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Jordi  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 3)
Wed, 13th Jan '10 9:12 AM


Hello to all my Sploofus bredren,

OK so here's the deal... I love Sploofus and especially enjoy checking out the Who/Where the Heck Am I's on a daily basis and have even guessed six or seven of them since they begun a year or so ago, but I would like to know if anyone has, or rather would like to share, their tips and techniques for getting better at solving these puzzles. Surely Larrybus hasn't travelled to every single nook and cranny on Earth, and surely Joee isn't familiar with every single historical figure since the dawn of mankind, so how do these two manage to "guess" three, four, or even five in a row? I use these two as examples because they do stand out, but there are others out there with great success rates as well (Kateatebate, Smoke and Uclonewolf all spring to mind), so please guys, what is the trick? There has to be more to it than just trawling through Google search results for 35 hours a day! Someone once suggested to me to look in the URL of the picture, but to this point that has proven anything but useful. So from one Sploofus lover to the rest, please spill the beans!


Kimoira  (Level: 198.3 - Posts: 1189)
Wed, 20th Jan '10 4:09 PM

The URL to the picture is Sploofus, The creator of this puzzle wouldn't copy the link from a website and leave it there unless they wanted it solved in a minute or two!

The one or two I've gotten were either instant recognition, or I had an inkling where to look. That hasn't happened in a long time and lately the pics have been so out-there that I don't bother because it would take a full day of googling!

Scrabq  (Level: 76.7 - Posts: 167)
Sun, 21st Feb '10 6:08 AM

Response to Felix - WordPuzzles are OK - but it's really not worth busting a gut trying to solve them and be in the top ten. I did it once. 1000 points is what it got me.

But if you want boring, then the WordRounds and WordMatches take the cake there. There are errors, typos, the easy ones are laughably easy and the hard ones are "What the....?" I put in a support ticket about them, but apparently the whole series was bought as a done thing, and nobody can make any changes. We just to have to accept them in their very imperfect state.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 21st Feb '10 8:08 AM

I've been obssessed by just about every game here until I figured out my own limit, after that I sort of drift away. Never cared much about points. I'm pretty good at everything but not the best at anything - story of my life.

WTHs are still holding my interest so far, and I spend hours sometimes, looking at churches or monoliths or jazz musicians or cowboys. My two main sources are Google Images and Wiki Commons. I try to get visual clues from the exposed squares (gender, time period, image medium, architectural style, foliage type, is it a screen shot or a silk screen? A bronze sculpture or stone? Is that water or snow?) Then I try various descriptive search parameters: crenellated tower/stone keep/medieval fort; skunk stripes in hair/white streaks in hair/dyed black and white hair - any combination that describes some aspect of what I think I see, phrases I'd use to describe the place or person or some detail of the image. The house I got yesterday just looked to me like Massachusetts, so I looked in Wiki Commons at "Houses in Massachusetts." As expected, that was broken up into subcategories of counties and towns, and totally at random I clicked on Houses in the Berkshires, and YAHTZEE! Pure luck. I could just as easily spent three hours looking at houses in Maine or Pennsylvania if someone hadn't guessed Kennedy Compound and made me think "yeah, it sorta looks like Massachusetts."

Some I recognize right away - some, not so much Some is educated guessing, a lot of it is luck and the rest is pigheaded refusal to give up. Right now it's by far the most fun I'm having here.

Good hunting to you!

Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Fri, 26th Feb '10 6:33 AM

Man I thought i was the only one that spends hrs of searching!hahahahah
But it would be nice if every now & then there would be someone from the 80s decade pertainig to music on there! Ill keep on wishin & hopin

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 23rd Mar '10 12:56 PM

Thanks for that info, Smoke. I've never tried Wiki Commons before. Definitely will give that a shot.

I've only won one WTH once, and it was just a case of my husband walking in the room and saying, "Hey, that looks like George Carlin."

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6609)
Fri, 2nd Apr '10 7:36 AM

wiki commons?
News to me too!
Thanks smoke --another few work hours down the drain!!


Bluegardenia  (Level: 48.3 - Posts: 31)
Sun, 18th Apr '10 3:39 PM

When I first came to Sploofus I loved to try doing the Who Am I? It didn't take me long to learn I didn't stand a chance in hell.
I did get it ONE time and it was a case of instant recognition. These pictures are so far out there it's not funny. I have spent hours trying to get them and haven't even come close. So now I've just given up. Same with the word puzzles etc. And now I'm on the verge of giving up altogether as I'm sick and tired of Sploofus quesiton of the day crashing on me, or taking me to the site I answer the question and it just sits there then kicks me out. Sick of it. Especially seeing as I'm paying for it!!! Not sure if I'll renew next time....I'm just not getting much for the money.

Joee  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 19th Apr '10 7:20 PM

My one piece of advice is to learn how to navigate your way around wikipedia. First you need to recognize that it's a church or a mountain or a monument or a house or a monastery or a theatre or a government building or a skyscraper or a lake or a museum or a lighthouse or a mill or a wall or a gate or a garden or a memorial or a clock tower or an observatory or a museum or a stained glass window or a sculpture or a castle or a train station or a mosaic. Then you need to recognize which part of the world it's in. Then you need patience because you will need to open many pages along the way.

Here's how I found "Mona Lisa Of The Galilee".
Look up "Mosaic" in wikipedia.
Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Click on "Mosaic"
4th entry down click on mosaics
Click on Tzippori

Of course, most of them are not that easy.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 19th Apr '10 8:02 PM

But boy, is it a rush when you find something you've been looking all over the world for, for 6 hours or more! Makes my heart beat fast and my hands shake for half an hour sometimes.

Joee  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 255)
Thu, 22nd Apr '10 8:18 PM

How I found Marble Hill, South Australia....

Look up "ruins" in Wikipedia
Scroll to the bottom of the page
Click on "ruins" or any of the other links that you feel might be relevant (it wasn't to be found here...not by me at least)
Try Wikimedia Commons. The link is at the bottom right of the page.
Click on "Ruins by country"
Take you pick!

(Keep in mind that it might not be here before you decide to search through THOUSANDS of pages)

Joee  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 255)
Mon, 3rd May '10 6:52 PM

I found the city gates at Loja, Ecuador about a half hour ago but I thought I'd wait a while in case someone else found it too, since I thought it was quite easy and I don't want any more hate mail.

I googled "city gates"....not too difficult....took about 2 minutes.

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