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Kominers’s Conundrums: Groundhogging the Dark Side of Things

Can you identify the darkness devotees who welcomed Punxsutawney Phil’s wintry ruling?

Shadowy figures abound.

Shadowy figures abound.

Photographer: Tim Boyle/Hulton Archive

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday, heralding six more weeks of winter. But not everyone’s unhappy with him. At Conundrums, we’ve discovered an entire club of darkness devotees who love all things gloomy and are hoping to fix it so that Phil sees his shadow every year!

With the help of the Conundrums Compass, we found the online forum where individuals in this group adopt alter egos so they can talk shade and make shadow puns.  By adopting a shadowy pseudonym ourselves and lurking in the background, we’ve managed to learn a bit about who they are, presented in the clues below.