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tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 8:12 AM

WTHAI - LINKS & TALK - JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2009

Happy New Year to everyone!
If you're new, this thread is for general talk about the WTHAIs and for posting links whenever the official one is broken or doesn't match what we've seen in the game. I look on this as a way players can help each other and the editors.

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!

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

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=119924&cID=6

Have fun!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 8:13 AM

Congratulations to Marilyn (Uclonewolf3) for solving the first WTHAI of 2009! Woo hoo!

-- Geri

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 8:42 AM

WTG Marilyn! Start as you mean to go on!

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 5:28 PM

WhereTHAI Jan 1

WhereTHwasI?? lol.. I just guessed Mario and Luigi on yesterday's WhoTHAI and today, while I was recovering from New Years festivities, Mushroom Kingdom was the puzzle (Mario and Luigi's playland) lol.. no fair!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 10:01 PM

Thanks, Geri and Karen! I hope it may be a good sign!


Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 10:19 PM

Congratulations to Pepperdoc for solving the first WhoTHAI of 2009! Way to go!

-- Geri

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 11:04 PM

Yes, Congratulations, Pepper! Great Job!



Marilyn...

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 11:53 PM

Wow.. Natalie Wood.. totally random guess.. who knew? lmao

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 12:05 AM

Thanks!

Lisa - go buy a lottery ticket - now!!!
Great job!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 11:47 AM

I'm going to apologize now for the link on Mantenga Falls (what's the record on number of guesses, anyway?). I swear the picture was on a wikipedia webpage that no longer exists. I don't know why the link reverted to a Sploofus address.

Try these links to check out this beautiful nature preserve:
http://www.tourismswaziland.com/swazilandphotos/photolist.asp?lid=3
http://www.sntc.org.sz/reserves/mantenga.asp


otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 12:52 PM

The links are possessed. Admit it.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 12:55 PM

Just like to point out that southern Africa and South Africa are not the same. I looked at every waterfall in South Africa trying to find one in Swaziland. Argh.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 2:17 PM

Ditto Smoke.. I'm TIRED!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 6:55 PM

Me, too, you all! I thought I had clicked them all!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 8:15 PM

Same here. I looked at every waterfall that I could find in South Africa.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 4th Jan '09 12:29 AM

Hi folks!
OK, time for you know what -- links!

1. NATALIE WOOD. If you missed this one, click here to see what the puzzle looked like, since none of the photos on the Wiki page match: http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/6467/03nataliewoodou4.jpg

2. DAWN POWELL. This was a stumper. The clue was "author," and there were over 250 incorrect guesses. (Sorry, I didn't get the exact number this time.) To see what the puzzle looked like and to read more biographical info, click here: http://www.loa.org/dawnpowell/life-biography.jsp

3. VINCE GUARALDI. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/artists/images/VinceGuaraldi.jpg

4. CHARLIE DAY. There's no photo of him on the Wiki page, so click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://snipurl.com/charlieday The photo was cropped, so all you saw was his head and part of his chest.

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

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 5th Jan '09 12:48 AM

Hi everyone!
In case you missed any of the recent WhereTHAI puzzles, here's some info & links:

1. TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK KENYA. The official link has already scrolled off the page, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned, "A Safari route in Tsavo East National Park."

2. MNAJDRA TEMPLES OF MALTA. The official link will scroll off the page soon, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnajdra The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned, "Interior of the megalithic structure."

3. MANTENGA FALLS SWAZILAND. This was a stumper, as has already been noted in posts above. The clue was "South Africa," and there were 465 incorrect guesses. Players have also astutely pointed out the difference between southern Africa and South Africa. Thank you, Sploofizz, for providing links to Mantenga Falls! To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mantenga_Falls.jpg

4. HARD ROCK CAFE NIAGARA FALLS ONTARIO. The official link takes you to a Wiki page. To see the photo the puzzle was based on, just scroll to the gallery to the 3rd photo in the 1st column, captioned, "Walk of Fame (Mick Jagger) at Niagara Falls, Ontario."

5. COIMBATORE INDIA. The official link to the Wiki page is good. The puzzle was based on the photo captioned, "Terraced fields near Coimbatore."

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



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 5th Jan '09 12:54 AM

Hi again!
Regarding leaderboards & retrospectives for December, I'm sorry those are delayed. I've been bogged down with various projects. You know how it is. Work interferes with fun. Hopefully I'll be able to get those posted by next weekend. In the meantime, have fun tracking down the Whos and Wheres and best of luck to everyone!

-- Geri

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Mon, 5th Jan '09 6:34 PM

Under the 'kick me I'm an idiot' category.

Within the last week I missed chessplayer Kosteniuk and Rosamund Franklin.
As a keen chessplayer I recognized her as a face I knew but could not find the picture under google. And did not search hard enough under women chess players.

Rosamund Franklin lived next door to my parents --she died 32 days before I was born but I think that still counts as a next-door neighbor!
Her brother set up an investment company called the Pembridge Group, named after the street they both lived in.

Barry

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 6th Jan '09 12:07 AM

Howdy!
OK, time for some more links & info!

First, I'd like to thank Larry (Larrybus) for his time and effort tracking down the source photo for Natalie Wood! I had posted a link to the actual puzzle above, but here's the photo it was based on: http://tinyurl.com/Dr-Macro-Natalie-Wood Anyway, you're terrific, Larry!

1. ROSEMARY KENNEDY. The Wiki page has no photo for her, so click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://fatboy.cc/images/Rosemary.jpg

2. SONJA SOHN. Again, no photo on the Wiki page, so click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://www.topnews.in/files/images/Sonja-Sohn7.jpg

3. SPENCER TRACY. No photo on the Wiki page matches what little we saw in the puzzle, so click here to see what it was based on: http://snipurl.com/spencertracy

If you want to see how cleverly cropped the puzzle was, click here: http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/7392/09spencertracydp4.jpg

4. ROSALIND FRANKLIN. This was a bit of stumper, going to all 12 tiles. It was solved quickly after going to 12 tiles, and as far as I know, no clue was provided. (My software doesn't pick up everything unless I configure it to.) There were 215 incorrect guesses. The photo of her on the Wiki page doesn't match the puzzle, so click here to see what it was based on: http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~cwp/images/franklin/franklin1.jpg

5. CATE BLANCHETT. Well, the WTHAIs get more peculiar all the time. I hope a WTHAI editor will pop into this thread and let us know if the puzzle for her was supposed to be upside down or not. Here's what we saw: http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/446/11cateblanchettjc0.jpg

Kudos to Slicko for recognizing her upside down! The Wiki page doesn't have a photo matching the puzzle, so here's a link to what it was based on: http://www.cate-blanchett.net/cate-blanchett-1024x768-18641.jpg

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


kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 6th Jan '09 6:57 AM

She must be visiting Australia ...

