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tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 2:54 AM

NEW WTHAIS -- LINKS & TALK

Hi all, (enthusiastic wave)
I'm creating this new thread because Zeedee, who's an avid and valued participant in the original thread, is unable to see the "down" arrow for easy navigation to the end of that thread. Please post all new links, discussion, witty comments, questions, etc. here. To go back and review the original thread, here's a link to it: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=101431&cID=6#chatbot

Now, back to the WTHAIs. First, oops! A few days ago, while posting about the cool lighthouse in Argentina WTHAI, I referred to it as "Stella Mirus." That should have been Stella Maris. (Duh.) We do have a prolific quiz writer/Sploofuser named Stellamirus, but as far as I know, she does not moonlight as a lighthouse.

OK, here are some more links:

1. For Nazia Hassan, the late Pakistani pop singer (no photo on Wikipedia page), here's a page showing the photo that was the basis for the puzzle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pimu/754066555/

2. For that handsome young Israeli writer Etgar Keret, here's a link: http://www.blueflowerarts.com/ekeret.html
(The Wikipedia page does show a photo but not the one used for the puzzle.)

3. In the original thread, Pepperdoc posted the link to the photo that was the basis for the Lloyd Dobler felt finger puppet puzzle. Thanks again, Pepper! If anyone missed seeing the actual WTHAI and would like to see how it was cropped, here's a link to a screenshot I took of the completed puzzle: http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/9017/21lloyddoblerfh0.jpg

4. For Irish folk singer Damien Rice, the Wikipedia page does have a photo but not the one used for the puzzle, so here's a link: http://weblogs.newsday.com/entertainment/music/blog/2006/12/damien_rice_beacon_theatre_121.html

5. For the Mojave phone booth in California, the Wikipedia page shows no photo. Here's a link to a screenshot I took of the completed puzzle: http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5169/20themojavephoneboothcaud6.jpg

6. For the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, the Wikipedia page doesn't have a view of what was seen in the puzzle, which was an aerial shot of the house. Here's a link for that: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eclennox/181224204/

And here's a link to a screenshot of the actual WTHAI: http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/7914/21winchestermysteryhousfi5.jpg

BTW, speaking just for myself of course, I do appreciate it that Sploofus links us, in general, to Wikipedia pages, even if the exact photos for the WTHAIs aren't there, as I do enjoy reading about all the people and places.

Now, I'd like to talk a bit about the very cool WTHAI of the Burns Cliff inside the Endurance Crater on Mars. Thank you, editors, for coming up with a truly out-of-this-world stumper! It took nearly 400 guesses and a hint before someone solved it. Interestingly, the 13th guess (very early in the puzzle), was Mars. At that point, probably only one tile had been uncovered. Eventually, there would be over about 40 guesses having to do with Mars or other celestial bodies before Loudmouthlee pinpointed the actual spot on Mars. Humor points go to a couple of players who guessed Area 51.

If you didn't get to see the interesting clue used for the Mars puzzle or if you've never seen what a clue looks like for a WTHAI, here's a link for that: http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/6031/marswithclueax3.jpg

Congratulations to Stoutyoungladd for solving two very cool WhereTHAIs in two days (The Coca-Cola Building and the Mojave phone booth), and congratulations to all the other solvers! Way to go!

-- Geri

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 6:14 AM

Why do all the WhereTHAIs to which I've actually been appear and get solved overnight before I even see 'em!
It's a conspiracy!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 7:18 AM

Great job, Geri, in pulling this together!!! I was especially interested to see the full photo of the Mystery House. After reading the Wiki article, I was very curious.

And, Surreyman, I agree! But I'm on a different time zone!?

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 7:48 AM

Geri, how sweet of you!!
Thanks!
This thread DOES have the green "down" arrow. I still do not understand why the other thread lacked it for me alone. Oh, well.......you have fixed it for me. I am touched and grateful.

Now, who the heck is that mustachioed dude? Over 400 guesses and still no clues?

Diane

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 8:04 AM

Needle, meet Haystack.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 8:31 PM

Okay, I was away from the computer all day. I'm hoping someone posts the screenshot of the puzzles I missed.
Was there ever a clue for John Tenniel (Mustachioed Dude)? If so, what was it?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 8:46 PM

And why didn't my guess of "Daryl Dragon" win?

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 9:41 PM

The mustachioed guy had a clue something like "Victorian England" or something.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:36 AM

Thanks, Suzer! I had heard there was a clue posted for Sir John Tenniel but didn't see it myself.

Kaufman wrote: "And why didn't my guess of "Daryl Dragon" win?"

LOL. OK, Ken, you can have some points for cleverness and alliteration, which Lewis Caroll no doubt would appreciate.

Now, I imagine Sir John had a sense of humor, so I wonder what he would think if he knew we had now dubbed him The Moustachioed Dude?

In any case, I thought the Tenniel WTHAI was an excellent stumper (with nearly 700 guesses), and one of those that I'm sure many of us kicked ourselves about after the puzzle was solved. We're all familiar with his delightful illustrations, especially for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." Now I'll always remember his face as well.

BTW, the Wiki page for Tenniel just shows a self-portrait. If you were away and missed seeing the actual puzzle, here's a link:
http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/2043/23sirjohntennielrw8.jpg

Here are some other links that show the photo used for the puzzle and also have some neat info:
http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/alice/
http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alice6.html

More info on other WTHAIs:

1. For the Valentre Bridge in France, the Wikipedia page is good for the photo used. But the author(s) keep us in suspense by writing, "The legend associated with this bridge is one of the most fully realized of all Devil's Bridge legends, with a carefully developed plot, complex characters, and a surprising dénouement." Wow! I don't know about you, but I wanted to read the whole story, especially since I'm into folktales! But they don't provide it. And I had a devil of a time tracking it down!

Here's a link to the legend, provided by the city of Cahors (where the bridge is located): http://www.mairie-cahors.fr/Tourisme/Pontval/Legendeanglais.html

And here's a link to a site that has a close-up shot of the tower where there's a small devil sculpture (placed there in the late 19th century): http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0000635

2. For St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, the Wikipedia page is great, but for anyone who missed that WTHAI, the editors used some creative cropping to highlight key symbols associated with Austria. Here's a link to what the actual puzzle looked like: http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/2254/25ststephenscathedralvisf4.jpg

3. For Edith Head, there's no photo on the Wikipedia page. Here's a link for that (you have to scroll down about halfway):
http://listverse.com/entertainment/top-10-best-of-the-best-in-movies/

Now, backing up to early Friday, hat tip to the editors for choosing El Greco's painting of Toledo, Spain, for a WTHAI. I wasn't a beta tester, so I don't know if paintings were used in the past for WhereTHAIs, but I think it's a great way to add even more fun to these puzzles. (It's logical to me to use paintings for the WhoTHAIs, but I hadn't thought of using paintings for the WhereTHAIs.)

BTW, if any of you world travelers (Surreyman, Achad, Kaufman, etc.) have actually been to any of these cool locations shown in the puzzles, please consider telling us some of your Amusing Anecdotes of Amazing Adventures (or vice versa)!

-- Geri

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 5:58 AM

The only one I specifically recall having been to are two of the three I actually have guessed (I know there were a few others) -- Universal Studios Florida and South of the Border. Only one merits stories, and perhaps I'll write them up later.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 6:50 AM

I can only recall the Paphos Castle, Cyprus at the moment - up it flashed and I'd just returned from standing on its battlements a few months previously - luverly!

I know the recent Mount Nemrut, Turkey well, but that was one of those overnighters that appeared and was solved before I'd even got up! There's a story there - we last visited Nemrut on the same trek in which we got turned back from the suddenly closed Syria/Turkey border, literally while we were crossing it. The date? 9/11!

I got the Lion Mountain in Sri Lanka, but simply knew of it, I haven't been there - yet! - although my son has.

I was xxxxxxxxxd off at the winning answer 'Morocco' for a sand dune photo that could have been anywhere in North Africa/Middle East/Asia. I love the deserts, and spent ages trying to track down the actual dune!




pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 7:57 AM

Thanks, Geri! I enjoyed reading the legend of the bridge.

For St. Stephen's church, the photo also appears about halfway down on the page on Vienna, with the cutline "Stephensdom". I think that's why one of the guesses used that name.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 11th Aug '08 10:30 AM

Geri, I was the creator of the puzzle with El Greco's painting. I'm glad you enjoyed it. If memory serves me correctly, I have also included 3 other paintings as WhereTHAI puzzles. They were Bathing at La Grenouillere by Monet, Guernica by Picasso (I believe I did a very closely cropped photo for this one), and View of Delft by Vermeer. If there were any others, I can't recall them right now.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 6:03 PM

Oh yeah, I've also been to Masada, but that WTHAI snuck by while I was sleeping or otherwise out.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 2:50 AM

Ken -- Ah yes, the South of the Border roadside attraction. That was a very cool WTHAI. I'd love to hear a story about that.

Surreyman -- Thanks! I'd love to visit Turkey someday -- always wanted to go to Istanbul. Also, I don't recall the WTHAI on the Paphos Castle, so I'll have to track that down. Sounds interesting.

Sploofusmaximus -- Thanks very much for the info on the other three paintings! Vermeer is one of my favorite artists. I'm looking forward to the next time you challenge us with a painting WhereTHAI!

----------------------------------------------------
OK, and now it's time for Bullwinkle's Corner. Our lovable moose mascot will recite part of "The Swing," by Robert Louis Stevenson:

"How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh I do think it is the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!"
----------------------------------------------------

What do you suppose comes after a lyrical intermission? That's right, links! So, get out your golf clubs and get ready to play!

1. For Ray Dolby, the Wiki page doesn't show what we saw in the puzzle, so here you go:
http://www.dvdfever.co.uk/reviews/dddemo.shtml

That was a good stumper and required a clue: "I am an American inventor." I wish I'd had a chance to work on that puzzle last night, as it occurred to me that he might be an inventor. The puzzle was very good, I thought, in that it provided a sort of visual red herring -- the globe that Dolby is leaning on. Why is he leaning on a globe? Because he founded a multinational corporation? Because he's a globetrotter? Because he's secretly a Sploofuser who likes geography?

2. For Scottish actor Tommy Flanagan, the Wiki page has no photo, so here's a link for that:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1790024448/nm0281107

OK, that's it for now,
-- Geri


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 5:43 AM

Oh yep - sorry Kauf - it was I who got Masada too. I've collected several T-shirts from that one, one of my favourite spots, historically, scenically and just about everything elsely.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:40 AM

Surreyman and Ken,
I nearly got Masada. I recognized it, but for some idiotic reason did not take a guess. I did the same thing for Elie Wiesel, and I recognized him after only two tiles had been exposed. Oh well. Better luck next time, eh?

-- Geri

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:40 AM

I never saw the Dolby clue, but I had been looking at camera inventors earlier. I mistook whatever that is that he's holding for a little camera. I wasn't patient enough to search beyond that.

I was the one who got the Vermeer painting of Delft. I lived for a while in Saudi Arabia, and one year KLM offered an incredibly cheap package deal if one was willing to fly to Amsterdam on Christmas Day and leave on New Year's Eve. The package included the hotel room -- I guess that hotel rooms tend to be empty during that week. Our kids opened their gifts on Christmas Eve that year. We got up super early and flew into Amsterdam which happened to have a white Christmas that year. My kids were thrilled! (No white Christmases in Al Khobar.) My husband and I sat at a window in the hotel cafe watching my son and daughter playing in the snow just outside while we sipped steaming cups of coffee. Mmmm. Later in the week we took a bus tour which included a trip to a Delft factory. Except for the factory itself, the only clear memory I have of the city is that bridge that was in the painting. Several days before that puzzle appeared, there had been a picture of a similar bridge that I was SURE was Delft. It wasn't. So when I saw another similar bridge, I thought "What are the chances?" But I took a chance anyway, and to my great surprise, I was correct! I must admit, though, that at the time I guessed, I did not even realize that I was looking at a painting instead of a photo. It brought back some really nice memories though.
Diane

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 7:09 AM

That's a wonderful, vivid story, Diane! Thanks for sharing!

After reading your story, Diane, I just had to track down Vermeer's painting, so here's a link to it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Vermeer-view-of-delft.jpg

-- Geri



zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 8:33 AM

Well, Geri, thanks for posting that link.
Now that I see the painting in the larger format, I can see that the bridge in the painting is not the one I remember after all!
LOL
Diane

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 8:42 PM

Hope someone has a copy of the Nolan Ryan puzzle. I assume it wasn't the one on the wiki page as the uniform would have been an awfully big clue.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 9:24 PM

Hi Diane,

For baseball legend Nolan Ryan, here's a link: http://www.murphycenter.unt.edu/luncheon/index.php

And congratulations to Pepperdoc for solving that one!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 9:27 PM

Also, Ken, didn't you recently (last month?) drive by something featured in a WTHAI? Maybe in Nebraska?

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 9:28 PM

We poor Texas Rangers fans are a long-suffering bunch!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 10:58 PM

Oh, right. Scotts Bluff. Unfortunately, I was offline touristing when the puzzle ran.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 1:45 AM

Hi all,
For the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut, the Wikipedia page doesn't show the same view of the Museum that we saw in the puzzle. It was a another good sort of visual red herring, in that I had a hard time discerning the age of the structure. It looked too well-preserved to be a real medieval castle, but then you never know. Also, I was unable to track down a link to a website showing what we saw in the puzzle, but I did take a screenshot, and here's a link to that:
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/5674/31wadsworthatheneumconnqw3.jpg

Now, compare that image with this photo:
http://www.nassaulibrary.org/hewlett/wadsworth.jpg

Notice that the year 1842 and "Wadsworth Atheneum" appear above the entrance to the museum, although they're not visible in the image used for the puzzle. (That would have made it too easy for us! )

Congratulations to Stoutyoungladd and other recent solvers!
-- Geri


smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 1:57 AM

Thanks Geri! It was the newspaper dispensers out front that gave away the castle for me....decided it was a public institution of some kind. Fun when u get one!!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 7:21 AM

Ouch! Somebody solved "Big Tex" while I was sleeping! How many times have I walked past him at the State Fair, when he says "Howdy, folks!" (Editors could have posted a photo of fried corn on the cob, fried pickles, fried Twinkies, fried anything...and I would have guessed the State Fair of Texas.)

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 7:37 AM

WhereTHAI Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn

The picture that appears to be the one used for WTHAI, which was heavily cropped:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Kakadu_2427.jpg


It can also be reached from the Wikipedia article "Kakadu National Park" at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakadu




gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 8:04 AM

Congratulations, Larry! I had no ideas of what to search on that one!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 8:46 AM

Pepper - LOL! When I saw the completed Big Tex puzzle, I figured you'd recognize him right off the bat. Too bad it ended up being a puzzle that was up while you were sleeping.

Larry - Congratulations, and thanks so much for tracking down those links! I guess that's one crocodile I wouldn't mind wrestling with. The Kakadu National Park looks like a wonderful place to visit. Larry, could you please activate your Jedi Knight powers and transport me there pronto?

-- Geri

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 10:30 AM

Tresgatos --- Geri -- you rock, for updating the post!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 8:47 PM

Congratulations to Stupidbecky03 on the "Canyon De Chelly Arizona" monument with on 1 tile disclosed!
Great job!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 9:36 PM

I still get a chuckle from her name. Great job!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 11:55 PM

Pennwoman -- Thanks! (blushing)

Indeed, that was an awesome solving job by Becky for recognizing the White House Ruins in the Canyon de Chelly!

