Contest #700 – The reveals

We had 6 players that found all of them. Only one (Lighthouse) found them all before the hints.

  • A – LIttle Quoin Island, Off the coast of Oman (Glenmorren )
  • B – Loktak Lake, Manipur, India (Paul V )
  • C – Equestrian statue of Genghis Khan, Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia (Glenmorren )
  • D – Armenian Alphabet, Aragatsotn, Armenia (hhgygy )
  • E – Santa Maria de Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain (Eloy )
  • F – Captain Cook Monument, Hawaii, USA (Glenmorren )
  • G – Kiipsaare Lighthouse, Harilaid peninusla, Estonia (Robin )
  • H – Extreme 19th, Limpopo, South Africa (Lighthouse )
  • I – Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland (Krenek )
  • J – Roncevaux Pass, Spain/France Border (Eloy )
  • K – Shanghai Oriental Land, Shanghai, China (Garfield )
  • L – Radio Station 700 WLW Tower, Ohio, USA (Sasha )
  • M – Fort Louvois, Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, France (Paul v )
  • N – Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness, England, UK (Graham )
  • O – Prada Marfa, Texas, USA (Lighthouse )
  • P – Burleigh Castle, Scotland, UK (Paul V )
  • Q – Wat Tham Krabok, Phra Phutthabat, Thailand (Lighthouse )
  • R – Flinstone house, California, USA (Garfield )
  • S – Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar, India (Ashwini )
  • T – covadonga, Cangas de Onís, Spain (Eloy )
  • U – Utah proving ground, Utah, USA (Martin de Bock )
  • V – Cretto di Burri, Sicily, Italy (Paul & Andrew )
  • W – Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark (Paul & Andrew )
  • X – Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick, South Africa (Paul & Andrew )
  • Y – Conciergerie, Paris, France (Paul & Andrew )
  • Z – The Egyptian Octagon, Cairo, Egypt (Paul & Andrew )

    A

    Little Quoin Island is located of the northern coast of Oman. It is considered by the insurance industry to be the demarcation point of entrance into the Persian Gulf. Once a ship is declared “Passed Quoin Inbound”, the insurance rates for that ship and cargo go way up.

    • Before the hint:
      • David Kozina
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • krenek
      • Robert

    B

    Lake Loktak is often called a “Floating Lake” because of these large round chunks of vegetation and soil called “phumdis”. Some phumdis are large enough for housing or even a school.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    C

    Legend has it that Genghis Khan found a golden whip at the location of this 40 M high statue about 50 KM east of Ulaanbaatar.

    • Before the hint:
      • David Kozina
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • krenek

    D

    Dedicated to the creator of the Armenian Alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots, this monument has 39 giant statues of the characters of the 1600-year-old alphabet.

    • Before the hint:
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
    • After the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert

    E

    Monestir de Montserrat vista Roca de St. Jaume

    About an hour’s train ride northwest of Barcelona, this basilica is very important to the Catalan people. Among other features, it contains the Virgin of Montserrat

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • krenek

    F

    Cook Monument Kealakekua

    Built to commemorate the site of the death of Captian Cook after his skirmish with the native Hawaiians in 1779. Seeing this monument takes some effort — more specifically a 2 1/2 hour hike or renting a powered kayak.

    • Before the hint:
      • David Kozina
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Eloy Cano
      • Glenmorren
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Robert

    G

    Built in 1933, this lighthouse has slowly had the coast erode around it. It was decommissioned in 1992 because it was completely off-shore most of the time and as the ground below it became waterlogged, it started to lean.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Garfield
      • Glenmorren
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Robert

    H

    Only 14 golfers have ever managed a birdie on this 400 m long, 430 m drop hole with an Africa-shaped green. The first person to score a hole-in-one will be awarded 1,000,000 Rand (about $68,000 or €57,000)

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert

    I

    The Rolex Learning Center is the campus hub and library for the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • krenek
      • Robin Giles

    J

    The Roncevaux pass was the location of 3 battles, one in 778 between the forces of Charlemagne and those of the Duchy of Gascony. Killed in that battle were 3 of Charlemagne’s most trusted advisors, including Roland.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Garfield
      • Glenmorren
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    K

    Built in 2000, this park has 8 districts. The aircraft carrier is a 1:1 model of an existing Chinese aircraft carrier, while the submarine was moved here from active duty after it was decomissioned.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • krenek
      • Robin Giles

    L

    Radio station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA is at 700 on the AM dial (appropriate for this contest).

