Solution to You Learn Something New Every Day
by Anderson Wang, Brian Chen, and Lewis Chen
The flavortext (and the title, to some extent) strongly suggests at looking at LearnedLeague's One-Day Specials. These are 12-question trivia quizzes typically written by members of the community, for the community. They come in a variety of topics, including MIT, which is where we start first.
Filling in each section's answers and then reading the numbered blanks in order reveals the name of another One-Day. We can continue running around the One-Days until the very end, where we reach the Paradoxes 1DS.
We can read off the boxed blanks to get the instruction DIAGONAL OF FINAL ONE DAY. Step 52 tells us to apply this instruction on the questions of Paradoxes 1DS. Doing so gives us the instruction WRITE A ONE DAY. Teams that did this received the answer QUIZMASTER.
|TALL TALES||Vehicles and photographic equipment refer to "CARS" and "STROBOSCOPE", the answers to Q2 and Q4, respectively. Thus the word in between is Q3's answer, SMOOT. This was the answer to a Smoot (and other wacky units)-themed puzzle, Tall Tales.|
|SYNTACTIC STRUCTURES||The next name after Q4 is Q6's answer NOAM CHOMSKY.|
|SODIUM||Q8's answer, Sodium, has an element abbreviation of Na.|
|SSK||This refers to Q9, where S. S. Kresge is referred as a frugal tycoon (in bold capital letters).|
This was a highly experimental 1DS where the subject of the one-day was announced about one week in advance, the small town of Owasa, Iowa. The intent was that almost nobody would have known any information about the town in advance, and therefore this was a test to see how effectively players could gather information about the town and retain the information.
As such, all questions here refer to that same town.
|OASIS IN THE CORNBELT||This can be attested by the city's website banner.|
|WORTHINGTON STREET||This can be found on Google Maps; Worthington Street is the middle north-south street and divides the singular church (Owasa United Methodist Church) and the singular restaurant (Three Days Grille & Saloon).|
As with the 1DS, the two letters changed are in consecutive positions.
|NETWORK, NEW YORK|
Perhaps of note, this 1DS was written by prominent puzzlehunter Dan Katz.
|JERRY||Q4's answer TomTom is halved to Tom.|
|KOTARO||The three numbers are 369, 634, and 4 (Q1, Q9, and Q12). Adding the first two and subtracting the third gives us 999. This refers to the video game Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, produced by Kotaro Uchikoshi.|
|MAGNUS CARLSEN||This refers to Q8's answer of chess.|
As with the 1DS, you need to write out the name of the country after all parenthesized phrases. The length of the blanks can help determine the length of the country name (as well as the other anagrams).
|PRACTICAL INFERNAL CUBER, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC|
|STIR CACAO, CACTI OARS, COSTA RICA|
The questions in this 1DS were written in such a way that there are generally two "obvious" answers, with a small distinction in the question allowing to disambiguate between the options. Here, "going to the other side" refers to the option that wasn't chosen as the answer.
|FATHER||This refers to Q7, as the third component of the Holy Trinity would be the Father (corresponding to Bach, the third B).|
|JULIET||Q9 can be rewritten to swap the album titles Vivir (the foreign language infinitive) and Tango to give Julio Iglesias. You can shift Tango backwards 10 elements in the NATO phonetic alphabet to get Juliet.|
|CAMEROON||Q4's other answer is Nigeria. Burkina Faso does not border Nigeria, so it should be replaced. The only country that doesn't border Niger but does border Nigeria is Cameroon. (Benin and Chad border both Niger and Nigeria.)|
|H.G. WELLS||Q5 refers to a book with a title containing "Invisible Man". There are two such famous books; Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the answer, and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.|
The questions in this 1DS involved being given the first three terms of a sequence, and asking for the fourth term. There were accompanying images which aren't accessible if you're not logged into LearnedLeague, but all of the questions should be answerable with the solution text alone (which explains what the sequence is).
