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  1. Posted on Sep 11, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 11, 2007 by Robrizob

    Last week we had a classic works of literature rebus contest. I’m outsourcing the creativity once again this week with another rebus contest. Let’s do actors and actresses this time. An example:

    The answer is in the first post below. The rules are the same as last week: submit as much as you like, but you can only win one prize. 10 points go to the winner and two five point prizes go to the runners up. To upload an image, you first need to make a post. You will then see an “upload image” option at the bottom of your post. This week’s special guest judge is my mom. I’ll announce the winners after tomorrow night’s Tanga Times goes up. Have fun!

    P.S. I encourage you all to post the answers to your rebuses after the prizes go out, although if we’re stumped I’ll ask for the answer. That way, anyone who might be too shy to ask for the answers can see them.


  2. Posted on Sep 11, 2007

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    Tanga Party In Seattle, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.

    Hey all of our beloved Tanganites! Do you like to party? I mean really party? And what I mean by that is lots of cookies, soda and other crazy party favors?

    Well, then you are in luck my friends. On the evening of September 19th starting at 6:30 and running to 9:00 or so, we are going to get a bunch of Tanganites together at the offices of SimplyFun in downtown Bellevue. We’ll eat, drink and be merry and we’ll even play some games so make sure to bring some cool ones. We’ll have all the SimplyFun games there for you to try out if you wish as well. There will also be a special surprise for those who attend so we need to RSVP so we know how many to bring. If you don’t RSVP, you can still attend but there won’t be any cool prize for you.

    So come one, come all – bring friends, family and lovers. We want you all there, enjoying this evening together.


    P.S. Please RSVP right here on this blog! Just include your username and how many people will be attending, including yourself.

    P.P.S Where else would you like us to throw a Tanga Party in the US?

  3. Posted on Sep 10, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 10, 2007 by pyrok

    Tonight’s Tanga Times is all about sliding puzzles. One the most famous is “The 15 Puzzle,” which was like the Rubik’s Cube (during the 1980s) of the late 1870s. The 15 square tiles were numbered 1 to 15 and the goal was to arrange them in the correct order inside a four-by-four grid. Another popular one, called Dad’s Puzzle (here’s an image), involves moving a large square tile from one corner to another, by rearranging other, smaller tiles around it. It was named for the head-of-household (1870s -remember?) who would be responsible for figuring out how to move a piano (the large block) from one corner of a room to another. Supposedly Dad’s Puzzle was the inspiration for this notoriously difficult version of the sliding puzzle called Quzzle. It requires 84 moves and this link includes a counter for the number of moves you make. So if you have a lot of time to kill, check it out or at least give it a try. I’ve started it several times but haven’t even come close to solving it yet.

    There are all kinds of web-based sliding puzzles out there. Just do a search on them. But for your convenience, here are some others that I’ve found:

    This site has web-based versions of some of the old, wooden ones your grandparents may have enjoyed.

    This is a version using a scrambled picture that also lets you scramble the puzzle again if you don’t like the random way it is scrambled for you.

    This one lets you select from various images and then you can select the difficulty by choosing the grid size from 2×3 to 10×10 (which automatically ups the number of squares accordingly).

    Now for this week’s chance for points. I think last week’s format for earning points worked really well so I think that will continue to be my normal mode for now. So, like last week, the first “challenge” will be a FTP (first-to-post) and the second will be a random drawing with the cut-off being the time that robrizob’s Tuesday Tanga Times is posted.

