Posted on Oct 1, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. I thought I might change things up a little for everyone. Hereâs a nice, harmless crossword to enjoy over the 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
ACROSS1. Patriotic uncle 4. Favorable opinion from a shrink?: 2 wds.
10. Minutes per mile, e.g.
14. Repeated question from a tyke
15. Kevin of SNL and Weeds
16. It often follows once in story openings
17. It’s either ____ B, (50/50 chance): 2 wds.
18. False front
19. Animated clownfish that gets lost
20. Plant with blooms opening only in the AM: 2 wds.
23. Some like ____, ‘59 comedy: 2 wds.
24. ____-Cat, wintry transportation
25. Bravo in EspaÃ±a
28. Start to type?
34. Buenas tardes or bon aprÃ¨s-midi: 2 wds.
37. The Persistence of Memory painter
39. All the way up, as volume: 2 wds.
40. Diva’s solo
41. PBS show taped at Boston’s Symphony Hall: 3 wds.
44. It’s a page turner: Abbr.
45. English supermodel Campbell
47. Staple tuber of the Andes
50. “What ____ About You”: 2 wds.
54. When Denny’s is open, e.g.: 3 wds.
58. Street-lining trees
61. Amount less than the usual trading unit: 2 wds.
62. Neither partner
63. Star Wars princess
64. Mechanical lubricant
65. An end to Israel?
66. It can create underwater forests
67. No longer fallow
68. What a clock in OK displays during winter
1. Hindu honorific
2. “Give ____, don’t pollute”: 2 wds.
3. A gift from the Magi
4. Outside of the organism, as an experiment: 2 wds.
5. Examined by a doctor
7. Something broken for luck?: 2 wds
8. Christmas songs
9. Ken Lay’s scandalous company
12. Dot follower
13. Father of modern ambient music
21. There’s ____, it’s futile: 2 wds.
22. Warning from a big cat
25. Most people have a nose for them
26. Pope who met with Attila the Hun
27. Simpsons teacher Krabappel
29. Take too many tablets of: 2 wds.
30. Orange-flavored drink used by NASA
31. Isle ____, in the center of the Irish Sea: 2 wds.
33. How many vitamins are ingested: 3 wds.
34. Close of Fatal Attraction
36. Montreal major-leaguer
37. Art form that peaked during the Roaring Twenties
38. Declare frankly
42. False god
48. Traditional Dutch footwear
49. Tennis icon Agassi
51. Column variety
52. Square and slip, e.g.
53. White heron
54. PDQ alternative
55. ____ fixe, obsession
56. Hefty rival in trash
59. Protective shelter
60. 1/1000 of an inch
Posted on Sep 30, 2007
I find art to be fascinating. I especially love unexpected art. Below are a few great
examples of unexpected art:
Tonight’s contest is a coloring contest. Color the image below in the most imaginative
way you can think of.
The judge will be my stepdaughter. (For those that like to do their research: She is a 12 year old that prefers the color red, monkeys & chimps and being quirky) Deadline for
entry will be 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST as this is her bedtime. Just post something on this blog and then you will be able to upload your picture!
Posted on Sep 28, 2007
October 15 is our birthday – yep, Tanga’s growing up. A whole whopping 1-year old. And yes, we’re going to get Tanga Joe a pacifier.
To celebrate, we’re going to release some cool new features on the site, and weâd like to do it in grand Tanga style! Weâre looking for 100 brand new One-Word Wonders. What will we do with those puzzles? Weâre not telling â but we bet youâre going to like it!
We need easy puzzles, medium puzzles, even hard puzzles. We love a variety of themes – sports, celebs, politics, movies, life, animals that start with the letter M, etc.
So, wonât you help us in our quest for 100 new puzzles for our birthday? If so
(please say yes please oh please) submit your creations by October 7 by using our online submission tool at:
Weâre looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Happy Birthday to us (almost)!
Thanks in advance!
Posted on Sep 25, 2007
Last weekâs rebus contest was quite a success. Apparatus and Philana traded rebus blows with Apparatus barely edging Philana after last weekâs guest judge, my magic 8-ball, returned an answer of âoutlook not so goodâ when I asked âdo you think Philana will go on a date with me?â Sorry, Philana, but themâs the breaks :) You can see last weekâs winning entry here and the two runners up here and here.
