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June 26, 2019

Will This Mystery Tower Tumble?

This next piece from the 2017 Sand Sculpture exhibition in Garderen is from the Competition section. sadly answers to the competition were not provided on their website after the competition ended, and emails to the event organisers have yielded no replies. Luckily I have some Dutch readers who have been tremendously helpful in providing the names of some of the other games so maybe they happen to know this one too? Today’s post seems to feature the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a young man either shaking it or maybe screaming at it? There are small figures standing in the tower… I’m stumped!

(Number 35)

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June 25, 2019

Maarten van der Weijden Sets A New Record!

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Following yesterday’s post, I am updating the final episode of long distance open water swimmer Maarten van der Weijden’s quest to swim the eleven city route that is usually skated on ice: the Elfstedentocht. I am delighted to report that Maarten FINISHED the 199 km race this evening, and has at even this very early stage, raised almost 4 million Euros for cancer research.
Here is a quick recap of his last day in the water…
The third consecutive night… but the public turned out to support him then too…

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Maarten pictured in extreme bottom right corner…

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Farmers bought their tractors and vehicles to the canal edge… and shone their lights…

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Sorry for the bad quality photo, grabbed from tv update.. city folk turned out in the middle of the night too…

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(below) The banner at the bottom tells us it’s live footage from Day 4 of his swim…

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Monday 24th June was above 30 C all over the country so standing in the water to support was no hardship…

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Other stretches were a bit less populated but there were still supporters (road far side of the canal)

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On the national News…

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The last kilometres… Maarten is in the water fractionally lower than the centre of this next photograph…

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Eighty swimmers, all either Cancer survivors or swimming for a close family member lost to cancer, traveled ahead of Maarten and each swam 2 kms in each of the 11 cities of the route, the formed his guard of honour when he started and again to the finish line…

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Maarten’s wife and young children…

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The finish, and being helped out of the water …

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This kaart delivered him to an area close by where thousands have been watching on big screens…

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Supporters envelop them along the way…

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Having gotten his last “stamp” of the 11th city (Leeuwarden, which is both the beginning and the end of the route) Maarten makes a short speech thanking supporters… before being whisked away to hospital for medical checks. (apparently he slept in the wet-suit too so if he takes it off after 4 days he could swell up, and of course the sheer physical stress on his body so it’s natural they want to make sure he’s ok).

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What an inspirational human being! Congratulations Maarten!

June 23, 2019

More Puzzling Puzzels…

More puzzling puzzles from the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition. I know “of” the second one, as in it’s a game my kids would play with friends from down the street but have no clue as to the name of it. Googling “bodies with bones” just gave me a ton of human anatomy diagrams and so that didn’t help either. I’m Puzzled by these ones…

(Number 33)

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(Number 34)

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June 22, 2019

A No-Brainer And A Puzzle That Probably Isn’t A JigSaw…

Today I have a fifty-fifty split in my success rate attempting to solve the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture competition section, which that year had the theme of “games”. It helped my cause that I’d guess that the first one is probably the most played board game world-wide, so it was literally a “no-brainer”… but my luck wasn’t to last.

(Number 31) Chess. This was one of the easiest of the games to solve. For those of you unfamiliar with the Dutch Royal Family, the King and Queen chess pieces have been replaced with portraits of the Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Queen Máxima.

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(Number 32) I have no idea what this one is… first I guessed it might be a card game, but what does the bag of money then mean? and why would the grinning cat be portrayed in three dimensions and not as a card? The “Ravensburger” logo only had me more confused, they make jigsaw puzzles don’t they? this doesn’t look like one. Any help is most appreciated! (Also nice to know that the WordPress spellcheck tried to suggest “veggieburger” to replace Ravensburger. If my computer could have sentient thoughts it might be alarmed at what I was looking to cook for dinner tonight!)

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June 21, 2019

Stumped On Two, A-Ha Moment At Last…

These pieces from the competition section of the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition have me stumped, or at least the first two do and after a second look I figured out the third. It’s funny that this last one should have been so difficult for me at first but it’s because the items in the front are not spherical so for some reason I got it stuck into my mind that they were shields, when the image on them should have told me that they were in fact marbles. I got there in the end! (…after an “a-ha” moment whilst sorting the photographs – you may imagine my facepalm when that happened!)

