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Game E:
H: The number found in the title of the record album on which the songs begin with the words: Well, If, Got, Ali, She, I, Little, I, They.  The first song begins with the word 'Well', the second song begins with the word 'If', etc.

L: Value of question mark in the list below.

Atlanta, GA = 9,600
Billings, MT = 16
Boston, MA = 190
Chicago, IL = 537
Corpus Christi, TX = ?
Dayton, OH = 100
Denver, CO = 297
Muncie, IN = 6
Nome, AK = 0
Washington, DC = 36,791

Game F:
H: The sum of the ages at time of death of 1) the composer of a song whose title is the title of a movie (except perhaps for punctuation), and 2) a musician who is portrayed in the movie and whose name (the musician's) can be formed by the anagram of the letters derived when the following group of words are correctly paired and researched: Carraway, Caterham, Coleman,
Daisy, Father, Freirs, Hammond, Jeremy, John, Maisy, Old Man, Olguin, Pim, Thomas, Willow, Young.



Game E:
H: At Marie Matif's Big Fun House of Useless Things Nobody Needs, some NAKED WIGS cost $43, an embroidered SLIM MOTH NAPKIN is an affordable $21, and both precious SUIT RANK FABRICS and a painting of the pioneer town MOUNT RAVEN'S NEST each go for $57 apiece.  Using the same logic, how many dollars is Marie charging for the biography of A WOMAN LEGEND?

L: The difference between A and B where:

A=the largest prime factor of the year of origin (as listed in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 9th edition+) of the n-letter word which a) is found in a 1791 poem n words after a word containing a diaeresis (and not a tittle) and b) contains consecutively the Roman numeral equivalent of the Hexadecimal number obtained by removing the first letter of the English acronym (also contained in its English URL) of the organization that is identified since 1969 by variants of the following logo:

Note: be careful of poor spelling and vague dating of poems on some websites. 

B=the number of fireworks 'dots' that appear after winning a game of Spider Solitaire included in Windows XP (if any doubt rounded to the nearest 10)

Game F:
H: Largest prime factor of the largest number mentioned in the lyrics of the song whose lyrics also contain the following encoded words (some of which are pluralized in the lyrics).  Each word has been encoded using the same key except for one letter in each, which has not been encoded at all. OLXLTMBY, SFVRPY, KTOVTMBT, DSUUEP, TVCB, MTCP, CLFMBYPR, RTJTUP

L: Age of the award-winning movie and television actor whose characters’ names from the two longest-running television shows he appeared in have in common the same characteristic which is the difference in the two ways he is credited for the same role in his first feature film, which has an alliterative title and involved puzzle solving, and whose initials (the actor) are the same as those of a character who ‘lived’ nearly 50 years and had a birth and death occurring on different days of annual celebration in the United States, with large gatherings for these celebrations on opposite coasts. A significant part of the celebration that occurs on the day of the character’s birth occurs almost exactly 10 hours after the time, but on a different day, at which another event is most appropriately celebrated, which is more commonly held on a different than the day of the character’s death but celebrates the same thing (more or less), whose first letter is the same as the middle initial of the two television show characters referenced earlier.



In east game E, Do the lyrics start with the words or do the song's TITLES start with the words?

Posted by: Paula | Mar 28, 2008 5:11:26 PM

The song titles.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 28, 2008 6:13:15 PM

Actually it was meant to be vague, but to be clear it is the song lyrics.

Posted by: x | Mar 29, 2008 6:55:19 AM

Sorry, x. I'll try to both keep better secrets and reveal hints accurately from now on.

Posted by: JmSR | Mar 29, 2008 8:36:50 AM

I accidentally switched a couple of digits of Washington, DC in E-L-South...it should read "36,971" for the number.

And apparently the "Denver" number could also be debatable so I'll just throw this out as a more concrete replacement:

Des Moines, IA = 680

All other numbers there appear to be correct...sorry for the confusion.

Posted by: me | Mar 29, 2008 10:10:03 AM

E-L-East, I mean (it's been a long week)

Posted by: me | Mar 29, 2008 10:16:11 AM

On the Spider Solitaire -
I've played a few games on more than one computer(and I hate solitaire - things like this web site are much more worthy of my spare time)
and my "celebrations" all have WELL OVER 100 fireworks dots!

Posted by: Paula | Apr 1, 2008 6:32:46 PM

Start counting them, Paula. That answer is for a part of a puzzle, not the final score to a game. So it can certainly be over 100.

