Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer 2016 Seasonal Scavenger Challenge - Wimbledon

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For those who love tennis, Wimbledon is one of the most famous championships in the world. Even if we won't be playing when it begins in a few days, we can still share in the fun by participating in the summer scavenger challenge.

Summer Seasonal Scavenger Challenge - WIMBLEDON
Timeframe: 6/20/16 to 9/19/16

1. Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. It is the only Slam contested on grass and is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
* Read a book with some sort of party in the story - or - read book #4 of a series.
 Easy Kisses Kristen Proby 6/25/16

2. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. 
* Read a book set in the 1800's - or - read a book set in England.- both
'Til Death Do Us Part Amanda Quick 7/6/16
3. In 1876, lawn tennis (a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally given the name Sphairistikè) was added to the activities of the club. In spring 1877, the club was renamed "The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club" and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship. A new code of laws, replacing the code administered by the Marylebone Cricket Club, was drawn up for the event. Today's rules are similar except for details such as the height of the net and posts and the distance of the service line from the net.
* Read a book with a title containing 8 or more words (including the subtitle, if necessary) - or - read a book by an author who writes under more than one name.
Whisper Beach Shelley Noble 6/24/16

4. The inaugural Wimbledon Championship opened on July 9, 1877. The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held and was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player, from a field of 22. About 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final.
* Read a book set in the summer (June, July, August) - or - read a book that was inexpensive (library book, ARC, etc.).
Batter Up Robyn Neeley 6/20/16

5. Nowadays the tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled always on the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. 
* Read a book with at least two people on the cover, must be at least one man and one woman (show us the cover) - or - read a book with a day of the week in the title.
What You Need (Need You, #1) by Lorelei James Lorelei James 6/23/16

6. All participants are required to wear all-white or at least almost all-white clothing, a long-time tradition at Wimbledon. Some color accents are acceptable, provided the color scheme is not that of an identifiable commercial brand logo. Green clothing was worn by the chair umpire, linesmen, ball boys and ball girls until the 2005 Championships; however, beginning with the 2006 Championships, they were dressed in new navy blue and cream uniforms from American designer Ralph Lauren. This marked the first time in the history of the Championships that an outside company was used to design Wimbledon clothing.
* Read a book with a predominantly white cover (75% should be white, post the cover) - or - read a book with a character who is involved in the fashion world in some way (designer, tailor, etc., tell us how). - fashion blogger.
Major Misconduct Kelly Jamieson 6/27/16

7. Wimbledon continues to honor other long-standing traditions, including the eating of strawberries and cream, as well as royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. 
* Read a book from a long-standing series (more than 15 books, tell us the series) - or - read a book with a clean cover (no extra words, just the title and author's name, minimal artwork, show us the cover).  Love in Bloom
Sisters in Love Melissa Foster 7/3/16 

8. The lawns at the ground were planned so that the principal court was in the middle with the others arranged around it, hence the title "Centre Court". The name was retained when the Club moved to its present site, although no longer a true description of its location. However, in 1980 four new courts were brought into commission on the north side of the ground, which meant the Centre Court was once more correctly defined.
* Read a book whose title starts with a letter in CENTRE (disregard A, An, The) - or - read a book originally published before 1980.
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen J.J. McAvoy 6/28/16

9. In 1884, the very first winner of the Ladies Championship was Maud Watson. Her prize was a silver flower-basket worth 20 guineas.
* Read a book written by a female author - or - read a book with a flower/flowers on the cover (show us the cover).
Screwed Kendall Ryan 6/23/16

10. In 1884, the club added Ladies' Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles competitions. Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles events were added in 1913. Until 1922, the reigning champion had to play only in the final, against whomever had won through to challenge him/her.
* Read a book with double letters in the title - or - read a book with "84" or "13" or "22" found intact in the number of pages (tell us how many pages).
On My Knees Meredith Wild 06/20/16

11. As with the other three Major or Grand Slam events, Wimbledon was originally contested by top-ranked amateur players; professional players were prohibited from participating. This changed with the advent of the open era in 1968. The Championship was first televised in 1937.
* Read a book that has been made into a television series - or - read a book whose author's FIRST or LAST initial can be found in OPENERA.
On the Rocks Erin Duffy 6/20/16

12. A new retractable roof was built in time for the 2009 championships, marking the first time that rain did not stop play for a lengthy time on Centre Court. The Club tested the new roof at an event called "A Centre Court Celebration" on Sunday, 17 May 2009, which featured exhibition matches involving Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman. 
* Read a book with a cover that shows some sort of precipitation (show us the cover) - or - read a book with a celebration of some kind as part of the plot (tell us the celebration). 
Hollie gets married.
Hollie Porter Builds a Raft Eliza Gordon 6/21/16

