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How Did You Know Courtney Scott?

David K. Israel
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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 winner and new champion, Courtney Scott!

How exciting to have won this month's HDYK! It's always my favorite part of the end of the month, since other than that, pretty much all month-end heralds is that the rent is about to be due. I work in the marketing department at a resort, where people poke fun at me for things like naming fonts on sight & knowing the real names of too many colors, but that definitely came in handy this month! Now that it's finally summer again, I plan to spend most of my free time at the beach with a good book, so if any of you lovely Flossers have any suggestions, please do pass them along! Thanks to mental_floss & Neatorama for another great hunt!

Final Answer A battery

Day 1 D1L1 "etfnjdok" is the missing code. The letters reverse & add a new one each time, so it was simple to fill in the missing step. D1L2 "I'm a gent and a dapper Don," he said. (Magenta) You'll find I got it at Wal*Mart. (Indigo) Temper or anger will not suit you well. (Orange) One dancer, I see, is out of step. (Cerise) D1L3 Odd one out: Two. It's the only (not Looney Tunes) one, which means the people doing the artwork were different. For Tom & Jerry they were William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. (

Day 2 The pictures add up to Sean Combs (Pete's Dragon, Wallace Shawn, Piddle, Combs). He was born November 4, 1969, so 04111969 D2L2 I figured out AA Milne & EB White first (by racking my brains for famous people with two first initials), as those were both authors I'm familiar with, and used those letters I decoded to work out the rest of the names. Here's the whole list: H.A. Rey A.A. Milne R.L. Stine E.B. White H.G. Wells C.S. Lewis J.K. Rowling e.e. cummings D2L3 Braille- W.E.B. Dubois Question: With help from Peter Jackson turning his novels into a blockbuster franchise, what English author born in 1892 is one of the five top-earning dead celebrities according to Forbes? Answer: J.R.R. Tolkien (no need for research here! I'm a big fan) (Fun theme for today!)

Day 3 Day 3 Level 1 Top: Fastbreak Middle: White Men Can't Jump, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, Hoop Dreams Bottom: Hoosiers D3L2 Four changes: 1 & 2.Punctuation missing after "Streets" & "Here" 3. Shading on basketball changed 4. "E" changed to "F" in "the" D3L3 I spotted Justin Bieber pretty quickly (much as I hate to admit it), and worked out the rest, using a top twitter account list for inspiration. Here's who I found: @conanobrien @parishilton @tonyhawk @ladygaga @justinbieber Typing "cptlj" into Neatorama took me to the correct page, where I learned that the first tweet ever was "just setting up my twttr".

Day 4 D4L1 Pecan Cashew Walnut Filbert Chestnut Pistachio Macadamia The shaded boxes get unscrambled to spell "nutcase" D4L2 Peanut Allergy Peanut Gallery D4L3 The critters mentioned can carry (in order of appearance) 15, 21, & 24 acorns. Once they take all 60 of these, that leaves 40 in the pile. And in response to Neatorama's question, ripe coconut flesh is white.

Day 5 4x6=24=X 7+(2x1)=9=I @=2=B E Ibex Piles A battery!

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