|ADULTS ONLY||This refers to Q10, the only question where all terms could be short letters. After T for Teen is M for Mature, and after M is AO for Adults Only.|
|MACMILLAN||This refers to Q6. When the 1DS ran in 2016, Theresa May was the UK Prime Minister, though as of 2021 the prime minister is her successor, Boris Johnson, which explains why this particular list is no longer up to date. Going back to the thirteenth most recent PM, we get Harold Macmillan. Since the sequence clues surnames only, we should answer with Macmillan.|
|BIRTHDAY PARTY||This refers to Q11. In verse 3 of the lyrics to It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), the four L.B.'s in the sequence are enumerated. The list keeps going, although no longer sticking to the L.B. theme (Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!), thus making the non-person answer "Birthday Party".|
|THE AFRICAN QUEEN||This refers to Q1. Hepburn won four Best Actress Oscars, and was nominated a total of twelve times (tripling the size of the list). The fifth movie she was nominated for was The African Queen.|
The questions in this 1DS, when concatenated, formed a palindrome. Similarly, concatenating all nine answers here results in a palindrome, which resolves the otherwise entirely unspecified steps 32 and 34.
|G||Q8 contains a sequence with a favicon of Google. This represents a G.|
|AM||Q1 describes a song that was a 2014 Country Airplay number 1, written by Blake Shelton (BS) and Ashley Monroe (AM).|
|EVITA||The musical focuses on Eva Perón, wife of Argentine president Juan Perón.|
|RETI||The most popular knight-first move 1. Nf3, (perhaps 30 or 40 times more popular than the next most popular knight-first move) alone is considered to be the Zukertort opening, which has a few continuations. Most of these eventually transpose to openings that could arise from a normal pawn opening, such as the Queen's Gambit. Two interesting continuations include the King's Indian Attack, and the intended answer, the Réti Opening.|
|LLAMAS||Named so because the first two letters are LL (for LearnedLeague). This has also led to various other puns, such as a separate one-day hosting site known as AlpacaFarm, and referrals sometimes affectionately known as cria.|
|REW||Fast forward and rewind, on a tape recorder, for example.|
|SNAG||Some of these clues are a little ambiguous, but you can use the palindromic constraint to narrow down these answers as well.|
|CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL||Q5's answer, SLIPPERY SLOPE, is unrelatedly also the title (with "The" prepended) of the tenth book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. (Besides the thirteenth book, the other twelve all follow the same alliterative pattern.) The ninth book is The CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL.|
|SAD SAPPY SUCKER||The band is Modest Mouse (Q11's answer). Their only alliterative album is Sad Sappy Sucker, a compilation album.|
|TALBOTT TEAS||Q10's answer, Jamba Juice, acquired Talbott Teas in 2012.|
These clues work similarly but not quite like a cryptic clue - they describe some actions that you apply to certain answers, in order to get the stated definition.
|DEMISES||After D (500), anagram of the answer to Q6 EMESIS = DEMISES ("ends")|
|NEST||Hidden word inside the answer to Q8 DEFE(NEST)RATION = NEST ("shelter")|
|AUTHORITY||After AU (gold-tipped), outer letters of the answer to Q12 THOR)STEN INTEGR(ITY = AUTHORITY ("control")|
One day in history was selected at random and was announced on release. (so no pre-emptive studying here, unlike in Study Skills Assessment). That day is August 15, 1960, which is the day these questions refer to.
|PIRATES||There are surprisingly comprehensive baseball results dating back even to 1960. It turns out that the Phillies were playing against the Pirates and beat them 4–3 on that day.|
|RICHARD NIXON||Richard Nixon bumped his left knee on a car door on the 17th, which eventually led to hospitalization on the 29th. This has been seen as a factor in his defeat to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 U.S. presidential election.|
|WRITE A ONE DAY||According to the instruction, DIAGONAL OF FINAL ONE DAY, take the first letter of the first question, second letter of the second question, and so on. Skip any numbers and any other punctuation when doing this step (this affects Q8 and Q12).|
|QUIZMASTER||Write a one-day and send it to us! After the hunt we'll post some one-days that we enjoyed.|