OK, so weâve done classic works of literature, actors and actresses, and movies: what now? This week, weâll do cities from around the world, but Iâm running out of ideas fast. Let me solicit your suggestions for future rebus contest subjects. Obligatory rebus example:
Please use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Prizes are the same as before: 10 points to the winner and two 5 point runners up. This weekâs guest judge is my good friend and fellow Tanga user pcox82, who will obviously be excluded from the competition. I havenât asked him to help judge yet, so hereâs to hoping. 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 Sep 24, 2007
The focus for tonight’s Tanga Times is Logic Problems. In that spirit, the puzzles being linked to are not web-based but must be downloaded. Actually, that wasn’t the intent but it happened to work out that way. Next week I will do another Logic-themed TT and will try to find links that are web-based applications for solving logic puzzles.
If you’re familiar with Dell and Penny Press puzzle books, then you have probably encountered the logic puzzles they usually include in their Variety editions and maybe even the entire editions they have dedicated to just logic puzzles. They range in difficulty and complexity. If you aren’t aware, here is a link to Dell’s weekly puzzle.
But are you familiar with the joys of computer-based logic problems? Two old-school ones are Sherlock and it’s sequel, Dinner With Moriarty. The company who created these is Everett Kaser Software and they have shareware versions for these and other titles for your desktop (or Sherlock is always available as Shareware for use on your pocket pc). Sherlock is a logic puzzle game for the computer developed by Everett Kaser (DOS and Windows versions). The objective is to determine the correct locations of 36 different images in a 6 × 6 array using computer-generated graphical clues which describe adjacency relationships of different images. In Dinner with Moriarity, you must deduce information about people seated around a table from similar adjacency clues.
Now for logic-based fun and the opportunity to earn points!
As has become my usual m.o., 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 % points each = 10 total possible points) You must be first to post both solutions to get all 10 points. If you want to just answer one (or if someone already beat you to one), you can still get 5 points for the one.
Here are two “oldie but goodies” logic problems (in fact, these ore something similar may have already been used in earlier Tanga Times newsletters written by others but they are classics):
1. Based on the following clues, what are the three cards?
There are three playing cards lying face up, side by side. A five is just to the right of a two. A five is just to the left of a two. A spade is just to the left of a club, and a spade is just to the right of a spade.
2. Which of the below statements is true?
A. The number of false statements here is one.
B. The number of false statements here is two.
C. The number of false statements here is three.
D. The number of false statements here is four.
- (Random Drawing = 10 points)* Send answer to: email@example.com
This is a logic problem that Einstein supposedly said could not be solved by 98% of the population. (It isn’t believed that Einstein actually created this problem because of the fact that the the Blue Master brand of cigar mentioned in the problem were not around during Einstein’s life. See if you can be part of the 2% and send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 5 houses each with a different color. Their owners, each with a unique heritage, drinks a certain type of beverage, smokes a certain brand of cigarette, and keep a certain variety of pet. None of the owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigarette or drink the same beverage.
The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is just to the left of the white house.
The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Malls raises birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps a horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemasters also drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
Who owns the fish?
Until next week, live long and prosper!
Posted on Sep 22, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. This week weâll be taking a little journey through the jungle. I hope youâve been paying attention to âSurvivorman.â 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
Itâs a jungle out thereâ¦
Even more funâ¦
Than making a cat chase a ‘laser dot’…
How to ârough itââ¦
In the depths of the Amazon…
Believe it or notâ¦
You will find WMD and the King of Pop…
It gets pulled twice
What the European explorers were searching for
Gift from âDubyaâ
It gets pulled once
Where the video game convention was held
Posted on Sep 21, 2007
Wow, our first Tanga party. Fun was had by all. Tanga Monkey gave away a ton of board games at the auction. Lots of games played, food ate, drinks drank. We all honored Wrayman, the lone Super Tanga User at the party.
It was fantastic to meet all of you. We hope to host another party sometime soon, probably close to either San Francisco or Dallas.
Posted on Sep 20, 2007
Today’s puzzle comes from the new Fall TV premieres. Now, I know that we won’t see Lost, 24 or Battlestar Galactica until 2008, but there are plenty of shows to keep us complaining until then. From the tabloid headlines below, name the shows. First one to get them all gets all the points (20).
1. Political family torn apart by new-found power!
2. All-Star gains access to secret government documents!
3. Family abuse scandal! Daughter forced to wear same hat every day! Jokes told outside bounds of plot!
4. Car insurance rates skyrocket as joke goes too far!
5. Hyper-intelligent professor confuses federal authorities!
6. Woman survives car wreck through miracle surgery!
7. Northeastern industrial town plagued by melanoma!
8. Rash of never-before seen diseases in single hospital! Surly staff to blame?
9. Severed torso found in shared apartment!
10. New craze! Tango in the planetarium!
Send answers to brian.clements at gmail dot com
Posted on Sep 18, 2007
Most of you seem to be enjoying these rebus contests, so I figure weâll keep at it for a little while longer. This week, letâs do movies. Try to keep it to fairly well known movies, although a good rebus should yield the answer regardless. Nevertheless, we donât want to struggle with some obscure, Norwegian cult classic. Or do we?
