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Contest #556



June 15th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #555: Laguna Garzon Bridge, Garzon, Uruguay

Built in 2015, this bridge replaced a ferry crossing at the mouth of this scenic lake. The architect, Rafael Viñoly, designed the bridge in this circular fashion to force travellers to slow down and take in the beauty of the site.

Laguna Garzón Bridge from Rafael Viñoly Architects on Vimeo.

Those who found it included:

  • Glenmorren
  • hhgygy
  • Sandworm
  • Phil Ower
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Yakub
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Gillian B
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • gscrp
  • Farceur
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Robin
  • Walter_V_R
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Farid
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • BC11

And after the hint:

  • bibiweb
  • Chris Nason

June 15th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #555 Hint

Built this way so that people would slow down and check out the scenery.

June 13th, 2018 Posted by | Hint | one comment

Contest #555

#555

June 8th, 2018 Posted by | Contest | 21 comments

Contest #554: El Helicoide, Caracas, Venezuela

El Helicoide is a building in Caracas, Venezuela. It has the shape of a three-sided pyramid and is built on a hill. It serves as a facility and prison belonging to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN).

It did not start out as a prison. Designed by the architects Pedro Neuberger, Dirk Bornhorst and Jorge Romero Gutiérrez, the idea included a commercial center and exhibition of industries, a 5-star hotel, a park, a club of owners and on the seventh level a show palace. The building would include a 4 km long ramp spiralling around the hill, allowing vehicles to enter the building and park inside of it.

Topped by a dome designed by Buckminster Fuller:

Under construction:

For more info: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/06/el-helicoide-shopping-mall-that-became.html?m=1

Found for 2 points:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • rob de wolff
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Sandworm

And after the hint for 1:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • gscrp
  • Paul Voestermans
  • BC11

We are still having issues with the commenting feature for the site. It appears that the notification going back to the commenter is not working. If you entered a comment, but do not see your name in the list, let Andrew (andrew64giles@gmail.com) or Paul (pfranson@gmail.com) know so we can investigate further.

June 8th, 2018 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #554 Hint

Shopping mall? Spy Headquarters? Prison?

Yup – all three over time.

June 6th, 2018 Posted by | Hint | 3 comments

Contest #554


”554”

June 1st, 2018 Posted by | Contest | 9 comments

Contest #553: James Pond, Somerville, Maine, USA

Nestled on the south end of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, this small lake is, well, not famous at all. Probably the most common use of the knowledge of the existence of it is a pun.

The name is Pond … James Pond. It’s really too bad that the zip code isn’t something like “00700” or “00007” or something, but no…

Now, before you break out the torches and pitchforks and come after your humble game masters, keep in mind that Andrew and I (and, for a while, Charlie) have been keeping you going since Contest #371 in November of 2014. Sometimes it’s hard to find really good stuff (if you’d like to see things from this side of the game, come join us – and see the challenges we face setting challenges for you!) While this contest has been running, we found quite a few and will be queuing them up. The rest of the series should have you happily bouncing around between easier and slightly less difficult/stupid ones like this one was.

And, in the interest of expanding the site, we have reinstated the ever-popular, ever-requested, and ever-hard-to-keep-up KML list of all sites (up to #550) which we will be updating at the end of each series. You’ll find it on the left side menu at the bottom (here’s a quick link to the file).

So, back to the pond. There’s just not a lot of info about it. Seems to be a good place to catch some bass. No idea who it was named after. Mr Google is not our friend here – especially since there are a series of video games called “James Pond” about a fishy spy.

Those who found the site and are still scratching their head about what we could have possibly been thinking when we selected this freaking site included:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower

And those who somehow freakishly got enough about the joke from that hint included:

  • Walter_V_R

As a side note, we wanted to give you an update on the problem with seeing a confirmation of your submission. We have identified that it is a fallout of 1) the fact that we have an older WordPress theme that isn’t being updated anymore, and 2) a recent WordPress update to enforce GDPR provisions. We are looking at options, and you might see the look and feel of the site change a bit in order to fix it, but fix it we will! If anyone out there has any experience programming WordPress themes and some time on their hands, we’d love the help!!

June 1st, 2018 Posted by | Reveal | no comments