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 12:16 PM

Has there ever been a WTHAI to have 1,000 incorrect guesses?

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 2:03 PM

Congratulations to Steve "Tuzilla" for solving the Akhisar Municipal Park in Turkey after 965 guesses. Great Job! I couldn't even find that town in the list of regular cities in Turkey.





That one almost killed me. I didn't get any sleep last night for checking it.

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 5:22 PM

I think Steve just put everyone out of their collective misery.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 6:43 PM

Hi everyone!
Regarding the Akhisar Turkey WTHAI: I've been informed that Topper0005 was credited with a co-win and awarded 100,000 points.

I reviewed my screenshots, and I can see that they guessed Municipal park in Akhisar after 939 incorrect guesses. Way to go, Topper0005! And Steve, too!

That puzzle was up for over 21 hours after all 12 tiles were revealed. Yikes!
-- Geri

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 7:29 PM

Hi Geri~

Congratulations to Topper0005 !

I have already congratulated Steve, and I believe he had asked that Topper0005 be credited. I checked the cities list in Turkey, and never could find that town. I think I'd have to give up on searching if they all took this long.

Marilyn...

otis89
Otis89  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 16)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 8:03 PM

Marilyn, Akhisar is 83rd on this list.

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

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 9:15 PM

Thanks, Scott!

Evidently, I was looking at a different list as I don't remember them being numbered, but after it was solved, I went back to the list I was using, and it was missing.

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 8th Jan '09 10:19 PM

Congratulations to Larrybus on his double win today, solving a Who and a Where! And he also had a win on Wednesday. Way to go!

Congratulations to Topper0005 for solving a WTHAI on three consecutive days -- Tuesday, Wednesday and today! Woo hoo!

And now for a little geek moment : I wasn't around at the time, but my PC picked up Topper0005's accepted guess for Akhisar Turkey. For those interested, here's what it looked like : http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9483/akhisarturkeypn6.jpg

I keep such shots around the entire month, just in case they might be helpful to players.

Links and pasta coming up later!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 8th Jan '09 10:53 PM

Before we get to the pasta & marinara sauce, I just wanted to note that for the Rosalind Franklin WTHAI solved Monday (info for it has already scrolled off the Sploofus page), there WAS a clue -- "scientist." Ah ha! Or Eureka! Well, you get the point. Thanks very much to those of you who PM'd me about it!

Remember, don't be bashful, any of you who'd like to post clues that I miss or links to photos and other cool stuff you find, please feel free!

Just a comment: The Sploofus links to Wiki pages on Daniel Dennett and David Tennant are good. Their names just look so similar -- sort of puzzle-worthy. Two e's, two n's and two t's in their last names. You could make a palindrome! Tennet. Cool!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 8th Jan '09 11:03 PM

My apologies to Stupidbecky03 - I swear I put in about 15 variations of answers for the NPR building, but for some reason there are only 3 there now!

n p r headquarters washington d c
npr headquarters washington dc
massachusetts avenue washington dc

My normal entry procedure is to put in every variation with city, without city, with and without spaces for punctuation, spelled out and abbreviated. I have no idea where all the other options went.

I'm glad you finally got it and no one stole it out from under you!

stupidbecky03
Stupidbecky03  (Level: 46.4 - Posts: 9)
Thu, 8th Jan '09 11:11 PM

No worries, Sploofizz. You about drove me crazy, but I forgive ya

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 9th Jan '09 9:50 PM

We apologize for the malfunctioning links for Chloe Sevigny and Mr Clean. Here are the Wikipedia links that should have appeared for them:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlo%C3%AB_Sevigny

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Clean

We know how frustrating it is to click on a bad link. The ability to edit links is a feature we've requested, and Justin's wizardry will make it a reality. Thank you for your patience.



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 12:40 AM

Hi everyone!
Well, I'm a day late with pasta & links! I hope you're not all starving! Thanks, Sploofunky, for providing those Wiki links!

1. GERTRUDE EDERLE. The official Wiki link for her has already scrolled off the page, so here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Ederle
If you missed this puzzle, click here to see what it was based on: http://qfichennai.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/72-b.jpg

2. HOYT WILHELM. The official Wiki link for him has also already scrolled off, so here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt_Wilhelm
The puzzle itself was based on this photo: http://www.aaretroleague.com/acc2c450.jpg

The Ederle and Wilhelm WTHAIs were solved on Tuesday.

3. JACKIE COCHRAN. To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here: http://www.airtransportaux.org/images/Jackie%20Cochran.jpg

Thank you very much, Larry, for sending me the link! Larry also said we've had Jackie Cochran in the past as a WTHAI, but it must have been during beta-testing, which I missed, unfortunately.

4. CHLOE SEVIGNY. To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here, as there's no picture on the Wiki page:
http://www.bunnyshop.org/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/26/img_0001.jpg

5. IRON BUTTERFLY. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://snipurl.com/ironbutterfly

Once again, thank you Larry for being so kind to track that down! More in the next post ...
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 12:59 AM

Hi again!

6. OGDEN NASH. There's no photo on the Wiki page, so click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.virtualstampclub.com/2002/nash37a.jpg

There's also a pretty clue blog about Ogden Nash and his works here: http://blog.ogdennash.org/

7. MR CLEAN. The puzzle was based on the photo on the Wiki page, but was enlarged and heavily cropped. Here's what the actual puzzle looked like: http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/1883/23mrcleanoe2.jpg

8. ETHEL MERMAN. The puzzle might be gone by the time some of you are reading this, so I'll explain that the photo used for the puzzle was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Ethel Merman at the typewriter in 1953, New York World-Telegram photo by Walter Albertin."

OK, on to the WhereTHAIs in the next post!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 1:13 AM

For the most part, the links for the WhereTHAIs are good, taking you to a Wikipedia page. If you miss one of these puzzles, and the page has multiple photos and you want to know which one the puzzle was based on, just ask away!

1. PRAGUE CASTLE CZECH REPUBLIC. The photo the puzzle was based on isn't on the Wiki page, although there's a Wikimedia link that takes you to it. To get there directly, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Czechguards.jpg

2. AHKISAR TURKEY. Much has already been said about this mega-stumper, but I realized I forgot to list the clues given. There were three, and they were: Eurasia; Eurasia (not quite Europe; not quite Asia); Turkey.

