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9/27/05 | 11:14 am | PSP Pool

click to search using Google MapsHey there. Hi there. Ho there. I was going to launch this clue tomorrow but decided to just make it a two day affair that launched a little late for today. This looks sort of like one of them new-fangled PSP game things turned counterclockwise 45 degrees or so. It looks like a pool to me, but I’m not too sure… My brother has a PSP so I’ve seen it in action before, pretty neat. But I don’t think I could justify buying one!

The clue was sent in by “Bill”, once again no last name or initial. I have a feeling this won’t be too tough for some, but that’s OK because our last one was a bit harder. But I might need to drop a region though, to clear up the many, many fat herrings that are possible. I thought about the word clues for a long, long time since there were none sent in (note: if you make up a good word hints, I’m probably more likely to use the clue you sent in because it takes me ages with my slow brain to come up with them). Anyhow, here you go:

“A Story About Greece”

I actually need to go back to sleep right now. Near lunchtime, for gosh sakes. I have not been sleeping very well lately, not sure what it is. I think I might need to take some vitamins or whatever but maybe that’s just the hypochondriac in me talking. See you in a bit!

[Edit: 10:00 am Wed PDT - Sorry I didn’t get to update much yesterday. We are doing pretty well with this one. The word hints, once figured out, usually lead to a quick solution. So I will just say for now: East Coast U.S.]

Clue Name : “PSP Pool”
Submitted by: Bill
Status : Solved (12)
Duration: Tues 9/27/05 - Wed 9/28/05

Solved By: Chorbansi, Ananth R, Judy B, Mike B, Citizen, Shawn D, Bernd, Tim J, Jen S, Aaron B, David H, Chris

Word Hints : “A Story About Greece”
Magnification Needed: 15/18


9/20/05 | 12:01 am | Beach Swan

click to search using Google MapsHello Scavengeroogle peeps! Let’s hope there are no more power outages this week in L.A… but something good did come out of that mess. Today’s clue is going to be the first “deliberate” two-day long clue. I noticed that the clue’s staying power didn’t seem to suffer that much from the outages, and in fact quite a few people actually appreciated the extra chance to take a crack at it.

So this clue is what appears to be a swan on a beach, and hence the rather imaginative title I’ve given it “Beach Swan”. I have to laugh like hell at my original-ness. Also at my grammar. =)

The clue was sent in by “Ray”, no last name or initial that I could see. The swan is visible at about 15/18 or so, so it’s a good sized feature. I debated a long time on the word hints and finally decided to use a much, much shorter version that the ones that were sent in. How short? Well, all that you are going to get for the time being is:

“I Love Fire”

Since it’s a 2 day clue, I figure it’s OK if some struggle with it for a bit. Or not. I’m constantly proven wrong on the so-called hard clues. Anyhow, I’ll catch you all later…

[Edit: 9:18 am PDT Tues - Lots of thunderstorms in my area… haven’t had those for awhile. Let’s start with the most general region: United States]

[Edit: 8:40 pm PDT Tues - Not as many sols today, as expected. I’m not sure what other hints to give… think I will sleep on it and try come up with more tomorrow.]

[Edit: 2:12 pm PDT Wed - I think I’ll just leave the clue as is. By the way, I hope that all of you in the Texas coast area are getting away safely from the storms coming in…]

[Edit: 6:26 pm PDT Wed - Man, that was some drama with the plane landing at LAX with the nosewheel turned sideways…]

Clue Name : “Swan beach”
Submitted by: Ray
Status : Solved (8)
Duration: Tues 9/20/05 - Wed 9/21/05

Solved By: David H, Judy B, Tim J, Mike B, Justin, Vic W, Dan M, Eric W

Word Hints : “I Love Fire”
Magnification Needed: 15/18

SOLUTION TO “Beach Swan”

7/19/05 | 12:01 am | Tortoise Head

click to search using Google MapsHi, and hi again to you ‘roogles! Come here for your roogle fix, have ye? Well, I aims to please…

I got this clue in from Robert E. (no, not Robert E. Lee of civil fame) and it is a fun and quite cute picture of a tortoise’s head peeking out of its shell. It sort of looks like it has been painted in brush strokes (I believe the black is rivers actually) I particularly like how the tortoise seems to be smiling slightly. Happy turtles!

