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 [quote="SuperSlug"][quote="jadesmar"]Maybe this: 5460 = 65 * 84 = AT 5694 = 73 * 78 = IN So, that's the small ones. 3390066960 = FORTY 2716716990 = YEARS 142488921960 = METEOR 34441680 = SALT[/quote] 3369773440 = 80 x 79 x 83 x 73 x 88 P O S I X 32579316 = 84 x 73 x 77 x 69 T I M E[/quote]
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novice
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: 1

23.4 - Axial tilt of the earth, in degrees - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_tilt#Obliquity_of_the_ecliptic_.28Earth.27s_axial_tilt.29
1705.5 - Weight of Konishiki on the surface of the sun, in pounds (assuming 630 pounds on earth) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konishiki_Yasokichi, http://www.seasky.org/solar-system/planet-weight-calculator.html
100336 - Hats owned by Roger "Buckey" Legried - http://www.tributes.com/show/Roger-Buckey-Legried-92439590
11455 - Annual rainfall at Mount Wai'ale'ale, in millimeters
Tentacles on a sea nettle

272 - Atomic weight of Unununium - http://www.chemicalelements.com/elements/uuu.html
Years since the creation of the earth, according to the Jewish calendar
Area of a circle with radius 50
Bumblebee hive population
Overall volume of the current Supreme Court justices, in fluid ounces

Olympic medals awarded in 2008
Elephant population of India
Strikeouts by Nolan Ryan
Total mass of all popes, when they were alive, in kilograms

Heat generated by a bonfire, in joules
Eagle species
Sailors who completed Magellan's expedition
Children in the Von Trapp family
Odyssey's length, in lines

International Date Line's length, in miles
Twilight sales, in dollars
Islands in the Philippines
Euler characteristic of a Klein bottle
Senator's salary, in dollars

Quadratic polynomials over the field of order 32
Average weekly calories consumed by an American adult
Ninth Catalan number
Tails on a kitsune

Triangular faces of a snub cube
Height of a poodle, in micrometers
Electrons in a molecule of caffeine
Smoots in a nautical mile
Eel consumption in Japan every year, in tons

Uranus' orbital period, in fortnights
Time since 1970, in seconds
Atoms in Leonard Nimoy's left earlobe
Legs on a millipede
Length of Der Ring des Nibelungen, in minutes

Ultimate frisbee field size, in square feet
Total players in the 2010 World Cup
Empire State Building's height, in inches
Rods in a nautical mile
Solar luminosity, in watts

Violins in the Berlin Philharmonic
Europe's land area, in square kilometers
Groups of order 72
Earth-Pluto distance, in AUs
Tennessee's GSP per capita, in dollars
novice
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:45 am    Post subject: 0

There are some puzzles that require items from HQ. Maybe this puzzle is a good one to do next?
http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/magnitude/
gftt*
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: -1

P/F - KNIFE/Tragedy(RIP) - JINKIES - Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo)

R, E - AT, POUND - ZOINKS - Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo)
Z - SHOCK - SILFLAY HRAKA - rabbit language (Lapine) from Watership Down
R, I - AT, TIMES - SMEGHEAD - Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
C - BUCK - GORRAM - Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Firefly)
K - NOT - MEP - Beldar (Coneheads)
A/L - SMOKING - SMURFING - Grouchy Smurf (Smurfs)
R - AT - B'ZUGDA HIARA - Dwarvish from Discworld series
D - POWER - CROM - Conan
S, B - AND, MOD - FRAKKING - Commander Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
O - MOON - SHAZBOT - Mork (Mork and Mindy)
S, S - AND, AND - MUDBLOOD - Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter series)

PREZ RICKARDS BOSS = call in SMILEY
novice
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:43 am    Post subject: -2

I think you're on to something.

