*) Mooching about is lummelen in Dutch
“Do you have the card of running events where participants receive a t-shirt?”
– “Yes I do, the WOR t-shirt with checkpoints shown in the form of a W.”
“Maybe you also have the running event which includes shooting?”
– “Yep, I have the WOR catapult.”
“And by any chance also the event that give heavy people an advantage?”
– “That one as well, the WOR where the weight of participants count as bonus points.”
“And also the event where a ladies team is the overall winner?”
– “For sure, WOR 2017, Omega Ladies.”
(The Dutch card game is called Kwartet and is similar to Happy families, though the cards not only resemble family members but also objects.)
The sixth edition of the WOR starts at the Sint Ferdinand buildings in Lummen, but actually it started a week earlier when the email with homework arrived. This time two puzzles and the traditional movie. Like earlier editions it contained the footer: “… besides adding to the confusion it might contain useful information.” At the end of the WOR Ferdy tells us: “Third time you’re participating? Then you’ll start to understand our pranks.” That is exactly the problem: what can be used and what is a spoof?
The WOR, each year more surprising.
I investigate the movie frame-by-frame to rule out that the Woudlopers used subliminal stimuli (like in the movie Fight Club). I find nothing. The Woudlopers specifically mention in their email that the movie contains sound. They used “Wat heb je vandaag op school geleerd” (What did you learn at school today) from the Elegasten which I scrutinize word-by-word. Also no clue found.
The movie is enacted at a school. Among other things it shows a list of senses: to feel, to hear, to taste, to see, to smell and to blow. To blow? It really says so: to blow. Is this also a hidden clue?
Now let’s go to the day itself. The opening act is spectacular as ever. When the cow bell rings balloons fall from the air. At the toot of the recorder the envelopes may be taken. This year like always it contains the roadbook and the first set of maps. Next to that we find a t-shirt, a bag of pebbles and a set of skewers. Charissa picked a red balloon which gives us the answer to CP Z for free. Unfortunately we forget that until we reach CP Z.
En route it looks like this:
A selection of the mistakes we made this year:
- We forgot to go to CP B. We didn’t even come close.
- The assignment at the watchtower looked like a spoof, but we fell for it anyway.
- During health check “feeling” we thought to recognise a prank, but it was none. How suspicious did we become? 🙂
- I urgently need lessons in shooting a catapult. According to the organisation the teams were a lot better shooting the potato gun last year.
- I mark special CP T with a red pen on a black part of the map. While running I don’t see that anymore (red-on-black) and we pass the CP without noticing it.
- At the end we forget to look at an inset map and lose the chance for 3 CPs among which a special!
Coming back to the advantage heavy people have: while registering in the morning all team members are weighted. We don’t know why, is it worthwhile to remember our weight? We forget to ask. At the end of the day when the results are presented it is explained: 10% of the weight of the team in kilos is being subtracted from the penalty points, “to counter the advantage of thin, fast and sporty people a bit.” The WOR, each year more surprising.
Last year we found out that, though you improve yourself, you can go back in the rankings: a lot of good teams participated that year. This year we wanted to be better than last year, but more importantly we wanted to have a day full of fun. We were rewarded a third place of the mixed teams.
|Total standard CPs||39||61||66 *|
|Total special CPs||32||25||25|
|Found CPs||45 (63%)||60 (70%)||76 (84%)|
|Found standard CPs||25 (64%)||37 (61%)||54 (82%) *|
|Found special CPs||20 (63%)||23 (92%)||22 (88%)|
|Standard CPs correct||24 (96%)||35 (95%)||51 (94%) *|
|Special CPs correct||15 (75%)||18 (78%)||17 (77%)|
*) G & P checkpoints count as standard CP with a penalty of 30 minutes.