The novel by the famous writer Mystery of the Puzzle began to be published in the magazine Mladý hlasatel just 80 years ago. The creators of the game placed 25 objects connected with Fast Arrows, Shadows and the whole trilogy by Foglar, mostly behind shop windows or windows of houses between Revoluční Street and Národní třída. “In the game guide, those interested in the game will always find the street and a description of where to look for the place and the artifact. There is always a description of the legend for each subject, but we do not want to reveal much, for example, for those who have not read the books yet, “outlines Roman Šantora from the Scout Foundation.
The creators of the game placed objects associated with the Fast Arrows, mostly behind shop windows or house windows between Revoluční ulice and Národní třída.
So we take the mentioned guide and go to the center of Prague for an adventure that we experienced as boys when reading the Mystery of the Puzzle. “Jaroslav Foglar never said exactly where the Shadows are. He knew that there would be more search for them, “Šantora mentioned, and so we search as well. And we are happy with every object found. We saw a flying bicycle, a yellow pin, a Vont notice board, a map of the Shadows, the Fast Arrows clubhouse, but also the hitherto unpublished first chapter from the fourth part of the novel entitled Who was Jan Tleskač? And we even saw a hedgehog in the cage. However, we did not find, for example, Width or Fast Arrows in life size. Often the objects are hidden quite ingeniously.
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We can’t tell you where to find it, but when you’re wandering the narrow streets without people, we’re glad it’s still light. As Šantora warned us, the Vontas still exist and they don’t like it when someone is interested in Stínadla. “We had to agree with them that the whole event would take place within their tolerances,” Šantora disappears, adding: “They still write handwritten messages in chalk on the walls.”
No one knows exactly where the specific things in the novel are, but much can be deduced. “We know that there is a consecrated church in Zlatá ulička, where there was a large warehouse of paper in which Foglar worked. We can therefore assume that this building became the inspiration for the church of St. Jakub in the book, “says Šantora. We visited 20 places out of 25 and again got the urge to read the Mystery Puzzle. You can find more about the game at www.rychlesipy.org, where you can also download a game diary.