3. RED SQUARE MOSCOW. To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here: http://snipurl.com/redsquaremoscow

Thanks again to Larry for his help with this one!

4. AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND. I think I'll go ahead and tell you that the puzzle was based on the Wiki page photo captioned, "Auckland - Skyline from Westhaven Marina." It was enlarged and cropped.

OK, that's it for now. Congratulations to this week's winners!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 1:15 AM

P.S. I forgot to mention that the Sploofus link for Ethel Merman is all wonky again, so here's the link to Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Merman

Enjoy!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 12:36 AM

Congratulations to Kateatebate for her double WhoTHAI win today, solving both Julie Andrews and Ngozi Okonjo Iweala after only 1 tile!

Also see Jank0614's congratulatory thread here: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=129796&cID=7

-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 2:02 AM

Hi everyone!
I forgot to mention that leaderboards & retrospectives for December will be delayed a bit longer. Sorry about that! They do take time, and other things have come up that I've had to deal with. But they WILL get posted eventually. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
-- Geri

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.4 - Posts: 383)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 4:20 AM

The Sploofus link for Ethel Barrymore doesn't work. The Wikipedia article is at:

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

The picture used for the puzzle is the small one captioned "Ethel Barrymore by Carl Van Vechten (December 12, 1937)."





nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 5:13 AM

Thanks and Congratulations, Larry!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 11th Jan '09 7:28 AM

Once again, we apologize for the malfunctioning links. We have asked that this bug be fixed on a priority basis on Justin's to-do list.

Until it can be fixed, thank you for your patience, and thank you Larrybus, Tresgatos and other players for posting links to correct information.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 4:15 PM

Hi,
In one of my posts above from Saturday at around 1 a.m., I wrote: "There's also a pretty clue blog about Ogden Nash and his works here." Obviously I had turned into a pumpkin before writing that.

Sorry for the very bizarre typo. "Clue" should be "good."
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 8:56 PM

Congratulations to Kateatebate for another double WhoTHAI win today! That makes four puzzles solved in the last two days. Wow! Great job!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 11:34 PM

Hi all!
OK, it's dessert night, and we're serving coconut parfaits here on the Island. Grab a seat! Time for links!

1. JOHN G. ROBERTS. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Roberts.jpg

The photo of him on his main Wikipedia page is essentially the same as this one -- just a different background.

2. NGOZI OKONJO IWEALA. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ngozi_Okonjo-Iweala.jpg

3. ORVILLE REDENBACHER. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on:
http://cineforum.universiablogs.net/files/orville.jpg

Gee, I feel like I'm repeating myself!

WhereTHAI links in the next post ...
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 12:12 AM

4. NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM TIRANA. Here's the link that was provided (in case it scrolls off the page): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirana To see what the puzzle was based on, scroll to the bottom of the page to the photo captioned, "The Albanians" – a mosaic on the façade of the National Historical Museum."

5. SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF LICHEN POLAND. This was a stumper. The clue was "European retreat," and there were 228 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://snipurl.com/ladyoflichen

6. SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY WASHINGTON. The photo used for the puzzle is on the Wiki page. It's the 2nd photo in the first row of the image gallery.

7. WORLDS LARGEST BUFFALO. This was a neat puzzle! The official link takes you to a good page, but it looks like the puzzle was based on this photo: http://www.dakota-north.com/images/worlds_largest_buffalo_jamestown.jpg

8. HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE CANADA. The link to the Wikipedia page on Edmonton is good. You need to scroll to a photo captioned, "The 2001 Sourdough Raft Race, passing beneath the High Level Bridge's Great Divide waterfall during Klondike Days."

A NON-CLICKABLE LINK is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Level_Bridge_(Edmonton)

You have to copy that into the address bar of your browser, but it tells more about the bridge and shows the same photo.

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


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 12:14 AM

P.S. For the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen, I intended to say the puzzle was based on the second photo on the page, captioned, "Back side of the Basilica."
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 13th Jan '09 12:34 AM

Coconut parfait! Now you're talkin'!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 12:53 AM

Congratulations to Jo (Joee) for her triple WhereTHAI win Saturday, for solving four out of the last 10 Wheres and for also solving a Who on Friday! Way to go!

In other stuff, hopefully I'll have a chance to post some links tomorrow.
-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 2:42 PM

Hi all,
Happy Sunday! Here are some links & info:

1. ANNE SULLIVAN. This was a stumper but was solved very quickly after all 12 tiles were revealed. No clue was put up. There were 215 incorrect guesses. Here was the original link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Sullivan

2. EVA GREEN. The photo used for the puzzle was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Green at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London's Royal Opera House (2007)."

3. SARAH CONNOR. This was another stumper. We had the fictional Sarah Connor last month, but this Sarah is real -- a German singer. I'm not sure if a clue was put up, but there were 305 incorrect guesses.

4. FRANK ABAGNALE. And yet another stumper. There was no clue. There were 157 incorrect guesses. The Wiki page on him has no photo. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://snipurl.com/frankabagnale

5. GERALD FORD. The photo used for the puzzle was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Ford as a University of Michigan football player, 1933."

6. AL FRANKEN. The photo used for the puzzle was the one on the Wiki page captioned, "Al Franken at the 2006 Time 100, as covered on the blog Rocketboom."

OK, WhereTHAI stuff in the next post ...
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 2:54 PM

Hi again!
If you missed one of the WhereTHAI puzzles, and you want to know which photo on a Wiki page was used for a puzzle, please ask, and either I or one of the other WTHAI enthusiasts will let you know!

1. GOLDEN ROOF AUSTRIA. This one was solved on Wednesday. Here's the original link to the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Roof

Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goldenes_Dachl_Innsbruck_2005.jpg

2. CASTELLO DI MIRAMARE ITALY. This one was solved Thursday, and here's the original link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miramare

Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trieste_miramare.jpg

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


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 2:59 PM

Special congratulations to Larry for his double WhoTHAI win today, solving Jules Verne and Toby Riddle! Woo hoo!

-- Geri

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 11:39 AM

Owain Glyndwr -

The following link in Wikipedia is the link I used to find the picture...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owain_Glynd%C5%B5r

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 12:21 AM

Congratulations, Marilyn, and thanks for posting the link!

Congratulations to Tonya (Beachbabe780) for her double WTHAI today, solving Nuttin But Stringz and Red Forest Ukraine. Woo hoo!

