National Park Week Quiz #8: Jumbled Parks

National Park Week Quiz #8 tests your ability to see things differently. Each of the 12 jumbles listed below can be unscrambled, using exactly the same letters (no more, no less), to reveal a word in the name of a national park.

We won’t make you to provide the full name of each park. Just unscramble all 12 of the jumbles before midnight today (12:00 p.m. EST) and you will be eligible for Traveler’s National Park Week prize drawing and a chance to win a National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the national park of your choice.













* initially listed as "ORBFRED"

Remember: We don't want the full names of parks, we just want the unscrambled words.

Answers and a list of readers who answered correctly will be posted in tomorrow's Traveler. No cheating!

If we catch you engaged in sneakery, we will make you write on the whiteboard 100 times:

English actor Sir Michael Caine, winner of two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986, and Cider House Rules, 1999) is one of only two actors (the other being Jack Nicholson) who were Oscar-nominated in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.


Another challenging puzzle. So why couldn't you create any scrambles that used less common letters? Like Z or Q or X? Do you realize how many words in the English language (and therefore in park names) use the letters T, S, R, P, N, etc.?


Very impressive, Ranger Dave. Gold Star Pass, full privileges, including Wi-Fi.

I'd like to thank the Traveler for the Gold Star Pass. I will cherish it always and keep it on my mantle for all to see. First I'd like to thank.......Oh stop it! Keep the puzzles coming Bob. Lord knows my brain needs the work. Now, as for the privileges, could I get a nice, cold root beer on the rocks before I have to head off to work?

Just ring up room service and have 'em send up a few iced bottles of sarsparilla, Ranger Dave. You've earned it.

Celbert, viewmtn, and Eric have all earned Gold Star Passes (again). Viewmtn reports that his decoder ring proved useless for this quiz, and he consequently had to use "brute force." Being unfamiliar with that particular tactic, the Quizmeister is left to imagine that it must involve kicking, pounding, and swearing.

To answer your question, celbert, the final quiz in the National Park Week series will be posted tomorrow (Sunday). The answers will be revealed Monday morning, and I will probably stop banging my head against the wall by Monday afternoon. After a few days of recovery I will begin readying the weekly quizzes for late May and early June. If we want to escape the editor's wrath, we need to get these things in place well before the launch dates.

Nicely done, Caprice Kutz. Gold Star Pass, concierge floor, full amenities.

OK, we need to rearrange the chairs in the lounge to make room for Caprice. Welcome aboard!

I'm not exactly what the professor considers a Gold Star Pass to be, Kevin, but grab one on your way through the door!

Concierge floor is getting crowded, now that EEW has gained admittance. Perhaps we'll need to move up to the mezzanine soon...

OK, now that Janet in Kentucky has solved the professor's craftiness, we're opening the mezzanine level!

With totally unrelated commentary and photos:


WROTE - (bell) TOWER

NOISED - (Southern California) EDISON


NOTES - (Bridge) STONE

GREAD - EDGAR (Rice Burroughs)

CREEP - (Rocher) PERCE

PELTOU - TUPELO (Wood Carving)

ORBFRED - BEDFORD (Stuyvesant)

SGRIPSN - (mattress) SPRINGS

THRULE - LUTHER (Burbank Home & Gardens)

YALEOR - ROYALE (with Cheese)

y_p_w obviously has too much spare time on his hands, as evidenced by his correct answer(s), though the rest of you will have to wait until tomorrow to understand why we make that claim. In the meantime, come on in and sit down, y_p_w.

This quiz obviously is too easy. I'm going to need to pull the professor aside for a refresher course, or suggest he relinquish his Quizmeister title (kidding, just kidding!)

Welcome to the party, toothdoctor!

Nice job, Kevin M and Ken. Join the party.

Several readers pointed out that the scramble that read ORBFRED should actually be ODBFRED, so I changed it in the quiz. My bad.