For only the second
time, the Full Moon Rallye was run by someone other than
Ed -- previous winners Linda Cairnes and Jim Moskowitz.
This walking rally started at 30th Street Station, then
went around the Drexel area and back east across the
Schuylkill, ending at Roosevelt's Pub. There were a few
novel features to this rallye, including a new format
that divided the course up into 22 legs with clear
beginnings and ends, rather than using Route
Instructions. As often happens with inexperienced
designers, the rallye was unusually hard, and the mid-90s
temperatures only increased the difficulty -- several
teams decided to skip the last few legs, and several
others took time penalties. But the teams' high
scores nevertheless yielded a photo finish, with Ed and
Heather beating Madeline and Vincent by 355 to 360!
(In an unfortunate
postscript, the second-place team realized the next day
that they had actually gotten one more correct, but
hadn't protested during the unveiling of the 'correct'
answers, and by that point the winners had already been