within Kingston, Canada and beyond.  I am continuously impressed with the content that is submitted for publication, and indebted to our readers who have helped further our exploration of local topics of interest with their respectful and insightful comments.

As Kingstonist gets ready to turn two, we’ve decided to reward to our readers and get them interested in celebrating this momentous occasion by way of our latest contest.  This time around, we’re unleashing the granddaddy of all challenges, which incorporates trivia and elements of a scavenger hunt.  Kingstonist’s Big Birthday Contest consist of  the following three types of questions:

  • Where in Kingston? (questions 1 to 5): our last ‘Where in Kingston‘ was held back November of 2008, while it involved deciphering a scrambled image of the pollution sculpture near KGH.  Although some of our readers argued that this was insanely difficult (it was), someone managed to answer correctly well before we expected.  This time around we’re offering up 5 scrambled images, which you’ll have to solve.  We’ll update the images and make it easier for you to identify them over the next two weeks.
  • Fill in the Blanks (questions 6 to 10): with online resources such as Wikipedia, trivia questions can be answered without any real knowledge or effort.  In just a few seconds, you could likely find out Sir John A’s shoe size, or how many bar stools there are at the Iron Duke.  Accordingly, we’ve designed 5 trivia questions that will hopefully require you to get out and do a bit of exploring.  If you choose to rely on online resources to fill in the blanks, we’re optimistic that it will be equally as challenging.
  • Where in Streetview? (questions 11 to 15): with last week’s official unveiling of Google Streetview for Kingston and the surrounding area, we couldn’t resist involving this awesome tool in our birthday contest.  We’ve captured 5 random scenes from Streetview, which you’ll have to use to identify the approximate address or closest intersection.

Admittedly, Kingstonist’s Big Birthday Contest is considerably more involved, and more difficult than anything we’ve thrown at you to date.  The rules are simple: the first person to answer all 15 questions correctly, or the first person to provide the most correct answers before the contest deadline will win the grand prize.  We’re accepting one entry per person via Email (contest[at]kingstonist.com) up until midnight on the 2nd of March.  So just what are you playing for?  The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the downtown, locally-owned business or restaurant of their choice.

You can download the 15 quesions/clues here as a zipped Adobe Acrobat file.  Good luck, thanks for reading, and thank you for helping us celebrate Kingstonist’s second birthday! Additional props  to Jessica Diamond for today’s accompanying photo.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

7 thoughts on “Kingstonist’s Big Birthday Contest

  • I've received a few emails thus far asking for clarification etc… I'll say it again, we are accepting one entry per person. Now, we'll have to use the honour system a bit, because we honestly don't know, and don't want to figure out how many Email addresses people have. Secondly, we will confirm receipt of your answers, however we will not tell you how many you got right, or which ones you got right/wrong. Kind of defeats the purpose of this exercise. Lastly, if you want to ask for tips/clues from other readers, you may do so here.

  • Hmm… those scrambled images sure are scrambled! This is going to be fun, I really like the "streetview" category.

    • The scrambled images are way more difficult this time around than they were this time. I can see a bit of strategy coming into the game though. 12 correct answers today would ultimately beat 12 correct answers the next time the images get updated. And who's to say whether or not they'll be recognizable next time around.

  • How often will you be updating the scrambled pics? And then…I assume we'll be downloading a new .pdf each time you do? I've got everything but the scrambled ones!

    • Great question. We will be updating the scrambled pictures twice. Be on the lookout for a new pdf on the 21st and 26th. I will be sure to make note of it here in the comments, as well as on Twitter.

  • A day late, but I doubt that will matter to most folks. New pdf has been uploaded with update/clearer scrambled images. Still pretty challenging…hopefully! Good luck!

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