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Game E:
H: In two separate Simpsons episodes, a scene involving Homer Simpson appears to contradict the work of a man named Pierre, corroborated by a man named Andrew. What is the sum of all exponents that appear in these two scenes that are related to these contradictions?

L: Using A=1, B=2,…, Z=26, the total value of the letters in the first name of the girl who discovered a very unusual opportunity to customize her car, which she noticed had the name of the car spelled out in individual chrome letters on the trunk. 
She removed the first consonant.  Then she removed the second consonant and put it where the first had been.  She continued to replace each consonant with the one that had followed it.  She put the first consonant in the space left by the last one.  She did not move any vowels.  Now the letters spelled her name! Hint: Her name is not Ravanac, Rodf, Roschpe, or Tisbusihmi!  It's a perfectly ordinary name.

Game F:
H: Using A=1, B=2, etc to Z=26, the sum of the values of all the letters in the name of the pet owned by the literary character whose (1) first name is the same as the TV celebrity whose father is in turn a well-known TV and film actor and whose grandparents (his parents) were a world famous violinist and an opera singer, and whose (2) surname is an anagram of the word that is as many words after “dither” as “bromidic” is after “trite” in the lyrics to a famous Broadway song sung by character Nellie Forbush.

L: Age that well-known film personality [FirstName] [LastName] was or will be on the 200th anniversary of [Event], where:
[FirstName] = the song used as the main theme on HBO's "Real Sex" series
[LastName] = an anagram of the main title of a Broadway song whose subtitle is "A Model of Decorum and Tranquility," with an additional "E" tacked onto the end
[Event] = the birth of the last U.S. President who was neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

Game E:
TeamlogoH: According to the 2000 US Census, the population ranking of the city (that has the largest population in its state) that has the same name as another community in the United States that is located in a county that has the same name as the city of birth of the singer whose identity is directly connected to the final occurrence in The Puzzle Decathlon of the category of puzzles described by finding a one-word anagram for whatever is primarily associated with the picture at left.

L: Price in cents for the bottle of Prell family-size shampoo advertised in the store window in Robert Bechtle's painting 60's Chevies.

Game F:

L: The number that Evelle tells a store clerk he's robbing to count to in Raising Arizona, minus the number of the tram that Tiberio boards in The Big Deal On Madonna Street



Bob Lodge strikes again (for the first time?)...or so it would appear. ;)

Posted by: Stephen | Mar 24, 2005 12:10:03 PM

Ok, I swear that I had to answer that Prell Shampoo before. I remember researching it.

Did the author lift the question from an old contest somewhere?

Dang! I wish I could remember the answer!

Posted by: Jeannette | Mar 24, 2005 1:00:38 PM

Yes, Jeannette, that Prell question WAS in a GAMES contest. I recall the question, but like you, not the answer.

Posted by: Toni | Mar 24, 2005 4:56:41 PM

Any chance the GAMES contest was in approximately June 2000? (No, this doesn't give an answer.)

Posted by: Monica/MLR | Mar 24, 2005 6:28:59 PM

How sneaky of the question's author...

I guess we should state for the record that this question was "inspired" by Regis Modesta.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 24, 2005 6:44:14 PM

The question...

"Price in cents for the bottle of Prell family-size shampoo advertised in the store window in Robert Bechtle's painting 60's Chevies."

Appeared in the GAMES Calculatrivia contest that preceded Bob's "Ultimate Calculatrivia" contest...

Since they have the Calculatrivia contest about every four years, 2000 sounds about right for the year...

Isn't that plagiarism?...

Posted by: Jim from Minnesota | Mar 24, 2005 10:02:54 PM

I personally think its rather canny asking a question that most people already have seen in one form or another.

Is it plagarism? Yes and no.

Does the question stand? Yes. Just know that if you have an old copy of GAMES lying around you may have a shortcut to the answer.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 24, 2005 10:36:29 PM

Just curious, JM...did you get my recent email?

Posted by: Stephen | Mar 24, 2005 11:32:53 PM

I wouldn't call the 60's Chevies clue "plagiarism," largely owing to the fact that the submitter of the clue is forgoing being personally credited for it (and will remain anonymous, unless one of our hosts or the submitter him/herself chooses to let on at some point in the future).

Posted by: Andrew | Mar 25, 2005 12:45:24 AM

For Game E - lower seed, are we to assume that the first name is the only thing spelled by using the name (make or model) of the car, or could it include initials or perhaps a last name as well? A possible answer came immediately to mind upon reading this question, but it may have extra letters that aren't allowed in the intended answer.