    1. FTP – 10 points

    In a far away land, it was known that if you drank poison, the only way to save yourself is to drink a stronger poison, which neutralizes the weaker poison. The king that ruled the land wanted to make sure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, in order to ensure his survival, in any situation. So the king called the kingdom’s pharmacist and the kingdom’s treasurer, he gave each a week to make the strongest poison. Then, each would drink the other one’s poison, then his own, and the one that will survive, will be the one that had the stronger poison.
    The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no chance, for the pharmacist was much more experienced in this field, so instead, he made up a plan to survive and make sure the pharmacist dies. On the last day the pharmacist suddenly realized that the treasurer would know he had no chance, so he must have a plan. After a little thought, the pharmacist realized what the treasurer’s plan must be, and he concocted a counter plan, to make sure he survives and the treasurer dies. When the time came, the king summoned both of them. They drank the poisons as planned, and the treasurer died, the pharmacist survived, and the king didn’t get what he wanted.
    What exactly happened there?

    There are probably a variety of explanations that can be used here. The first viable one gets the points. Hint: Pay attention to the last sentence of the story and make sure your explanation includes an answer to why the king didn’t get wat he wanted.

    1. Random drawing – 10 points
      Please include your Tanga user id with your answer and email your answer to:

    Figure out the pattern and then come up with what the next 2 words could be (common, American words only):
    moral, friend, weed, fence, race
    There are, of course, several answers that could be correct. I’ll accept any that fit the pattern and can be considered common, American words.

    Good luck to all!


  4. Posted on Sep 9, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 9th, 2007

    Hi all!

    I think we had a pretty neat turnout for the origin of our member usernames discussion ( – I keep going back to see if anyone else has shared their thoughts – so, thosw and renfurdson, and all you tangans – enquiring minds want to know!).

    Now I find I’m curious about the hobbies and pastimes of y’all. Over the years (and yes, they’re quite a few) I have picked up quite a number of hobbies myself, ranging from crafts and scrap-booking through hammered dulcimer and many others (to the point where I claimed my hobby was collecting hobbies). I read a lot of mystery and sci-fi/fantasy books, and host periodic role-playing games (and spend way too much time online every night doing Tanga Puzzles!).

    If you are into crafts, creative writing, music, this is a great school in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina ( I have spent several weeks there over the years – It is like “camp for adults” where you go and they feed and house you, and you get to do creative things all day in a non-competitive and relaxing atmosphere. So for the TT puzzle tonight, what would you get from these classes?

    marbling, printmaking, gardening, spinning, soap making, genealogy, leather (browse the classes by subject).

    Send your answers (and username) to pb_leadfoot-tangatimes at . As the other editors have started, the users with the right answers will have their names putt in the points lottery – with 8 points going to two winners each.

    Anyway, I thought we could share our hobbies/pastimes tonight – perhaps in Haiku form (popular in recent months) or not if you don’t feel poetic tonight.

    My latest passion (4 TPs FTP what my hobby is):
    Silicon beauty
    Form color light heat flowing
    Gifts family friends

    How do you pass the time?

    - pb_leadfoot

  5. Posted on Sep 8, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 8th, 2007 by pb

    I’ve been looking around Tanga’s site, and one of the cool things is being able to upload an image for your user profile. As I perused, I was surprised that of the the images I found, most were not a picture of the user, but another neat image.

    Just poking around I’ve found these users have uploaded images (this is not inclusive by any means, as I couldn’t check out all 17,000 users – please don’t be offended if I haven’t listed yours) The one I really liked was pahool’s (third from the bottom in the list) – How DID they get those three critters to do that? (or is it all photoshopped?)

    If you haven’t already, find a cool image that means something to or represents you, upload it – and post why you chose that image. If you already have an image, let us know why you chose it to represent you.

    For myself, I didn’t want to break your monitors with my ugly mug, so I found a picture that had my first name in the filename, and then I really liked the peacefulness and imagery the picture invokes when I look at it.

    For tonight’s puzzle: You have enough to make a nine letter word out of the first nine in the list above.
    send your answer to pb_leadfoot-tangatimes at
    First – 8 TPs, Second 7 TPs, Third 5 TPs

    enjoy! Pb

  6. Posted on Sep 7, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 7th, 2007 by V

    Welcome to your weekly installment of V’s Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening I’ll provide you with a few riddles to earn you some Tanga Points, and perhaps even a few links to waste some time. The links will tend to be to interesting facts or fun videos, while the puzzles will frequently be based in logic or maths (gasp!). So, without further adieu…

    Wastes of Time:

    This is neat!

