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tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 5:25 AM

WTHAIS -- LINKS & TALK -- OCTOBER

Hi everyone,
Happy October! I'm creating this new thread because the older one was getting unwieldy and taking a long time to load, even with broadband.

To view the original thread, created on Aug. 1, click here: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=101431&cID=6

To view the most recent thread, covering most of August and all of September, click here: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=103332&cID=6

Recent WhoTHAI winner Godwit made a lovely post early this morning in that thread on author Farley Mowat. Thank you, Godwit!

If you're new, this thread is for general talk about the WTHAIs and for posting links whenever the official one doesn't match what we've seen in the game. I look on this as a way we players can help each other and the editors. We can't do things like fix programming bugs, but we can track down links and photos.

Please don't feel like you have to be a WTHAI winner to post here. It's for anyone who has an interest in the puzzles and/or an interest in the people and places that emerge from them. We try to keep the ambience upbeat and festive, and everyone is welcome.

And, as promised, our lively chats will be punctuated not only with punctuation but with virtual refreshments and snacks of your choice.

Regarding leaderboards for September, I've got a busy day today, so I might not get them up until this evening.
Bye for now,
-- Geri


gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 10:27 AM

Happy October, Geri!

Thank you for keeping the thread going, and you seem to think of everything, by providing us with links to the older threads, which is really helpful in trying to find something in the past. Great Job!

Marilyn...

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 3:47 PM

Happy October, Geri + what Marilyn said!

Just logged on and checked 'Where' as usual - couldn't believe my eyes the 'Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral'. I guess I was lucky Andy (Achad) didn't see it first!

I've always preferred the Anglican Cathedral myself and thought the 'new' one was a bit of an eyesore, though I'm sure there are some that would disagree. I remember going to see it with a party from my junior school shortly after it was consecrated in the 60s! I wish Lutyens' design had been built - that would have been amazing. Here is a link showing the model of the Lutyens' design and telling the story.

Karen

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 3:48 PM


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 7:14 PM

That's a fascinating building that was never built! Thanks for the link, Nelly. And way to go on the "where"!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 1:43 AM

Thanks for posting the link to that article, Nelly! I really enjoyed reading it and viewing the photos. It's true, the cathedral would have been beautiful.

The Sandman has just sprinkled dust in my eyes. More later,
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 2:31 AM

Hi,
Well, that Sandman's dust just isn't what it used to be. Anyway, here are some more links:

1. UDO KIER. There's no photo on the Wiki page, so here's a link for him: http://images.askmen.com/photos/udo-kier/34569.jpg

2. W H AUDEN. The Wiki page has a couple of photos, but not the one used for the puzzle, so here's a link:
http://www.the-american-interest.com/ai2/article.cfm?Id=300&MId=14

3. LEE MILLER. And here's a link for her: http://smart.tin.it/geerten/Lee%20Miller%2002.jpg

As for today's WhereTHAIs, all the links are good. All the pages have multiple photos on them, though, so if you missed a puzzle and want to know what it looked like, just give a holler.

Before I close for the evening, I just want to say I think the Salar de Uyuni salt piles are incredibly beautiful. The photo almost looks like a painting. I had no idea the world's largest salt flat is in Bolivia.

Congratulations to all the recent winners!

Bye for now,
-- Geri




garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 6:01 AM

I've been waiting for what seems like six months (since beta went public) to crack a WTHAI.
The auden picture was my first; I think my only chance is to find a photo or portrait from a museum or gallery since I dont ever seem to have any luck googling -- maybe some of the more successful contestants will explain their secret!!
As to the Auden photo -- I cant remember why I have seen it before but he has the sort of face in old age that only a mother could love doesn't he?

My favorite Auden poem comes in the movie 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and inspired huge sales of his works.

'Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.'


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 5:48 PM

Congratulations, Barry, and thanks very much for sharing that. Great post and great poem!

Please see this thread in Salty Dog for celebration of Cymbalbassoon's WhereTHAI win this morning: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=113428&cID=7

WTG Cymbalbassoon!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 12:28 AM

Hi all,
For any of you who haven't already noticed, leaderboads for September and links to the photo album retrospectives have now been posted in a separate thread. Special congratulations also went out to Larrybus for winning the most WTHAIs overall for September. Woo hoo!

OK, back to the links & commentary:

1. ART SPIEGELMAN. The link for him is good. This was a good stumper puzzler. It was solved after all 12 tiles had been revealed, a clue provided (something like "Comic book artist") and 112 incorrect guesses. Many thanks to Sploofuser Johnbtv for helping me out with the clue, as the puzzle got solved so quickly after the clue was provided that my screen capture software didn't pick it up.

