How Did You Know, Kris & Ryan Kelly?!


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More importantly, despite it being a slow week, what with the food orgy known as Thanksgiving and all, we still managed to get dozens of submissions with all the correct answers. And you all will be entered into the drawing to win this month's Vado HD cam, courtesy of our sponsors. Likewise, anyone who submitted any answer at all is eligible for the free premium subscription on In fact, just as I'm typing this, I see another set of answers coming in, some 24 hours later.

But enough chatter. On with the winners!

Picture 3This month's first-place winner is the team of Kris and Ryan Kelly, who edged out a couple others who nearly had all the answers correct. Great work Kris and Ryan! We'll post all their work after the jump, but first a little bit about them:
My husband Ryan and I live Philadelphia with our 15 month old son, whose bedtime of 7:30 gives us just enough time to make it to the final day of HDYK! The whole HDYK process is a huge team effort between the both of us, especially on the final day when it seems like two computers are key. I'm the bigger puzzle nerd and regular reader of mental floss "“ I typically handle the crosswords/jumbles/codes etc. Ryan is good at internet research and has lots of the music knowledge that so often comes up. Those song mashups would be impossible for just me alone. When we have spare time aside from our toddler, we're a game family "“ we have tons of board games around and a season pass on the Tivo to Jeopardy.

We've come close to winning a couple of times in the past, so this is so exciting for us to have won! I'd have fun just figuring everything out and finishing, but winning is great too! I really want to thank the other Facebook users - the clues the community gives out have been invaluable to us in the past. This was the first time that we had something that other people didn't (song number 1), and it was great to be able to leave a clue and help out others.

We'll be back for the next one. Thanks for a great hunt!

Final Answer

The new mental_floss store is located at 8051 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland OH

Day 1

Part 1: Crossword Puzzle



5: HIP

8: CAP

11: LISA

12: OVA

13: ASS

14: BOLT


17: ECO

19: ART



26: CAN

27: III

29: AWOL

30: ALAS

32: AGE

34: ALA



39: OWN

40: ESC


44: HISS

48: END

49: ROE

50: ONTO

51: YEA

52: TED

53: ONLY


1: MLB

2: RIO

3: ESL



6: IVE



9: ASH

10: PSI

16: URSA

18: CHI

20: SCAM

21: TALC


23: CIG

24: COLD

25: KLAN

28: IAN

31: SAWN

33: EHS



40: EYED

41: KEY

42: ENE

43: DOE

45: INN

46: STL

47: SOY

The shaded letters spell Mile High City, indicating John Denver.

In case it comes up, also mentioned in this puzzle were John Belushi, John Cusack, John McCain, and John Kennedy.

Entering Denver gets us to:

Part 2, Rebus:

The pictures are:

Row 1: Rather; Graph; Hen; Space; Home; Yuck

Row 2: Cow; King; Call; Back; Lips; Luke; Bee

Row 3: Boy; Auto; Fore; Hide; Mug; Sew

This gives us the 5 John Denver songs as follows:

1. Calypso "“ Call + Lips + Sew

2. Autograph "“ Auto + Graph

3. Back Home Again "“ Back + Home + Mug + Hen

4. Looking for Space "“ Luke + King + Fore + Space

5. I'd Rather be a Cowboy "“ Hide + Rather + Bee + Yuck + Cow + Boy

The shaded letters, STBNKEIEC can be unscrambled to get John Steinbeck

Day 2

Part 1, Cartoon Dogs:
Down the left side they are:
Droopy Dog
Scooby Doo

Down the Right side:
Huckleberry Hound
Brian Griffin
Dino Flintstone

Entering the first letters of the seven dogs, bddhpsu gets us to the next level

Part 2, text decoding:
232453 = Beagle
265543 = Collie
527743 = Lassie
627539 = Marley
766679 = Snoopy
233846836 = Beethoven
244482482 = Chihuahua
627623853 = Marmaduke
47328 3263 = Great Dane
8465372355 = Tinkerbell
746 846 846 = Rin Tin Tin
78. 2376273 = St. Bernard
437626 74374373 = German Shepherd
52272367 738743837 = Labrador Retriever

The pairs are:
Snoopy is a Beagle; Lassie is a Collie; Marley is a Labrador Retriever; Beethoven is a St Bernard; Marmaduke is a Great Dane; Tinkerbell is a Chuhuahua; and Rin Tin Tin is a German Shepherd.

Day 3

Part 1, baby name photo mashup:
The photos are:
1: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell
2: Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson
3. Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden
4. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
5. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
6. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rosdale
A. Apple
B. Sparrow
C. Sunday (Sundae)
D. Charlie
E. Bronx
F. Zuma

The pairs to advance us to the next level are:

Part 2, song mashup:
1. Between the Bars by Elliott Smith

2. Baby Come Back by Player

3. Disco Inferno by The Trammps

4. Borderline by Madonna

5. Loser by Beck

6. "¦Baby One more Time by Britney Spears

7. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

8. Baby, You're a Rich Man by the Beatles

9. Baby Love by the Supremes

Day 4

Part 1, Video mashup
1. Flight of the Conchords are from Wellington NZ

2. Blue Man Group comes from New York City

3. The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra comes from Vienna Austria

4. Stomp comes from Brighton UK

Entering Wellington gets us to:
Part 2, Puzzle:
The first six musicians and their instruments are:
Kenny G Saxophone
Mischa Maisky Cello
Debbi Peterson Drums
Little Richard Piano
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Lawrence Welk Accordion

The clue is: Name the lead guitarist for the Goo Goo Dolls: John Rzeznik

Day 5

41 was the across number for John Kennedy who graduated from Harvard is 1940

31: Bronx was born to Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson on 11/20/08, 11+20 = 31

21: Scooby Doo made 21 appearances in a 1995 Archie Comics comic book series

Guitarist: 7+21+9+20+1+18+9+19+20 = 124
Doll: 4+15+12+12 = 43
124 "“ 43 = 81
Make that negative = -81
21: Same as lat sec:
21:Same as lat sec
Entering all that into the map gets us to Mayfield Road.

Part 2:
According to last week's entry from Jason English, now located at 8051 Mayfield Rd Chesterland Oh is the mental floss retail store.
The final answer is:
The mental floss retail store

Thanks, this was another fun one! The rest of the days answers are below.

Kris and Ryan Kelly

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

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