NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL:

A: Twice the area rank, based on total area as shown in the World Almanac, of the state in which is found the point whose latitude and longitude are the averages of the coordinates of TWO points, both fitting this description:

*It is a town in North America, but not in Mexico.
*It is a capital, but not of a country.
*The name means a stiff object, with a high length to girth
  ratio, of a particular color.

Z: There is a song that hit #1 on the pop charts in an English-speaking country. The song’s title appears as a recurring lyric in another song that hit #1 in the same country. The band with the #1 song in this other country includes a culture of people in the name of the band. That culture of people is mentioned as a lyric in the first mentioned #1 song. Take the name of this culture of people, as it appears in the song and band name, and play it as an opening move in Scrabble (assume it is a legal move). What is your maximum score?

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FINAL FOUR

EAST/WEST Semi-Final:
A:  1. Find the sum of living things that are sung in "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

2. Reverse that number.

3. Remove the last digit.

Z: An attempt to determine the area of a piece of property from the legal description may be hampered by the fact that the direction and length of the final boundary leg is no longer discernable on a damaged old copy of the deed.  Even so, from the partial information, find the area, rounded to the nearest whole acre.

BEGINNING AT A POINT THAT IS 1432.9 FEET SOUTH AND 211.4 FEET EAST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 27, THENCE NORTH 20°57' EAST 1838.4 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 89°12' WEST 2217.6 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 1537.9 FEET, THENCE -O-TH --°--' --ST ----.- FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.

Suggestion: Spring this on your friendly realtor, and see if he or she really mastered the homework to earn that title.

Hint: If the math is carefully and precisely done, the result will differ from a whole number of acres by less than the area of a small bedroom.

NORTH/SOUTH Semi-Final:
A: The number of BLJRX in five times as many WRRN as there are VPJJFDX in four times as many EHTLE LDEORX as there are OFHGX in three times as many MRRZX as there are IHPGNRGX in twice as many CLBRX as there are WLGZLDX (FW PJR) in half as many LBURGLPJ VPJJFDX as there are NGFA FHDERX in a third as many VGPLDX as there are XIHPGR LDEORX in a fourth as many PEGRX as there are XOLJJLDVX in a fifth as many IHLC as there are dozens of WPGNOLDVX in ten TFT.

The encrypted words are units of measurement, and all use the same key.

Z: There are three movies: A, B, and C. A has a word in its title that is the title of B as it appears on B’s promotional poster. In the official name of B, something appears (call it X), but you will not find X anywhere on B’s poster. Turn X upside down (call it X’). X’ appears on some posters for C, but you will not find X’ anywhere in the official name of C. One actor stars in A. Another actor stars in C. They both star in B. Take the last two digits of the years of birth of these two stars and add them together, and (ha ha!) subtract X.  The result is your number.

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ELITE EIGHT: North & South Regions

NORTH:
Game G:
H:

– ∙ ∙ ∙ – – – – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ – ∙ – – – ∙ ∙ – ∙ – ∙ – – ∙ ∙ – ∙ – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

∙ – – – ∙ – – – – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ – – – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

∙ – – – – – ∙ – ∙ – ∙ ∙ – – – – ∙ – ∙ – ∙ ∙ – ∙ – ∙ ∙ ∙ – – ∙ – ∙ ∙ ∙

∙ – ∙ ∙ – ∙ ∙ – – – – – – ∙ ∙ – ∙ ∙ ∙ – – – – – ∙ – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

– ∙ – ∙ – – – – ∙ ∙ ∙ – – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ – – – ∙ ∙

L: 999:2457::25:37::46: ?

SOUTH:
Game G:
H: 749893687

L: The last two digits of the year the attached picture was taken.

