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Brian Celebri-teasers Wrap-Up

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Today’s results post wraps up the year for the Brain Celebri-teasers contest. The winner walking away was Mike, with 39 points. Honorable mention goes to Mike’s wife, Hilary who, with two correct answers in the last two weeks, vaulted from fifth place to second. Also of note: Ilya had the most correct answers (21 of the 52 possible puzzles), although he has pointed out to me that he would have had more, but chose not to answer once he saw that someone else had posted the correct answer on several occasions (a problem I hope to correct with this year’s contest – see below). Ilya’s brother, Konstantin, came in second with 20, and Mike (our winner) had 19.

This is what passes for drama here at Brian Celebri-teasers. ;-)

Anyway, a couple of wrap-up notes, if I may:

First, thanks to all who played. I enjoyed making the pictures, learned a lot about Photoshop (my own, ulterior motive), and hopefully gave everyone a few seconds of diversion each week.

Second, I have found a few occasions where I’ve wanted to walk people through the puzzles and play the game “in real time.” To facilitate this, I’ve recategorized the posts into two groups. If you click on the Brain Celebri-teasers category in the menu on the right, you’ll get all fifty-two puzzles in (reverse chornological) order. Each puzzle now has a link to it’s own answer as well. If you just want to see the answers, you can click on the Celebri-teaser Answers category, which will show all of those posts in order.

Finally, I’m ready to announce next year’s contest. I’m calling it Ch-Ch-Changes, and it will premiere on Wednesday, January 5th. Here’s how it will work:

I’ll post an image that we’re all familiar with (either an iconic photograph or a scene from a popular movie or TV show), followed immediately by a Photoshopped version of the same photograph, which contains several subtle changes to the original. I’ll tell you how many things I’ve changed and ask you to guess in the comments. You’ll get one point for each change you identify before anyone else does. So there’s still an advantage to being first, but there’s also still reason to play if you’re not first, unless some smart-aleck finds all the changes on their first shot.

Answers will be revealed the following Monday (unless I get too busy, in which case they’ll be revealed sometime after that). After completing just one of these, I can tell you that they are more challenging for me, Photoshop-wise, but should also provide more of a challenge for you guys.

Good luck to all! And Happy New Year!!!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #52

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our final (Week #52) puzzle:

Week #52
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:Two great European singers (or so we’re told…)
Answer:David Hasslehoff &
Jerry Lewis
For some reason unknown to those in the Western hemisphere, David Hasselhoff and Jerry Lewis are revered in Europe as singers extraordinaire. To each his own, I guess…

The winner this week was Hilary!

After fifty-two weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Mike3919
Hilary136
Ilya1221
Konstantin1220
Suzanne116
Joe32
Zach31
Jeff Porten24
Zack21
Jason03
Lisa Rafal02
Jim01
Harmon01
Lee Salz01
Kelly Nase01
Paul Ratner01

Thanks for playing, everyone! I had a lot of fun putting this together, and I’m glad that a few of you stuck with me for an entire year. Now, to figure out next year’s recurring theme.

Any suggestions? Leave them in the comments below…

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Back to Blogging?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

With 2011 coming to a close, and my Brain Celebri-teaser contest coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about what to do with my blog in 2012.

The Photoshop contest had basically become the entirety of the content in 2011 for two reasons. First, the amount of media I consume exploded this year (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts, as well as the e-mail & blog traffic I used to read), and despite the name of the blog, I do eventually need some sleep. Second, the very presence of Facebook’s status update feature has allowed me to share quick thoughts and/or links with a much wider audience and with much less effort.

That said, I’ve come to miss writing longer form entries (even if very few people read them), so I’m thinking of starting up again. I won’t be foolhardy enough to plan out a schedule, because every time I’ve done that in the past, I’ve failed to keep it up. But I have been brainstorming some topics/features to write about. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

If anyone has any requests, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’m open to experimenting if you guys are…

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #52

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #52. Here it is – the last puzzle of the year!

Week #52
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:Two great European singers (or so we’re told…)

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #51

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #51 puzzle:

Week #51
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:These two women were both known on television for being desparate housewives
Answer:Lucille Ball &
Eva Longoria
Lucy never had to deal with the intrigue on Wisteria Lane. Then again, Wisteria Lane never had to deal with Vitameatavegamin!

The winner this week was Hilary!

After fifty-one weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Mike3919
Ilya1221
Konstantin1220
Suzanne116
Hilary115
Joe32
Zach31
Jeff Porten24
Zack21
Jason03
Lisa Rafal02
Jim01
Harmon01
Lee Salz01
Kelly Nase01
Paul Ratner01

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #51

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #51. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #51
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:These two women were both known on television for being desparate housewives

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #50

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #50 puzzle:

Week #50
Category:Music
Difficulty:Easy
Clue:These two ladies have both been noted for kissing other ladies (but not each other)
Answer:Katy Perry &
Madonna
First, Madonna kissed Britney and Christina on stage, and then, years later, Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it. Two talented singers cut from the same cloth, perhaps?

The winner this week was Konstantin!

After fifty weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Mike3919
Ilya1221
Konstantin1220
Suzanne116
Hilary94
Joe32
Zach31
Jeff Porten24
Zack21
Jason03
Lisa Rafal02
Jim01
Harmon01
Lee Salz01
Kelly Nase01
Paul Ratner01

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #50

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #50. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #50
Category:Music
Difficulty:Easy
Clue:These two ladies have both been noted for kissing other ladies (but not each other)

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #49

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #49 puzzle:

Week #49
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Hard
Clue:These two ladies have both been recognized for their tough attitudes and their heavenly faces
Answer:Farrah Fawcett &
Drew Barrymore
What a pair of angels! Farrah Fawcett and Drew Barrymore have both graced the screens (small and big, respectively) as one of Charlie’s crime fighting beauties…

The winner this week was Hilary!

After forty-nine weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Mike3919
Ilya1221
Konstantin1119
Suzanne116
Hilary94
Joe32
Zach31
Jeff Porten24
Zack21
Jason03
Lisa Rafal02
Jim01
Harmon01
Lee Salz01
Kelly Nase01
Paul Ratner01

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #49

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #49. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #49
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Hard
Clue:These two ladies have both been recognized for their tough attitudes and their heavenly faces

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

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