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We accidentally lost our winners post from last week, so here's a quick recap:

We're up to 560 fans over on the Hunt's Facebook page! During last month's HDYK, some of our FB posts garnered close to 100 comments as gamers took it upon themselves to trade answers through cryptic clues! And like that, a whole new angle of HDYK is born. Nice going Fans! Keep on using the page in new, and cool ways as the community grows.

Daniel Wilson, our champion from two months ago, reclaimed the title and the big $100 prize with the following winning answers:

Final Answer

Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey.

Day 1

Part 1: In order, the beverages shown are:
1) Gatorade G2
2) V8
3) Coca Cola Zero
4) half and half milk (1/2+1/2=1. Clever.)
5) 2% milk
A=beverage 1*beverage 2=2*8=16
B=beverage 3*beverage 4*beverage 5=0*1*2=0
A+B=16+0=16.
Part 2: The products are as follows:
Marlboro (tobacco) M
Esquire (magazine) I
Nuggets (sports-Denver NBA team) none
Twitter (web site) T
Aquafina (beverage) A
Lego (toy) none
Fender (musical instruments) E
Lee (clothing) none
Oreo (snack food) R
Subway (restaurant) A
Starburst (candy) S
MITAERAS anagrams to Maserati (automobile).
Part 3: The ads are as follows:
Thighmaster exerciser
Wendy's hamburgers
Hot Wheels Scorcher Chamber
WHAM-O Super Elastic Bubble Plastic
Quaker Oats Life Cereal
Anheuser-Busch Budweiser beer
Jeep Liberty

Day 2

Part 1: Stephen Colbert mentioned reddit while introducing Movits on his show earlier this year.
Part 2: The albums are as follows:
Believe, Chemical Brothers
Candy-O, The Cars
Ego Trippin', Snoop Dogg
Under the Pink, Tori Amos
Point of Know Return, Kansas
Daisies of the Galaxy, The Eels
Abbey Road, The Beatles
With the Beatles, The Beatles
True Blue, Madonna
Part 3: The decoded musical acts are as follows:
Aerosmith
Rihanna
Jonas Brothers
Good Charlotte
Papa Roach
ABBA
Jordin Sparks
Apocalyptica
The common bond is that all the acts have performed a song titled "SOS".

Day 3

Part 1: The winners are as follows:
May 08 Kevin HOWK
Jun 08 Maggie WITTLIN
Jul 08 Katie WNUK
Aug 08 Chan STEVENS
Sep 08 Ken LASKOWSKI
Oct 08 Hayley WELLS
Nov 08 Nathan RICHARDS
Dec 08 Katie RICHIE
Feb 09 Natt SUPAB
Mar 09 Bridget DRISCOLL
Apr 09 Rosalyn LORGUS
May 09 Daniel WILSON
Jun 09 Neil KONOUCHI
Jul 09 Dawn LESTER
The remaining letters spell out WHO WON THE FIRST HDYK?
The answer is Neil Konouchi.
Part 2: The soundbites are:
"I wanna make love in this CLUB"--Usher
"have your pet SPAYED or neutered"--Bob Barker
"shape of my HEART"--Sting
The fourth suit in a deck of playing cards are diamonds.
Neil Diamond is the answer.
Part 3: The encoded names are as follows:
1) Eugene O'Neill
2) Vince Neil
3) Neil Armstrong
4) Neil Young
5) Neil Peart
6) Shaquille O'Neal
7) Neely Harris (first mental_floss editor)

Day 4

Part 1: The two sentences are:
No money lost kills Jill in her garden. Find eight diners called Big Al.
Reversing this gives us:
Al Big called diners eight find garden her in Jill kills lost money no.
Removing the first letters:
ABcdefghiJklmn
Moving the first letter to between the last two:
BcdefghiJklmAn
Deleting the first ten letters:
lmAn
Adding the hyphen:
l-mAn
The things we deleted are letters. These two hints gives us David Letterman.
Part 2: The talk show hosts are as follows:
Tony Danza
Jimmy Fallon
Ricki Lake
John McEnroe
Jenny Jones
Arsenio Hall
Part 3: The personalities are as follows:
E/LL/END/EG/ENE/RES Ellen DeGeneres
M/EGA/NM/UL/LAL/LY Megan Mullaly
G/REG/BE/HRE/NDT Greg Behrendt
P/ATS/AJ/AK Pat Sajak
C/AR/OLI/NER/HEA Caroline Rhea
M/AUR/YP/OV/ICH Maury Povich
R/OS/IEO/DO/NN/ELL Rosie O'Donnell
R/ACH/AE/LR/AY Rachael Ray
O/PR/AHW/INF/REY Oprah Winfrey
B/ONN/IE/HU/NT Bonnie Hunt
J/ERR/YS/PRI/NG/ER Jerry Springer

Day 5

The snack food from Day 1 is Oreo, first made in 1912. 1+2=3.
The beverage solution was 16. 16*3=48. 48 degrees.

Walsh says his "Maserati does 185." The FM movie features rock and roll.
Rock @ Random is channel 161. 185-161=24. 24 minutes.

Variable B=0. 0 seconds.

9 letters ran across the grid. 9 degrees.

Phil Donahue began his career in 1959. 59 minutes.

Variable B=0. 0 seconds.

The street is the Bahnhofplatz, in Ulm. Einstein was born here in 1879
and died in 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey.

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