-- Geri

beachbabe780
Beachbabe780  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 3)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 1:53 PM

Thank you I love this site.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 1:57 PM

Thanks, Geri!


Marilyn...

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5487)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 7:34 PM

You all get clues with your Where and Who puzzles?
Vickie

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 9:43 PM

Hi Vickie,
Editors put up written clues only after all 12 tiles have been exposed for awhile. Otherwise, the only clues people have to work iwth are what they see in the puzzles. I hope that helps!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 11:37 PM

Sorry for the typo in my post above -- "iwth" should be "with."

Congratulations to Larry for his double WhereTHAI win today! Way to go!

Also of note are the WhoTHAI wins on consecutive days for Kate (Kateatebate) and Pete (Pyoung). Hooray!

On Monday, we had the stumper Owain Glyndwr, for which Marilyn already posted a link. If you weren't around for that puzzle, the clue put up was "UK," and there were 481 incorrect guesses.

Also on Monday, we had the Nuttin But Stringz puzzle. Click here to see what the photo it was based on: http://snipurl.com/nuttin

Yesterday, we had the Wire Opera House Brazil stumper. No clue for that one, but 118 incorrect guesses.

Today, we had the Barbotey Rock Garden India stumper. The clue was "South (aka Southern) Asia," and there were 140 incorrect guesses.

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 1:20 AM

We apologize for the malfunctioning link for Peter Max. Here are some working links that take you to pages you can read/view:

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

http://frederatorblogs.com/the_finster_finster_show/files/2008/04/finsters-and-peter-max.jpg


nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 6:42 AM

Peppermint Patty!

Congratulations Geri! Commiserations Al!

The link below should be good:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint_patty

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 7:41 AM

Great job, Geri! And with 1 tile!!

(Al is bearing up the best he can. )



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 6:35 PM

Thanks a million, and thank you also for posting the link, Karen!

Some people have asked me what the puzzle looked like when I solved it, so here's a link to that: http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/971/60peppermintpattyafter1gy4.jpg

I just happened to recognize her hairdo. It's been awhile since I've solved one of these, so it was cool to get the green screen. I did feel bad for Al, though. Earlier this month, I missed out on the Goethe puzzle, and I'd been hoping and waiting for him to pop up. So, just luck of the draw, as they say. Fortunately, there are always new puzzles and plenty of fun with each one.

-- Geri

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 7:16 PM

WTG Pepper!

Here's the link for the latest 'Who' (I've no idea why the given one doesn't work!)

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

beachbabe780
Beachbabe780  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 3)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 7:49 PM

WHEN I SAW SOMEONE GUESS PEPPERMINT PATTY AND SAW IT WASN'T THE PERSON WHO ALWAYS GUESSES THAT ON THEIR 1ST TRY.....I HAD TO LAUGH

I ALWAYS GUESS WILL FERRELL AS MY 1ST GUESS....ONE DAY IT SHALL BE HIM!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 25th Jan '09 10:47 AM

Well, here's something I haven't seen before:

Last 10 Guesses
Guess: Player:
idaho Dinoc
Windsor Connecticut Slicko

No, not Slicko winning, we see that all the time, but the fact that an INCORRECT answer posted AFTER the correct answer which solved the puzzle! They must have pressed the button simultaneously!

And I KNEW that 2nd part to the clue was too easy; Slicko guessed it in a matter of seconds after I posted "and 'broadleaf'"
I really loved how that picture looked so much like one imagines Idaho or Kansas and not at all like one thinks of Connecticut

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:44 AM

Sploofizz, I saw the same phenomena a while back. An incorrect answer was posted after the right answer. I did a double take. Glad you explained that they were probably submitted at the same second.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 2:13 PM

Wow, congratulations to Karen (Nelly) for solving three WhereTHAIs in a row! Way to go! Woo hoo!

-- Geri

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 2:22 PM

Thanks Geri! Must be like buses - you wait for ages, then 3 come at once!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 1:20 PM

Hi everyone!
I've been remiss in posting some congratulations, but first, thank you Karen (Nelly) for posting the correct link for George Bernard Shaw!

Karen is still on a roll, solving four of the last 10 WhereTHAIs. Way to go!

Congratulations to Gary (Slicko) for his double WTHAI win on Sunday, solving Philip Glass and the stumper Tobacco Sheds Windsor Connecticut. Kudos also for for solving another Who the very next day, Christine de Pizan. Woo hoo!

Congratulations to Pete (Pyoung) for his double WTHAI win yesterday, solving Edna Parker and the stumper Tower of St Christophoros Italy. Hip hip hooray!

All you other WTHAI enthusiasts, if I've missed any multiple winners, please post them right here!
-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 31st Jan '09 11:30 PM

I'm very sorry that I missed Emma Hamilton as an answer possibility on the recent WTHAI puzzle. Kateatebate was also given points as credit for the puzzle!



godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 1:22 PM

My husband and I lived smack dab in the middle of a tobacco field when we were stationed in Maryland, and yet I so didn't recognize the drying sheds. Like others I got stuck in Idaho once you posted "shoe string."

I'm all impressed with your Tile work on Red Grange! His mouth says everything about him; but we didn't see that. Good job.

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.2 - Posts: 255)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:13 PM

Katsei, I didn't notice till afterwards that you had already entered the correct answer. I found it in just a minute or so by googling open cut mine. It's actually on the first page - very easy to find, so I hadn't looked at any previous answers.

My apologies.

Joee

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:28 PM

The WTHAI Admins have been informed, and will come to a decision regarding that presently.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 7:27 PM

just got my first WTHAI of the year.
The picture of the Reverend Robert Walker was on a notice board next to one of the bridge clubs I play at for 12 months after the gallery closed. As the picture aged, and leaked, there was sort of rainbow forming across the middle of it from the leaking colors and I used to admire it every time I went past.
I'm sure I've seen the picture live although I'm not surer whether that was when it went on tour or in a Glasgow gallery.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 7:48 PM

Hi everyone!
OK, now that it's February already, I'm going to try to catch you up on some links from January. Sorry that I got behind!

1. LEIF GARRETT. This one was solved waaaaay back on Jan. 22. As is generally the case, the official link took you to Wikipedia. Here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Garrett

Click here, though, to see the photo the puzzle was based on: http://www.cbsnews.com/images/2006/04/07/imageNY10904070425.jpg

2. GEORGIA OKEEFFE. This was solved back on Jan. 24. Here's the link to her Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O%27Keeffe There are several photos of her there. The puzzle was based on the photo captioned "Alfred Stieglitz photograph of O'Keeffe. New York City, 1918."

