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.

Contest #694 – Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California, USA

Cabazon dinosaurs

Claude K Bell was a sculptor and artist who worked at the Knox Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California. In 1958, he opened a restaurant off of Interstate I-10 west of Palm Springs, then in 1964, in an effort to bring more business to that restaurant, he set out to create this tourist attraction.

By the time he died in 1988, Bell’s dinosaurs included an apatosaurus named “Dinny” and “Mr. Rex” the Tyrannosaurus, and the site had been included in the movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and the Tears for Fears video for “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.

Today, Dinny is painted bright pink and serves as the exterior of a gift shop and museum promoting young-earth creationism.

Those who found this site before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Glenmorren
  • Jeather
  • Chris Nason
  • David Kozina
  • Kiribatian Jacob
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Felix Bossert

And after the hint:

  • Robin Giles
  • Randy
  • LawnBoy
  • Robert

Contest #690: the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, California, USA

– – Thanks Paul for pointing out that we missed Eloy Cano with his correct response. – –

Wrapping up this series of 10 contests with a theme of rather obscure holidays or events during the week, was a visit to the temporarily closed Richard Nixon Library amd Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Yorba Linda is located to the southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The holiday this week was a celebration of the birth of Richard Nixon.

Didn’t need a presidential library card to find this week’s location:

  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano

After the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • Gillian B
  • Graham Hedley

Content #689: Sun Island near Harbin, China

Starting January 5th, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual festival that takes place in Harbin, China.

There are two main exhibition areas – one is Sun Island that was the location of this week’s contest.

Found the island in the river:

  • Lighthorse
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans

After the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley

Contest #688: Mauro Fencing Academy, Houston, TX, USA

Houston, Texas celebrated “Mauro Hamza Day” on December 26th, 2009. This was the rather obscure holiday chosen for this week.

Mauro Hamza is originally from Cairo, Egypt, and established his fencing academy in Houston – one location can be found in the L-shaped white building. Hamza also served as Fencing Program Coordinator at Rice University from 1998 to 2014 and spent three years serving the Southwest fencing community as volunteer Chairman of the Gulf Coast Division. Mauro was the Egyptian Olympic coach for the men’s and women’s foil teams at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and was the United States Fencing Association Men’s Foil National Coach 2009-2010; then USA Foil Director for Men’s and Women’s National teams in 2010-2011.

There are two locations of the Salle Mauro Fencing Academy in the Houston area.

https://sallemauro.com/

Found in front of the fencing:

  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Glenmorren
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock

Contest #687: Azad Maidan monument to Goa Liberation Day

This weeks holiday was Goa Liberation Day, celebrated on December 19th for the overthrow the Portuguese in Goa, India. The location visited was Azad Maidan where a monument to the memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the 36 hour battle.

Found the location pre-hint:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower

And after the hint:

  • Robert
  • Robin

And a wave to Gillian B who had the right area, but not the right spot!

Contest #686: the Zamenhof Center in Bialystok, Poland

December 15th was Zamenhof Day, celebrating the inventor of Esperanto, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof. Zamenhof was a Jewish ophthalmologist, linguist and the creator of the international language Esperanto, the most widely used constructed international auxiliary language in the world. Zamenhof was born in Bialystok, Poland.

Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster world peace and international understanding, and to build a “community of speakers”, as he believed that one could not have a language without such a community.

His original title for the language was simply “the international language” (la lingvo internacia), but early speakers grew fond of the name Esperanto and began to use it as the name for the language just two years after its creation. The name quickly gained prominence and has been used as an official name ever since.

The Ludwik Zamenhof Centre is a city cultural institution established in Bialystok at 19 Warszawska St. upon the motion of the President of the City. It was founded to celebrate the organization of the 94th World Congress of Esperanto that was held in Bialystok.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto

Zamenhof Center:

Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof:

trovita antaŭ la aludo / before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Robert

post la aludo / after the hint:

  • HILDE LAMBEIR
  • Jesus Rodriguez

Contest #685: Stockholm City Hall, Sweden

Stockholm hosts an annual ceremony on December 10th where Nobel Prizes (other than the Peace Prize) are handed out at the Stockholm Concert Hall, followed by a banquet at Stockholm City Hall. Due to the pandemic, the festivities moved to virtual events.

The hint referred to the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out in Oslo, Norway and not in Stockholm.

Here is a list of the Nobel Prize winners for 2020: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-prizes/

Winning the prize of 2 points:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Glenmorren
  • Robert

And after the hint:

  • Luís Filipe Miguel

Contest #684: Shangchuan Island, Jiangmen, China (relevent to Día de Navarra, Spain)

Celebrated on December 3rd in the Navarre autonomous region in Spain, Día de Navarra occurs on the anniversary of the death of the region’s patron saint, Saint Francis Xavier.

St Francis Xavier was remarkable in how far he went to spread Christianity. His travels included significant time in India, Japan, and the island nations surrounding China. He was about to travel to China itself when he fell ill and died on December 3, 1552 on this island (which now is part of China). A chapel was built on the site of his death in the mid 1800’s and that chapel was renovated on the 600th anniversary of his birth in 2006.

One of our contestants gave us a link to the outstanding old picture of the chapel:

No one found the site before the hint. After the hint, we got correct responses from:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Eloy Cano
  • Gillian B
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Wista
  • Kiribatian Jacob
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Robert
  • Garfield

Contest #679: Site of the Banqaio Dam Collapse, Henan province, China

In August 1975, the Banqiao dam collapsed, creating the third-largest flood in history which affected a total population of 10.15 million and inundated around 30 cities and counties of 12,000 square kilometers (or 3 million acres), with an estimated death toll ranging from tens of thousands to 240,000.

The dam collapse was a result of excessive rainfall associated with Typhoon Nina. Banqaio Dam was the first and largest of 62 dams in Henan province that collapsed, resulting in the massive flooding. The collapse of these dams has been referred to by some journalists as “The deadliest structural failure in history”, yet very few people have ever heard of it. 1975 was a very closeted time for Chinese history – something that could be seen as a failure of the government was simply ignored outside the area that was actually affected. To this day, the disaster is not taught in Chinese schools.

Podcast about the disaster

Those who discovered the disaster without much information:

  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Chris Nason
  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren
  • ashwini agrawal
  • Nancy