    I think some people have too much free time…

    Riddle 1: A steel sphere with a radius of 1 meter is placed into a cubical box measuring 3 meters to a side. Mercury is then poured into the box until it completely covers the sphere. If the density of mercury is 13.6 grams per cubic centimeter, what mass of mercury must be poured into the box to completely cover the sphere? FTP10

    Riddle 2: I am a fire.
    Change one letter and I am a knife.
    Change another letter and I am a clearing.
    Change another letter and I am a rank.
    Change one final letter and I am a fruit.
    What was I and what did I become?
    List each step. FTP10

    That’s all for today, folks. See you next week!


  7. Posted on Sep 5, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 5th, 2007 by Verve640

    Salutations, loyal Tanganites.

    The focus today will be images. Since most puzzle solvers that visit Tanga regularly have experienced the ‘bliss’ of random picture identification, I thought I’d give everyone an opportunity to help teach our computers how to identify objects in images. This is optional, of course, and isn’t necessary for solving the puzzle. If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues (there are still a few points available for solving last week’s puzzle). In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to This week the prizes are as follows:

    1st – 7 TP
    2nd – 5 TP
    3rd – 3 TP

    Note: Five consolation prizes of 1 TP will also be award to those who finish fourth through eighth.

    Prepare to be mildly amused…

    The title alone should produce a chuckle:

    Motion to rename it ‘Urectum’…

    Despite popular belief…
    Random picture identification can be fun (and useful, ‘Did you know’ that?)…

    No need to identify these images…
    Just sit back and enjoy…

    Keck II, e.g.
    Drug-free company?
    Peekasearch ‘six’, it’s Greek to me
    One who was given a bottom line?
    It’s found in rings
    Peekasearch ‘secretary’, the shortest of three outside the box


  8. Posted on Sep 4, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 4th, 2007 by Robrizob

    Pyrok mentioned laziness in his or her (straighten me out, pyrok) Tanga Times last night, and it’s perfect timing because I’m too lazy to create any puzzles this week. Instead, y’all get to create puzzles! Submit your best rebuses for classic works of literature. Actual images, please, not just “a rampaging elephant + a mutant banana + two children playing a game of tiddlywinks” etc. Here’s an example:

    Multiple submissions in different posts are welcome but you can only win one prize. I will judge the entries with input from my non-puzzler wife whose untainted eyes may offer a fresh perspective. 10 points to my favorite and two 5 point prizes to my almost-but-not-quite favorites. Just think, this could be a start to a hypercross if you’re so inclined. You don’t have to immediately supply the answer in your post, but if I can’t get it, I may ask you to send me an email with the answer. To upload an image, first create a reply post. Then there will be a link on the post that says “upload image.”

    You didn’t think I’d leave you without a time sink did you? Tony Pa’s flash games.


  9. Posted on Sep 3, 2007

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    Tanga Times - September 3rd, 2007 by pyrok

    Happy Labor Day, everyone!

    I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday that celebrates the American worker and the nice, long weekend that customarily marks the end of summer. It’s also time to lament over what you wanted accomplish over the summer but didn’t and maybe make that last-ditch effort to try and accomplish something. Or it’s a day to just be lazy and have a federally mandated excuse for it.

    Which brings me to the themes for today: Labor Day and Laziness. After all, laziness is not necessarily a bad thing (sloth is the “deadly sin”) when it is done occasionally or to celebrate a special day like today, your birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. So this issue of the Tanga Times will not require any great effort from you other than moving your mouse and maybe clicking it. Not even the points-challenges will require any type of research or lengthy effort.

    Links for Tonight:
    To start off, here is a simple Word Search with a Labor Day theme. (You might need to scroll down the page a bit to get to it -sorry about that!).

