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tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 1st Nov '08 2:45 PM

WTHAI -- LINKS & TALK -- NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Hi Everyone!
Happy November! 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.

If you want to ask for help with solving strategy, this is the place! Many players are happy to share how they went about solving a puzzle.

We try to keep the ambience upbeat and festive here, and everyone is welcome. Our lively chats will be punctuated not only with punctuation but with virtual refreshments and snacks of your choice. Today we'll be serving chips with salsa and guacamole and guava juice.

If you're feeling a sense of deja vu, that's because the first post in the October thread is nearly identical to this one.

Speaking of October, sorry about that thread, folks. Please feel free to continue posting to it about any October puzzle, should the mood strike you. Hopefully November and December will go smoothly.

If you'd like to go back and skim through previous WTHAI threads, here are some links:

ORIGINAL: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=101431&cID=6

AUGUST (cont.) & SEPTEMBER: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=103332&cID=6

OCTOBER: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=113222&cID=6

Have fun!
-- Geri


stupidbecky03
Stupidbecky03  (Level: 46.4 - Posts: 9)
Sat, 1st Nov '08 7:45 PM

For the Colletto Fava puzzle -

I got so excited when I recognized this puzzle (seems like I've looked at every art installation in the world by now...) that I didn't see that Cinnamoncandy got there first. Her guesses weren't accepted, so I put in a support ticket so she'll get her points for the puzzle.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sat, 1st Nov '08 7:55 PM

Your support ticket has been received. A WTHAI administrator will be taking care of it. Thank you for looking out for your fellow players.

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 1st Nov '08 10:13 PM

Thanks to the editors for the fantastic job you did throughout October. I have had so much fun traveling the world this month and am constantly amazed at the variety you give us. And they just keep coming! I love the anticipation of what I'll see as I'm logging on.

And thanks to Oscar (my cat) who was standing on the roof at around 4am this morning yowling at the top of his lungs to be let inside. I had to walk past the computer to let him in so I thought I'd take a quick peek at WTHAI. I've been to St Pauls in Macau so had quick success and was feeling so chuffed I left Oscar on the roof and had to go back again.

Wish I was better at the whos though and I admire the people who have success at both.

I've been thinking about my favourite wheres for October and there were so many interesting ones and clever crops it's difficult to decide, but one I really liked was Borobudur. If you didn't see it, it showed little dots and strokes and was an image from Google Earth I think. I couldn't find the exact image so perhaps the editor prepared it himself. It looked so familiar and I stared at it for ages before it clicked. When I was in high school a little while back (well, all right, 35 years ago) for my final exams I studied South East Asian architecture and had to choose 2 sites. I chose Angkor Wat and..... Borobudur.

And I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful image of the Pieta!

Thanks editors for all your great work and making it so much fun for us addicts.

Jo



suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 9:09 PM

I would just like to say that what Kateatebate did tonight was one of the classiest things I've seen around here! This is what the spirit of the Sploofus Island is all about Sure we all like to compete, but she went the extra mile to help a fellow player! Good on you, Kate!

casa da musica Pjpjo
leave off the accent Kateatebate
Casa da Música portuga... Pjpjo
Casa da Música opera h... Pjpjo
Casa da Música porto Pjpjo
Casa da Música Pjpjo


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 11:35 PM

I agree, Suzer! Great sportsmanship, Kate! In the past, I've seen other players help in a similar way. Cheers to you all!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 12:44 AM

Hi everyone!
Time for some links & talk! Pull up a chair and gather 'round. What refreshments are we serving today? How about pizza?

1. WLADYSLAW SZPILMAN. November began with this good stumper that required two clues, ("Musician" & "Central European Musician") and 557 incorrect guesses before finally being solved. The official link is great and takes you to a very interesting site. If you weren't around for this puzzle, scroll down on the page until you see a photo of Szpilman on a "Legendary Recordings" album cover. That's what was used for the puzzle. Or, you can click on this Wiki link, as the same photo is featured there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman

2. ANTON CHEKHOV. The official link is great. If you missed this one, the photo used was the one on the left side of the Wiki page showing Chekhov at age 29. Chekhov is one of my favorite authors, so I recognized him. I don't recall when I first saw that photo of him, but it stuck in my head, as I thought he was very handsome. I may drive you nuts later by telling you about some of my favorite Chekhov stories.

3. BRIDGE OF FOUR LIONS RUSSIA. In case you hadn't noticed, my user ID suggests that I like cats. That means all cats -- big cats, little cats, cats that Goldilocks thinks are "juuust right" and those she doesn't, cats from outer space, ornery cats, mellow cats, yellow cats ... well, you get the idea. So ... what can I say, I LOVE that bridge! I think it's really cool that the cables for the suspension bridge are coming out of the mouths of the lions. I'd entrust my bridge crossing to the noble creatures, and with them there to be on guard, there would be no trolls.

4. RUINS OF ST PAULS CHINA. The official link redirects you, so I probably don't need to post this, but just in case, you can click here to go directly to the right page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruins_of_St._Paul%27s If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one captioned simply, "Close up."

5. COLLETTO FAVA ITALY. The photo on the Wiki page doesn't exactly match what was in the puzzle (a close-up), so here's a link for that: http://www.tract.it/gelatin.jpg

6. DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION MAZE OAHU HAWAII. Was this a Google Earth creation by our editors? I wasn't able to find an exact match.

7. CASA DA MUSICA PORTUGAL. The official link is great for taking you to a page on the architect who built the concert hall, Rem Koolhaas, but it doesn't show you what was seen in the puzzle. For that, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_da_M%C3%BAsica If you missed this one, the basis for the WTHAI was the interior view.

That's all for now! Enjoy your pizza, and congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

P.S. Joee -- thanks for your interesting post about your favorite October puzzles and your cat, Oscar.


Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Tue, 4th Nov '08 10:26 PM

Dole Pineapple Maze was definitely a Google Earth shot. I had visited the maze several years ago and thought to include it as a WTHAI but couldn't find a complete aerial shot! I was hoping it would take more than 1 tile though

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 2:53 AM

Thanks, Sploofizz! Yeah, the first tile revealed ended up showing part of the pineapple, making it a little easier. Anyway, for anyone who missed that puzzle, here's a link to what it looked like completed: http://snipurl.com/pineapplemaze

We've had several puzzles that have gone to 12 tiles lately and required clues. One was the AK BUGDAY MUSEUM in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The clue for it was "In central Asia," and there were 107 incorrect guesses. Thank you to Uclonewolf3 (Marilyn) for giving me the clue! (Sometimes my screen capture software doesn't catch them all.)

The official link takes you to the Wiki page for Ashgabat. The photo the puzzle was based on was the one in the gallery captioned Ak Bugday (White Wheat) Museum. Be sure to click on it to get a larger view -- the wheat stalk/ear in the center is pretty neat. I don't think anything about the puzzle photo would have made me think of wheat, since it was a close-up and heavily cropped. (Very clever, editors!)

