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  1. Posted on Jun 20, 2007

    Views: 1,009

    Nerd Stuff

    You can ignore this if you aren’t a computer nerd.

    I’ve created a way for external programs/websites to load our puzzles and submit answers.

    • http://tanga.com/puzzles/current_one_word_wonder.xml
    • http://tanga.com/puzzles/current_one_word_warmup.xml
    • http://tanga.com/puzzles/32.xml
    • http://tanga.com/puzzles/32/puzzle_answers/check?answer=wrong
    • http://tanga.com/puzzles/32/puzzle_answers/check?answer=porcupine

    Also new, but not sure if it’ll be of much use to anyone.

    • http://tanga.com/products/current.xml
    • http://tanga.com/products/1.xml

    Got any other ideas for how we could open up Tanga? Post here and send an email to joe@tanga.com.


  2. Posted on Jun 19, 2007

    Views: 666

    Tanga Times June 19 2007

    Great news! Aaron is getting emails again every time a new puzzle is uploaded. Joe is merciful.

    We had several successful coin stackers yesterday

    Today’s challenge:
    create a riddle that you can solve if you are looking at a U.S. one dollar bill (back or front or both.)


  3. Posted on Jun 18, 2007

    Views: 711

    Tanga Times June 18 2007

    5 points to anyone who sends an email to aaron@tanga.com with a picture attached of an arrangement such as the one in this picture, but situated on a playing card…

    OK! Verve640 was equal to the task. Note this is worth 5 points to anyone, not just the first to pull it off…

    And A_Beaverhausen too!

    And Thosw too!

    And robrizob!

    oh and here was the first submission from Thosw GROAN playing Card indeed

    and leadfoot found her usb cable


  4. Posted on Jun 15, 2007

    Views: 741

    Tanga Times June 15 2007

    Ok here’s something to hunt for that might or might not exist.

    Can you find a web site with the address www.something.com where the “something” is a thing and the home page is simply an image of that thing? No text or other images allowed.

    No slashes allowed in the address.

    5 points for any find that meets the criteria. Not just first.

    There might not be any…


  5. Posted on Jun 14, 2007

    Views: 734

    Tanga Times June 14 2007

    Not sure how to make a puzzle out of this idea but it could be fun to play around with.

    How about thinking up acronyms for words that define the word?

    For example:

    Cuddly allergy threat.


  6. Posted on Jun 13, 2007

    Views: 750

    Tanga Times June 13 2007

    A new brainstorm:

    COFFEE and BLEACHERS (two words that can be clearly represented using pictures) conceal the word FEEBLE between them.

    Who can think up some more? Could make a good Hypercross.


  7. Posted on Jun 12, 2007

    Views: 705

    Tanga Times June 12 2007

    Nice work on the tv show rebus ideas yesterday! There are a few I might need help with…
    not too late to go back to yesterday’s Tanga Times
    and add some more.

    Who was asking about tree riddle epic poems? Oh, right. Nobody.

    Some (many?) are a stretch but at least it’s easy to check the answers. The answers pop up in little windows when you click on the blue words.

    tree riddle epic poem

    Can you add a vowel in the middle of a four legged animal to make a flower? FTP5


  8. Posted on Jun 11, 2007

    Views: 712

    Tanga Times June 11 2007

    Rebus brainstorm!

    who can think up rebuses for the titles of tv shows?

    You don’t have to make a graphic file just tell us how to construct the rebus.

    Use quotes to indicate any actual letters that appear in the rebus.

    Don’t post the answers and we’ll be able to determine relative difficulty.

    Examples:
    “Ch” plus a picture of ears

    Picture of a stop sign and picture of a pool table with an arrow pointing to the felt.

    If we get some good results, we will have created a hypercross puzzle together.

    Readers of Tanga Times will have a head start on solving it!


