Locked in the Library


Each week a new puzzle will be posted on Facebook. When you solve the puzzle, follow the link here or on the Facebook post to enter the answer on our password-protected page. Passwords are words, numbers, or a combination of the two. Passwords have no spaces, and all letters are lowercase.

When you solve the week’s puzzle, you’ll be given a piece of the Final Puzzle. Once you have all 10 pieces of the Final Puzzle, you’ll be able to figure out the final password. We will post a link where you can enter this password along with Week 10’s puzzle. You’ll have until March 10 to solve the Final Puzzle. Everyone who figures out the final password will receive a Virtual Puzzler award, and be entered into a raffle for a grand prize.

If needed, you can request a hint for the Final Puzzle or ask general questions about Locked in the Library itself by emailing us at info@fordlibrary.org or calling (708) 246-0520.


Week 1 (January 1)
Flat as a leaf, round as a ring; Has two eyes, can’t see a thing. What is it

Week 2 (January 8)
I am a three digit number.
My tens digit is five more than my ones digit.
My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit.
What number am I?

Week 3 (January 15)
A group of soldiers were standing in the blistering sun facing due west. Their sergeant shouted at them: Right turn! About turn! Left turn! In which direction are they now facing?

Week 4 (January 22)
Solve this jigsaw puzzle, the finished image will tell you the password.

Week 5 (January 29)
One of these boxes holds a ring. Based upon the inscriptions on the boxes (none or just one of them is true), choose one box where the ring is hidden.
Golden box
The ring is in this box.
Silver box
The ring is not in this box.
Lead box
The ring is not in the golden box.

Week 6 (February 5)
Solve this cryptogram and enter the 6th word into the Week 6 page.

Week 7 (February 12)
If you place 1 cake of soap on one side of a balance scale and 3/4 cake of soap and a 3/4-pound weight on the other, the weight will be equal and the pans will balance. How many pounds does 1 cake of soap weigh?

Week 8 (February 19)
This week you have a Word Wheel to solve. You can only use each letter once and the words you make must include the letter in the center of the wheel. See how many words you can find, but when you discover the 9 letter word, enter it into the Week 8 page.

Week 9 (February 26)
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
What is it?