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March 8, 2011

3 for 500

devadutta @ 11:59 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1299628751 ) Play

Today, we are posting a special round of 3 questions all sent in by Rogi. Reason? Rogi registered an unbeaten runlength of 500 correct answers in a row! Congrats sire! Just fantastic!

Leave your answers (and any note to Rogi) in a single comment. One point per correct answer. Get at least one correct for keeping your runlength intact.

1.  The actor (1) starred in two movies, made almost three decades apart, based on ideas put forth by (2) and shared with his screenwriter wife (3). Name either of the 2 films.
Note:  While the pic in (1) is a clip from a movie, it is not one of the movies we’re looking for.

2.  Connect the three gentlemen by naming a fourth.  The last one wasn’t as smart as the other two.


3. This is a cool puzzle.

Tell us what’s found here
[Sum of all digits].[1991, AUC] , -1 x [Unbitrium].[Lucas Number]

(Maybe a different Lucas?)

Update: Made the question 1 simpler.

Update 2: Fixed a typo in Q 3

Update 3: Question 3 is super cool. Do not miss it. Hint: Zoom in and look around.

Cracked by: Rogi(3) , Siddarth Pai(2) , shrik(3) , Logik , udupendra(2) , jowens(3) , Raghuvansh(3) , Sumanth Patlolla , Bharath(2) , dineshk(3) , Shwetha Maiya , Mo and Anubhav

Only shrik, jowens, Raghuvansh and dineshk(close enough :) ) cracked the puzzle! Good crack guys! That was an awesome puzzle and you got it!


1. TRON or TRON:Legacy
1=Jeff Bridges (As seen in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot)
2=Alan Kay (Yes the guy from PARC)
3=Bonnie MacBird

2. The three guys pictured are:
Hugo de Vries
Carl Correns
Erich von Tschermak

All of whom were thought to have independently “rediscovered” in the year 1900, the work of Gregor Mendel and after some prodding for at least one of them, gave him the posthumous credit for his discoveries in genetics. Tschermak is no longer recognized as a rediscoverer as he obviously didn’t understand what Mendel had figured out, earlier.

3. Sum of digits 0-9 is 45
“Ab urbe condita” 1991 is “Gregorian”, 1238
Unbitrium’s atomic number will be 123
George Lucas’ Easter Egg number is 1138 (Not to be confused with the Numbers of François Édouard Anatole Lucas)

Filling in the variables gives:

45.1238, -123.1138

Quick link:,-123.1138&aq=&sll=45.125284,-123.113393&sspn=0.010401,0.018904&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=45.123989,-123.113673&spn=0.004088,0.018711&z=16

Answer is: “Firefox” or “Firefox logo”

19 Responses to “3 for 500”

  1. Rogi

    1 = TRON or TRON: Legacy
    2 = Gregor Mendel
    3 = Firefox crop circle

  2. 1) Tron and Tron legacy
    thats jeff bridges from the movie the big lebowski, although the movies your looking for are tron and tron legacy
    thats bonnie mcbird and her husband alan kay.
    thanks for the update on the 1st pic.

    2) gregor mendel
    those 3 rediscovered his works on genetics

    3) the lucas number is george’s lucas’s 1338
    so -139974

  3. shrik

    1. Jeff Bridges in Tron and Tron: Legacy, Alan Kay and Bonnie MacBird.

    2. Carl Corren, Hugo de Vries and Erich von Tschermak

    3. Dunno.. yet!

  4. shrik

    Addendum to 2. Fourth gentleman being Gregor Mendel. the 3 chaps having ‘rediscovered’ his laws.

  5. Logik

    Congrats Rogi. Well done.
    Also, Identify yourselves. :)

    1. Jeff Bridges. Tron and Tron: Legacy

  6. udupendra

    1. Tron / Tron Legacy (Jeff Bridges, Alan Kay, and his wife)

    2. Mendel – these are the three guys who ‘rediscovered’ Mendel. Great qn!

    3. Interesting, but am too lazy. So, I’ll just say 42.

  7. jowens

    #2: Almost certainly Gregor Mendel, whose laws were rediscovered by these three gentlemen.

    Rogi: You are a gentleman and a scholar. Well done, sir!

  8. jowens

    #1: Tron, Jeff Bridges, Alan Kay, and Bonnie MacBird.

    Rogi: We all live in your shadow.

  9. Raghuvansh

    1: TRON and TRON:Legacy. Images are Jeff Bridges, Álan Kay and Bonny MacBird.

    2: de Vries, von Tschermak and Correns, so Mendel is the fourth. People who discovered genes/genetics.

    3: A crop circle in the shape of the Firefox logo. Sum of all digits = 45, 1991AUC = 2744AD, Unbitrium = Lucas number = 123. [45.2744, -123.123] on Google Maps brings it pretty close to said crop circle.

  10. Sumanth Patlolla

    Tron or Tron:Legacy
    (1)Jeff Bridges
    (2)Alan Kay
    (3)Bonnie Macbird

  11. Bharath

    1.Tron and Tron Legacy
    2. Hugo de Vries, Carl Correns, and Erich von Tschermak,- the fourth person is Gregor Mendel.. The other three also discovered the concept of a gene independently like Mendel

  12. dineshk

    Hats off to Rogi. As someone who spends an unhealthy amount of time to sustain my run-length only to see it cut short by a tough question, I can totally appreciate the awesomeness of this effort.

    1) Jeff Bridges, Alan Kay and Bonnie MacBird. The movies are Tron and Tron: Legacy.

    2) Carl Correns, Hugo de Vries and Erich von Tschermak who all worked on different plant hybrids and rediscovered and published in 1900 the laws of genetics that Mendel had worked out back in 1865.

    3) I am going to guess that its the latitude-longitude of some place. sum of digits = 45. 1991 in AUC (Ab urbe condita) is 1238. So the latitude is 45.1238. Unbitrium has atomic number 123. Lucas number is the first few digits of the Lucas sequence 2,1,3,4. This is a nondescript farm outside of Portland, Oregon :)

  13. shrik

    Okay attempt at no.3:

    45.1638, -123.123 is co-ordinates, when entered into Google Maps, shows me some place in Amity, Oregon with a thingy next to it that says “Firefox”.

    So… firefox? is that it?

  14. shrik

    Ohhhh damn I see it now! A Firefox crop circle! Very bloody cool!

  15. jowens

    And just as a summary:

    #1: Tron, Jeff Bridges, Alan Kay, and Bonnie MacBird.

    Rogi: We all live in your shadow.

    #2: Almost certainly Gregor Mendel, whose laws were rediscovered by these three gentlemen.

    Rogi: You are a gentleman and a scholar. Well done, sir!

    #3: I’d go 45.2744,-123.1138, but either as HMS or as a decimal, this ends up as a nondescript location in Oregon (Stimson Millpond or a house on NE Oak Springs Farm Road). Oh, that it was Idiotville, OR!

  16. Question 1 : Tron and Tron legacy…

  17. Mo

    1. Tron

  18. 1. TRON

  19. 1. True grit

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