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How Did You Know Sheldon Hewlett and Katie Otim?

David K. Israel

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 just announced that. Meantime, congrats to our first place winners Sheldon Hewlett and Katie Otim, who we need to congratulate as they're now engaged! Congrats guys! We're glad HDYK? plays a part in your successful relationship!

We are super excited to have won HDYK again. Quite a bit has changed since we last won. We are now engaged and are getting married at the end of June. Katie is a week away from defending her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern. Sheldon is still happily teaching high school physics here in Chicago. I won't say that HDYK is responsible for our marriage, but we love doing the hunt each month. :) We look forward to seeing what the puzzle masters come up with next time!

Final Answer Adam Clayton plays for U2

Day 1 Level 1: Philip Glass is the composer for the following movies: The Hours, Koyaanisqatsi, Candyman, and No Reservations The odd one out is I Am Love, which had John Adams as a composer. HDYK: Sheldon knew that Glass was the composer for the obscure movie, so it was pretty quick to narrow things down from there. Level 2: The following are the answers to the quiz (which one had more views?) Turkey Call Girl Russian Housefire guy Bipedal kitty Mechanical one Level 3: The rules were created by Jack Conte. They are: What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice) If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds) Go to to move on. The group’s name, Pomplamoose, is a play on the French word, pamplemousse, which means grapefruit.

Day 2 Level 1 There are several letters missing from the expression: R (“cicle”), O (“wrd”), I (“whch”), T (“mus”), A (“tht”), D (“hiden”). Rearranging these gives “adroit,” which means clever or skillful in using the hands or mind. If we’re sticking with this French cognate theme, adroit also can be written in “a droit” in French, which translates to “to the right” or “on the right”. Level 2 The odd one out is dollar bill D. All of the other dollar bills have a serial number that follows a particular pattern. The numbers start with two digits, then the third digit is the sum of the preceding digits, the fourth is the sum of digits two and three, and so on. If the sum is a double digit number, then the new number is the ones place of the double digit. This took a lot of staring, trial and error, and helpful facebook hints to figure it out. We thought that the odd one out had something to do with dollar bill designs, so we spent a fair amount time learning about dollar bill designs. Level 3 1. arm 2. jaw 3. toe 4. leg 5. lip 6. rib 7. eye 8. hip 9. gum 10. ear leftover letters: foot Go to to move on. (number of yards in a mile*number of feet in a yard)/inches in a foot =(1760*3)/12=440

Day 3 Day 3 Level 1 This is a list of famous couples. The pairs are: A2 - Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt B1 - Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher C6 - Faith Hill, Tim McGraw D5 - Heidi Klum, Seal E7 - Kate Middleton, William Mountbatten-Windsor F4 - Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick G3 - Victoria Beckham, David Beckham Enter E7 to move on. This is the special pair because they were married this morning. Level 2 If you sort the letters by color, you get the following groups: PAENRLN RCHRASES EGSINR These letters can be rearranged to form the following words: planner crashers singer Each of these words can be preceeded by the word “wedding” to form a common phrase. Level 3 The rows read: Redvelvet Angelfood Upsidedown Blackforest These four rows are names of types of cake: Red velvet, angel food, upside down, and black forest. Go to to move on. The typical recipe for pound cake includes equal parts butter, eggs, sugar, and flour. HDYK: Katie is an avid baker. After figuring out the first few word possibilities, the rest came easily.

Day 5 The mechanical “bull” won. The word bull when using the alphanumeric cipher sums to 2+21+12+12 = 47 The number was 440. Subtracting 420 gives 20. The common word was “wedding”. Using a cipher this adds to 66. Sum everything gives 133. 13.03.60 The bassist born on 3/13/60 is Adam Clayton (of U2). He plays for U2.