2. P J HARVEY. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like for her, click here:
http://powerlinead.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/PJ_Harvey_2007.283161840_std.jpg

3. TERRENCE MALICK. This was another good stumper that wasn't solved until after all 12 tiles were revealed, a clue provided ("Sissy Spacek, Richard Gere, Sean Penn") and 159 incorrect guesses entered. Here's a link for him:
http://img.coxnewsweb.com/B/02/61/96/image_5996612.jpg

4. DAFFYD. Here's a link for him:
http://www.scrumoftheearth.com/rugby_news/content/binary/Daffyd.jpg

I think it's good for all of us Sploofusers to note that Daffyd "lives in the fictional Welsh mining village of Llandewi Breffi."

Congratulations to all the recent solvers and to Schmorganism for the double WhoTHAI win Thursday and Friday.
-- Geri

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 11:56 AM

I sent in a Support Ticket for Najat333 as she had several close guesses on the Where Am I, acceptable answer being: Argonese Castle Ortona Italy. Below are her guesses: I thought the Argonese Castle, Italy may be acceptable. Not sure if Italy is precise enough or not. Just checking before the list disappears. Here are her guesses:

84 Kerak Castle, Jordan Surreyman
85 Ischia Najat333
86 Aragonese Castle Najat333
87 Ischia Najat333
88 rome Martinguirre
89 Ischia, Campania Najat333
90 Castello Aragonese, Ita... Najat333

Marilyn...



Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sat, 4th Oct '08 4:43 PM

We have received your support ticket, and a WTHAI editor will be taking care of it. Thank you for your help in looking out for your fellow Sploofusers.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 6:39 PM

I loved my futile and exhausting search for that particular Italian castle. I learned more about forts, bastions, walls and castles than I thought possible. So HOORAY to the winner. I'm incredibly impressed.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 11:06 PM

Godwit, I have to say that's the part I enjoy about the WTHAI puzzles. The hunt can be incredibly fun and entertaining. I have learned more about Gothic architecture, World Heritage Sites, castles in Scotland, bridges, follies, swamps, deserts, moonscapes and island beaches than I ever thought I would. And that's just the "where"! I've seen more black and white photos taken in the 1800s during the past couple of months of searches than I ever knew existed.

Having said all that, I DO like the green screen.

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 7:57 AM

I have to agree with Godwit and Pepperdoc. I've never been there but I think after that search I could find my way around Italy with my eyes closed.
I'd LOVE to know how Johnbtv found it!!



nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 3:49 PM

Where 'Prospect Park' - the Wiki link is good but I thought you might be interested to read a bit about it: www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3DDX.

I'd just come in from an afternoon's gardening and was very lucky with my keywords on this one - I googled 'cream tower' and made myself really hungry, so after a few pages I added 'witches hat roof' and there it was. That's definitely my quickest 'Where' success apart from the 'Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral'.

Karen

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 4:01 PM

That's amazing, Karen, and Congratulations on the Prospect Park!

It is truly amazing when you Google what you can come up with. I've had a few easy ones like that, and it feels like a miracle. Especially after all of the times you endlessly try different wording and come up empty handed.

Marilyn...

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 4:36 PM

Lol. How fun I have great company on the informative and seemingly endless search. I was about to give up, having decided it must be that ya'll are just way smart and know these places. Cuz I so far cannot find them, on line. (you clever editors, you). It took me two hours to get through Victorian red brick, then I determined Gothic, then the goldmine! Copper finials! Still. There are so many hundreds upon hundreds, I didn't find it. I'm on it next time! Just give me copper finials, I'll be there.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 5:30 PM

LOL! Great job, Godwit! In the past I've spent hours (I'm not kidding) looking for one of these and came up empty. Since then I try to limit myself to the amount of time I spend...but it's so addictive, I don't like to quit until I've looked down every geographical alley.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 6:06 PM

Karen (Nelly),
Congratulations on solving Prospect Park! Thanks so much for sharing with us how you solved it -- I always find such information not only helpful but fascinating. And thanks for posting where to find further information! I hope you don't mind if I add http to your link, so as to make it clickable: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3DDX

So, Witch's Hat Water Tower -- what a great name and a truly enchanting architectural gem!
-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 7:45 PM

OK, before I get to links for some WhoTHAIs, I wanted to comment on a few WhereTHAIs:

1. CLEVELAND TOWER NEW JERSEY. I live only a few miles away from the Princeton University campus, so imagine my delight when I saw that the WTHAI editors had picked an image practically from my own backyard! I thought it was also neat that the puzzle was a watercolor painting of the tower and environs.