BTW, I'm assuming the number sought for B is the count in the first burst -- it seems to be an endless loop of fireworks (until I tell it if I want to play again) on my computer, so the true answer would be "infinity"

Posted by: susy | Apr 1, 2008 7:12:11 PM

Silly Me -
Of course it can be over 100, I guess I must have fried a circuit working on these crazy questions :-)

Posted by: Paula | Apr 2, 2008 8:50:51 AM

Good point susy. The question could read: 'dots' that appear after each fireworks burst (including both 'rockets') regardless of colour.

Posted by: toomuchtime | Apr 3, 2008 5:37:22 AM

On East Game F, L: Could we get some guidelines on what "mathematical operations" are permissible? I don't seem to be getting very far with just plus, minus, times and divided by...

Posted by: Susy | Apr 10, 2008 1:08:27 PM

This probably should have been clarified more than it was upon the introduction of the problem.

In regard to PEMDAS (Please excuse my Dear Aunt Sally), operations are:

Parentheses, exponents, multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting.

Parentheses are sort of a moot point here, but what you can do is:

-Add, subtract, multiply, or divide any numbers given to you or any constant not appearing provided that constant is, well, constant (is the same number on all eight lines)

-Raise any number to an exponent (such as squaring, cubing, or even square rooting since that's technically an exponent of 1/2).

For example, three different possible rule(s) might be:

Add the largest number to the smallest number. Multiply that sum by one more than the middle number.

Square the red and blue numbers and add those squares together. Divide by 6 and, from that result, subtract twice the value of the green number.

Divide the product of the three numbers by two less than the green number. Multiply by half of the square root of the red number.

In regard to constants, any number used in calculations that does not appear above will remain the same in all eight instances. For example, the rule might be "add 11 to the sum of the three numbers." That obviously satisfies the first line of numbers but no others, because that number "11" could not be changed (i.e. adding 11 to the first sum, 22 to the second, 33 to the third would all be three different rules because the constants used were all different and, thus, not be allowed).

I'm not sure if that helped--or hurt even more! Let me know if you have any other clarifications or questions on that one.

Posted by: Operation Station | Apr 10, 2008 3:11:14 PM

Game E:
1 Sweeney Todd's Short-Term University 52
4 BLTU 79 W

H: 52nd Street - Billy Joel

John Daly, Author

L: The number refers to the difference between the smallest and largest zip codes used in that city. Washington, DC is an obvious anomaly in that it is one of the very few US cities to use two different initial starting numbers for its zip codes (Holtsville, NY and El Paso, TX are two others). Corpus Christi's difference is 79.

Mike Graczyk, Author

Game F:
2 Calc U. - LaTrivia 81
3 Baskin-Robbins 99 W

H: 81
George Gershwin (died at 38), composer of 'Sweet and Lowdown', the name of a Woody Allen movie with a portrayal of Django Reinhardt (died at 43), which is an anagram of the initials in author's names. Paired names are characters in fiction whose authors have initials.
Father Olguin/House Made of Dawn/N. Scott Momaday/N
Maisy Coleman/Happy Maisy Coleman/Juli I. Huss/I
Della Young/The Gift of the Magi/O. Henry/O
Thomas Hammond/Leepike Ridge/N.D. Wilson/ND
Old Man Willow/Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkien/JRR
Carraway Pim/Pim Passes By/A.A. Milne/AA
John Caterham/The Food of the Gods…/H.G. Wells/HG
Jeremy Freirs/The Ceremonies/T.E.D. Klein/TED

John Daly, Author

L: The logic behind the numbers can be expressed in the following equation: .5(3B + 2R + G2) = Y, where the letters represent the initial letters of the respective colors of the squares. For example, .5(3(7) + 2(3) + 52) is indeed 26. Once that logic is cracked with the first four examples, we can utilize it in the next three. The following are simplified expressions from each line:

3X + 2Z = 41
2Y + X2 = 39
3Z + Y2 = 88

There are several ways to solve this set. The first two equations can be solved for both Y and Z in terms of X and then plugged into the last one, for example (to get that the only possible positive value for X is 5). After all the dust clears, {X, Y, Z} = {5, 7, 13}. Once we plug those values back into .5(3B + 2R + G2), we get the final value for the question mark, which is 99.

