Contest #852: “Big Pistachio” near Alamogordo, New Mexico, US

One could say that this location started off with a small seed of an idea. It started as a humble tribute from a son to his father. From there, it developed a measure of celebrity and in some ports of call, evolved into a “destination” in its own right. Tim McGinn, owner of the pistachio ranch, said he wanted to “honor the memory of his father, Tom McGinn, who originally founded the pistachio and grape-producing farm.” The World’s Largest Pistachio was built in 2007. The location is just north of the town of Alamagorda, New Mexico in the southwest US.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Felix Bossert
  • Philip Ower
  • Angie CF

After the hint :

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Bas van Limpt
  • The Curiosity

Contest #852 Hint

They say that it can take twenty years for a tree to start producing good quality ______s, but the largest one is right here.

Contest #851: Big Merino in Goulburn, NSW, Australia

The Big Merino is a 15 metres tall concrete merino ram, located in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Nicknamed “Rambo” by locals, the Big Merino contains a gift shop on the ground floor and a wool display on the second floor. Visitors can climb to the top and look out through the Merino’s eyes to view the local area.

The Big Merino was officially opened on 20 September 1985 at 98 Hume Street, Goulburn, approximately 800 metres north-east of its current location.

In 1992 the Hume Highway bypassed the town, which resulted in a loss of 40 busloads of tourists to the Big Merino complex per day. On 26 May 2007, the Big Merino was moved to a location closer to the new Hume Highway to increase visitor numbers, and is now located near the freeway interchange at a service station. A drive-through car wash now occupies Rambo’s original location.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Angie CF
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Lighthouse

Contest #850 – Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA), Sinthiou Maleme, Senegal

This site is part of a network of laboratories and research centers dedicated to agriculture advancements and improving food access in this west African nation. It appears to be a station of the larger Centre National de Recherches Agronomiques division of ISRA.

Those who found the location were:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield

Which, also means that Eloy and Garfield are the winners of this series with 19 points each. Congrats!!

For those into the stats of this game, we’ve been to Senegal twice and on both occasions have had only two correct responses: for those wanting a challenge made easier by the fact you know the country, here is the image from the other time: