How Did You Know? - {day 5}

If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free. First one to send in the correct answer to the challenge below, along with the correct answers found all along the path this week, AND, the logic behind "˜em (which is to say: HOW DID YOU KNOW?), gets a pick of any two t-shirts and book from our store. We'll also be awarding one t-shirt to a random winner who has all the answers correct, as well.

Avery Dale, Ken Laskowski, Colin Utley, and Hayley Wells are our current champions and they're going for the trifecta this month. So let's see if someone can knock them out before they claim the big, mysterious trophy. You can read about them here.

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If you missed Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 or Day 4's challenges, there might still be time to solve them all. No one knows how long it'll take for one of you trivia junkies to nail down the whole megillah, so make haste, make haste. And now, on the next page, I present the final puzzle, drawing on all the answers you dug up along the trail.

(Be sure to check back Dec 16th for the next HDYK puzzle)


Day 1: On Tuesday last week you were asked to name five famous authors. The third of the five wrote a book about a baseball player. Remove the article from the title of the book and what's left is your answer for Day 1.

Day 2: On Wednesday you were asked to I.D. 5 songs. The first and last of the five is your answer to Day 2.

Day 3: On Thursday you were asked to I.D. 6 movies based on their posters. The 4th of the seven is your answer to Day 3.

Day 4: On Friday you were asked to I.D. five U.S. Presidents. Solve for Y in the problem below where Y is equal to the sum of the first three presidents' death minus birth years.

Y = (president No. 1 death year "“ birth year) + (president No. 2 death year "“ birth year) + (president No. 3 death year "“ birth year).

How do you figure out each president's sum? For instance, if one of the first three presidents were Eisenhower, he was born in 1890 and died in 1969. 1969 - 1890 = 79.

Y should come out to be a three-digit number (XXX). Move the decimal over two places so that you have a new number that looks like this X.XX

This is your answer for Day 4.

Day 5: You should now have enough information to complete the puzzle.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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