The 'Shroom:Issue 185/Fun Stuff

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Director's Notes

Written by: Roserade (talk)

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Greetings, beautiful 'Shroom readers! Welcome to this August edition of Fun Stuff! Next month, summer winds down to its September conclusion, and honestly, even as a summer guy, thank Poochy it'll be over. The temperatures over here have been reaching record-breaking highs, and I'm frankly over it. My fellow Washington peeps know what's up.

I know someone who would be thriving in this kind of climate, though, and that's Ninja Squid (talk). Unfortunately, though the winds of Washington are in his favor, the winds of fate are guiding him towards a different month. I'd like to extend my fullest thank you for all of the heart and hard work he's poured into this community for several years. He's been a proprietor of community action and connection, and without him, many of our projects and events would not have seen completion or even formation. And of course, he's been providing Fun Stuff with his Hiding Koopa adventures for over three years now, which deserves immense recognition. We'll miss you around here, NS, but I'm thankful for the time we've had. We'll always be around, if you find the opportunity to return one day.

There's a robust section of Fun Stuff waiting for you ahead, dear reader, so go forth and conquer these decadent activi-treats!

Section of the Month

Congratulations to WildWario (talk) for taking yet another first place spot! Kudos extend to FunkyK38 (talk) as well for her second place... placing. Thank you to all of our readers and writers for their contributions! Make sure to vote this month!

FUN STUFF SECTION OF THE MONTH
Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Musical Quiz 14 53.85% WildWario (talk)
2nd Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 8 30.77% FunkyK38 (talk)

Word activities
Another treasured set of anagrams!
A new word search, Land-ing just in time!
MarioMorty knocks it out of the park!
Graphic activities
One final hurrah.
Goombuigi painted new picrosses for you.
Mind games
What's nicer than music on the beach?

Anagrams

Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well. This month, I've got some anagrams themed around Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for you, I couldn't quite believe I hadn't done it yet! If there's any other seemingly obvious themes I've missed, please let me know on my talk page or in a PM to me on the forums, I'd be more than happy to hear them. OK then, here are some anagrams for you to explore!

How it works...
Basically, this puzzle consists of solving the anagrams. Each month has a specific theme, which will give you a clue about what sort of words or phrases the anagrams will be. I've also included the boxes that the anagrams will fit into, so you'll be able to tell how many words it will solve to be and how many letters will be in each word, which should give you a hand too. You'll also notice that within each set of boxes, one of the squares are yellow. As you solve each anagram, note down the letter which appears in the yellow squares, and if you can solve all of the anagrams, you'll also get a bonus anagram to solve from completing all of the others. I've included the letter configuration for this one at the bottom too, just to give you an extra helping hand. Best of luck!

1. PIN RAP AUTHORS

2. ANT CRIME

3. AD EXPLOIT

4. PRO OR MUTED

5. A PUCK EXPIRES

6. A GRAND DOG

7. MERGES UP

8. BAIT A DODGER

9. FAKE FUR POPPY

10. VIRTUAL TOM

11. FLOP ART

Bonus anagram:

Answers
  1. Piranha Sprout
  2. Mine Cart
  3. Pixel Toad
  4. Mud Trooper
  5. Super Pickaxe
  6. Draggadon
  7. Super Gem
  8. Toad Brigade
  9. Pyropuff Peak
  10. Multi-Vator
  11. Flaptor

Bonus anagram: Giant Turnip

Word Search

Written by: Mustard Machine (talk)

Hello Fun Stuff readers, and welcome to a new and exciting Word Search! Today’s word search will be all about Super Mario Land, a weird little Game Boy game that takes place in the mysterious Sarasaland, where clouds throw chickens, little mummy guys hope around, and rocks throw other rocks. It’s a neat little game where Mario pilots both a submarine and an airplane in his quest to defeat the evil alien invader Tatanga and save the newly debuting Princess Daisy (probably the most important thing to come out of this game outside of Tokotoko of course).

Words can be found vertically, horizontally, backwards, and within other words. As always, have fun stay safe!