A few posts above, Ken (Kaufman) mentioned that he's actually been to the South of the Border rest stop and roadside attraction. For anyone who missed that WTHAI last month, here's a link to that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:South_of_the_Border_-_The_Sombrero_Tower.JPG

Very cool sombrero!

OK, time for more links:

1. The Wiki page for Stokely Carmichael didn't show what we saw, so here you go:
http://www.freewebs.com/aaprp_atlanta/Kwame_Ture.html

2. Same goes for the Wiki page for Yannick Noah, so here's a link for him:
http://moikyky.centerblog.net/3301671-yannick-noah

3. The Wiki page for Port Arthur Tasmania is very interesting for info, but the main photo at the top right isn't exactly the same as what we saw. So, for anyone interested, here's a screenshot of the completed puzzle:
http://img98.imageshack.us/my.php?image=33portarthuraustraliataqa1.jpg

Now, Tasmania is a place I've always wanted to visit. Have any of our Australian Sploofusers been there?

That's all for now,
-- Geri


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 5:21 AM

I just got Kizhi, Russia.
No - I haven't been there!
1% perspiration and 99% luck!


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 7:38 AM

Great job, Surreyman! (Just saw the photo, and read the article about the churches. Fascinating.)

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 2:48 AM

Congratulations, Surreyman! Yeah, those churches are incredible!

OK, before I post links, I just wanted to say I hope that by updating this thread frequently that I haven't scared anyone away from posting links that they find. Don't be shy, anyone can post away, like Larrybus, Pepperdoc and others!

1. For the Transfiguration Church in Russia, the Wikipedia page is great, as Pepper noted above, but if you want to see exactly what the puzzle looked like (cropped, etc.), here's a link for that: http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=35transfigurationchurchrq2.jpg

2. For Mitch "Just Follow the Bouncing Ball" Miller, here's a link for him since the Wiki page has no photo:
http://www.hitparadehalloffame.org/2008/ArtistPages/MitchMiller.html

3. For Japanese author Haruki Murakami, here's a link for him since the Wiki page doesn't show what we saw in the puzzle:
http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hbr/issues/fall06/articles/BlindWillow.shtml

That link takes you to The Harvard Book Review and a review of a collection of Murakami's short stories. I didn't read the whole review, but I'm very interested in world literature and had never heard of Murakami before, so I'm glad to be introduced to him via the WTHAI. Thanks, editors!

4. For Cat Power, I wasn't able to quickly find a possible source for the puzzle, but here's a screenshot of what the completed WTHAI looked like (again, different from what's on Wikipedia): http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/1038/34catpoweros8.jpg

Aside from sharing anecdotes about your adventures in Australia or Turkey or Peoria , if any of you have a particular interest in a Who person, feel free to share that as well. Along those lines, when I was about eight, I went around telling people about this scientist named "Macaroni" (Guglielmo Marconi) and giggling. He had been a Jeopardy question, and I thought I was so clever changing his name like that.

That's all for now,
-- Geri



dyenamite
Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 2:57 AM

Yeah, Geri-Spice I have been to Tassie ... 4 times (Hate it, you can tell!)

It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Man fern rain forests, giant waterfall gullies, picturesque mountains and valleys, wonderful wildlife and limestone caves. (And a whole peninsula reserved for the families of employees of the Cadbury chocolate factory!!) Hobart, the capital, is pretty cute, just don't turn down the wrong street coz most of them are one way!

You might laugh, but when you go out in the sun in Tas, you start to really feel what the hole in the ozone layer is about! You burn in 10 mins and sting in the shower for over a week. UV is very high, as its so much closer to the depleted ozone, so Slip Slop Slap and Wrap!

If you ever get to Tas you must go south and see the quaint little "Doo Town"

http://www.discovertasmania.com/destinations/hobart_and_surrounds/doo_town

Oh, and this nearby historic site ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_(Australia)

So sad when this happened. If you never heard of the mass killing spree that took place, read up a bit on Port Arthur - One of the first penal colonies for our 'POMS' that were brought out from the Mother Land! A sad and historic place in its own right, it didn't need this sort of attention.

Have a nice day guys and glams and hug someone you love for me today, ok?
xoxox Ricky Boy

PS If ya want to chat about all things Oz, come and join me, Bev and the rest of the rabble from Downunder in our Aussie Community Group ... no need to be an Aussie to join!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 6:42 AM

Aaaaaagggggggghhhhhhhhh - another overnighter I didn't even see - the Brighton Pavilion is just down the road from me. I resign!

(Good idea Aussies - I hereby announce the launch of our Welsh Group - in Welsh only, of course).

dyenamite
Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 8:54 PM

http://sploofus.com/groups.sp?groupID=34

Here's the link to Aussie group - Hope ya find us!



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 1:31 AM

*** Dyenamite (Rick) --
Thanks so much for posting about Tasmania (and inviting us to join the Australia group)! The info about Cadbury's Chocolate Factory was especially interesting. Ah, the power of suggestion. Now I want ... chocolate! I read a bit more about Cadbury's facility, and one website said it's the largest chocolate factory in the southern hemisphere. Wow!
http://www.tchange.com.au/regions/cadbury_claremont.html

I love spelunking, so I'm game to visit any of the caves, as long as you can reach them without using mountaineering equipment. Mainly I'd love to see the flora and fauna distinctive to the island.

*** Surreyman -- So sorry you missed having a chance to take a guess on the Brighton Pavilion. It's really neat, though, that you live so close to it! Did you get to see any of the puzzle? If not, (and for anyone else who missed the puzzle), when you click on the link that takes you to the Wiki page, it was the photo of the pavilion at night that was used.

*** If anyone missed the Milli Vanilli WTHAI, when you click on the link for them, the image used for the puzzle was the one on their 2007 Greatest Hits album.

*** For Guy Smiley, there's no photo on the Wiki page, so here's a link for that: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Guy_Smiley
It's the black & white photo depicting Guy doing the weather that was the basis for the puzzle.

*** For Patuxay, Laos, the Wikipedia page shows the beautiful photo used for the WTHAI, but we only saw part of the monument in the puzzle. If you missed that one, here's what we saw:
http://img512.imageshack.us/my.php?image=39patuxaylaosuf3.jpg

Today we had some very speedy solvers, and a hearty congratulations to them all -- Jeannarie, Nelly, Slicko, Chrondo, Quizmaster4 and Madmario. And many cheers to all the other solvers!

That's it for now,
-- Geri

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 11:27 AM

Is there any way that new puzzles can open with one tile already showing?
I don't see the point of a blank puzzle lying there for an hour or two - unless it's to frustrate, in which case it's highly effective!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 11:21 PM

Hi all,
Well, we've had several interesting puzzles in the last couple of days! I wish I had been around for the WTHAI of Santa Monica, since I've been there several times.

The links the past couple of days have also been excellent -- hat tip to the editors! I only have a few words of explanation in case you missed the puzzles, since the links sometimes take you to pages with multiple photos:

-- For Freetown Christiania, Denmark, the image used for the puzzle was the third photo down on the Wikipedia page, the one showing the lovely mural.

-- For Santa Monica, California, the image used for the puzzle was the entrance to the Santa Monica pier.

-- For George McGovern, the image used was the one of him on the cover of Time Magazine in 1972.

-- For Weird Al Yankovic, the image used was the one of him performing in Australia in 2007.

If you didn't read the Wiki page on Point State Park in Pennsylvania, it's "named for: the Point of confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forming the Ohio River." I just love that name "Monongahela."

Congratulations to Nelly for solving three WhereTHAIs in three days and two in a row! Also, congratulations to Foogs for solving two WhoTHAIs in two days! Way to go! Cheers and hurrahs to all the other solvers!

That's all for now,
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 11:56 PM

...and my apologies to Sen. McGovern for guessing South American dictators....

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 12:28 AM

I did not get to see the Point State Park puzzle at all. Was the photo of the fountain used?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 12:48 AM

Hi Diane,
Yep, the image used for the Point State Park WTHAI was a cropped version of the photo on the Wikipedia page, showing mainly the fountain.

-- Geri

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 2:43 AM

Wish I had seen that one -- I think I would have recognized it. I live in Western PA.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 6:07 AM

Could Geri or someone explain to me the "Cobo Arena" picture?

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 6:21 AM

Presumably that's where that incident happened. Should have been in "Who"!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 6:25 AM

Nancy Kerrigan, the figure skater who was attacked. This strikes me (pardon the bad pun) as similar to the boxing photo that was Madison Square Garden.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Mon, 18th Aug '08 9:14 AM

We like to mix things up and bit and keep you on your toes! Showing a famous event can count as a "where" in our book! You need just as much trivial knowledge to identify where that event occurred as who it involved!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 10:54 AM

The Richat Structure is amazing! Googlemap it in "Satellite" by searching Ouadane Mauritania, and it's to the northeast of the town. It's enormous! Several times bigger than the town, so you'll have to back out a bit to see it. I never even knew it existed. Thanks, Sploofs. Way cool.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 10:55 AM

And thank you, Tregatos, for hosting a chat for the WTHs.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 6:56 PM

That's my problem. I couldn't tell who it was or what she was doing. I was gussing she was just some fan plotzing at a Stevie Wonder show.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 8:41 PM

Well, your first guess was better than mine. She looked like Imelda Marcos just hearing the news that her shoes had been confiscated.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 10:42 PM

It wasn't a guess. That was my comment after I saw the correct guess.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 2:54 AM

Hi all,

-- Regarding the WTHAI of Sister Kate, I'd meant to say earlier that I thought that one was really clever since it featured two people. I noticed many players were making guesses on the baby at first, until it was clear that the woman was wearing a nun's habit.

-- Zeedee (Diane) -- for Point State Park, here's a link to what the completed puzzle looked like: http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/3158/45pointstateparkpennsylvx7.jpg

It was solved after only two tiles had been removed. If you number the tiles 1 through 12 going from left to right like so:
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12

I'm pretty sure the tiles that had been removed were #11 and #2 or #3. So, I hope that gives you an idea of what you might have seen and whether or not you would have recognized it.

-- Smoke -- Yeah, that Richat Structure is truly incredible. I wish I'd been around for that puzzle, as I've heard of it being a landmark for space shuttle crews. I'm not sure I would have recognized it after only 2 tiles, though. Congratulations to Equitriv for solving it so quickly!

-- Pepperdoc wrote: "She looked like Imelda Marcos just hearing the news that her shoes had been confiscated."
LOL.

You know, I still don't recognize Nancy Kerrigan no matter how many times I look at that photo. Still, I have no problem with an occasional WhereTHAI like this, if a person is strongly associated with a particular place. How about a shot of the feet of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay atop Mount Everest? I might actually get that one.

OK, time for more links and stuff:

1. For Mae West, the link is great. If you missed the puzzle, though, the photo used was the second one down on the right -- the one labeled "Diamond Lil" from 1933.

2. For Kenny Loggins, the page linked to has no photo, so here's a link to the photo used for the puzzle:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footloose_(song)

3. For Brian Bonsall, there's no photo on the Wiki page for him, so here's a link for that:
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/12282/sort/2/cat/1005/page/1

Smoke20 wrote: "And thank you, Tresgatos, for hosting a chat for the WTHs."

You're quite welcome, it's a pleasure! My PC is sort of on auto-pilot and does most of the work for me.

Later gators,
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 3:01 AM

Sorry,

The link to the Kenny Loggins photo had one character out of whack. I hope this one works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footloose_(song)

-- Geri





tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 3:07 AM

Arrgh. OK, you need to either copy and paste the link above into your browser and hit enter to see the photo used for the Kenny Loggins WTHAI, or you can just click on this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76616736@N00/84081397/

-- Geri

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 8:00 AM


When you added the missing parenthesis to the link above, it did not become part of the link. You can see that the added mark is black instead of blue.
For future reference, when you try to add to a link you have to delete the last character to get INTO the link, then retype the character plus whatever you are adding.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footloose_(song)

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 8:58 AM

Hi Diane,
You know, I tried that, and it didn't work. I think there's just something funky about that link. When I click on the one in your post, it doesn't work for me. Weird, eh? Does it work for you?

Anyway, thanks for your help!
-- Geri

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 12:27 PM

Da*n! You're right. I got the same black ) that you did. I'm going to try one more time just to see if I can make it work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footloose_(song)

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 12:28 PM

Nope. It IS a funky link. Oh, well. I tried........


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 4:32 PM

Enough already with the blue holes!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 20th Aug '08 12:01 AM

Hmm, interesting with the WhoTHAIs today how we went from the Patron Saint of Teachers to a modern-era "Queen of Burlesque." That's definitely mixing things up and keeping us on our toes!

Jean-Baptiste de La Salle was a good stumper, requiring over 700 guesses and two clues (that he was French and a teacher) before finally being solved by Nelly. Great job!

And as always, congratulations to all the other winners!
-- Geri

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Wed, 20th Aug '08 12:41 AM

Did anyone go to the wiki page for Brian Bonsall, the Family Ties kid??..

"Currently working in construction and residing in Boulder, Colorado, Bonsall pled guilty in 2007 for third-degree assault of his girlfriend. In late July 2008, Bonsall failed to show for a court appearance in Boulder, Colorado and is currently a fugitive"

WOW lol

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 20th Aug '08 12:56 AM

No, but I have now. Yikes!
There seemed to be something odd about his lower lip on the photo. I thought vampire bite marks, but upon closer inspection, I think it's lip piercing. (Who would have thought lip piercing would be tame by comparison?)

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Thu, 21st Aug '08 4:18 AM

Congratulations to Hollywoodak for getting Linda Thompson!

The Linda Thompson Wikipedia article doesn't have a picture of her. The picture used for the WTHAI can be found at:

http://www.last.fm/music/Linda+Thompson?autostart



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 21st Aug '08 10:04 AM

Thanks a million for posting that link, Larry!

To all interested WTHAI folks, please take a look at another thread I started last night (didn't want to clutter up this one). It's called, "Do You Want a WTHAI Leaderboard for August?" It's here in Trivial Tangents, but if you want a link, here you go: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=105505&cID=6

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

Now, getting back to this thread ... just as an FYI for readers, if we don't post links to photos, that means whatever page the official Sploofus link takes you to is good and shows you what the puzzle was based on. But even if the Wiki page doesn't show a photo or the correct photo, there's generally plenty of interesting text to read.

-- Lisap369 and Pepperdoc: Yeah, I saw that about Brian Bonsall. If the Wiki page is correct, and he really is a fugitive, I hope he turns himself in. I wasn't sure what was going on with his lower lip, either, but then I too finally decided it must be lip piercing.

Now time for more links & commentary:

1. For the Grieg Hall in Norway, I wish I'd had a chance to work on that one. I like the architecture of the building, not to mention classical music. Anyway, the official Sploofus link is a good one. A photo of the Hall is also on the page for Bergen, Norway, and it's interesting to read about the city in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen,_Norway

2. For the Blue Grotto in Italy, the Sploofus link is good. If you'd like to see more stunning photos of the island of Capri, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capri

3. For the islet of Viringili, India, the Wiki page doesn't show what was used for the puzzle, so here are a couple of links for that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viringili

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minicoy_Island Scroll down about halfway to see the islet at this link, and the text is interesting as well.

4. For Dita Von Teese, the Wiki page doesn't show the photo used for the puzzle. Here's what the completed puzzle looked like: http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7614/49ditavonteesejr9.jpg

5. For Margot Fonteyn, what a great photo of her. The Wiki page doesn't show what was used for the puzzle, so here's a link for that, showing Fonteyn in costume for "La Peri," an extended pas de deux: http://www.vam.ac.uk/tco/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/index.html (scroll down about halfway)

OK, that brings you up to date since Larry posted the link for Linda Thompson. Congratulations to all the recent solvers!

