Solution to Table for Two: The event for this hunt is about the Man-eating Lions of Tsavo, Kenya during the construction of the Uganda Railroad in 1898.
#1 1958 book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Second Coming is a 1919 poem by Yeats
Three red bricks = Third line down, first three words of Yeats' poem is 'Things fall apart.'
Crumbling brick wall = things falling apart
Background: original artwork from book, Out of Africa.
Hint given: Prime numbers cipher: 53, 47, 11, 41, 37, 23, 43, 11 which spells POEMLINE = the solution comes from a line in the poem, The Second Coming.
#2 1982 song: Africa by Toto
Last Track = the last track of the album, Toto IV is 'Africa'
Multi-colored map of Columbia = Toto IV was produced by Columbia Records.
Four records = Toto's fourth album, Toto IV
Background: original artwork of the poppy field from The Wizard of Oz (reference to Toto)
Hint given: 'the little girl was unhappy, so he was unhappy too' = a line about the dog Toto
Both book and song are about Africa, so the word for #1 & #2 is AFRICA
#3 1960 book: Born Free by Joy Adamson
Hearty, Alloy, Royalist, Later = anagrams for Earthy, Loyal, Solitary, Alert, all qualities of a lion.
First letter of each translated word = ELSA, the name of the lion in Born Free
The Pantheon (in Rome) = Born Free was published by Pantheon Books
Cain & Abel = Adam's sons = Joy Adamson, the author
Background: original artwork from the cover of the book, Born Free
Hint given: A riddle about fathers and sons. The second person on the second line is 'my father', and the first person on the first line is 'my father.' Apply this to the names Cain and Abel = Adam. Whether you solved the riddle or not, it points to fathers and sons = Cain and Abel are Adam's sons = Adamson.
#4 1939 song: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) by Solomon Linda
78 RPM = the first release was on a 78 RPM record
The sheet music is from the 1939 song Mbube, the original title.
Birds in sunset = Evening Birds, the name of Solomon's Linda's group
Background: an African sunset
Hint given: Hum this tune. GB829 = everybody is familiar with this song/ GB829 is the number of the record.
Both book and song are about lions, so the word for #3 & #4 is LIONS
#5 1953 song: Mystery Train by Little Junior's Blue Flames
Ably Move By = anagram for Love My Baby, the flip side of Mystery Train
The Enigma machine = a Mystery. And enigma is the keyword to the polybius code.
Blue behind the machine = Blue Flames
Numbers 2533 1335 4313 2411 = Polybius code for FLIPSIDE using ENIGMA as keyword
Background: Sunburst = the record label was Sun Records
Hint given: The two keys are in game = Enigma was the keyword to the polybius code. And 'in game' is an anagram of enigma, hinting at the Ably Move By anagram.
#6 1988 book: A Great and Shining Road by John Hoyt Williams
Charlie = Choo-Choo Charlie, the engineer from old Good and Plenty ads.
Pink & white = the colors of Good and Plenty candy
Tony the Tiger = says 'They're Great!' = part of the title of the book
Background: a shining road = the other part of the title of the book
Hint given: What Tony says = "Great!"
Additional hint given for a book specifically about the Uganda Railway:
1971 book: The Lunatic Express by Charles Miller
M-N-LV-R = The Mombasa - Nairobi - Lake Victoria Railway
The metal snake = The railway was called "The Iron Snake" as well as the "Lunatic Express"
One Flew Over The C--- = a reference to Lunatic
Red typewriter keys spell Clickety, the sound of a train on the tracks.
Background: A map of the Uganda Railway.
Both books and song are about railroads so the word #5 & #6 is RAILROAD or TRAIN.
The additional hint to The Lunatic Express was specifically about the Uganda Railway.
AFRICA, LIONS & RAILROAD/ TRAIN will bring you to the story of the Man-eating Lions of Tsavo. Clues #7 & #8 give you the names given to the lions, DARKNESS and GHOST:
#7 1981 book: The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz (or pen name Leigh Nichols)
One Year Ago = the story starts with a mother researching the death of her son a year earlier
The eyes in black background = image from the cover of early editions of the book
Book in Pocket = the book was published by Pocket Books.
Background = a camping scene, the setting for the book.
Hint given: The EYES have it = part of the book's title.
Word for #7 is DARKNESS, the name given to one of the lions.
#8 1965 song: Laurie (Strange Things Happen) by Dickey Lee
737877328466 6279 = telephone keypad cipher for 'Resurrection Mary,' the ghost whose story was the inspiration for this song.
Fox Family is the name of the record company.
Man in Dickies overalls & man in Lee Wrangler jeans = Dickey Lee, who sang the song.
Chicago outline/ Scales of Justice = the approximate location of Justice, IL where the ghost, Resurrection Mary is seen.
Background = a 1960's dance = the setting for the song 'Laurie'
Hint given: Call me! = refers to the telephone keypad code.
Word for #8 is GHOST, the name given to the other lion.
Hint given to the event: 1982 song, Maneater, by Hall & Oates
Hallway = Hall
Picture of oats on the right wall = Oates
Musical notes at the end of the hallway = a song
Numbers on the doors = 82, the year of the song, 1982
Claw marks on the door = a predator, lion's claws
Picture of table set for two with a blurry image of a railway bridge from a Kenya stamp.
The five words for the solution are:
AFRICA, LIONS, RAILROAD, DARKNESS, and GHOST
Event: The Man-eating Lions of Tsavo, Kenya during the building of the Uganda Railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898.
'The Ghost and The Darkness' is a 1996 movie based on the story of the Lions of Tsavo starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer.
There are a few documentaries available on you tube. This is a link to one of them if you are interested: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSZX5jYf4AA
The two maneless lions are currently on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, after spending 20 years as rugs in the home of Col. John Henry Patterson, the man who shot and killed them.