P/F - KNIFE/Tragedy(RIP) - JINKIES - Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo)
E - POUND - ZOINKS - Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo)
H - SHOCK - SILFLAY HRAKA - rabbit language (Lapine) from Watership Down
I - TIMES - SMEGHEAD - Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
C - BUCK - GORRAM - Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Firefly)
K/D - NOT - MEP - Beldar (Coneheads)
A/L - SMOKING - SMURFING - Grouchy Smurf (Smurfs)
R/H/F - AT/STUNNING/FOND MEMORIES(RIP) - B'ZUGDA HIARA - Dwarvish from Discworld series
D/Z - POWER - CROM - Conan
B - MOD - FRAKKING - Commander Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
O - MOON - SHAZBOT - Mork (Mork and Mindy)
S - AND - MUDBLOOD - Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter series)

PEHICKARDBOS
gftt*
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:52 am    Post subject: -3

Maybe each caption mentions a symbol which then gets translated to a letter via the cryptogram?

eg Shaggy says POUND = # = E
Rimmer says TIMES = * = I
Conan says POWER = ^ = D
Mork says MOON = crescent symbol = O

but I'm not sure if there are any others. It doesn't help that some of the symbols are hard to make out.
SuperSlug
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: -4

JINKIES - Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo)
ZOINKS - Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo)
SILFLAY HRAKA - rabbit language (Lapine) from Watership Down
SMEGHEAD - Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
GORRAM - Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Firefly)
SMURFING - Grouchy Smurf (Smurfs)
B'ZUGDA HIARA - Dwarvish from Discworld series
CROM - Conan
FRAKKING - Commander Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
SHAZBOT - Mork (Mork and Mindy)
MUDBLOOD - Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter series)
SuperSlug
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: -5

novice wrote:
*PLAGUE

Impressive work, SuperSlug.

Obviously, I STILL can't type.
Suspence
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:59 pm    Post subject: -6

All correct.

Next up:
Blackberry Man: Expletive Deleted - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/expletive_deleted/
novice
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:16 am    Post subject: -7

*PLAGUE

Impressive work, SuperSlug.
SuperSlug
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:10 am    Post subject: -8

Mega Man - Bio Man Meta

Find the scientific name of the causitive agent of each disease
1. FIERY SERPENT - Dracunculus medinensis
2. CLAP - Neisseria gonorrhoeae
4. CREEPING INFECTION - Strongyloidiasis stercoralis
5.

D
N
Stro
---

DNA Destroyer
Call in DNA DESTROYER

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Back solve for Pesky Bugs:
I put the wav file into a program that shows it has 6 tracks.
Yersinia pestis = Bubonic plauge
Call in PLAUGE
SuperSlug
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: -9

Sounds (not letters)

H-W HERE - Place at which we're sitting right now
E-II SLED - Slide downhill, in a way
D-Z GOLD - One of the goals of an Olympic athlete
S-F LAST- When many an avenger has laughed
T-C TRAM - What commuters may cram into during rush hour
R-TH RINGS - Things available in jewelry stores
EE-A FEAST - End of a fast
M-D WORM - English word cognate with Latin vermis
A-AA SNACK - Mouse, e.g., to a snake
T-W TAIL - What a whale uses to propel itself through the water
TH-N THOU - Second-person pronoun that's not much used now
A-Y SCUBA - Equipment used in the episode "A Clue for Scooby Doo" See this
T-M SLIT - Slim opening
O-E STOP - Step on the brake pedal
P-T PRY - Try to learn someone's secrets
A-ER PITA - Type of bread which Jesus might have described to Peter as "my body"
V-K STOVE - What one might stoke with coal or wood
- Ingredient in many cannoli recipes
R-H ROAM - Travel away from home
I-UH WIN - Score one more point than your opponent, e.g.
V-K LIVER - Too much liquor might damage it
ER-II TERM - Elected official's time in office
Z-Y ZOO - Where you might see lions and llamas
C-H CANNIBAL - Hannibal Lecter, e.g.
O-A PORT - Part of a computer where a peripheral device can be plugged in
R-D ROGER - Famous Dodger Stadium "peanut man" Owens
S-K LICE - Creatures you wouldn't like to find in your hair

