How Did You Know Daniel Wilson?

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
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:
Jonas Brothers
Good Charlotte
Papa Roach
Jordin Sparks
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
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:
Moving the first letter to between the last two:
Deleting the first ten letters:
Adding the hyphen:
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.

How Did You Know Jimmy Luth?

We had a lot of fun giving away daily neatorama prizes this month! We hope you continue to enjoy this new aspect of the game. Thanks for being active on the Facebook page. Head over there to find out if you're a random winner, as we just announced that. Meantime, congrats to our first place winner and new (and former) champion, Jimmy Luth!

Apparently June is my month for winning HDYK (Past winner, June&August 2010 - An honor retained at the top of personal google searches). It must have been in the answers because I was not first to post the final answer and I had a 10 minute delay in start as I thought I had until Tuesday before I saw the facebook post (Everyone should join the HDYK facebook page). I am thrilled to win a month that included references to some of my favorite things in Modern Family, classic cartoons, and Angry Birds along with new ways to submit and a user submitted puzzle. Seriously, you should do that again, I would love to create a puzzle as much as I do to solve them. I attached a photo of me and family (Laurie, Annabelle-5, and Rebecca-2) at the Georgia Aquarium this summer as the sprinkle picture wasn't the best turnout. Thanks again to MF, Neatorama, and the facebook hinters - especially Sharon who helped me get my last missing answer.

Final Answer

Q: According to Urban Dictionary, what is the definition of a Twaggie? A: A traditional tag in the Twittersphere as exemplified by the Web comic Twaggies

Day 1

HDYK: Started counting coins and using the cipher (your favorite tool) to see if it spelled anything.

Chrono Trigger
HDYK: No idea, searched Dactyl's Nest to find the game for the DS.

Mighty Eagle
HDYK: He is purchased separately in the game
Question: In what country is Rovio (makers of Angry Birds) based?

Day 2

Modern Family
HDYK: Created cipher style setup in Excel and tried some different ideas to see what would create two words. Sadly found it was the answer which I suspected but apparently wasn't solving correctly.

8 Out of 10 Cats
Cash in the Attic
Black Books
The Big Breakfast
HDYK: Googled some clue words, figured out a Channel 4 connection and searched out shows. Nice hint with "programmes"

7F7F7F, FFFF00, 00FFFF, 00FF00, FF00FF, FF0000
Gray, Yellow, Cyan, Green, Magenta, Red
HDYK: Googled the sequences. Figured it was a color thing used for screen images. Took some googling to find it is the order of the SMPTE color bars for a test pattern. Blue is the last one.
What are the three primary colors of light that are used to produce the picture you see on most television sets?
Red, Green, Blue

Day 3

Lightning McQueen - Cars
Mystery Van - Scooby Doo
Flintmobile - Flinstones
Space Car - Jetsons
The Mach 5 - Speed Racer
Speed Buggy - Speed Buggy
Answer: Wilson (Owen Wilson)
HDYK: Recognized most right away and googled to confirm the actual car name

Comparing against:
Headlight fixed; Removed some top teeth; Piece on top is missing; Gas cap removed;
HDYK: Used a gif maker and an original to ensure no strange small changes like the last time.

The car in Back to the Future was the DeLorean. The actor is Christopher Lloyd
HDYK: took the quiz, googling some answers to confirm I was correct.
Question: What was the full name of the character Mr. Lloyd played on Taxi?
Reverend Jim Ignatowski

Day 4

Cincinnati Reds - Reds + ox = Red Sox - Boston Red Sox
HDYK: A wiki review of each sports teams and dropping the letters as instructed to see what works.

D4L2 - Nice work Greg. Don't be afraid to do this again MF - I promise to submit next time.
METS - D. The guys on this team are actually one-thousand aliens.
ROYALS - E. The guys on this team would rather be playing polo - the sport of kings.
DODGERS - A. The guys on this team are hard to catch.
MARINERS - C. The guys on this team are out to sea.
ATHLETICS - B. The guys on this team are in good shape.
HDYK: Knew some right away but had to second guess and fill in to figure out each clue. The aliens was the toughest one.

HEIROWN - Kevin Costner is not in this movie.
HDYK: Recognized most of the movies and connected a Costner/baseballl theme.
Question: What pitcher for the Minnesota Twins threw the first no-hitter of the 2011 MLB season?
Francisco Liriano

Day 5

RGB = RBG = 7-2-4
Lighting is number 95

Question: According to Urban Dictionary, what is the definition of a Twaggie?

A traditional tag in the Twittersphere as exemplified by the Web comic Twaggies

neatorama presents: HDYK? - {day 5}

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt!

Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know? sponsored by our friends over at

Here's how it works: Starting today, and every day the rest of this week, we'll be presenting two challenges at noon ET. They'll be very similar to the kinds of puzzles you've come to expect from me and Josh, and, yes, they will feed into the Day 5 puzzle, as normal. Each evening, at 8pm ET, we'll be putting up a third challenge loosely based on the day's previous two challenges. You won't need to solve the first two to solve the third, but knowing the day's theme might help you be the first to crack Level 3. Also: note that you'll have to solve Level 3--the bonus--to compete on Day 5

>> Prizes! Each day, one person will win one item from the neatoshop worth $25 or less. Shipping is on the house but the item you pick must be in stock. Oh, and no credit if you don't use up the full $25. To be eligible for the prize, you need to leave the correct answer to Level 3 on the correct neatorama page before 10pm ET. You also need to tell us in that comment what you want if you're selected at random.

>> So what's in it for the person/team who finishes first with all the correct answers? Bragging rights, as always, with your photo/bio posted on our site. But also the chance to win the Day 5 neatorama prize, and, as has been tradition here for the last 28 months of HDYK?, your pick of any one of the amazing t-shirts from our store.

As always, if you're not a Fan of our Facebook page, be sure to add us so we can keep you updated, and you can get in on some additional nifty clues throughout the week. If you're new to our five-day hunt, you can read up on our new Rules page here. Oh, and the previous days' challenges can be found here if you missed it. Okay, ready to get your Hunt on? Click on through.


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