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Answers
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Crossword

Written by: MarioMorty (talk)

Hello everybody, it's MarioMorty and welcome back to another edition of Crossword. Sorry about missing last month, but this month you are receiving a Mario Super Sluggers-themed puzzle. Due to complications, the following characters are not in the crossword: Toad(s), Pianta(s), Noki(s), Koopa Troopa(s), Paratroopa(s), Dry Bones, Boo, King Boo, Petey Piranha, Wiggler, Shy Guy(s), Monty Mole, Blooper. With that said, enjoy the crosswords and see you next month.

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Answers
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Hiding Koopa

Written by: Ninja Squid (talk)

WANTED!

Hello, 'Shroom readers! This is your retiring 'Shroom Director with a very last round of Hiding Koopa!

Yes. As you may already be aware if you read our Staff Notes, I am retiring from all my positions among the Core 'Shroom Staff and retiring from the community as well. Basically, it also means that I am stepping down from writing this section. It was quite fun crafting this little game for you for the last three years, and I do hope you enjoyed playing this game as long as it lasted.

However, it doesn't mean Hiding Koopa is officially ending actually! YOU could very well keep it going and crafting new puzzles for our readers. If you're interested in taking the torch, consider sending in an application to The 'Shroom Staff! Look at me, still shilling for the newspaper despite leaving... That won't be changing huh...

Alright, you still have one last round to enjoy for the time being. Five Koopas are currently hiding in an artwork from the inkoming Splatoon 3 game. Have fun looking for them!


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Answer

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Thank you so much for your support!

Picross

Written by: Goombuigi (talk)

Welcome back to Picross! Although the Mario Awards are over, The 'Shroom continues on with this issue. A lot of talent and a lot of art was in the presentations this year, and so, combined with the fact that Mario Paint for the SNES is 30 years old this month, prompted me to make Mario Paint-themed picrosses this month. I hope you enjoy!

For new readers:

For new readers to this section, here's a short explanation about it: Every issue, you'll find two to four picross puzzles based on a certain theme, based on a Mario game, series, character, or item. If you have any ideas for themes, feel free to suggest them here. If you're new to picross, or need a refresher on the rules, here is a step-by-step walkthrough. You can also find many tutorials online. To play, download the picture and print it, or open it in a drawing program of your choice. Happy solving!
Level A
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Level B
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Solutions

Level A
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Level B
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I hope you enjoyed this issue of Picross! Come back next month for more picrosses.

Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego?

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)

Each issue, you will be given a case to solve and clues to use to help you find the solution! Use your Mario knowledge to crack the case!

You will begin each case at the scene of the crime, and you will be given three clues from passerby as to where the next hot spot is and what game it’s from. Using your knowledge of Mario games and the Super Mario Wiki, figure out where the crook is and go track them down! There are four locations each round: the crime scene (1) at the start, two locations (2 and 3) with clues, and the hideout for the crook of the month (4). Answers for locations will be given with the corresponding round, for example, the clues from the crime scene will lead you to location 2, and once you open the spoiler bubbles for location 2, you will be given the correct answer. You can open the clues for each location in any order you’d like, but be careful! You may encounter an incorrect clue that could throw you off the case!

Clues offered will give you a hint either about the next location or the game it’s in. Unlike a regular Carmen Sandiego game, you do not have to collect information about the crook you are tracking down.

Challenge round (optional):

-Find all locations and games correctly in two minutes or less

-Find all locations and games correctly without using the rest of the Wiki for help

Carmen's back to stealing icons!

“A new case has landed, gumshoe, and it’s time to get down to business! We’re investigating a case of stolen property today- are you familiar with the Daisy Circuit? The track debuted in Mario Kart Wii, and it featured racers running a track that contained a figure eight around two large, golden statues, one of Baby Daisy and Baby Luigi dancing, and one of Daisy and Luigi dancing together. Well, the massive statue of Daisy and Luigi has been nicked right off its pedestal by Carmen! Daisy is furious, and the groundskeepers for the track are frantic to get it back. We need you to track that statue down, gumshoe, and stop Carmen’s evil plans! Likely, she would smelt the statue down into smaller, more manageable gold chunks that she can store or sell for money once she gets her hands on it. We have to intercept it before it can get to her! We’ve locked our sights onto a small team of toads working for her, so it’s your turn to track them down. Time is of the essence, gumshoe, if you don’t hurry, there’s going to be one massive hole in that track’s scenery!”