2. TURNING TORSO SWEDEN. That has got to be one of the most beautiful and interesting skyscrapers I've seen. The architect, Santiago Calatrava, also designed The Hemispheric in Valencia, Spain -- a puzzle that we had last month! If you want to see a photo of the sculpture on which the skyscraper was based, click here: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/calatrava/view_1.asp?item=4&view=l

3. LICHTENSTEIN CASTLE GERMANY. The Wikipedia page calls it a "fairy-tale styled castle," and that seems to be a perfect description. When I first saw it, I thought the tower looked like something Rapunzel with her long hair would be in.

Well, I'm betraying the fact that I'm not well-traveled, except by armchair and PC. But, I have been to Washington, D.C., and have had the pleasure of seeing the Smithsonian Castle.

Congratulations to all the WhereTHAI wizards!
-- Geri


nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 7:52 PM

Thanks Geri. Never thought about adding the http! Initially I just copied and pasted from the address bar, but coming from a Google search it turned out to be about 4 lines long and I knew Diva would shout at me for that! lol.

Karen

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 7:53 PM

Hi again!
OK, time for some more links:

1. ZADIE SMITH. There's no photo on the Wiki page for her, so here's a link: http://www.brynmawr.edu/news/2006-09-14/smith.shtml

2. PRINCESS MADELEINE OF SWEDEN. This was a great stumper. If you missed it, the clue was, "In line for the British throne." Very clever clue, as she's 193rd in line! To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like (a headshot), here's a link: http://i1.tinypic.com/7ynw1tf.jpg

3. PIPER LAURIE. If you missed this one, here's a link to what the puzzle looked like: http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/3263/10piperlauriekl8.jpg

Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri




joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 8:44 PM

Geri, I googled fairy tale castle and it is on page 3 of this search but because of very SNEAKY editing I didn't recognize it!!
As more of the picture is revealed I think it's a good idea to repeat some of the searches.

Jo

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 6th Oct '08 12:30 AM

The better you all get with your searching abilities, the more creative we have to get with our photo cropping.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 6th Oct '08 2:46 AM

Me too, on the clever crop. Because of the photo view one image could have been a wall, fort or castle. Drat that Red Baron!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 1:59 AM

Hi,
Looks like the official link for Grants Tomb New York is one of those wonky ones, so here's a better one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant's_Tomb

To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, you need to scroll down until you see a photo captioned, "View from the crypt level of Grant's Tomb, showing the ceiling, rotunda, and mural of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee following restoration."

More links maƱana.
-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.6 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 7:47 PM

I found the Castle Of Rumbeke, Belgium on the following web page:

http://www.belgiumview.com/belgiumview/tl3/view0002341.php4

This page has 13 photos of the castle. Click on a thumbnail to get a medium-sized picture. Click on the medium to get a large one (approximately 2000x3000 pixels).



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 7:59 PM

Very clever cropping. I was getting a crick in my neck trying to look at the image upside down.
Nice find, Larrybus!!!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:22 PM

Congratulations, Larry, on the castle! I was even googling upside down castles, castle reflections, and who knows?

Marilyn...

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 10:58 PM

Wahay! My first ever successful guess at WTHAI -- as opposed to knowing the answer.
Tom Stoppard is my favorite playwright ever.
To my mind Arcadia is the perfect play; Stoppard masters the art of wit and brilliance to produce a play with a heart. And you learn more about landscape gardening and mathematics than you thought you ever needed to know.

He wrote the script for Shakespeare in Love (admittedly borrowing copiously from 'No bed for Bacon by Carol Brahms and SJ Simon -- a bridge player ) which is also a really funny movie.

We'd all better remember his line:

'In democracy its not the votes that matter, it's the counting.'



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 11:17 PM

Or, Barry, as we say in Texas, "Vote early, and vote often."

