Posted on Aug 22, 2007
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, Iâd be happy with about 50% stimulation. 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 – 8 TP, 2nd – 7 TP, and 3rd – 5 TP.
Itâs never too early for Santa:
Physics can be fun…
How to mess with your head:
You’ll probably click this…
A case in point:
Santaâs celebratory drink
One who might say âearthy leatherâ
It is easily confused
One of two that make Santa zoom
Itâs colorful, but only in your head
The crunch of crostini, e.g.
Posted on Aug 21, 2007
Yâall 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. Thereâs an original meatspace version too. Very fun!
I stumbled across a few little adventure/puzzle games. In Swanâs Room, youâre trapped in a room and have to use the various objects to escape. Hapland is a âget-everything-set-just-right-and-watch-it-goâ 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 didnât play the first in the series yet, but the goofy hookah-smoking character on the first screen intrigued me.
This yearâs World Puzzle Championship is in Rio de Janeiro. I didnât think theyâd 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.
Posted on Aug 20, 2007
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
Posted on Aug 20, 2007
Posted on Aug 18, 2007
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). :-)
Posted on Aug 18, 2007
You’ve probably noticed some changes to the Daily Fun area. Hopefully you think they are improvements!
- 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.
- 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?
Posted on Aug 17, 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: 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.
Thatâs all for today, folks. See you next week!
Posted on Aug 16, 2007
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!
And last but not least, a reality check for those who are single.
Until next time, word to your respective mothers!
Posted on Aug 15, 2007
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 (Verve640@AOL.com) the final answer will get 10 TP and two runners-up will receive 5 TP each. Feel free to âsaltâ below. Enjoy, this one is juicy.
Switching gears, Iâd like to point out that my âSuperâ 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
As Iâm sure many STUs and others are curious, please feel free to share the contents of your Super Tanga Trash below. Until next weekâ¦
Quite simply, donât mess with puzzlers:
Worse than the Body Snatchers?
Just when you thought you had everything figured out:
Let’s hope Moore was right…
Or just get lucky…
The newest member
Not the sound of a bell
Above ramâs head
Bang or whimper alternative
Subject of painting
Posted on Aug 14, 2007
Today, itâs fun with spoonerisms, named after the right Reverend William Archibald Spooner. Here are a few examples:
The lord is a shoving leopard (the lord is a loving shepherd).
The reverend to a lady says, âyouâll soon be had as a matter of courseâ (youâll soon be mad as a hatter of course).
And a spectacularly clever one: âIâd rather have a bottle in front oâ me than a prefrontal lobotomy.â
How about puzzle clues that incorporate spoonerisms? Some terrible ones of mine below. Add your own, of course.
Cereal for smut police (?? ??)
Insulting anti-aircraft fire relived (???)
Gives up adolescent summer footwear on a big birthday (??? ???)
Sorcererâs catastrophic hodge-podge (??? ??)
Now tangafy (5-5-9-6) for some slang. 10 Tanga points to the first poster with the correct answer.
Posted on Aug 13, 2007
Okay, Tanganites: Hereâs my first go at a Monday Tanga Times (the pressure!) â please be kind.
Do you like mazes of the online variety? Here is a link I came across for a variety of mazes by a maze designer named Robert Abbott whose mazes have appeared on the cover of Games Magazine (in fact, there is a new one on the October issue which actually hits the stands in August, according to the website). So take your pick from the ones offered on this page: http://www.logicmazes.com
If mazes arenât your thing but addictive flash games are then go here#:
I got totally obsessed with the Grow Flash games renfurdson had a link to in a past Tanga Times
And finally, I know you all miss getting to bite and scratch at each other for the first-to-post pop-questions so:
FTP: 15 points
Think of words ending in -GRY. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have read carefully, I have already told you what it is.
Posted on Aug 11, 2007
Well, I’ve tossed my hat in as an occasional submitter (kinda like a correspondent I guess)
A friend of mine introduced me to this site about a month ago, and I’ve spent waaay too much time on it :-)
If you like jigsaw puzzles, this is a pretty cool site.
Every day it posts a new jigsaw puzzle to do online. It also has an archive of thousands of fantastic photos to choose from.
You can select the complexity of the puzzle, from 6 to 247 pieces – and the puzzle piece shapes can vary from standard to circular to stars to US states and others.
I haven’t signed up as a member, but as a member you can upload your own images to turn into puzzles.
Anyway – I’ve enjoyed this site – I hope you do too.
Posted on Aug 10, 2007
Welcome to your first 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:
What are the next three terms in this sequence:
3, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, 3, 6, 6, …? FTP5
“At 8 AM on Monday, June 9, 1969, you were drinking coffee in a booth in the diner by the rail station?” asked the DA.
“I was,” answered Mr. X, on trial for murder.
“And you didn’t see the man across the aisle – not ten feet from you – bludgeoned to death!”
“No, I was reading the morning paper.”
“The owner remembers you. You were in quite a hurry. You gave her a dollar in payment for a 24-cent check and didn’t wait for change.”
“I had to catch my train.”
“You were paying attention to the time, but you failed to notice the man in the next booth had been murdered – covered from head to toe in blood?”
“I might have known someone was there, but I never looked straight at him.”
“You didn’t hear him ask for french toast and coffee?”
“I might have. I don’t remember. I was busy reading the stock listings. I own a few shares.”
“And that took you how long?”