HED STREEM AT THA TOP AV - RIVERZ CORS
HEAD STREAM AT THE TOP OF A RIVERS COURSE
SOURCE

Call in SOURCE

Can't do pesky bugs here because the audio is not working.
Suspence
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: -10

Nice work, that is correct. These are the currently open puzzles in the thread:

Bio Man: Pesky Bugs - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/pesky_bugs/

Blackberry Man - The Least You Could Do Is Phone Me - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/the_least_you_could_do_is_phone_me/
SuperSlug
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: -11

Suspence wrote:
Where has SuperSlug gone?

To the in-law's where there is no internet.

The Eternal Struggle work is on the spreadsheet.

Call in CREEPING INFECTION
Suspence
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: -12

Any further thoughts on this one? I'm not seeing any connections.
Zag
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:35 pm    Post subject: -13

I was going to suggest that they could all be 4-letter words, but 'ROGER' is clearly correct, so that isn't it.

Place at which we're sitting right now
SKI - Slide downhill, in a way
GOLD, MEDAL, RECORD - One of the goals of an Olympic athlete
When many an avenger has laughed
TRAM, SUBWAY, TRAIN - What commuters may cram into during rush hour
GEMS, JEWELRY - Things available in jewelry stores
MEAL, FEAST - End of a fast
WORM - English word cognate with Latin vermis
PREY - Mouse, e.g., to a snake
TAIL - What a whale uses to propel itself through the water
YE? THOU, THEE - Second-person pronoun that's not much used now
SCUBA - Equipment used in the episode "A Clue for Scooby Doo" See this
SLOT - Slim opening
STOP - Step on the brake pedal
SNOOP, SPY - Try to learn someone's secrets
MATZOH, PITA - Type of bread which Jesus might have described to Peter as "my body"
FIRE - What one might stoke with coal or wood
RICOTTA - Ingredient in many cannoli recipes
LEAVE, EMMIGRATE - Travel away from home
WIN - Score one more point than your opponent, e.g.
LIVER - Too much liquor might damage it
TERM - Elected official's time in office
ZOO, MENAGERIE, Where you might see lions and llamas
CANNIBAL, SERIAL KILLER - Hannibal Lecter, e.g.
PORT - Part of a computer where a peripheral device can be plugged in
ROGER - Famous Dodger Stadium "peanut man" Owens
LICE - Creatures you wouldn't like to find in your hair
Suspence
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: -14

Place at which we're sitting right now
Slide downhill, in a way
One of the goals of an Olympic athlete
When many an avenger has laughed
What commuters may cram into during rush hour
Things available in jewelry stores
MEAL - End of a fast
WORM - English word cognate with Latin vermis
PREY - Mouse, e.g., to a snake
What a whale uses to propel itself through the water
YE? - Second-person pronoun that's not much used now
Equipment used in the episode "A Clue for Scooby Doo"
SLOT - Slim opening
STOP - Step on the brake pedal
SNOOP - Try to learn someone's secrets
MATZOH - Type of bread which Jesus might have described to Peter as "my body"
What one might stoke with coal or wood
Ingredient in many cannoli recipes
Travel away from home
WIN - Score one more point than your opponent, e.g.
LIVER - Too much liquor might damage it
TERM - Elected official's time in office
Where you might see lions and llamas
Hannibal Lecter, e.g.
PORT - Part of a computer where a peripheral device can be plugged in
ROGER - Famous Dodger Stadium "peanut man" Owens
LICE - Creatures you wouldn't like to find in your hair
Suspence
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: -15

Crickets in here for quite some time.

Let's move on - I tried to find a puzzle that looks like we could make instant progress on to gain momentum in Blackberry Man.

