How Did You Know Chelsea Tymms and Alexi Runnels?

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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 announced that earlier today. Meantime, congrats to our repeat winners Chelsea Tymms and Alexi Runnels:


We are currently both in our second year at the University of Florida. Alexi is majoring in Biotechnology and spends her spare time sleeping, reading, and creating elaborate Sims families. Chelsea is majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, and enjoys juggling, math, programming, and origami (this is a picture of us in front of the level 3 Menger Sponge that Chelsea’s honors Origami class created – from 48,000 interlocking business cards – last semester). We also enjoy cooking, playing tennis, and of course solving puzzles and learning trivia!
As always, big thanks to David and Josh for coming up with such fun, challenging and varying puzzles every month. We can’t wait for the next puzzle hunt!

Final Answer

424 is an area code for California

Day 1

Day 1-1
A: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
B: Eat Pray Love
C: Shrek Forever After
D: Paranormal Activity 2
E: Toy Story 3
F: Tron: Legacy
G: Iron Man 2

Each of these films is a sequel, except for Eat Pray Love, so the code is ACDEFG

Day 1-2
The common characteristic all of these shows share is that they’re all spinoffs of shows that were also spinoffs of other shows:
-Good Times is a spinoff of Maude, which is a spinoff of All in the Family.
-Diagnosis: Murder is a spinoff of Jake and the Fatman, which is a spinoff of Matlock
-NCIS: Los Angeles is a spinoff of NCIS, which was a spinoff of JAG
-Nurses was a spinoff of Empty Nest, which was a spinoff of The Golden Girls.
-Real Chance at Love is a spinoff of I Love New York, which is a spinoff of Flavor of Love.
-Models Inc. is a spinoff of Melrose Place, which was a spinoff of Beverly Hills: 90210.

Day 1-3
1. Jay Leno
2. Dick Jauron
3. Lovie Smith
4. Conan O’Brien
5. Ben Bernanke
6. David Cameron
7. Gordon Brown
8. Mark Zuckerberg

Matchups: 1 and 4 (Jay Leno hosts The Tonight Show, and Conan O’Brian previously did)
2 and 3 (Lovie Smith is the current coach of the Chicago Bears; Dick Jauren was the previous coach)
5 and 8 (Mark Zuckerberg was 2010’s Time Magazine’s person of the year; Ben Bernanke was 2009’s)
6 and 7 (David Cameron is the current Prime Minister of Great Britain, and successor to Gordon Brown)

The answer to the Neatorama question was Nintendo.

Day 2

Day 2-1
Midnight FEAST
Chain LETTER
Star STRUCK
Current AFFAIRS
Right TRIANGLE
Compound INTEREST
French CONNECTION

The word that can precede all the second words is LOVE.

2-2
1. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
2. “Love Shack” by the B52’s
3. “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton
4. “Love Train” by the O’Jays
5.
2-3
The picture was of a heart

The answer to the neatorama question was The Beatles

Day 3

Day 3-1
The wrong answer was question 8: the key to the bottom right of K is the < key, not the > key!
3-2
Type the key to the top-right, then right again, of the key given (e.g. x becomes f, n becomes k). Note that the capital letters become the letter you would type if you tried to press shift; before typing the actual key, so the A becomes a, and the S becomes s. If you do this, then you spell out FLORIDA KEYS.
3-3
1 .Locks
2. a lock of hair
3. John Locke
4. the Loch Ness monster
5. Ronald Reagan (the odd one out!)
6. Goldilocks
7. Lox
8. It’s typed with caps lock on!

The theme is LOCK (or words that sound like/ are related to it), and it’s a theme in all of them except Ronald Reagan, of course.

The answer to the neatorama question was Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.

Day 4

Day 4-1
Using the numbers for order, matching to the corresponding note letter on a piano:

1: CAB
2: CAFE
3. DAD
4: EDGE
5. FACE
6. BAD

4-2

½ + ¼+ 1/8 + 1/8 = 1.

4-3
The first, third, fourth and fifth were all by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The second, the odd one out, was by Igor Stravinsky.

In answer to the Neatorama question, Bach fathered 20 children.

Day 5

Day 5:
LOVE: 22.
4
2
424

page 2:
Good TImes was in the 70s
page 3:
343
page 4:
the rake’s progress
1950
95

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424 is area code for:California

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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