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 1:25 AM

Hi everyone!
Time for some more links & talk:

1. HAROLD MCGEE. This was quite a stumper. Two clues were provided: "Writer" and "Writes about food," and there were 324 incorrect guesses. Usually, I'm pretty good at ascertaining someone's occupation from a photo, drawing or painting. There will be something about the clothing, the facial hair, the scowl, the smile and so on that gives me clues. This guy did not scream "writer" to me. He looked like some kind of scholar or scientist -- and it turns out he is, but not in the typical sense I was thinking i.e. physicist, astronomer, etc. I kept asking myself, "Why is he so darn happy?" All I could think of was maybe he had discovered something or won a prestigious award. Now I think it's because he loves his job. In any case, here's a link to his website: http://www.curiouscook.com/cook/home.php

2. JOHN MUIR. What a wonderful beard, eh? Here's a link for him: http://www.mcsd.k12.ca.us/images/muir/JohnMuir.jpg

3. MARILYN VOS SAVANT. Here's a link for her: http://home.att.net/~numericana/answer/marilyn.jpg

We've had some back-to-back (or nearly so) winners recently: Pepperdoc with 2 WhoTHAIs Sunday and Monday; Larrybus with 2 WhereTHAIs Monday and Tuesday, Stupidbecky03 with two WhoTHAIs recently and Joee with two WhereTHAIs recently.

We've also had some very speedy solving recently in terms of the WhereTHAIs. Angel of the North England was solved by Plibbert after only 2 tiles were exposed and just 5 incorrect guesses entered. Grants Tomb New York was solved after only 2 tiles were revealed and just 19 incorrect guesses entered.

Congratulations to everyone mentioned above and to all the recent winners!

And Barry, thanks for your post on Tom Stoppard and kudos on your win!

P.S. I was wondering when an editor would use Grant's Tomb. I'm sure it made Groucho happy.

-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 10th Oct '08 12:40 AM

Hi all,
October is a busy month. More links & talk tomorrow. In the meantime, calling Lisap369! Oh Lisa, where are you?

I'm calling her because very often when all we see are 12 question marks, she guesses Brad Pitt, among other celebrities. Well, Lisa, the editors were listening, as we finally had Brad Pitt this evening -- only he was in character as Louis de Pointe du Lac. Did you see the puzzle? Pretty cool and very clever.

Later gators,
-- Geri

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Fri, 10th Oct '08 2:00 AM

ha that is funny to put Brad Pitt there, but disguised. Also funny to hear about guessing Brad Pitt no matter what. I like to see one tile missing, like its the blue sky, and people start guessing. Hilarious, and such great gusto for the game! Hey there are only so many places with blue sky you might hit one of them, right?

I was impressed also by the find of JonesTown. I was looking Shanty Towns, and old Army camps. Since the place gave me the creeps (no offense to shanties and armies...one poverty, the other war, though). Jones Town. Amazing. I'm so curious how you discovered that.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 10th Oct '08 10:07 AM

We had a recent WTHAI of the Buddhas of Bamyan. I was watching TV last night and noticed a program on the Documentary Channel called The Giant Buddhas about the destruction of the Buddhas in Afghanistan. Unfortunately I caught it at the very end so I can't say if it's any good or not, but you may be interested anyway. For any of you that happen to have the Documentary Channel on cable it will be showing at the following times this month (EST):

10/12/08 : 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
10/15/08 : 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10/31/08 : 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 1:17 AM

Thanks very much, Sploofusmaximus! Human casualties of war are, of course, the most tragic, but I'm also always saddened when I hear about such unique and important relics being destroyed. I hope to catch the documentary.

I've been remiss in thanking Larry for posting the link to where he found the Castle of Rumbeke Belgium, so thanks! That's a beautiful castle. If you missed the puzzle, the regular Sploofus link was good, but it may go off the page soon, so I'll re-post it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_of_Rumbeke

The photo used was the one on the left side of the page, captioned simply "Gate." The puzzle was severely cropped so that most of the castle was seen via its reflection in the water. Very clever.

Overall, the links for the WhereTHAIs have been so good that we haven't talked much about the great puzzles and beautiful places that have emerged from them. Hopefully we can get around to that in the next few days.

OK, on to WhoTHAI links in the next post!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 2:25 AM

Hi everyone!

Time for more links in cases where the official link didn't take you to a photo or took you to one that didn't match the puzzle:

1. I R BABOON. What a great WhoTHAI! Nice change of pace. Here's what the puzzle looked like:
http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/2166/16irbaboonqc8.jpg

2. DONNA DOUGLAS. I haven't thought of "The Beverly Hillbillies" in awhile, but I enjoyed the show as a kid. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://www.chroniclesoflife.net/Donna_Douglas_and_Misty_Lockhearte.jpg

3. CHARLIE HUNNAM. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w112/babigalvikz/CharlieHunnam01.jpg

4. PAT DINIZIO. For him, click here: http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0dpHcXm2bI1LT/610x.jpg

5. LOUIS DE POINTE DU LAC. If you missed this puzzle, it was heavily cropped, showing only Brad Pitt's chin and no other part of his face. Click her for a photo that was the basis for the puzzle: http://www.esque.com/slr/images/louis_door.jpg

6. CESARIA EVORA. Nine tiles were revealed and 356 incorrect guesses were made before this one was solved. Click here for more info on the "barefoot diva" from Cape Verde: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ces%C3%A1ria_%C3%89vora

And click here to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like: http://night.travel.bg/bg/photo/1128427946Cesaria%20Evora%2022.jpg

I love world music, so I'll enjoy checking out morna.

