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. Congrats to our new Champion, Courtney Scott! Let's meet her now:

How exciting to win HDYK! I've been playing for a couple months in a row now, but have known about it for much longer, thanks to the other people in my family that participate in it. So now, the last week of every month, I've got multiple relatives playing from various parts of Michigan. Both them & the Facebook page are great resources for bouncing ideas off of other people!
Apart from enjoying random trivia, I'm a big fan of traveling (can you ID the Chicago landmark in my picture?), visiting Lake Michigan in any & all weather, live music, and my job in marketing at Michigan's only Dude Ranch. Basically what that means is occasionally I get to go horseback riding during lunch, which I would say is a pretty great job perk! A big thanks to the people at mental_floss for putting this hunt on every month, and to Jeff who managed to convince me one of my answers was wrong this month when I was convinced I was right! Thanks so much for putting together the Hunt each month!

Final Answer

2011

Day 1

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Latitude: Birthday of famous NYE Wagstaff: Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark was born 11/30/29
Longtitude: Date of NYE: 01/01/11

The above latitude & longtitude lands you in Burkina Faso, in Africa.

D1L2
When Cape Town celebrates midnight, it'll be 5pm in New York City.
Dick Clark will be 81 years old this New Year's.
5+81+2=88

A related bar in Seattle, WA to the number 88 is "88 Keys Dueling Piano & Sports Bar," which makes sense because there's 88 keys on a piano!

D1L3
Hidden City (Time locally when it's midnight in L.A.)
Melbourne (7)
Paris (9)
Dubai (12)
Berlin (9)
Jerusalem (10)
Calgary (1)
Pittsburgh (3)

This NYE I'll be partying in Grand Rapids!

Day 2

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No other cookie matches the combination on cookie P

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I overlaid the map given with an actual map of CA, and discovered the cities to be 1. Santa Rosa, 2. Santa Cruz, 3. Santa Maria, 4. Santa Barbara, 5. Santa Clarita, and 6. Santa Ana, with the connecting element being SANTA!

D2L3
I needed to use the hint provided last year to learn how to do this. I figured out the numbers surrounding 35 & 51 first, then moved to the bottom of the tree & worked my way up. Below are the numbers for each level, starting at the top.
332
146, 186
61, 85, 101
26, 35, 50, 51
12, 14, 21, 29, 22
5, 7, 7, 14, 15, 7
3, 2, 5, 2, 12, 3, 4

After solving this, I substituted each number in the bottom row for it's corresponding alphabet letter, and found the word "eggnog." Then Google taught me that another name for egg whites is albumen.

Day 3

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I knew all except two of these by looking at them, learned "Halloween" by googling the phrase given, and found "A Christmas Story" by searching Amazon for favorite Christmas movies.
Top row: "A Christmas Story" "Elf"
Middle row: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Live Jim Carry version)
Bottom row: "It's a Wonderful Life" "Halloween"

D3L2
This was my favorite challenge! I love Pixar movies, and knew all of them without any problems. I figured the odd one out was Dreamworks, so I googled "Dreamworks Movies" and started looking through the results until I found a title that matched. In order, the movies used are: "The Incredibles" "A Bug's Life" "Monsters Inc." "Finding Nemo" "Wall-e" "Toy Story" "Up" "Cars" and "Monsters vs Aliens" (which is the odd one out, since it wasn't made by Disney/Pixar).

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This one stumped me, until I looked at the image name and saw it was named "actors." Then I decided that the cage, faucet, & washington were all actors I knew. I did a lot of searching for keywords and reading hints the lovely facebook fans were posting, until I got the rest to match famous actors. (The "Frankly" clue was my favorite one given). From top left to bottom right: Brad Pitt, Nicholas Cage, Farrah Fawcett, Jack Lemmon, Clark Gable, John Hurt, and Washington Denzel. I picked Farra as the odd one out, being the only female, and her name worked to get me to the right neatorama page. Her name on "Charlie's Angels" was Jill Munroe.

Day 4

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I could id four out of the five pics by looking, and once I figured out the theme, I figured the one I didn't recognize had to be "The New Adventures of Old Christine". Then someone pointed out to me that "New Kids on the Block" was actually comprised of white guys, so I had to revise that guess. After extensive googling, turns out that answer was really "New Edition." Below is each of the items, with the year they were brand new.
D. The New Yorker 1925
S. New Edition 1978
O. New Coke 1985
T. The New Adventures of Old Christine 2006
N. New Mexico 1912

Put in order from newest to least new, the letters spell TOSDN

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Google helped me answer the ones here that I didn't know.
Top Row: 6, 116
Middle Row: 4, 3, 7
Bottom Row: 25, 15

Creating the equation took a while. I had to bust out my old graphing calculator, and did quite a bit of guess & check before I got an equation that would work out to 2011. Here it is! 2011=(116*7*3)-(25(15+6-4)). Ta Da!

D4L3
For this one, I started writing down what I saw: level, reverse, elbow, eleven, and looked for three letters they had in common. I decided it was "eve," so elbow must be wrong. Here are the actual answers I settled on: level, reverse, sleeve, eleven, and Neverland.

I went to Catholic school for nine years, so of course I knew that Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs!

Day 5

D5
Final day!

sq kilometers" 247200=15
p=16
2009=11
ndsot+5=sixty

Onethousandonehundredandtwo

2011!