Flash Mystery of the Week – March 11

The Final Frontier

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Neil put his pen down. Shook his hand. “Writer’s cramp.” Michael and Buzz nodded agreement.

They stared at the hundreds of photos, still plenty awaiting their autograph. They couldn’t11 autograph a life insurance policy, so they autographed these photos instead. And like a life insurance policy, they hoped this Plan B would become unnecessary.

“Settle in,” the commander said later, from the cockpit. “Little longer than a transatlantic flight.”

Michael and Buzz grinned at the understatement. A transatlantic flight clocked in at about 3,000 miles. They’d just begun a journey of 240,000 miles. Four days later – before anyone aboard asked Are we there yet? – Neil and Buzz arrived at their destination. “The Eagle has landed,” the commander said.

They splashed into the Pacific four days later, Plan B unneeded. It’s smart planning to do unnecessary things when it frees your mind to concentrate on issues of more urgency.


Your mission: Enjoy the story, and determine what today’s tale has to do with today’s date: 11. We’ll be back with the solution in a day or two. If you can’t wait for another one next week, you can catch up on a previous Mystery of the Week.

8 thoughts on “Flash Mystery of the Week – March 11

  1. Hmmm. Okay, so I’m going with Apollo 11, but…there’s a rather obvious hint I don’t want to point out. (not until we get the solution) “The eagle has landed” meant Apollo 11 landed on the moon, plus the astronauts were Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

    Yes? AmIright? AmIright?

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    1. Winner winner, chicken dinner. Sans chicken, of course, there’s only bragging rights here.

      There were some rather obvious hints. Been a crazy long week, so I’m swinging back to the blog in simpler fashion. Still, the solution might bring a surprise anecdote.


  2. Funny, but as soon as I read “Neil” I thought “Armstrong–Apollo 11.” I don’t know why my brain connected Neil and 11 that way so quickly but there ya go. Now I feel smart for a few minutes. Trust me, it won’t take more than a few minutes for something to remind me I’m actually not that smart at all. 🙂

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    1. If you’re like me, Colin (hopefully not, for your sake), it’ll just take running into a family member. They’ll remind you, whether you need it or not.

      But around here, you are hereby christened Smart! If you’re gonna get it that quick, the next one definitely needs to get tougher.

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