-- Geri



surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 5:20 AM

Well, I do have to ask how the 'Scallop' in 'Where' was just recognised from the one not very helpful tile exposed!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 10:26 AM

Hi all,

Congratulations to Pyoung who solved this morning's WhereTHAI faster than I've ever seen! Since it's possible many of you missed what the puzzle looked like after only one tile was exposed, here's a link to that: http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/253/thescallopaldeburghenglsa9.jpg

After taking a close look at that one exposed tile, and once I knew the image was of a large scallop sculpture, I could see the characeristic edges and ridges associated with a scallop.

Now, for all of you who also play WRs and WMs, I must remind you that a scallop is a marine bivalve mollusk of the family Pectinidae. Kudos to the editors for sneaking a mollusk into a WTHAI.

I find the story of that sculpture really interesting. Aside from finding a photo of it via the official Sploofus link, you can also find it on the Wiki page about British composer/conductor Benjamin Britten: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Britten
The photo of the sculpture on that page looks almost surreal. I have a few classical recordings conducted by Britten, but I'd never seen this sculpture. Anyway, I can understand how the sculpture could create controversy among the inhabitants of Aldeburgh.
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More links & commentary will be coming later, but for now, I have to sign off. In the meantime, bravo to Pepperdoc for her double win last night, solving the Roald Amundsen puzzle and the stumper WhereTHAI, Playa de las Americas Tenerife! And Nelly continues to amaze, as she recently solved two WhereTHAIs in two days!

Congratulations to all the other winners!
-- Geri


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 12:26 PM

"marine bivalve mollusk"...wouldn't that be a "who" and not a "where"?

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 4:46 AM

For the Wilhelm Tell Memorial Switzerland WTHAI, the picture in the wikipedia article shows a painting of the memorial circa 1900. The picture used for the actual WTHAI image is a photograph of it and can be seen at:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Wilhelm_Tell_in_Altdorf.jpg

The WTHAI image was fairly tightly cropped around the statue but included the bay windows just to the right of it.





larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 6:18 AM

Congratulations to brand new (joined 08-24-2008!) for getting Jaguar Paw from Apocalypto!

The Wiki article doesn't have the picture used in the WTHAI, but it was very similar to this one (cropped):

http://www.inklingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/Image/rudy_youngblood_apocalypto.jpg



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 10:52 AM

Hi all,
Thanks so much, Larry, for posting those links and explanatory notes, and congratulations on solving the Wilhelm Tell Memorial in Altdorf, Switzerland!

OK, go grab your favorite snack and get ready for some more links & commentary:
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1. Chen Lu. Going all the way back to this past Thursday, the Wiki page for the two-time Olympic bronze medalist in figure skating has no photo, and I wasn't able to find a possible source for what was shown in the puzzle, so here's a screenshot of the completed WTHAI: http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/7347/52chenlupt2.jpg
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2. Babe Zaharias. For her, the Wiki page has no photo, so here's a link: http://www3.mpls.k12.mn.us/marcy/Heroes/Dickerson/Babe_Didrikson_Homepage.html

It was fun reading about her again. I especially had to laugh at the following, under "Contemporary Impressions" on the Wiki page: "It would be much better if she and her ilk stayed at home, got themselves prettied up and waited for the phone to ring," attributed to sportswriter Joe Williams, New York World-Telegram (no year given). Good thing Babe had a mind of her own, eh?
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3. Sportacus. For him, the Wiki page doesn't show exactly what was seen in the puzzle, so here's a link. (Just click on the photo at that site to enlarge it): http://www.picturethatcake.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=190
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4. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. For her, the Wiki page doesn't have the photo used for the puzzle. The following site does show what was used, and it's an interesting site about the jewels she's wearing, but there are multiple other pictures of the queen: http://www.royaldutchjewels.nl/new_page_4.htm So, here's a screenshot of the completed puzzle:
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/9713/59queenbeatrixofthenethxw4.jpg

Note that the editors cropped off the tiara to try to disguise the fact that the person depicted was royalty, but Pepperdoc figured it out anyway, and solved the puzzle after only one tile!
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5. Ron White. For him, the Wiki page has no photo, so here's a link: http://www.clemson.edu/newsroom/articles/2007/november/RonWhite.php5
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6. Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden Portland Oregon. The official link is cool in that it takes you to a page with a lot of interesting information, but there's no photo of what was seen in the puzzle -- an endearing sculpture of Cleary's fictional dog, Ribsy, a lovable mutt! So, here's a link for that: http://flickr.com/photos/33384108@N00/2531223974

This one gets the award for most adorable WhereTHAI for the month!
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And with Larrybus kindly providing links to photos of Rudy Youngblood portraying Jaguar Paw and the Wilhelm Tell Memorial, that brings you up to date.
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As mentioned earlier, some of the official Sploofus links take you to (primarily) Wiki pages, some of which have multiple photos. If you missed a puzzle and want to know which photo from a page was used, just give a holler, and I'll let you know. For example, for Garfield (the former U.S. president, not the lazy, lasagna-loving cat), the photo used on the Wiki page was the one of him at 16.

Cheers, hip hip hoorays and congratulations to all the recent winners!

That's all for now,
-- Geri


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 11:47 AM

Hi, Geri,
I found the Chen Lu photo on the Chen Lu fan page:

http://www.skate.org/chen/

Thanks for the updates! I noticed that the (tiaraless) Queen Beatrix has a thing for those diamond-encrusted sapphire drop earrings. They go with any outfit.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 12:01 PM

Hi Pepper,
Cool, thanks a million, for finding the link to the source photo for Chen Lu!

And LOL about Queen Beatrix's earrings!
-- Geri


zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 4:05 PM

I like the photo of the Ribsy statue on this page http://www.multcolib.org/kids/cleary/henrib.html because it shows the fountain working at his feet. It is such a playful touch! Makes that statue so much more "doglike."

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 12:18 AM

Zeedee,
LOL! Indeed, that's a great photo of Ribsy! I also liked this from the caption: "Kids like to come and sit on his back, and dogs being walked in the park come up and sniff his statue, uncertain whether he's real!"
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Well, we had two really good stumpers this evening! In case you missed it, the clue for Adam Vinatieri was "Athlete." And we had two clues for Lord Byrons House Southwell England. The first was "England." The second clue, added to the first, was "Famous person lived here."

Congratulations to Foogs and Joee for solving those!
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Anyone want to talk solving strategy for WTHAIs? If not, no problem, as I can understand people not wanting to give away trade secrets, so to speak. So, instead, how about talking non-solving strategy? Here goes:

For Adam Vinatieri, I actually spent a little time on that puzzle. Due to his haircut and what appeared to be a thick, muscular neck, I thought, "football player." Did I pursue that? No! Instead, I was led astray by the trees in the background and the fact that he's looking toward the ground in the photo, and I searched through lists of golfers instead. I think I need to go read some more Sherlock Holmes stories. Fortunately, at Sploofus, there's always another puzzle to look forward to.
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For Lord Byron's house, aside from the official link that takes us to the Wiki page on Southwell, England, you can also find the photo of the house on the Wiki page about Byron here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Byron%2C_6th_Baron_Byron

Just from the exterior, I think it's a lovely house. If I had such a big house, I could have more cats! And a dog like Ribsy!

-- Geri





tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 12:00 AM

Hi all,

Here's your nightly report on WhereTHAIs:
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1. PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE MICHIGAN: If you haven't clicked on the official Sploofus link to see this spectacular place, try it out so you can ooh and ahh at its beauty! The image used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Miners' Castle," currently the second photo down on the right side of the Wiki page. (There's another photo in the image gallery on that page also captioned "Miners' Castle," but that wasn't the one used for the puzzle.)

2. CLARE BRIDGE CAMBRIDGE ENGLAND: On the Wiki page, the image used for the puzzle was the one captioned, "Clare Bridge's missing wedge."
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Hearty congratulations to today's solvers, Murphyslawqt, 10pinmama and Joee, who has solved two WhereTHAIs in two days!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 12:54 AM

Hi again,
And here's your nightly report on WhoTHAIs:
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1. JOSEPH CORNELL. If you missed it, this puzzle turned out to be a good stumper, as it took over 400 guesses and all 12 tiles to be exposed before it was solved. The Wiki page on him doesn't show what the completed puzzle looked like, so here's a link for that: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/joseph_cornell/index.html I chose that link because it identifies the photographer for this interesting portrait.

I love art, so I tracked down a photo gallery of Cornell's work. So far, this person at Flickr has 55 images of Cornell's boxes or assemblages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicweb/sets/72157600011208860/

And this one, c. 1948, untitled but known as "Cockatoo and Corks," is my favorite: http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicweb/428083447/in/set-72157600011208860/
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2. BENJAMIN DISRAELI. In contrast to the puzzle on Cornell, this one was solved quick as a wink after only 1 tile and fewer than 25 guesses! So, if you missed seeing what the puzzle looked like with just that one tile exposed, here's a screenshot: http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/2650/benjamindisraeliafter1tfr9.jpg

Looking closely, you can see that characteristic unruly curl on Disraeli's forehead, but I must say I still find it impressive that this puzzle was solved so quickly. I think I would have needed to see another tile or two exposed before I would have thought, "Disraeli!"

The Wiki page has many portraits of Disraeli, but none show what the completed puzzle looked like, so here's a link for that: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13160/13160-h/images/iron_004pm.jpg
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Many congratulations to today's intrepid solvers, Osuzannacollage and Pepperdoc!

-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 2:50 AM

The link to the Disraeli picture doesn't work because Project Gutenberg doesn't allow links from another website.

However, if you copy it and paste it in the URL for a beowser window or frame, it does work.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13160/13160-h/images/iron_004pm.jpg



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 7:24 AM

One of the Cornell articles used a headline I enjoyed about thinking "inside" the box.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 8:50 AM

As always, thanks to all of you putting such work into the links, it is appreciated

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 11:05 AM

Thanks Larry!

I'm a big fan of Project Gutenberg, so I'm embarrassed to say I neglected to read their linking policies before I posted that link to Disraeli's photo. In any case, they say it's OK to use an image from one of their e-books, but they instruct you to download it, then host it using either your own server or a free image hosting site.

Here's a clickable link for Disraeli, using Image Shack as the hosting service: http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5889/benjamindisraeliat75perur9.jpg
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For Joseph Cornell, I forgot to mention that another reason I chose the New York Times link as a source for the puzzle image is that if you're interested in reading more about him and his art, there are many articles referenced at the site. Enjoy!

-- Geri



smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 27th Aug '08 8:50 AM

It was fun chasing the Doodlebug, but Itrollout got it first. Putting in a support ticket.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 27th Aug '08 9:57 AM

Itrollout has received credit for the puzzle. Abbreviations are not typically included in the answer choices - imagine how long our lists would be then!

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 11:48 AM

Dangit!.. another Toronto puzzle I wasn't around for.. Ontario Place is where I go to the majority of concerts that I attend... d'oh!!

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 6:01 PM

Only just discovered this thread. Love it. Did you know that the editors check our time zones, know when we go to sleep and what hours we work, then they put up the ones that are close to home when we're not around. I've managed to fool them once or twice though with a sickie or staying up all night.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 1:20 AM

Hi everyone!
Time for some more links and commentary! I'll start with the WhereTHAIs:

1. FORT SILOSO SINGAPORE. If you missed this one on Tuesday, when you click on the official link, you'll see it takes you to a page about the island of Sentosa, and there are multiple photos. To see the one used for the puzzle, you need to scroll down about halfway to a photo captioned, "The refurbished Fort Siloso today."

When I first saw the completed puzzle, I couldn't tell if the soldiers were real or replicas. I might need new glasses.

2. TAU CROSS TORY ISLAND. The Wiki page doesn't show what the puzzle looked like, so here's a link for that: http://www.oileanthorai.com/PlacesofInterestAiteachaSuimila.htm

Of the six photos on that page, the one used for the puzzle is the one showing the cross.

Anyone else here like birds? Well, also of interest (to me, anyway) is that Tory Island is a good place for birdwatching. Here's a link to a well-written and sometimes amusing article with many photos of birds seen off Tory Island: http://www.birdsireland.com/pages/site_pages/features/pelagic2.html

One of the birds featured on the page is the sooty shearwater. I remembered reading about it and its record migrations a couple of years ago. If you're interested in that, here's a link to a brief article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article602848.ece

3. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK. The official link takes you to a page about the state song of Kentucky. It does show the mansion that we saw in the puzzle, but not the exact view. Here's a link to the Wiki page about the state park: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Old_Kentucky_Home_State_Park

If you scroll down a bit, you'll see a photo of the reverse side of the Kentucky state quarter. Very interesting. I've been collecting those state quarters but apparently not paying close enough attention!

I wasn't able to find an Internet source for the photo used in the puzzle, so here's a screenshot of the completed WTHAI, in case you missed it: http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/562/68myoldkentuckyhomestatch3.jpg

4. NOAHS ARK ZOO FARM ENGLAND. The site the Sploofus link takes you to gives you a pretty good idea of what the completed puzzle looked like -- an aerial view of the huge hedge maze, but the puzzle was a photograph of the maze not a drawing. Again, I wasn't able to find an Internet source for this, so here's a screenshot of the completed puzzle: http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7263/71noahsarkzoofarmenglandi4.jpg

I thought a puzzle within a puzzle was a great idea for a WTHAI! And can you guess what adjective I'm just dying to use to describe life-size mazes? I can't stand it, I have to say it -- amazing!

Want to visit a database containing info on mazes around the world? Here's a link: http://www.maze-world.com/ How about Adrian Fisher, maze designer extraordinaire? If you want to get to know him and his work (he might show up as a Who), here's a link for that: http://www.adrianfisherdesign.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=55

Fortunately, I don't think we have to worry about running into a minotaur when we visit these mazes, unless of course we use a time machine to travel back to ancient Crete.

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 1:43 AM

I'll have to post links & stuff for the WhoTHAIs tomorrow, as I've turned into a pumpkin, so my brain is mush.

Later gators,
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 29th Aug '08 2:05 AM

Well you shouldn't find a matching photo of the Noah's Ark Maze because that one was created entirely by me using Google Earth!





pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 7:46 AM

Awesome information and links! Thanks, Geri. I enjoy looking at the related links and info you're finding.

Sploofusmaximus, nice job on creating the photo! I had to be away from the computer during this one, but after the second tile, I thought it was a crop circle.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 8:22 AM

Sploofusmaximus, when I found the picture, I knew it wasn't exactly like the one in the grid, but similar, and there was none on the Wikipedia page, but I was pretty sure and went for it.

Marilyn...

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 29th Aug '08 9:46 AM

Marilyn, I purposely selected a place that would be recognizable from other photos - even if it wasn't the exact photo. And the animals in the maze would also work as a hint. Congrats.

There have also been at least a few other puzzles that I created using Google Earth as well - St. Peters Square, the Royal Ontario Museum (which didn't have the same effect as I wanted), and the Red Ribbon in Tanghe River Park come to mind. There have been other Google Earth photos used in puzzles, but they were taken as is from a website.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 3:08 PM

what?? you put up the ROM too??? that's 4 - count'em - 4 Toronto locations I missed out on

ROM
Ontario Place
Toronto Harbour
Allen Gardens

Ok now.. stop putting them up when I'm offline - how's about putting up Toronto puzzles between the hours of 12 - 1 pm and 9-11 pm EST lmao

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 10:02 PM

Hi everyone,
Nice to see some new people here! And Sploofusmaximus, wow, great work creating the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm puzzle! Also, thanks for letting us know which other puzzles you created using Google Earth -- very interesting.