  9. Posted on Jun 8, 2007

    Views: 680

    Tanga Times June 8 2007

    If you’ve been thinking about sending in an item for the Jigsaw project, you need to do it soon! We’ll be taking the photograph on July first. There’s still time!


    Would it be a stretch to try to write a limerick about Tanga?

    We promise not to lock your account, no matter how bad your limerick is…


    Nice results on the movies yesterday. Hmm… could be puzzle fodder…

    Tanga Times readers would have a leg up.


  10. Posted on Jun 7, 2007

    Views: 666

    Tanga Times June 7 2007

    Doing trivia online is kind of tough since people can just use Google, imdb or whatever.

    Who can think up some search proof trivia?

    Here’s a try: _Name two-word movie titles with both words starting with the same letter. _

    I’ll start: Fantastic Four


  11. Posted on Jun 6, 2007

    Views: 659

    Tanga Times June 6 2007

    A water heater malfunction prevented our staff from reporting today.

    Anyone know any Light bulb jokes?


  12. Posted on Jun 6, 2007

    Views: 735

    RSS Feed Question

    Right now, we have two RSS feeds, one for blog/news, and one for products. We don’t have one yet for Daily Fun activities.

    Would you guys want one? Any other feeds that you’d like to have?


  13. Posted on Jun 5, 2007

    Views: 712

    Tanga Times June 5 2007

    If you’ve been enjoying the new Hypercross puzzles, get ready to help make them! Soon we’ll be accepting hypercross entry submissions. Think of them a simplified One Word Wonder puzzles. Quicktime videos, mp3 sound files and image files will all work.

    We’re working on making all the Hypercross puzzles available in the archive.

    Thanks to the several people who contacted Aaron about puzzle submissions. This helps while our puzzle management is in parts on Joe’s floor.

    Let’s try the category game again.

    I’m thinking of a category. I will give several clues in th form of A but not B.

    Once you figure out the category, don’t post it explicitly. Simply post some more A but not B clues.

    sight but not taste
    do but not be
    come but not go
    load but not shoot
    lord but not lady
    estimate but not guess
    hear but not listen
    tone but not hue

    there are plenty more.


  14. Posted on Jun 4, 2007

    Views: 694

    Tanga Times June 4 2007

    Thanks everyone for your patience as we keep monkeying with Tanga. We’re trying to have as much fun as we can here.

    If you get a Dodge, a Telletubby and a portable shelter, what do you become? FTP5

    The current state of our software makes it hard for Aaron to browse through submitted puzzles. Also, for the moment Aaron is not notified about each submission. This means you should be in touch with Aaron if you have good puzzles waiting for limelight. Either email Aaron at aaron@tanga.com or use a tangagram.

    Question:
    If you were trying to convince someone who had never been on the internet that it is fun, and they agreed to spend ten minutes on the internet, where would you send them (not tanga.com)? Family oriented please.


  15. Posted on Jun 4, 2007

    Views: 693

    Wanted: Tanganites with Photoshop Skills!

    Hello everyone,

    We are looking for Tanga users who have good photoshop skills that can help us with a few little graphics/photo manipulation projects that we have come up every once in a while. We will pay with Tanga Credit! If you are interested, please contact me at jeremy at tanga dot com.


  16. Posted on Jun 4, 2007

    Views: 666

    Rewards Program Update

    Tanga rewards now expire in 180 days, up from 60.

    Got questions about the Tanga Reward program? Post here. We’ll get them answered.


  17. Posted on Jun 1, 2007

    Views: 506

    Tanga Times June 1, 2007

    Here’s something you can only try once. Well, you can try it again but it will be different.

    If you want to try this, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN VERY FAR.

    Find a crossword puzzle to do. Before you solve the puzzle, write down the dimensions of the grid that contains it (15 by 15 for example.) Don’t write it on the puzzle. Use a separate piece of paper.

    IMPORTANT! Don’t do this alone. Have a helper who works as hard as you do on the puzzle.