Anyway, the Wiki page doesn't tell you anything about the museum, so here's an article, which kind of sounds more like an advertisement, but it's still interesting: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=49751&contact=1

OK, that's it for now. Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 3:58 PM

Congratulations to Virtus (Anne) for her double WTHAI win (a Who last night and a Where today)! And congratulations to Pyoung (Pete) for his lightning fast double Who wins this morning!

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 4:20 PM

Okay, fess up. How many of you starting singing the line from "Bohemian Rhapsody" when you saw Gallileo's photo?

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 161.9 - Posts: 2459)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 4:51 PM

The congratulations are much appreciated. It was firsts for me in both categories. Must have been my lucky 24 hours

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 7:19 PM

Congratulations to Virtus (Anne) for her double win!

Congratulations to Pyoung (Pete) for his triple win!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 9:53 PM

Anne (Virtus),
On behalf of all WTHAI enthusiasts, welcome to the thread! And we hope you'll have many more wins in your future!

Pete (Pyoung),
Wow. Three in a row! Way to go!

-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 7th Nov '08 12:42 AM

Hi everyone!
OK, this evening we'll be snacking on virtual spinach frittatas. This is to keep our energy going for solving the WTHAIs!

Now I'm going to review some of the recent stumper WhoTHAIs that we've had:

1. MARY LOU JEPSEN. This one required the clue, "Technology Innovator" and 118 incorrect guesses before it was solved on Monday. The official link is good.

2. GNOME KING KYRIE. The clue for this one was "Dutch folklore," and there were 418 incorrect guesses before it was solved on Monday. (Thanks to Kateatebate for giving me the info on the clue!)

The Sploofus link is good, but notice on the page there's also a link to "Kabouter King Kyrie" if you want to read more. I found it very interesting. You can also click on the "Legend of the Wooden Shoes" link under Notes, which takes you to a site where you can read a variety of Dutch fairy tales. Cool!

I love reading folktales from all over the world, but I don't recall this gnome king. I thought this was a great puzzle and cleverly cropped so you couldn't tell his hat was pointed -- that would have been a huge clue. Like many other guessers, I thought the statue must represent an ancient leader. (Well, it does, but not in the sense I was thinking. )

3. ROY BLOUNT JR. The clue for this one was, "He might not look familiar, but his voice might be familiar to some of you." And 396 incorrect guesses were entered before it was solved. The Sploofus link is good.

4. MARTTI AHTISAARI. "European Diplomat" was the clue for this one, and there were 226 incorrect guesses.

I actually worked on this one a little bit. The first thing I did when the clue was posted was go to the Nobel Peace Prize page, since I had a hunch. But I was a dope and was fooled by the B&W photo. I didn't think the Who would be the 2008 winner. So, very good visual red herring, editors! If you missed this one, the Wiki page doesn't show what the puzzle looked like, so here's a link: http://archive.idea.int/press/images/board/Ahtisaari_Martti.jpg

OK, that's it for now! Congratulations to all the winners!
-- Geri


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 7th Nov '08 2:18 AM

Well finally a WTHAI that I recognized. Niewmarkt NL. I've spent months of my life there. Of course I didn't see it until it was solved!

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6643)
Fri, 7th Nov '08 11:44 AM

How could I miss Bernstein?
I've been going to the Philharmonic's celebration, the program is sitting on my desk with his face all over it!!

Aargh.....

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 8th Nov '08 8:19 AM

Pyoung - get out of my head!

You have guessed 5 out of the last 7 Who's - and with very few tiles, and mostly in the middle of the night (which saddens me since hardly anyone gets to see the pictures I thought I was so clever in cropping!) (and yes, I realize it's not the middle of the night for you in the UK).

But honestly - CONGRATULATIONS! Excellent achievement!


pyoung
Pyoung  (Level: 37.2 - Posts: 21)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 12:38 PM

Lol thankyou Sploofizz, i was very lucky with Barack Obama Sr today because all you americans were asleep when he came up

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 4:38 PM

WOW that's incredible work there and I'm impressed. It's fun to see someone clearing the board! I know I know...we're supposed to be stumped. But usually we so are. You know the steakhouse that advertises, "Eat all you can!" and there's that ONE guy who comes in every day and eats five steaks? lol. It's hard on the management but it makes such a great story.

I enjoyed the technical innovators because it gave me an opportunity to learn something about what women are contributing to the technical world. A lot more than I knew. A lot less than men, still, though, so once I got the hint it was easy to find a list of women prominent in technological innovation.

I also enjoyed the scientist, who gave me opportunity to learn about famous oriental men, and to see some familiar faces, too.

I think you do a fantastic job....that is I'm incredibly puzzled and perplexed...hiding the gender of Who's, from us. It can take several tiles just to figure if it's a man or woman. I'm usually completely certain that I know, and then, I'm wrong!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 11:58 PM

Congratulations to Pyoung (Pete), who has now solved six of the last nine WhoTHAIs. All I can say is wowee kazowee! You're really on a roll!

In honor of Pete's achievement, we'll be serving fish and chips as our virtual snack for this evening.

-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:02 AM

...and guacamole!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:29 AM

Hi everyone!
Now it's time for some links & talk. We'll start with the WhoTHAIs:

1. HELIO CASTRONEVES. If you missed this one, click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/9679/06heliocastronevesfu4.jpg
As you can see, it was one of those cleverly cropped puzzles where you didn't get to see that well-known smile. I'm not into racing, but I do enjoy ballroom dancing and watched that season of "Dancing With the Stars" when he was the champion.

2. ASK A NINJA. This one was solved lickety split after 1 tile and zero incorrect guesses. I think that's the fastest so far this month. To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/original/Ask-A-Ninja-Cover.jpg

3. GALILEO GALILEI. The official Sploofus link (to the Wiki page) for Galileo is good. Galileo is one of my scientific heroes, so I was sorry I missed this puzzle. Some of you may know that 2009 has been delcared the International Year of Astronomy. Here's a little blurb:

"The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) celebrates the first astronomical use of the telescope by Galileo - a momentous event that initiated 400 years of astronomical discoveries and triggered a scientific revolution which profoundly affected our worldview."

Source: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iya0701/

You can also read more about it at Wikipedia and other sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Year_of_Astronomy

Here's a site devoted to a documentay celebrating astronomical innovations, focusing especially on the telescope: http://www.400years.org/index.php

-- More WhoTHAIs in the next post --

-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:40 AM

Hi again!
OK, grab some more fish & chips (and guacamole ) ...

