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How Did You Know Jimmy Luth?

David K. Israel

We had a lot of fun giving away daily neatorama prizes this month! We hope you enjoyed the new aspect of the game. We're taking all your feedback into consideration for the next hunt, so thanks for being active on the Facebook page. Head over there to find out if you're a random winner, as we'll be pulling that later today. Meantime, congrats to our first place winner, Jimmy Luth! Let's meet him now:

I live in Alpharetta, Georgia with my wife of seven years, Laurie, who is always forgiving when I dig into my computer for a week every month as I search out answers (and she occasionally helps me too). I am big on trivia and mental_floss gives me my daily fix on learning something random and testing me. I work as an IT Business Analyst/PMP for Recall, Information Management. Pictured is my four year old, Annabelle, (as Princess Tiana) who took an extra long bath without complaint as I worked out the final puzzle; and my one year old, Rebecca, who slept through it all. I don't believe I have missed a HDYK in all it's various formats since the beginning but definitely haven't in 2010. I have often felt close to the top prize but was sure it couldn't happen this month as I submitted 27 minutes after go-live and had to do the final puzzle twice before finding the correct answer. An additional thanks to Fran Weigand on Day 2 who helped me confirm my suspicion

Final Answer What 1996 movie won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects? Independence Day

Day 1 D1L1 -Jefferson Airplane Album -Airport '77 -Casablanca -Top Gun -Up in the Air -Airplane II: The Sequel Jefferson Airplane is a music album, all others are movie posters. Answer: Tom Cruise HDYK: Knew Casblanca, Up in the Air, Top Gun. Had ideas on the others and found the answers through Bing searches and reverse image on the album D1L2 "EAT MEAT" Although I think you edited the original the plane number on the tail says EAT MEAT in a mirror (TA3MTA3) HDYK: Knew a lot about that album and the tricks of it. ..I don't want to wait until 8:00.. D1L3 Math.....That's not trivial. Answer: 869. HDYK: Searched law of cosines and figured proper formula. The third angle is X+66+26 = 180 degrees. X = 88 degrees. BC = 650 miles; AB = 600 miles. BC = (c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2abcosX) = 600^2 + 650^2 ----- Quit trying to use wiki formulas and found an auto calculator at D1L4: Question: The classic movie, Airplane turns 30 years old this week. On what film is the movie based? HDYK: I honestly thought Airport but everyone says Zero Hour. I am going to go check that. Wiki confirms!

Day 2 D2L1 Grover (Cleveland), Franklin (Roosevelt), Ronald (Reagan) McDonald, Thomas (Jefferson), George (Washington) Jetson, Jimmy (Carter) Neutron, Calvin (Coolidge) Answers: They share first names with presidents as listed. Jimmy Neutron is voiced by a female. HDYK: Knew all but Franklin by looking. Seeing Franklin's name triggered the presidential link. D2L2 Main Word: PRESIDENT Orange 1. SET 2. TOES 3. STORE 4. ROSE 5. OER 6. RE Green 7. PEN 8. NAPE 9. PLANE 10. LEAP 11. LAP 12. AL Blue 13. RID 14. DRIP 15. PRIDE 16. RIDE 17. DIE 18. ED New Word: REALED = LEADER HDYK: Guessed President was word and worked down each side. Only had to search for help on 1 word. (Leap). Debated your number 6 on ER or OR if the true answer should be Ordeal. I got some facebook help. (Thanks to helpers) D2L3 COUNTRY-LEADER 1. ETHIOPIA-ZENAWI 2. INDONESIA-YUDHOYONO 3. GERMANY-MERKEL 4. CHINA-JINTAO 5. CANADA-HARPER 6. FRANCE-SARKOZY 7. MEXICO-CALDERON LETTERS - EOMNARC = CAMERON = UNITED KINGDOM = GBR HDYK: Used G20 list on wiki to determine best fits for names. Question: Who presently runs the UN's WHO? Dr. Margaret Chan Extra note-Thanks for the win and tshirt.

Day 3 Nice touch with the puzzle. Great work Answer: Lars and the Real Girl HDYK: Had no idea, had to search movies with dolls or mannequins. Found it through a NY Times article. D3L2 -The Kite Runner - Zekeria Ebrahimi/Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada 12/14/2007 -Hairspray - Nikki Blonsky/John Travolta 7/20/2007 -Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Matthew Broderick/Alan Ruck 6/11/1986 -Revenge of the Nerds - Anthony Edwards/Robert Carradine 7/20/1984 -The Big Chill - Jeff Goldblum/William Hurt 9/28/1983 -Brokeback Mountain - Jake Gyllenhaal/Heath Ledger 12/9/2005 -The Breakfast Club - Molly Ringwald/Ally Sheedy 2/15/1985 -Airplane - Robert Hays/Leslie Nielsen 7/2/1980 HDYK: Help of based on actors and movies that I knew. Someone mentioned the archives on MF and I found some possibly secret hdyk areas that helped with pictures (hydk17/mashup.html)..okay..found another page using the mentalfloss archive search (searching Goldblum). Definitely not where I should have been but it worked for me (and being honest). Still had to search to identify the movies. D3L3 -Carly Simon - Nobody Does it Better - The Spy Who Loved Me -Duran Duran - A View to a Kill - A View to a Kill -Matt Monroe - From Russia With Love - From Russia With Love -Batman Theme -Louis Armstrong - We Have All the Time in the World - On Her Majesty's Secret Service Answer: HDYK: Searched lyrics to find accompanying movies and determine odd one out. Actually after hearing Batman theme I figured it was the odd one out of songs with words or from other movies. I plugged in Adam and found the page needed. Searched Out of My Mind for movie confirmation and got in first! Found it was James Bond themes and matched movies and lyrics.

Day 4 W-T-L in rankings below. Brazil - 2-1-0 - 7 points Australia - 1-1-1 - 4 points Denmark - 0-2-1 - 2 points Canada - 0-1-2 - 1 point HDYK: Used a little wikipedia and a little trial and error on the ways to win with at least one tie. Used a notepad with lots of scribbles on it and scenarios around it. D4L2 Word List: 2-5-3-9-18 1-10-5-4-4-1 SOUTH AFRICA 15-2-14-14-5-3 4-1-5-6 YELLOW CARD 4-5-5-13-2-5 1-4-4-1 CORNER KICK 4-13-16-3-5-15 9-4-11-2 INJURY TIME 17-3-17-3-8-2-14-1 VUVUZELA 16-1-12-3-14-1-13-4 JABULANI 2-9-5-4-1-2-5 STRIKER 8-1-1-3-11-4 ZAKUMI HDYK: Trial and error to find some word that matches and then filled in the remainder. D4L3 Referee Clive Thomas disallows Brazil's mid-flight goal - 1978 - passing G Kuwaiti players walk off field in protest after mishearing a whistle - 1982 -passing H Diego Maradona scores the infamous "Hand of God" goal - 1986 - passing N Senegal team makes quarterfinals in first World Cup appearance - 2002 - passing A Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi - 2006 - passing A Answer: Ghana Question: In the 2010 World Cup, what country did Ghana defeat in their first match of the Knockout Round? The USA