OK, now on to links & commentary for recent WhoTHAIs:

1. KIM GORDON. Here's a link to a pretty interesting interview with Gordon along with a photo of what was shown in that puzzle: http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/2007/11/beauty_lies_in_the_eye_of_kim.html

2. IDA B WELLS. Here's a link to what we saw in that puzzle: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/photostore/chi-080402womhistorychi-photogallery,0,3306001.photogallery?index=6

Hat tip to the editors for selecting a suffragette and civil rights activist to appear on the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment!

3. ARMAND ZILDJIAN. Here's a link for the photo used for that puzzle. You need to scroll down almost to the bottom of the page to see the picture of him with jazz drummer Elvin Jones. (Jones was cropped out for the puzzle.) -- http://www.chipstern.com/chip_sound_ej3.htm

I thought this was a very interesting puzzle and a good stumper. It wasn't solved until all 12 tiles had been exposed, and it required a clue: "There's already a hint in plain view."

Looking over the guess list, most players weren't able to identify what the "hint in plain view" was, i.e. the object in the photo's foreground. When I saw the puzzle, I thought the object looked like the Starship Enterprise and also like an asteroid. But once the puzzle was solved, I could see the characteristic marks and apparent shine of a cymbal. Kudos to the few players who did recognize the object as a cymbal!

I think the Zildjian Company has a fascinating story. According to the Wikipedia page on it, "at nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is the oldest family-run business in America." You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avedis_Zildjian_Company

Also, for those of us interested in language, it turns out that Zildjian is one of those names that reflects a person's occupation. According to the Wiki page, Zildjian is Turkish for cymbal-maker. Who knows? That might show up sometime in a WR or WM!

4. BARBARA KINGSOLVER. She has a great name for puzzlers, eh? Anyway, here's a link to what that puzzle looked like: http://www.depauw.edu/news/index.asp?id=21623

You can also check out her website: http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/about%20the%20book.html

5. PETER GARRETT. The Wikipedia page on him has all sorts of interesting information and a couple of photographs but not the one used for the puzzle. So far, I haven't found a source for it, so here's a screenshot of the completed puzzle: http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7628/69petergarrettbr3.jpg

In case you didn't see the thread in Salty Dog about this, last month Foogs wrote a great word puzzle called Old Rockers Don't Die. Peter Garrett appeared in one of the phrases: midnight oils tall bald aussie peter garrett is a labor minister. So, now you should be better prepared if you take a quiz on Australian rock bands.
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For the rest of the recent WhoTHAIs, the Sploofus links are great. I'd just like to say, I didn't know that Dr. Spock was an Olympic gold medalist. What a very interesting and timely tidbit! I also really enjoyed the puzzle on Ethelred the Unready.
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If anyone would like to jump in and track down a source for Peter Garrett's photo, please feel free! Or maybe Sploofusmaximus can tell us where that one came from?

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 30th Aug '08 12:11 AM

1. I must admit I had no idea about Ida B. Wells appearing on the anniversary that Geri listed and it certainly didn't show up on that day on purpose, but the anniversary was a nice addition to the puzzle.

2. Peter Garrett's photo can be found in the Wikipedia Comons photos of him here:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Peter_Garrett
I thought the head turned away would make it harder, but I guess the baldness just gave it away!

3. Surprisingly, no one has mentioned the purely coincidental timeliness of Gustav Klimt's puzzle going live at the same time that Hurricane Gustav is wreaking havoc. Again, the puzzle was in the queue a few weeks ago so it was certainly not intentional.




joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 2:37 AM

I was wondering why Peter Garrett had that agonized expression on his face. Thought he must have been singing but now that I've looked at the whole picture I see he's wearing a red and green scarf so must be at the footy (rugby league) supporting the "Rabbitos".

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 4:52 AM

If you like maze puns (above), the Royal Horticultural Society's HQ gardens at Wisley, near my home, have just opened their newly-grown "Amazing Maize Maze"!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 6:44 AM

lots of corn mazes in Indiana. No one has been clever enough to call them "maize mazes" though, as far as I know. I like it!

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 9:07 AM

The picture used for the Will Sampson WhoTHAI can be seen at:

http://www.ammsa.com/buffalospirit/2004/WillSamson.jpg



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 1:36 PM

Happy Labor Day Weekend!
--- Sploofusmaximus: Thanks a million for the link to Peter Garrett's photo! I must have been sleep-surfing when looking for him, as I notice today that photo is on the first page of Google Images.

--- Joee: Thanks for explaining the meaning of the scarf! Since we only saw green in the puzzle, I thought it might have something to do with his position as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts. According to the Wiki page for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one of their nicknames is The Chocolate Bunnies.

--- Surreyman: Thanks for the info on the Amazing Maize Maze! I'll have to check it out. If you visit it, let us know how you like it!

--- Larrybus: Thanks a million for the link to the Will Sampson photo, and congratulations on solving that puzzle!

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 2:04 PM

Does anyone else find that their attention wanders when they're looking for the "who"? This morning on the Will Sampson puzzle, I was convinced it was a red-headed cowboy sidekick. I couldn't think if his name and it was driving me crazy. By the time I guessed (incorrectly) Sterling Holloway, I couldn't get his image out of my head. Congrats to Larrybus for getting that one quickly. I think Will Sampson's mouth and expression around the mouth favors Raquel Welch.

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 6:14 PM

If I had a choice of kissing one of them, I think I'd go for Racquel.



nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 6:19 PM

Congratulations to Cathy for guessing Prospect Hill Monument (which I had passed over several times).

I've now found the picture that was used on the following link -
http://www.muldermedia.com/prospecthill/gallery.html
Go down to 'The tower today' and it was the 3rd picture.

WTG Cathy!


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 6:35 PM

Thanks a million for posting that link, Nelly!

OK, time for even more links and yakety yak:

1. ANDRE RIEU. The official link takes us to a page with interesting information. To see what the photo looked like for that puzzle, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Rieu

2. MRS MACQUARIES CHAIR SYDNEY AUSTRALIA. The official link is great for tourist info and shows us a view of Sydney Harbour from Mrs. Macquarie's chair. To see the chair itself, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Macquarie's_Chair

3. KOPU LIGHTHOUSE ESTONIA. The official link for this is great. If you want to read about the island it's on, Hiiumaa, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiiumaa This page also shows the beautiful lighthouse.

A friend of mine who teaches high school-level mathematics in Indiana spent a year in Estonia in the early '90s on a teaching exchange program. Although the Soviet Union had collapsed, and Estonia was once again an independent republic, Russian troops still maintained a visible presence while he was there. He said that while under the decades of post-WWII Soviet occupation, travel to the islands, including Hiiumaa, was very restricted. (He doesn't know why.) When my friend was there, Estonia was struggling economically, and he had to go without hot water for a month due to lack of repair funds. Still, he enjoyed his time in Estonia immensely and said his students there were much more interested in learning than their American counterparts.

Now time for a ... ding! ding! ding! CUTE ALERT: Being naturally inquisitive, I browsed around the 7is7.com site that's used for the official Sploofus link for the Kopu Lighthouse. There, I found a page about a cat named Dulcio that the site's owner found in Macedonia. Here's a link to his touching story with many adorable kitten photos: http://www.7is7.com/otto/dulcio/

4. OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN NEW HAMPSHIRE. The link for this is great. I'd just like to say I was sad that this puzzle took place while I was away from the computer. Until its collapse in 2003, the Old Man had been one of my favorite natural rock formations since I was a kid and read Nathaniel Hawthorne's, "The Great Stone Face." I figured it would one day show up in a WTHAI. Oh well, I'm over my temporary despondency and am now looking forward to future puzzles!

Applause and hurrahs to the solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 9:22 PM

Pepperdoc wrote: "I think Will Sampson's mouth and expression around the mouth favors Raquel Welch."

Larrybus wrote: "If I had a choice of kissing one of them, I think I'd go for Racquel."

LOL.

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 30th Aug '08 10:08 PM

I think the best part of Mrs MacQuaries chair is the inscription. You have to click on the photo to enlarge it, but after reading it, you can imagine her sitting there taking in the view.

BTW, Geri, not shocked that you'd find a link to cute kitten photos!

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 12:29 AM


And I've sat there many, many times taking in the view, so why didn't I recognize it straight away?? Dunno!!



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 9:46 AM

I'm kicking myself every which way but Sunday for not getting the Yellowstone "where"! I worked there for three months the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college.

I thought it was part of a salt lake, not a hot spring (or a hot pot, as we used to call them).

Congrats to Stevepup!

And congrats to Foogs on the Sister Mary "who". I looked up Pamela Moore's website, and she looks SO different from the Sister Mary character!

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 9:58 AM

I never found the picture that was used, but it looks
like she's wearing a fake nose.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 11:04 AM

I found the Sister Mary photo -- but too late to solve the puzzle.
http://www.anybodylistening.net/mindcrime-promo-x-mary.jpg

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 2:54 PM

Thanks, Diane! I never could find that picture!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 2:59 PM

Hi all WTHAI enthusiasts!

--- Pepperdoc: You're so right, the inscription is really neat! For anyone who doesn't feel like clicking on the image to read the inscription, it reads: "Be it thus recorded that the road round the inside of the government Domain called Mrs. Macquarie's Road so named by the governor on account of her having originally planned it. Measuring 3 miles and 377 yards was finally completed on the 13 day of June 1816."

--- Joee: So, to the locals like yourself, is Mrs. Macquarie's Chair thought of mainly as a place for quiet contemplation? There must be a lot to see from the chair, eh? Once panoramic cameras were invented, it would have been interesting if someone had taken photographs of the view from the chair, say every 10 years, to document the changing scene.
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--- Pepperdoc: "Hot pot," eh? That sounds like something used for cooking. Like say, oh I dunno, chili con carne, the official dish of the great state of Texas? Apparently "hot pot" it's indeed a term for Chinese steamboat stew, which also sounds pretty delicious. In contrast, "Abyss Pool" doesn't sound too inviting, but it's a lovely hot spring. Anyway, sorry you didn't get that one, but congratulations to Stevepup!
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--- Zeedee: Thanks for finding and posting the link to "Sister Mary"!

-- Geri





tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 4:41 PM

OK, time for more links and chatter:

1. MRS MACQUARIES CHAIR SYDNEY AUSTRALIA. Since I was fascinated by this WTHAI, I tracked down some more info. If anyone is interested in seeing what Elizabeth Macquarie looked like and reading more about her, here's a link to what I think is an interesting biographical entry: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020161b.htm

And if you'd like to read some entries from Mrs. Macquarie's diary, you can do that here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/r/87/index.html

2. KEY WEST MONUMENT FLORIDA. That one was solved in a flash after only 1 tile had been exposed and just 20 incorrect guesses. If you missed that one, it's a really cool monument. The Sploofus link is good, but there are multiple photos on the page. To see what was used for the puzzle, you need to scroll down about halfway to the photo captioned, "Monument marking the southernmost point in the continental United States accessible by civilians, is located at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street."

I've looked at that Wiki page before, as I recall admiring the black polydactyl cat pictured there below the Ernest Hemingway House.

3. ABYSS POOL YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK WYOMING. The Wiki page doesn't show the photo used for the puzzle, so here's a link for that: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhawkcurt/707608928/

4. PANTHEON ITALY. That one is still up at the moment, solved lickety split after only 1 tile had been exposed and one wrong guess. Wow! The Sploofus link is good. For anyone who logs on later, the photo used for the puzzle was the one on the Wiki page captioned: "The coffers for the concrete dome were poured in molds, probably on the temporary scaffolding; the oculus admits the only light."

OK, that's it for now!
-- Geri



joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 7:41 PM


Thanks for the interesting link to Mrs Macquarie's Chair which I've just read. What it doesn't mention is that Mrs Macquarie was bitterly unhappy and she would sit here, watching the ships sailing away, and pining for England and also that her husband was not as passionate for her as he was for his first wife, so as much as I love the spot it seems a rather sad place to me.

I think the Abyss Pool and Yellowstone National Park are beautiful. I can't wait to go there. It has just moved way up my list of places to see before I die. I had a good look at the park (via google images etc) not when looking for the Abyss Pool of course but when I was looking for the Richart Structure. I was on the wrong side of the globe but I enjoyed Yellowstone. Good on you Stevepup!

The two "Wheres" that have driven me crazy this week were, "The Prospect Hill Monument" and "Kopu Lighthouse". Can you believe that the Prospect Hill Monument is not square!!? I didn't look at a single round tower. Aaaaaggh. And I stayed up till 2am searching for that ?????? Lighthouse and came nowhere near finding it! Congratulations to Cjar855 and Pepperdoc!!

Do you think there's a lot of luck involved in this game? When one tiny square of the Key West Monument came up showing a bit of wrought iron, I typed in "wrought iron arch", clicked on enter and then thought, "that's no good it's not an arch" but had a quick look anyway and of course this led me straight to it.

Tell us which one's have made you tear your hair out!!

Jo







foogs
Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:13 PM

It's 7:12 pm (cst) August 31. Both the Who and the
Where were both solved in one tile and less than
10 guesses.

Is anyone keeping a record book?


maddy1303
Maddy1303  (Level: 10.3 - Posts: 36)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:22 PM

i could not believe this myself either joee went to cook dinner and al question marks came back and both solved...wow wtg guys

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:26 PM

This was amazing! The gray grid and question marks were up, and I logged off for about 5 minutes to run some scans, and by the time I logged back in they were both solved. Congratulations to Violetblue and Beachbabe! Great job to both of you!

Marilyn...

maddy1303
Maddy1303  (Level: 10.3 - Posts: 36)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:27 PM

sorry foogs was responding to u just had a brain lapse lol

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:32 PM

Foogs wrote: "Is anyone keeping a record book?"

Yep. This whole thread (and the original one) along with the various stats I've been accumulating are one big record book.

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:48 PM

Joee asked, "Tell us which one's have made you tear your hair out!!"

Several weeks ago on a Sunday morning, there was 1 tile exposed that was obviously an ocean wave. I thought, it might be a famous surfing spot. So, I started looking. The first one I came across was "Maverick" in California. I thought, "Nah," too obvious. Must be something more obscure.

Did I guess "Maverick"? Noooooo. I kept looking a few minutes, came back to check on the "where" and that sneaky Stoutyounglad guessed "Maverick."

Still kicking myself over that one.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 11:23 AM

Congratulations to Larrybus on the last 2 Where The Heck Am I's! Below is a link I think the grid came from or it appears to be the same!

Ilhéu das rolas



http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/3/36/250px-Equator_Sao_Tome.jpg

Marilyn...

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 12:26 PM

The picture also appears 1/2 way down the 'Equator' page on Wiki and I'm kicking myself because 1 1/2 hours earlier I had a quick glance in my lunch hour at work and thought - must be the Equator! Aaagh!

Another really frustrating one was 'The Great Blue Hole' - I found that some time ago, thought it was a stunning photo, and read all about the flooded caves, Jacques Cousteau and the destruction of some of the coral to allow access to the ship. I thought that's bound to be a WTHAI sometime! I saw the first tile (just a dark blue/black colour) and thought 'Blue Hole', then told myself not to be silly, it could be anything, wait for the 2nd tile .... I was so mad with myself, when I came back from the shops, for not putting a guess in!