So I can pretend that I got them all on my own, use the answer to your rebus as your imageâs file name. Shoulda thought of that before. Prizes are the same as before: 10 points to my favorite and two 5 point runners up. This weekâs guest judge is my magic 8-ball. 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 entry is 24 hours from now. Have fun!
Check it out, a new Grow game, Grow Island!
Posted on Sep 18, 2007
If you have made puzzles that contain these files we won’t be able to use them right away.
Posted on Sep 17, 2007
Here’s something fun: There should be something here for everybody. Just click on an image to play one.
And here’s something interesting: A Visit to a Robot Farm
And now, without further ado, tonight’s challenges:
As I’ve been doing 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: email@example.com.
- (FTP = 10 points)
Which word doesn’t belong: blaze, flame, burn, fire, ignite, ghost, gnomes, dice, lice, beetle
- (Random Drawing = 10 points) Send answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the last three letters that complete this series: G, A, A, D, E, P, R, P, S, ?, ?, ?
(Did I mention that it was my birthday this month?!)
- (FTP = 10 points)
Posted on Sep 16, 2007
With the recent 1st birthday of Tanga.com, I have had birthdays on the brain. There are the normal sort of things people find interesting about their birthday/birth date such as…
…but then there are other odd but interesting things. Odd things such as…
Or you may wish to read about the world’s largest birthday cake in Las Vegas, Nevada and how it contained nearly 40,000 pounds of frosting.
Tonight’s points are divided into two sections:
10 Tanga points to the person that post the BEST birthday toast to Tanga here in this thread. They will be judged by my wife at 10pm EST / 9pm CST / 7pm PST on 09/17/2007.
For those that like to research the Internet, the following 10 sets of people have 4 groups of three whom all share the same birthday. 10 points to the first person to post the correct word spelled using the corresponding letters beside those groups.
S) Ted Nugent – Pat Robertson – Stephen Colbert
G) Rob Zombie – Rush Limbaugh – Howard Stern
H) Marilyn Manson – Jerry Falwell – Bill Maher
I) 50 Cent – George W. Bush – Merv Griffin
M) Ice-T – Bill Clinton – Pat Sajak
P) Eminem – Ronald Reagan – Bob Barker
F) OJ Simpson – Tom Hanks – Fred Savage
T) John Candy – Peter Jackson – Dan Rather
L) Chris Farley – Michael Bay – Katie Couric
E) Horatio Sanz – Sam Raimi – Brian Gumbel
For those looking for ways to waste time at work, check out this site to test your card throwing skills.
Posted on Sep 16, 2007
Hey all you hypercross authors!
We will eventually have a way for you to tag you puzzles as draft or final versions. In the mean time, could everyone please name your puzzles “draft” until you are ready for them to be published?
When you design your grids, if you keep them under 13 columns then the letter boxes don’y get laterally compressed. You can have as many rows as you want.
Here’s a good tool for grid design. You can resubmit the same word list for different dimensions.
And finally, we need good hypercrosses!
Posted on Sep 15, 2007
Welcome to your weekly installment of Vâs Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening (posted on Saturday!) Iâll 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 adieuâ¦
Wastes of Time:
Riddle 1: Two fifty foot ropes are suspended from a forty foot ceiling twenty feet apart. You have only a knife. How much of the rope can you steal? 10 points for the best answer that is plausible.
Riddle 2: The alphabet is written here but some letters have been missed out.
B F G H J K M N P Q T U V X Y Z
Use the missing letters to form the name of an author. Who is it ? FTP 10
Thatâs all for today, folks. See you next week!
Posted on Sep 13, 2007
For my first run at the Tanga Times, I thought I’d try a good, old-fashioned trivia contest. Every question relates to games in some way, no matter how indirectly. All 20 points will go to the first person to post all 10 correct answers.
1. In the film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” Joe Mantenga played the father of a young chess prodigy. Who does he play on The Simpsons?
2. Actor Michael J. Fox made his film debut in “Midnight Madness,” a movie made by Disney about an all-night scavenger hunt. What was Disney’s first rated PG film?
3. Pong was the earliest game that can be truly called a video game. Alphabetically, who was the first person inducted into the International Table Tennis Federation’s Hall of Fame?
4.The band Motorhead provides the theme song for a popular World Wrestling Entertainment superstar. What is his real name?