3. CHRISTINE DE PIZAN. This one was solved on Jan. 26. Wiki page link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_de_Pizan The puzzle was based on the photo captioned "Christine de Pizan lecturing to a group of men."

4. HORST WESSEL. This was also solved on Jan. 26. Original Wiki page link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horst_Wessel

Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://snipurl.com/horstwessel

--More in the next post--

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:01 PM

5. GARY GNU. This was solved Jan. 29. Original Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Space_Coaster

Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/garygnu

6. CHULALONGKORN. This was also solved Jan. 29. Original Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chulalongkorn There are several photos of him on that page. The one used as the basis for the puzzle is simply captioned "Photograph of the King." He's dressed in military garb.

7. COUNTEE CULLEN. This was solved on Jan. 30. Original Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countee_Cullen
Click here to see the photo used for the puzzle: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/cullen/images/allen_cullen.jpg

8. EMMA LADY HAMILTON. This was solved on Jan. 31. The original Wiki link is still up but may scroll off the page soon, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma,_Lady_Hamilton The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Emma Hamilton as a young woman in about 1782, by George Romney in the 1780s."

-- More in the next post --


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:12 PM

In case you missed them, here were some WhoTHAI stumpers that appeared toward the end of January:

1. JEAN SHEPHERD. According to Jim (Topper0005), who solved this, the clue was something like "Co-wrote and narrated a popular movie." There were 302 incorrect guesses.

2. GEORGE RAPP. The clue was "Religious man," and there were 302 incorrect guesses for him as well.

3. ROBERT KAJANUS. The clue was "Music," and there were 217 incorrect guesses.

-- Next post for the WhereTHAI stuff --

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 10:29 PM

OK, for the WhereTHAIs, most of the links were just fine. Here's one where the official link didn't match the puzzle photo:

PACO IMPERIAL BRAZIL. This was solved on Jan. 29. The official link took you here: http://gobrazil.about.com/od/culturehistorylanguage/p/pacoimperial.htm

Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pa%C3%A7o_Imperial

Now, on to the WhereTHAI stumpers that appeared toward the end of January:

1. CEUTA BORDER FENDER. The clue was "North Africa," and there were 254 incorrect guesses.

2. QUIMBAYA QUINDIO CANDLELIGHT FESTIVAL. According to the solver, Larry (Larrybus), there was no clue. There were 146 incorrect guesses.

3. TOBACCO SHEDS WINDSOR CONNECTICUT. There were two clues for this one: "Think 'shoe string,'" and "and 'broadleaf.'" There were 214 incorrect guesses.

4. TOWER OF ST. CHRISTOPHOROS ITALY. The clue was "Italy," and there were 179 incorrect guesses.

5. ISLAND OF TEARS BELARUS. I don't think there was a clue for this one, but I'm not sure. Jo (Joee) solved it, so she may be able to tell us. Surprisingly, there were few incorrect guesses -- only 68!

Congratulations to all the winners in January!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 10:57 PM

Barry, congratulations on your first win in February! And a very fascinating Who at that!

You may be wondering what's happened to the December (and now January) leaderboards and retrospectives. Well, as long as you're still interesting in seeing all that stuff, I'll eventually get it posted. I hope you all haven't been too disappointed by the delay!

Remember, anyone can post links here, and thank you Nelly, Larrybus, Pepperdoc and others who have done so! Anyone can serve as host/hostess and serve virtual food and beverages while talking about your favorite puzzles and solving strategies.

Now, moving on to February -- Congratulations to newish Sploofuser Oldgrey58 for their double WhereTHAI win on Sunday! Way to go! Congratulations to Jo (Joee) on her double WhereTHAI wins today! She also solved two WhoTHAIs recently. You're on a roll, Jo!

-- Geri






tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 11:37 PM

OK, here are some links for February:

1. LADONIA. Click here to see what the puzzle was based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladonia_(micronation) It was the photo captioned "Nimis as seen from the bay."

2. SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE AUSTRALIA. The Sploofus link is good, but there are several photos on the page. The one used for the puzzle is captioned "The dedication ceremony for the Shrine of Remembrance. Over 300,000 people were in attendance, a figure that is approximately a third of Melbourne's population at the time."

3. INDEPENDENCE HALL PENNSYLVANIA. The Sploofus link is good, but again, there are several photos on the page. The one used for the puzzle is captioned "Independence Hall's Assembly Room, in which both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drafted and signed."

4. BEIJING ANCIENT OBSERVATORY CHINA. This was a stumper. At this point, I'm not sure if there was a clue or not. (Again, sometimes my software doesn't capture everything.) There were 120 incorrect guesses.

Click here to see the photo the puzzle was based on: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old_Planetarium_-_view_from_back.JPG

5. ARCHBISHOPS PALACE OF LIMA PERU. The official link that takes you to Wikipedia is good. The photo used for the puzzle was the second one in the third row of the gallery.

Many congratulations to all the recent solvers! Hip hip hooray! Continued happy WTHAI hunting to everyone!
-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 11:39 PM

Congrats should also go to Mindmonkey for his answer "The Sextants of Beijing" in the Beijing Ancient Observatory puzzle. He was awarded points for his response.

We are still checking on the Super Pit Gold Mine puzzle.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 11:39 PM

OK, well, I was concerned that the Ladonia link might not work right. Undoubtedly that's why the WTHAI editor didn't use it. Anyway, you can copy and paste it the link into your browser. That will do the trick!

-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Wed, 4th Feb '09 9:26 AM

Katsei was also given credit for her Super Pit Gold Mine response. Congratulations!

katsei
Katsei  (Level: 86.9 - Posts: 1)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 11:14 PM

Very much appreciated, thank you!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 5th Feb '09 11:35 AM

HEY SPLOOFPEOPLE! Link doesn't work for the gas station.

Fun one, btw! When I found the picture, that Chevy gave me quite a rush - hope it's an omen.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 5th Feb '09 3:00 PM

We apologize for the malfunctioning link for the Amblers Texaco Gas Station Illinois WTHAI. Here is the link to Wikipedia that should have appeared: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambler's_Texaco_Gas_Station

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 5th Feb '09 3:22 PM

Now that I've got your attention, shouldn't I have been given credit for Francesca Cabrini?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Francesca_Cabrini

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 5th Feb '09 3:45 PM

Thank you, Smoke. I will bring that to the attention of the WTHAI administrators.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 5th Feb '09 3:49 PM

Thanks either way!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 6th Feb '09 9:59 AM

Yes, Smoke20 was given credit for her response of Francesca Cabrini. Congrats!!!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 6th Feb '09 10:26 AM

Smoke20 is a dead account. Could you give them to this account, please?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 6th Feb '09 4:51 PM

Taken care of Smoke!

