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Yes! I'm doing it again. I'm giving away another 3 games!

This time it is Take Stock, Fairy Tale, and SET, to be shipped to the first user who PM's me with the correct (one word) answer to my latest puzzle.

For this puzzle, please, only one guess per user per day.

As always, please use this thread for discussion, but remember I'm only shipping the games to one location...

Have fun!
 
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Just a quick thought, could we please have a show of thumbsup so everyone knows who is working on this puzzle.

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If it helps, here is what looks like the data and some possible clues:

31
16, 43
25
32 molecule
23 atom
35
13, 14
11, 21, 34
12, 15, 22, 24, 33, 42
41

Chocolate
Adorable

Take Stock
Fairy Tale
SET

A red arrow poiting straight up

Win These!

Simon's left elbow looks like it's pointing at Alhambra
 
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As far as the numbers go:

19 (a prime number) of them
all are 2 digits that appear to be base 10 numbers
(they could be octal as highest digit is 6)
each number appears only once
The highest number is 43, lowest 11. 43-11 = 32 (a power of 2)
sorted, they form 4 sequences...

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (6 numbers)
21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 numbers)
31, 32, 33, 34, 35 (5 numbers)
41, 42, 43 (3 numbers)

If we look at the sequence 11-43, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (17-21, 26-30, and 36-40).
 
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What does "HOT TEN" mean?

edit: Something to do with the top ten "Hot Games" list?
 
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davidme wrote:
What does "HOT TEN" mean?

Where did you get "HOT TEN" from?

In any case, everyone's profile has a "Hot 10", and Simon's is:

#1: Santiago
#2: Netrunner
#3: Reef Encounter
#4: Take Stock
#5: Loopin' Louie
#6: Kingmaker
#7: Manila
#8: Civilization
#9: Odin's Ravens
#10:
 
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JeffyJeff wrote:
As far as the numbers go:

19 (a prime number) of them
all are 2 digits that appear to be base 10 numbers
(they could be octal as highest digit is 6)
each number appears only once
The highest number is 43, lowest 11. 43-11 = 32 (a power of 2)
sorted, they form 4 sequences...

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (6 numbers)
21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 numbers)
31, 32, 33, 34, 35 (5 numbers)
41, 42, 43 (3 numbers)

If we look at the sequence 11-43, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (17-21, 26-30, and 36-40).


They're dice rolls, or possibly coordinates. As such, it's highly unlikely that it has anything to do with prime numbers or powers of two. None of the numbers appears more than once, so it doesn't seem that they should be replaced by letters. It feels more like they're directions.
 
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I am working on this puzzle. Impressive collection, btw.
 
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molnar wrote:
JeffyJeff wrote:
As far as the numbers go:

19 (a prime number) of them
all are 2 digits that appear to be base 10 numbers
(they could be octal as highest digit is 6)
each number appears only once
The highest number is 43, lowest 11. 43-11 = 32 (a power of 2)
sorted, they form 4 sequences...

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (6 numbers)
21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 numbers)
31, 32, 33, 34, 35 (5 numbers)
41, 42, 43 (3 numbers)

If we look at the sequence 11-43, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (17-21, 26-30, and 36-40).


They're dice rolls, or possibly coordinates. As such, it's highly unlikely that it has anything to do with prime numbers or powers of two. None of the numbers appears more than once, so it doesn't seem that they should be replaced by letters. It feels more like they're directions.

Just remember that Simon's last puzzle a prime number played a key.

In any case, I did try using them as coordinates into Simon's Hot 10 list, using the 1st digit as the list item #, and the 2nd digit an index into the letters of the name of the game. If that is the right direction, then there must be another step.

You are right, they could be dice rolls of a pair of 6 sided dice. If that's the case the numbers are:

4
7, 7
7
5 molecule
5 atom
8
4, 5
2, 3, 7
3, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6
5

The frequency of each number is:

# - frequency
2 - 1
3 - 2
4 - 3
5 - 4
6 - 4
7 - 4
8 - 1

Using the #/frequency pairs as coordinates into Simon's Hot 10 yeilds

NEKPGIC or ATFSTOS (if frequency/#).
 
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Oh, I should clarify (I really should remember to do this in the opening comment) ...

For this puzzle, please, only one guess per user per day.

I know this may feel a little restrictive, but it just means that you have to be pretty sure of your answer before you submit it.

For the record, 2 users have submitted guesses so far (both incorrect).
 
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Inspired By Tanga II -- Geek Gold Jackpot

+++ No activity on this thread for over 24 hours +++

+++ GeekGold Jackpot Mechanism Triggered +++


Jackpot opens at 10

1 will be added to the Jackpot for every day that goes by with the puzzle unsolved.

Any tips to this thread will also be added to the Jackpot.

 
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Ugh. Getting nowhere with this one. Tried using numbers as atomic elements or atomic weights. Tried corresponding the numbers with Simon's Hot Ten to create some chemical formulas. NEKPGIC and ATFSTOS anagram to FAT PECKING TOSS and I looked at some chicken-tossing games. Nothing seems to be clicking. Or clucking.