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • krenek
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
      • Sasha Smith
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robin Giles

    M

    Built by Louis XIV at the end of the 17th century, this fort was once the symbol of the might of the French empire. Damaged by time and storms, the relic is primarily home to oyster farms and the occasional tourist.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • krenek
      • Robin Giles

    N


    Butlin’s Holiday Camp at Skegness was the first of the Butlin’s resorts to open, in 1935. Today the resort sees almost half a million visitors annually (pre Covid).

    Beatles fans note: Paul McCartney’s first public performance was singing “Long Tall Sally” at a talent competition here. Paul and John visited here to meet with Ringo, who was playing with his previous band here, to offer him the job as the Beatles drummer.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • krenek
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • Luís Filipe Miguel

    O

    2014-03-28 horse Prada Marfa

    26 miles north of Marfa, Texas, in the even smaller town of Valentine, Texas, you’ll find this art installation. Of course it was featured in an episode of “The Simpsons”.

    • Before the hint:
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert

    P

    BurleighCastle.jpg
    CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

    A Scottish “Scheduled Ancient Monument”, this is the ruins of a castle built around 1500. In 1760, poet Micheal Bruce wrote the poem “The Lovers” about of pair of starcrossed lovers who eventually eloped to Burleigh castle.

    • Before the hint:
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    Q

    Wat Tham Krabok is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the recovery of addiction. The methods here are described as “traditional” and/or “old school” and primarily involve a lot of cold turkey and vomiting. It’s also free.

    • Before the hint:
      • Lighthouse
    • After the hint:
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • krenek
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert

    R

    One of your intrepid contest admins (Paul) used to live fairly close to this odd spot off I-280 south of San Francisco. The statues were added after I left the area, and it appears that the town of Hillsborough (one of the more affluent communities in the area) are not happy about it.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Robert

    S

    Located in the holy city of Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri (Steps of God) is the spot that followers of the Hindu faith believe is where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains.

    The Kumbh Mela, a pilgrimage and festival of extreme importance to Hinduism happens every 12 years here, and, in fact, just began yesterday (April 1st).

    • Before the hint:
      • Ashwini Agrawal
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Robert

    T

    In 722 AD, the Christians had their first victory here against the Umayyad Arabs and Berbers, signaling the beginning of the “Reconquista” in Spain and Portugal.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    U

    The Utah Proving Grounds at Dugway is a US Military installation for the testing of biological and chemical weapons.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • Graham Hedley
      • krenek
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    V

    Designed by artist Alberto Burri, this artwork memorializes the original city of Gibellina, a town in Italy destroyed by the 1968 Belice Earthquake.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • krenek
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    W

    Kronborg 002.JPG

    Kronberg Castle (the one in Denmark, there is another in Hesse, Germany) was the site of Elsinore in Hamlet (Elsinore is the anglicized version of Helsingør)

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • krenek
      • LawnBoy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • Robin Giles

    X

    The site of the capture of Nelson Mandela. 50 steel columns are placed in such a way that it creates an image of Mandela when seen from a distance.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
    • After the hint:
      • krenek
      • Robert
      • Robin Giles

    Y

    Quai de l'Horloge, Paris, Île-de-France 140320.jpg
    The Conciergerie was a site we had picked out for our literature location series last year. It was where Darnay was kept prisoner in the book. In real life, it was also where Marie Antoinette was held until her trip to the guillotine.

    • Before the hint:
      • Eloy Cano
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • krenek
      • Robin Giles

    Z

    Front view of The Octagon

    The Octogon is the new headquarters for the Egyptian military.

    • Before the hint:
      • Garfield
      • Graham Hedley
      • hhgygy
      • Lighthouse
      • Luís Filipe Miguel
      • Martin de Bock
      • Paul Voestermans
      • Robert
    • After the hint:
      • aalecki
      • Glenmorren
      • krenek
      • Robin Giles

    With 70 total points including the 52 she got for this contest, Lighthouse is the series winner! Close runner-ups to Paul Voestermans, Martin de Bock, and hhgygy, all with 50 for this contest and a VERY respectable 2nd place of 68 points total.

4 Replies to “Contest #700 – The reveals”

  1. Congrats to Lighthouse clearly.
    Just a little bit correction for the math:
    Lighthouse should have 70 (52+18) and the runners up 68 (50+18) don’t they?

  2. Thanks for this great contest – to all players providing these interesting images and to you, Paul and Andrew for all your work.
    I had a lot of fun!

  3. Saw these posts a bit late… Congrats to Lighthouse! Truly the best! A fine woge festival, alright. Good job, Paul and Andrew. Thanks for putting all your work and time to it!

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