C'est la vie!

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 12:31 PM

Thanks, Marilyn! For bigger versions of the picture, see the Ilhéu das Rolas Wikipedia article at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh%C3%A9u_das_Rolas



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 12:40 PM

You're right, Larry! That is a better and larger picture of the grid!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:16 AM

Hi all!
Thanks Joee for that additional info on Mrs. Macquarie's chair! And indeed, Larry, congratulations on your double WhereTHAI win!

OK, now it's time for more links:

1. SHINICHI SUZUKI. Going back to Monday, there's no photo on the Wiki page for him, so here's a link: http://spma.com/montessori-method/links-and-resources/shinichi-suzuki/

2. BEATRIX POTTER. Here's a link to what the puzzle for her looked like: http://www.artsanddesigns.com/cgi-bin/makeBlog.pl?itemid=350573909

I'm probably not alone in having grown up with a rabbit named Benjamin Bunny. I also had Beatrix Potter curtains, bedding and a few figurines, along with the books, of course.

3. ZOE KRAVITZ. There's no photo on the Wiki page for her, so here's a link: http://movies.about.com/od/310toyuma/ig/310-to-Yuma-Premiere-Photos/310toyumaprem32.htm

Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:03 AM

Congratulations to Fatsa on her double WTHAI today with Big Joe and the Lentos Art Museum!

The Lentos picture used in the puzzle can be seen at:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Lentos

Clicking the image will get you larger versions of the same photograph.



fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:06 AM

Thank you so much ! By the way the Lentos museum looks really beautiful in the pic- Big joe on the other hand, not so gorgeous !

maddy1303
Maddy1303  (Level: 10.3 - Posts: 36)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:16 AM

Lentos Art Museum is absolutely beautiful...i think seeing that in person would take my breathe away

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:56 AM

and here is the picture that was used in the Who The Heck Am I for Big Joe.

http://www.texassoundcheck.com/BigJoe.jpg

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 8:04 AM

I'd have gotten the art museum one, but I was non compos lentos ...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 8:11 AM




Great job, Fatsa!!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:24 AM

Congratulations to Fatsa on the Who & Where this morning!

Congratulations to Larrybus on the Who & Where which just finished!


Marilyn...

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:34 AM

Thanks, Marilyn!

The picture of Lynette Woodard used for the WhoTHAI can be found at:

http://graphics.fansonly.com/schools/bhof/graphics/lynette_woodard_249.jpg

It was tightly cropped. This original version would have made it really easy.



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:52 AM

Hi all,
I'm rather bogged down today, waist-deep in cranberries and blueberries, but I just wanted to say congratulations to Fatsa, Larrybus and to all the recent solvers!

And thanks everyone for posting links! Go team!

Anyway, I'll be back later with more yak and other links. I've got a friend in Vienna, (a little over 100 miles away from Linz), and he's mentioned the Lentos Art Museum. Wow, that night shot of it is spectacular.
-- Geri


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:06 PM

Wow! Larrybus and Fatsa! Two double doubles!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 2:04 AM

Hi all,
For the fictional character Reverend Jim Ignatowski, here's a link to a photo for him: http://store.infinitecoolness.com/coolposters/personalities/taxi/taxitvposter010.jpg

If you missed that one, pretty much all that was shown for the puzzle was a lot of tousled hair and a wrinkled forehead. Congratulations to Kayjaykay, and hat tip to whichever editor did the clever cropping to give us yet another interesting, faceless WhoTHAI.

Again, if any of you have stories or even tall tales to share about any of the people and places featured in the WTHAIs, please feel free to jump right in!

That's all for now,
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:48 AM

Hi everyone!
Just some quick links for tonight:

1. LANG LANG. The photo on the Wiki page doesn't match what was shown in the puzzle (a shot from an album cover), so here's a link: http://www.musicalcriticism.com/Recordings/cd-langlang-beethoven.htm

That takes you to a review of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 as performed by Lang Lang. It seems fitting that Slicko solved that WTHAI.

2. MS SWAN. So far, I haven't found a source photo for the puzzle, but I only searched for a few minutes. Here's a link, though, to what the actual puzzle looked like: http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2057/15msswanxk5.jpg

3. VIRGINIA BEACH VIRGINIA. The photo on the Wiki page for the Neptune statue isn't exactly what was shown in the puzzle. Based on the sky in the background and various other features, this looks to be the source photo: http://www.virginia.org/images/grey-done-neptune.jpg

We had two double winners today, Pyoung and Mikeymcq. Double congratulations to them and kudos to all other recent solvers!

That's all for now,
-- Geri

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 2:56 AM


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 3:08 AM

Thanks a million, Fatsa!

-- Geri

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 3:49 AM

No problem! You are already doing enough as it is.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 3:04 AM

Hi,
OK, time for another link and a question:

1. VIV RICHARDS. The Wiki page on him is great for info, but to see what the WTHAI for him looked like, click here: http://tisc.cricket365.com/COUNTRY_BY_COUNTRY/West_Indies/story_12793.shtml

2. CORNWALL IRON FURNACE. The Sploofus link for this is great, and I found the info on the Wikipedia page fascinating.

Joee, if you feel comfortable sharing, how did you recognize that what you were looking at was some kind of blast furnace or forge? I looked at the puzzle soon after you'd solved it (after only five tiles had been uncovered and very little revealed), and once I knew I was looking at an iron furnace, I could see that. (Also sort of looked like a huge outdoor pizza oven. ) Then once the entire puzzle was revealed, the building in the foregound looked like an old blacksmith's shop. Anyway, very impressive!

Congratulations to all of today's other solvers!

That's all for now,
-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 4:57 AM

Thanks Geri and no problems sharing.

The brick buildings reminded me of old kilns that I've seen, so spent a bit of time looking at kilns with no luck. Like you said when the next square was revealed it didn't look much different. But after looking at pottery kilns, lime kilns, brick kilns, updraft kilns, hop kilns, bottle ovens dadadadadadaaa, I was convinced it was some sort of small industrial building, so went off in this direction and got lucky quite quickly.

Jo


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 6:16 AM

Ding ding! Ding ding!

Our Tresgatos (Geri) solved her first WTHAI!! Woo Hoo! Arthur Frommer. Way to go, Geri!
After all her hard work in making this part of Sploofus so enjoyable for the "who" and "where" searchers, she's recorded her first, of what I'm sure will be many.



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:44 AM

Congratulations, Geri, on the Who! Great Job! There's nothing like seeing the green Congratulations, is there? Good Luck with the others!



Marilyn...

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:55 AM

Congrats Geri!!!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 11:46 AM

Geri!!! You got one! Good for you!

I am another who rarely even tries because I just don't recognize any of these, but I watch them with great interest and have enjoyed this thread a lot!

Congrats on your win

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 12:31 PM

Congratulations, Geri, on your first WTHAI, hopefully the first of many! And many thanks for tracking the WTHAI pictures and winners!



nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 1:56 PM

Congrats Geri! WTG!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 8th Sep '08 1:34 AM

Hi!
Gee, thanks everyone, very sweet of you! Yes, it was thrilling to see the green!

Joee -- Thanks for sharing your thought process for the Cornwall Iron Furnace. An old kiln -- indeed, that's what it looked like, now that you mention it.

OK, link time!
KAZIMIERZ PULASKI: The official link has lots of interesting info. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz_Pu%C5%82aski Basically we saw an enlarged headshot. I looked at this puzzle earlier this evening. At first I thought he was some sort of frontiersman or explorer. Later, there was something about the painting that made me think he was someone who lived during the time of the American Revolutionary War, but I couldn't tell from what we saw of his clothing that he was wearing a uniform. So, the idea of "soldier" or "general" didn't occur to me. Good job by the editor who cropped this not to reveal too much of the obvious, and congratulations to Taoman!

And congratulations to all of today's other solvers!
-- Geri



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 8th Sep '08 8:33 AM

You say "potayto" and I say "potahto"

You saw an American Revolutionary person, I thought it was somebody from "Star Wars."

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 8th Sep '08 6:46 PM

Good onyer Geri, it is good to see the green!

I thought Pulaski looked like someone Van Dyke would paint a portrait of.

Do you think it's more satisfying to spend 5 hours searching and solve it or to actually recognise the place? I must say that when I turned my screen on last week and saw our "National Library" sitting in front of me, having had lunch at the cafe there not long ago, I felt pretty good. Many of our national buildings such as the library, the National Art Gallery, The High Court etc are all lined up along the one street in Canberra and though I probably wouldn't recognize any of the other buildings the library is so striking that I knew it instantly. My husband who was with me at the time claimed he'd never seen it before. I guess it's what you're interested in. (He was more interested in the lunch, of course)

I'd be interested to know of other "instant recognitions".

Last night when I went to bed there was a tower or tower house on WTHAI but it seems to have disappeared and I'd really like to know where and what!! Anybody see what it was or know where it disappeared to??

Jo

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 8th Sep '08 7:07 PM

Found the tower. It pays to scroll down the page!!

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Mon, 8th Sep '08 9:52 PM

I knew Ansel Adams instantly. Unfortunately,
it was about 15 minutes after it had been solved.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 7:13 AM

Congratulations to Davethequiz on the double this morning on the Who & Where! Great Job!


Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 8:35 AM

Same here! Nice job!!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 10:35 AM

Hi everyone!
Indeed, congratulations to Davethequiz for his double win!
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Time for more links and talk!

1. HAY-ON-WYE: Or Y Gelli, in Welsh, is yet another charming, interesting place in Wales. I'd heard of this rural gem, but in looking at the puzzle this morning, after only four tiles had been exposed, I didn't recognize that, among other things, I was seeing books on shelves!

As for the Wikipedia page, it doesn't mention the "Honesty Bookshop" that was part of the puzzle, i.e. the open air shop where, according to one writer, "... unsellable old books are left outside to decay or be adopted by anyone with both pity and 50p. It's less a bookshop than an art piece; doing for books what Damien Hirst did for cows." Hm, well that's one perspective, but it seems plenty of other people find it (and the many other bookshops) enchanting. And, it seems that only the hardbacks cost 50 pence; from what I understand, you can get a paperback for 30.

Source for quote: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/may/19/guardianhayfestival2003.guardianhayfestival

If you'd like to read more on Hay-on-Wye, here's a link to a pretty interesting article from a couple of years ago in the New York Times, (you might have to register or log in): http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/14/travel/14next.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

In terms of the photo on the Wikipedia page, it's similar to what was shown in the puzzle, but not exact, so here's a link to a screenshot of the puzzle: http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/3492/21hayonwyewalesst1.jpg

Finally, many of you may have heard the quip that playwright Arthur Miller made when he was invited to attend the town's literary festival in 1989, but for those who haven't, here it is: "Hay-on-Wye? Is that some kind of sandwich?"

Cracks me up every time.

2. JOHN BONHAM: The Wiki page on him has several photos, but to see the one used for the puzzle, click here: http://drummerworld.com/drummers/John_Bonham.html

That's all for now,
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 10:37 AM

P.S. Congratulations to all the other winners from yesterday and early this morning!

-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:11 AM

That's cruel fatsa!

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:19 AM

That's why I copy-paste my answer from Wikipedia! It is indeed cruel when you miss it over a mispell (though, I have to say in this case I am not sure it is a mispell, it's a British vs American thing I guess!) Sorry Joee!

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:28 AM


If you'd given me 30 seconds I would have had it. I have seen this happen to others and have waited and given them a chance to fix their mistake before claiming points for their hard work or talent. I'm quite annoyed that you jumped in so quickly but I'll be over it by the morning - too old to hold grudges.






fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:33 AM

I am sorry you think I would do that, cause, first of all I had not even seen your guess and secondly how could I have known that it was correct in the first place? I just did what I always do- I googled "stained glass dome" and the pic came up in the third page if i recall correctly. No hard feelings though...

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 12:07 PM

Joee & Fatsa:

Copy the list of guesses and paste it into a support ticket. Joee should be able to get the points, if not the official recognition. I've been on both sides of this kind of event myself, but the editors are usually more than fair about it. Congratulations to both of you and good luck!





pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 2:41 PM

And congrats to Larrybus on the harpist!! Who knew that what looked like a little brown piece of wood was actually part of a harp?! WTG.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:10 PM

Hi all!
Another link for your viewing pleasure:

MARTA KAROLYI. There's a video at the official Sploofus link for her, which is interesting. To see what the puzzle looked like, here's a link: http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0eCH7Ppb5N0sZ/610x.jpg

In terms of the WhereTHAIs, we've had several tower-like structures lately. Previously, I don't think I'd ever really thought about how many different types of towers there are! Anyway, I hope to have time in the next few days to comment on some of my favorites.

Many congratulations to all of today's solvers!
-- Geri

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:27 AM

Yep, all praise to altonb1 on getting the almshouses - I really busted a gut on that one to absolutely no avail!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 8:32 AM

Hi everyone!
Congratulations to Foogs for his recent double WhoTHAI victories!

OK, time for some links and chat:

1. RICKY GERVAIS. To see the photo this puzzle was based on, click here: http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/02/gervais.jpg

2. HARRIET THE SPY. To see an image of what this puzzle was based on, click here: http://purple-socks.webmage.com/writer.jpg

I thought this was a great idea for a WhoTHAI puzzle.

3. OLD WELL AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. The Wikipedia page has lovely photos of the well, but not exactly the one used for the puzzle, which included much of the surrounding landscape. To see that, click here: http://z.about.com/d/collegeapps/1/0/F/0/-/-/UNC-CH-OldWell_Seth_Ilys_WikCom.jpg

As mentioned in another thread, I thought it was an interesting coincidence (or was it?) that yesterday, we had Suzannec's delightful WP on celebrity superstitions and later in the day, we had the Old Well WhereTHAI, which turns out to have its own tradition involving luck. From the Wikipedia page: "Campus tradition dictates that a drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes will bring good luck (or straight A's). Accordingly, the first day of class each semester sees long lines of students forming to take a swig."
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Yesterday, we had a couple of good stumpers, which required all 12 tiles to be revealed, clues provided and hundreds of guesses before finally being solved.

Poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox stymied WhoTHAI players. In case you missed it, the clue for it was "Writer." I'm sure we all recognize her words, if not her face: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."

Joseph Crossleys Almshouses Halifax England mystified WhereTHAI players. In case you missed that puzzle, the clue for it was, "Poor, poor people who live here."

Many congratulations to all recent solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 3:14 PM

HARRIET THE SPY -- For more commentary on this wonderful WhoTHAI, please see this thread in Salty Dog:

http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=109576&cID=7

-- Geri

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:19 PM

Whampoa Garden, Hong Kong

This picture I found was on this link: http://gizmodo.com/5027737/cruise-ship-in-the-middle-of-hong-kong-is-actually-a-crazy-shopping-center

I couldn't find the exact picture used but the second picture down is near enough the same - although WTHAI was cropped a bit closer on the right hand side and showed a little more at the bottom.

I wonder how on Google earth someone came up with that idea for a shopping centre!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:23 PM

Cruise-ship-shopping center!? That's what that was?!

I kept thinking the buildings would spell out a word.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:27 PM

LOL. Pepper I said exactly the same thing to Neil - even tried searching Google for 'aerial views buildings spells' etc!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:31 PM

Hey! I guessed Hong Kong! Not specific enough?

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 7:02 PM

Congratulations Nelly, that looked like a hard one! The first square was revealed at 10pm last night (Sydney time) and it looked like a long haul. I guess ten tiles means 10 hours. My husband asked me what it was and I told him it was an aerial view of a jigsaw puzzle. It still looks like an aerial view of a jigsaw puzzle but someone's dumped a boat in the middle of it.



Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Thu, 11th Sep '08 10:14 PM

Sorry, but Hong Kong was not specific enough for the Whampoa puzzle - too common of a guess for anything that looks like a major city. The photo was another one I created myself from Google Earth, so you won't find an exact photo anywhere else. I came across the other photos on the internet giving me the idea for the puzzle, but they were too small to use. So I created my own. I love Google Earth!

Although the removal of the tiles is completely random, I couldn't have asked for a better removal with the boat being hidden for most of the puzzle. I didn't see which tiles were removed after the 8th, so I'm not sure if any of the boat was revealed before it was solved. I knew once the boat was revealed it would be much easier to figure out, but it was such a cool photo I had to include it as a puzzle. I'm glad the photo removal made it such a challenge and hopefully it was enjoyed by some of you.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 10:19 PM

The boat was the last tile removed.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 10:19 PM

Oh, sure, do me like that.



nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 8:03 AM

Thanks Joee - congratulations on all your wins this month!

It was funny because I found it without the boat revealed and when I went back to check against the picture for the second time, before entering the answer, I thought I was imagining things! LOL

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:01 AM

Note to Joee re the Cusco Cathedral:

I'm so glad you finally got it after all your frustrated guesses! I apologize for not adding the "Cuzco" spelling as a variation, but in my defense, the wikipedia page I used had "Cusco" 30 times and "Cuzco" only 4 times, and I frankly didn't see them. Here are all the variations that could have gotten you the win:
cathedral of santo domingo peru
cathedral of santo domingo
cathedral of santo domingo cusco
cathedral of santo domingo cusco peru
cusco peru
cusco cathedrale peru
cusco cathdrale peru
cusco cathedral peru
cusco cathedrale
cusco cathdrale
cusco cathedral
plaza de armas
plaza de armas peru

As always, my main spelling choice was the title of the wiki page, so it is always a good idea to check that first! And please remember there will NEVER be any punctuation, including accent marks (my 'correct' misspellings of "cathedrale" as "cathdrale" were my attempt to compensate for a guesser adding the accent, thinking if entered the letter would disappear, but that's not what happened - you got those funky characters instead).

Anyway, just wanted to apologize for not doing enough research on that one to have known there was an alternate spelling.

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:50 AM

No problem Sploofizz, (not now, anyway).

Wow, didn't realize you put in so many options. Only I could find another 10!!

Funny thing is, the picture I found and all the others on the page spelt it with a z. I have always spelt it with a z and it looks quite strange to me with an s. One of the pictures was a direct link to wikipedia and a large picture of the cathedral. So I did what I was meant to do - I copied and pasted. It didn't work so I copied and pasted everything in sight. Then I realized it was French. I thought it was Spanish, how dumb am I! Then I saw the accents so I took them out, and threw in a couple more guesses. Then FINALLY I saw a tiny tiny name that said "English". (Ohhhhh!!#?*) So one last copy and paste and thank goodness - the "green".

G'night from Aus!

Jo

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:40 AM

Just arrived home. Congrats to StemK but can anyone tell me - Why, Oh why do I miss all the easy ones??? Aaaaggghhh!

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 6:25 PM

Apparently I'm not the only one who never saw the town in Peru spelled "Cusco" until it appeared in a WTHAI (during beta-testing, in my case).

Regarding the spelling Cusco/Cuzco, here's a definitively inconclusive passage from the Wiki article "Cusco":

Upon the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Quechua name ("Qosqo") was transliterated into Spanish as "Cusco", which is how it appears on maps from the 17th and 18th centuries.[1][2] On maps from the 19th century (as early as 1810[3][4]) and through the mid-20th century (until at least 1976), the name appears as "Cuzco". Today, in official Peruvian cartography (in Spanish) the name has returned to the original transliteration: Cusco, with an S rather than a Z.

In English, both S and Z are accepted, as there is no "official" spelling [5] Both British and American variants use S or Z. The Encyclopaedia Britannica writes "Cuzco".

End of Wiki quote.

In Google, "Cuzco Peru" gets "about 2,100,000" hits; "Cusco Peru" gets "about 1,480,000".

It seems that Cuzco is still the dominant variation, but Cusco is likely to eventually become more prevalent.



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:11 AM

Hi everyone!
Just a few links for now:

1. PETE BURNS. To see the photo that was the basis for this puzzle, click here: http://www.waynebesen.com/uploaded_images/Burns-767336.jpg The puzzle was a tightly cropped headshot.

2. YAKOV SMIRNOFF. There's no photo on the Wikipedia page for him, so here's a link to what the puzzle looked like: http://trouble.philadelphiaweekly.com/archives/14SD1.jpg

3. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND. There are presently three photos of her on the Wikipedia page, but none depicting the puzzle, so here's a link for that: http://worldroots.com/brigitte/gifs2/oliviahavilland2.jpg The photo was heavily cropped, showing only part of her face.

I'm a little embarrassed about misspelling her last name at first, but I was sleepy and nervous when I entered my guess.
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Larry -- Thank you for that "definitively inconclusive passage" (LOL) from Wikipedia on Cusco vs. Cuzco. Very interesting.

Congratulations to all the recent winners, and carry on fellow WTHAI adventurers with any sort of commentary, witty anecdotes, explanatory notes, and so on.
-- Geri


lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:25 AM

Wow Pepperdoc.. Miguel De Cervantes... 1 tile way to go!!!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 161.2 - Posts: 5412)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 3:41 PM

Hi Geri -- just want to thank you for all the work you do for putting together all this information. I usually don't play WTHAIs because I can never figure them out, but do enjoy coming here to your posts and looking at the results. This is a lot of work that you put forth and wanted to let you know it is appreciated..

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 4:06 PM

Thanks, Geri, for posting the Olivia de Havilland photo, Because of the cropping I couldn't tell what was in the bottom left of the corner. Now I know.

Thanks, Lisa, about Miguel Cervantes. You could see part of his collar in the tile (although it could just have easily been a wedge of cheese), so I looked for a ruff collar in that coloring and at that angle. Just got lucky.

Pepper

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 5:47 PM

I think they have them at Old Navy.

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 8:10 PM


Hey Calvinator - fantastic!! Don't know how you found that. Still can't work it out after the fact. I was way off - never even came close. Congratulations!!




kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 8:30 PM

Not to mention a really great crop by the editors!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:56 PM

I was all excited about the second clue I came up with if no one had gotten it within an hour of the first clue, but I never got a chance

My second clue would have been "it's not a Small Sleepy town" (get it...like the opposite of Great Wakering!)

Oh well.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 272.1 - Posts: 2771)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 6:34 AM

Trouble is, no-one in the UK thinks of there being anything in Essex! ..............

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 7:26 PM


But they have a really cool signpost!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 8:51 AM

Hi everyone!
Time for a couple more links for the WhoTHAIs:

1. BJORN ULVAEUS. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like for him, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Ulvaeus

Considering the movie "Mamma Mia" is so popular right now, I feel like it should have occurred to me to look up Ulvaeus! Congratulations to Gordonalistair!

2. ROBERT SMITH. To get a good idea of what this cartoony puzzle looked like, click here: http://blogs.poz.com/shawn/upload/RobertSmith.jpg

This one sort of reminded me of the Lloyd Dobler WTHAI. Nice variety by the editors!

OK, I've been busy lately but hope to post some notes and commentary later. In the meantime, congratulations to all the recent solvers! Way to go!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 15th Sep '08 9:41 AM

The Robert Smith photo is from an episode of South Park. The episode is a spoof of Japanese Godzilla-type films. Barbara Streisand morphs into Mecha-Streisand, a dinosaur-like monster who goes about destroying the town. Leonard Maltin and Sidney Poitier each morph into an Ultraman type character and a Gamera-type character respectively, but they cannot defeat her. Then in comes Robert Smith who morphs into a Mothra-type character and receives instructions from a wristwatch. He is informed that Mecha-Streisand's weak spot is her nose and he is able to defeat her. It's hilarious.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 15th Sep '08 9:43 AM

Also forgot to add that unlike some of the other South Park characters portraying famous people, Robert Smith actually did his own voice in that episode.

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 11:33 AM

My son was peeking over my shoulder when I was looking at that WTHAI. He said that it looked like a South Park character and that it might be a singer from The Cure. Sure enough, he led me in the right direction. I gave him half the points although I am not sure if they are good anywhere off the island.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 12:35 PM

Okay, I accept that "Hong Kong" wasn't specific enough for an aerial shot of a couple of blocks of Hong Kong, but please explain to me how Nauticus Maritime Museum Norfolk Virginia wasn't good enough but Norfolk Virginia was???

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6769)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 1:03 PM

Re Robert Smith

I went looking for South Park minor characters and did NOT turn him up.
Dash it! Should trust my instincts better.....

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 1:10 PM

Smoke's got a good point. I went to the complete list of guesses, and low and behold, there's
the guess (#89 below).


87 USS Lexington, Corpus C... Jeannarie
88 penn's landing philadel... Smoke20
89 nauticus maritime museu... Smoke20
90 arabian sea Smoke20
91 USS Arizona Memorial Foogs
92 suez canal Smoke20


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 15th Sep '08 1:18 PM

Yours was not listed on the official list, Smoke, because Wikipedia lists the name as "Nauticus National Maritime Canter". I checked the official website and they refer to the place as "Nauticus". So those were the acceptable names. You have been given credit for your answer, though.

Please, please, please check Wikipedia for their name or an official website if you think you know the correct answer. We cannot possibly hope to find/include every possible variation of a place name that is used on the internet.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 1:28 PM

Sorry, guys. I went there with my grandson years ago, still have the ticket stub, which says Nauticus in big curvy letters and Maritime Museum in little black block letters underneath. It's been magged to my fridge for a decade, so maybe the "official" name has changed? Anyway, thanks a bunch, I'll try to remember the wiki thing.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 2:08 PM

I agree that the correct name of the place needs to be used. Just a side note of frustration. I've noticed that when someone is getting close (ie. it's obviously they know where it is, just trying a few times to get it right), some others seem to pick up on that path and scoop the answer. I'm sure once in a while it's sheer coincidence and an apology is posted (sorry for the scoop! etc), but IMHO, if we can see that someone is very close and struggling to get the right answer, can't we just back off a few minutes and see if it happens for them?

Just my thoughts, not sure if they're worth the 2 cents lol

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 2:13 PM

I agree with that frustration, Lisa. Happened to me before, but I've also been on the other side of the coin. Not often, but sometimes I'm off searching in another browser window, maybe as long as 30 minutes before I get back to the Sploofus window. If I type in an answer (but haven't refreshed the screen), I don't know what the guesses have been in the last 30 minutes.
So, I've started doing that (refreshing) to avoid what you mentioned. I saw that happen recently with another guesser, and I was silently "willing" the guesser to get it right. They don't always get the ESP, though.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 3:30 PM

I agree Lisa and Pepper! There was one I felt really bad about that I had gotten and another player was trying to figure it out, but I was like Pepper and just excited about actually finding it, so started typing my answer. Didn't even look at what anyone else had guessed until after I had won.

Once I found out, I apologized, and when I see someone is getting close, and I'm not in the middle of searching, I back off to see if they are going to get it. The only way I would attempt to answer would be after enough time had lapsed and I had decided they had given up on it. That seems to be the fair thing to do.

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 4:10 PM

Congratulations to Uclonewolf3 (Marilyn) on her double WhoTHAI win this morning! WTG!

Interesting how we went from a retired U.S. Army general to a singer/songwriter.

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 4:43 PM

Two thumbs up to Marilyn for her double win!!

A singing general?

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 7:54 PM

Thanks, Geri and Pepper! That is a pretty broad gap from General to Songwriter. Actually I knew the General, but on the Songwriter, I was searching for Harmonica Players, until Chenoa told me to try TobyMac

Marilyn...


lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 10:18 PM

Great job on that one.. after 3 or 4 squares, I was sure it was a baseball player singing the national anthem as I could tell he was wearing a ball cap and he was singing lol.. here I was searching "athletes who sang star spangled banner" lmao

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 11:52 PM

RE: Robert Smith on South Park

Thanks for the story of the origin of that photo, Sploofusmaximus! I never would have guessed that, although as a kid, I loved "monster movies" and watched all the Godzilla-type stuff. I went to YouTube and found an excerpt from the episode in Italian. It was fun to watch Smith morph into the Mothra-like creature! The clip is easy to find, if anyone wants to. (I decided not to post a link here since some of the comments on the video might not be considered "family friendly.") Anyway, very cool WhoTHAI!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 12:02 AM

P.S. I forgot to clarify -- I couldn't find a clip on the episode in English. But just like with those Godzilla movies from my childhood, I could have watched them in Japanese and enjoyed them.

-- Geri

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 2:38 PM

When I said "I gave him half the points although I am not sure if they are good anywhere off the island.", I was just kidding. I really gave him a chocolate chip cookie with macadamia nuts.



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 5:31 PM

Congratulations, Geri, on Maria Montessori! Great Job!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 7:29 PM

Great job, Geri! (I thought she was Ma Barker - oops!)

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 8:32 AM

Hi,
Thanks very much Marilyn and Pepper, and thanks Barb1111 for that clarification -- it's always nice to hear about chocolate chip cookies!
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OK, now on to a link and some chat:

1. BELA BARTOK. The official link is great for information. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9la_Bart%C3%B3k and it's the main photo on the page. If you're not familiar with his music, note there are some media clips at the bottom of the page.

2. CATHEDRAL OF ZAMORA SPAIN. I just have to say I thought that was one of the most beautiful WTHAIs we've had since the launch of 2.0. I thought it was a painting when I first saw it. I find it breathtaking.

3. GORKY PARK RUSSIA. If you missed this puzzle, when you click on the Sploofus link, you need to scroll down a bit to the thumbnail photo captioned, "Arctic motifs" and click on it. So ... I'm sure we've all heard of Maxim Gorky and Gorky Park. But this puzzle was an excellent stumper. Kudos to the editor who did the cropping! Anyway, it required about 18 hours to solve, 355 incorrect guesses and two clues, "Europe" and "Russia."

When I took a look at this puzzle last night around 9 p.m., nine tiles had been exposed. It looked like some sort of theme or amusement park to me, and many people were guessing such places (along with zoos). I don't think Russia would have occurred to me, although perhaps logically it should have, since a part of it is so near Alaska. Three people used the word "arctic" in their guess, and as noted above, that turned out to be a key word rather than the more obvious "polar bear," "igloo" or "Inuit."

In trying to solve this puzzle, I discovered there are an amazing number of polar bear statues around the globe. I'll post a few links to some of those later, as many are quite interesting and/or humorous.

When I was four years old, my mom gave me a polar bear stuffed animal. I adored him and actually still have him. Anyway, due to this, my family has showered me with other polar bear-themed stuff over the years. I hope none of them read this thread. While I'd enjoy visiting Gorky Park, I'm glad no one has sent me a life-size polar bear sculpture as a lawn ornament ...... yet.

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 17th Sep '08 11:17 AM

I must admit that I was surprised at how difficult the Gorky Park puzzle was. I try to imagine what a player's thought process might be when they see a puzzle, but I was off on this one. I figured since a polar bear was in the photo you would think a colder place and go from there. It's still nice to be able to stump you all now and then.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 4:55 PM

Congratulations to Fatsa on her double win this morning! WTG!