    Next, here is a video that proves that no matter what, video gamers can and will find a way to be lazy. This one actually made me laugh out loud so I had to share it.

    Here is a short, little quiz to see how you rank on the lazy scale. Share your score with the forum. I’ll admit to my score of 10 which is states “some people might call you lazy but you do what makes you happy.” I think that’s probably about right, actually.

    Finally, the next time you need an excuse for playing video games, here is an article that could help provide you with a medical excuse.

    Challenges for Points:

    And now it’s time for points. I think the idea of a random drawing that a couple of the other TT editors have implemented is a great idea. It gives everyone a fair shot if they can come up with the correct answer but can’t always get to the site right away. I also think part of the fun sometimes is the incentive to get here right away and try and be the FTP (first-to-post) and possibly gain more points than all 3 of the nightly puzzles combined. So, I’m going to provide both opportunities. The first “challenge” (used loosely since tonight is the “lazy” issue) will be a FTP and the second will be a random drawing of all correct answers as of the posting of robrizob’s Tuesday newsletter.

    Number 1 FTP: 10 points
    It’s my birthday this month; can anyone guess it? Hint: It’s a prime number.
    RULES: Guess as much as you want but only one guess per post (and no editing any of your original posts!)

    Number 2 Random Drawing: 10 points
    What common symbol used in arithmetic will result in a number that is greater than 4 but less than 9 when placed between the numbers 4 and 5 and what is that number?

    You can email your answers to: (make sure you include both the symbol and the number in your answer in order to be considered for the drawing).

    And now, if you feel like putting forth the effort let’s try and maybe get some dialogue going tonight. Was there anything you wanted to get done this summer but didn’t? Did anyone accomplish something they wanted to do? Anyone do anything for the holiday weekend?
    I’ll admit that so far I’ve been lamenting about how much I didn’t get done other than work a bunch of overtime in order to support my developing Tanga-habit!

    Well, thanks for reading! I hope you all have a good night and enjoy the rest of your week!


  10. Posted on Aug 31, 2007

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    Tanga Times - August 31, 2007 by VRoscioli

    Welcome to your weekly installment of V’s Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening I’ll provide you with a few riddles to earn you some Tanga Points, and perhaps even a few links to waste some time. The links will tend to be to interesting facts or fun videos, while the puzzles will frequently be based in logic or maths (gasp!). So, without further adieu…

    Wastes of Time:

    Waste of Time (An oldie, I know)

    Fun to watch

    “I wish I could do this”:

    Riddle 1: The owner of the local bank found a $50 bill lying in the gutter; he picked it up and made a note of its serial number. Later that day his wife mentioned that they owed the butcher $50, so the banker used the bill he’d found to settle up with the butcher. The butcher used it to pay a farmer; the farmer in turned used it to pay his feedstock supplier; and the feedstock supplier used it to pay his laundry bill. The laundryman used it to pay off his $50 overdraft at the local bank. The banker recognized the bill as being the one he had found in the gutter, but also noticed, on closer examination, that it was a fake. By now, it had been used to settle $250 worth of debts. What was lost?

    This is an interesting question, as some people will take a different view of things than others, and so in that sense there may not be a truly clear answer. So 15 points total will be awarded to those contributing to a disucssion of this situation.

    Riddle 2: Imagine that a barber in a small town puts up a sign in the shop that reads: “I shave all those men, and ONLY those men, who do not shave themselves.” We can divide the males in this town into two groups, those who shave themselves, and those who are shaved by the barber. To which group does the barber himself belong? What causes this paradox? Find an original trick to solve this paradox! FTP5

    That’s all for today, folks. See you next week!


