How Did You Know? - {day 5}

David K. Israel

If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free. First one to send in the correct answer to the challenge below, along with the correct answers found all along the path this week, AND, the logic behind "˜em (which is to say: HOW DID YOU KNOW?), gets a pick of any t-shirt and book from our store.

We're also adding some special prizes this time around for those who come really close, but don't get all the answers in time. And last month, we awarded some shirts and books to a couple contestants who impressed us with charts, diagrams, and other complex methods of recording and organizing the clues/answers. So we'll be on the lookout for the creative among you, as well. This is all to say: it pays to play whether you nab the grand prize or not.

As comments have been turned off for the length of the hunt, please click on the following link and send your answers and logic to us at:

If you missed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday's challenges, there might still be time to solve them all. No one knows how long it'll take for one of you trivia junkies to nail down the whole megillah, so make haste, make haste. And now, on the next page, I present the final puzzle, drawing on all the answers you dug up along the trail. We're doing things a little differently this time around - as you'll see - the puzzle is in the form of a Who Am I? even though the answer is not a person. Enjoy it!

Day 2: Part of your answer for one of the soundbites should have 7 numbers in it. Let each of those numbers equal the following letters in order: a b c d e f g (e.g. if the seven numbers were 965321, for example, a would equal 9, b=6, c=5, etc.)

Using that information, solve for the latitude and longitude of a certain town in American below:

latitude = eg.dge
longitude = -ae.dac (n.b. that is a negative number sign, no subtraction needed)
Once you have the latitude and longitude, go to this page and paste them in at the lower portion of the form (where it says: Map a lat/long coordinate using decimal values.)

Once you see the map, zoom in (5 '+' clicks on the nav bar on the left-hand side of the map) until you see the red star next to a 13-letter city that begins with the letter M and ends with the letter E. You need to find the zip code of this city (Google it). Once you have the zip code, insert a decimal point between the third and fourth numbers so that you have a new number that looks like this: xxx.xx
That's the answer to Day 2 in the puzzle!

Day 4: Yesterday we asked you to name countries. One of those countries only has 5 letters in it. What unit of length is represented by the last two letters of this word?
Day 1: On Monday we asked you to name different plants and trees I shot with my video camera. Only one clip featured something with two words in its commonly known name. What is the first of those two words?
Day 3: On Wednesday we asked you to name one image that was not like the others. By now you probably know that all four images were taken from children's book covers. One of the books shares a name with a constellation. What is the name of this constellation in Latin?
Day 5: With the above answers, you should now be able to complete the puzzle.

As always, be sure to send in ALL the answers to ALL the questions over the course of the week, as well as the answers to the clues and show us your logic. Be sure to check back toward the end of July for the next How Did You Know?