Crime Scene

The Crime

One of the statues at the Daisy Circuit has been stolen! Track down the thief and keep that statue out of Carmen’s clutches!

CLUE 1

“There’s plenty of trucks on this route, so they’d blend right in.”

CLUE 2

“This is a scenic drive, once you break out of the midnight traffic rush!”

CLUE 3

“This game introduced automatic drift for inexperienced players.”

Location 2

CORRECT ANSWER

Moonview Highway from Mario Kart Wii Moonview Highway

CLUE 1

“This featured the most iconic part of bowling: the extremely loud décor of your local bowling alley!”

CLUE 2

“You really have to go looking for this one, it’s not listed on the regular boards.”

CLUE 3

“This game featured a top-hat host!”

Location 3

CORRECT ANSWER

Star Carnival Bowling from Mario Party 8 Star Carnival Bowling

CLUE 1

“Beware of the massive webs. You’ll get caught if you aren’t careful!”

CLUE 2

“To get through, you’ll need your jumping shoes, and also a hammer!”

CLUE 3

“This game didn’t seem to stick well with a lot of players…”


CASE CLOSED

HIDEOUT ANSWER: Tree Branch Trail from Paper Mario: Sticker Star TreeBranchTrail.png

We're back in gold and daisies!

“You did it, gumshoe! I’m not sure why they thought going through a forest with a giant statue was a good idea, but we were able to follow the trail of broken trees to the statue- next to a massive web, where our culprits had gotten stuck. There’s a team out there right now hooking the statue up to be shipped back to the Daisy Circuit, and we’ve got rewards for you from Daisy herself- a massive bouquet of flowers, and also what appears to be a small medal with her icon on it. I’ve left everything on your desk, so you can find a vase when you get back. I’ll keep you updated for the next lead we get on Carmen’s whereabouts, but for now, good work, gumshoe!”

Musical Quiz

Written by: WildWario (talk)

Hi, I'm WildWario, and this is Musical Quiz. This game is simple, just listen to the music and guess where it comes from. The answers can be found at the bottom of the list. This time, the quiz is themed around beaches, so try your best to get the questions right.

Audio.svg Song No.1
File infoMedia:Super Mario 3D World Sunshine Seaside.oga
Audio.svg Song No.2
File infoMedia:MK8-Music-DS-CheepCheepBeach.oga
Audio.svg Song No.3
File infoMedia:SPP - Music - Wavy Beach 1.oga
Audio.svg Song No.4
File infoMedia:M&LDT Sunny Driftwood Shore.oga
Audio.svg Song No.5
File infoMedia:MP8 Booty Boardwalk.oga
Audio.svg Song No.6
File infoMedia:MH3o3KoopaTroopaBeach.oga
Audio.svg Song No.7
File infoMedia:PMSStarSorrowontheWaves.oga
Audio.svg Song No.8
File infoMedia:YS Crescent Beach.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

That's it for this issue's Musical Quiz. See you next issue for another quiz.

Trivia

Written by: Mustard Machine (talk)

After a month off due to bad decisions trivia is back babeyyyyyyyyy! Returning to you live in scenic Fun Stuff, we have only the hottest trivia here on the Shoey Top Eight Countdown!

  1. That Lugia was the only Pokemon not created by Gamefreak?
  2. That Super Mario Land was originally going to the pack-in title for the Game Boy but was replaced by Tetris?
  3. That Iowa Senator Daniel F. Steck was the only person elected to the United States Senate despite getting fewer votes than his opponent?
  4. That according to Nintendo Power, Wario got into Mario Kart 64 by stealing Koopa Troopa's Kart?
  5. That in order to participate in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Wario had to turn down the engine of the Wario Car?
  6. That Super Mario 64 was originally going to have 32 courses?
  7. That Bob Hoskins didn’t know that the Super Mario Bros. film was based on a video game series when he agreed to play Mario?
  8. That James Shields is the only person to serve as a United States Senator from three different states?
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