Next up:
Blackberry Man - The Least You Could Do Is Phone Me - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/the_least_you_could_do_is_phone_me/
Suspence
Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: -16

Started trying that in Sound Recorder when I first say it, didn't seem promising, but that doesn't mean there is nothing there. I don't have real tools either.
Zag
Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: -17

I have some ideas on this one, but not the tools to implement them. I suspect that you'll want to open it in some reasonably professional sound manipulation tool and probably slow it way down, and perhaps phase shift it. I suspect that there is something to hear, but currently it is too high for humans to hear it, and slowing it down will bring it into audible range.
Suspence
Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: -18

I've got no ideas whatsoever on Pesky Bugs.

Where has SuperSlug gone?
gftt*
Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: -19

Heh. I got nothing; maybe I'll stick to thinking about the previous puzzle for now.
Suspence
Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:57 pm    Post subject: -20

OK, moving on. Perhaps we'll be able to backsolve that last one. It might be tough though, since the Bio Man meta only incorporates 5 puzzles.

Next up is:
Bio Man: Pesky Bugs - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/pesky_bugs/
gftt*
Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: -21

I'm fairly certain I've made an error somewhere and painted myself into a dead end. Let's move on. I might come back to this at some point, or I might not.
novice
Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject: -22

I'd guess a computerized approach would be best here. Not something I have time for atm. I'm fine with moving on.
gftt*
Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:23 pm    Post subject: -23

My approach is slow and painstaking. If nobody else is really thinking about this puzzle I'd move on.
gftt*
Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:36 am    Post subject: -24

gftt*
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: -25

Seems like we are to backsolve the past positions of the Game of Life.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s%5FGame%5Fof%5FLife

Also seems hard...
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: -26

Correct.

Next up:
The Eternal Struggle - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/the_eternal_struggle/
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:03 pm    Post subject: -27

Code:
harryhoudIni
jeanbaptisteluLly
luciusfabiusciLo
jimcrEighton
chRysippus
draCo
thOmasurquhart
???
sherwooDanderson

KILLER CO?D

EDIT: 1871: Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer and Ohio politician, was demonstrating how a victim may possibly have shot himself while drawing a weapon from a kneeling position when he shot himself in the process. Though the defendant, Thomas McGehan, was ultimately cleared, Vallandigham died from his wound.

Call in KILLER COLD
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: -28

#2 made me think of Houdini, which led me to this:

1) 1771: Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died of digestion problems on 12 February 1771 after having consumed a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert: hetvägg served in a bowl of hot milk. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as "the king who ate himself to death."

2) 1926: Harry Houdini, the famous American escape artist, was punched in the stomach by an amateur boxer. Though this had been done with Houdini's permission, complications from this injury may have caused him to die days later, on October 31, 1926. It was later determined that Houdini died of a ruptured appendix, though it is contested as to whether or not the punches actually caused the appendicitis.

3) 1687: Jean-Baptiste Lully, the French composer, died of a gangrenous abscess after piercing his foot with a staff while he was vigorously conducting a Te Deum. It was customary at that time to conduct by banging a staff on the floor.

4) 212: Lucius Fabius Cilo, a Roman senator of the 2nd century, "...choked...by a single hair in a draught of milk"

5) 1862: Jim Creighton, a very early baseball player, died when he swung a bat too hard and injured himself, possibly by rupturing his bladder.

6) 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after giving his donkey wine then seeing it attempt to eat figs

7) c. 620 BC: Draco, Athenian law-maker, was smothered to death by gifts of cloaks showered upon him by appreciative citizens at a theatre on Aegina.

8-9) 1660: Thomas Urquhart, Scottish aristocrat, polymath and first translator of Rabelais into English, is said to have died laughing upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.

10) ???

11) 1941: Sherwood Anderson, writer, died of peritonitis after swallowing a toothpick at a party
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject: -29

1) Guy who eats too many desserts (14 of them)
2) Guy allowing another to punch him in the gut
3) Girl banging staff on the ground to music
4) Hair in a glass of milk
5) Girl swings baseball bat twice
6) Guy laughing as other guy eats something (a brussel sprout?)
7) Sleeping guy gets coats piled on top of him
8) Charles In Charge on TV
9) Girl laughs when she is told they made a sequel of something
10) Guy pointing toy gun at himself
11) Guy swallowing a toothpick

11 vignettes in the movie clip
10 spaced lines under the clip
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: -30

CLAP is correct.

