So this was pretty easy to find for so many. Dan M’s original hints had a double music clue in them:
This building is called River City. As far as a clue, how about “We Got Trouble in my Sweet Home.” Yep, sweet home will draw a bunch to Alabama until they remember the Blues Brothers doing “Sweet Home Chicago.” “We Got Trouble” will spit out River City
pretty quickly and, added to Alabama, they’ll be searching Decatur, AL for a minute or two till they see that most of it is in lo-res. They’re going to have to make the Chicago connection or hunt a lot to find which River City.
I thought having two parts of the clue related to music might be too difficult… I mean I knew NEITHER of those 2 clues myself. So I decided to keep “We Got Trouble” and then add a reference to Chicago. Which was extremely difficult, mainly because I know nothing about Chicago. (By the way, for anyone sending hints in for clues from Chicago, don’t send in “City Of Big Shoulders”… I think there have been about 5-6 people who have already tried sending that in.)
So I ended up going with the O’Leary reference from the Great Chicago Fire. There was this entire show on Discovery Channel(?) some time ago that tried to prove how the fire really started actually… I think they even did a re-enactment of it.
Solution to “Backwards S”
And now: some commentary from Rooglers, all having to do with fire:
Cheese melted in flames:
The Cheese stands alone. About 45 seconds - really.
Heather G blazed:
Took me no time at all. Literally seconds. I am a history dork, so I immediately thought of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the great Chicago fire. Went to Chicago, saw the river on the left, and followed the right bank until I saw the backwards S. Very obscure though!
Hm… I think they actually talked about whether it was the cow or not in that documentary.
Richard K fired:
Got it in 3 Clicks.
Too fast! Katie N smoldered:
This one took me a couple of minutes. I googled ‘O’Leary’ and found a site about the great Chicago fire. Then I searched the areas of Chicago where the river was in the right orientation.
I was actually going to put “Leary” instead of “O’Leary” just for kicks, but I thought too many people might try Denis Leary. Or Timothy Leary.
Tim J nearly ignited in Iowa:
Hmm, finally stumbled on this while searching Chicago, which I tried because of the “O’Leary” reference. I spent quite awhile in Iowa, however, maybe 30 minutes, because the first part of the clue, “We got trouble”, made me think of “The Music Man” and River City, Iowa. I chalk this one up to pure luck!
Luck is severely underrated. Especially for the peeps who won 90 million dollars at the 7-11 around the corner from my house…
Jason Y scorched:
How Long: About five minutes. I started with George O’Leary, the football coach at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. But Orlando doesn’t have a river, so I went with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, and Chicago paid off.
Paul H caught on fire:
This one took me approximately 5 mins. I had just finished playing sim city, and i remembered something about a cow starting a fire in chicago. i googled mrs. oleary and got the address of her house and went east a bit and there it was. I believe the building is called river city
Bernd, well he burned:
not too long…. no idea what your hint means, but a google search for “s-shaped buliding” works miracles here
Jerry R used tindersticks:
1 minute (easy)
Mike B sizzled for a few seconds:
Way too easy ;-( About 20 seconds. Mrs O’Leary ->famous cow owner->Chicago
Mike M had a quick steam:
Took about a minute. After a quick google search of O’Leary decided to go to Chicago (the site of the great fire). Same color and the river was flowing straight down, real easy to spot.
That is cool how a lot of people used the color and the river direction.
Shawn D charbroiled the clue:
About 15 minutes. Pretty easy. I think I like them better when they are more convoluted. It’s frustrating at the time, but more gratifying if you get one. I’m not complaining. Just my $.02.
Keep up the good work. Thanks
Thanks for playing as well. I do try to make them harder rather than easier, but once in awhile I slip in an easier one just to make my numbers look better. =)
Jon G incinerated it:
Took me about 5 min. Googled “O’Leary” and one of the first few leads was the Great Chicago Fire. Saw that there was a river next to it which made it pretty easy to find.
Wilmore heated up his love life:
finally someplace I recognize!! I am no longer a virgin!!
Judy B carried a torch:
Got it right away, but didn’t see the new clue posted until this morning so I’m glad it’s a multiple day clue.
Mike H set off sparks quickly:
Fastest clue I’ve ever solved here. About 10 seconds. I guessed O’Leary was Mrs O’Leary’s cow, called up Chicago, switched to Satellite, and saw the Backward S at the first river spot I looked at. This makes up for all those ones I speant hours searching for in vain.
Mark L roogles with matches:
Wow…. didn’t even know a clue was up….. that’s what I get for not checking.
Pretty fast…… just did a Wikipedia on O’Leary, which led me to the Chicago Fire.
Citizen put out fumes:
Yeah, about 5 minutes. Got Chicago right away, but never used “We Got Trouble” beyond the idea of the fire. I used the vertical segment of river for reference.
Bryant erupted like a volcano:
Wasn’t it Miss O’Leary who took her lantern to the shed? That’s all I got, and it took me to Chicago. The river was the real give away. “There’ll be a hot time in the ol’ town tonight!”
and David H simply smoked the clue:
Took three or four minutes. After a quick detour looking at the possibility that it was a Music Man reference “Well, ya got trouble right here in River City,” I looked in Chicago and found it by following the water.
DAMN. That was useless. That took about 1 hour to write. I couldn’t think of anymore synonyms for “fire”. Ugh. In general though, you are all too darn smart and quick! I mean it. Well, I guess I will see you Rooglers later next week since I’ll be up in Mammoth. I’m hoping it won’t snow too hard, because I’m going to try get some fishing in. Laters…
Solution to “Backwards S”