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ELITE EIGHT: East & West Regions

EAST:
Game G:

H: Last two digits of the birth year of the creator of the character seen below:

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L: The score of the gold medal game of the World Ice Hockey Championships expressed as a two-digit number (i.e. a 2-1 score would be expressed as "21", the winning tally appearing first) the last time the gold medal game included two countries which also appeared as the countries of opponents in a chess game (and with the matching countries winning and losing the chess and hockey games) in a 1963 movie whose main character's name has a direct connection with a 1936 book whose title includes two nouns; the first is the plural of the English translation of the shortest common French word to include all five one-syllable voyelles; the second is a two-word proper noun identified by this flag.

WEST:
Game G:

H:  The difference in inches of the new and previous world record lengths of the product that made Mr. Handwerker famous divided by how many cents he first charged for one.

L: Without allowing for rotating a 3-dimensional TIC-TAC-TOE cube in any way, how many different ways are there to place three X’s so as to form tic-tac-toe? (NOTE: This is not an actual game & only X is playing.)

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SWEET SIXTEEN: North & South Regions

NORTH:
Game E:
H:  This question is available as an Excel download
L:  Using a standard alphanumeric code (A = 1...Z = 26), sum of the letters in the answer to the following: PAR : KYODAM :: CUSHANO : __________.

Game F:
H: Sum of six positive integers P, Q, R, S, T, and U where P and Q are found in the title of an album by an artist who--R years before that--released an album with a song whose title contained both S and T and--U years before that--released an album with a song whose title's first word is an anagram of the word that is the [(N - 1)/2]th word to follow a word with two pairs of double letters (that can also be found in the title of a single by the alliterative group who made an album with the cover art seen in the picture below) in the lyrics of a song, whose lyrics also contain the two-word US city (more than 5 zips), one of the zip codes being the "reversal" of [(N + 1)^3] + [4N - 3] (reversal of 1234 = 4321), that appears on another album of the artist's not mentioned thus far.

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L:  This question is available as an Excel download

SOUTH:
Game E:
H: TCGGTATGTTCTTTA

L: An 8x8 grid of digits:

73623881
15621894
96354664
24625894
84669276
81457168
39586172
12776827

The solver is to find seven distinct integers (a < b < c < d < e < f < g).   Every pair of integers (a-b, a-c, a-d, ... f-g) has a three-digit product.   All 21 products are hidden in the grid.  No digit is used for more than one product.  When all 21 products have been found, one digit will be left over. The final value will be the sum of the seven integers divided by the remaining digit.

Game F:
H:  The product of the next (and last remaining) two integers in the following sequence: 1, 7, 2, 13, 16, 6, 7, 2, 3, 9, 9, 3, 6, 12, 11, 6, 16, 13, ?, ?

L:  Quickest common way for a Shelly, Ada, or fertile woman to reach climax.

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SWEET SIXTEEN: East & West Regions

EAST
Game E:
H: The tagline for a movie that is common associated with the number 0169547.

L: Case Number

Game F:
H: The Hot 100 debut position of the only song that was between "Hello, I Love You" and "Light My Fire".

L: Sum of 1) (M - N), used in Part A below, 2) value (A = 1...Z = 26) of the first letter of the (((noun))) also referenced in Part A and 3) the four numbers that belong to the set of items that also contains the following:

A) Five-syllable (((noun))) whose root word is the three-syllable verb whose root word is the one-syllable adjective linked to the number that is (1/M)th of the product of the two-digit number and the three-digit number concatenated in that order to form the lowest ZIP code divisible by N of the major US city (one of top 100 largest) that [KHQFCK VYK XQZC NVYI] the [KJFXQZE] of one of the [JZVYCR KYQTCK WFCKVRCXYK] to [WFCCCRC] and [KJEEECR] the [KQZC VXRVVVRJQG], where each of those six text blocks are encoded using the same key except one letter in each block which is not encoded at all and M and N have been--in that order--concatenated to form the number in the name of the Internet feature created by two individuals from the Land Down Under whose four-letter given names are an anagram of the two four-letter rhyming words whose synonyms anagram into [YLZPKLUA MVBUK IYHUKF], using a different key than the other blocks of text earlier in this clue (where all three are standard English words).

