Monday, November 20, 2006

Tanga Puzzles: November 20 - November 26

Here are the daily clues for the Tanga puzzles this week. To see the hint, highlight the space to the right of the date. (Due to my high school reunion events, I might be late with clues on Friday and Saturday.)

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, which is chock full of spoilers.

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

Good luck!

November 20: Wow, tough start to the week! I thought I'd never solve this. Here are two fairly big clues for you... First, notice the vowels across the top on the right hand side? What else strikes you about this side of the puzzle? If it doesn't click, ask yourself why the dot is there in the top left corner of that part of the puzzle. I'm leaving a bigger hint in the comments, that will help with the last step.

November 21: Good fun tonight. Start by writing down all the words. When written out, it becomes easier to see how to get them into the two piles. Then, and this is a big hint but it's key, your goal is to find one 6-letter word, not to find three words of 4-5 letters.

November 22: Why do the grid squares need to be just big enough for one die? By the way, don't jump to the conclusion that you really need to use dice. I just made little squares of paper and bent them in the middle to make them easier to push.

November 23: Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have much to give thanks for. Okay, here's a little help... if you want a quick place to look up these flags, go here and try some of the big obvious countries (http://www.national-symbol.com/).

November 24: When you get them all in the proper grid, be sure to follow the instructions you find.

November 25: If you examine the sentence at the top very carefully, you can expect to solve this one pretty easily.

November 26: There are 24 puzzles over the next 24 hours, and I'm on the road, so I won't be able to clue them all. The first two have been very easy (not even clue-worthy), but I'll check back in sometime tomorrow evening to see if there are any tough ones that you might need a clue for.

19 comments:

Nancy said...

Final big hint for Monday night's puzzle... You should end up with 3 words totalling 14 letters. You then have to do the same process over again with these three words, to end up with one 3-letter answer.

runart said...

uugghh. that was hard.

Nancy said...

Yes, it reminded me why I could never be a professional puzzle competitor. Even after months of these things, I still can't get my brain to stretch in all directions.

runart, thanks for your comments and for paying visits here... Happy Thanksgiving!

runart said...

Nancy, you hit the nail on the head - it's an issue of stretching the brain in certain directions and mine just won't sometimes even, like you said, having done it for months. It's pliable with certain puzzle tasks and intrangisent in others. Think of all the synapses we're growing!!

runart said...

I like the sidweays "thanks" comment in your post, N. Clever girl. :)

Jon Delfin said...

Today's was quite easy, but flawed. The fifth word's spelling is a variant. Pooh.

runart said...

Nancy, have been frantically playing catch up on the puzzles- kind of wish I never started because it's exhausting!! Anyway, so far am stuck only on #11 and the grid?? No clue where that's going.

Nancy said...

Hi there. Just getting back to Tanga after my travels, so have a tremendous amount of catching up to do. I only did puzzles 1-3 last night.

As soon as I'm caught up, I'll come back with hints as needed.

runart said...

you are a stronger (and smarter) woman than I. I am also stuck on 16 but have them done otherwise (except for 11) through 18.
Glad you're back safely - my friends parents were just killed in a bizarre accident down your way in Trenton yesterday.

runart said...

Got 16 still stuck on 11.

Nancy said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's loss!

#11... I don't know how to connect the dots to make the right grid, but the hint that helped me was that someone said they'd have "that song" stuck in their head now that they solved it. Try anagramming the letters.

runart said...

i saw that too but still don't get it - anagram all the letters?

Jon Delfin said...

Please, someone, put me out of my misery on #6. Hint or sledge, up to you.

Jon Delfin said...

Never mind. The Tanga servers are running so slow, it has become tedious to keep at this. Plus, I've grown tired of copying what I'm sure will be the pieces of a metapuzzle. Do they post answers eventually?

Nancy said...

Sorry Jon, refresh my memory about which one is #6 and I'll hint it here. The servers are killing me as well.

Nancy said...

runart, yes anagram all the letters... the first of 3 words will start with V

Nancy said...

Jon, they won't post the answers, but I will get them to you if you like later. I'm going to tough it out, as I'm only 3 away from catching up, and 5 away from finishing.

runart said...

servers are killing me too - Jon # 6 requires that you use a common board game. think of the word "place" in reference to that game then you need to actually look at the board if you're not super familiar with the game. LOOK at what's between the two clues, don't READ it and you will get your answer.

runart said...

got 11, N, thanks. one to go...