    Solve the puzzle with ANOTHER PERSON helping you. It’s fine to look stuff up if you need to. Just get it solved.

    Once you have solved the puzzle, hide it somewhere. Maybe between the pages of a big book.

    Okay, have you solved and hidden your puzzle?

    SCROLL DOWN FOR PART TWO OF INSTRUCTIONS

    keep scrolling

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    Yay! You scrolled down enough.

    Now, draw a blank grid of the correct dimensions. (you wrote this down)

    Now you are going to remember the puzzle. Yes, you have the entire crossword puzzle in your heads (here’s where you’re glad you have a helper.)

    Start with a word brainstorm. Write down every word you can remember.

    Then try to remember the locations of a few of them.

    You will be able to start recreating the black box pattern once you get a few words in place. Keep in mind that crosswords have rotational symmetry. So if a box is black, the box 180 degrees away (roatating around the center of the grid) is also black.

    It might seem unlikely, but you will most likely be able to recreate the whole puzzle.


  18. Posted on May 31, 2007

    Views: 925

    Leaderboard! Oh my!

    Hello everyone,

    Tonight we are announcing our newest way to reward those people who are our most frequent users and purchasers on Tanga. Your fearless TangaJoe has created a leader board system where you will be able to see the top 10 leaders in certain categories (with more categories coming soon) as well as where you rank against those leaders.

    Each and every month, we will be giving away prizes to the top point leaders of the month. And at the end of the year, we will reward the top point leaders for the year. Every month, we will reward the top 10 at a minimum. Some months, we may be crazy and take the top 25 and other months we may go completely out of our mind and reward the top 50. It just depends on the type of rewards we have available for the month. The rewards will be announced 2-3 days after the end of the month and we will announce those prizes and winners in the Tanga News section of the web site.

    You are probably asking how you will receive points from now on? Here is the list!

    • First to purchase a Tanga item – 50 points
    • Last to purchase a Tanga item – 50 points
    • Purchasing any Tanga item – 30 points
    • Purchasing multiple of a specific Tanga item – 30 points for each additional Tanga Item
    • Answering One Word Warmup – 1 point
    • Answering One Word Wonder – 2 points
    • Publishing your puzzle – 20 points

    We are going to be continually updating and making this leader board system better for all of our users including the displaying of additional fun stats like “The Most Top Ten Puzzle Finishes.” If you can think of any more stats you would like displayed, please contact us!

    This leader board takes the place of the auctions as it seemed that our users weren’t very happy with the auction process. Hopefully this new system will be a better way for you to collect and enjoy Tanga points. Each month, the Tanga Points reset (for the monthly count only) so each person will have a chance to try to achieve TP greatness.

    We look forward to hearing your comments! Excessive whining will result in sad TangaJoe.


  19. Posted on May 31, 2007

    Views: 672

    Tanga Times May 31 2007

    Yesterday answer: A heliCOPter always has a policeman inside.


    Today challenge.

    Join A and B! We haven’t managed yet…

    Post your solution. Fewest moves wins!

    Time to slide


    Survey:
    Who has the following in your house?

    Ant farm with live ants
    Working lava lamp
    Pomegranite
    Rockem Sockem Robots game

    Does anyone have all four?


  20. Posted on May 30, 2007

    Views: 750

    Tanga Times May 30 2007

    Honor System Origami Contest!!!

    Go to Google and search for “origami jumping frog.”

    You will find a variety of links to different designs.

    The goals are maximum height and maximum lateral distance.

    Feel free to modify the designs but your frog must be folded from one piece of paper.

    Aaron had been working on jumping frogs and his record height is 16 inches, and his record lateral distance is 23 inches including post-jump slide.

    It’s fascinating to tweak the design to maximize performance.

    How about an origami jumping frog obstacle course? Let us know if you make one. Shame on you if you don’t. Mild shame.

    Aaron’s design hint: Within reason, the smaller the frog the better it jumps.


