Monday, October 30, 2006

Tanga Puzzles: October 30 - November 5

Here are the daily clues for the Tanga puzzles this week. To see the hint, highlight the space to the right of the date.

I don't give away answers here, just a small hint each day to help get you started or past a rough patch. If you want stronger hints, you can check the blog on the Tanga site itself.

There may be spoilers in the comments here, so open with care.

Good luck!

October 30: One mistake in the puzzle -- there should be 3 dots for the big meal clue.... Be sure to pay attention to both lines of text at the bottom, when you get to that step.

October 31: This one is pretty straightforward. The Tanga puzzles started on 9/14.

November 1: All of the answers to the clues up top have a word in common.

November 2: Did I say something last week about a puzzle being the toughest yet? I spoke too soon. Read the paragraph up top carefully. There is a hint there about where you can find the answers to the clues below. I'm also going to put a spoiler in the comments here, in case you need a bigger clue.

November 3: Another straightforward one (thank goodness after yesterday!), but here is a big hint. The word clues and the picture clues match up, but not necessarily by looking at adjoining words and pictures.

November 4: The clues at the bottom provide direction for how to use the answers you get at the top.

November 5: Here's the clue, and it's a big one. For the third item, don't try to make it into a city. ... Okay, it's the end of the week, so I'll throw you another clue. Again, a pretty big one, so read with care. You do not need to go to the web to answer the "partner of the first six" part of this puzzle.

16 comments:

runart said...

Hi nancy, Happy Halloween!! I DID have 3 dots on the big meal clue. Do you think they amended it over night when an error was pointed out? I ended up with ftd from that clue.

Nancy said...

Yep, they must have fixed it. Happy Halloween to you too!

runart said...

This took me longer than it should've but I still came in at the median. It was somehow a little relieving to have a very straightforward one but I have to admit I look forward to the mental torture each day!!
Nancy, do you do Xword puzzle books?? I am getting in a panic over unavailability.

Nancy said...

I don't do crossword puzzle books because generally I find they're either boring (themes), too easy, or too overwhelming. In fact I usually stick to just the Sunday NY Times puzzle.

I'm hoping they do the Starbucks challenge again though. That was a lot of fun, even though the end was a little disappointing.

runart said...

You should try Frank Longo's Cranium Crushing book and his Mensa book for the "Super Smart" - they are just great Xwords - really fun and challenging. I constantly have a book going and am getting frustrated that they aren't published with any kind of frequency.
I do hope they have another Starbucks puzzle because that was the most fun thing ever but I have my doubts as to whether they do it again. They didn't even publicize the first one at all!!

Nancy said...

Spoiler spoiler spoiler!

The number in parens is not the length of the answer. But the answer will be at least that many letters long.

If you need stronger hints, check the blog on Tanga itself. They give away a bit too much too soon, but I needed the help myself.

runart said...

YOu have GOT to be kidding me. That was a killer.

Anonymous said...

Brutal. I sledged it from answers 1, 5 and 6 (very few words to fit the pattern), then back-solved all but #8. I still don't get that one.

Coach

Nancy said...

Well the good news is that there was a REASON we couldn't figure out #8. The puzzle maker explained that he thought he had seen a different name (Uloser) in the answer set.

runart said...

Are you kidding? I had to go back and scroll through those 1000 times sure I was missing something. I thought it might be "iota" but that second letter doesn't work. I just shrugged it off because I had the right answer but it was frustrating not to have to loose end tied up. Thanks Nancy.
Today was a cute puzzle.

runart said...

As a hardcore vegetarian I'm surprised that this took me as long as it did :) - got the idea immediately but didn't get aloha for awhile and that really delayed my answer. Fun, though!!

Jon said...

It would have been nicer if they hadn't capitalized "orange."

Nancy said...

Funny, I didn't notice Orange. But then I also didn't notice HI and it could have saved me some time if I had.

runart said...

Nancy, can you help me on this one??? I am going nuts typing in possible answers. I'm assuming they're all pepperidge farm cookies but then if i think of a "partner" for cookies, i.e. milk, cream, whatever, it doesn't work. Where am i going wrong with my thought process?

Nancy said...

"The first 6" doesn't mean varieties. You've got the Pepperidge Farm connection, but you have to look for the first 6 literally.

runart said...

nevermind, N, got it this morning while out on a run!! where I solve all the important problems of the world!! Thanks anyway!!