Our Scientology Puzzle Solved!

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In yesterday's story celebrating our commenting community at the end of the year, I mentioned that back in the summer, I had planted a puzzle in our very successful series, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology.

Despite the large readership of that series, no one managed to spot the little visual quiz I had embedded in it.

But today, one of our loyal readers has submitted a winning solution to our quiz!

After the jump, we'll show you that correct answer, but we can't tell you the winner -- he's asked to remain anonymous!

For each of the 25 entries in our series, we opened with a brief introduction which included an image of a different Scientology property. Most of these had nothing to do with the person being profiled in the entry, and if a reader checked the information on the image, it would turn up the name "GuessWhere."

Well, our unnamed reader (who identified himself to us, and we'll be sending him a prize) figured out that our puzzle was to identify all 25 of those places. And here are his answers...


25. (Xenu): "Big Blue", Los Angeles

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24. (Dave Touretzky): Scientology Celebrity Centre International, Hollywood

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23. (Ken Dandar): Fort Harrison Hotel, Flag Land Base, Clearwater, Florida

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22. (Jamie DeWolf): Saint Hill Manor/Castle, Sussex, England

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21. (Kendrick Moxon): Camelback House, Phoenix (where LRH authored founding books)

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20. (Trey Parker and Matt Stone): Super Power Building, Clearwater

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19. (The Squirrel Busters): Scientology Testing Center, Hollywood

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18. (Amy Scobee): Cine Castle, Gold Base, Hemet, California

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17. (Jefferson Hawkins): Delphian School, Oregon

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16. (Marc and Claire Headley): New York City Ideal Org

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15. (Andreas Heldal-Lund): LRH Life Exhibition, Hollywood

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14. (Tory Christman): Seattle Ideal Org

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13. (Janet Reitman): New Haven

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12. (Tommy Davis): Nashville Ideal Org

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11. (Nick Xenophon): Tampa Ideal Org

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10. (Lisa McPherson): Washington DC Founding Church Ideal Org

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9. (Jason Beghe): London Ideal Org

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8. (Mike Rinder): Tremintina Base, New Mexico

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7. (Mark Bunker): Kirche/Berlin Ideal Org

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6. (Anonymous): LRH House/Founding Church... now a museum

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5. (Joe Childs and Tom Tobin): non-Ideal, Montreal, Quebec

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4. (Tom Cruise): Advanced Org of Europe, Copenhagen

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3. (Marty Rathbun): Hamburg, Germany

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2. (David Miscavige): Mexico City Ideal Org

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1: (L. Ron Hubbard): Rome Ideal Org

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And there you have it! Well, congratulations, [name withheld], and thanks for solving our puzzle!


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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Jgg
Jgg

  Every single one of them is empty!

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

"And there you have it! Well, congratulations, [name withheld], and thanks for solving our puzzle!"

I believe the term you're after is "Anonymous".

Shawn
Shawn

Now that was not very fair Tony.  Expecting us to click on pictures when there was a juicy countdown story next to the picture is a bit much.  :)  I didn't click once!  Well done to the winner.

Skwerl King
Skwerl King

I have too small of a brain to have noticed that. Bravo to Tony and the puzzle master.

barbara graham
barbara graham

That was the puzzle? Identify the location of those buildings? I never thought to click, I've raided many, and recognized most of the rest of them from pix.

That was too obscure and answers the question: 'What if you posed a puzzle and nobody knew it?"

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

'What if you posed a puzzle and nobody knew it?"

Meh. Methinks Tony is just too cool & suave to know how to play nerd games. He called it an "easter egg" erego gamer standards apply. And when the gamers don't find the embedded trix, the game developer technically wins by default.

However, proper netiquette is you typically don't tell your consumers they lost the game because chances are the developer is FAIL at subtle and will need to prove otherwise to not get made fun of.

So instead, the game maker usually waits until the next game comes out and feeds his consumer base a tip off some sort (to ensure that they know the cheezburger haz been served.)

