First Mystery Map of the 2017-2018 Academic Year

What better way to kick off the fall semester with a Mystery Map? The stakes are high–pride and glory, a spot on the Mystery Map Hall of Fame™, and negotiable baked goods. Behold: When you have a guess, submit your answers below. Submissions are accepted until the end of September! 

October Mystery Map Solution

Only one person submitted a guess to our latest Mystery Map competition.  Amazingly enough, this guess was correct for all three variables, so congratulations – again – to Sam Masinter!  Here are the winning answers:   Variable A: number of scientific* Nobel Prizes per country Variable B: number of universities per country (see this link for […]

First Mystery Map of the Year!

We’re excited to release the first Mystery Map of the 2016-17 academic year! We had plans to create one much earlier in the year, but we’ve been so busy that it feels like we blinked on Labor Day and woke up in mid-October.  Check out the map by clicking on the image below.  When you […]

May Mystery Map Wrap-up

After a series of mystery maps that were cracked within a day, it looks like we finally stumped you! Believe it or not, nobody solved our most recent Mystery Map.  We had some good guesses: several people guessed it was simply distance from Northampton in miles.  This is on the right track, as it offers a plausible […]

Final Mystery Map of the Semester!

We know how much our faithful readers rely on our Mystery Maps to avoid doing what they’re supposed to be doing (and we’re mostly talking about faculty/staff here, folks!).  We wouldn’t want to let you down at this point in the year, when responsibilities to be avoided are at their peak! So, we present to you […]

April Mystery Map Solved!

Our past two mystery maps (showing the locations of carillons in North America and showing the path of zika) were solved within 24hrs after unleashing them into the wild. With this Mystery Map, we were hoping to stump our blog readers, but alas, this map was no match for your spatial thinking prowess.  The first […]

April Mystery Map

Put on your spatial thinking caps – the next Mystery Map Competition is a go! Click on the image below to see the full, interactive version. Two hints to get you started: First, this maps relates to an event which took place in early March.  Second, we could have shown data for the US in this […]

March Mystery Map Solution

With almost 600 views, our most recent Mystery Map proved to be one of our most popular. And perhaps one of our easiest as well – of the 14 submissions received, all correctly identified the theme of the map as the spread of the zika virus. Here’s our official winner list, in order of submission: […]

March Mystery Map

We’re excited to announce our first Mystery Map Competition of 2016! Like the carillon map, we used CartoDB to make this an interactive mystery map. Click on the image below to see the full thing. Once you have an idea of what this map might be showing, use the form below to submit your guess. Good luck!

December Mystery Map winners

  Out of the 70 people who viewed our Musical Mystery Map in December, eight sent in answers, and nearly all of them got at least a part of the question right. So, in order of submission, here’s who correctly guessed that the size of the bubbles represented number of bells: Leslie Vicente Soto Anonymous (we […]