Please note that the link for Børsen takes you to Hans van Steenwinckel (the architect) where you can click on another link to Børsen. Because of the "Ø" in Børsen, I couldn't link directly to the page and I couldn't find any other good web pages for a substitute. You can also get to the correct link here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B8rsen

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 6th Feb '09 5:09 PM

Thanks, Sploof, way cool!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Fri, 6th Feb '09 7:04 PM

Congratulations to Heavytopspin for winning three WhoTHAIs in a row - Marni Nixon, Jane Avril and Evelyn Waugh! Wow! Way to go! Congratulations to Smoke for her double WTHAI win yesterday, solving Amblers Texaco Gas Station Illinois and Frances Xavier Cabrini (sharing that win with Pepperdoc). Way to go, Smoke! Congratulations to Pepperdoc for winning a Who on two consecutive days and to Nelly for winning a Where on two consecutive days! Woo hoo! And kudos to Joee for winning three of the last 10 WhereTHAIs!

Happy WTHAI hunting to everyone!
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 7th Feb '09 9:12 AM

Thanks, Geri!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 7th Feb '09 1:03 PM

Please see this thread for some posts about solving strategies: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=134483&cID=7

And please feel free to post your strategies here, too! That's one of the things this thread is for.

-- Geri

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 7th Feb '09 2:42 PM

But in all reality, those strategies are about as effective as "duck and cover" or Wile E. Coyote holding up a parasol when a boulder is falling his way. My experience is either you are the one in 2000 people who knows what it is, or just wait till the one who does know shows up, then go on to the next puzzle.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 7th Feb '09 9:44 PM

I've also mentioned previously that occasionally there is a hint for you in the puzzle. That was the case in the Denver Library puzzle today. As Wikipedia points out in their photo caption, "The library interior includes an abstract panorama representing Denver and the nearby mountains."

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Sun, 8th Feb '09 7:14 AM

Since I recently posted a couple of near-misses that irritated me, how does this one rank.
I actualy went to see Marni Nixon last night (a day or two late, after her WTHAI was cracked) but the good news is that I probably would not have recognized her now.
Small consolation....
Barry

(She had a minor role in Music in the Air but got a bigger cheer than Kirstin Chenoweth)

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 10:54 PM

Hi everyone!

Thanks, Sploofusmaximus, for the link and solving tip! Barry, what a coincidence regarding Marni Nixon! Sorry you missed that puzzle.

So, this has been an interesting month. So far, we haven't had any WhoTHAI stumpers. Amy Sedaris appeared again -- she was a WTHAI back in August. And most of the links have worked and matched the puzzles beautifully. Let's give the editors a round of applause!

Congratulations to Larry (Larrybus) for solving a WTHAI on three consecutive days -- a Where and two WhoTHAIs. And congratulations to Pepperdoc for solving a WhoTHAI on two consecutive days. Woo hoo!

More in the next post,
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 11:17 PM

Hi again!

OK, I do have some links, so here they are along with some chips & guacamole:

1. JOE STRUMMER. The original Wiki link for him has already scrolled off, so here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Strummer

To see the photo the puzzle was based on, click here, and many thanks to Larry for sending me the link! http://snipurl.com/joestrummer

2. JOHN SAYLES. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/johnsayles

3. LUREEN NEWSOME TWIST. (Supporting character in the film "Brokeback Mountain.") Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/lureentwist

4. JODI PICOULT. Yep, you know what I'm gonna say -- click here: http://snipurl.com/jodipicoult

-- More in the next post --

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 11:19 PM

5. JENNIFER CARPENTER. Click here: http://snipurl.com/jenniferc

6. JEAN EUGENE ROBERT HOUDIN. The Sploofus link takes you to pbs.org, where there's lots of cool info! Click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Eug%C3%A8ne_Robert-Houdin

7. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The link to Wikipedia is good. The puzzle is still up as I write this, but for those of you who come in later, the photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Theodore Roosevelt as Badlands hunter in 1885. New York studio photo."

The editors have told us that they load images into the system way in advance, but what perfect timing to get a WTHAI of Roosevelt right around the time we're celebrating Washington, Lincoln and other presidents! Cool!

Congratulations to all the recent solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 12:33 AM

Hi again!

OK, here's some info on the WhereTHAIs:

1. ANITKABIR TURKEY. Click here to see the image used for the puzzle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anitkabir.LionsRoad.HB.jpg

That image came from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An%C4%B1tkabir

2. QUANTOCK HILLS ENGLAND. This was a stumper. The clue was "UK," and there were 212 incorrect guesses. The original link to Wikipedia has already scrolled off the page, so here it is again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantock_Hills The photo used was the one captioned "Beach at Quantock's Head. The wave cut platform is visible at low tide below the short 'cliff' exposing the rock strata."

3. DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY. This was also a stumper. According to Slicko, who solved it, there was no clue. Thanks, Slicko! There were 123 incorrect guesses. The photo used was the one already mentioned by Sploofusmaximus captioned "The library interior includes an abstract panorama representing Denver and the nearby mountains."

4. TIBETAN PARLIAMENT IN EXILE INDIA. And yet another stumper. This required two clues, "Government building" and "Asia," and there were 162 incorrect guesses.

5. LA RECOLETA CEMETERY ARGENTINA. To see the photo used for the puzzle, click here: http://snipurl.com/cemeteryargentina

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

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 11:46 PM

Congratulations to Jo (Joee) for her double WhereTHAI win today! Way to go!

Also, don't you think it's weird and uncanny that just yesterday, I mentioned that we hadn't had any WhoTHAI stumpers, and then we had one today? I think I just felt a tingle down my spine!

Anyway, the stumper was Amy Heckerling. I don't think a clue was ever provided, but Kate may be able to tell us more about that. There were 308 incorrect guesses. If you missed it, click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/heckerling

That's it for now! Happy WTHAI hunting!
-- Geri

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Fri, 13th Feb '09 8:01 AM

Shouldn't Jo (Joee) get the points for the WhereTHAI Jane Austen's House?

Andy.

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.4 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 13th Feb '09 9:12 AM

I would hope so!

