Rule Change starting #633

We have had a large number of correct answers (17 in the last 2 games) coming from non-verifiable e-mail addresses. These answers appear to be coming to us via anonymizing services such as TOR and/or VPNs, and judging from the structure of the answers and the fact that a large number of them seem to be from people with famous names, we strongly suspect they are coming from the same person or small group of persons. Why they are doing this is beyond us — there doesn’t appear to be any financial gain to be had from this, it just appears to be someone having their idea of “fun”.

This is a problem because we have had so many suspect answers that it is diluting the hard work that you wonderful people put in.

In an effort to combat this, we are instituting a slight rule change effective immediately. This change may or may not make a difference, but we feel we owe it to our regular players to at least try to combat this stuff.

So, here we go:

  • For a player to be recognized in the reveal, leaderboard or past winners page, they will need to provide a verifiable e-mail address and respond to a verification e-mail following their first contest entry following this post with the following exception:
    • Anyone who has played prior to Contest #630 and is in our database of players prior to Contest #630 will be considered to be verified already.

Contest #629: Martyr’s Mark, Broad Street, Oxford, England

To say that Henry VIII’s daughter eldest Mary was no fan of the English Reformation would be a significant understatement. Mary was an ardent Catholic, and upon ascending to the throne after the death of her baby brother Edward, immediately started efforts to restore Catholicism back to England and Ireland. These efforts included the executions of any who would stand in her way — causing her to be labeled with the nickname “Bloody Mary”.

Among the 280 religious dissenters burned at the stake included a pair of Anglican bishops (Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley) and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer. These 3 men are referred to as the “Oxford Martyrs” and there is a memorial to them just down the street from this weeks location.

Latimer Ridley Foxe burning.jpg
By https://www.johnfoxe.org/woodcuts/f1805ins5.gif, Public Domain, Link

Martyrs Memorial Oxford 20050317.jpg
CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The mark in the middle of the street in the contest image is the Martyr’s Mark — the location where the actual executions took place in October 1555 (Latimer and Ridley) and March 1556 (Cranmer).

Those who found it before the hint were:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Jean Noyau

And after the hint:

  • Gillian B
  • Andreas Meister
  • Robin