Contest #404: Platte Mound near Plattesville, Wisconsin, USA

1) it’s an “M”.
2) it stands for “Mining” — there is a large mining college there.
3) it is, although I have no idea how one might verify this fact, supposed to be the largest “M” in the world.

Platte Mound M.jpg
Platte Mound M” by Thatoneguy89Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Platte Mound M Plaque.jpg
Platte Mound M Plaque” by Thatoneguy89Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Found without additional assistance:

  • Lighthouse
  • LawnBoy
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • mehmet DURMUS
  • lelie
  • Steve J.
  • Farceur
  • Marisa Boraas
  • Maureen
  • steven simmons
  • Sarah G

With the hint:

  • Charley Seavey
  • RichardPG

Contest #403: Bawabet Dimashq (Damascus Gate) Restaurant, Damascus, Syria

Well, we went to prison and then took a trip down a water slide, now we gotta eat, right?

As of the date of this post, Bawabet Dimashq is the largest restaurant in the world (as recognized by the fine folks at the Guiness Book of World Records)

This place can seat over 6000 people at a time in the nearly 54,000 square meter dining area.

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Those who made early reservations and got a 2-point table included:

  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermanns
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • Farceur
  • Garfield

And the last minute additions (1 point) were:

  • JF
  • lelie
  • Steve J.
  • Luis Filipe Miguel
  • Mehmet DURMUS

Contest #401: Wooloroo Prison Farm, Western Australia

This is a minumum security prison near the town of Wooloroo. Wooloroo can hold up to 360 inmates and includes a large industrial complex, which produces goods and food for inmates and for external contracts.

Prisoners can work under supervision in the local community and take part in traineeships.

ABC News

ABC News

Those who avoided getting busted:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • mehmet durmus
  • steve willis
  • RicardPG
  • Lelie
  • ndrqu
  • Phil Ower
  • Charley Seavey
  • Steve J

These needed parole with the help of a hint:

  • Ben S
  • Gillian B