Mr. Tortoise is visible from about 14/18. I have been in a puzzle-y mood so the word clues that Robert gave were right up my alley. Actually, I decided to modify them in the usual herringwise way. So, this MAY be a little tougher. Famous last words before hordes of correct solutions descend…

“Mass pomp And over circumstance”

Hm.. looking at it now, I may have mangled them a bit. Herringahoy. Well, if you’re having problems, don’t fret; help may be arriving soon in the form of a region drop.

[Edit: 2:45 pm PDT - Sorry I was out for awhile b4 coming home to quite a few solutions… this seems to be very doable without a region so far. Also, not as many herrings as I thought, cool! See you later on tonight…]

Clue Name : “Tortoise Head”
Submitted by: Robert E.
Status : Solved (24)
Duration: Tuesday 7/19/05

Solved By: Markus B, Katie N, Mike Be, Judy B, Scott G, Peter R, David H, Mark L, Theresa S, Jon K, Ryan F, Don R, Mike B, Jen M, Chris L, Jake M, Shawn R, Adam M, Aaron F, Steve C, Phil M, Justin, Phil D, Tim J

Word Clues : “Mass pomp And over circumstance”
Magnification Needed: 14/18

SOLUTION TO “Tortoise Head”

7/7/05 | 12:01 am | Exclamation Point

click to search using Google MapsHello, what’s this? A clue on a THURSDAY?! You bet your Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans… Sorry, a Potter lapse.

Anyhow, we are back and in full experimentation mode. That is, this clue is open all day long today. You’ll note that it was auto-launched (at least it should have been) at midnight. So, if you suffer from insomnia, mosey on over once in awhile and you might find some Scavengerooglin’ awaitin’ you. Well, anyhow I will try and set it so it launches early from now on (especially for you east coasters). But there may be times I’ll just launch a clue up in the middle of the day too!

Also remember, if you’re solving a clue at 3 in the morning I’m most likely asleep so I won’t update the “Pending Solutions”. On that note, I’ll try check in every so often and update the Pending Solutions, but if you don’t see the number change after submitting don’t worry.

OK, as to the clue! This looks somewhat like an Exclamation Point lying on its side and was sent in by Dan M. awhile back. Hmm.. we do like our punctuation, don’t we. Interestingly, I just bought the Schoolhouse Rock DVD which contains the superfun jingle “Interjection!”. So you can say that exclamations were on my mind. Catchy buggers, those songs. (If you’re not over 25 you probably don’t remember them from Saturday morning cartoons).

The exclamation point is visible at about 15/18. I actually thought it was kinda funny that the reddish buildings sort of form the letters “H” and “I”, with the “I” lying on its side. So the clue is sort of a “HI!” Lots and lots of laughs…

Your word clues, should you choose to accept them, are:

“I wouldn’t. How about Glen?”

and are straight from Dan’s submission. OK, get to it. I am trying to decide exactly when a region will be dropped. I am thinking that it will be on a clue by clue basis to start with. That is, if there are no solutions at all, I’ll drop it right away whenever I get to the computer. But if there are some rolling in then we’ll wait, or not drop anything at all!

[Edit: 10:56 am PDT - Our first day long clue looks pretty good up to now, so I’ll hold off on region for now. Gosh, that is really tragic about the stuff in London. I hope if any of you are from the area you are all safe and sound.]

[Edit: 1:37 pm PDT - Whee! I am REALLY liking the all day clue thing so far. There’s no pressure to writeup the solution by a set time in the middle of the day, and it looks like some of you who don’t normally get to play are getting a chance to! I’ve been checking my email every 2-3 hours or so and that seems about right…]

Clue Name : “Exclamation Point”
Submitted by: Dan M.
Status : Solved (15)
Duration: Thursday 7/7/05

Solved By: Judy B, Mike B, Shawn D, Chris R, Katie N, Adam M, Trecherus, Mark L, Justin, Margie M, Moose, Peter R, Karl, Phil M, Hank

Word Clues : “I wouldn’t. How About Glen?”
Magnification Needed: 15/18

SOLUTION TO “Exclamation Point”

6/24/05 | 9:00 am | Footprints in the Sand

click to search using Google MapsHappy, glorious Friday! OK, before you all start in on this clue, please take a look at the post below about starting a mailing list. You can weigh in with your opinion on whether the game would be OK switched to that way…

I got a large submission of decent clues from Mike M. the other day, including this one. Also regarding clue submissions, there haven’t been a lot of international clues yet, I think because in many places even thought there is hi-res satellite photos, there aren’t street level maps so it’s very difficult (for US players anyhow) to tell where you are. I also think it’s VERY difficult to come up with suitable word clues for international areas, unless you happen to be familiar with the area. In any case, there’s no rush to find clues outside of the U.S. I’m thankful that there is that opportunity now though!