Congratulations to Williambrunner for his double win, solving Louis de Pointe du Lac and the Oriental Pearl Tower China! And congratulations to all the other recent Who and Where winners!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 2:43 AM

Oops, I hate it when I make a spelling error. Under #5, "click her" should obviously be "click here."



sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 7:58 AM

I don't know how you guys do it! If they ever put up a picture of the place I work, or my mom, I might guess in 4 or 5 tiles..., but Larrybus would probably already figured it out I've done a bit of traveling, but it hasn't helped much so far! Really interesting thread though.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 8:00 AM

Ugh, just read my post. Please forgive the atrocious grammar.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 8:26 AM

LOL! Geri, I thought you had just come up with a creative way to do url links.

Sandracam, if I apologized for all my grammar and spelling errors, I'd have to post twice every time.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 10:02 AM

I always suspected that the Queen lived in a Spiral Death Trap leading to some large fan blades. Sort of explains a lot

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 11:18 AM

I didn't have vertigo until I saw the photo.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 3:15 PM

Hi,
Larry -- Congratulations on your double win in the wee hours this morning!

Ken and Pepper -- LOL.

Sandy (Sandracam) -- Please drop by anytime. You and your delightful moose are most welcome.

The Sploofus link for Queens House England is lost in a musty old dungeon, so here's another: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen's_House

You need to scroll down on the page until you see the photo of the spiral "Tulip Stairs."

OK, I'm off to a mad tea party. See you all later,
-- Geri

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 6:48 AM

Nice double, Pete! Neither of them easy. WTG!

kateatebate
Kateatebate  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 14)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 2:27 PM

I've already sent in a support ticket regarding rta19boy solving the jacqueline du pre wthai correctly first. I hadn't seen his guess until I had already guessed it correctly without the accent. So he really deserves all the points and the glory

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 9:48 AM

Well, I've begun to lose track of all the double (and maybe triple) winners recently. (I haven't really lost track -- everything's documented.) Some of you are just really really excellent at these puzzles. Anyway, I'm going to say congratulations to you all, and to all a good morning!

More links and hopefully talk about some of these very cool WTHAIs later.

-- Geri

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:41 PM

Crud crud crud crud.. lol.. I'm never here when I know I'll get something. I totally would have gotten Olympic Stadium Montreal!! good for you Kate.

kateatebate
Kateatebate  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 14)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 11:17 PM

Actually, it was Becky who gets the congrats for the stadium..I'd have to hate her if she wasn't such a good friend

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:50 AM

Hi,
Sorry I haven't been able to update this thread since Saturday! And as noted, we've had so many beautiful and interesting WhereTHAIs. I'm anxious to talk about some of them.

Feel free to chime in about some of your recent favorite puzzles!

Later,
-- Geri

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 2:25 PM

Jimisbell, WTG on the "David Hunter Strother" puzzle.. I'm a little perplexed about the clue though.. "the clue is in the picture"? How does that give me a clue that he was an illustrator - sure, it may be a self portrait but, I didn't read that in the wiki page and, omg, how many portraits are there?? millions?? yes yes.. I know, there was another clue that may have led me to the right person (but obviously didn't after an undisclosed embarrassing amount of time searching lol)

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 2:27 PM

... and I stand corrected, thanks Kate. WTG Becky!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 2:31 PM

Thank goodness! that puzzle was driving me crazy! I am guessing it may have been crayon (pencil) drawing of him -- he worked for the Crayon ...

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 3:36 PM

ya but, still... lol

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 1:37 AM

Hi folks,
Let's travel back in time a few days and several puzzles to Tuesday, when we had the terrific stumper puzzle depicting David Hunter Strother. If you missed it, it required two clues, ("The clue's in the picture" and "used a pseudonym appropriate for his work."), and a whopping 839 incorrect guesses before it was solved.