  11. Posted on Aug 29, 2007

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    Tanga Times, August 29, 2007 by Verve640

    Salutations, loyal Tanganites. While you’re waiting for the next Tangathon deal, feel free to explore the links below. If you are feeling especially motivated, then use your newfound knowledge to tackle the puzzle as well. 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 This week the prizes are as follows:

    1st – 7 TP
    2nd – 5 TP
    3rd – 3 TP

    Note: Five consolation prizes of 1 TP will also be award to those who finish fourth through eighth.

    Roll them bones…

    If God doesn’t use them, should we?
    Looking for nature’s Yahtzee…

    Dice can be tricky:
    Please be patient with the intro…

    Wilbur likes to gamble too:
    How long will you push your luck?

    Message to the porcine victor
    He was driven to drink
    Magician with ‘influence’?
    Genetically modified crop’s evil output
    Worst possible roll
    Rice semi-dwarf

  12. Posted on Aug 28, 2007

    Views: 779

    Tanga Times, August 28, 2007 by Robrizob


    The “escape the room” game is apparently a vibrant genre unto itself. I have since discovered many others:

    Escape the island!
    Escape the bathroom!
    Escape the creepy basement!
    Escape the prison cell!
    Escape the origami room!

    OK, and with that, I officially retire from linking to “escape the room” games.

    This week, I am once again recycling my reject puzzles. If they’re unclear or excessively lame, then I’ll figure something else out. I am also going to do something a bit different to allow the solvers who don’t get here right away a chance to earn points. Send your answers WITH YOUR USERNAME to After tomorrow’s Tanga Times goes up, I will randomly draw two names from the correct entries to determine the winners. The first name gets 15 points, the second 5. So, here are three easy (I hope) puzzles:

    Feel free to salt below!


  13. Posted on Aug 27, 2007

    Views: 686

    Tanga Times - August 27, 2007 by Pyrok

    Another weekend over and another work week beginning. At least this weekend will be a long one. School begins soon too. I’m sure the teachers on our site are really glad about that (sarcasm)! In the spirit of a new school year and a hectic week beginning, here are some classic diversions you can entertain yourself with or you can use to keep students busy for a while when you need a break (parents and teachers both!)
    I enjoyed the ‘escape from the room’ link robrizob had in his newsletter last week and if you did too you might want to check out the ‘Crimson Room’ series of old. They’re pretty easy so it shouldn’t be too much of a time-sink!
    Finally, here are tonight’s opportunities for extra points. Tonight we’ll have some fun with words and numbers. Nothing too difficult; you’ll just need to be quick!

    To try and make it more fair by giving everyone an opportunity to win points, I’m going to make this rule: You may only answer one of the “challenges” per post. If you want to answer all 3 – great! But you must create 3 different posts.

    Number 1 – FTP 10 points: Find the word each of these pairs have in common with each other (You might remember a similar puzzle a few weeks ago) then see if you can think of a 3rd word that could have been used in the groups as well (as a hint and for clarification: this 3rd word should not be a synonym of either one of the other 2 already given; there may be more than one answer that works and I will accept any that fit the rules):

    1. tied, obligated
    2. end, gratuity
    3. rapid, tightly
    4. nasty, average
    5. level, aparment
    6. company, solid
    7. Can you come up with another example?

    Number 2 – FTP 4 points: In what order are the following sports listed?

    soccer, hockey, football, baseball, bowling, golf

    Number 3 – FTP 6 points: How many times in a 12 hour period does a digital clock display at least 3 numbers in a row (i.e. 2:22)?
    Note: Only use hours and minutes and military time isn’t being used.

    Catch you all next week for the Labor Day Edition of the Tanga Times!

  14. Posted on Aug 27, 2007

    Views: 1,098

    Combined Shipping Program

    Tanga is about to start work on a long-awaited Combined Shipping Program.


    Certain products will be eligible for combined shipping. When purchasing these products, you’ll see a Combined Shipping checkbox on the checkout page. If the Combined Shipping checkbox is selected, we won’t ship the product to you immediately. Instead, we’ll hold on to it for up to a week. Any other product that you purchase in the week will be (if possible) put into the same box. Then you’ll only have to pay shipping for one box, and not two.