    The puzzle in yesterday’s edition showed 6 animals. To solve the puzzle you had to check out www.dog.com, www.horse.com etc for each animal. Five of the images were taken from the site whose url is the animal in question.

    www.cat.com is the homepage of caterpillar, a heavy equipment manufacturer. There are no kitty pictures there. There is, however, a picture of the Colosseum, among other things.
    The winning post was thus “cat, Colosseum.”
    *******
    What type of vehicle always has a policeman inside? FTP5


  21. Posted on May 29, 2007

    Views: 682

    Tanga Times May 29 2007

    Here’s a little picture puzzle.

    Which of these animals is not at its home?

    If you figure it out, make a two word post.

    Word one should be the answer animal. Word two should be something that is at its home.

    This way you won’t totally give it away but we’ll know that you know. And you’ll get the points.


  22. Posted on May 28, 2007

    Views: 749

    Tanga Times May 28 2007

    Here’s a really cool maze puzzle that’s been around for a long time. We played a version of it years ago and still had lots of fun playing it again this morning.

    Nifty maze


    Boggle challenge!

    I just shook my Boggle game and here are the letters that I got:

    CEUT
    VONE
    IURI
    TITN

    Points for the longest word! If you’re not familiar with Boggle, words must be chains of connected letters. Letters are connected if they are adjacent, including diagonally. You may not use the same exact letter more than once.


  23. Posted on May 25, 2007

    Views: 741

    Tanga Times May 25 2007

    OK, it’s Friday Night.

    Help!

    Aaron is stuck trying to solve a really silly game.

    Silly Game

    So far he has managed to get a pet cat that does nothing (kick the statue to get) a key that makes everything shake but doesn’t seem to open anything, a laser gun that makes cool sounds only and a blue stone from the hamburger room. The laser gun does not bother the hamburger.

    There’s a chart showing a key and some water and there’s a body of water but the connection is unclear.

    The items are drag and drop on target item to activate.

    Your sole task for this evening is to help Aaron make a bit more progress…


  24. Posted on May 24, 2007

    Views: 940

    Tanga Times May 24 2007

    Hello Tangans

    Here’s a question. Has a term emerged to represent a member of the Tanga community? Are we Tangans? Tanganites? Tangaites? I’ve seen at least these three in use.

    What are we?


    No winners in fantasy baseball. Everyone chose the Red Sox…


    Find the missing final element in each sequence. This will give you nine letters. Make three three-letter words. Discard the hat and the chart. Answer remains.

    B,PP,PA,NCA,?
    MG,VA,AA,IA,IA,?
    NYA,TA,SJP,VA,SA,?
    CA,VA,OA,BA,?

    FTP5 (new shorthand for “First to post gets 5 points”)


    Thomas and Benjamin chose GIANT MEATS as their favorite anagram of TANGA TIMES.


    The word right of rib is ton, on the keyboard.


    Thanks Verve 640 for showing us where to find the bottle cap rebus puzzles! They bring back memories.
    Bottlecap rebus site


  25. Posted on May 23, 2007

    Views: 868

    Tanga Times May 23 2007

    Hey, puzzle makers! We need some really easy puzzles. As you might have noticed we’re trying to keep the One Word Warm ups super easy.

    The idea is to give people with no clue what’s going on here a chance to get started.

    Aaron will be making quite a few of the easy puzzles to try to demonstrate the easiness factor we’re looking for.

    If you submit an easy puzzle let Aaron know with an email to aaron@tanga.com

    Here’s a puzzle you’re equipped to solve! What word is right of rib?
    Points to first solver.

    Here’s a riddle that was new to me.

    Please don’t post the answer if you know it.

    it is more powerful than god
    it is more evil than the devil
    poor men have it
    rich men want it
    if you eat it you will die

    Christmas in May!

    Try this

    First to tell us who you saved christmas for gets points.


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