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Weekend Genius Challenge #99... er, #16

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It's Weekend Genius Challenge #16, but we've gone all the way up to ninety-nine this time around. We've extracted snippets from 12 songs that contain the word "ninety-nine" in their lyrics, and squeezed them together into one quick-shot medley. Your task? Identify the artists behind these 12 songs. Why the artist and not the song title? Well, not all of these were Top-40 hits, and they run the gamut from the 50s through the 00s, so we felt identifying the performers was a better challenge. (In at least one song in the medley, we imagine it will help immensely.)

So jot down the ARTISTS behind these 12 tunes. When you're done, add them in a single comment to this post, along with the size, style and design of T-shirt you'd like to receive. You'll win if you're the first to get all 12 correct (or the first to get more than anyone else). Here's the mp3 music file:

You may have to click twice to get the player to work, depending on your browser. You only get one crack at it, so make your guesses count! And yes, you can name the song titles too if you like, but it's the artist names that will determine who wins a T-shirt and who has to walk around topless.

The correct answers will be revealed early next week. Now sing with me: "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer..."

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Gasp... Is This the End of the Weekend Genius Challenge?
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It's been a struggle to come up with mental exercises that are difficult enough for the many, many brilliant folks who read mental_floss and visit It's difficult to develop puzzles that are (1) safe from Web searches, but (2) not impossible to solve. After seeing many difficult contests won in a matter of minutes, I'm taking this weekend off to reassess the Weekend Genius Challenge.

We get the most entries in creative-type challenges... having you write haikus using the two words from the ReCaptcha service, asking you to tell us where the "lost" hour went during Daylight Saving Time, and so forth. So we're considering going that route for future WGCs. What do you think? Ideas, suggestions, and comments are more than welcome. In fact, if you'll kindly take the time to chime in, we'll pick a random comment and send the responsible party the mental_floss T-shirt of his or her choice. Thanks in advance.

In the meantime, we'll continue to do Brain Games on a daily basis, with puzzles of varying description each weekday. And we'll have results for the last two WGCs in a day or two. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Weekend Genius Challenge #30: Unwritten Rules
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We got SO many entries for last week's WGC that it may take us the rest of the weekend to sort through all the responses... but we'll choose a winner before Monday arrives. In the meantime, since you all seem to enjoy being creative, let's give away another T-shirt by unleashing Weekend Genius Challenge #30!

Many "unwritten rules" guide our planet. Here are a few I've jotted down over the years:

1. All really good architects must go by three names.

2. The number of leaves that end up in your yard in the fall has more to do with your neighbor's trees than your own.

3. During trip to a restaurant with someone else, when you ask for two orders of fries, both orders will be incredibly large and too much to eat. But the next time you go to that restaurant with someone else and ask for only a single order of fries -- thinking it will be enough to share -- the order will be incredibly small.

Your job is to fill us in on the "unwritten rules" that you've experienced in life. The mind behind the one we vote best will win a T-shirt of his or her choice from our online store. REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT: To be absolutely clear, your entries should have nothing to do with identity, race, color, religion, sexual preference, political preference, physical or mental issues, or anything bordering that. In other words, don't direct them towards any person or group of people who might possibly take offense. So be smart. Play nice. Sit up straight. And tell your sister you love her.

Also, please remember that all comments will be moderated before they're released, so it may take a while for them to appear on the site. Enter as many times as you like, but please put each entry in a separate comment. Good luck!


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