Then once some player claims the prize of bragging rights for finding it first, then you can poke fun at how many were missed previously... and make it an even harder game to figure out "ok where did we miss it"

So altho I admit this was extremely cute, standards are standards...  Tony won the game AND a bucket of FAIL on this one. But I'll gladly give him personal hands-on instruction on how to play the game the next time around if he wants to learn from a master ;)

feettothefire
feettothefire

I am not an former scientolgogist but a member of FUSS - Families Under Scientology Stress. My mornings consist of taking care of my daughter, a cup of coffee, some breakfast and going to Google Daily Alerts and getting my Runnin Scared fix. I can't wait to find out what will be nest be it the new mascot of Scientology contest or the Runnin Scared Baseball Cap that will sure to be a hit. The Tony Ortega clothing line willl  be in all the premier stores right next to the "Be Good" sweatshirts. 

feettothefire
feettothefire

Someone should coordinate a vacancy sign day where all these buildings hvae their picture taken with a sign out front. Maybe someone with thier thunb out on the isde of the road would add a nice touch. 

Stat
Stat

So the puzzle was about real estate? Sorry, I am slow sometimes. And yeah, no people, just buildings...

Stat
Stat

Well no, few people, mostly staffers, acting as public. Oh the photo shoots... the memories...

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

The illogical Scientology Hubbard building styles are indicative of Hubbard's non-stop befuddling science fiction religious information  one will get once you enter those buildings' doors!.

Those building styles, how they relate to Scientology religion, that's a puzzle not explained, other than Hubbard was a mediocre pulp fiction variety writer by trade.

DO
DO

Thought for the day: what Mormonism is to genealogy, Scientology is to preservation.  Trump style gold aside, they seem to have a fondness for historical buildings and filling them with period design.  If only they had managed to grab Pickfair (rather than Pia Zadora tearing it down).

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

I wonder how many staff, when running their past lives in sessions in those buildings, come up with earlier similar lives lived in those premises?

It's all imagination, just like the chains of incidents found in their sessions. 

BroekerBroekerBroeker
BroekerBroekerBroeker

Indeed. They do a much better job with restoration (see, e.g., Buffalo Idle Org) than new construction (see, e.g., the hideous SuperPowah white elephant).

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

I been saying that for a couple years now.   KOOLs will be found on LRH's desk in the LRH offices in every church they have that special Hubbard office in each church around the world.   Same circles as the CST logo circles, to the T.

grundoon
grundoon

MarkStark revealed the true purpose of the mountaintop logo.  I am not joking.

MarkStark
MarkStark

What do you mean, "semi-seriously"? I'd say it is very likely.

MarkStark
MarkStark

In the event of a global atomic catastrophe, the symbol at Trementina, NM is designed to guide alien spacecraft to the site of an underground repository of Hubbard nutty (his books, including Dianutty), which are etched on stainless steel and encased in titanium. There are also recordings of his lectures on nickel records and that project, books and records, cost 13 million dollars alone.

Presumably, nickel was used both to preserve the recordings and remind the aliens what they are worth. Hopefully the aliens come with record players, or the cult may have left a record player, equipped with an eternal battery; same kind that keeps the force-field active in Xenu's mountain prison.

Hubbard (who was not of this planet) probably designed the Church of Spiritual Technology symbol with other Kool-smoking aliens in mind, knowing that even if they didn't smoke, they'd be driven to smoke, after listening to 187,000 nickel records of Hubbard "lectures."

bobx
bobx

It's been suggested (semi-seriously) that the interlocking circles are from the double-O in the KOOLS logo (L. Ron's brand).

Choc.  Vel.
Choc. Vel.

Yes, or the secret vault site in NM, with that delightful design gouged into the mountaintop. Yikes. What's that about?

DO
DO

Rome Org looks pretty cool, and I think that is new construction.

DO
DO

Hi folks... I am the person that solved the puzzle.  First time commenting, long time reader.  I shall try to become a more regular poster here.  Some of the photos were hard to unearth... the Delphian one in particular.

Pretty Little Robot
Pretty Little Robot

Based only on this triumph of yours, I would like to hear whatever you have to say.

AlexM
AlexM

Number 7, where I spent 9 months of my life working. I've been inside every single room, from the top to the bottom. Nightwatch was always scary on the fifth floor, 20 some auditing rooms and a dark hall always made me panic.

Mimi The Great
Mimi The Great

Grrr! This honestly occured to me and I thought, no....I must have skipped something while reading. So I reread and I admit, I picked up a few funny lines I hadn't caught initially. Damn, I'm kicking myself. Yaay to the winner!!

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Bravo, and brilliant, Tony! And double bravo to the puzzle solver! Amazing!

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

You are pure evil.

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