And the Wicked Awesome Shock Totem Contest Winner is…

Bec Zugor

Bec guessed The Wicked, which is the correct answer. As I stated in the contest post below, all the clues you needed to lead you to the answer were in that post. The first, and probably least obvious, was “wicked” in the post title. But the real clues were in the image itself.

Figuring out what kind of car that is was probably the hardest for most people. It is a Bugatti. Minus the “atti,” and you’re left with Bug. A gold one, thus “Gold Bug,” or “The Gold-Bug,” Poe’s well-known tale of cryptograms and secret writing. You will also see Poe himself in the dashboard/windshield area near the steering wheel, as well as a raven on the roof.

The numbers at the bottom represent words within “The Gold-Bug,” and the first letter of each of those words spells out The Wicked, which is the title of our upcoming novel. More on that soon.

So congratulations to Bec!

And thanks to everyone who gave it a go. We plan to have more contests like this one in the future.

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10 Responses to And the Wicked Awesome Shock Totem Contest Winner is…

  1. Rob says:

    Congratulations!! I kept thinking it was a Maserati…I know nothing about cars…ugh.

  2. Bec says:

    I’m so chuffed to have won this. The prize is so awesome that I even let the family’s dinner burn while I worked out the letters, as I was so keen to win. :)

    Thank you Ken, and all at Shock Totem!

  3. Bec says:

    Thanks, Rob!

  4. Geoff Nelder says:

    Bec, you are a genius, a tenacious decoder. Well done!

  5. Mercedes says:

    Great job, Bec! And Ken, in my defense, I told you that my brain doesn’t work that way. I couldn’t have decoded this to save my life!

  6. Ed Dempster says:

    Yep — well done, Bec.

    I got the bug bit, but that was as far as I got. I tried working out the numbers as letters in the post, or first letters of words in the post, or multiples of the letters of the alphabet, but I obviously couldn’t get it to make sense.

  7. Bec says:

    Thanks, everyone! :)

  8. Seven says:

    I think I’m confused even more after seeing the answer!

    Well done Bec…


  9. Bec says:

    Thanks, Steven!

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