Monday, November 27, 2006

Tanga Puzzles: November 27 - December 3

Congratulations to everyone who made it through the Tanga Puzzlethon!

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, which is chock full of spoilers.

While I avoid giving away the answers on this page, be warned that there may be spoilers in the comments to this post, so open those with care.

Good luck!

November 27: A map would be most helpful here. Also, there's a bit of a flaw in this puzzle, which I'll say more about in the comments of this post. Update: they fixed the flaw.

November 28: It's a little annoying that there are no lines to indicate letters in each word, but even without that, this is not so bad to put together. Just work with what you're given.

November 29: Do you really need a hint for this one? If you must have a hint, then the only one I can give is going to be a biggie. Sure you want it? Okay... count the total number of spaces.

November 30: I'll leave you to figure out the connection between the seven clues. The hint you really need tonight is what to do with the numbers. Focus on the ones with two digit numbers. Do you notice anything about the first digit of each of these?

December 1: The third line of clues is confusing. I went with "under skirt, vertically challenged, and calm in middle of storm" instead of the clues they've given. This means my answers weren't the same width as the clues, but in the end, they worked better. I'll put a bigger hint about the VC part in the comments. UPDATE: My answers as clued above were correct. The puzzle-makers fixed the width problem.

December 2: I'm ashamed of myself because it took me 10 minutes to get the connection even though I am from Massachusetts and have a close affiliation with that particular answer. Once you get the connection and figure out what the missing one is, you'll need to think contemporary.
December 3: Pay attention to the first word.

13 comments:

Nancy said...

I got hung up for a while on this because the element RASKAHOMA ought to be in the list, and I thought it was significant that it wasn't.

runart said...

I'm psyched I got the crossword format of 11/28 so quickly - I'm either starting to understand Tanganese or I just feel at home with anything vaguely resembling a Xword. Have you read anywhere how many people got all 24 of the Puzzlethon? Were the prizes random or for the fastest?

Nancy said...

The prizes were randomly awarded from among all the people who solved all 24.

runart said...

Damn!! Oh well solving all 24 was it's own reward and for you even more so having done it under duress - did you get in your 24th before the Big Crash? I did with 7 minutes to go.
Today I obviously saw the letter count immediately but lost time trying to fit "second person singular pronoun" into it!! Thank you nuns for making me always look at grammar first!

Nancy said...

I got back on the server after the crash with about 6 minutes left, and 4 puzzle answers waiting to be entered. Managed to enter them all with about 4 minutes to spare.

runart said...

Wow, great job. I actually found that I was solving the puzzles more efficiently when I printed them off and left the computer and had the sense to presolve the last when as the clocks appeared. Also was ready with the hangman ahead of time.
Today was a cute puzzle and saw the Blondie connection right away. Still didn't get projectiles...what was it??

Nancy said...

Projectiles:

Nancy said...

Projectiles:

Nancy said...

Oops! I did it again!

runart said...

HHHHAAAAAAA - GOOD ONE. :)

Nancy said...

Nice big clue for VC - In our everyday world, there are Vs and Cs and one thing that switch-hits.

runart said...

Did you got to Harvard, smarty pants?? Wouldn't surprise me in the least as I've gotten a good feeling for how samrt you really are since the Starbucks caper. Very cool..... I love Chris Cornell so once I got the theme this was easy for me but would've settled for Prince as well...although he was not the northernmost missing piece nor did his name fit with the instruction but I adore him as well. FUN puzzle. Loved it!
I TOTALLY agree with your assessment of the bottom line of yesterday's puzzle - the middle answer HAD to be an adjective and getting "eye" for "hooters" is a stretch for sure. But owl didn't work with the Consonant in the middle???

Nancy said...

Yes. The "hooters" puzzle got much better after Aaron fixed both mistakes. OWL was the right answer, but the L messed up the final solution. So he changed the clue.

And wrote a few apologies. Very endearing.