Posted on Nov 27, 2007
ok everyone all kinds of stuff is new and changing so bear with us!
(sorry bout no caps. bad back and typing with one hand and supporting back with other)
starting at 7 pst tonight we’re publishing a puzzle every hour for 24 hours. we’ll draw a winner from among the people who solve all 24. this winner will get a nintendo wii.
new points system.
points are now only available through doing daily fun stuff. you used to get lots of points for buying stuff, which made the meaning of the leader board a bit fuzzy. everyone gets to keep all their points. From now on puzzle solving will be worth more points. regular puzzle solvers will overtake regular buyers pretty quickly and the idea is that your total number of points will reflect your daily fun accomplishment.
We have a new system to reward quick solves. For every puzzle you get a bonus if you’re one of the top 100 solvers. this bonus is 101 minus n where n is your solve rank. first to solve gets 100 bonus etc.
having your puzzle featured is worth 150 per puzzle and 300 per hypercross.
we should probably make the puzzle authors ineligible for this bonus but i don’t think we have yet. so authors please don’t answer your own puzzles for a while.
i hope this will make the leader board a bit more meaningful after a while.
we know the new hypercross interface is bad. having to scroll down to see the images is awful. we’ll get that fixed.
probably forgetting a bunch of stuff but ok for now. gotta go choose 24 puzzles.
if you have some great unpublished ones email me at firstname.lastname@example.org including your tanga name and puzzle description.
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
This evening, sometime after 10:00 p.m. PST, TangaJoe and TangaJordan will be taking down this web site to do a long awaited, and awesome new upgrade which we’ve dubbed Tanga 2.0! In it, you will find even more puzzles to solve, ways to connect and play with your friends, daily contests for awesome free product and much, much more.
We would like to thank all of our Super Tanga Users (STUs) in helping us beta test the new site – we couldn’t have done it without you!
If all goes well, tomorrow morning you will see a brand new Tanga with lots of changes – we hope you like it! Then check back at 7:00 p.m. for a 24-hour Puzzlethon and our first Bottom Feeder contest. Nintendo Wiis will be given out to the winners…
Posted on Nov 21, 2007
Tanga will be closed from November 22nd until November 26th when we all return to work after getting fat eating lots of turkey and potatoes. No shipping will take place during this time so we’ll have a busy Monday and Tuesday. We will be checking Tangagrams and Email however!
There will always be product for sale 24/7 so this is just shipping and being here at the office. We need to give TangaJen and TangaJoe a break!
Posted on Nov 19, 2007
So my curiosity was piqued and I started to read The Pillars of the Earth after reading all the glowing reviews on Amazon. I have to say that it is probably one of the most fascinating books I have ever read and I can’t wait to finish it and start reading the sequel that just came out last week!
What are you reading right now and what do you recommend?
Posted on Nov 19, 2007
Posted on Nov 2, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. How about another Metacross? This weeks puzzle is actually an unedited submission to me from fellow Tanganite thedude. There are a few variant spellings and a few places where Wikipedia will be your friend, but overall itâs a solid puzzle. If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues. In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to Verve640@AOL.com. This week the prizes are as follows:
1st – 10 TP
2nd – 6 TP
3rd – 4 TP
Please hold, I-L connect you…
1. Breakout maker
11. Mil. rank sporting two chevrons
14. Hunting player
15. Railroad horn blower of song
16. They sometimes give you gas (abbr.)
17. âIâm not being serious.â
19. Wrestling medium
21. River in Congo
22. You can count on them
26. Just above middle C
27. Controversial 90âs sitcom
28. Olympic symbol composition
31. âThat smarts!â
32. Heihachi Mishimaâs grandson
36. Trinityâs prodigal charge
37. Some geeks run this to get them dates
38. Chin attachment?
39. Something to sit on
41. Netsâ star who went to UC Berkeley
44. Firemanâs tool
45. Trick alternative
46. Lasting condom brand
47. Unit of flights
50. Malcolm Reynoldsâ ship
53. Thereâs 760 of these in an atmosphere
54. Frequent Japanese alternative to spaghetti sauce
56. Palindromic dam
57. Their code begins with, âThere is no emotion; there is peace.â
62. Article for Adolf
63. A friend in France
64. He played Batmanâs butler
65. Child advocacy org.
66. âI apologize, Daniel-san.â
67. Reznor of NIN fame
1. Descriptive wd.
2. It represented 300 in Sparta
3. Morning hrs.
5. Part of a print head
6. Comedian Izzard
8. Pres. Clinton briefly studied politics here
9. Glass sheet
10. Anabolic steroid banned in 2003 (abbr.)
11. Cigarette brand with an eponymous mascot
12. Hot newscaster Zahn
13. â____ swingeâ: 1985 hit song by Norwegian duo Bobbysocks
18. April event org.
21. FDNY union
22. Dystopian sci-fi cartoon character once played by Charlize
23. Avian-sounding name of an interactive Java development environment
24. Foil maker
25. Helpful hacker profession (abbr.)
26. Bull end?
29. Signed off on
30. Type of insurance from which soc. sec. originates
32. Plain ____
33. Frequent Gilbert & Sullivan actress, ____ Palmay
34. New Zealand is called Aotearoa in this language
37. Letters in the mail (abbr.)
40. 2000 gangster movie, â____ Beastâ
43. âThe babyâs coming!â
44. Attila was one
46. Represent by drawing
47. Like the Grand Canyon
49. Center of certain football games
51. Philadelphia sports radio personality, dubbed âThe King of Blingâ, Howard
52. Start of DMC
54. Vegas game with a lot of balls
55. Round, red-wax-covered cheese
57. Large climbing hold
58. Long-nosed fish
59. You may do this if you have to go really badly?
60. Erstwhile country music chann. that is now SpikeTV
61. Egyptian god with aardvark/jackal head
Posted on Oct 29, 2007
You will be happy to know that we do not have any more Mother the Board Game in stock!
Posted on Oct 28, 2007
Hey STUs – Can you let us know what you would like to see for STU only deals in the future? What types of products would you like to see or what type of specific deals would you like to see? We will try our best to accomodate you!
Posted on Oct 26, 2007
Hello all of our loyal, lovable and squishy Tanganites!
TangaJoe and the rest of the Tanga Elves are very busy trying to get ready for our launch of Tanga 2.0. It’s coming very soon and we are super excited about all the neat and fun changes we are making to the site. I think you will all be pleased…
One of the changes we are making, we wanted to do immediately. And that is that we are going to be offering our Tangathon model of selling all the time. No more one deal every 24 hours! We wanted to do this for a variety of reasons:
1) We really enjoy taking more of your money, more often
2) It will allow us to offer you a wider variety of products
3) It gives you more buying options when shopping at Tanga
4) We think it’s a heckuva lot more fun!
So starting today, we are going to be running the Tangathon into eternity and beyond. We may stop it at some point in the future to mix things up a bit with different ways of purchasing so stay glued to your computer monitor with one hand on the mouse and another hand on your wallet!
Now, because of this, we may leave some products up longer than others depending on availability, quantity, if we are snug in our beds, etc.
Let us know what you think!
Posted on Oct 23, 2007
Good evening, folks. I regret to inform you all that this will be my last Tanga Times for a while. I hope to make this a temporary retirement because Iâve still got a few ideas for my little patch of Tanga, but as it stands now the people around me have grown tired of my incessant puns and my coworkers are sick of trying to decipher my rebus emails. I think I need a break.
Speaking of rebuses, letâs have another contest for old timesâ sake. Iâm a week early, but I thought weâd have a Halloween themed contest. Submit your best rebuses for monsters, horror movie villains, and other creepy creatures. Obligatory example (stretching required!):
In case you need inspiration, here is a list of monsters.
You can check out last weekâs winner here and the two runners up here and here. Please use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Prizes are the same as always: 10 points to the winner and two 5 point runners up. Submit as many entries as you like, but you can only win one prize. To submit an image, first make a post. An âupload imageâ link will then appear on your post. The deadline for submissions is 24 hours from now. Have fun!
TangaMonkey’s Note: Thanks to Robrizob for entertaining us the past couple of months! Pretty soon, we will have on our web site, a new category of puzzles for you Rebus makers. We will be announcing it soon, so get all of your great Rebus puzzles ready to go and also, you are more than welcome to post the ones you have already made! Thanks for all of your continuing support!
Posted on Oct 21, 2007
Following in Robrizob’s footsteps, lets have a rebus contest – but with a twist. Create a rebus for a fellow Tanganite.
For an example, check out Spamwise’s profile:
As usual, make sure the filename is the answer/user to the rebus. 10 Tanga Points to the best rebus, 7 Tanga Points to second best, 3 Tanga Points to the third best. Judging will take place in 24 hours.
