13 March 2007

Fun With Words

Holy cow - I occasionally google the titles of my books and articles, to see if anyone is talking about them online. Today I came across a website called "The Unofficial Calculatrivia Discussion Place," where I am part of the answer to a puzzle! How cool is that!

The puzzle is:

[03] First name of the author of The X Elements of X Success, where X is the adjective in the title of a leap year film whose title character is played by the actor who, the next leap year, played the part of YBIL in a film whose title is a familiar β-word catchphrase first uttered by a man with the same name as the title character in a film whose cast includes the actress made popular by her role of Jill (with co-stars playing Kris and Sabrina) and one of the actors seen on a coin in [Fig 4a] (and also [Fig 4b]) on the birthday, the year his age became both a square and a cube, of the eponym of the structure in [Fig 5], from which RBCBVPIB Island can be seen, looking south on a clear day

[04] Surname of [03], spelled backward, which is still a word.

The answer:

[03] I'll also just give the decrypted words as I go, so here it is CATALINA Island, which is south of Malibu and can be seen from the Fig 5 J Paul Getty Museum. Besides the trivial 1, the only human age both a square and a cube is 64. J Paul Getty was 64 on Dec 15, 1956. Jill, Kris, and Sabrina were the names of Charlie's Angels, with the part of Jill played by Farrah Fawcett. The two posters in Fig 4a and 4b are for the film Spartacus (Espartaco on the Spanish one, hee hee!) The only actor on the coins who appeared with Farrah Fawcett was Peter Ustinov, in the 1976 sci-fi film Logan's Run. The phrase first uttered by someone named Logan on Dec 15, 1956 was ''Elvis has left the building'', which became the title of a 2004 film in which the part of HANK was played by Billy Ray Cyrus. The previous leap year, 2000, he played the title role in a film called Radical Jack, so X is RADICAL. Thus the book title is The Radical Elements of Radical Success, whose author is DAN Ward.

[04] Ward spelled backward is DRAW.

I feel so famous.


Deb said...

Too cool ~ you are famous. :)

Gabe Mounce said...

There's no way I could have figured that out. Dude! And who made up that puzzle...somebody who came across you book I guess.

Michelle said...

That is VERY cool!!!

Although I must say that my head exploded somewhere around line three of that question.

Passante said...


Anonymous said...

my name is dan ward, too... believe it. check out my short film: http://films.thelot.com/films/28

Dan said...

I'd love to know who came up with that puzzle - maybe that's a puzzle we could figure out... :)