B) Two individuals who share the moniker that is found in the name of the eponymous item (created by one of the two individuals) found somewhere in Part A.

WEST
Game E:
H: Showletter_1

L: (A - B), where A is the number of "qixxles" (where a "qixxle" is the first word of the town whose ZIP code is exactly [8(C + 1) + (D - 1)] more than the ZIP code FGHJK referenced later in the clue) mentioned in the second chapter of the book whose name is the given name of an author and poet who was born in the US city whose ZIP code is (C * D), where C is two less than thrice of D, and C is the first three digits of the ZIP code of the town whose name is the last word of another book that is part of a collection of works evoked by the name of the town (after in the town name: a) the unique vowel is changed to a different one and b) the penultimate and antepenultimate letters are switched) whose ZIP code is FGHJK, all five unique digits, such that 1) the digits would be in ascending order if J and K were switched, 2) F + H = J, and 3) G * K = FG (note: in PQRST = 54321, QR = 43) and B is the sum of the next two numbers (neither of them prime) that appear after A in said chapter of the first book mentioned in the clue.

Game F:
H: Sum of the a) sum of the sum and the product of the two coordinates replaced with question marks below and b) product of the product and the sum of both coordinate points of the letter O, if it were included in the letters below.

E(0, 0), N(8, 1), I(4, 1), G(1, 0), M(?, 3), A(4, ?), S(2, 6)

L: Using this blank grid, solve the following crossword.

ACROSS   
1  VGNCWY   
4  WQCRMLIBWEY SSEE VSKTE   
8  GRTCPOGXMXZ ASEKEII   
12  VTHVWAAI GM LW   
13  ZMZVYXWI LIBVN   
14  EZXIEFA, ZN UQEDV   
15  BSSTOFUVR LB VVQ YIYLHCFK   
17  RJX BHY   
18  HFDDMVAWAV   
19  SHTJR UMFPN EFXGRD   
21  HVYFZ CWVRAC PQVRJPYGV   
24  UNKF VNUB CVFTPQY   
27  LSPYVV RN OLWTD XSRLE   
30  RMHUIF QMUVX WA IZRZSA   
31  OAYBQLACRSARC TMPGRK   
32  P EMPKCGW WU HZTKAJJM   
33  CFIBWM PJNA MIY AXBX   
34  GIHXTYXNNA GLXEE EENMEL   
35  HDG UTIMRMI TMJJ GEENW   
37  WAHSSMBVXSYC ZBRU GMAR   
38  ADJJTH OX TSGPISQWCX AFH XPQIDC   
39  RYANYIKS AVGDFGLS   
41  KJI-VSWJGK   
45  XMT L CMCTKJ DCSLKPB   
47  NVVRRTK BB LEGTRT   
50  PMTWXPL WEQZTV   
51  FCGBRE GRT   
52  LFEJ DOTUAOOEX   
53  FTTRE ZITYH HBIGE PFZOE   
54  VIYZID MBVD   
55  UVFN FT GRAJCWBIWUP   
   