5. Atlantic City served as the basis for the baord game “Monopoly.” In what Mike Meyers movie is the city referenced by a oversized banner?
6. Milton Bradley invented his first board game “The Checkered Game of Life” in 1860. What else is credited as having invented?
7. The world’s oldest dice were found with a 5000-yr old backgammon set in Shar-e Sokhte (Burnt City) in Iran. What aged Broadway musical hinges its biggest plot turn on a roll of the dice?
8. Considered one of the best modern board games, “Puerto Rico” tops nearly everyone’s list. Who was the first Puerto Rican to top the Olympics and win a gold medal (include year and sport)?
9. The band Foreigner had a hit with the song “Head Games” in 1979. What item gave the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Foreigner-related powers?
10. In 1974, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson first published Dungeons and Dragons. Name all the members of Futurama’s “Vice-Presidential Action Rangers.”
Posted on Sep 12, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. Whether you drive a Prius or a Hummer, feel free to enjoy this weekâs âgreenâ puzzle while the Tangathon is likely depleting yours. 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 weekâs puzzle). 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
Have you hugged a tree today?
This might leave one feeling a bit blue…
But it isn’t a Verizon ad…
Would we do moreâ¦
If 2/3 of humans were predicted to die…
In a few yearsâ¦
Santa might not have anywhere to land…
Hurry, these floes are melting fastâ¦
It can sound like a bass drum (<font>Halloween prop, flavored soup foundation</font>)
Congratulatory phrase once presents are saved (<font>Noahâs ride, penned</font>)
Arctic group that will likely provide a new home to many (<font>pie variety, Holy ___</font>)
Global warming breathing apparatus? (<font>antlered animal, Trinity component</font>)
Sound of a rescued present (<font>informal greeting</font>)
Tracking device since 1979 (<font>dead heat, old hat</font>)
Posted on Sep 11, 2007
Last week we had a classic works of literature rebus contest. Iâm outsourcing the creativity once again this week with another rebus contest. Letâs 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 âupload imageâ option at the bottom of your post. This weekâs special guest judge is my mom. Iâll announce the winners after tomorrow nightâs 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 weâre stumped Iâll ask for the answer. That way, anyone who might be too shy to ask for the answers can see them.
Posted on Sep 11, 2007
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?
Posted on Sep 10, 2007
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:
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.
- 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.
- Random drawing – 10 points
Please include your Tanga user id with your answer and email your answer to: email@example.com
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!
Posted on Sep 9, 2007
I think we had a pretty neat turnout for the origin of our member usernames discussion (http://tanga.com/forum/blogs/967 – I keep going back to see if anyone else has shared their thoughts â so, thosw and renfurdson, and all you tangans â enquiring minds want to know!).
Now I find Iâm curious about the hobbies and pastimes of yâall. Over the years (and yes, theyâre 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 (www.folkschool.com). I have spent several weeks there over the years â 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 yahoo.com . 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 â perhaps in Haiku form (popular in recent months) or not if you donât feel poetic tonight.
My latest passion (4 TPs FTP what my hobby is):
Form color light heat flowing
Gifts family friends
How do you pass the time?
Posted on Sep 8, 2007
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 yahoo.com.
First – 8 TPs, Second 7 TPs, Third 5 TPs
Posted on Sep 7, 2007
Welcome to your weekly installment of Vâs Riddle Corner. Each Friday evening Iâll 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 adieuâ¦
Wastes of 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
Thatâs all for today, folks. See you next week!
Posted on Sep 5, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites.
The focus today will be images. Since most puzzle solvers that visit Tanga regularly have experienced the âblissâ of random picture identification, I thought Iâd give everyone an opportunity to help teach our computers how to identify objects in images. This is optional, of course, and isnât 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 weekâs puzzle). 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 – 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 amusedâ¦
The title alone should produce a chuckle:
Despite popular beliefâ¦
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.
Peekasearch âsixâ, itâs Greek to me
One who was given a bottom line?
Itâs found in rings
Peekasearch âsecretaryâ, the shortest of three outside the box
Posted on Sep 4, 2007
Pyrok mentioned laziness in his or her (straighten me out, pyrok) Tanga Times last night, and itâs perfect timing because Iâm too lazy to create any puzzles this week. Instead, yâall get to create puzzles! Submit your best rebuses for classic works of literature. Actual images, please, not just âa rampaging elephant + a mutant banana + two children playing a game of tiddlywinksâ etc. Hereâs 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 youâre so inclined. You donât have to immediately supply the answer in your post, but if I canât 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 âupload image.â
You didnât think Iâd leave you without a time sink did you? Tony Paâs flash games.
Posted on Sep 3, 2007
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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!