PS. This is just silly… but fun: Kenya
Posted on Oct 20, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. Iâm taking a small break from Metacrosses this week to visit a puzzle format that should be familiar to everyone. If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues. In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to Verve640@AOL.com. This week the prizes are as follows:
1st – 10 TP
2nd – 6 TP
3rd – 4 TP
Obligatory warm-up video:
No one’s looking, don’t hold back…
Posted on Oct 16, 2007
44 used to be the record for rebus contest entries, but we broke that last week with a whopping 52 entries! You can see threehojos winning entry here and the two runner-up entries from Apparatus and Murdoctor. What say we try to break sixty this week? Itâll be tough, since the highly productive Apparatus is guest judge this week. Maybe an especially fruitful subject, one fraught with rivalry and emotion, will help us in our quest: How about sports teams? Any team from any sport is fair game, and you can include the city name if you prefer. Obligatory example:
Please use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Prizes are the same as always: 10 points to the winner and two 5 point runners up. Submit as many entries as you like, but you can only win one prize. To submit an image, first make a post. An âupload imageâ link will then appear on your post. The deadline for submissions is 24 hours from now. Have fun!
Thanks to Philana for suggesting this week and last weekâs theme! Oh, and will someone please get me the world’s greatest puzzle for Christmas?
Posted on Oct 14, 2007
I love searching for odd and/or interesting things on the internet. In fact, it was how I found Tanga puzzles! A great website for finding odd or interesting things on the internet is StumbleUpon.com
This week’s Tanga Points go a poet. Post a link to something odd and/or interesting you have found on the internet and then write a haiku about it. This week’s guest judge is Robrizob. The author of the winning Haiku will receive 10 points with two 5 point runnerups. You may post as many haiku/links that you desire. Judging will take place in 24 hours.
Odd sites I may find
Beyond Google I look to
Stumble upon It
Posted on Oct 13, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. Letâs hope that everyone has bought some Listerine since last week and is salivating for another âMetacrossâ (it appears that this word already exists, but I think Iâm the first to apply this definition to it). You might even get a chuckle out of this one, weâll see… If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues. In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to Verve640@AOL.com. This week the prizes are as follows:
1st – 10 TP
2nd – 6 TP
3rd – 4 TP
Hereâs an intro song for everyone:
This one Styx with you…
1. Univ. recruiter
5. Thunderous noise
9. Oklahoma city
14. It can be major or minor
15. Cranial ring
16. Singer Hayes
18. Knowing, as a secret
20. By a bit of serendipity
23. Lennon’s lady
24. Morales of NYPD Blue
30. Capricorn or Cancer
32. G8 member
33. Indian leaders
42. Mideast title
44. Strict herbivores
46. Fund-raising grp.
51. It often precedes quo
55. Rolodex no.
56. Hidden entity in each of 11-Down, 20-Across, and 29-Down
62. October stones
65. Cowboy Aikman
66. Lofty home
67. Hindu princess
69. Incite evil
70. Receives a bill
1. Comic bark
2. Dessert sandwich
3. Winter Palace ruler
4. OPEC, for one
5. High-quality porcelain
6. Hawaii’s ‘Pineapple Island’
7. “Thanks ___!”
8. Corn cake
11. Shelters for families like the Joads
12. It’ll make you sweat
13. Follow, as a tip
21. Tech support caller
22. Begin to untie
26. A blank one can be wild
28. Oceanic volcano creation
29. Groundless warning
31. Mother of Zeus
35. Director Schumacher
37. Religious ceremony
38. “Doggone it!”
40. Leave in
48. Reddish brown
51. Brown ermine
52. Home of skins
54. Shield of Zeus
57. Retro do
59. River to the Caspian
60. Mineral aggregate
61. Potato buds
Posted on Oct 11, 2007
Hello, everyone! This is my first Tanga Times!
Before getting into the “audience participation” part of the show, we have some obligatory time-wasters:
Ok, today’s theme is “The Story of the Moral”. Think of a famous moral, proverb, or saying… and then write a (very) short story about it, posting it here in a comment with the “moral of the story”. Here are a few examples:
Mick Jagger joined my fantasy football league, but he refused to draft Randy Moss or Santana Moss. The moral of the story? A Rolling Stone gathers no Moss.
My buddy was thirsty, so I gave him a Mountain Dew; hopefully, he’ll return the favor someday. The moral of the story? Dew unto others, as you would have them Dew unto you.
As a sports agent, I’d heard about these two tribesmen from the African wilderness with amazing jumping and throwing skills, but it would have cost me too much to go recruit them, and I’d have had to give up my contract with Larry Bird to do so. The moral of the story? A Bird in the hands is worth two in the Bush.
I will be the judge, granting 10TP for the best/funniest/cleverest story, and 5TP apiece for 2 runners-up.
Posted on Oct 9, 2007
Last weekâs rebus contest had the biggest turnout yet with 44 entries! The quality of entries was high and the decision was tough, but Murdoctor came out on top with this highly amusing entry. Apparatus and BigSlick took the two runner-up spots for this one and this one, respectively. Excellent work everyone.
This week, letâs do car makes and/or models. Obligatory example:
Please use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Prizes are the same as always: 10 points to the winner and two 5 point runners up. This weekâs guest judge is my coworker Shirlene. Submit as many entries as you like, but you can only win one prize. To submit an image, first make a post. An âupload imageâ link will then appear on your post. The deadline for submissions is 24 hours from now. Have fun!
P.S. I am running out of friends and family. If anyone would like to be a guest judge for future rebus contests, shoot me an email at email@example.com. Sorry, thereâs no payment except whatever enjoyment you derive from helping to judge. The only qualifications are that you must have solved at least 25 one word warm ups/wonders and have attained the lofty Tanga fruit status of lemon. Thanks!
Posted on Oct 8, 2007
I know I promised lateral thinking as the topic for tonight but it was actually becoming more than one Tanga Times can handle so I’ve decided to hold off and spread it out over the next two issues instead since I’m going on vacation next week so I need to submit two next week to cover for my absence.
So tonight let’s just keep it simple:
This game is called Line-Rider. Here is the classic version.
And a video of someone who has either mastered or hacked the game:
As usual, the first challenge will be FTP (first-to-post) and the second will be a random drawing where you have the chance to enter anytime between now and when robrizob’s Tuesday Tanga Times posts. You enter by emailing your answer to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘#’1 (FTP = 10 points)
What can be put in a pitcher so that it is lighter than when it is filled with air?
‘#’2 (Random Drawing = 10 points) Send answer to: email@example.com
What comes next in this sequence: elgnairt, erauqs, nogatnep, nogaxeh, nogatpeh, ?
Posted on Oct 8, 2007
Post a limerick on the topic of TangaMonkey. The best limerick will be decided by Apparatus in 24 hours. The winner gets 13 Tanga Points. There is no second place. You may submit as many limmericks as you wish.
The following are a few fun little games I found amusing:
Aoccdrnig to rseearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.
Tihs has been pessad aournd the ietnrent plteny, but I stlil fnid it an iteintnersg fetarue of the hamun mnid.
Posted on Oct 6, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. I hope everyone enjoyed the crossword from last week, because as we know: Hope Floats. This week is another round of crossword mayhem that shouldnât take a big bite out of your weekend. If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues. In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to Verve640@AOL.com. This week the prizes are as follows:
1st – 10 TP
2nd – 6 TP
3rd – 4 TP
A bit of Rossini to get the brain ready for action:
I wonât Tell if you wonât…
1. Shooter’s projectiles
9. Laughter components
16. Victor Vasarely specialty
17. Greek Cupid
19. Lizard’s insurance?
20. Trivia magazine since 2001
23. Ticket stub info
24. It is usually trusty
25. Get clean
27. Lincoln’s spouse
30. Madre and Nevada, e.g.
33. Clinches, with “up”
36. Wade adversary
39. Utmost degree
40. Bit of trivia
42. Dead, e.g.
43. Charitable org. that funds African children and mothers
45. “This is ___”
47. Soft, sheer fabric
49. S-shaped molding
51. Taken in Calories
52. Like Gatsby
56. Serrated blade
58. Puzzle theme
62. Poetry Muse
64. Actor Bridges
65. Flood boats?
66. Amber, at one time
67. Euro predecessor
68. Cheerful air
69. Volcano emissions
70. Home of “SportsCenter”
1. Versifier’s creations
2. “Snowy” bird
4. Parts of sonnets
5. Minotaur head type
6. Valley girl’s “Not likely”
8. Dropped pop flies in MLB
9. Large cask for beer or ale
10. Gorilla or chimpanzee, e.g.
11. Stylist’s accessory
12. Arena for the Kings
13. Put in the hold
22. French fishing?
26. Singer Garfunkel
28. Cyclist in the Tour de France, at times
29. Head dwarf of the seven
31. 51, famously
32. Where to find stitching
33. Brush off
34. Volcano goddess
35. Paint used by Tom Sawyer
37. And on and on
41. Beatle bride
44. Spy org.
46. Heroes and 24, e.g.
50. Easter treasure
54. It can be twisted
57. Half-brother of Athena
59. Fragrant necklaces
60. Belabor, with ‘on’
61. Chinese dollar
63. Formal requirement
Posted on Oct 4, 2007
“Alcohol, my permanent accessory
Alcohol, a party-time necessity
Alchool, alternative to feeling like yourself
O alcohol, I still drink to your health”
- Alcohol by Barenaked Ladies
This week’s quiz game is a tribute to that wonder of wonders, alcohol. I’ve got 5 alcohol-related questions for you. First person to post the answers to all 5 here correctly wins the points. By the way, the points for my last quiz are still up for grabs. I guess we don’t have as many TV geeks here as I imagined. Let’s hope there’s a few more folks that enjoy a tip of the wrist.
1. By Act of Congress, what is the official alcoholic beverage of the United States?
2. What well known phrase comes from the serving sizes of British ales?
3. What well-known fictional character first introduced a drink that begins by taking the juice from one bottle of that Ol’ Janx Spirit?
4. What author created the following drink recipie and where did it first appear: Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.
5. What TV character considers beer to be “the cause of and solution to all the world’s problems?”
There you go folks! Enjoy a cold one while you ponder these and I’ll be back next week!
Posted on Oct 3, 2007
Hola, this is pcox82 coming at you with my very first, very own Tanga Times! Hooray! Let me start out by saying thanks for the opportunity to write. Now letâs get down to business and try something different. Iâve noticed there are some pretty good photoshoppers at this site, so letâs put some of those skills to the test and make a contest out of it. Here, only robrizob knows I am an avid Heroes fan. I love that show, so letâs start with this picture:
You know, it seems like thereâs something missing for these so-called âheroesâ â¦ costumes! Photoshop this gang to look like real heroes, no limits, take it as far as you want. I will be judging these. 1st gets 10 points, 2nd and 3rd get 5 apiece. Have fun and good luck!
Posted on Oct 3, 2007
Congratulations to pyrok and dsmeyer for winning our Tanga t-Shirt design contest. While neither came up with exactly what we went for in our design, both came up with ideas that led us to that design! So we’ll be sending them out 2 free t-shirts as well as giving them 500 Tanga Points each! Congratulations…
Posted on Oct 2, 2007
Last week we had a great turnout for the weekly rebus contest with 34 entries total. It was a tough decision, but Philana regained the rebus crown from Apparatus for this rebus. DrParty06 and Apparatus took the two runner-up prizes for this one and this one respectively. Let me preemptively deny that the presence of Jessica Alba in Apparatusâs rebus swayed the judges towards his entry ;-) Well done everyone!
This weekâs contest theme is comic and cartoon characters. Any character or group of characters from a comic book, comic strip, or animated cartoon is fair game. Obligatory example:
Please use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Prizes are the same as always: 10 points to the winner and two 5 point runners up. This weekâs guest judge is my sister Sarah. Submit as many entries as you like, but you can only win one prize. To submit an image, first make a post. An âupload imageâ link will then appear on your post. The deadline for submissions is 24 hours from now. Have fun!
Posted on Oct 1, 2007
I can’t believe Autumn has already arrived and the first day of October is already here! Time to start thinking about some Halloween-themed puzzles! Does anybody have a clever costume they plan to wear?
Well, I promised a link to a more online-based logic puzzle site and I’m delivering.
And this is another Flash-based one that is a ""Cross the River" type of puzzle.":http://www.robmathiowetz.com/
“This is a link for an “online Louis Carrol exhibit.”":http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/online/carroll/lc6.html One section is about the logic puzzles he attempted to create and perfect. I thought it was kind of interesting.
As usual, the first challenge will be FTP (first-to-post) and the second will be a random drawing where you have the chance to enter anytime between now and when robrizob’s Tuesday Tanga Times posts. You enter by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- (FTP = 10 points)
A farmer is returning from the market where he bought a goat, a wolf, and cabbage. To get home he must cross a river but his boat only allows him to take one of the three at a time. He can’t leave the goat and the cabbage together (because the goat would eat it) and he can’t leave the goat with the wolf (because the goat would be eaten). How can the farmer get everything to the other side safely?
- (Random Drawing = 10 points) Send answer to: email@example.com
A family of Lygophobics wants to get through a dark tunnel. The father can make it in 1 minute, the mother in 2 minutes, the son in 4 minutes and the younger son in 5 minutes. The narrow tunnel only allows no more than two people at once and their travel time is limited to the speed of the slower one. Can they all make it if they have a torch that lasts only 12 minutes without anybody’s fear of dark places affecting them? Prove your answer yes or no.
Coming next week: lateral-thinking!
- (FTP = 10 points)