Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California


Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California

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!

Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California

Just a quick thought, could we please have a show of so everyone knows who is working on this puzzle.
Cheers, ~Simon

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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. 4311 = 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 1143, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (1721, 2630, and 3640).

David Me
United States Bowling Green Kentucky

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

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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:

David Molnar
United States Ridgewood New Jersey

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. 4311 = 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 1143, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (1721, 2630, and 3640).
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.

Phil Alberg
United States Cumberland Rhode Island
Whoopee Doopee, we have fun!
You lost the game!

I am working on this puzzle. Impressive collection, btw.

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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. 4311 = 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 1143, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (1721, 2630, and 3640). 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/#).

Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California

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).

Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California

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.

Frank Teplin
United States La Mesa California

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 chickentossing 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 moleculerelated, which when arranged in the correct order will spell out a word. I don't think it's a straight decipheringthecode 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

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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....

Dan Blum
United States Wilmington Massachusetts

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.

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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.

Chris Chavis
United States Wanatah Indiana

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

Frank Teplin
United States La Mesa California

HOT TEN spoiler:
Spoiler (click to reveal) 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.

Jeff Michaud
United States Longwood Florida
OnLine Want List Generator  Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain Archer

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).

Armando Gurrola
United States Houston Texas

I'm taking part in this and will try to help when i can. Let's have fun everybody!

Andy K.
United States Sacramento California
Waywhunuhnow?!

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 dieroll idea as the outcome of rolling a 4sided die and a 6sided 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 6sided dice, then the missing outcomes are those above and 5156 and 6166.
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 min1 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.

Frank Teplin
United States La Mesa California

Another possible "we're on the right track" clue could be the Tshirt: "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.

Michael Leuchtenburg
United States Cambridge Massachusetts

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 1143, the three gaps (holes) in the sequence are all 5 in size (1721, 2630, and 3640).
Actually, it's 1720, not 1721. A 4wide hole, not a 5wide.

Simon Hunt
United States Roseville California

Inspired By Tanga II  Update
2 users entered guesses yesterday  both incorrect.
The Jackpot has increased to 11

Dan Blum
United States Wilmington Massachusetts

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 email  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 email me.


