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MNOWAX
0.999... of a Troll

 Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: 1 The first Quickfire is a simple, yet very complex quickfire, you will have only two weeks to complete the making of this puzzle. You must make a puzzle using 25 words or less. It may not involve pictures, animations, or other items, just words Cents CAESAR JOHN VIRTUE FOUNDATION HELEN CHIMNEY CRATER CORPS THE FIRST DISCOVERY EDUCATION FLIGHT GREAT IN INDEPENDENCE KELLER LAKE LAND LIBERTY MUIR OF ROCK RODNEY_________________The Man The Myth The Legend MNOWAX
jbvntx
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:46 am    Post subject: 2 Well, the initial part of the puzzle is straightforward enough... The words are from ten of the State Quarters CAESAR RODNEY - Delaware VIRTUE, LIBERTY, INDEPENDENCE - Pennsylvania FIRST FLIGHT - North Carolina HELEN KELLER - Alabama CORPS OF DISCOVERY - Missouri FOUNDATION IN EDUCATION - Iowa JOHN MUIR - California CRATER LAKE - Oregon CHIMNEY ROCK - Nebraska GREAT LAND - Alaska I was looking for a second step and maybe came up with this? ... The first letters of the States anagram to spell "MAP AND COIN". I'm not 100% sure if that was the intended answer. jbvntx_________________jbv
Projectyl
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:21 am    Post subject: 3 Since it's been a week with no further progress, a nudge: The second set of words is alphabetized, which in this sort of puzzle usually means "these are not currently in the right order". What does that say about the first set?_________________"I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate..."
jbvntx
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:13 am    Post subject: 4 Okay, so if for the second part, instead of what I said before, if you do this instead... Put the states in order by the first line of the original words. You get CAESAR RODNEY - Delaware JOHN MUIR - California VIRTUE, LIBERTY, INDEPENDENCE - Pennsylvania FOUNDATION IN EDUCATION - Iowa HELEN KELLER - Alabama CHIMNEY ROCK - Nebraska CRATER LAKE - Oregon CORPS OF DISCOVERY - Missouri THE GREAT LAND - Alaska FIRST FLIGHT - North Carolina The first letters of the state names spell out "DC Piano Man" which was according to google a concert in DC with Billy Joel and Elton John. _________________jbv
LordKinbote
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject: 5 Here's the final step: The DC PIANO MAN in question is Duke Ellington, who is featured with a piano on the Washington DC quarter. I'm impressed you could find a phrase that unambiguously clued your final phrase and anagrammed to something that made sense.
groza528
No Place Like Home