DOWN   
1  ZAXOEAKEK UXOJG KOFVIIFGZS   
2  WXILHWSG OPHK KOCHK   
3  JDIUXUWF SR I IYMDWV   
4  ENGCVSPEE   
5  RVGI CEYF HRR   
6  IVSQVT   
7  CWILK JEYY FT HSFL   
8  RTM BSXAVV   
9  PRHGOSCLT LHBAJP   
10  QBHIFXS GS KESZRPEAH HVV   
11  LZBDPRBA NXL BDPRBA   
16  SVAAZ CX XZQ CDCEBWUW   
20  PMGFX AUEY, QMR   
22  YIJI NGD GDN   
23  WLTLKOF IAKBLXR NCJXNBC   
25  AHB PEH   
26  XBMF WBGOEE SFVOIDI BN SYLSJE   
27  MS HLIVHGL JRBWRHGL   
28  VY KS WV OOBBTEOT   
29  YEUZXIAN-JBOB ZOXCUAO   
33  CWAE WX FHNQFOAU   
35  TBPTVT   
36  B QN IKD, GMSNDMSBIGQPB   
40  GPBYGP FTLTRC JBEPRGN   
42  TFJEUPN EGUAV BMHIO   
43  XO JUSRTZ   
44  LVTQI   
45  TRRAP MDETW   
46  VMBR ST ELS UYBRPS DMUY   
48  RLMGE EFSR SOV RE'W   
49  QOAFG RSDOWS' MJOAH 

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ROUND TWO: North & South Regions

NORTH
The answer to Game A's higher seed is 55.

Game A:
H: TWELVE
L: EXCITE

Game B:
H: AXL
L: LOON

Game C:
H: EXCESS
L: XXX

Game D:
H: LISTEN
L: ALIVE

SOUTH:

Game A:
H: Value of X, when X is plugged into the ceiling function, where X is the square root of the number found in the title of the song that also contains a) the first word of the television show depicted in the first picture and, b) the name of street in the obscured street sign in the second picture.

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L: The largest number that cannot be created by the two relative prime numbers, a and b, where a is the number of people murdered in the movie Fargo and b is the number of points scored for the longest city to city connection in Ticket to Ride.

Game B:
H: (A - B) + (D - E), where A * B = C (no number equaling one), A is the largest prime factor of C, and C is found in the title belonging to a cast whose characters include (1) item, more than five letters long, missing from the title of a television show (whose initial letter using A = 1, Z = 26 code has a numeric value of D) whose antepenultimate episode of the entire series had the same title as what is considered to be one of the most notable ??????s, where ?????? is an anagram of a variant of the given name of musician seen in the following picture and (2) surname (whose initial letter using same code to find D has a numeric value of E), with last letter of answer (1) appended to its end, of the character in the film who follows said surname with the name of the model for His Master's Voice in a television catchphrase he uses.

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L: The product of all the prime numbers in the nutritional facts on a can of Sprite.

Game C:
H: The second square number with five factors.

L: The domain of a function f(x) includes the whole numbers from 1 to t, where t < 50. The range consists only of whole numbers as well with the minimum of the function being f(7) = 21 and the maximum of the function being f(29) = 75. Additionally, f(12) = f(15) = f(36) and f(37) > 60. What is f(39) + f(40)?

Game D:
H: Total number of points (assuming the person would affect others and not himself in the end) associated with what the person who took the photograph in this picture might have been attempting to do.

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L: Atomic number of the element whose symbol is one of the two resulting sets of letters remaining from the following operation:

Take the common letters from a pair of cities, which exist on opposite sides of a border, are the same overall word length, and within 5 miles of each other, as set A (unduplicated). The remaining letters from the cities form set B. Remove the common letters from both set A and  set B (which form a number whose binary form ends in its integer form). The other set of letters (the one which does not anagram to the atomic symbol in question) anagrams to the first name of the main character in a movie (released in a year where either the last two digits are a factor of the final answer or the final answer is a factor of the last two digits of the year) which featured a song that has appeared, in some form, in the top 10 of at least one English-speaking country's music chart every 10 years since the movie's release. The sum of the alphanumeric values of set A and set B, form one of the two options given in regards to another border. One side of this border is the same as one of the two sides from the other border referenced in this question. The movie contains the name of a city which exists within the same borders as one of the cities in the pair. 

(Border could represent a geographical line that exists between states, provinces, countries or other political divisions.)

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ROUND TWO: East & West Regions

EAST

The answer to Game A's higher seed is 55.  Only two other states could be answers.

