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Sunday, November 13, 2005
Treasure Hunt – Part III
This has to be done sequentially. If you haven't seen Part I or II, do them first.

Back to Part I
Back to Part II

You're traveling in Los Angeles. You happen to be on an avenue with the same name as the county in answer 14. You're hungry so you stop at an (15.) eatery that has been a Los Angeles landmark since 1931. Their menu brags that they have served more than how many pounds of lox? (16. Number.)

For the next part you'll need to do some math with at least 7 or 8 significant digits, so get some sort of digital electronic assistance.

Consider the following equation, in which answer 16 is simply the coefficient of x squared:

(answer 16)x² + 66,711,000 x – 6,025,593,321 = 0

This equation has two solutions. One is (17.) a latitude and the other is (18.) a longitude of a (19.) North American landmark. (It should be easy to figure out which is the latitude and which is the longitude, since if you reverse them, you'll end up in Antartica.)

That's it. The first to put the answers (numbered 1 through 19) in the comments is the winner. If Wanderer wins, I'll just buy him lunch. If anyone else wins, you can let me know what you'd like that costs $20 or less that can be arranged without much hassle over email / the web.

I sincerely hope this had some entertainment value for the puzzle geeks out there.

UPDATE: Ayelet is the winner! She get's a seat of honor at the Coffeehouse for life (ha! as if we'll be around that long), and if she ever tells me what she'd like as a prize, she'll get that too. She would also like our readers to visit her blog.
1. Phoenix
2. Serenity
3. Harkins North Valley, 16, 3420 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032
4. 12:30 AM
5. 602-482-3030
6. 19,434,913
7. 19,434,889
8. 8,476,999,977
9. Make A Memory Limousine
1771 Greenleaf Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 699-9977
10. Target Stores
7000 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
11. (847) 795-1760
12. 1760
13. George Washington
14. Fairfax County
15. Canter’s Deli
16. 2 million
17. 40.689
18. -74.0455
19. Lady Liberty ie. The Statue of Liberty

Is that it?
Ayelet: Congratulations! Nice work!

Do you use a movie rental service like Netflix.com or Blockbuster.com? If so, let me give you a gift certificate for one of those. Or for Amazon. Or for your favorite charity. Just let me know which.

I hope you had fun.
It was certainly fun. Can I get on your "personal blogs" list?
Ayelet: I'm glad you liked it. My personal blog list is my recommandation to our (very few) readers of blogs I or the other Cofeehousers regularly read and like. I haven't read your blog (yet) so I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending it. Sorry.
Ayelet: I know! I'll give you a plug in the post. OK?
Oops - looks like I overslept. I would like to object to the results of this contest because it was rigged to favor people in Red States.

I mean c'mon who's up at 12 noon, PST on a Sunday. Clearly you were favoring Red Staters where their time zones worked in their favor...

S'ok - I owe you a lunch anyway...
Wanderer: Your objection is noted.

You owe me lunch? I didn't know that. Excellent!
Do another one. This one was flawed. Serenity was playing at another movie theater in Phoenix (at the Harkins 7) at the very same time. I called that place and there was no Domino's anywhere near it. I called Domino's, too. Then Yom Kippur arrived and I had no time to go back to it.
Stacey: Drat. I didn't see Serenity at any other time. Sorry 'bout that. I enjoyed doing it, but (a) they take a lot of time to make and (b) virtually no one was interested in the least. So.... I'll have to think about it.

Thank you for your geekiness.
Yes, it was also playing at that exact time at:

Harkins 7
7014 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 423-5857

I wanted to email you about it, but your email was not on your blog (that I could see)!

Definitely do another one and I am in! You can always count on this geek to participate. :)
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