1. YOKO GUSHIKEN. If you missed this one, click here to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.chocchune.com/img/senseki-a.jpg

2. LEONARD BERNSTEIN. The official link (to the Wiki page) is good. As Garrybl pointed out, Bernstein is being celebrated through Dec. 13 at Carnegie Hall. If interested, you can read more at these two sites:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/113585.html

http://www.carnegiehall.org/bernstein/index.html

OK, hopefully tomorrow I can get to the WhereTHAIs. Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 11:04 AM

Pete is now up to 7 out of 10! Go, man, go!

pyoung
Pyoung  (Level: 37.2 - Posts: 21)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:51 PM

Thankyou Suzer, I just had a pm of another member asking if i had a way of accessing the pictures in anyway, lol if i did have a way of accessing the pictures i would have won 10 out 10!
I have just been very lucky in the past few days, faces that i know well have been appearing
Oh yeah and finally i must be the only Englishman who does not like fish and chips and mushy peas! lol


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 10th Nov '08 10:42 PM

Congratulations to Pjpjo for his double win today, solving a Who and a Where!

And kudos to Pete (Pyoung) for his continued solving prowess! The WTHAI force seems to be strong with many here on the island!

And congratulations to all other recent winners! More links, commentary and munchies may have to wait until tomorrow, especially since now I know Pete doesn't like fish & chips!

-- Geri


foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 9:22 AM

It seems to me this is the SECOND time I've kicked
myself for missing the Iowa 80 truck stop, which is
less than 10 miles from where I grew up.

Isn't there some sort of statute of limitations?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 12th Nov '08 7:48 PM

Sorry you missed the Iowa 80 puzzle, Foogs! Better luck next time!

Congratulations to Unclonewolf3 (Marilyn) for her double WTHAI win today, solving the Peter Wessel Zapffe stumper early this morning and the Guoqing Temple China this afternoon! And she also solved another WhereTHAI yesterday. So, kudos!

BTW, if I ever don't congratulate anyone with multiple wins, it's just that I've overlooked it. So, anyone else, please feel free to point these out.

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 12th Nov '08 7:52 PM

P.S. Yes, I like emoticons. Wish we had more.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 13th Nov '08 7:37 PM

Congratulations to Pepperdoc for her two consecutive WTHAI wins, Antinous Mondragone on Wednesday and Church Of The Nativity Bethlehem early this morning!

And congratulations to Joee for her two consecutive WTHAI wins, Istana Melawati Malaysia on Wednesday and Gallarus Oratory Ireland today!

Way to go!
--- Geri


gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Fri, 14th Nov '08 9:46 AM

Thanks, Geri! I hadn't won any of these in awhile, and was about to decide they had gotten so hard, I was almost ready to give up! But, not quite! It does lift your spirits when you win one every now and then.

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 14th Nov '08 5:51 PM

Same here, Marilyn. I still can't believe I didn't recognized January Jones from "Mad Men."

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 14th Nov '08 7:03 PM

Please see this thread in Salty Dog for discussion of the unusual WhoTHAI of the blogging plant, Midori San: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=121868&cID=7

The player who solved that one was Eqitriv (Judy). I'd like to apologize to Eqitriv for misspelling her user name the past few months in the leaderboards and retrospectives. I've corrected it for this month.

-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 1:08 AM

Larrybus is definitely King of the Castles!!

(I hate castles - they all look the same to me.)


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 6:37 PM

I LOVE castles, Jo, but I'm terrible at tracking them down.

Anyway, congratulations to Slicko for solving two WhoTHAIs on two consecutive days -- Marion Davies and Simon the Tanner.

Sorry about the lack of links lately. I've gathered most, just haven't had a chance to post them. Please enjoy some virtual popcorn and maybe watch a favorite movie in between taking peeks at the WTHAIs. Happy solving everyone!
-- Geri

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:52 PM

Nevado Mismi was the first WTHAI that I got right! My first answer was correct though. The cross is to mark the source of the Amazon River.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:03 PM

That was a great "get", Otis89!

Not sure how you figured it out, but the editors usually go by what is listed in Wikipedia as the correct spelling and identifying phrase for the who's and where's.

Great job on identifying it!!

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:14 PM

I actually recognized the picture. I've been hosting a similar game on a different message board since May of '07, and I had seen that picture before while looking for other places to post. If I would remember to check the game more often, I might have gotten my first one a lot sooner.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sun, 16th Nov '08 12:09 AM

Congrats Otis! I didn't get a chance to look at the guesses for that puzzle so I'm not sure what your other guesses exactly were. I debated about listing something like, "Amazon River source" or "source of the Amazon River" as possible guesses, but then decided against it since there a number of different ways to possibly word it. As Tresgatos said, we do use Wikipedia as our "official" source (although we do try to check other sources when possible) and since their official listing was Nevado Mismi, I decided just to stick with actual geographic names - Nevado Mismi, Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Apacheta Cliff. I'm glad you were still able to enter a correct guess and get the credit you deserved!

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 10:21 AM

It's no big deal. My first guess was source of the Amazon River, but after that wasn't accepted, it only took a very small amount of searching to find Nevado Mismi.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 6:05 PM

The Rolling Bridge London.
This is situated about a 15 minute walk from where my parents used to live for 50 years; I've not been on it but it is very close to Paddington Station (so when you fly into Heathrow and take a fast train into Paddington it is right there).
London has two great bridges --the Millennium Bridge opposite the New Tate is the other.



larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.6 - Posts: 383)
Mon, 17th Nov '08 3:45 AM

On the latest Who THAI, Chender had a technically correct answer, Gerhard Schröder, but apparently didn't realize that she could have had an acceptable answer without the umlaut by changing her answer to Gerhard Schroder or Gerhard Schroeder. Pyoung tried to flag her response, and I tried to give her a hint, but since she and Pyoung had both signed off, I just entered Gerhard Schroeder to end this one. I've entered a problem ticket explaining the situation and asking that the points be given to Chender.

Last ten guesses:

1 Gerhard Schroeder Larrybus
2 o without the umlaut Larrybus
3 give her the points Pyoung
4 chender is correct Pyoung
5 michael keaton Madmario
6 michael crichton Seinfans
7 Dmitry Medvedev Maputo
8 Gerhard Schröder Chender
9 Dmitry Medvedev Maputo
10 Dmitry Medvedev Maputo

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Mon, 17th Nov '08 4:14 AM

We appreciate the support ticket, and a WTHAI administrator will be handling it. We hold your sportsmanship in high regard and thank you for looking out for your fellow Sploofusers.

pyoung
Pyoung  (Level: 37.2 - Posts: 21)
Mon, 17th Nov '08 5:20 AM

I knew it was Gerhard Schroder before i saw Chender's guess, but once i saw Chender had already guessed correctly it would not have been fair of me to win this one because she beat me to it.
I would also like to thank Larrybus for his help.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 19th Nov '08 12:44 AM

I have to send out my sincerest apologies for such an awful WhoTHAI puzzle selection in Luther Duncan. I read that he was a 4-H pioneer, but didn't research must past that until I was looking for a second hint and it turns out he wasn't as big in 4-H as I assumed. I'll try to avoid doing that to you again in the future.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 7:59 AM

Thanks for the explanation S-Maximus
Kudos to Redwingchick for getting this one!
Don't know if a second hint came after "education." I thought he looked like a college president, but after I started checking presidents and former presidents of some universities, I figured it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I threw in the towel way before RWchick solved it. Nice win.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 5:57 AM

Congratulations to Redwingchick on Luther Duncan! The first clue was "Education", and the second was "Alabama". I must have found it seconds after her as I typed in my answer, and she had just solved it. It was definitely a hard one!