Next, another video puzzle:
Bio Man: Life of the Party - http://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/11/puzzles/mega_man/life_of_the_party/
gftt*
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: -31

OK, so maybe repeat the siteswap pattern in a cycle a la juggling means treat the numbers as siteswap numbers and juggle these things?

1. 7 OCARINA = A
2. 5 GRAIL = L
3. 3 ILLOGIC = L
4. 6 CONCEIT = I
5. 4 CATNIP = N
6. 7 illogic comes down in this place = C
7. 5 grail comes down in this place = L
8. 3 ocarina comes down in this place = A
9. 6 catnip comes down in this place = P
10. 4 conceit comes down in this place = C
11. 7 ocarina again = A
12. 5 grail again = L
13. 3 illogic again =L
etc

ALLINCLAPCALLINCLAPCALLINCLAPC...
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: -32

Reading up on this puzzle, it looks like it went nearly unsolved (only 3 teams got it) and the setters had some regrets.

Here's what they said, perhaps it's a clue in the right direction, though it's still beyond me:

Of course, the puzzle has major problems.. Originally the videos were going to form a cycle instead of a chain (by replacing CAULIFLOWER with CATNIP). This would have made for a very interesting solving structure, because you might have no video at first for which you could correctly identify all the objects, and you'd have to sort of backsolve your way into it. On the other hand, maybe that would have made trickier to figure out the mechanism. Anyway, a cycle would have probably better clued that you should repeat the pattern for extraction, except that we realized that with a cycle you would not necessarily know where to start, so we made it a chain. But then you really needed prior experience with siteswaps to solve this, because you needed to know to repeat the pattern, which is common for juggling in reality, but had not occurred in the puzzle up to that point. And even if not for that, we should have known that <REDACTED SOLUTION> was a bad idea.

Only 3 or 4 teams solved this puzzle, and I suspect many more got most of the way through and stuck on extraction. That's the best way to take a good puzzle idea and make people hate it, which we seem to have done. There's a way to do this puzzle much better, but by the time we realized that it was broken, there was no way we had time to construct a new version, assemble all the objects, and get Darin to juggle them. I've heard a number of people say that they'd always wanted to do a siteswap puzzle, and I feel like we let all of them down by having a good idea for one and then screwing it up..
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: -33

If it's any consolation, I've read the solution 5 times, and still have no idea where the rest of it comes from. I'd love to hint, but I honestly don't know how.
gftt*
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: -34

L'lanmal wrote:

Substitute CATNIP for one of the three objects in (7) and repeat?

If you substitute CATNIP for CAULIFLOWER you still get IOCARINA since CA and I are the letters used from CAULIFLOWER and they appear in the same spots in CATNIP. Interesting... but what to do with it?
L'lanmal
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: -35

We have:
Iocarina (7)
ROgrailRO (5)
LillogicL (3)
conceitN (6)
catnipTT (4)

Index into full words = ALL IN.

Unused letters in connection order: IROROLLNTT (or IROLNT)
In display order: LTRONI

Substitute CATNIP for one of the three objects in (7) and repeat?
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:16 am    Post subject: -36

Not sure how HQ would have handled this; I don't think they'd be so kind, but ALL IN is on the right path, and is part (half, really) of the final solution reveal.
gftt*
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:37 am    Post subject: -37

Suspence wrote:
Neither ALL IN nor CATNIP are the correct solutions, though I'm still very impressed so far.

Dang it, you'd think one of those would be correct!

I am out of ideas at this point. Anyone else?
Suspence
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:03 am    Post subject: -38

Neither ALL IN nor CATNIP are the correct solutions, though I'm still very impressed so far.