How Did You Know Chelsea Tymms and Alexi Runnels?


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

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

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
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!
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.
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
3. DAD
6. BAD


½ + ¼+ 1/8 + 1/8 = 1.

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.

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


424 is area code for:California

How Do You Stress the Word: THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVing?

Here’s something else to stress about for Thanksgiving: where to put the stress in the word Thanksgiving.

If you’re from California, Iowa, or Delaware, you probably say ThanksGIVing, with the primary stress on the second syllable. If you’re from Georgia, Tennessee, or the Texas Panhandle, you probably say THANKSgiving, with the primary stress on the first syllable.

This north-south divide on syllable stress is found for other words like umbrella, guitar, insurance, and pecan. However, those words are borrowed from other languages (Italian, Spanish, French). Sometimes, in the borrowing process, competing stress patterns settle into regional differences. Just as some borrowed words get first syllable stress in the South and second syllable stress in the North, French words like garage and ballet get first syllable stress in the UK and second syllable stress in the U.S.

Thanksgiving, however, is an English word through and through. And if it behaved like a normal English word, it would have stress on the first syllable. Consider other words with the same noun-gerund structure just like it: SEAfaring, BAbysitting, HANDwriting, BULLfighting, BIRDwatching, HOMEcoming, ALMSgiving. The stress is always up front, on the noun. Why, in Thanksgiving alone, would stress shift to the GIVE?

The shift to the ThanksGIVing pronunciation is a bit of a mystery. Linguist John McWhorter has suggested that the loss of the stress on thanks has to do with a change in our concept of the holiday, that we “don’t truly think about Thanksgiving as being about thankfulness anymore.” This kind of thing can happen when a word takes on a new, more abstract sense. When we use outgoing for mail that is literally going out, we are likely to stress the OUT. When we use it as a description of someone’s personality ("She's so outgoing!"), the stress might show up on the GO. Stress can shift with meaning.

But the stress shift might not be solely connected to the entrenchment of our turkey-eating rituals. The thanksGIVing stress pattern seems to have pre-dated the institution of the American holiday, according to an analysis of the meter of English poems by Mark Liberman at Language Log. ThanksGIVing has been around at least since the 17th century. However you say it, there is precedent to back you up. And room enough to focus on both the thanks and the giving.

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Watch Boris Karloff's 1966 Coffee Commercial
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Horror legend Boris Karloff is famous for playing mummies, mad scientists, and of course, Frankenstein’s creation. In 1930, Karloff cemented the modern image of the monster—with its rectangular forehead, bolted neck, and enormous boots (allegedly weighing in at 11 pounds each)—in the minds of audiences.

But the horror icon, who was born 130 years ago today, also had a sense of humor. The actor appeared in numerous comedies, and even famously played a Boris Karloff look-alike (who’s offended when he’s mistaken for Karloff) in the original Broadway production of Arsenic and Old Lace

In the ’60s, Karloff also put his comedic chops to work in a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee. The strange commercial, set in a spooky mansion, plays out like a movie scene, in which Karloff and the viewer are co-stars. Subtitles on the bottom of the screen feed the viewer lines, and Karloff responds accordingly. 

Watch the commercial below to see the British star selling coffee—and read your lines aloud to feel like you’re “acting” alongside Karloff. 

[h/t: Retroist]


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