-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 8:17 PM


In case you missed it.....
The link on WhereTHAI for the dog statue is to Shibuya Station. If you click on the dog's name under the statue picture "Hachiko" you can read his story. Sooooooo sad! Made me cry.



Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 17th Sep '08 10:00 PM

Thanks for pointing that out Joee! When creating the puzzle, I remember thinking I need to direct folks to the story after its solved, but that was a while back and it left my head. You can also see a photo of the real Hachiko there. Don't go read the story without your hanky ready.

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Thu, 18th Sep '08 4:53 AM

Thanks Geri! And yes, Hachiko's story is truly heartbreaking! I' ve actually read that they are currently making an American adaptation of this famous Japanese story. It will be set in present-day Connecticut and star Richard Gere and Joan Allen.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 18th Sep '08 12:02 PM

Kudos to Joee on the Shoes on the Danube Promenade! Very little to go on in the 3 tiles revealed. Good job!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 18th Sep '08 5:34 PM

Hi all!
Time for some more links:

1. ERWIN SCHRODINGER. The Sploofus link takes you to nobelprize.org and a good biographical page. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_Schr%C3%B6dinger You'll need to scroll down a bit to what I think of as the classic photo of Schrödinger smiling, wearing that polka-dot bow-tie, dated 1933.

2. LITTLE RICHARD. Since he's such a recognizable face, the puzzle photo for him was heavily cropped. Nevertheless, Uclonewolf3 recognized him by his hair alone! Anyway, to see the basis for the puzzle, click here: http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/artists/Little-Richard/

3. RUSSELL BRAND. To see what the puzzle for him looked like, click here: http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/4287/49russellbrandot9.jpg

4. FRANCES MCDORMAND. To see the basis for her puzzle, click here: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3858077952/nm0000531

5. THE HACHIKO EXIT SHIBUYA STATION JAPAN. Yes, Joee, thanks for pointing to the story of Hachiko. For those who missed this WTHAI, the puzzle depicted primarily Hachiko. Neither the page on the Shibuya Station or the one on Hachiko shows the basis for the puzzle, so here's a link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Hachiko1233.jpg

I love dogs, and they're amazing. I hadn't heard of Hachiko. Thank you, editors! Now I'll be retelling his story to everyone I know.

Many congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 18th Sep '08 6:04 PM

And now, as promised, here are links to some polar bear sculptures or statues, inspired by the Gorky Park WTHAI. Note that with one exception, I don't know the official name for any of these, so I've provided my own:

1. MAMA PLAYING WITH CUBS. Como Zoo, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Comes pretty close to breaking the cute meter.
http://flickr.com/photos/monkeyouttanowhere/1663414977/

2. BEARS ON BROADWAY. This artistic exhibit in Winnipeg featured 62 concrete polar bears as part of a fundraising drive for CancerCare Manitoba. Truly magnificent bears: http://www.pbase.com/pwh/bears_on_broadway_winnipeg

3. CAR SALESMAN BEAR. White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Supposedly this is the world's largest polar bear, but I didn't try to verify that. I also enjoyed reading the blog entry below the photo of the bear. At the end, the author wrote, "... the salesman will tell you about the bear if you tell them that you are there for the bear and not the cars." That cracked me up. http://thebigstuffproject.blogspot.com/2007/10/worlds-largest-polar-bear.html

4. BEARS PRACTICING THEIR PITCHING REPERTOIRE. Nashville, Tennessee. Well, actually, they look to be having a snowball fight, but I'm sure it's all in good fun: http://www.agilitynut.com/07/3/snowball.jpg

5. UNCLE SAM BEAR. Tawas City, Michigan. http://flickr.com/photos/732mpd/2767144866/

Enjoy!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Thu, 18th Sep '08 10:42 PM

Please accept my apologies to Achad and others for the frustration encountered with the Red House WTHAI. I actually had a mistake in my list of answers. I made a goof-up in my list and 2 answer choices got combined into 1 line. So "Red House" and "Red House London" became "Red House Red House London", making both of the answers unavailable. Of course they were the easiest and shortest answer choices on the list, as well as the heading on the Wikipedia article we always tell players to refer to.

Achad did receive points for the puzzle.


achad
Achad  (Level: 212.0 - Posts: 661)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 1:54 AM

Thanks again.
Andy

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 6:46 AM

Congratulations, to Geri on Horatio Alger! Great Job!

Marilyn...

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 6:54 AM

Or as we say today and today only, Horatio Arrrr

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 7:48 AM

I see Ken has gotten a jump start on National Pirates Day, Matey!

Congrats, Geri on Horatio Alger. Nice win!

Congrats to Achad on the Red House and thanks, Sploofusmaximus, on the explanation. I didn't participate in that one, but saw the list of guesses after the fact. I think Achad entered every possible combination of guesses known to mankind!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 9:55 AM

Thanks! Yes, congratulations, Achad (Andy)! And a belated congratulations to Larrybus for his double WTHAI win, for Santa Maria del Naranco Spain (after only 2 tiles!!) and Hudson Stuck. Stuck has such a great name. Good thing he didn't get stuck on Mount McKinley. The puns would never end!

I'm in awe of all you wizards who can figure out a puzzle after only a few tiles. Well, like Stuck, I'll aspire to get there someday myself!
-- Geri


achad
Achad  (Level: 212.0 - Posts: 661)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 12:11 PM

Thanks Pepper! It certainly felt like I'd entered countless permutations!
Thanks Geri!
At least I am maintaining getting one a month: normally all the ones I know pop up when us Brits are in bed!
Andy

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 2:55 PM

I get one a month too. Unfortunately, that month was June.

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 8:44 PM

Canada Lee was a great actor from the 1940s and 50s. I remembered him from his role in the Hitchcock film "Lifeboat". Here is a link to his official web site: http://www.canadalee.org/

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 9:28 PM

Great job, Barb, after there had been so many guesses, it evidently was a hard one. I had 2 guesses left, and was waiting on a clue.

Marilyn...

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 20th Sep '08 11:55 AM

The Wiki link on WTHAI doesn't work for P J Hasham. Try this one - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Joseph_%27P.J.%27_Hasham.


joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 20th Sep '08 9:52 PM

Thanks Nelly for that link. I was wondering who he was. I only watched the show for 10 years. Maybe if I'd watched it for 11, I would have recognised him!


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 8:40 AM

Yay team! Barb and Nelly, thanks so much for posting those links!
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And now ... it's time for ... can you guess? How about some yokes this morning instead of links? I was never too fond of sausages anyway for breakfast.

1. POCAHONTAS. The official link is great, but there are multiple photos on the page. If you missed this puzzle, you'll want to scroll down about halfway. The photo used is the one currently on the left side of the Wiki page captioned, "A 19th century depiction."

2. WILHELM AND JAKOB GRIMM. To get an idea of what this puzzle looked like, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Jacob_und_Wilhelm_Grimm.png The puzzle was pretty much a scaled down version of that pencil drawing.

3. VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING JOHN F KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FLORIDA. The official link for this is fine, but again, there are several photos on the page. If you missed the puzzle, just scroll down to the photo captioned, "Space Shuttle Atlantis is prepared for launch on Mission STS-36." You'll see the Vehicle Assembly Building photo used for the puzzle in the distance.

4. AZURE WINDOW MALTA. The photo on the Wiki page is very close but not exactly what was shown in the puzzle, so here's a screenshot of that: http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/8530/46azurewindowmaltaht6.jpg

5. WIELICZKA SALT MINE POLAND. Again, there are several photos on the Wiki page. To see what the puzzle looked like, you'll need to scroll to the photo gallery to the picture captioned, "Bottom of St Kunegunda's Shaft."

The recent natural structures featured in the WhereTHAIs have been truly stunning, IMO. The salt mine is enchanting. I suppose it's a combination of the natural and man-made since various sculptures call it home.

Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 8:53 AM

Congrats to you, too, Geri, on the Grimm Brothers! I could tell that this was one where putting in the correct combination for the names was a "challenge."

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 21st Sep '08 1:07 PM

The full list of acceptable choices was:
wilhelm and jakob grimm
jakob and wilhelm grimm
wilhelm grimm and jakob grimm
jakob grimm and wilhelm grimm
wilhelm karl and jakob grimm
jakob and wilhelm karl grimm
wilhelm karl grimm and jakob grimm
jakob grimm and wilhelm karl grimm
the brothers grimm

Once you spelled Jakob with a 'k' you were pretty much in!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 2:33 PM

Thanks, Sploofizz. I think the problem was Geri typed in Jacob with a "c" and not a "k". When you look at the Wikipedia entry Jacob was spelled with a "c." (I'm assuming that Jakob is the way he would spell his name in German, however, since we've been told to check Wikipedia for the correct spelling, and since Jacob was how it was spelled on the Brothers Grimm page as well as the Jacob Grimm page, you can see the confusion.) I'm glad it worked out for her since she had the right identify.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 4:55 PM

Thanks very much for posting all of the possible answer choices, Sploofizz! And thank you Pepperdoc for your support!

At this point, I'm honestly not sure of the correct spelling of the elder Grimm brother's name. I have some books on the subject written in German, which show his name as "Jacob." On the other hand, I've since found some German-language websites that spell his name "Jakob." In any case, fortunately, everything worked out just fine. Onward to the next puzzle!

-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 1:46 AM

The Wikipedia link given for Stockholm Sweden doesn't work. Here's one that does:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan

Editors:

If the title of the Wiki article contains characters with diacritical marks, like the "ä" in Vädersolstavlan, please copy and paste the title from the URL at the top of the page (or learn to encode "ä" as "%C3%A4").



larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 1:48 AM


kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 212.8 - Posts: 1195)
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 5:29 AM

The 9/22 Who Mohammed Alim Khan is such a beautiful photo from the time period, that I had to find out who took it. Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was a color photo pioneer. Very interesting stuff!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 9:01 AM

Sorry about that Larrybus. The editors know that about the links now, and try to catch them before we copy and paste them. I knew that link didn't work and thought I had changed it to something else, but I thought that article was so interesting I had even written a note to myself to refer you all to that link after the puzzle was solved. Maybe my thought process at the time was that you would probably find your way to that article - even if I included the broken link, or I just plain forgot to change it. The puzzle was put in the queue a few weeks ago so I can't remember for sure!

Kimoria, that photo is absolutely amazing for the time period it came from! I even checked a few sources thinking maybe it was a some kind of joke and couldn't possibly have been taken at the time indicated.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 234.0 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 10:59 AM

This link also works for the Sun Dogs painting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadersolstavlan

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Tue, 23rd Sep '08 7:49 PM

So.......Editor who gave us the Grand Forks Flood Memorial......why did you put a tiger cage in the picture (lol)?



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 1:51 AM

Hi all!
Thanks to Larrybus and Zeedee for posting links to the wonderful Sun Dog painting! And congratulations, Larrybus, on your triple WTHAI win recently! Two yesterday and one so far today!

Thanks to the editors (Sploofusmaximus?) for choosing that painting to use as a depiction of Stockholm -- ! Just like with the painting of Toledo, Spain, that was a delightful change of pace. I'm familiar with the painting, but it's always fun to revisit something so beautiful, and I really enjoyed looking at all the detailed photos of it.
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OK, on to some more links and talk:

1. ROGER WHITTAKER. This turned out to be an excellent stumper of a puzzle, as it wasn't solved until all 12 tiles were revealed, a clue was provided ("Whistler") and 591 incorrect guesses were made. Whew! To see the photo used as the basis for the puzzle, click here: http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc147/kevinj9/RogerWhittaker.jpg The photo was heavily cropped for the puzzle, so if you missed it and want to see what the completed puzzle looked like, click here: http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/8770/58rogerwhittakerzj7.jpg

2. SARAH BERNHARDT. The official link is great, but if you missed this puzzle, just scroll down about halfway to what I think of as the classic photo of Bernhardt as Hamlet. The puzzle was Yorick's skull. (dramatic pause) Nah, just kidding. It was a headshot of Bernhardt.

3. HELENE DUTRIEU. To get a good idea of what the puzzle photo looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A9l%C3%A8ne_Dutrieu

4. PEDAALSTOMPERS STATUE BELGIUM. Going back to Sunday, this was a great WhereTHAI stumper. It required a clue, "commemorates a world record," and 118 incorrect guesses. A bicycle built for 20. I wouldn't mind trying it out.

5. GRAND FORKS FLOOD MEMORIAL NORTH DAKOTA. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like (a bit different from the photo on the Wiki page), click here: http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles2622.jpg

6. VULCAN PARK ALABAMA. This puzzle was solved quicker than a wink after 0 -- that's right, zero -- incorrect guesses with just 1 tile revealed. That's the fastest this month. And to all you readers who might be sci-fi fans like I am, Vulcan Park is not a tribute to Mr. Spock or anyone else from the planet Vulcan who likes to hang out on Earth from time to time. Click on the link to read about it, as it's very cool ... er ... hot ... well, you'll see. I've never been to Alabama, but I'd sure like to go to see that statue.

Many congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 24th Sep '08 10:04 AM

The tiger cage was simply distraction. I try to include (or not include) things in the background on purpose. For example, I had to hunt to find a photo of Hachiko the dog that didn't look like a train station in the background or have Asian people in it. Sometimes things are left there to possibly lead you in the wrong direction and sometimes they really are a hint (partial cymbal for Armand Zildjian, Asian people in Ayumi Hamasaki's photo).

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 8:02 PM

A very strategic first tile was turned on the Vulcan puzzle (the torch in his hand -- upper right corner). If someone else hadn't spotted it first, I was all set to guess Vulcan too.

I've been there

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 2:38 AM

Hi all,
How interesting that you've been to Vulcan Park, Alabama, Ken! That reminds me: If anyone missed that WTHAI, just scroll down on the Wiki page to the second photo on the page captioned, "Vulcan on his restored pedestal with new elevator tower." And since Ken mentioned that "strategic first tile," if you missed it, here's what the puzzle looked like after just one tile revealed: http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/7199/55vulcanparkalabamasolvql3.jpg

In other stuff, I blew a perfectly good opportunity for some kind of pun with the Pedaalstompers Statue. In any case, it has an appropriate name for a puzzle that stomped ... er, stumped many of us. ............. I know, I know, tardiness is not good pun etiquette, but I just had to torture you anyway.
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OK, on to a few more links & talk:

1. GORDES FRANCE. This was from Monday. I forgot to mention that it was yet another terrific stumper finally solved after a clue, ("France") and 173 incorrect guesses. A beautiful mountain village. Perfect subject for a painting. Here are a couple of contemporary artist examples:

Gordes by Malenda Trick: https://redsneakersnetwork.net/aaagiclee_secure/galleria/images/MT0062P2128gordesfrancemiddayw.jpg

Gordes by Elaine Lisle:
http://www.elainelisle.com/images/Gordes2.jpg

2. TORRES DE SATELITE MEXICO. I have a feeling this was another Google Earth creation by Sploofusmaximus? If so, If you want to see a larger photo of what the sculptures look like from ground level, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torres_de_Sat%C3%A9lite

3. BILL KURTIS. There's no photo on the Wiki page, so here's a link to what the puzzle looked like: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/photos/bill-kurtis.jpg

4. CAITLIN UPTON. To get a good idea of what the puzzle for her looked like, click here:
http://www.foxnews.com/images/306269/0_61_082808_teen2.jpg

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 7:27 AM

The Mexico sculpture photo was interesting. From overhead (satellite) they looked like giant matchbook covers. But from a ground photo, they looked like tall vertical sculptures. Very interesting either way.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Thu, 25th Sep '08 9:28 AM

Torres de Satelite was another Google Earth creation of mine. I thought the long shadows would give you a hint that they were indeed tall sculptures, even thought they did not appear that way from up above. Congrats to all the recent winners - especially the Vulcan Park win with no other incorrect guesses!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 3:51 PM

I think I'm spacially challenged.