Anyone have any notions? I know there will only be one winner, but perhaps we can help each other.

I'm thinking that the numbers use the Hot Ten to translate to something molecule-related, which when arranged in the correct order will spell out a word. I don't think it's a straight deciphering-the-code type of puzzle.

By the way, since yesterday, Simon's hot ten has filled up:

#1: Santiago
#2: Netrunner
#3: Reef Encounter
#4: Take Stock
#5: Loopin' Louie
#6: Kingmaker
#7: Manila
#8: Civilization
#9: Odin's Ravens
#10: Wits & Wagers
 
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fteplin wrote:
Anyone have any notions? I know there will only be one winner, but perhaps we can help each other.

I've been posting all the ideas I have in hope it will help someone (and that maybe if they were helpful to the winner I'd get some reward, maybe geekgold ).

Right now though I think folks are focused on www.tanga.com as today's prize is a copy of Roads & Boats....
 
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Where are people getting "HOT TEN" from? I spent a while looking for it in the puzzle, but I'm not seeing it... inevitably it will turn out to be really obvious.
 
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David (davidme) found it, and he did tell me how offline, but I don't think he gave me permission to post it. I can just tell you that you need better eyes than mine!
tool wrote:
Where are people getting "HOT TEN" from? I spent a while looking for it in the puzzle, but I'm not seeing it... inevitably it will turn out to be really obvious.
 
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Where are people getting "HOT TEN" from? I spent a while looking for it in the puzzle, but I'm not seeing it... inevitably it will turn out to be really obvious.


Spoiler (click to reveal)
Check out his collection - example civ

 
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HOT TEN spoiler:
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Yeah, I was just staring and staring at "Triangl" until it just clicked. Then I spent a little while with fruitless searching through the rest of the collection, trying to find more than just those six letters. "Is the 'I' in Poison there? Dammit, can't zoom in very well." BTW, yes, it is there.
 
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Regarding looking up those numbers in the periodic table...

Ga
S, Tc
Mn
Ge
V
Br
Al, Si
Na, Sc, Se
Mg, P, Ti, Cr, As, Mo
Nb

(if you want to use just the 1st letter note that Na is Sodium so it could be a N or S).
 
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I'm taking part in this and will try to help when i can. Let's have fun everybody!
 
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JeffyJeff wrote:

You are right, they could be dice rolls of a pair of 6 sided dice. If that's the case the numbers are:

4
7, 7
7
5 molecule
5 atom
8
4, 5
2, 3, 7
3, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6
5


It doesn't appear to me that the words molecule and atom are vertically aligned with "32" and "23" respectively. I've been looking at these as general clues for all the numbers. Simon seems to be quite intelligent, so I'm assuming he used these words correctly. A molecule is a unit made up of two of more chemically bonded atoms. What could that mean? Are the digits atoms and the number pairs molecules? Or each line is a molecule where there is more than one number pair?

I was looking at the die-roll idea as the outcome of rolling a 4-sided die and a 6-sided die. (But does any game use these? A picture frame is often 4x6?) If this is the case, then the missing outcomes are 26, 36, 44, 45, and 46. If the numbers are the outcomes of rolling two 6-sided dice, then the missing outcomes are those above and 51-56 and 61-66.

I read through the solution for Simon's other puzzle today. Holy cats! Very tough. I can at least feel good that I had observed all the clues but one and even worked partially towards a solution (without knowing it). One of the toughest things about his previous puzzle was that there was only one signpost to tell you that you were on the right track and you would have had to put in 30 min-1 hour of computation before you reached that signpost and the signpost could easily have been ignored because it was not exact. Great puzzle though, and way to go Joe Grundy!

If this puzzle is as difficult, then god help us all.
 
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Another possible "we're on the right track" clue could be the T-shirt: "adorable" "chocolate" is usually only used in the context of an adorable chocolate labrador retriever. A labrador = lab. "Lab" could be a clue telling us we're on the right track looking at chemical compounds, elements, and things you'd find in a lab.

Or I could be way off base. I think I'll go toss some more chickens.
 
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JeffyJeff wrote:

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (6 numbers)
21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 numbers)
31, 32, 33, 34, 35 (5 numbers)
41, 42, 43 (3 numbers)

If we look at the sequence 11-43, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (17-21, 26-30, and 36-40).


Actually, it's 17-20, not 17-21. A 4-wide hole, not a 5-wide.
 
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Inspired By Tanga II -- Update
2 users entered guesses yesterday - both incorrect.

The Jackpot has increased to 11

 
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I have the description of the answer now, but am having trouble actually getting the answer. If anyone would like said description to see if they can get the actual answer, and then split the prize if they do, send me an e-mail - I will respond to the first person to do so. I'd be happy to take the GG and one game (your choice) of the three, or a larger quantity of GG and no games.

If you want to work out the second big step (after getting HOT TEN) for yourself, then DON'T e-mail me.
 
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