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Oct 07, 2009 05:33PM

435 Explanation...

"An event:

1. Involved a ship designed by the same man who designed the first winner of the America's Cup. (George Steers)

2. Paddle wheel Steamer (Side paddle wheels at that.)

3. Women and children first? Ha! (All the women and children perished. Out of approximately 400 people on the ship, 61 crew members and 24 male passengers survived. Led to the "Women and Children First" mantra now standard for any disaster at sea.)

4. Newfoundland (It sank 27 September 1854, off Cape Race, Newfoundland, after colliding with the 250 ton French iron screw steamer SS Vesta in the fog.)

5. Had three sister ships (Actually four: SS Atlantic, SS Pacific, SS Baltic, and SS Adriatic.)

6. Enroute from Liverpool to NYC as a mail packet and passenger ship. (Self explanatory)

7. Held the then speed record for crossing the Atlantic (The Arctic made the fastest eastbound passage across the Atlantic in February 1852, setting a record time of nine days, 17 hours and 15 minutes) "



Oct 07, 2009 03:49PM

435 Oh, Susanna! You are correct. Explanation will follow in a day or two.
Oct 07, 2009 08:26AM

435 An event: (Three new clues)

1. Involved a ship designed by the same man who designed the first winner of the America's Cup.

2. Paddle wheel Steamer

3. Women and children first? Ha!

4. Newfoundland

5. Had three sister ships

6. Enroute from Liverpool to NYC as a mail packet and passenger ship

7. Held the then speed record for crossing the Atlantic
Oct 06, 2009 10:50AM

435 Explanation of Chief Pontiac puzzler.

Ed wrote: "A person:

1. Ottawa Tribe (Self explanatory)

2. Lead character in a play entitled "The Savages of America". (Written by English adventurer Robert Rogers)

3. Allied with the French. (Self Explanatory)

4. Took advantage of the agitation stirred up by the prophet Neolin. (real name was Nicholas Orontony, a Huron leader)



Oct 06, 2009 10:42AM

435 An event:

1. Involved a ship designed by the same man who designed the first winner of the America's Cup.

2. Paddle wheel Steamer

3. Women and children first? Ha!

4. Newfoundland
Oct 04, 2009 09:12AM

435 Charles Frederick Worth. I had help on this one.

Ed
Oct 02, 2009 01:09PM

435 Absolutely, Marco. Explanation later. Your turn.
Oct 01, 2009 09:46AM

435 A person:

1. Ottawa Tribe

2. Lead character in a play entitled "The Savages of America".

3. Allied with the French.

4. Took advantage of the agitation stirred up by the prophet Neolin.
Sep 29, 2009 06:49PM

435 Ted wrote: "Marco wrote: "And Ed wins it again :)"

Good going, Ed!"


I was "Galvinized!" to come up with the answer.

I will be traveling to the U.S. and up to Portland OR for the next 2 or three days so I'll post a quiz but will not be able to add clues or announce the winner until Thursday or Friday U.S. time.

If that becomes a problem, someone else can post an interim question until I get back on line.

Ed
Sep 28, 2009 07:13PM

435 My guess: Luigi Galvani
Sep 27, 2009 08:11PM

435 Ted wrote: "Ed wrote: "Ted, you are a weinner (Grin). Explanation later. It's your turn."

So, waht's a weinner?

Sorry, didn't mean to jump the gun on your clue explanations."


A weinner is a play on words from my childhood. I'm from Milwaukee and was brought up on weiners and a few winners. We used to call our opponents that when they won.
Sep 26, 2009 10:50PM

435 Ed wrote: "An event:

1. Fourth in a series. (Three wars preceded it: 1766-1799)

2. Part of a greater conflict between England and France. (The Tipu Sultan was allied with France)

3. First use of massed rockets in battle. (self-explanatory)

4. Ended in a famous siege. (The second siege of Seringapatam)

5. Final victory achieved through the intervention of a traitor. " (Mir Sadiq, a Mysore General, sent troops manning a hole in the fortifications to get their pay allowing the British to storm the walls successfully.)

Sep 26, 2009 07:49PM

435 Ted, you are a weinner (Grin). Explanation later. It's your turn.
Sep 26, 2009 12:06AM

435 An event:

1. Fourth in a series.

2. Part of a greater conflict between England and France.

3. First use of massed rockets in battle.

4. Ended in a famous siege.

5. Final victory achieved through the intervention of a traitor.
Sep 25, 2009 08:15PM

435 My answer: The Ammo ship explosion at Port Chicago, California, July 17, 1944.

I lived in the SF Bay Area and visited the site years ago.
Sep 22, 2009 10:45PM

435 Damn, I was just going to guess the same guy. That's what i get for procrastinating.
Sep 18, 2009 08:34PM

435 A Person:

1. Born in the Midwest U.S. (Born in 1888 on a farm near Orient Iowa.)

2. Worked as the editor of an agricultural publication for many years. (Worked for "Wallace's Farmer" from 1910-1929)

3. Experimented successfully with high yielding corn strains. (Founded Hi-Bred Corn Co. It later became Pioneer Hi-Bred, Inc. and was sold to DuPont for 10 Billion Dollars in 1999.)

4. Dabbled in Theosophy for a number of years. (Became an acolyte of Russian Theosophist and painter, Nicholas Roerich. Later repudiated him.)

5. First political post was appointed not elected. (Sec'y of Agriculture under FDR. Appointed in 1933)

6. Switched from being a Republican like his father to the Democratic Party. (Supported FDR's New deal so he switched.)

7. His first Government appointment was to the same post his father had held 9 years earlier. (His father Henry Cantwell Wallace was Sec'y of Agriculture from 1921-1924)

8. Considered a radical by many, even in his own party, he proposed the total end of any kind of segregation and universal government health insurance in the 1940's. (Left the Democratic Party and ran for President as a candidate of the Progressive Party in 1948. These were part of his platform.)

9. He spoke out during the race riots in Detroit in 1943, declaring that the U.S. could not 'fight to crush Nazi brutality abroad and condone race riots at home.' (Self Explanatory) "



Sep 18, 2009 08:16PM

435 Great get, Marco. Exactly put Henry A. Wallace.

Your turn. Explanations coming up.
Sep 18, 2009 03:40AM

435 Has the game ended and I missed the notice or what?

It couldn't possibly be that my question is too difficult or my hints too obscure. Could it?

Here's 2 more hints:

A Person:

1. Born in the Midwest U.S.

2. Worked as the editor of an agricultural publication for many years.

3. Experimented successfully with high yielding corn strains.

4. Dabbled in Theosophy for a number of years.

5. First political post was appointed not elected.

6. Switched from being a Republican like his father to the Democratic Party.

7. His first Government appointment was to the same post his father had held 9 years earlier.

8. Considered a radical by many, even in his own party, he proposed the total end of any kind of segregation and universal government health insurance in the 1940's.

9. He spoke out during the race riots in Detroit in 1943, declaring that the U.S. could not "fight to crush Nazi brutality abroad and condone race riots at home."
Sep 17, 2009 03:43AM

435 A Person:

1. Born in the Midwest U.S.

2. Worked as the editor of an agricultural publication for many years.

3. Experimented successfully with high yielding corn strains.

4. Dabbled in Theosophy for a number of years.

5. First political post was appointed not elected.

6. Switched from being a Republican like his father to the Democratic Party.

7. His first Government appointment was to the same post his father had held 9 years earlier.
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