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 2:16 AM

Hi Everyone,
This is late, but I still wanted to congratulate Kateatebate for her double win from this past Sunday, solving Geno Delafose and Rosenkrantz Tower Norway.

ALKAFF BRIDGE SINGAPORE. If you missed this one, the photo used was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Vibrant paintings on the art bridge." I thought it was an interesting and beautiful bridge -- with such happy patterns and colors, how could you not want to walk across it? So, I looked up the artist's website. It turns out that when she was painting this bridge, she was undergoing treatment for cancer and died shortly thereafter. I found her story very inspiring. Click here to go to her website: http://www.pacitaabad.com/

Sorry for my absence from the thread. I've been exploring various planets with some Vulcan friends. They're actually a more jovial lot than you might think. They like chocolate chip cookies, for example. Who would have known?

Anyway, several players have told me they enjoy looking at the photo album retrospectives, so I do plan to get that finished for this month.

Later,
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:51 PM

Thanks, Geri!!! I appreciate the running commentary and the retrospective photos.

By the way, planetary travel sounds great. I'm sure you're just suffering from jet lag.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 9:24 AM

Congratulations to Joee for her double WTHAI wins today and for solving so incredibly fast! Kudos for solving the Wainwright Building Missouri after only 4 incorrect guesses and Beehive New Zealand after 0 incorrect guesses.

-- Geri



joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 10:18 PM

Thanks Geri, I've had a bit of good luck lately but not as good as Ne1410s. Think I might try it for a while!!



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 6:23 PM

Congratulations to Kateatebate for solving two WhoTHAIs in a row, Albert von Kolliker and Marie d'Agoult, both after only 2 tiles. Kate, had you seen that X-ray of von Kolliker's hand before? I have, but when I looked at the two tiles in my screenshots on my PC, I couldn't tell what I was looking at, so kudos!

MARIE DAGOULT. The official Sploofus link is one of those wonky broken ones. For info on her, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_d'Agoult

To see what the WTHAI looked like, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Marie_d'Agoult.jpg

The puzzle was a headshot taken from that image.

ISHI. The puzzle featuring him was solved Sunday. I was sorry I missed it, as we native Californians grow up learning about Ishi in school. Thank you, editors, for giving him some time in the spotlight!

As mentioned in a post above, my interplanetary exploits have kept me from posting links & commentary in a timely manner this month. I've made friends with a loquacious android, though, who may dazzle you with insights if he can overcome his computer anxiety.

Anyway, congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri

kateatebate
Kateatebate  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 14)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 8:41 PM

Thanks for the congrats! I had actually seen that photo of his hand before many times. It's on the wikipedia page of Wilhelm Rontgen. I don't know how many times I've looked at it while looking for a man with a beard What's funny is that I kept second guessing myself about it. I logged on when the first tile was uncovered and thought it was an x-ray and said to myself nahhh that couldn't be it. Then the second tile was uncovered and I was like no..that's not a finger..yeah I think it is a finger...and then when I was correct, I couldn't believe I hadn't just guessed it in the first place.
Anyway..Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Kate

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 10:27 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to all the WTHAI players. And, Geri, hope you swoop down to planet Earth long enough for a turkey leg.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 4:56 AM

Congrats to all the clever folks who figure these out! It was very interesting learning about Mary McLane, but I must say, looking down the list of recent Who puzzles, I'll be glad when I'm asked to "recognize" someone I've ever seen or at least heard of before (even if someone else beats me to it). I'm pretty good at recognizing a bit of a face I know. Combing through google pages in hope of matching a name to a hairdo or a coat collar, not so much. Call me crazy, I just find "Darn, I should've known that one" less frustrating than "Who the hell is THAT?"

end of gripe

chender
Chender  (Level: 193.4 - Posts: 160)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 8:51 AM

Thanks to Pyoung and Larrybus for fighting my corner in the Gerhard Schröder WTHAI and apologies for not seeing this thread before. It was a lovely surprise to come home and find I'd been handed the points, especially as I usually have problems even recognising my own face.

Of course I blame the German teacher who used to keep marking me down for NOT including umlauts!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 1st Dec '08 9:24 AM

You have a valid point Smoke. As a puzzle creator it is sometimes difficult to find a nice balance between someone that is known to most players but not so easy that he/she will be solved super quickly (i.e. 1 tile removed, less than 10 or 20 guesses). Add to that that we have players from all around the world which makes it even more difficult to guess how well-known someone might be. Sometimes we miss the mark and lean in the too difficult direction. Our intention is to challenge - not to frustrate.



smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 10:01 AM

It's a very minor gripe, as I have gladly learned of fascinating personalities I'd probably never have heard of otherwise; and I of all people should be sympathetic to the "difficulty of judging difficulty" - it's the hardest part of putting together trivia games for groups, and something I'm forever cautioning my players about when they guest-host, and still they make them too hard almost every time (not you, Gwyn).

Four out of the current 10 shown went the full 12 tiles, dunno if all needed hints, or what that stat looks like stretched over a much larger sample. Probably just a streak, and I'm sure if I looked at a complete list I'd see strings of very familiar names as well, and I've certainly won my share.

But I didn't think of all that while being annoyed with mySELF for wasting two hours looking for a face I thought I should know (maybe because she looked like my mom at a certain time of life), only to find I could've typed in the name of every actress and singer I ever heard of and still not had a snowball's chance. Should never pwp. Carry on.



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 7:32 PM

**** ANNOUNCEMENT ***

I am putting together leaderboards and retrospectives for November. It may take me a few days to finish and post, but just hang in there with me. Maybe one of these days, I'll even finish up October.

So, Smoke, once the text retrospective is posted for November, you'll be able to look back and see how many people and places you recognize.

My strategy is this when searching: If I can't find the person or place in 30 minutes total, then that's it. Otherwise, I think I'd get frustrated. The only puzzle I solved in November was Anton Chekhov, and since I recognized him, I didn't have to do any searching. I'm really not very good at these, but I enjoy learning about all the people and places, and it's thrilling to get the green screen!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 7:40 PM

Hi all! (wave)

Time for some more links & talk!

1. MARY MACLANE. As has already been noted, December began sort of like November -- with a stumper. The official link is good. If you weren't around, it required the clue, "Canadian-American author" and 348 incorrect guesses before finally being solved.

2. MARTIN CHALFIE. There's no photo on the Wiki page for this jolly-looking, Nobel Prize-winning scientist, so click here for that: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/faculty/chalfie/

3. SUZANNE LENGLEN. The Sploofus link for her is great. If you want more info, here's a link to her WIki page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Lenglen

She sounds like a very interesting person who died too young.

