Contest #400: Kirti Mandir, Porbandar, India

This location is the birthplace of Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

When Andrew and I first saw the suggestion from long term contest player Ashwini Agrawal (who automatically receives 2 points), we were somewhat surprised that the previous admins of this contest had never used this site. We had many other locations to look through, but this one was the only one that elicited that reaction from us.

Those who found the site besides Ashwini included:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield

And after the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Gillian B
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Steve J

This ends this series with Lighthouse and Garfield both coming away with perfect scores!

Contest #400

We went through at least 25 suggestions, and this one seemed to resonate the most. Many others were usable, and we will be using them (and automatically granting points to the person who suggested it) in future contests.

Here is your #400 contest:

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Contest #399: Philadelphia Cricket Club

The Philadelphia Cricket Club is the oldest country club in the United States.

Founded in 1854, the main sport here was cricket initially, but golf and tennis quickly became primary. The cricket league was disbanded in 1929, but revived in 1998, and has become quite popular here.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Those who batted a century before being dismissed included:

  • Garfield
  • Walter_V_R
  • Lighthouse
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Ridicully
  • Phil Ower
  • Marisa Boraas

and those who needed an extra:

  • Ben S
  • Steve J

Contest #397: 1960 Valdivia Earthquake Epicienter, Chile

On May 22nd, 1960, at 3pm local time, the largest earthquake ever recorded by modern instruments was felt near Lumaco, Chile.

Registering at magnitude 9.5 on the Richter scale, the quake caused widespread damage locally, served as the focal start of a tsunami with waves up to 25M felt in areas of the Chilean coast. One set of 10M waves devistated Hilo, Hawaii, nearly 11,000 KM away, causing 61 deaths there, and a day later, northern Honshu, Japan, over 16,000 KM away, was hit with 5.5M waves that destroyed 1600 homes and killed 185 people. Estimates of the total loss of life range from about 1,500 to as many as 6,000.

Valdivia

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The quake caused a volcano, Cordón Caulle, to erupt with in a rhyodacitic fissure eruption. Some geologists have contended that the changes in the structure of the Nazca and South American plates caused by this earthquake were direct causes in the 2010 8.8 magnitude quake whose epicenter was 250 KM north of this spot, making that quake effectively an aftershock of the one 50 years before.

Those who shook out the answer:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield

After the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Farceur
  • Paul Voestermans
  • ndrqu
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Lelie
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • krenek