    You’ll be able to view a page that shows your past orders that have been selected for Combined Shipping. When you are ready, you can click ‘Ship these to me!’ and we’ll ship all the items to you. So you’ll pay shipping for all those products at once, instead of having to pay shipping for each individual product. If a week goes by and you haven’t elected to ship all the Combined Shipping products, we will automatically ship them to you.

    Sound good? As usual, you’ll only be charged when the products actually ship.

  15. Posted on Aug 25, 2007

    Views: 825

    Tanga Times - August 25th, 2007 by leadfoot

    A friend shared this with me, and I thought you might enjoy it too. It’s about 5 minutes long.

    And to make watching it worth your while, 4 TPs to the first to send me the answer to the puzzle below, 3 TPs to the second, 2 to the next six, and 1 to the ninth. Send your answers along with your Tanga Name to pb_leadfoot-tangatimes at

    Bottom word on sign (11-4,4)
    Sam’s Occupation (7-6,6)
    Four gents are dressed like these (5-1,1)
    Magician’s first name (4-3,3)
    Where Sam lives (9-1,1)
    Pair in the first full house (6-2,2)
    Highest trips in the full houses (4-2,2)
    Rank of winning hand (13,3,3)
    Highest card in winning hand (5-3,3)

    - enjoy! (leadfoot)

  16. Posted on Aug 24, 2007

    Views: 1,055

    Tanga Times - August 24, 2007 - V

    Welcome to your weekly installment of V’s Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening I’ll provide you with a few riddles to earn you some Tanga Points, and perhaps even a few links to waste some time. The links will tend to be to interesting facts or fun videos, while the puzzles will frequently be based in logic or maths (gasp!). So, without further adieu…

    Wastes of Time:

    This is pretty neat

    This is just impressive

    Riddle 1: How many places are there on the earth that one could walk one mile south, then one mile west, then one mile north and end up in the same spot? To be precise, let’s assume the earth is a solid smooth sphere, so oceans and mountains and other such things do not exist. You can start at any point on the sphere. Also, the rotation of the earth has nothing to do with the solution; you can assume you’re walking on a static sphere if that makes the problem less complicated to you. Finally walking any direction other than south from the north pole (or conversely, any direction other than north from the south pole) is nonsensical.

    There are 15 points up for grabs for this answer. I may decide to split up the prize if multiple people come up with different parts of the answer.

    Riddle 2: Imagine three desks, with two drawers each. You are told that one desk contains a gold medal in each drawer, one contains a silver medal in each drawer, and one contains one of each. You don’t know which desk is which. If you open a drawer and discover a gold medal, what are the chances that the other drawer on that desk also contains gold? FTP5

    That’s all for today, folks. See you next week!


  17. Posted on Aug 22, 2007

    Views: 812

    Tanga Times - August 22, 2006 by Verve640

    Salutations, loyal Tanganites. I hope everyone is enjoying all of the new Tanga features as much as I am. If this is your first trip to my Tanga Times, click here for previous issues. This week, as usual, I will attempt to stimulate every nook and cranny inside of your respective crania. As I only have about a page or so to do this, I’d be happy with about 50% stimulation. In order to obtain your Tanga Points, verify your solution, or both, send an E-mail to This week the prizes are as follows:
    1st – 8 TP, 2nd – 7 TP, and 3rd – 5 TP.

    Happy solving…

    It’s never too early for Santa:
    Physics can be fun…

    How to mess with your head:
    You’ll probably click this…

    A case in point:

    Santa’s celebratory drink
    One who might say ‘earthy leather’
    It is easily confused
    One of two that make Santa zoom
    It’s colorful, but only in your head
    The crunch of crostini, e.g.

  18. Posted on Aug 21, 2007

    Views: 857

    Tanga Times - August 21, 2007 by Robrizob

    Y’all are going to hate me for this week. Time sinks galore!