Congratulations to all the recent solvers! More stuff later ...
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 9:23 PM

Hi again!
OK, now it's time for some gab about the latest WhereTHAIs.

1. OLD GUM TREE AUSTRALIA. The official link for this is good.

I was just talking with an Aussie friend about kookaburras and "Kookaburra," the children's song. I loved that song as a child and still sing it to myself sometimes. Of course, the song talks about Kookaburra sitting in "the old gum tree," or eucalyptus. I discovered there are many photos of kookaburras all over the Web. Here's a link to the Wiki page on them:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra

As for eucalyptus trees, they're some of my favorites, as I grew up with so many in San Diego. I love the colorful bark.

Note that the dead gum tree in the photo for the WTHAI at Wikipedia is in the shape of an arch. If you're interested in the tree, click on the .pdf file under References on that page. I found it very interesting.

As a palindrome enthusiast, I also enjoyed seeing Glenelg in this puzzle. So, lots of fun!

2. BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF COPACABANA BOLIVIA. The official link for this is good.

Meaning no disrespect to this place of worship, but naturally this WTHAI made me think of the Copacabana nightclub and the Barry Manilow song/musical.

OK, that's it for now. Congratulations again to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 11:48 PM

Hi all!
Time for more links & talk!

1. JUNIPER ISLAND LIGHT VERMONT. If you missed this one, to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here:
http://www.lighthouse.cc/juniperisland/index.html

2. BRIDGE OF SIGHS ITALY. The Sploofus link for this one is good. I just wanted to remind everyone that we had a neat WP on bridges in October. One of my clues/phrases was: From palace to prison - lord byron named the bridge of sighs and inspired a romantic legend.

3. CASA BATLLO SPAIN. Very interesting Art Nouveau building. The Sploofus link takes you to the official website for the building. Here's a link to the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Batlló I think the bottom half of the main photo on that page was used as the source for the puzzle.

4. EINSTEIN TOWER GERMANY. The Sploofus link is good. If you missed this one, it was cropped so that the conical portion characteristic of an observatory was cut off. To me, it sort of looked like the big shoe the "old woman" with lots of kids from the nursery rhyme might have had.

OK, that's it for the WhereTHAIs ...
-- Geri




tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 11:59 PM

Hi again,
Sorry, I goofed up the Wiki link to Casa Batllo in my post above. It should be: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Batll%C3%B3

I always like to post the stumpers, and for the WhoTHAIs, we've had a couple more so far this month:

1. HADDAWAY. The clue for him was "A Night at the Roxbury," and there were 297 incorrect guesses before the puzzle was solved.

2. AXEL ZWINGENBERGER. If you missed it, the clue for him was "Blues musician," and there were 378 incorrect guesses.

OK, that's it for now. Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 5:28 AM

Good morning, rise & shine! You know what time it is!

1. GARY INNES. Click here to get a good idea of what the puzzle for him looked like: http://www.garyinnes.com/

2. HASSAN II MOSQUE MOROCCO. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Hassan-II-interior.jpg

3. XISHIKU CATHEDRAL CHINA. This one was a good stumper. The clue for it was "Asia" (Thanks, Judy! aka Silvercamaro!) and there were 140 incorrect guesses. Click here to see the image used for the puzzle (Thanks, Larrybus for providing that info!): Source for photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Xishiku_church01.jpg

4. WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE CALIFORNIA. If you missed this one, click here to see the image used for the puzzle: http://snipurl.com/mysteryhouse

If this one sounds familiar, it should! We had an aerial view of the Winchester Mystery House as a WTHAI back in August.

Please remember this thread is for everyone! If you'd like to post links or anything else related to the WTHAIs, please feel free! That's it for now. Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.6 - Posts: 383)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:45 PM

Uclonewolf3 got two WhereTHAIs today. With another double on Wednesday and two more in between, that's 6 Wheres in 5 days!

WTG, Marilyn!



suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:58 PM

I was just coming in to offer my congrats to Uclonewolf too - 4 out of 10 on the board right now! You're on a roll!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 1:22 AM

Congratulations, Marilyn, woo hoo!

I also intended to point out that Joee recently solved two consecutive WhereTHAIs, the Einstein Tower Germany and the Hassan II Mosque Morocco. Way to go!

-- Geri


gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 4:41 AM

Thanks, Larry, Suzer and Geri!

Marilyn...

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 12:17 PM

I knew Spider Rock. Stop doing ones I know in the middle of the night, please!

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 5:17 PM

Otis89, we all know the ones in the middle of the night. It's the day time one's we have trouble with!

And Marilyn, please take a break and leave some for the rest of us to solve! (lol)


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 1:04 PM

Congratulations to non-Stupidbecky for her recent triple -- solving two consecutive WhoTHAIs (Kathlyn Williams and Bill Nye the Science Guy) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial WhereTHAI!

And congratulations to Hammerfall for solving a WhereTHAI two days in a row!

And congratulations to all other recent winners!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 6:52 PM

Hi everyone!
I notice this thread is already taking a long time to load -- at least using my crummy DSL. If it gets unbearable for you readers and fellow contributors, I'll start a new thread. Otherwise, we'll just do our best with this one, and I'll start a new thread for January.

OK, time for ... you guessed it ... links! Yippee!

1. CHAITEN VOLCANO CHILE. The official Sploofus link was good but has already scrolled off the page, so in case you missed it, here it is again: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/06/chaiten_volcano_still_active.html

The photo used for the WTHAI was the 6th one down on that page.

2. LAKE ZUG SWITZERLAND. The official Sploofus link may scroll off the page soon, so here it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_zug

The photo on that page, though, doesn't match the puzzle. So, to see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/lakezug

3. SPIDER ROCK CANYON DE CHELLY ARIZONA. The official link to Wikipedia is good. (Just go to the photo captioned "Spider Rock.") I wanted to point out that we had a puzzle featuring the White House Ruins at the Canyon de Chelly back in August.

4. PARC DE JOAN MIRO BARCELONA SPAIN. The Wiki page link is good. If you missed this one, just scroll to the photo captioned, "Woman and Bird, 1982, Barcelona, Spain."

More info in the next post,
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 7:01 PM

More stuff on WhereTHAIs:

5. VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WASHINGTON DC. If you missed this one, just use the link to Wikipedia and scroll down to the photo captioned, "Names of Vietnam veterans."

6. DRAGAO DO MAR CENTER OF ART AND CULTURE BRAZIL. This was a good stumper. The clue for it was "South America" and there were 125 incorrect guesses. The official link is good, although you need to scroll way down to the bottom of the page to find the photo used for the puzzle, (4th in the gallery). So, click here for an alternate link to the image used for the puzzle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag%C3%A3o_do_Mar_Center_of_Art_and_Culture

7. CARCOSA SERI NEGARA MALAYSIA. This was another stumper from earlier -- last Saturday, Dec. 6. It was solved before a clue was provided, and there were just 53 incorrect guesses.

