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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32263 07/19/13 05:44 PM
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Yea, I saw the cryptic answers explanation--I just have never been able to decrypt them. Now for answers to my puzzle there are two numbers which mean....what?

Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32264 07/19/13 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: saltydog
I also have the advantage of posting something that HAPPENED, as distinct from merely identifying the location. wink

Now, Salty, don't turn into a blowhard!


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
wagga #32265 07/19/13 06:01 PM
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How about this?


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
wagga #32266 07/19/13 06:28 PM
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Same Place, different vantage point:

Just do it!


Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Chicagocwright #32267 07/19/13 09:35 PM
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Good responses, especially the numbers. I've been up there, but only know 231 from reading, going back to childhood days.

Re: What In The World Happened Here?
wagga #32268 07/19/13 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted By: wagga
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I thought I would dive in to this thread. But as usual, I am more confused with the answers than I am the questions. Did I miss reading an explanation somewhere in this long thread?

From the first post "It's perfectly OK to post cryptic answers.", meaning the answer should indicate to the puzzle poster that the answer is known, without spoiling it for others.

So, my answer is 6,288, and I think Salty has it, though he has a geographical advantage.

Another guideline should be:
After at least one player (or maybe two) has properly identified the location and the "what happened" part to the author's satisfaction, it would be very kind of y'all to post a fuller explanation and description so that those of us with more obtuse abilities might be enlightened.

Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Steve C #32271 07/20/13 01:08 AM
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During a wild April storm in 1934, a wind gust of 231 miles per hour (372 kilometers per hour) pushed across the summit of Mount Washington.


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Bee #32272 07/20/13 01:17 AM
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I think it's clear that nobody has the answer as yet, according to the new pic.

So, I'm guessing a dewy evening with an incredibly scary moonrise.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Chicagocwright #32273 07/20/13 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted By: Chicagocwright
Same Place, different vantage point:

Just do it!



Actually, I am more geographically advantaged about this one than the MWO: my high school is a couple of blocks from an associated site. Rally round the flag to get this one, boys!!


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32274 07/20/13 05:09 AM
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Hint: that's rust on the radomes.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32275 07/20/13 05:24 AM
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Oh, and the technical answer to the question is that fortunately, nothing much ever happened here.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
wagga #32276 07/20/13 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted By: wagga
I think it's clear that nobody has the answer as yet, according to the new pic.

So, I'm guessing a dewy evening with an incredibly scary moonrise.


Close, but nights here are well below the dew points, and the design is older, although this particular installation is a bit newer. The later upgrade here was akin to cleaning the Augean stables.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Bee #32277 07/20/13 08:59 AM
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Okay I finally figured out the numbered answers---which as already noted incorrectly pointed to Mt. Washington. Not sure if anyone picked up on my hint in the post with the second picture.

Re: What In The World Happened Here?
Steve C #32278 07/20/13 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Another guideline should be:
After at least one player (or maybe two) has properly identified the location and the "what happened" part to the author's satisfaction, it would be very kind of y'all to post a fuller explanation and description so that those of us with more obtuse abilities might be enlightened.


Agreed.

Re: What In The World Happened Here?
AlanK #32281 07/20/13 05:51 PM
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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
AlanK #32282 07/20/13 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted By: AlanK
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Another guideline should be:
After at least one player (or maybe two) has properly identified the location and the "what happened" part to the author's satisfaction, it would be very kind of y'all to post a fuller explanation and description so that those of us with more obtuse abilities might be enlightened.


Agreed.


OK Wagga's got it. That makes two of us. Want the story?


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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32283 07/20/13 07:48 PM
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Salty, just do it.


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Secret Magic Puzzle Title Incantations
wagga #32284 07/20/13 08:17 PM
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Here are the secret magic incantations to make titles...

Below is forum code for titles for Puzzle/Answer/Update.
Substitute [ and ] for { and } and you will get the correct colour and the pretty serifs. You can copy/paste.
Then, of course, put in the desired numbers.

{font:Times New Roman}{b}{color:#FF0000}Puzzle: What In The World Happened Here? XXXX (40):{/color}{/b}{/font}

{font:Times New Roman}{b}{color:#0000ff}Answer: What In The World Happened Here? XXXX (40):{/color}{/b}{/font}

{font:Times New Roman}{b}{color:#CC33CC}Update: What In The World Happened Here? XXXX (40):{/color}{/b}{/font}




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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
wagga #32285 07/21/13 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted By: wagga
Salty, just do it.


OK:Chicagowright's unnumbered WITWHH is the last remaining Nike/Hercules missile site, Site Summit at Elmendorf Joint Site (FKA Elmendorf AFB) overlooking Anchorage, Alaska.

Interpretation of the clues:

6288 and 231 referred to Mt Washington, our first (wrong) stab at it, because the Nike site bears a striking resemblance to the Mt Washington Observatory, el 6288 and location of the highest recorded surface wind speed on the planet 231 MPH

I actually didn't notice CWright's "Just do it!" clue until wagga repeated it, but that would be the famous Nike shoe slogan.


My first answer about rallying round the flag refers to Max Shulman's satirical novel (and later movie) "Rally Round The Flag, Boys!" based on the controversy around the siting of a Nike base in Westport, Connecticut, where I grew up, in the 50's.

Wagga's clue about the dewy night and moonrise refers to the Distance Early Warning radar array line, installed a couple thousand miles north of the Summmit site in 1957, designed to detect Soviet bombers coming over the pole, a scary moonrise indeed. No doubt the Nike sites were in communication with the DEW line, but were not part of it.

My mention of the rust on the clamshell radar cowlings was a hint that this site is way out of date and not operating.

The fact that nothing actually happened here is an observation that if this site had actually ever been used for its intended purpose - to fire on Soviet strategic bombers - we would probably not be having this conversation.

The Augean stables is a reference to one of the twelve tasks of Hercules. In 1962 or so, all these sites (there were hundreds of them, 25 or ore in the Bay Area alone) were upgraded to the Hercules missile.

SO: I just did it.



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Re: What In The World Happened Here?
saltydog #32287 07/21/13 10:50 AM
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Salty, that is THE BEST roundup summary ever.

thanks &nbsp Thank you!

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