    Rush hour: move the cars and trucks around to get your car out of the traffic jam. There’s an original meatspace version too. Very fun!

    I stumbled across a few little adventure/puzzle games. In Swan’s Room, you’re trapped in a room and have to use the various objects to escape. Hapland is a “get-everything-set-just-right-and-watch-it-go” game. But the most righteous one is Samarost 2. A little cutesy in places, but I liked it enough to spend another $7 for the full version. I didn’t play the first in the series yet, but the goofy hookah-smoking character on the first screen intrigued me.

    This year’s World Puzzle Championship is in Rio de Janeiro. I didn’t think they’d let us pasty, logical types into a bronzed country like Brazil. We need a Tanganoid to represent us.

    Anybody a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fan? 5 Tanga points to the first submission in good shape.


  19. Posted on Aug 20, 2007

    Views: 766

    Tanga Times - August 20th, 2007 by Shannyn

    Happy Monday, everyone! Reading the stories about how people’s user names came to be was interesting (see leadfoot’s 8/18/07 newsletter )! Check it out and add your story if you missed it over the weekend.

    Tonight I just have this link (but I think it’s enough for today) to this year’s annual MIT puzzle challenge (now long passed but open to the public to check out the puzzles). There are at least 151 (more but they included “Red Herring” puzzles). The puzzle hunt is kind of like a scavenger hunt done over the winter break at MIT and done in teams. I’ll try to write a newsletter this January when the new one starts up but in the meantime, you can see the kinds of puzzles they use.

    Just click on each red circle in the spiral on the left. There is a link at the top right corner of each to see the solutions. Some are not exactly possible to solve correctly unless your actually there on the campus and some aren’t anymore because things that existed specifically for the puzzle challenge are no longer there. But, it is a humbling way to spend some time.

    Here you can read more about it. And I’m sure you can find more information by Googling it.

    Now for a word challenge. FTP 10 points.
    What English word is 9 letters long, and each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains a word?

    Include the word and each new word formed at each step.

    Try and see if you can do it without Googling it first!

    Thanks and have a good night!

    Shannyn Mc Arthur

  20. Posted on Aug 20, 2007

    Views: 795

    Express Yourself

    Come on girls
    Do you believe in Tanga?
    ’Cause I got something to say about it
    And it goes something like this

    Express Yourself Today! (or View Other Expressions)

  21. Posted on Aug 18, 2007

    Views: 2,688

    Tanga Times - August 18th, 2007 by leadfoot

    As I’ve perused the blogs over the months, I have come to wonder at the cool screen names people have chosen for themselves….

    My name “leadfoot”, well, I don’t remember why I chose it – I think subconsciously I was playing off my initials “PB”, but I don’t remember it being a conscious decision. I did get a question about whether I get a lot of speeding tickets….

    Anyway, why did you choose your screen name? And what do you think is the coolest name(s) you’ve seen here? (not including your own – of course). :-)


  22. Posted on Aug 18, 2007

    Views: 808

    Daily Fun Improvements

    You’ve probably noticed some changes to the Daily Fun area. Hopefully you think they are improvements!

    New things

    • Better pagination through the archive
    • Rating system. You can rate puzzles based on “Fun” and “Difficulty”.
    • You can see the Most and Least solved puzzles.

    Upcoming things

    • A better search mechanism. You’ll be able to search through the Daily Fun content. We’re thinking something similar to how YouTube works. You’d be able to search for the most and least fun puzzles, hardest and easiest puzzles, hardest puzzles this month, etc.
    • You’ll be able to mark a puzzle as a “Favorite” puzzle. These will show up on your public profile page. You’ll be able to see which puzzles are the most “favorited”.

    Any other suggestions? How should the search page be structured? Thoughts on how it could integrate into the Archive? If anyone’s especially enterprisey, feel free to post an image that shows your idea.