Info on WhoTHAIs in the next post.
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 7:12 PM

Some WhoTHAI stuff:

1. NORMAN CLAXTON. He was a good stumper who appeared Saturday, Dec. 6. There were two clues for him, "Australian" and "South Australian with a championship named after him" and 525 incorrect guesses. The Sploofus link for him has already scrolled off the page, so here it is again in cased you missed this puzzle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Claxton

2. KATHLYN WILLIAMS. The link to Wikipedia is good. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the second one down on the page.

3. BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY. The Wikipedia page doesn't match what we saw in the puzzle. For that, click here:
http://www.kaeberleinlab.org/Bill%20Nye.jpg

4. LANCE MACKEY. This was another good stumper. It was solved before a clue was provided, and there were 265 incorrect guesses. The Wikipedia page doesn't have a photo, so to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here:
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2008/more/03/12/iditarod.winner/t1_iditarod.jpg

It was very cleverly cropped so you barely saw the nose of the doggie he's smooching.

Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 11:56 PM

Hi,
It's time for late-night links! Complete with music and mirth of your choice.

1. MARK ZUCKERBERG. If you missed this, the link to Wiki is good. The photo used for the puzzle was the second one down on the page, the one with Zuckerberg standing with blogger Robert Scoble.

2. GIUSEPPE VERDI. The Wikipedia page for him has many images, but not the one used for the puzzle. Those mischievous editors! Anyway, to see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Verdi_Giuseppe.jpg

3. RANALD MACDONALD. The link for him is good. I mention him because it was another stumper. The clue was: "Born in the Northwest; worked in the Far East," and there were 382 incorrect guesses.

4. ALBANY NEW YORK. The link for this is good. If you missed this, the photo used for the puzzle was the 3rd one in the Wikipedia gallery captioned, "The Capitol viewed from the Corning Tower."

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


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:52 PM

Hi!
Congratulations to Pepperdoc for solving two WhoTHAIs on two consecutive days and three of the last 10! Way to go! Congratulations also to Joee for solving two WhereTHAIs on two consecutive days. They might scroll off the page soon, so they were: Dragao do Mar Center of Art and Culture Brazil and Hopewell Rocks Canada. Hip hip hooray!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 6:07 PM

OK, just sit back and relax! Time for some links & talk!

1. RACHAEL LEIGH COOK. This puzzle was a stumper, as it went to all 12 tiles, but it was solved before a clue appeared. There were 182 incorrect guesses.

2. JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME. The photo on the Wiki page for him doesn't match what we saw in the puzzle. For that, click here: http://snipurl.com/vandamme

3. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. Well, the official link is wonky, taking you back to the WhoTHAI page. So, click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche

4. VILLAGE IN COPAN HONDURAS. This was another stumper, but it was solved before a clue appeared. There were 124 incorrect guesses. If you missed this one, the photo is quite beautiful. One of the guesses was, "I wish I was there!" The official link is good and takes you to the Wiki page on Honduras. You need to scroll pretty far down on the page to the picture showing the village in Copan. It's worth it to take a look.

OK, that's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 9:34 PM

Hi everyone!
Time to eat your veggies! Not really, just seeing if you were paying attention. OK, more links & talk coming right up, but first, congratulations to Joee on her double win yesterday, solving Joseph Smith and Joshua Tree National Park!

1. SIR IAN MCKELLEN. The Wiki page for him doesn't have the photo used for the puzzle, so click here for that:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IanMcKellen1.jpg

2. KITTY CARLISLE. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one on the Wiki page showing her as a panelist on What's My Line.

3. LYRIQ BENT. Well, the Sploofus link for him is bad. So, here's a link to the Wiki page, which has the photo used for the puzzle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyriq_Bent

4. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CALIFORNIA. The official link to the Wiki page is good. Growing up in southern California, my family and I took many trips here, and it's a wonderful place. On one trip, though, a jumping cholla cactus became smitten with me, and before I knew it, I had one very spiky, prickly cactus in my ankle. Ouch! Still, it's a lovely desert landscape.

More WhereTHAIs coming up in the next post ...


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 9:36 PM

OK, on with the show ...

5. IBIRAPUERA AUDITORIUM SAO PAULO. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "The front of the auditorium at night."

6. CHERSONESOS SEVASTOPOL UKRAINE. None of the photos on the Wiki page match what we saw in the puzzle. For that, click here and scroll to the photo captioned, "The Greek colony of Chersonesos." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea

Thank you very much to Larrybus for pointing me to the correct link!

7. COPACABANA BEACH RIO DE JANEIRO. The Wiki link is good, just scroll to the pix depicting the beach. Remember earlier in the month we had a WhereTHAI featuring the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana Bolivia? Hmm. I wonder how many places in the world are called Copacabana?

That's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Wed, 17th Dec '08 6:35 PM

We apologize that the link for Homestar Runner does not function properly. Thank you for the support tickets. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to correct broken links or change links. We have asked Justin for the ability to edit links after WTHAI puzzles go live, so this is on his to-do list.

In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and all efforts by players to post working links here and in past WTHAI threads.

Thank you and have fun!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 17th Dec '08 7:49 PM

Hi everyone!
Thanks for the info, Sploofunky!

Here's a link to the Wikipedia page on Homestar Runner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestar_Runner

That page doesn't have a photo on it that matches the puzzle image, so here's a link for that: http://snipurl.com/hrunner
The puzzle is still up as I post this, but to all those reading later, the WTHAI just shows part of Homestar's torso and head, and part of his head is cropped off, right above the eyes.

-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 18th Dec '08 2:20 AM

Hi again,
The official link for Stephen Sondheim is wonky, so click here for the Wiki page on him:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Sondheim

There's no photo there, so click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://www.notablebiographies.com/images/uewb_09_img0651.jpg

If you want to read more about him at that site, click here: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Sc-St/Sondheim-Stephen.html

Many thanks to Larrybus for finding the link to the source photo before I even knew the puzzle had been solved!

More links & talk to come tomorrow.
-- Geri



Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 18th Dec '08 8:28 AM

I am so sorry about the weird links and how many of the photos are no longer on the wiki sites! 99% of the photos I use are off the wiki site that I link to. I save the pics all the same way, load them to Sploofus the same way and copy and paste the links the same way. Yet some work and some don't. Could Wikipedia have that fast of a turn-around that they have removed the pictures and perhaps altered their links in some way?

It's so frustrating to have so many problems when we try so hard to make the game so fun and interesting! (I only had "so" three times in that last sentence, so I added one more for good measure )

I hope plenty of folks got to see the Frank N. Furter puzzle!

Please remember, no punctuation in your guesses!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 18th Dec '08 8:37 AM

I hate a wonky wiki.

BTW, I thought Frank N Furter (no punctuation) was a hilarious choice. I'm turning on a Bic lighter right now.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 18th Dec '08 12:44 PM

Beep, beep! Another wonky link alert! Here's stuff for IAN FLEMING:

Wiki (photo used for puzzle isn't there): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming

Photo used in puzzle: http://www.biography-and-biographies.com/Authors/180px-Ian_Fleming.jpg

More biographical info: http://www.biography-and-biographies.com/Authors/Ian-Fleming.htm

Enjoy!

-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 18th Dec '08 8:33 PM

Once again, we apologize for the recent problems with non-functioning links for WhoTHAIs. We are investigating and doing our best to resolve this. In the meantime, the Wiki link that should have worked for Andrew Wyeth is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wyeth

Thank you again for your patience.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 11:35 PM

Hi everyone!
To those of you not out shopping, here's some more WTHAI info & explanatory notes. But first, I'd like to warn you all that a new syndrome has been discovered called Googlewobble. The symptoms are headache, dizziness and blurred vision brought on by a fierce dedication to WTHAIs. Fortunately, we have people who gobble up the wobble and end up doing the boogie woogie when they solve ------ you guessed it ---------- stumpers!

1. GIGI STONE. As far as I know, there was no clue for her. There were 137 incorrect guesses. The official link may disappear soon, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigi_Stone The photo used for the puzzle was the one on that page showing her as an ABC news anchor.

2. EZIO PINZA. The clue for him was "singer," and there were 498 incorrect guesses.

3. GRAND PORTAGE NATIONAL MONUMENT MINNESOTA. The clue for this was the exquisitely vague, "Northern US," and there were 188 incorrect guesses. The official Wiki link is good. The photo used for the puzzle is the one captioned, "The Great Hall at Grand Portage."

More in the next post ...
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 11:47 PM

Hi again!
All the links for the recent WhereTHAIs have been good. But on some pages, there are multiple photos, and if you weren't around for the puzzles, you might wonder which photo was used, so here the scoop on that:

1. QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING WISHING WELL AUSTRALIA. On the Wiki page for this, just scroll to the gallery. The wishing well photo used for the puzzle is in the 3rd row.

2. CRYSTAL PALACE ENGLAND. The puzzle was based on the 2nd photo down on the Wiki page captioned, "The facade of the original Crystal Palace."

3. MEENAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE. On the Wiki page, scroll down to the photo of the sacred pond to see what was used for the puzzle.

4. MAURITSHUIS NETHERLANDS. The photo used was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Front view of the museum in 2007."

5. JIM BEAM DISTILLERY KENTUCKY. The photo used was the 2nd one on the page showing the distillery. (I know, duh, but I've noticed Wikipedia changes their photos pretty often.)

OK, that's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 11:50 PM

Oops! I made a typo above: "here the scoop on that" should be "here's the scoop on that."

You all get extra scoops of ice cream for having to endure such an atrocity!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 20th Dec '08 11:05 AM

When I created the puzzle for the Gavle Goat, the webcam was not up and running yet or I would have tried and linked directly to it. It's up and running now, though. Check here for live shots of the Gavle Goat:

http://www.merjuligavle.se/Bocken/Bockenkamera1/

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 11:05 AM

Koporye Russia - Congratulations to Marilyn on her WTHAI birthday win!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 11:57 AM

Thanks, Karen!

That was a nice birthday present!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 12:13 PM

Great HB Win, Marilyn!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 11:29 PM

Woo hoo! Congratulations on your happy birthday double WTHAI win, Marilyn! WTG!

-- Geri

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 21st Dec '08 9:29 AM

Congrats to all you smart and better traveled people than me

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 21st Dec '08 10:11 AM

And a shout out to Larrybus for his double double - Who AND Where!


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 12:22 AM

This is a little late, but thank you Sploofusmaximus for that link to the live webcam of the Gavle Goat. Very cool!

And like Pepper, I'd like to congratulate Larrybus for his double win on Sunday, solving the Marie Tussaud Who and the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge China Where. Way to go!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 12:41 AM

OK, time for some links & info!

1. WALT WHITMAN. If you missed this puzzle, the image used was the very famous one on the Wiki page, captioned, "Walt Whitman, age 37, frontispiece to Leaves of Grass, Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y., steel engraving by Samuel Hollyer from a lost daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison."

2. WINONA LADUKE. This was a stumper. The clue was, "I am a writer and activist involved in environmental and human rights issues," and there were 223 incorrect guesses. The photo on the Wiki page doesn't match what was seen in the puzzle, so click here for that: http://tinyurl.com/LaDukeX

Thank you to Larrybus for sending me that link!

3. GRAND SERAIL LEBANON. The Wiki link may scroll off the page soon, so here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Serail The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned, "The Serail Hill."

4. KOPORYE RUSSIA. The photo on the Wiki page doesn't exactly match what we saw in the puzzle, which was a winter view. So, click here for that: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koporye_fortress_entrance.jpg

5. HERSHEY PENNSYLVANIA. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Downtown Hershey at the intersection of Chocolate Ave. and Cocoa Ave, with the signature Hershey Kiss lights and the Hershey Chocolate Factory in the background."

6. PAGODA OF TIANNING TEMPLE BEIJING CHINA. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Close up on carved reliefs."

Many congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 11:02 PM

Congratulations to Jo (Joee) for her double WhereTHAI win today, and congratulations to Uclonewolf3 (Marilyn) for solving 4 of the last 10 ! Way to go!

See this thread for Chickbref's sad tale about a Jon Bon Jovi puzzle being put up while she was away watching a Bears game:
http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=127265&cID=7

For those of you who don't know, Chick often guesses Jon while all 12 question marks are showing. Ah, fate!

-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 3:58 AM

Thanks Geri - and by the way - as a few people did ask the question, even though the Big Gumboot is in Australia, it is around 2,000 km away and I had never seen nor heard of it. I thought it was a frog clinging to a crooked old chimney.



pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 7:37 AM

Congrats to Joee and Uclonewolf for their multiple and sizzling wins! Apologies to Chick.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 1:59 PM

Pepper,
I hope my post didn't make you feel bad for solving Jon Bon Jovi! We've all missed out on opportunities to solve puzzles in our areas of expertise or ... um ... adulation, but fortunately there are always more puzzles each day! Hooray! Chick will have another chance at someone else.

Congratulations to Jo for solving four of the last 10 WhereTHAIs that are currently on the page. Way to go!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 2:15 PM

Hi everyone!
Due to the holidays and a bad cold, I haven't posted links in a couple of days. Sorry about that. But here's some WhoTHAI stuff for you, sent to me by a mysterious elf:

1. JON BON JOVI. The official Sploofus link takes you to the Wiki page on him, but no photos there match the puzzle. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/6871/53jonbonjovinq0.jpg

As you can see, that was a toughie. I never would have recognized him.

2. JASPER FFORDE. This was a stumper. No clue was provided, and there were 404 incorrect guesses. The Wiki photo for him doesn't match the puzzle, so click here for that: http://snipurl.com/fforde

There are actually several sites that have the photo used for the puzzle. I picked the one in the above link because there's an interview with the author there that I thought some people might want to read.