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 7:39 PM

I thought the shadows must have been coming from something that was out of the picture. The towers looked like they were suspended above the freeway. I searched every skerrick of Mexico even before the clue because they have so much brightly coloured public sculpture and I swear it wasn't there - must have moved it !??



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 10:55 PM

The Belle Watling "who" (from "Gone With the Wind") was interesting. Reading about the character and actress who played her, led me to another link on Belle Brezing, who may have been the person the character was based on. If you're interested, you can read more about her:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Brezing


larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 317.7 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 2:41 AM

For Tacoma's Museum of Glass. the picture used for the WTHAI can be found at:

http://www.galluccis.com/catered-venue-museum-of-glass.htm

Congratulations to Dtartaglia for solving it!



nelly
Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 6:09 PM

Congratulations to Susannec but congratulations to Marilyn who actually solved the puzzle 11 guesses earlier with 'Mother Motherland Kiev' exactly as per the title of one of the Wiki pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Motherland_(Kiev)!

If any editor is looking:
Guess: Player:
1 Museum of the Great Pat... Suzannec
2 PERU Cenas
3 Joan of Arc Memorial Taco24
4 Sibelius Park, Finland Doomsday
5 New York Cjar855
6 Hawaii Cjar855
7 virgin mary Deirdreappel
8 Titanic statue Taco24
9 Thermopylae Memorial Taco24
10 Namibia Lisap369
11 Mother Motherland Kiev ... Uclonewolf3



suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 258.5 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 6:19 PM

I figured this one out by googling "victory woman statue". After getting it right, I saw Marilyn's answer and agree that she did have it correct a bit earlier. Although I did find this one completely on my own without noticing the other guesses, I would be honored if we could share the victory.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sat, 27th Sep '08 7:15 PM

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The editors who handle the WTHAIs have been alerted. While editors do check this thread, if you think an additional player should receive credit for a WTHAI win, it's best to submit a support ticket containing the relevant information. Thank you.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 7:51 PM

Thank you so much, Karen, for looking out for me and going to the trouble to post the list!

Congratulations to you, Suzanne, on your solving it.

Sploofunky - Prior to reading these, I have sent in a Support Ticket, as I was away from the computer, and realized when I came back that it was the same picture I had found.

Thanks again,

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 2:24 AM

Hi everyone!
Going back to Pepperdoc's post about Belle Brezing, who may have inspired the character Belle Watling, thank you Pepper for posting that link! I thought the article was really interesting!

Larrybus, thanks a million for posting the link to the Museum of Glass in Washington!

For anyone interested, at the end of the month, (which is almost here - yikes!) I'll be creating leaderboards again, another text retrospective and also another online photo album retrospective.

Also, just a reminder, especially to new readers of this thread: Please feel free to join in anytime and post anecdotes, adventures, links to additional info, ponderings, a family friendly joke about the time you went to Stockholm ... and so on.

-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 2:57 AM

Hi again,
OK, time for some more links & yakety yak:

1. BELLE WATLING. The official link takes you to great info, but to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here and scroll to near the bottom of the page: http://thenonblonde.blogspot.com/2008/03/scents-wind-got-joint-project-from-two.html
The image was very tightly cropped, as this was another one of those puzzles where we hardly saw any of the person's face -- mainly the rose, hair and forehead.

2. FARLEY MOWAT: There was no photo on the Wiki page, so here's a link for him: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/bios/Mowat.html He's one of my mom's favorite authors.

3. BLACK BART. The official link for him is fine. I thought this was a terrific WTHAI, especially coming on the heels of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aarrrrrrr! Anyone see the movie, "A Christmas Story," where the kid Ralphie fantasizes about meeting Black Bart and his evil band of scalawags and sends them packing with his Red Ryder BB gun? A classic.

4. BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD. The photo on the Wiki page isn't the same as what was shown in the puzzle, so here's a link for that: http://nymag.com/images/2/daily/entertainment/07/05/24_brycedallashoward.jpg

OK, that's it for this post. I'll be back with more on the WhereTHAIs in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 3:50 AM

Links & talk for recent WhereTHAIs:

1. BOUCTOUCHE CANADA. The link for this is great. I just wanted to say I thought the boardwalk photo used for the puzzle was really neat and looks very inviting. Anyone care for a stroll?

2. LAM TSUEN WISHING TREES HONG KONG. The Wiki page doesn't have the photo used for the puzzle, so here's a link for that: http://www.hongkongextras.com/resources/_wsb_512x412_Wishing+tree+replacement.jpg

I'd actually heard of these trees (and similar ones in other cultures) but never seen them. This is beside the point, but I also love the word banyan.

3. THE TOY FACTORY GUMERACHA AUSTRALIA. If you missed this one and click on the link, you'll see there's more than one photo. The puzzle was a close-up of the head of the giant blue rocking horse that's about halfway down the page. I wonder how many oats, carrots and lumps of sugar that horse eats? And is it related to Paul Bunyan's blue ox Babe?

And hey, look! All you have to do is change the "u" in Bunyan to an "a" and you get ... banyan! Cool!

4. USS MISSOURI TOKYO BAY JAPAN. The link for this is fine. There are many photos on the page, so if you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one of Gen. MacArthur captioned, "Douglas MacArthur signs the formal surrender of Japanese forces on the USS Missouri, September 2, 1945." This one was solved very quickly after only 1 tile was revealed and six incorrect guesses.

5. MUSEUM OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR UKRAINE. Nelly, thanks a million for providing a link! Unfortunately, it's one of those that's wonky, so you have to copy and paste it into your browser to make it work. The various photos on the Wiki pages don't exactly match what was seen in the puzzle, so here's a link to a screenshot for that: http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3655/66museumofthegreatpatrilx7.jpg

OK, that's it for now. Many congratulations to all the recent Who and WhereTHAI winners!
-- Geri


gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 5:15 AM

Thanks to Sploofmaximus for awarding me the points on the "Mother Motherland Kiev". From the long list of acceptable answers he/she sent me, I can understand how it can be confusing and hard to cover all acceptable answers.

Marilyn...

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6769)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 7:11 AM

Great thread; but is it getting long enough that we need to start a continuation page?
I did not do it myself in case people want to keep going on this one.

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 8:16 AM

Regarding the Lam Tsuen "Wishing Tree" puzzle......I was in Hong Kong about two years ago and went to see the tree hoping to attach my wish to an orange and hurl it up into the branches. When I got there I was confronted with a "tree" that was obviously on it's last legs. It's bark was blackened and it had only one branch left......a very sad sight. I was told that it couldn't take the constant weight of all the oranges and the branches had started to drop off. There wasn't much hope for the poor old Banyon and I doubt very much that it is still alive.


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 9:28 AM

Hi!
Marilyn: I'm happy to hear you were awarded points along with Suzannec!

Barry: Thanks, and I'm glad you're enjoying the thread! What do other people think? Should I create a new thread for October? This one is getting pretty long and might take a long time to load for some people.

Joee: That's a very sad story about the banyan tree. I hope more efforts are being taken to preserve those wonderful old trees. I think I may have to do some more research on this. Although these banyan trees are in Hong Kong, I've loved the banyans ever since I was a kid reading Kipling.

-- Geri



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 11:14 AM

I vote for starting a new thread.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 3:25 PM

Sounds like a good idea!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 3:57 PM

Thanks, Pepper and Marilyn! OK, I'll create a new thread on Oct. 1. Mark your calendars!

-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 10:29 PM

Congratulations Geri, on Weeki Wachee. That was a fun one!


joee
Joee  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 4:41 AM

After the fuss I kicked up earlier in the month, I thought I'd better explain the "Falkirk Wheel".

Spiceyhedgehog guessed "the falkirk wheel scotland". It was correct but I would say it was "the" that was the offending word. I nearly missed out once because of an "at". I did miss out because of a "centre" and also once because I didn't check wikipedia for the correct name.
So, anyway, I thought Spiceyhedgehog would sort it out, and I left to do the washing. I came back about 10 or 15 minutes later and Spicehedgehog hadn't sorted it out but Doomsday had had a guess, "Falkirk Wheel, UK" this had also not worked. Maybe it was the comma or maybe it was the "UK" instead of "Scotland".
I waited and waited and refreshed and refreshed but.......nothing.
I checked who was logged in.... around 50 players but no Spiceyhedgehog and no Doomsday. So what was I to do?

Yes, I did it. As my daughter said to me, "if you don't someone else will". And I did give them plenty of time for more guesses.

But....... I didn't find it, I don't deserve the credit and I don't deserve the points.


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 2:06 AM

Hi everyone!
New thread coming soon!! Popcorn, hot dogs, pizza and candy will also be provided in all-you-can-eat quantities. For those of you who prefer wholesome food, I can arrange that, too.

Now, a few people asked me how I solved the Weeki Wachee Springs Florida WTHAI, so I thought I'd share that with you all here. Basically, I recognized the photograph but couldn't remember exactly where I'd seen it. I figured probably in a magazine. I was on the wrong track at first, associating it with my home state of California. Finally I initiated a Google search using the following:

+black and white photograph +woman floating horizontally

That search turned up a photoblog called Shorpy with the image there, and presto! One of the commenters says they saw the photo in Smithsonian Magazine. If Smithsonian did indeed publish it, that's probably where I saw it. While I'm familiar with jazz pianist Bill Evans, I'm not familiar with the album he did with jazz guitarist Jim Hall featuring the photo.

The Sploofus link for this puzzle takes you to the page on Toni Frissell, which is very interesting, but if you'd like to read about Weeki Wachee Springs and the mermaids there, here are a couple of links for that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeki_Wachee_Springs

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0322_040322_TVmermaid.html

I found the mermaids very inspiring in the National Geographic article. Enjoy!
-- Geri


kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 4:48 PM

So Marilyn, African or European?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 8:54 PM

Hi everyone!
I'm going to go ahead and try to finish up with some links for September puzzles before creating the new thread tomorrow.

1. CHRISTINE TOLEDO. The Sploofus link is good, but seemed to show a flipped image of the puzzle. If you missed that one, here's another link: http://female-muay-thai.blogspot.com/2008/01/female-muay-thai-legend-christine.html The puzzle was pretty much just a head shot with part of her arm extended. When I first saw the puzzle, I thought she might be an Olympic archer, and we couldn't see the bow.

2. CURLY LAMBEAU. Here's a link to what that puzzle was based on: http://www2.jsonline.com/packer/image/2001/other/curl1027.jpg

This was a good stumper, as it wasn't solved before all 12 tiles had been revealed and 250 incorrect guesses had been entered. No clue was provided, as it was solved pretty quickly after the 12 tile was exposed.

As soon as I saw the name, I said to myself, "Of course! That's who it is!" I doubt I ever would have figured it out, though, since sports isn't exactly my best ... um ... field.

3. KEVIN BRAUCH. There's no photo on the Wiki page for him, so here's a link for that: http://www.foodtv.ca/ontv/hostdetails.aspx?hostid=29017

4. TOYO MIYATAKE. The link is great. I just wanted to say I thought it was interesting that Ansel Adams was the photographer for that portrait of Miyatake, and at the beginning of the month, Adams himself was the subject of a WhoTHAI.

5. F LEE BAILEY. The Wiki page has no photo, so here's a link for that. The puzzle was based on the top picture on this site: http://ci.bridgeport.ct.us/newdepartments/city_council/donnam.curra.aspx

6. SWALLOWS NEST UKRAINE. The link is good. If you missed this one, just scroll down about halfway to the photo captioned, "Swallow's Nest near Yalta; built in 1912 in Neo-Gothic style by the order of German baron Stengel according to a design by Russian architect A.Sherwood." For more in-depth info, click on the Swallow's Nest link provided on that page. I'd give you a link, but it's one of those that doesn't work unless you copy and paste it into your browser.

OK, that's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:29 PM

Hi!

First of all, congratulations to Uclonewolf3 for her double WhereTHAI win today!

OK, chances are these will be the last links for the month:

1. OSCAR PISTORIUS. This was a good stumper. There were 273 incorrect guesses, all 12 tiles were revealed and a hint ("Fast guy") provided. Once the hint appeared, the puzzle was solved ... well, fast. The Wiki page doesn't show the basis for the puzzle, so here's a link for that: http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44290000/jpg/_44290124_ab12.jpg

2. DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER CALIFORNIA. The link is fine, but there are multiple photos on the page. If you missed this puzzle, scroll way down until you see a photo on the left-hand side of the page captioned, "The world's largest compass rose is painted on the lake bed beside NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center."

Congratulations everyone! I'll be posting leaderboards and other fun stuff tomorrow.
-- Geri


godwit
Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 3:17 AM

Hey all ya'll smart people. I'm new, and I lucked out by spotting a favorite author, Farley Mowat. I'll post here so it's close to the post ya'll left.

Farley is an interesting guy. He is an outspoken advocate for Canada-- so much so he was barred from entering the USA because of his views that the USA has robbed and pressured Canada into giving up her resources. He's written a number of books lamenting the weak and mistaken role Canada has taken the past several decades. He feels that Canada has opened up her lands to the highest bidder, and failed to develop her own industries, content to be just a sidekick of the USA. That is strange since Canada's people are fiercely independent. Did you know the US and Canada have been at war? There was a time Canadians pushed back.

Just in the past year there's been a national protest against mining companies in Canada who for instance mine, then sell 80% of their take to countries other than Canada (primarily the US). That's the kind of thing Farley was talking about. Whether it's lumber, water, pigs or uranium, Canada has sold their rights...some say the US bullies them into it. Farley always said it was a lack of strength, foresight and wisdom on the part of CN government.

In his later works he's more outspoken in this regard, which won him enemies in both the USA and Canada. He was more recently accused of making up part of a "non fiction" work on the tundra of Canada -- as I recall, only vaguely, it was over his claim to have witnessed massive Caribou migration in a place he described in minute detail. But supposedly there are no Caribou there. Some say the accusation was a ploy to discredit him in general; others say indeed it was made up. For me, he wrote beautifully and with conviction for decades, so whether he actually saw hoards of Caribou or not, doesn't seem to me the international crime they turned it into.

His colorful personality and opinions aside, most of his books are about the Canadian wilderness, animals, arctic and tundra. He has a spectacular style as one of those rugged, powerfully opinionated "mountain men" types with a keen understanding of nature and animal behavior. I read everything he's written one summer, because if you like his stuff, you will be gripped by his talent. Agree with him or not, he's one-of-a-kind, and loves his country. Not surprisingly, he has a unique appearance, also, so I guessed Hemingway, then Ansel Adams, then realized no, that's definitely Farley. I enjoyed seeing him there on your puzzle.

Last I heard he had moved to the outskirts of Canada, to live among the outspoken, strong peoples in the east. Does anyone know if he's written anything the past ten years? Farley Mowat.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 5:28 AM

That was really interesting, thank you Godwit!

OK, folks, a new thread has been created for October. To post links, comments, etc., please use the new thread here: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=113222&cID=6

Thanks a million!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 12:54 AM

I'm posting in this thread since the pertinent post is above. Regarding the spelling of Cusco, I was recently watching an episode of The Thirsty Traveler and he was traveling in Peru. I can't remember if he was flying to Cusco, but in the Peruvian airport, the name was spelled "Cusco" on the arrival and departure signs int he background.


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