Mike’s clue is called, quite appropriately from the picture, “Footprints in the Sand”. No, not that cheesy poem that nuns like to hang on their walls. This is a honest to goodness Paul Bunyan sized set of footprints. There is another clue submitted by one of you that is also a footprint that I have been meaning to use too… I’ll try get to that. I recall that I thought it would be extremely difficult though, which is why I shelved it.

The Footprints are available for viewing a good distance out, maybe 14/18 max. For word clues, you are going to get Mike M.’s suggestion which I thought were quite cool:

“Good Grief”

I have a feeling this won’t be too tough… but we shall see! If it is, look for a region clue.

[Edit: 11:05 PDT - hm… near zilch players today! Or it seems like it. I’m not sure but anyway I will drop: Northern California]

Clue Name : “Footprints in the Sand”
Submitted by: Mike M.
Status : Solved (8)
Duration: Fri 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Moose, Judy B, Shawn D, Steve M, Jon G, Ryan F, Luke P, Ann M

Word Clues : “Good Grief”
Magnification Needed: 14/18

SOLUTION TO “Footprints in the Sand”

6/22/05 | 9:00 am | Double P

click to search using Google MapsScavs, how are you? Maybe I should say “Roogles” instead since scav sounds too much like “scab”. So, what up Roogles?

Anyhow, here is a clue from Trecherus that I hope will not be treacherous for you all. Well, I don’t think it will be at all. The clue looks like two gigantic “Ps”… interestingly they are almost identical in shape but very different in color. They are visible quite far out, I would say nearly 12/18. If that doesn’t seem like it’s that big, remember we are on a new plus 3 scale, so that’s the old 9 of 15 magnification!

For a clue, you will get Mr. Trecherus’s direct word clue:

“Penguin Water”

I don’t imagine any problems, and if there are then too bad… I’m kidding! Region clue will probably be coming soon enough provided I can think of one to give. Hey, remember now that Google has Hi-res in other parts of the world, it’s open season on clues… feel free to submit clues from any part of the world!

[Edit: 10:30 PDT - Not a lot of solutions yet, but I still think giving out the region clue would be too easy. So let’s give a general one … Northeast U.S.?]

Clue Name : “Double P”
Submitted by: Trecherus
Status : Solved (6)
Duration: Wed 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Ken S, Judy B, Andy K, Tina, Mike J, Josh W

Word Clues : “Penguin Water”
Magnification Needed: 12/18


6/20/05 | 9:00 am | Jo And Face

click to search using Google MapsHey you Scavengeroogles! How have you been? Me, I could be better. I dug up this particular clue myself, but sort of owe its origin to Tony A., who had submitted a particular clue before that I sort of used to find this one.

I’m still getting used to the new 18/18 slider that Google has changed to, but am already pretty happy with their new city labeling algo. The river labeling algo needs work though! So anyhow, this particular clue is called “Jo and Face”. The “Jo” is the usual “buildings that look like writing” hack that finds me a lot of clues. However, I didn’t notice until I screengrabbed the pic that there is a “face” in the light brown area of the picture! Kind of cool, you can see the two eyes and the mouth in grey (the mouth is at the bottom of the light brown portion).

As for word clues, this particular one is going to be interesting because it’s a little different than your ordinary location. I’m not going to say more than that because it might give it away. But anyhow, you may find this easy, or you may find it hard… all depends on whether you figure out:

“Onion Triangle”

Hehe. I think I am clever with these word clues when in reality I’m such a sluggggard. If that’s a word. I actually took part of Tony A’s suggestion for word clues and changed them a bit. And we all know what happens when I do that: Herring FEST!

Thusly, you may want to look for a region drop soon. But I am trying to figure out how to drop this region, may be difficult…

[Edit: 10:00 PDT - Whew, so the consensus is this is not too tough… I’m sort of glad about that. Therefore, no region clue drop needed!]