Posted by: Sean F | Mar 25, 2005 7:52:30 AM

Sean - Either the make or the model of a car will work using all of its letters. There will be none left over as in the examples.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 25, 2005 7:59:58 AM

I'm also struggling with the Car/Girl's Name question. I'm surprised that this one turned out to be the hardest in the current round. Some of the others sound a lot tougher but I've managed to find answers (or good leads) for most.

East Game E
H - Well, I've never watched the Simpsons so I thought this question would be almost impossible for me to answer. It turned out to be relatively simple though once I started researching.
L - Still looking. I haven't had much luck finding the right car yet. I have a few possibles, but none of them are very convincing answers.

Game F
H - Solved.
L - Well, I have the last name and event, but the first name is giving me trouble. I really haven't spent much time on it yet though.

Game E
H - still reading the question. I didn't enter the decathlon contest so I have some make-up work to do first.
L - I cheated. I found the same website that Monica listed above thus confirming my suspensions that I had seen the question before. I lucked out and was able to find my old copy of GAMES with the contest and all my solving notes were still in there.

Game F
H - Solved. I think. I found 2 possible answers, but only 1 falls between 25 and 100, per JM's rules.
L - I found the robbery number. My local library had a copy of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" on the shelf, so I checked it out last night and I'll watch it on fast forward tonight. So this one should be done by tomorrow.

Sigh, back to the ELF/ENT mystery.

Posted by: Jeannette | Mar 25, 2005 8:26:28 AM

Oddly enough, I think my original idea stands, but I need to know how many letters of the alphabet are being considered vowels for this puzzle, 5 or 6?

Posted by: Sean F | Mar 25, 2005 12:32:42 PM

Y: If Y appears at the beginning of a syllable - it is a consonant as in yellow, yuck! or yodeling. If a Y occurs elsewhere in a syllable - it is a vowel as in day, dysfunctional, lollygag.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 25, 2005 1:54:00 PM

That's the clarification I needed, JM. Thanks!

Posted by: Sean F | Mar 25, 2005 2:22:29 PM

Yes! Thanks Jm, on the "Y" thing. That clears it up for me too.
On Sweet Sixteen,East F: H....I am a huge fan of this author, and was happy to see the author's work in your puzzle. Knowing the book, I immediately got the name of the character and pet.
L...My sources don't give me the name that would fit for the first name.
West, L..Guess I'll have to rent The Big Deal on Madonna Street....but that's the least of my worries....I'm missing too many answers. Never gonna' make the cut.
Yet, I'll have fun trying the assorted puzzles.

Posted by: Toni | Mar 27, 2005 5:36:27 PM

Although it has no obvious impact on the puzzle, just to clear up the "Y" thingie; "If the Y does not provide a separate vowel sound, as when it is coupled with another vowel, it is considered a consonant. In words such as key or play, the Y is a consonant, because the vowel sound depends upon the long E in key and the long A in play. In general, the Y is a consonant when the syllable already has a vowel."

Posted by: DonV | Mar 28, 2005 12:35:21 PM

Anyone identify the association with the picture above? I think I've backsolved the rest of the question appropriately, but I am having a difficult time with that image.

Posted by: Jay Winter | Mar 30, 2005 9:15:51 AM

Yes. It's hard to imagine back-solving this one without identifying the picture, but anything's possible.

Posted by: DOnV | Mar 31, 2005 10:21:35 PM

E: WI St.-Lodge: 72-60 Wisconsin St.
F: Faber-Hillman: 47-31 Faber

In two episodes of The Simpsons, we see equations that defy Fermat’s Last Theorem (proposed by Pierre de Fermat and proved recently by Andrew Wiles). The Theorem is that for integers n>2, a^n + b^n = c^n has no integer solutions for a, b, and c. When Homer goes 3D, there is an equation floating that says 1782^12 + 1841^12 = 1922^12. In the Thomas Edison episode, Homer writes the equation 3987^12 + 4365^12 = 4472^12. Neither of these equations can possibly be true because of the proved theorem. The sum of all exponents in these equations is 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 = 72. In one scene, other exponents appear, but they are not related to the Fermat formula.

Answer is 60
MARCY owns a CAMRY !

