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The 3 Elves: Amazing that a man and his puppet can have such a profound effect on so many people over several decades. Thanks for the memories, Floppy!!


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Hidden : 10/10/2010
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This cache is being placed for the "10-10-10: Ice Cream in the Boonies, Part Three " event.

The Floppy Show was an American children's TV program starring actor Duane Ellett , broadcast on WHO-TV from 1957 to 1987.

Duane Ellett delighted children for three decades. He entertained them with his puppet friend Floppy, a high-voiced beagle dog that enjoyed riddles and let kids beep his nose for luck. Ellett had carved Floppy himself from balsa wood, and brought him and his other puppet characters to life through self-taught ventriloquism.

In the 1970's and 1980's, the half-hour show consisted of short sketches with Ellett's puppets, a segment in which children asked Floppy riddles, and the airing of vintage Looney Tunes cartoons. Thousands of Iowans outside of Des Moines discovered the duo in their performances at the Iowa State Fair. Ellett also took Floppy on 200 personal appearances every year. They visited countless sick children in hospitals.

On August 30, 1984, WHO-TV canceled Ellett's afternoon show because of faltering ratings, and there was a public outcry. Ellett and his sidekick continued to appear on WHO's noon news and on weekend mornings. In May 1987, Ellett, Floppy, and their fans celebrated their 30th anniversary of entertaining together. Ellett died of a heart attack a month later while exercising.

The information required to answer the following questions can be found at the Floppy display inside the State of Iowa Historical Building. Admission to the Historical Building is free.

The Museum hours are:

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday and official state holidays

The final cache can be found at:

N 41 35.ABC

W 093 36.DEF


A = How many college pennants are hanging on the wall next to Floppy’s picture?

B = How many puppets OTHER THAN FLOPPY are on display?

C = What is the blue number hanging next to Floppy’s picture?

D = How many “Floppy Tributes” are on display?

E = What is the number on the FRONT of Duane Ellett’s suitcase?

F = What is the green number hanging next to Floppy’s picture?

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Svany: Zntargvp Xrl Obk.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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