Clue Name : “Jo And Face”
Submitted by: Scavengeroogle Admin
Status : Solved (13)
Duration: Mon 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Ken S, Brian G, Andy K, Chris R, Jon G, Jeremy R, Adam M, Shawn D, Ryan F, Alex P, Luke P, Trecherus, Judy B

Word Clues : “Onion Triangle”
Magnification Needed: 15/18


6/8/05 | 9:00 am | Ballpoint Pen

click to search using Google MapsAs I write up this clue on Tuesday, there are 2 or 3 helicopters whirling nonstop nearly above of my house. This has gone on for about six hours. There was a car chase that has ended in a standoff on the freeway about 1/2 mile away from me. They even sent in a robot for crisis negotiations. Fun, I wish I could work that into a clue or two. Man, Los Angeles… I have to laugh like hell.

Anyhow, here is a clue sent in by Brian G. which is a nice red ballpoint pen. Or a ship that looks like one. I know I said I wasn’t going to include any more ships and airplanes but I caved in because this was kind of fun. I’m wondering how hard this will be because there must be a billion ships possible. Well, I’m going to give you Brian’s clue so you get to blame him instead of me in case it’s tough! Here you go:

“Litigate Schlage”

Oof, that seems sort of hard. I think it needs be tough because it’s visible from so far out and is somewhat isolated. I will drop the region clue soon, have no fear.

[Edit:11:00 PDT - Whups, I almost forgot to drop the region clue before I went out… not that many of you have needed it! Surprised me again. Anyhow, here you go: Michigan…]

Clue Name : “Ballpoint Pen”
Submitted by: Brian G.
Status : Solved (13)
Duration: Wed 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Mike M, Chris R, Jim M, Phil M, Mark L, Jon G, Shawn D, Michael J, Josh W, Josh C, Mike J, Jared R, Ken S

Word Clues : “Litigate Schlage”
Magnification Needed: 9/15

SOLUTION TO “Ballpoint Pen”

6/1/05 | 9:00 am | Flying Kangaroo Rat

click to search using Google MapsHello lovely scavengerooglers! Did you have a big extended BBQ weekend? I didn’t. Instead, I stayed home and installed a second hand, half broken radio in the car and then cleaned out my bathroom sink drain pipe which was starting to smell like yummy sewage…

Anyhow, Michael J sent in this cool picture of what he called “rainbow water” but what I’ve decided to call Flying Kangaroo Rat. Come on, you must admit it looks like a kangaroo rat that has sprouted wings… no? I particularly like the colors on this one. It is visible quite far out, about 8/15 to 9/15. Because of that, and because it is pretty easily spotted because of the colors I decided to make the word clues very difficult to start with. Here you go:

“U Mill”

I will dispell immediate multiple scavenger herrings by saying right off the back that “U” does not stand for “University”… I’ll drop the region clue soon. And of course other clues if needed!

[Edit: 9:50 PDT - It appears I’ve underestimated both how plainly visible this object is, and everyone’s overall smarts. I thought this would be really hard but I need to remember that most of you know how to play the game and are pretty sharp! Anyhow, here is the region drop as promised: “Utah”. You might also be surprised that I originally didn’t intend the “U” in the clue to stand for Utah… ]

Clue Name : “Flying Kangaroo Rat”
Submitted by: Michael J.
Status : Solved (21)
Duration: Wed 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Jason, Mike M, Tina, Katie N, Phil M, Chris R, Adam M, Shawn D, Steve M, Jarret R, Mark G, Jared R, Justin, Josh W, Josh C, Jon G, Chris R, Matt D, Trecherus, Jim M, Mike Z

Word Clues : “U Mill”
Magnification Needed: 9/15

SOLUTION TO “Flying Kangaroo Rat”

5/27/05 | 9:00 am | Anteater Head

click to search using Google MapsDo you all have your gas grills fired up and ready to go for a BBQ this weekend? I do, or rather I should be getting it ready. I just hope anteater isn’t on the menu… er, bad segue. This clue was found by yours truly, a funny looking anteater head. I found it while looking at a clue submitted by someone. I almost called it Alf, but then I realized that probably no one remembers Alf…

This is visible way far out, at 9/15 maybe? I struggled and struggled to come up with a clue here that wouldn’t give it away too easily and wouldn’t be too hard. I’ve come to the conclusion that, like Paris Hilton keeping her clothes on, it’s just impossible. So I’m going to be unoriginal and say:


Boooring. Well, it may take you a little time at least. And, because I want you all to go into your Memorial weekend on a nice note, I will drop more clues if people have major problems, though I’m not expecting any. Ok, happy anteater scavengeroogling! P.S. Remember we are skipping our clue on Monday so I will see you all Wednesday!

Clue Name : “Anteater Head”
Submitted by: Scavengeroogle Admin
Status : Solved (12)
Duration: Fri 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Mike M, Chris R, Katie N, Max D, Jon G, Phil M, Jeremy R, Jarret R, Mark L, Jason C, Steve M, Jared R

Word Clues : “SD ND”
Magnification Needed: 9/15

SOLUTION TO “Anteater Head”

5/25/05 | 9:00 am | Hershey Kiss

click to search using Google MapsWhat’s up. And all that good morning business. I would like you to check out this tiny Hershey’s Kiss that Jeremy R sent in. When I was a kid I would often accidentally eat some of the metal foil wrapped around those Hershey’s Kisses in my haste to cram 3 or 4 in my mouth. If you have metal fillings, this can provide a distinctly unpleasant feeling in your teeth. Ugh!

Anyhow, the connection seems to be back at my house so I can most likely update as we go. The Hershey Kiss is visible from 12/15 out, though 13/15 is a better bet for most. Funny how the shoreline around this little pond is greyish so it could almost be the silver wrapper on the kiss.

I’ve once again mangled Jeremy’s word clues. I added to his clue, because I thought it might be not enough information on its own. With trepidation, here you go:

Word Clues: “Simple, Ought to lead you to the potato king”

Man, I am extremely nervous about this clue. It’s hard to see from the outside in, if you know what I mean. I am just not sure if this is enough information. Add to that the fact that the clue is fairly small and… we will see I guess. Expect a region drop early and probably more cluedrops to come.

So what do all have planned for Memorial Day? I’m probably going to skip the daily clue on Monday, since many will be out, but hopefully when we get back I can start figuring out this larger Scavengeroogle Hunt we’ve been brainstorming about…

[Edit: 10:11 PDT - This one is proving to be a bit tough so I’ll drop the region clue early: Idaho]

[Edit: 12:15 PDT - A hint: It’s not near Declo. ]

[Edit: 12:28 PDT - Another: It IS near Boise. ]

Clue Name : “Hershey Kiss”
Submitted by: Jeremy R
Status : Solved (10)
Duration: Wed 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Solved By: Steve M, Justin, Mike M, Chris R, Tina, Peter R, Golux13, Ted S, Jim M, Robert M

Word Clues : “Simple, Ought to lead you to the potato king”
Magnification Needed: 12/15

SOLUTION TO “Hershey Kiss”

5/4/05 | 9:00 am | You Sank My Battleships!

click to search using Google Maps

Ahoy. I don’t think these are battleships or even military ships. Nor are they sunken. But they do look unused at the moment. Full disclaimer: I am not 100% sure if this clue has already been “found” elsewhere in the google maposphere. So if it has been documented, you guys/gals are going to have an easy day today!

This clue comes from Hunter A. who submitted it along with the title “Ghost Ships”. I have a feeling that even if this clue hasn’t been documented in the usual “google sightseeing” places it is still going to be easier because it is visible at an amazing 9/15, and maybe even farther out at 8/15.

Your clue:

“James R. the Tormentor”

What?? Yeah. Oh, by the way. I think people’s first instinct when getting a clue is to either type the entire word clue into google maps or into google itself. This is fine, but I would suggest against it because I usually try as hard as I can to make sure that will not bring up the correct result. Occasionally it happens, but I try checking usually.

It IS often profitable, however, to take apart the word clue into pieces and google them. Or transmute them into homonyms, synonyms, onomatopoeia and then google them. This can also lead to numerous bloody herrings, though so be careful. =)

I think I may end it a little earlier at 1:00 p.m. PDT today, but I’m not sure yet. I definitely will if too many people get the solution too fast. OK, all hands on deck. Avast! And all that other sea captainy nonsense…

P.S. You might note that now near the top of the page there should be a note telling you when the next clue is probably going to launch. This can be helpful for those trying to plan their day around Scavengeroogle sessions!

[Edit: I’m actually going to stop this clue search early. Will explain in solution…]

Clue Name : “You Sank My Battleships!”
Submitted by: Hunter A.
Status : Solved (16)
Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT

Solved By: Mike M, Chris R, Michael W, Robert M, Jason C, Ken S, Andy K, Shawn D, Eric W, James C, Greg J, Ian T, Bill P, Andrew M, Matt O, Dan

Word Clues : “James R. the Tormentor”
Magnification Needed: 8/15

SOLUTION TO “You Sank My Battleships!”