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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 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: email@example.com.
‘#’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: firstname.lastname@example.org
What comes next in this sequence: elgnairt, erauqs, nogatnep, nogaxeh, nogatpeh, ?
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: email@example.com.
- (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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: email@example.com.
- (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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!