Our own Lisap369, who keeps us entertained by guessing Namibia for every WhereTHAI , said she was "a little perplexed" by the first clue, so I'll offer my interpretation:

Anyone remember the WhoTHAI puzzle from August nicknamed "The Mustachioed Dude"? I'm talking about none other than English illustrator Sir John Tenniel. Well, the Strother puzzle reminded me of him. Since it was an illustration, I took the first clue to mean that the person depicted was an illustrator. As to Strother's pseudonym, porte crayon means pencil holder or pencil carrier in French. Aside from the fact that he worked for a publication called The Crayon, as Pennwoman noted, I'm thinking perhaps he adopted the pseudonym if he always carried a pencil, which seems likely. That's just speculation, though, as I haven't been able to uncover the origin of his pseudonym. Has anyone else?

So, how many people here routinely carry around items in their pockets or purses or backpacks that symbolize their occupations? Hmm? What about hobbies? I wear a button that identifies me as a Sploofus Islander. Hey, buttons! Sploofus buttons would be very cool.

Back to David Hunter Strother. Here's a link to a site that has hundreds of his drawings: http://images.lib.wvu.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?rgn1=wvca_cr;op2=And;rgn2=wvca_all;g=wvcart;c=wvca;type=boolean;view=thumbnail;corig=wvca;sort=wvca_ti;q1=strother;back=back1224211195;size=20;start=1

Enjoy!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 2:14 AM

Hi again,
Back by popular demand -- links! Oh boy! And a little bit of commentary.

1. JACQUELINE DU PRE. From Sunday. Click here for a good idea of what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.sofacinema.co.uk/guardian/images/products/5/26435-large.jpg

2. W O BENTLEY. From Monday. This was yet another good stumper. As far as I know, no clue was provided, but it did require 602 incorrect guesses before finally being solved. Many people were fooled by the goggles and thought he was an aviator, including me. So, naturally I've heard of Bentley automobiles. Anyone remember the TV show "The Avengers" with the characters John Steed and Emma Peel? Well, Steed drove a Bentley or two (maybe more). Anyway, click here to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.alpeninaviplimousines.com/history.php?sectionID=8&page=1 (interesting site)

3. RICK JAMES. From Monday. This was solved lickety split after only 1 tile. Click here to see what the puzzle for him was based on: http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/080406/040806_rickJames_vsmall.standard.jpg

4. SATYAJIT RAY. From Tuesday. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://stationhollywood.blogspot.com/2008/03/satyajit-ray-and-soumitra-chatterji.html

5. BUD COLLYER. From Wednesday. Click here to see what his puzzle looked like:
http://www.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2006/168/6402194_115065385490.jpg

6. AUNG SAN SUU KYI. From Wednesday. Click:
http://forumburma.eu/images/stories/Aung%20San%20Suu%20Kyi4.jpg

Ironically, I was just reading an article on women who had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

7. JOYCE CAROL OATES. From Wednesday. Click: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2007/J.C.Oates.jpg

8. RENEE FLEMING. From Thursday. Click:
http://www.kued.org/productions/choir2006/pressImages/Renee%20Photo.jpg

OK, that brings you up to date for the WhoTHAI puzzles. Congratulations to all the winners of both types of puzzles! Great job!
-- Geri



kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 6:00 AM

> So, how many people here routinely carry around items in their pockets or purses or backpacks that symbolize their occupations?

I carry money. Does that count?

==Ken (U.S. Treasury Dept.)

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 7:04 AM

Thanks for burning the midnight oil, Geri!

Ken, I carry a Starbucks card....need caffeine!

On the Indian film director: when the tile was revealed that showed part of his neckline, I thought it was a Nehru collar, which led me down the path of someone from India. I thought I recognized the face as someone I may have seen interviewed who was a film director. Turns out the "Nehru collar" was a actually a scarf. Oops. Solved, but for the wrong reason.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 1:46 PM

hmm.. wonder what I carry around that symbolizes commercial real estate??...my card? (nope - don't think I can get a nickname out of that)... a tape measure (do I really wanna be called "Tapey"? lol) ...

Thanks for your insight Geri.. and hey, don't scoff.. one of these days it could be Namibia

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 8:21 PM

Just noticed that Gnosticgal had Palace of the Governors a few guesses before mine. Not sure why it didn't take. I'm sending in a support ticket to give her credit, just in case.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 17th Oct '08 9:38 PM

We have received your support ticket. Thank you for looking out for your fellow Sploofusers. A WTHAI administrator will take care of it. The word "governors" was misspelled in the other guess.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 12:04 AM

Congratulations to Pjpjo on his double WhoTHAI win today, solving the puzzles for Yves Leterme and Mable John. WTG!

-- Geri


kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 9:44 AM

C'mon, you could have asked me if you were short on good images. Even I have taken a picture at Carhenge with the lens cap off!