Mike Graczyk, Author

Game E:
1 Maggie Mae or May Not U. 81 W
4 AU - Guise 69

H: Each of the phrases in bold can be anagrammed to form two surnames of former United States vice-presidents, and the corresponding "price" refers to the sum of their numerical positions in which they served (not the respective numerical positions of the president under which they served). The name "Marie Matif" can actually be anagrammed into "After Miami," a small clue leading to the word "vice" (as in, Miami Vice). Regardless of how you solve it, the phrase in question can be anagrammed into AGNEW (39) and MONDALE (42), whose combined position total is 81.

Mike Graczyk, Author

L: A=269. The logo is for the NFB (the National Film Board of Canada, www.nfb.ca). Removing the 'N' gives FB, or 251 decimal or CCLI in Roman numerals. CCLI is contained in a few words, but 'Acclivity' is found in 'The Emigrants' (1791) by Charlotte Smith nine words after 'Danaïds'. 'Acclivity' has a year of origin of 1614, which has a factor of 269.

B=200 (PrintScreen and count!)

John Daly, Author

Game F:
2 DUI - Defensive Driving Coll. 73 W
3 RI St. - Watch 46

H: The encoded words in order are DAYLIGHT, SUNSET, MIDNIGHT, COFFEE, INCH, MILE, LAUGHTER, and STRIFE, all words strung together in the song "Seasons of Love" from Rent, which only contains two numbers: 525,000 and the more notable (and larger) 525,600, also the number of minutes in a year. Its largest prime factor is 73.

Mike Graczyk, Author

L: Michael J. Fox was born on June 9, 1961, and appeared as Michael Patrick Flaherty in Spin City and Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties. These characters have the same middle initial, which was omitted during the opening credits of “Midnight Madness” but included in the closing credits. M. J. F. are also the initials of the Warner Brothers cartoon character Michigan J. Frog, who appeared in his first cartoon “One Froggy Evening” on December 31, 1955 and was the original spokesperson (spokescreature?) for the short-lived WB network. Warner Brothers published an obituary for him with a death date of July 22, 2005. December 31 is recognized in the U.S. as New Year’s Eve, and is most notably celebrated in New York City with the descent of the ball in Times Square beginning at 11:59:00 PM. July 22 (7/22, or 22/7 in European format) is Pi Approximation Day, which is (more or less) a celebration of pi. Pi Day originated in San Francisco and is held on March 14th, and purists celebrate at exactly 3/14 at 1:59:26 PM (though AM would likely be more correct, it does not offer merchants the opportunity to sell much pie).

His age is 46.

Jay Winter, Author

Posted by: JmSR | May 1, 2008 10:37:07 AM

Paula, it about killed me when you wished everyone on the UCDP a happy Pi Day on 3/14, based on my submittal for West Game F:L. I hope you got this one right!

Posted by: Jay Winter | May 1, 2008 1:24:14 PM

Sadly, this was a question I deemed IMPOSSIBLE. I drilled everyone I knew I could about annual celebrations and was particularily in the dark about the west coast. (although I did know pi day originated in San Francisco) The "different date" thing also threw me. The only celebration that happens at a certain time that I could think of was the New Years Eve, but now it seems so clear...

Trying to solve in the other direction was totally useless to me.

Nice puzzle, Jay.

Posted by: Paula | May 1, 2008 3:09:09 PM

DELLA Young? No wonder I could never fully solve this one (got all of the other characters). The clue lists Daisy, but no Della!

Posted by: Susy | May 1, 2008 8:16:06 PM

Not only was I left with Daisy, since Maisy Coleman's author doesn't really fit the pattern of the rest, I continued to try matches like "Daisy Maisy"...But I think that even if I had isentified all of the initials, the likelihood of arranging them into "Django Reinhardt" would have been pretty little...

Posted by: Paula | May 2, 2008 8:38:57 AM

East-Game F-H: Caline de bine! I'll check my submission at home as a formality but this must be my sad error and I extend apologies to all. Paula you are right about Juli I. Huss not fitting the pattern, but this was my best after shuffling many possibilities. Which explains but not excuses me finally adding the wrong name. Sorry again.

Posted by: John | May 2, 2008 12:02:08 PM

It seems a shame that a mistake like this wasn't caught and corrected before the contest ended, when we were probably all frustratedly spinning our wheels sorting through "Maisy Daisy" and similar searches. I've been trying to think of a way that we could flag potentially troublesome questions for review by the creator. I know such reviews happen occasionally if someone posts about a problem (like the recheck on the "red squares"), but this case proves that we don't always ask for that recheck when we should. On the other hand, I don't want March Madness to degenerate into continuous "I'm stuck" postings. Any thoughts?

Posted by: Susy | May 2, 2008 5:42:30 PM

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