Game A:
H: Oregon
L: Indiana

Game B:
H: Pennsylvania
L: Michigan

Game C:
H: Kentucky
L: Iowa

Game D:
H: Alabama
L: Virginia

WEST:
The answer to Game A's higher seed is 90.

Game A:
H: Indiana
L: Connecticut

Game B:
H: New York
L: Pennsylvania

Game C:
H: Vermont
L: Kentucky

Game D:
H: Illinois
L: Virginia

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ROUND ONE: North & South Regions

NORTH

Here are sixteen quotes.  The answer to Icy U.'s is 64.  Figure out the pattern.

1 Icy U.: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!"
16 Mary & Joesph: "It's alive! It's alive!"

8 Okra: "Say 'hello' to my little friend."
9 Oral Hygiene: "Who's on first?"

5 Nihilist: "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
12 You and Alvy: "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"

4 Iowa Interrogative: "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet."
13 Alanon St.: "As God as my witness, I'll never be hungry again."

6 Austin Peon: "Hello, gorgeous."
11 Bob Lodge Tech.: "They're here!"

3 Eastern Episcopalian: "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go go!"
14 Dukakis: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

7 Borg Tech: "I'm king of the world"
10 Kool St.: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

2 Nodoff Forest: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
15 Arlington: "We'll always have Paris."

SOUTH
Each city below has something in the air.  South Congo's answer is 59.  Figure out the pattern.

1 South Congo: Mobile, AL
16 Rivendell Military Institute: Little Rock, AR

8 Faraway: Nashville, TN
9 Indiana-Wanzmee: San Antonio, TX

5 Next to Stanford: San Diego, CA
12 Yall Kembeck University: Milwaukee, WI

4 Southern Califragilistic: Champaign-Urbana, IL
13 Fairly Dickensian: Grand Rapids, MI

6 Ottoman: Paducah, KY
11 Tippecanoe: Green Bay, WI

3 Texas Texas: Shreveport, LA
14 Outer Mongolia: Hampton Roads, VA

7 Tech Message: Springfield, MO
10 Fuffernutter: Johnstown, PA

2 Indie: Albany, NY
15 University of Nebraska-Wadarmee: El Paso, TX

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ROUND ONE: East & West Regions

EAST:

Here are sixteen strings of letters.  The answer to Eastern Omaha's is 73.  Figure out the pattern.

1 Eastern Omaha: TWUBIAWDITACTT
16 Egality: TATTFIMSUBWOTI

8 East Alaska State: NRCAAAMEFTASTT
9 Edgar Winter College: IATOTFASAWTIAW

5 Glen Gawk A&P: TOFTOWTITTSBST
12 Gambling: ATSTFOEISWTALT

4 Trimble Institue of Technology: HWDOTMCNOWWATT
13 Howard University Today: WTSADIOASTTAIB

6 Acting School: SSBTATSTHIHIBA
11 Idunno: FATMFATATOSCTI

3 Shoreside: TWAUTBIBTATTBT
14 St. Swithen's: AATAWAWRWBFAOI

7 Methane Cooker: LTTTDMBITPATTT
10 Holy Roller: HWDTTPAHTTWMFM

2 Atlantis: MWRAIATIHABTTM
15 Elan: SBHWOAWNOSOOOT

WEST
Listed below are the names of 16 nouns. The answer to Dead Pan American is 83.

1 Dead Pan American: Lake
16 Nehigh: Mesa

8 Stepson: Current
9 India: Champagne

5 Turquoise: Crawler
12 Istanbul: Bruce Foster

4 Arrrrrrrmy: Mr. Big
13 Moppin St.: Dean Friedman

6 Inter-City College: Anson Williams
11 Texas Agnostic: Facts of Life

3 Hauling Associated: Blue
14 Eugene V. Debs: Stallion

7 Short Line: Silvetti
10 Xavier Roberts: Kate Taylor

2 Waffle: Wildfire
15 Sacred Tonsils: The Rubinoos

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