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#20269 - 12/18/11 05:58 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXX (80) [Re: wagga]
AlanK Offline


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Originally Posted By: wagga
What In The World Happened Here? LXXX (80):



Edited by AlanK (01/11/12 03:02 PM)

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#20270 - 12/18/11 06:03 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga
What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79):

I'm not a sailing man, but that ship seems to be in trouble. It's apparent vintage inspired me to think about things that happen to dams (referring to #80). Distress seemed like a good theme, since the dam was obviously not one of our famous US ones. To me, though, the ship looks like a lot of ships that had trouble back around mid-century.

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#20274 - 12/19/11 03:27 AM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXX (80) [Re: AlanK]
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It would take me eder nine guesses to get this one.

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#20277 - 12/19/11 11:07 AM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXX (80) [Re: AlanK]
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another easy one - thank you.

The 1954 film, The Dam Busters chronicled the British attack on the dam.

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#20278 - 12/19/11 11:10 AM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: AlanK]
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well, it is not the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down on Lake Superior when the winds of November came early, but the clue 'mid-century' suggests munitions had something to do with it. Must have been some more of those torpedoes, but from who?


Edited by Harvey Lankford (12/19/11 11:11 AM)

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#20279 - 12/19/11 12:22 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: Harvey Lankford]
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It's good to have any easy one sometimes...
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#20280 - 12/19/11 12:55 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: Harvey Lankford]
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Originally Posted By: Harvey Lankford
well, it is not the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down on Lake Superior when the winds of November came early, but the clue 'mid-century' suggests munitions had something to do with it. Must have been some more of those torpedoes, but from who?

Well, it is not the USS Indianapolis and it is not the boat from Jaws.


Edited by AlanK (12/19/11 12:55 PM)

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#20282 - 12/19/11 02:15 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: AlanK]
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OK, a clue: LXXIX started 4 days before Xmas. My policy is to post unhelpful clues as much as possible, & I've stayed with it. Or not.
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#20289 - 12/20/11 08:01 AM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga
OK, a clue: LXXIX started 4 days before Xmas.

Started? I found some December 21 shipwrecks, but none of a ship that would have looked like that one.

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#20322 - 12/21/11 05:19 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: AlanK]
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Originally Posted By: AlanK
Originally Posted By: wagga
OK, a clue: LXXIX started 4 days before Xmas.

Started? I found some December 21 shipwrecks, but none of a ship that would have looked like that one.

OK, the stuff hit the fan on Christmas 60 years ago.

The vessel's name evokes Captain Kirk.

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#20332 - 12/22/11 02:06 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: AlanK]
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Okay that was a giant clue, but I had not heard of the Flying E

it sunk on Jan 10 south of the famous landmark, The Lizard.

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#20334 - 12/22/11 02:12 PM Re: New: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX (79) [Re: Harvey Lankford]
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Stay put with that thought & we'll get back to it.
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#20335 - 12/22/11 02:20 PM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVI (76) [Re: torpified]
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Originally Posted By: torpified
What in the World Happened Here? LXXVIII (78)


Don't forget this one.

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#20348 - 12/23/11 06:08 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVI (76) [Re: AlanK]
Harvey Lankford Offline


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does not look to me like a Channel Island (anywhere near the Lizard or not). We were given a 1925 clue. For that year a famous person was Mussolini, so perhaps was this an island in the Med?

Merry Christmas.
Harvey

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#20351 - 12/23/11 06:43 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVI (76) [Re: Harvey Lankford]
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These are my comments and may not represent the views of the original poster:

The island in #78 is about 630 miles form The Lizard.

Uncertainty is a clue to the famous guy.

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#20354 - 12/23/11 08:17 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVIII (78) [Re: AlanK]
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#78

In no uncertain terms, that clue (a second time) was a softball. Even with the Percocet-haze from my postop TKR, I could figure that one out.

Never heard of that island that Werner went to.


Edited by Harvey Lankford (12/23/11 08:19 AM)

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#20355 - 12/23/11 08:36 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVIII (78) [Re: Harvey Lankford]
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Regarding LXXVIII, AlanK and the original poster appear to be on the same wavelength. You can see why you'd visit the place to escape the ravages of hay fever.

epiphany at helgoland

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#20357 - 12/23/11 10:18 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVIII (78) [Re: torpified]
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From Wikipedia.

Quote:
On 18 April 1947 British engineers attempted to destroy the entire North Sea island of Heligoland in what became known as the "British Bang". Roughly 4000 tons of surplus World War II ammunition were placed in various locations around the island and set off. The island survived, although the extensive fortifications were destroyed. According to Willmore, the energy released was 1.31020 erg (1.31013 J), or about 3.2 kilotons of TNT equivalent. The blast is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under largest single explosive detonation, although Minor Scale would appear to be larger.

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#20360 - 12/23/11 11:40 AM Re: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVIII (78) [Re: AlanK]
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Top 10 biggest explosions.

I had planned to post Minor Scale, though. There is a connection with #1, the size of the universe should be measured in Smoots.
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#20362 - 12/23/11 02:39 PM Answer: What In The World Happened Here? LXXVIX (79) [Re: wagga]
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Answer: What In The World Happened Here? LXXIX: (79)

This puzzle was actually about Captain Stayput. The book is here.

"This was the biggest one-man heroism story since Lindbergh. He was honored on his return to England, and when he got to New York, he was given a ticker tape parade. He refused to cash in on his fame; even while he was awaiting rescue, a beer tycoon had arranged for a packet to be dropped to him offering him $30,000 to endorse a particular brew. He declined an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He was quickly put back at work for his shipping line, and was a hero to all, except for himself. For one thing, he never understood why people would get so worked up over a man who was simply carrying out his duty; for another, he felt a deep personal shame that he had become a captain who had lost a ship. It is a true touch of tragedy within a spellbinding tale of a hero pitted against the vicious sea. "
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