Here are the guesses for Jane Austen's House:

Guess: Player:

1 Chawton Cottage Nellunatic1980
2 Jane Austen House museu... Joee
3 Chawton Joee
4 Alresford Joee
5 Chawton House Joee
6 Jane Austen's House Mus... Joee
7 Jane Austens House Joee
8 Jane Austens House Muse... Joee
9 london Super66
10 mel gibson's house Bozza
11 mary arden's house Dutchman
12 Anne Hathaway House Inyerface
13 milton abbey Chipsandgravy


BTW, Joee has gotten 5 of the last 6 WhereTHAIs, a fantastic performance!



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6056)
Fri, 13th Feb '09 2:11 PM

I sent in a ticket for Jo! Not sure about the results yet!

Marilyn...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 13th Feb '09 5:05 PM

I guess we're all looking out for Joee. I sent in one, too.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 13th Feb '09 6:02 PM

We've received several support tickets regarding Joee's guesses for Jane Austens House Chawton England. Thank you very much for looking out for your fellow Sploofus players! A WTHAI administrator will be taking care of it as soon as possible.

Additionally, we apologize for the malfunctioning link for that puzzle. Here is a link to the Wikipedia page for Chawton, which features Jane Austen's House: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chawton



Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 14th Feb '09 11:17 PM

Congrats to Joee who was given credit for her answer in the Jane Austen WhereTHAI. We apologize for the delay in giving out the extra credit and thank you for your patience.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 1:19 AM

Thanks for the information, Sploofusmaximus, and thanks for the link, Sploofunky!

And I echo Larry's earlier post -- many congratulations to Jo for winning several WhereTHAIs recently, including three in a row! Way to go!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 1:49 AM

Hi everyone! (waving)
OK, time for some more links:

1. PAUL KLEE. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.iatwm.com/200506/PaulKlee/ZPK002605AI.jpg

2. VERA PEZER. Well, it seems I may have jinxed the WTHAI by saying we hadn't had a stumper the other day. We ended up with one this past Wednesday and this one. There was at least one clue, possibly two. As I've mentioned, I've configured my software a certain way, and sometimes it doesn't pick up everything. Anyway, the one clue I do have recorded is "I am an athlete who has been inducted into more than one Hall of Fame." To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/verapezer

3. ISOBEL CAMPBELL. If you missed this one, you can click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://www.aversion.com/bands/isobelcampbell/images/110606_isobelcampbell_bonus.jpg

4. GAVIN NEWSOM. Here's another link: http://www.wegotbruce.com/weblog/images/artist_newsom.jpg

Congratulations to all the recent WhoTHAI solvers!
-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 2:08 AM

Hi again,
Did you miss me? Huh? Huh?

OK, let's skedaddle on to the WhereTHAIs:

1. HEIDELBERG CASTLE GERMANY. The official link for this might scroll off the page soon, so here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Castle The image used for the puzzle was the one on the page captioned "The castle in the early 19th century." It's quite a lovely painting.

2. ROSH HANIKRA ISRAEL. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RoshHanikra01_ST_07.JPG

3. JANE AUSTENS HOUSE CHAWTON ENGLAND. Here's a link to another Wikipedia page about the house:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen's_House_Museum

And click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.alresford.org/images/austen_house_600.jpg

Special thanks to Larry for sending me the link!

4. SECESSION HILL SOUTH CAROLINA. Well, this stumper was up for about 31 hours! Wow! My equipment caught two clues, "USA" and "Southern USA - Think Civil War." There were 526 incorrect guesses.

5. CHATEAU GAILLARD FRANCE. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chato_base10.jpg

Congratulations to all the recent WhereTHAI solvers! Until next time,
-- Geri

joee
Joee  (Level: 156.2 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 8:47 PM

Thanks Sploofusmaximus, Marilyn, Pepper, Larry, Achad, Geri!

Just got very nervous about putting in "Temple of Literature" after my encounter with Jane. But it worked! Pheeww!!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 1:26 AM

Congratulations to Gary (Slicko) for his double WhoTHAI win today! Way to go! Woo hoo!

One of the puzzles he solved was Andre Rieu. This is the second time the Dutch violinist, conductor and composer has appeared in a WhoTHAI since 2.0 became available to everyone. He last visited the Island in August. We've had a few repeat visitors lately. So, all you WTHAI hunters, be sure to memorize those faces, as you'll never know when a famous person will reappear!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 8:33 AM

Hi everyone!
Wow, it's been nearly a week since I last posted links! You can all hit me with a wet noodle! Speaking of noodles, who's up for some morning ramen? No? How about some macaroni and cheese? Too heavy for breakfast? Hmmmmmm. OK, tea and crumpets it is, then.

I've got a bunch of links for you, most of them sent to me by one of our extraordinary WTHAI solvers, Larry. Thank you, Larry!

OK, let's get started with the WhoTHAIs:

1. CHARLES VAN DOREN. This was a stumper. According to the solver, there was no clue. There were 217 incorrect guesses. This one was solved last Sunday, so the link to Wikipedia has scrolled off the page. So, here's the Wiki link again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Van_Doren

And click here to see what the actual puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/charlesvandoren

2. JANICE. The link to Wikipedia for her will likely scroll off soon, so here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janice_vidal
The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Janice (right) posing next to her own wax figure (left)."

3. BOBBY SHERMAN. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.born-today.com/btpix/sherman_bobby.jpg

-- More in the next post --


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 8:35 AM

OK, well, not sure why that link to Charles Van Doren doesn't work, but here's another one:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/record/archives/vol20/vol20_iss4/record2004.16c.gif

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 8:46 AM

4. ANDRE RIEU. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.instantriverside.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/andre1113.jpg

5. NOEL COWARD. You know what to do, right? Click here: http://snipurl.com/noelcoward

6. DENG YAPING. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/dengyaping

7. STEPHIN MERRITT. Click here for a source photo: http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mateog/mag1.jpg

8. VENDELA VIDA. Clickety click click -- http://www.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2003/07/13/cm_vendela.jpg

9. PENNY HARDAWAY. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://www.theonion.com/content/files/images/Anfernee-Hardaway.jpg

I've been pretty busy lately, so once again I'd like to thank Larry for all his help. WhereTHAI links will come later. Congratulations to all the recent WhoTHAI solvers!
-- Geri



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 12:05 AM

Well, I'm late with some congratulatory messages, but they're still sincere. Congratulations to Marilyn (Uclonewolf3) for her double WhereTHAI win on Sunday! She solved the Umeda Sky Building Japan and Casa Del Moral Peru puzzles. Woo hoo!

Congratulations also to a fairly new player, Susyq, for solving a WhoTHAI on two consecutive days! Way to go!