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 4:20 PM

Why was carhenge black? I couldn't see anything on my screen but on my daughter's, a few squiggles showed up. Was it meant to be black or or did something go wrong with the image?









nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 7:14 PM

Joee - if you look at the 2nd photo down on the Wiki page - it's entitled 'lunar eclipse'!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 18th Oct '08 8:11 PM

The Carhenge photo was not meant to be black. Depending on the brightness settings on your monitor, you should have been able to discern that they were cars after some/all of the tiles were removed. I lightened the original photo up some, but in my trials when I lightened too much the cars were very obvious and the puzzle became too easy. I went back and forth a number of times trying to select a visible yet still challenging brightness level.

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 8:42 PM

Ooohh, thanks Nelly, thanks Sploofusmaximus! Hmmmm. Interesting. Couldn't see a thing. The carhenge is cool though.


joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 8:47 PM

...........and I've canceled my appointment with the optometrist.


gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 10:14 PM

I am just posting this as a record of the guesses on Hartland Bridge. The guess before Joee the winner is similar to the answer, and I am not sure if Topper is still logged in. Congratulations to Joee, and hope Topper may be able to receive points also. I told Topper he should send in a Support Ticket, but if he's not logged in, he may not have noticed or received my message in time.

1 Hartland Bridge Joee
2 Hartland Covered Bridge Topper0005
3 Grand Teton Astronomy101
4 Niagara Falls Lavery76
5 Cliff Bay Msmia
6 Bertram's Hotel Msmia

Marilyn...



joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 19th Oct '08 4:57 PM

Sorry topper, I didn't see your answer; I mustn't have refreshed the screen. I didn't even see it after it was solved. Hopefully we can share the credit. (I'd better rebook that appointment)

Jo

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 19th Oct '08 5:56 PM

Hi all!
Congratulations to Joee for her double WhereTHAI win for solving Hartland Bridge Canada and Castel del Monte Italy! And congratulations to Topper0005 for his double WTHAI win for co-solving Hartland Bridge Canada and Ciaran Carson!

If you missed it, the Ciaran Carson puzzle was a terrific stumper. I must admit I've never heard of him, and I try to pay attention to global literature. Anyway, the puzzle required two clues, "Writer," and "Irish writer" and 255 incorrect guesses before it was solved.

Topper0005 also had another WhereTHAI win this past week - Takeshita Street Japan. It turns out the street is located in Harajuku, which is in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo. Does Shibuya remind you of anything? Possibly something friendly and furry and loyal? Yes, the sculpture of that wonderful dog Hachiko is located at Shibuya Station. We had that puzzle last month.

Since I've neglected links and especially commentary for so many great WhereTHAI puzzles this month, I decided to give you the link to October's photo album retrospective in progress: http://snipurl.com/wherethai [www_flickr_com]

Enjoy, and congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 1:12 PM

re Nancy Lincoln
I've never seen a picture of her before; so now i am if not wiser at least better informed.
But I'm posting thhis note to let any other uninformed person like myself know of the existence of a related theme from the wiki page. Please check out melungeon on the wiki page -- a word I'd never heard of before; it leads in some very interesting and very surprising directions!

Barry

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 1:06 AM

Hi everyone,

Time for a few links and a bit of talk:

1. MABLE JOHN. Click here to see what the puzzle for her looked like: http://www.last.fm/music/Mable+John

2. NANCY HANKS LINCOLN. This was yet another good stumper that required a clue -- "There's a definite family resemblance." Very clever. The puzzle showed her from the neck up, based on this painting: http://tinyurl.com/NLincoln

Garrybl wrote:
"re Nancy Lincoln - I've never seen a picture of her before;"

Well, Barry, apparently no one has ever seen an actual photograph of her. Here's the story:

"This painting was done for Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in 1963 by artist/historian Lloyd Ostendorf who donated it to the park. Since there were no photos or paintings of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Mr. Ostendorf read descriptions of her given by people who had known her and he also studied the photos of later generations of the Hanks family. He felt that certain physical characteristics are passed from one generation to the next and that by studying these, he had enough clues to create this painting."

Source: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/126libo/126visual5.htm (You can see the painting at this link also)

3. SACRED HEART CHURCH CATALDO MISSION IDAHO. The official Sploofus link may scroll off by the time you see this post. Sorry about that. In any case, click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.nps.gov/phso/nhlphoto/Cataldo.jpg

4. PALACE OF THE GOVERNORS SANTA FE NEW MEXICO. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/4040755

5. ARC OF THE SUN MONUMENT BRAZIL. This was a great stumper that required two clues, ("South America"; "City established on Christmas Day"), and 227 incorrect guesses. The link for it takes you to a page on the city of Natal. You have to scroll down a bit until you see the photo of the arc. As you scroll, notice anything familiar? Over on the left is a photo of the Statue of Three Kings, which was the basis for an earlier puzzle!

6. PUUHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK HAWAII. The official link is one of those wonky ones, so click here, and the puzzle was based on the second photo in the gallery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puuhonua_o_Honaunau

Congratulations to all the recent solvers! And a special tip of the hat to Pyoung who solved Potemkin Stairs Ukraine after 1 tile and 0 incorrect guesses. I think that's the fastest this month.

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:13 PM

Thanks for the Nancy Lincoln info, Geri. Very interesting.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:18 PM

I was struck by how much of Abraham Lincoln I saw in his mothers face! I wonder how accurate her representation in the picture.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 12:03 PM

Hi,
Sorry, folks, my real life schedule (and a bad cold) is interfering with my management of this thread for the time being. I'm still keeping track of everything, but I probably won't feel like posting any links for a few days.

In the meantime: To anyone enjoying this thread, please feel free to talk about any aspect of your favorite (or most frustrating) WTHAI puzzles, thrill us with your solving strategy, enlighten us with a bit of trivia, tell us your silliest joke guess, mystify us with a bit of mystery.

-- Geri













gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 1:44 PM

Hope your cold gets better, Geri!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 5:46 PM

Sorry about the cold, Geri. Here, have some Airborne.

The photo that mystified me was the one from Sweden - I wasn't online to guess, but I never would have found that one.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 6:24 PM

For the Julie Penrose Fountain, be sure to check out the following link to see some beautiful photos of the fountain actually running with water: http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=6871
You can also access that link in the Wikipedia article.


Barry, thanks for pointing out "melungeon". I saw your post on Monday, had also never heard of the word, but didn't have time to check it out that day. Yesterday I was on another website and saw someone with the username Melungeon! How odd! I figured it was a sign that I better check out the link you mentioned and learn more about this. It was quite fascinating to read about some the different groups and their origins.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 6:28 PM

Note to self: look for "melungeon" on Garrybl's next WP.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 6:17 AM

DISCRIMINATION!

Why oh why do all the Brit WhereTHAIs appear when Brits are in bed!!
The latest Air Force Memorial at Runnymede I can almost see from my house!!
But it was well solved by the time I got up (late, admittedly)!
Discrimination!
1 billion points reclaim please!!


pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 12:26 PM

Ah Surreyman -- chin up, at least, all your responses to the WTHAIS isnt 'huh? who knew!"

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 28th Oct '08 12:44 AM

Hi everyone!
Although I've gotten very behind in posting links, I do plan on posting all that I've gathered. Here are a few:

1. ERROL MORRIS. This was a good stumper from the 21st. Wow! A whole week ago. Anyway, a clue ("Director") and 306 incorrect guesses were required before the puzzle was finally solved. There was no photo on the Wiki page, so here's a link to what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/emorris

2. TOVE JANSSON. This was yet another stumper, from the 22nd. The clue was "Author," and there were 328 incorrect guesses. Here's what the puzzle for her looked like: http://snipurl.com/tjansson

Isn't the Moomin family of trolls adorable?

3. ISSA. This stumper required two clues, ("I am a singer-songwriter;" "I am a Canadian singer-songwriter") and 501 incorrect guesses before it was solved. That puzzle was from the 23rd. I had not heard that Jane Siberry changed her name, so that was very interesting to learn and file under music trivia for a rainy day. Click here to see the image the puzzle was based on:
http://www.herizons.ca/music?page=7

4. PAULETTE GODDARD. So, we had three stumpers in a row, and then this one was solved pretty quickly after just 2 tiles. It's also from the 23rd. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/pgoddard

That's it for now. Congratulations to all the recent solvers!


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 28th Oct '08 1:02 AM

P.S. I thought the Wikipedia WhereTHAI was brilliant and hilarious! I only saw the first tile and didn't recognize it as a jigsaw puzzle piece. Instead, I thought I saw a squiggly line -- something I might see under a microscope or as part of my signature.

-- Geri

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 28th Oct '08 6:15 AM

For those of us who were working when it came through, can you describe the Wiki image in more detail?

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Tue, 28th Oct '08 7:12 AM

Ken, it was pretty much an enlarged section of the Wikipedia Globe Logo (puzzle looking pieces, and the black "W") which is on the left top corner of the screen when you click on Wikipedia. I can't believe I didn't think of that as many times as I've had that screen up.

Marilyn...


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