13. Wimbledon consists of five main events, five junior events and five invitation events. 
The five main events are: Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.
The five junior events are: Boys' Singles, Girls' Singles, Boys' Doubles, Girls' Doubles, Disabled Doubles. No mixed doubles event is held at this level.
The five invitational events and the number of pairs are: Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles, Senior Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles, Ladies' Invitation Doubles, Gentlemen's Wheelchair Doubles, Ladies' Wheelchair Doubles.
* Read a book that is #5 on your TBR (by date added, oldest to newest, NOTE: If this book is not available, choose the next book on your TBR that is a multiple of 5--#10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) - or - read a book with a character who is disabled in some way.
Worth It All Claudia Connor 6/26/16

14. Matches in the Gentlemen's Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles are best-of-five sets; all other events are best-of-three sets. A tiebreak game is played if the score reaches 6–6 in any set except the fifth (in a five-set match) or the third (in a three-set match), in which case a two-game lead must be reached.
* Read a book with 3, 5, or 6 in the original publication YEAR (tell us the year) - or - read a book in which some sort sport is played. 2013
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Maggie O'Farrell 6/23/16

15. Since 2001, the courts used for Wimbledon have been sown with 100% perennial ryegrass. Prior to 2001 a combination of 70% ryegrass and 30% Creeping Red Fescue was used. The change was made to improve durability to better withstand the increasing wear of the modern game.
* Read a book with grass on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book originally published in 2001.
Silver Linings (Rose Harbor #4) by Debbie Macomber Debbie Macomber 6/26/16

16. In the championship games, ball boys and girls (known as BBG's) play a crucial role in the smooth running of the tournament. They have an average age of 15 and can serve for up to five tournaments. They work in teams of six, two at the net, four at the corners, with teams rotating one hour on court, one hour off. Teams are not told which court they will be working on for the day, to ensure the same standards across all courts. Each BBG receives a certificate, a can of used balls, a group photograph and a program when leaving. They also receive payment depending on the number of days served. BBG places are split 50:50 between boys and girls, with girls having participated since 1977.
* Read a book marked "Young Adult" on the GR main genre page - or - read a book with the letters "BBG" found within the title, in order.
Alexandra Lauren Royal 7/15/16

17. Prospective BBG's are first nominated by their school principal. To be selected, a candidate must pass written tests on the rules of tennis, as well as fitness, mobility and other suitability tests. Successful candidates then commence a training phase, starting in February, in which the final BBG's are chosen through continual assessment.
* Read a book in which a character is a student - or - read a book with some sort of test included in the plot. 
Finding North Rachel Dunning 6/21/16

18. Wimbledon employs 'Court Attendants' to maintain court conditions. Their principal responsibility is to ensure that the courts are quickly covered when it begins to rain. They are mainly university students working to make summer money. Centre Court is covered by full-time groundstaff, however.
* Read a book in which a university student has a job - or - read a book with a character who works the grounds in some way (gardener, caretaker, etc., tell us how).
Icing Kelly Jamieson 6/27/16

19. By tradition, the "Men's" and "Women's" competitions are referred to as "Gentlemen's" and "Ladies'" competitions at Wimbledon. Until 2009 female players were referred to by the title "Miss" or "Mrs" on scoreboards. As dictated by the strict rule of etiquette, married female players are referred to by their husbands' names: for example, Chris Evert-Lloyd appeared on scoreboards as "Mrs. J. M. Lloyd" during her marriage to John Lloyd. For the first time during the 2009 tournament, players were referred to on scoreboards by both their first and last names. 
The title "Mr" is not used for professional male players but is retained for amateurs, although chair umpires may refer to players as "Mr" when they use the replay challenge. The chair umpire will say "Mr is challenging the call..." However, the umpires still say Miss when announcing the score of the Ladies' matches.
* Read a book with an honorific in the title (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.) - or - read a book with an author who uses only initials in place of his/her first name.
A Beautiful Lie T.E. Sivec 6/24/16

20. Previously, players bowed or curtsied to members of the Royal Family seated in the Royal Box upon entering or leaving Centre Court. In 2003, however, the tradition was discontinued. Now, players are required to bow or curtsy only if HRH The Prince of Wales, or Her Majesty The Queen is present.
* Read a book with a royal character - or - read a book read a book set in a time period or country in which the characters bow or curtsy.
Duke of Sin Elizabeth Hoyt 7/19/16

♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link here for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it. 

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover. If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
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