A Web game to test your linking skills.
March 28 1998 3:30 AM

Puzzle No. 6: "From Hang Gliding to Hoary Marmots"


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Seth Stevenson Seth Stevenson

Seth Stevenson is a senior writer at Slate, where he’s been a contributor since 1997. He is the author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.

This week, we challenge you to get from the official United States Hang Gliding Association site to this page, which tells you where to find hoary marmots.

We went from majestic soaring to rodential burrowing in six links. If you can tie or beat that, e-mail your solution (with instructions and URLs) to FrancisBacon@slate.com by noon ET Tuesday, March 31. (All submissions will become the property of Slate and will be published at Slate's discretion. Slate may publish your name on its site in connection with your submission.)

Results will be announced Thursday, April 2, at about 5 p.m. PT, along with a new puzzle. Readers are also invited to submit their own puzzles (along with a solution path).


Happy surfing!

Solution to Puzzle No. 5: "From Beatles to Beetles"

Last week, we asked readers to get from this page on The Beatles to this page on beetles in 15 links or less. Our winner: Reagen Mackie, who got from lovable mop tops to creepy crawlies in an impressive 12 steps. Viswanath Subramanian and Tamara Glenny also did the deed in 12 links, but Mackie did it first--you've got to be pretty quick on the draw around these parts. Here's Mackie's solution:

The starting page ... Beatles


"Beatles [Gabe Perlmutter]" (Note: This link goes to a dead page but then automatically proceeds to his new page, so I'm counting it as one link.)

"My Page" (bottom link on left)

"Science" (third icon from the top)

"IGC (Habitats & Species)" (sixth link in the list)


"The Smithsonian Natural History Web" (page down two or three times)

"Museum Directory" (last link)

"Smithsonian Institution" (bottom right icon)

"Resources/Tours" (top right icon)


"A Kid's Guide to the Smithsonian" (in the lowest selector window; click Go on a Packaged Tour)

"Hiss, Chirp, Rattle, Click!" (10th link in the list)

Congratulations to Reagen Mackie for racing from Fab Four to insect lore.

--Seth Stevenson