“A few minutes. Then I read the business news. There was a big article about predicted oil prices for next year. After I finished reading, I checked the time. I had less than three minutes to catch my train to Sacramento.”
In the back of the courtroom, Detective Y leaned over and noted to Inspector Z: “If he doesn’t get life for murder, we’ll certainly get him on perjury.”
That’s all for today, folks. See you next week!
Posted on Aug 9, 2007
Here are some oldies but goodies! 20 TP to the first person who can send me the answer to jeremy at tanga dot com.
1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?
2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?
3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. Looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!
Posted on Aug 8, 2007
Hello all you Tanganites! TangaMonkey and TangaJen will be at the Starbucks in the middle of the MGM Grand in Vegas (not the one at the end by Studio 54) at 9:00 p.m. PST on Sunday August 12th. If you come up and say hello and give us the secret Tanga handshake, you will get 100 Tanga Points. We’ll be there for 15 minutes.
Hope to see some Tanganites there!
Posted on Aug 8, 2007
Salutations, loyal Tanganites. As your Wednesday editor, I hope to provide you with a gasp, a laugh, a challenge, and a few Tanga Points (TP) to those who are worthy. In an effort to open up the Tanga Times to a larger audience, I will gladly take suggestions (in regard to content) from anyone left in the comment section below. As for today, a small journey on the information superhighway is all I ask. The first to E-mail me the two-word final answer will get 15 TP and the runner-up will receive 5 TP. Feel free to âsaltâ below. Enjoy!
If youâre positive who the king of the jungle is, donât click here: Roar!
What happens when youâre late for work? Bad Boys, Bad Boys
You donât know jack, seriously: Clueless
4. It has no legs
5. Battle site
6. Armband emblem
1. She has no arms
2. Tug-of-war participant?
3. Where officers are sure to behave
Posted on Aug 7, 2007
Hi, folks. It looks like Iâll be doing the Tanga Times on Tuesdays for the time being. I havenât read all of the archives, so if I rehash a link or something renfurdson posted before, just smack me upside the head.
This web puzzle takes you through 138 separate web pages/mini-riddles. Youâll have to scour everything from the pageâs source code to Google to get the answers needed to advance to the next level. Iâm embarrassed to say how far Iâve gotten. If you get to the last page, let me know and Iâll enshrine you in the Tanga Times.
Hereâs a bizarre, âfind the differenceâ puzzle. Make sure your volumeâs up because thereâs ambient noise that could provide a hint.
Check this out: âSuperplexus is a complex, 3-dimensional labyrinth that can be traced by a ball bearing.â Tanga, make it happen!
I hope you all enjoyed my first go at the Tanga Times!
NOTE: We are still looking for Tanga Times authors! Please contact us if you are interested!
Posted on Aug 6, 2007
At long last, the jigsaw puzzle will be available as our Saturday product. The image for this jigsaw is a montage of objects sent in by Tanga users. It’s a wacky and wonderful collection of stuff. We can’t promise super-fast delivery because the puzzles will be custom manufactured based on the number that we sell. If you want an extra copy or two, order them right away!
Besides being a fun jigsaw, the puzzle is also a One Word Wonder! That’s right, the puzzle has a one word answer. All you need to do is buy it, assemble it, and follow these simple instructions:
4 of 5
4 of 7
2 of 5
2 of 6
4 of 6
7 of 7
Posted on Aug 6, 2007
We are looking for Tanganites who would like to write our daily (M-F) Tanga Times. If you are witty, smart, love to spend time looking around the Internet for new and interesting things that will keep our users happy, then we want you! If you can come up with little puzzles involving the use of the internet, that is a plus. Please send an email to jeremy at Tanga.com and let me know if you are interested. If we can find FIVE (5) editors, then all you would need to do is one per week. We will give you 30 Tanga Points for each of your Tanga Times that we publish.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Posted on Aug 4, 2007
There is a hypercross tonight!
Posted on Aug 3, 2007
Hey all you STUs! Tomorrow (August 4th) is your lucky day… We’ll be launching an STU only product tomorrow at around 4:00 p.m. MST that only STUs will be able to participate in. For those of you who don’t know what an STU is, it is a “Super Tanga User” and these are the folks who have bought way too much stuff on Tanga and have solved way too many puzzles! You too can become an STU be throwing us your cold hard cash :-)
Thanks for your loyal and loving support!
Your friend in Trash,
Posted on Aug 1, 2007
There are some organizational changes taking place at Tanga that affect Daily Fun. One of the short term casualties is the daily Hypercross puzzle. There are lots of Hypercross puzzles in the archives if you haven’t done them all.
The Tanga Times will also not run every day.
The One Word Warmup and One Word Wonder puzzles will continue to appear daily.
Sorry for the chaos!
Posted on Jul 28, 2007
Sorry for things being late/absent tonight.
Aaron was temporarily transported to a parallel universe.
The parallel universe is named for a cartoon character.
First to name this character gets 15
The name starts with a T
Posted on Jul 26, 2007
How about some clues for words using the following format:
Clue – Word Length – Scrabble Value (tile total)
Family destination – 3 – 12
ftp 15 for the answer to this one
Posted on Jul 26, 2007
You might’ve noticed the occasional odd glitch today while using Tanga. But, I think I’m done tinkering with the hamsters that type up each page on this website and send it to you guys.
So, is the site loading snappily for everyone?