 Posted: Mon May 10, 2010 2:10 am    Post subject: 6 Elimination Challenge 1: What's on TV? During this challenge players were asked to create a puzzle inspired by a favorite television program. The genre of the program was not important, but contestants were instructed to demonstrate through their puzzles why the program was worth watching. Buggy Puzzle This puzzle pays tribute to the main characters of a particular cult hit. The fans may do their best to dress up like them, but they seldom get it right on the first try... Old-fashioned exclamation of dismay (A) It's Latin for "somewhere else" (A) He beat Bonnie's Winter Olympics record this year (A) Titan who held the heavens (B) November classic between Grambling and Southern (I) Character #7 (?) Tolerate something unpleasant (R) Feature of a kitchen or a programming loop (A) Davies' crime-solving magician's assistant (R) Show that was "hurting America", according to Jon Stewart (I) Voldemort's middle name in the French translation (A) Character #5 (?) Character #6 (?) Character #4 (?) Surname of Superman's alter ego (S) Conway's cellular automaton game (M) Slang term for a Brit (A) Character #3 (?) Not automatic, as a transmission (K) Name given to Asteroid 1486 (E) Fail to get, or get, lose, and regret (W) Grew nearer (E) New or innovative (O) Shepard Fairey's most recent well-known subject (R) That which cannot be improved upon (O) Toilet, to a child (K) Character #9 (?) It might be weak against paper- or grass-based attacks, depending on what game you're playing (J) Character #8 (?) Hagia ___ (Y) Make constantly available online (V) Winky of the Teletubbies (L) It sent Dorothy to Oz (S) Australian sandstone monolith, to natives (N) It has one hundred and ninety-two members as of four years ago (abbr.) (M) Where Spica can be seen (E) Character #1 (?) Causing to become damp (Y) Fortieth element (Z) Character #2 (?)
LordKinbote
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Mon May 10, 2010 4:03 am    Post subject: 7 Well, I've got the answer, though I'm only about 2/3 done with the puzzle: HOLE IN ONE. I still want to put everything together how I'm supposed to, however.
ralphmerridew
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 1:33 pm    Post subject: 8 Old-fashioned exclamation of dismay (A) alas / alack. It's Latin for "somewhere else" (A) alibi. He beat Bonnie's Winter Olympics record this year (A) apolo. Titan who held the heavens (B) atlas. November classic between Grambling and Southern (I) bayou. Character #7 (?) book. Tolerate something unpleasant (R) brave? Feature of a kitchen or a programming loop (A) counter. Davies' crime-solving magician's assistant (R) creek? Show that was "hurting America", according to Jon Stewart (I) crossfire. Voldemort's middle name in the French translation (A) elvis. Character #5 (?) inara. Character #6 (?) jayne. Character #4 (?) kaylee. Surname of Superman's alter ego (S) kent. Conway's cellular automaton game (M) life. Slang term for a Brit (A) limey. Character #3 (?) mal. Not automatic, as a transmission (K) manual. Name given to Asteroid 1486 (E) marilyn. Fail to get, or get, lose, and regret (W) miss? Grew nearer (E) New or innovative (O) novel? Shepard Fairey's most recent well-known subject (R) obama. That which cannot be improved upon (O) perfection. Toilet, to a child (K) potty. Character #9 (?) river. It might be weak against paper- or grass-based attacks, depending on what game you're playing (J) rock. Character #8 (?) simon. Hagia ___ (Y) sophia. Make constantly available online (V) Winky of the Teletubbies (L) tinky. It sent Dorothy to Oz (S) twister. Australian sandstone monolith, to natives (N)uluru. It has one hundred and ninety-two members as of four years ago (abbr.) (M) un. Where Spica can be seen (E) virgo. Character #1 (?) wash. Causing to become damp (Y) wet. Fortieth element (Z) zirconium. Character #2 (?) zoe.Last edited by ralphmerridew on Tue May 18, 2010 12:46 am; edited 6 times in total
Projectyl
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 5:19 am    Post subject: 9 Four of your guesses are wrong - they're the ones that aren't in alphabetical order._________________"I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate..."
referee
June 21st, 2004 Member

 Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 11:22 am    Post subject: 10 stone and tornado. Also I can see manual, perfect, UN, and maybe zinc._________________Jan 21st, 2008: The pillaging continues. Mar 4th, 2008: Rest in Peace, Gary Gygax. May your dice always roll a natural 20 wherever you are. Be the Ultimate Ninja! Play Billy Vs. SNAKEMAN today!
Quailman
His Postmajesty

 Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject: 11 I'd guessrock where you had stone. I think ralphmerridew's paper was a brain fart. And Ayres Rock is called Uluru by the Aborigines. ...and Spica is in the constellation Virgo.
LordKinbote
Daedalian Member

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: 12

 referee wrote: stone and tornado. Also I can see manual, perfect, UN, and maybe zinc.

Having solved the puzzle, I can tell you tornado is incorrect.
ralphmerridew
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: 13 Post updated.
Oscar
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 6:22 pm    Post subject: 14 I don't know any of the programs featured in these questions but this one appears to be Firefly Also: Latin for "somewhere else" alibi Feature of a kitchen or a programming loop counter? And surely 'Fortieth element' is zirconium?
referee
June 21st, 2004 Member

 Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject: 15 Then it must be twister. I agree about rock._________________Jan 21st, 2008: The pillaging continues. Mar 4th, 2008: Rest in Peace, Gary Gygax. May your dice always roll a natural 20 wherever you are. Be the Ultimate Ninja! Play Billy Vs. SNAKEMAN today!
MNOWAX
0.999... of a Troll

 Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: 16 Quickfire #2: Hang by a Thread Quickfire for the next round is another classic from the last round You must pick a Topic in the Grey Labyrinth to base a puzzle off of. VSP is banned from being picked, as are the GL's front page puzzles. Additionally, a topic can not be picked that has been made after the start of this quickfire. You may not use visual aides for your puzzle. it must be in all text, and the words may not be used to create a visual puzzle. You have one week to complete this puzzle Oh and one last thing. If you win this challenge, you can not be eliminated in the next elimination challenge. Deathwatch 2010 I've made a tradition of picking a super-short themed list every year, but this year I'm sitting out because I could only come up with one person. Pretty sure that won't backfire on me, right? BRITISH OPEN WINNERS Bob Charles, 1963 Max Faulkner, 1951 Kel Nagle, 1960 Gary Player, 1959, 1968, 1974 Peter Thomson, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965 CARTOON LEGENDS Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Ralph Bakshi, notorious animator Don Bluth, creator behind "An American Tail", "The Land Before Time", and "Dragon's Lair" Peter Fernandez, "Speed Racer" producer/voice actor/theme arranger June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Tweety's owner Granny COUNTERCULTURE FIGURES Wavy Gravy, hippie icon Tom Hayden, one of the Chicago Seven Albert Hoffman, inventor of LSD Joel Rosenman, conceiver of Woodstock Bobby Seale, Black Panther Party co-founder DAMES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE Shirley Bassey, singer Barbara Cartland, romance novelist Merle Park, ballerina Diana Rigg, actress Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano DICTATORS Hugo Banzer, Bolivia Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti Alberto Fujimori, Peru Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe Mohammaed Omar, Afghansitan EARLY TELEVISION CELEBRITIES Dick Clark, famous Dick Clark Mitch Miller, singalong leader Jack Paar, Tonight Show host Joyce Randolph, Trixie Norton of "The Honeymooners" Dick Van Dyke, sitcom pioneer FIGURES OF SCANDALS John Dean, "master manipulator" of Watergate Norman Lloyd, blacklisted actor Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor tainted by Iran-Contra Addie McPhail, wife of disgraced comic Fatty Arbuckle Herb Stempel, whistleblower of the quiz show scandal NOBEL LAUREATES Henry Kissinger, 1973, Peace Wassily Leontief, 1973, Economics Gabriel García Márquez, 1982, Literature Frederick Sanger, 1958 and 1980, Chemistry Charles Townes, 1964, Physics SITCOM STARS Bea Arthur, "The Golden Girls" Ed Asner, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" Russel Johnson, "Gilligan's Island" Charlotte Rae, "The Facts of Life" Abe Vigoda, "Barney Miller" SPORTS MOVIE SUBJECTS Lawrence "Crash" Davis, portrayed by Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" Jake LaMotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull" Jack Lengyel, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in "We Are Marshall" Rudy Ruettiger, portrayed by Sean Astin in "Rudy" Gale Sayers, portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in "Brian's Song" SUBJECTS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL GAFFES Michael D. Brown, who did a "heckuva job" Michael Dukakis, taker of an ill-fated tank ride Kiichi Miyazawa, Japanese PM upon whom George Bush Sr. vomited Dan Quayle, whose gaffes are innumerable Ken Starr, thorn in Bill Clinton's side_________________The Man The Myth The Legend MNOWAX
LordKinbote
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:20 pm    Post subject: 17 This was the idea that I was going to go with, but I backed out. Now I'm glad I did!
LordKinbote
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: 18 Okay, it might be a tad unfair for me to solve this one, because I really did have pretty much the exact same idea (and that is in no way knocking the puzzle or the idea. If anything, great minds think alike! Ha). Each list has exactly 4 living members and one dead one. You need to take the dead members, find out how old they were when they died. Then you need to translate that into a score by subtracting that number from 100 (taking into account that Albert Hoffman was 102, so he only is worth 1 point by Deathwatch rules). Then, change each score alphanumerically into a letter, and order by the year they died, which are nicely from 1999-2009, and you get Projectyl's pick from 2010... GBRY COLEMAN! Or, rather, Gary Coleman. According to Wikipedia, Barbara Cartland was 98 when she died, not 99.
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