Links coming right up!
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 12:46 AM

Hi all!

OK, time for some more links:

1. WILHELM MARX. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://www.dhm.de/lemo/objekte/pict/marxbio/index.jpg

2. JOHNNY DEPP. I never would have recognized him. The photo was very tightly cropped so that you couldn't see much more than his eyes. Here's what the puzzle looked like, in case you missed it: http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/9223/52johnnydepp.jpg

3. ANA LAYEVSKA This was a stumper. I'm not sure if there was a clue provided. If anyone knows, please feel free to add the info! There were 251 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://fan2telenovelas.f.a.pic.centerblog.net/45lezngx.jpg

4. PHILIPPE PETIT. Click, click: http://snipurl.com/philippepetit2

Interestingly, this puzzle appeared in the evening when the Academy Awards show was on, and "Man On Wire" won for Best Documentary Feature.

5. SIOUXSIE. Ding! Ding! Ding! This was one of those very rare occasions when the puzzle was solved without any tiles being revealed! There were only 2 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.zigzaglive.com/live/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/Siouxsie%20Sioux1.jpg

-- More in the next post --

-- Geri


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 1:03 AM

6. BIG NOSE KATE. This was yet another stumper. The clue was "Wild West figure," and there were 253 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://members.fortunecity.com/tokenguy/tokentales/bigkate.jpg

7. MAUD HART LOVELACE. And yet another stumper. There were two clues -- "Author", then "American author" and 442 incorrect guesses. The photo on the Wikipedia page for her matches the puzzle.

8. GENA ROWLANDS. Yes, three stumpers in a row! The clue was "American Academy Award-nominated actress," and there were a whopping 582 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://www.sheilaomalley.com/Rowlands_4.JPG

Many many thanks to Larry again who took the time to track down a lot of these links!

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

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 8:24 AM

Congratulations to Joee for her double WTHAI win this morning, solving Perttu Kivilaakso and Verona Arena Italy. Way to go! Woo hoo!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 1:12 AM

Hi everyone!
Well, even though March is already here, I want to finish up February for those of you who might have missed some of the puzzles. I neglected WhereTHAI links for awhile. Sorry about that. So, here they are:

1. TEMPLE OF LITERATURE VIETNAM. The official link provided took you to Wikipedia. Here's that link again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Literature The photo used was the one captioned "Turtle Steles with the names of those successful at the imperial exams."

2. TOWER OF FORNELLS SPAIN. This was a stumper. According to the solver, there was no clue. There were 95 incorrect guesses. The Sploofus link took you to Wikipedia, and the photo there matched the puzzle.

3. MONUMENT TO THE PEOPLES HEROES SHANGHAI CHINA. Here was the original link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangpu_Park

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/shanghaimonument
I'm hoping that link will work. If not, you can copy and paste the following into the address bar of your browser:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_the_People%27s_Heroes_(Shanghai)

4. INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. The original link to Wikipedia was good. Here it is again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indianapolis_Motor_Speedway The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "The Pagoda (the master control tower)."

-- More in the next post --

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 1:24 AM

5. SUTRO BATHS SAN FRANCISCO. This was a stumper. No known clue. 197 incorrect guesses. The official link took you to Wikipedia. Here's that again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutro_Baths

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/sutrobaths

6. KALMAR CASTLE. The official link was good, taking you to Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmar_Castle
The photo used for the puzzle was the first one in the gallery.

7. CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI BRAZIL. The official link took you to this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Francis_of_Assisi

Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IgrejaPampulha.jpg

8. PEACE ARCH CANADA UNITED STATES BORDER. The official link took you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Arch

Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peacearch-canadaside.jpg

9. SURABAYA ZOO INDONESIA. The official link to Wikipedia was good -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surabaya

The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Fighting Sura (shark) and Baya (crocodile), the icon of Surabaya."

-- More in the next post --

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 1:39 AM

10. SETE FONTES PORTUGAL. This was quite a stumper. There were two clues -- "Southwestern Europe" with "Engineering Feat" added on to that. 228 incorrect guesses. Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/setefontes

11. EGLISE DE LA MADELEINE FRANCE. The official link took you here: http://www.pariserve.tm.fr/English/paris/Opera/madeleine.htm

Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89glise_de_la_Madeleine

12. CHURFIRSTEN SWITZERLAND. This was a stumper. The clue was "Europe," and there were 357 incorrect guesses.

13. PEROS BRIDGE ENGLAND. The official link took you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Harbour

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pero%27s_Bridge

14. CARRICK A REDE ROPE BRIDGE NORTHERN IRELAND. The official link took you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballintoy

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carrick-a-Rede_Rope_Bridge_2.jpg

15. BEBELPLATZ GERMANY. The official link was good, taking you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bebelplatz

The photo used for the puzzle was the one captioned "Monument to the May 10, 1933 Book burning."

-- More in the next post --

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 1:53 AM

16. OLD STATE BANK ALABAMA. The official link took you here:
http://www.digitaldecatur.com/play/attractions/oldstatebank.html

Click here to see what the puzzle looked like: http://snipurl.com/oldstatebank

17. CASTLE POINT NEW JERSEY. The official link was good, taking you to Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_Institute_of_Technology

To see what the puzzle looked like, scroll down to the photo captioned "The gatehouse at Stevens Institute of Technology."

18. IGLESIA DE LA MATRIZ CHILE. This was a stumper. The clue was South America, and there were 151 incorrect guesses.

19. DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS CATHEDRAL BULGARIA. This was a stumper. The clue was "Somewhere in southeastern Europe ..." and there were 103 incorrect guesses. The official link for this one hasn't scrolled off yet, fortunately. To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dormition_of_the_Theotokos_Cathedral,_Varna

Thanks once again to Larry who helped track down many of these links!

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


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4188)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 2:11 AM

Hi again!
OK, here's the last of the WhoTHAI stuff for February:

1. SANFORD B DOLE. This was a stumper. The clue was "Politician," and there were 275 incorrect guesses. The official link took you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_B._Dole

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://www.pacificworlds.com/nuuanu/memories/images/dole.jpg

2. HEATHER CROWE. This was another stumper. There were two clues -- "Canadian" and then "activist" added onto that. 245 incorrect guesses. The official link took you here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Crowe

To see what the puzzle looked like, click here: http://snipurl.com/hcrowe

OK, that's it! Whew! Huff, puff! Anyway ... many congratulations to all the winners in February!
-- Geri

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 2nd Mar '09 8:10 AM

"Whew" is right! Great job, Geri!!


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