How Did You Know, Hoang-Kim and Cara Vu?


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As always, we got dozens of submissions with all the correct answers. In fact, as I type this, they're still coming in! 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

But enough chatter. On with the winners!

schoolofathensYou'll recognize the team of Hoang-Kim and Cara Vu from April 2009. We'll post all their work after the jump, but first a little bit more about them: My sister Cara and I are ecstatic and obviously honored to finally be back in the winner's circle. Since we live far apart now, HDYK is actually our way of sibling bonding; we both try to solve the day's challenges by ourselves and then compare answers at night. Part of me looks forward to HDYK every month for the week of daily frustrated text messages, culminating in a frantic screaming ten-minute phone call at 8pm on Monday. But we have a blast every time, and everyone in our family knows to stay away from us the last week of the month (unless they can contribute). When we're not trying to match up audio clip mashups on Youtube, Cara is a high-school senior in New Jersey (and perhaps UChicago-bound!), and I'm a George Washington alum, working in international development in DC.

Thanks again for the amazing trivia hunt, and see you next month!

Final Answer

The phone number is for the Glendale Public Library, found on East Harvard Street. It has a internationally known "Cat Collection."

Day 1


The beaks are as follows (we watch a lot of cartoons):
1) Beaky Buzzard
2) Woodstock
3) Owl from Winnie the Pooh
4) Daffy Duck
5) Tweety Bird
6) Twitter Bird
7) Sam the Eagle (!)
8) Foghorn Leghorn
9) Big Bird
10) Roadrunner


The answers are as follows: Scissors, Clan, Wave, Reed, Hanks, Lasagna, Leaf (knew everything but Leaf off the top of my head, looked that one up).
The birds are: Cardinals, Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, and Eagles, which are all teams in the NFL.


The nine songs are as follows (figured that Free Bird and Fly Like An Eagle would be in there, and everything else fell into place):
1) Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
2) Sparrow (Simon and Garfunkel)
3) Disco Duck (Rick Dees)
4) Doin' the Pigeon (Sesame Street)
5) Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
6) Fly Like An Eagle (Bee Gees)
7) When Doves Cry (Prince)
8) I'm Like a Bird (Nelly Furtado)
9) Blackbird (The Beatles)

Day 2


1) Pretty in Pink
2) The Breakfast Club
3) Sixteen Candles
4) St. Elmo's Fire
5) Revenge of the Nerds
6) Amadeus
7) Ferris Bueller's Day Off


1) Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Becomes Best-Selling Record Ever
2) "Live Aid" Concerts in London And Philadelphia Raise Money for Famine Relief
3) "Baby Jessica" McClure Falls Down Well
4) United States Hockey Team Defeats Russia to Win Olympic Gold Medal
The Texas town in #3 is Midland.


1) Kool and the Gang - Celebration
2) Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
3) Toni Basil - Mickey
4) Steve Winwood - Roll With It
5) Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
6) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Day 3

1) Cop Rock (a rock with a policeman's hat)
2) NYPD Blue (the letters NYPD are in blue)
3) Barney Miller (Barney the dinosaur and beer)
4) Chips (British word for fries)
5) Law and Order (Jude Law, and a restaurant check order)


12 pm: Lunch
1pm: The Return of the Pink Panther
3pm: The Haunted Showboat
5pm: Charlie's Angels
7pm: Dinner
8pm: A Study in Scarlet
10pm: Rear Window
12am: The Melted Coins

The director of the last film he watched is Alfred Hitchcock.


1) Anthony Kennedy
2) Sonia Sotomayor
3) Antonin Scalia
4) Ruth Bader Ginsburg
5) John G. Roberts
6) Clarence Thomas
7) Samuel Alito
8) John Paul Stevens

The missing name is 9th Justice Stephen Breyer.

Day 4



The phrase spells out "Greek Letter X" which is Chi.


HA+NG = Hang Ten
PO+WER+SOF = Powers of Ten
TH+EW+HO+LE + YA+RDS = The Whole Ten Yards
TOP + LI+ST = Top Ten List
BIG + CON+FE+REN+CE = Big Ten Conference
PI+NB+OWL+ING = Ten Pin Bowling
CO+MM+AND+MEN+TS = Ten Commandments
DO+WN+IN+GS+TR+EET = Ten Downing Street
The blogger's last name is Higgins.


9, 2, 3, 3, 6
8, 9, 7, 2, 9, 5
6, 1, 4, 3, 7, 1, 4
5, 2, 1, 7, 8
3, 6, 4
2, 5, 4, 8, 6
2, 9, 5, 1, 5, 7, 2
6, 8, 3, 3, 5, 8
7, 4, 9, 4, 1

Day 5

Big Bird appeared in an episode in 1981.
The number of different consonants in Breyer's name is 8.
Cop Rock was ranked #5 in the worst shows of all time.
The orange box had an 8 in it.
Josh read A Study in Scarlet at 8pm, or 2000.

The number is as follows: 818-548-2020

The number is for the Glendale Public Library, found on East Harvard Street. It has a internationally known "Cat Collection/"

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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