3. JOAN MIRO. This was another stumper. No clue was provided, and there were 221 incorrect guesses. The official Sploofus link is one of those wonky ones, so click here to get to the correct Wiki page and to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Mir%C3%B3

4. SHELL KEPLER. There's no photo for her on the Wiki page, so click here to get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.generalhospital.tv/immagini/webber/amy_nero.jpg

That's it for now. Happy holidays everyone! And congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri


otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Fri, 26th Dec '08 1:33 PM

Not fair putting up Great American Ballpark in the middle of the night. I missed it. What picture did they use?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 26th Dec '08 6:58 PM

Hi everyone!
Here's info about some recent WhereTHAIs:

1. MOTHER AND CHILD KOPJE MATOBO NATIONAL PARK ZIMBABWE. The Sploofus link to the Wiki page has already scrolled off, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matobo_National_Park

That takes you to a page on the national park. If you missed this puzzle, just scroll to the photo depicting the granite rocks called Mother and Child Kopje.

2. CHINESE PAVILION AT DROTTNINGHOLM SWEDEN. The link may scroll of the page soon, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drottningholm_Palace The pavilion is in the gallery of photos.

3. HILL OF TARA IRELAND. If you missed this one, the puzzle was based on the photo captioned, "The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)."

4. BACARDI BUILDING FLORIDA. The Sploofus link is fine, but there are several photos on the page. The puzzle, as you might conclude, was based on the one showing the Bacardi Building. Here's another link with the same photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midtown_Miami

More in the next post ...
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Fri, 26th Dec '08 7:08 PM

Hi again!
Sorry for the typo above under the entry for Chinese Pavilion. I intended to say "scroll off," not "scroll of."

5. NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BRAZIL. If you missed this one, click here to see the photo used for the puzzle: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Congress_of_Brazil.jpg

6. BAMBERG CATHEDRAL GERMANY. The Sploofus link taking you to Wikipedia is fine. If you missed this puzzle, the image used is in the gallery -- actually it's a drawing, 2nd one in 2nd row.

7. GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK CINCINNATI OHIO. If you missed this puzzle, the photo used was a heavily cropped version of the Pepsi Power Stacks shown on the Wiki page.

That's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent winners!
-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.6 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 26th Dec '08 7:25 PM

Congratulations to Joee for getting 5 of the last 10 Whos!! I think that may be a record for the Whos. If it's not, it's still impressive!



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 27th Dec '08 11:17 PM

Hi! Time for some links to WhoTHAIs:

1. KRISTIN HERSH. This was a stumper. The clue was "singer/songwriter," and there were 226 incorrect guesses. The Wiki page doesn't have a photo matching the puzzle, so for that, click here:
http://despitethetimes.blogspot.com/2007/02/kristin-hersh.html

2. PAULA DANZIGER. And another stumper. There were two clues for her, "Author" and "Children's lit. author," and there were over 260 incorrect guesses. (Sorry, I didn't get the exact number of guesses this time.) There's no photo on the Wiki page. The puzzle was essentially a headshot of her, based on the following photo: http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/images/newsletters/fall01/Danziger.jpg

3. CLEA DUVALL. Again, there's no photo on the Wiki page, so click here to see the photo the puzzle was based on: http://snipurl.com/cleaduvall

4. ARI UP. The Wiki page on her doesn't have a photo matching the puzzle, so click here for that:
http://www.newwavephotos.com/AriUp/20030627_020AriUp.jpg

Congratulations to all the winners!
-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 28th Dec '08 7:20 AM

Thanks Larry!!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 29th Dec '08 7:28 AM

And she racked up another "Where"! I'm losing count of how many "thumbs - up"!
Way to go!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 29th Dec '08 5:22 PM

Congratulations to Silvercamaro for her double win yesterday, solving a Who and a Where! Way to go! And as Pepper said, kudos to Joee for solving two WhereTHAIs in a row!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 29th Dec '08 5:28 PM

Hi all!
Some links:

1. JOHN MAYALL. To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here: http://snipurl.com/johnmayall

2. ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO. The link to Wiki for her is bad, so here's that, which will give you info, but not the photo the puzzle was based on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arantxa_S%C3%A1nchez_Vicario

To get a good idea of what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/sanchezvicario

3. HELEN GURLEY BROWN. To see what the puzzle was based on, click here: http://snipurl.com/gurleybrown

More in the next post ...


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Mon, 29th Dec '08 5:40 PM

Hi again!
For the WhereTHAIs, most of the links have been fine. If you missed any of the recent puzzles and aren't sure what image was used, just post your question here. But I've figured the Sploofus link title should make it clear what you're looking for. Here's some info on a couple where the official link didn't match the puzzle:

1. ROYAL SALTWORKS OF ARC ET SENANS FRANCE. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Saltworks_at_Arc-et-Senans

Many thanks to Larrybus for sending me the link!

2. VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT SOUTH AFRICA. Click here to see the puzzle source photo:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_&_Alfred_Waterfront

It's in the 1st row of the gallery captioned, "Clock Tower (built 1883) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront."

OK, that's it for now! Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 31st Dec '08 4:18 PM

Hi everyone!
Congratulations to non-Stupidbecky03 who recently solved two consecutive WhereTHAIs and a Who early this morning! Way to go!

For those interested, I WILL be posting leaderboards for December along with text and photo album retrospectives. This may take me a few days, though.

For anyone new or for those still looking for their first win, I thought you might like to see what the winning "green screen" looks like. It's a thrill to get it! So, here's a link for that: http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1451/oliviadgl7.jpg

Good luck!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Wed, 31st Dec '08 5:03 PM

OK, here are more links & info for some recent WTHAIs:

1. PIET MONDRIAN. The Wiki page on him doesn't show the photo the puzzle was based on, so click here for that: http://snipurl.com/pietmondrian

Many thanks to Larrybus for sending me the link!

2. ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK. Click here to see the photo the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandra_Kostenjuk.jpg

3. THE PRAIRIE TILLERS MURAL WHITEWATER WISCONSIN. The official Sploofus link takes you to a great page for information. The puzzle, though, was slightly different and based on the photo of the mural on the Wikipedia page. So, click here for that and scroll down to the mural: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater,_Wisconsin

4. SAFDARJUNGS TOMB INDIA. The official link takes you to a page on Safdarjung, which is interesting. But to see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safdarjung's_Tomb

The photo is in the 1st row of the gallery captioned, "Monument at an angle."

5. JIAOHE RUINS CHINA. If you missed this one, the image used is on the Wiki page -- the 2nd photo in the 1st row of the gallery.

6. TOURO SYNAGOGUE RHODE ISLAND. If you missed this, the photo used is on the Wiki page. It's the 1st one in the image gallery captioned, "synagogue exterior."

Cheers and many congratulations to all the recent winners! And a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all WTHAI players and anyone else interested in the puzzles!

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 31st Dec '08 8:32 PM

A very Happy New Year to you also, Geri!

Congratulations to Smoke on her New Year's Eve double win! WTG Donna!


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