    Also, I’m thinking that only people who have solved the puzzle should be able to rank it. Thoughts? Or should we keep it as is, where any logged in user can rank the puzzle, regardless if they’ve solved it or not?

  23. Posted on Aug 17, 2007

    Views: 759

    Tanga Times - August 17th, 2007 by VRoscioli

    Welcome to your weekly installment of V’s Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening I’ll provide you with a few riddles to earn you some Tanga Points, and perhaps even a few links to waste some time. The links will tend to be to interesting facts or fun videos, while the puzzles will frequently be based in logic or maths (gasp!). So, without further adieu…

    Wastes of Time:

    Video to waste some time.

    This is just awesome.

    Riddle 1: Three overlapping circles are drawn to cut the plane into 7 finite regions, each with 3 circular arcs as its boundary (think of a Venn diagram with 3 circles). 7 coins are placed, 1 in each region, all Heads-Up. Then a game is played, consisting of a sequence of coin flipping steps. At each step a circle is chosen, and one of the following two operations is performed upon all coins in it:

    • Operation A: Turn every coin Heads-Up.
    • Operation B: Reverse every coin.

    The object of the game is to put the coin in the central (inside-most) region Heads-Down, and all other coins Heads-Up. Is this objective accomplishable?

    First to post either a sequence of operations that demonstrates the desired outcome or proves that it is impossible receives 15 points.

    Riddle 2: How many jellybeans fit in a 1-liter jar? (This is an example of a Fermi problem, and is designed to be calculated using a series of approximations. These problems are named after Enrico Fermi, the inventor of the controlled nuclear reaction, who was also known for answering questions such as “How many piano tuners are there in New York?” using no additional resources but a napkin to write on.)

    First to post a good approximation with sound reasoning receives 5 points.

    That’s all for today, folks. See you next week!


  24. Posted on Aug 16, 2007

    Views: 715

    Tanga Times - August 16th, 2007 by TangaMonkey

    Hey all you Tanganites!

    Just a few fun things to check out today. But first, I want you to post what you would like to see us sell on Tanga BESIDES games and gaming products. We know that already! So let us know what else you would like to see – you can be as specific or as broad as you want…

    We also need TWO (2) MORE TANGA TIMES EDITORS! – Your public awaits you and your beautiful writing skills! Please email me at jeremy at tanga dot com if you want to participate.

    Now, before you go to the gym, make sure to check out this video!

    This is what happens when your brain is on drugs!

    And last but not least, a reality check for those who are single.

    Until next time, word to your respective mothers!

  25. Posted on Aug 15, 2007

    Views: 802

    Tanga Times - August 15, 2007 by Verve640

    Salutations, loyal Tanganites. I hope that anyone who attempted last weeks puzzle found it to be stimulating on many levels. If you missed it, feel free to tackle the challenge at your leisure (Last Week). Now, to those hungry for more, a new puzzle is beckoning. The first to E-mail me ( the final answer will get 10 TP and two runners-up will receive 5 TP each. Feel free to ‘salt’ below. Enjoy, this one is juicy.

    Switching gears, I’d like to point out that my ‘Super’ Tanga Trash definitely lived up to its name. For a reasonable fee of $1 ($7 including shipping), I received the following items:

    • Hollywood Blockbuster (game)
    • La Strada (game)
    • Paintball Trainer
    • Sentence Says (game)
    • Dragonball Z (CCG)
    • Fiki Basketball
    • Windsock

    As I’m sure many STUs and others are curious, please feel free to share the contents of your Super Tanga Trash below. Until next week…

    Quite simply, don’t mess with puzzlers:
    Worse than the Body Snatchers?

    Just when you thought you had everything figured out:
    Let’s hope Moore was right…

    Choose carefully:
    Or just get lucky…

    The newest member
    Not the sound of a bell
    Real-life game?
    Above ram’s head
    Bang or whimper alternative
    Subject of painting

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