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An Enigma-Like Puzzle

I've taken up Rolf's challenge to create a puzzle. I haven't hidden any prizes, but this could certainly be adapted to become a treasure-seeking endeavor in the future. Enjoy!


LSCMOS makes a square

BBMDEGHJWOWEPMLC are simply around

RO WB are varieties

and ACPMC also in pies can be found

Figure us out and you’ll be wise.

(What? You were expecting a prize?)

Very well, then, solve us and we’ll say

“You’re an honorary member of Brattleboro’s STA!”


(Enigma was the name of a puzzle printed in the Phoenix that we reprinted here a few times.)


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I may supply a hint at some point, but not yet. : )



I have not solved this, but I love it.

I love how different it is, and can't wait to have time to try to solve it.

I would be happy to donate a small treasure for it, if you think it might benefit from having one. My wife and I collect small treasures, and we have some extra to spare...


a small hint

This puzzle is specific to Brattleboro, but similar puzzles could be created in many other places.


Solution in motion

I'm looking forward to the solution.



a touch of history
might help solve the mystery
but solutions might be more clear
if you know your way around here


another hint

You need a clue, perhaps a sign?
That might give it away.
Perhaps a map will clue you in,
That's your hint for today.



As a test of our reader's ingenuity, I suppose the 'results' are self-evident. That is not a slight against the readership because only a small percentage of people would or could solve them. The failure to solve at this point likely isn't a failure of the readership's knowledge.


Almost giving it away now...

None of the above are Flat, but neither are they Bumpy.

None of the above are High, but neither are they Low.


SPOILER - The Answer Is Below

Stop reading now if you want to try to solve it on your own. You have been warned.

Really. I need to put the answer somewhere and it will be below.

Have you given up? Have you tried your hardest? Then do read on...





Okay, one last warning. Scroll back up and try to solve this on your own. You have time!





I assume you are here for the answer now.


Each letter is the first letter of a street in Brattleboro named after a tree.


Laurel, Spruce, Cedar, Myrtle, Olive, Sycamore - makes a square (Forest Square)


Beech, Buttonwood, Magnolia, Dogwood, Evergreen, Ginko, Hemlock, Juniper , Willow , Oak, Walnut, Elm, Pine, Maple, Locust, Chestnut - are simply around (town. not marking any specific named area).


Red Oak and White Birch are varieties (of Oaks and Birches)


Apple, Cherry, Peach, Macintosh, Courtland also in pies can be found. (Courtland is pushing it, I admit - Cortland apple?)

The Brattleboro Shade Tree Association (a real organization in the 1800’s that planted shade trees along our roads.) welcomes you as an honorary member.

Thanks to Brattleboro Planning Department's Sue Fillion and Rita Johnson for their review and suggestions of tree street names.



That was great.


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