The TV celebrity is Stephanie Zimbalist, whose father is actor Ephram Zimbalist Jr, and grandparents were the violinist Ephram Zimbalist and the opera singer Alma Gluck, both world famous in the early decades of the 20th century.  So the literary character’s first name is Stephanie.
 Nellie Forbush is the heroine of South Pacific, and the words “dither”, “trite”, and “bromidic” all appear in close proximity in “A Wonderful Guy”, here:
Finding and counting the words from “trite” to “bromidic” and then counting the same number of words from “dither”, as shown in bold in the excerpt here:
I am in a conventional dither,
With a conventional star in my eye.
And you will note there's a lump in my throat
When I speak of that wonderful guy!
I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in May,
A cliché comin' true!
I'm bromidic and bright... (etc)
lands on the word lump.  The only obvious anagram is Plum.   So we seek Stephanie Plum.
The heroine of a set of more than 10 comedy/mystery novels by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum is a bail bond bounty hunter who lives with her pet hamster, REX!
 R=18, E=5, X=24, and 18 + 5 + 24 = 47
 Answer 47

31. Tackling the problem piece by piece:
[FirstName]: The song is "Patricia," composed by Perez Prado. (http://www.laventure.net/tourist/prezdisc_5_films.htm )
[LastName]: The musical "Chess" includes a song whose full title is
"Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_%28musical%29 ); anagramming "QUARTET" with an extra "E" yields "ARQUETTE".
[Event]: The president in question is Millard Fillmore, the last Whig
president ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States#Graphical_timeline).
Fillmore was born on Jan. 7, 1800 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millard_Fillmore ); Patricia Arquette was born on Apr. 8, 1968 ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000099/ ). On Jan. 7, 2000, she will be 31 years old.

E: PortCU-Larry: 45-88 Larry College
F: St. D's-ASU: 77-50 St. Dunstan's

The picture is the sports logo for the Iona Gaels (Iona College in New York State), which is an anagram of “ANALOGIES”. The final occurrence of an analogies puzzle in The Puzzle Decathlon is referring to Alanis Morrisette, who was born in Ottawa, Ontario. There are several Ottawa counties in the United States, but only one has a community in it that has the same name as a city that is the largest (in population) in its state (Minneapolis, Kansas is in Ottawa County – Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota). Minneapolis is the 45th largest city in the United States, according to the 2000 census. [Note that there is a Miami, Oklahoma in Ottawa county, but Miami was not listed as the largest city in Florida – Jacksonville was.]

88 = Price in cents for the bottle of Prell family-size shampoo advertised in the store window in Robert Bechtle's painting 60's Chevies

77   The crypto translates to:


A quick Google on "penny red plate numbers" or something similar will yield many websites devoted to these issues.  Any Classic Great Britain stamp collector will know the answer immediately off the top of his head, but easy research shows the numbers on the stamps themselves commenced with Plate 71 (earlier numbers were only on the side of the sheet and not ON the actual stamps, still a moot point when determining rarest) up to #225, skipping numbers 126 and 128, which are NON-existent, but a few copies got out of #77, which catalogs in six figures!

One of many sites (the first I grabbed, others may be even better):

Scroll down a bit for the bit on Penny Red Plate Numbers.

50 = The number that Evelle tells a store clerk he's robbing to count to in Raising Arizona, minus the number of the tram that Tiberio boards in The Big Deal On Madonna Street

Posted by: JmSR | Apr 25, 2005 7:34:31 PM

In the Faber/Hillman Game (Game F), with Faber being #2 and Hillman #6, doesn't Faber get the higher team score (FH=47) and Hillman get the lower team score (FL=31), and this Faber wins that game?

Or, maybe I made incorrect assumptions on how the seeding works past the first round?

Posted by: Jay Winter | Apr 25, 2005 7:45:25 PM

This was a transcription error that has been fixed. Faber did win.

Posted by: JmSR | Apr 25, 2005 7:48:23 PM

Just checking my results against the answers - no offense intended.

Posted by: Jay Winter | Apr 25, 2005 7:54:12 PM

EH was written by Michael Pickard
EL & FH were written by Bob Lodge
FL was written by Adam Fromm

EH was written by Michael Pickard
EL & FL were written by Andrew Levine
FH was written by Bob Lodge

Posted by: JmSR | Apr 26, 2005 9:02:12 AM

FYI: We actually found two possibilities for the "Car Question". The only Marcy I ever knew of was in the "Peanuts" cartoon strip, but it seems to be a common American name. The name "Aurora"(74)also fits the parameters, but is suspect because it leads back to the same name. In Spanish-speaking countries Aurora is 4 times more prevalent than Marcy, and in the US, believe it or not, Aurora is only marginally less common than Marcy.

Posted by: DonV | Apr 27, 2005 12:31:33 AM

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