(Number 28)  No idea what this is other than the fact that the pictures are from Thomas The Tank Engine series…

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(Number 29) Some sort of Mount Rushmore here? Then it dawned on me that maybe these represent the same person at different stages of life? or am I completely off-track and it’s a generational thing? Neither idea brings me closer to an answer of what the game is called however…

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(Number 30) Yeah “Duh”, not shields after all, but of course they are Marbles! Should I have maybe rather entitled this post “Almost lost my marbles?”

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June 20, 2019

Still Playing Games…

Of these three exhibits in the competition section of the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, I know two. The first one in this post is the one that has me stumped…

(Number 25) I don’t know the answer to this one at all.

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(Number 26) Twister

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(Number 27) Hangman

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June 19, 2019

The Games Go On… But An Icon Passes Away.

Following yesterday’s posts I’m still having fun attempting to name all of the games in the competition section of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition. These ones I am certain of.

(Number 22) Rumicub

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(Number 23) that old family favourite: Monolopy where if you start out well things will probably end well, of not, you were probably doomed to paying out to every other (disgustingly gleeful) player on every turn you make around the board until you suffer the humiliation of not having anything left, even after hawking your 1 house and mortgaging everything to the bank. Guess what, …I didn’t win very often.

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(Number 24) Nijntje (a.k.a. Miffy in English speaking countries) Although I grew up in New Zealand and had a Dutch father, I didn’t know that Nijntje existed. ( Nijntje =pronounced “nine-cha” the “tje/cha’ sound to rhyme with the “char” as in “swiss chard”). Maybe it’s because we had our own animals as kids, even keeping wild rabbits (illegally) at one point.

The Dutch word for “Rabbit” is “konijn” and adding the diminutive “tje” at the end of the word: “konijntje”, gives the meaning ‘little rabbit’. Shortening this to “Nijntje” brings it to a short form that is easy for small children to say. The reason Nijntje is here shown in tears, is because creator Dick Bruna passed away on 20th February 2017 at 89 years of age, just weeks before the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition opened for the year. I have no idea what the card game featuring Nijntje is, that was new to me.

Regular reader Marie-Jacqueline came  to the rescue again with the following information about the Nijntje card game…

The game you refer to is KWARTET. It’s a card game. It seem to find it’s origin in the Netherlands. In this case Dick Bruna made it with only figures in the style of Nijntje and the figures, things environment connected with her. This let children who can’t read can play it. Quartet card game.  Quartets came are available with all kinds of subjects to choose from. A quartet is a collection of multiple sets of 4 matching cards. Start of the game: Each player gets 5 cards. Keep the cards in your hand and do not show them to the other players. Put the deck of remaining cards closed on the table. It rarely happens, but if you receive 4 cards of the same set, you have a complete quartet, which you can put open on the table.

Course of the game: Decide who starts the game. When it is your turn, ask one of the other players a card you do not possess. This must be a card of a quartet (set) of which you own at least have 1 card. Say the name of the quartet [for example ‘ ‘] and ask for the card from the quartet you want to have. If that player has the card, then he must hand this card over to you. You may than continue asking cards, also from another player. If the player does not have the requested card, your turn is finished.
You can take a card from the deck. The last player from whom you asked a card, takes the next turn. If you have a complete set of 4 cards, you say out loud: ‘Quartet!’ and put the quartet open on the table. End of the game: When all players have played all their cards, the game is over. The player with the most quartets is the winner.

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Wikipedia / cartoon storybook charactor / dutch/ Miffy / Nijntje

Stuffdutchpeoplelike / Dick Bruna / The magic of Nijntje

June 18, 2019

Battling For A Name To This Amazing Piece…

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I missed out (Number 20) in yesterday’s post about the  Competition section of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition.

The reason was because I think it is one of my favourite sculptures in sand to date, not just from here but from any that I have ever seen.

it’s a complex piece about a game in the competition that I don’t actually know the name of, but wow, whatever it is the sculptor has done them proud.

There are three horses and riders on a background of a kind of Waterloo style battle.

The background details the battle field, cannon and so forth. In the front are three sort of “counters”? one with a kind of Duke or General’s hat, the second with a bomb and third, and image that I can’t put a name to, don’t quite understand. This is a beautiful, complex and stunningly worked out piece. I’m impressed beyond words… Reader Marie-Jacqueline has wonderfully helped again: This is the game STRATEGO.

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June 17, 2019

Attempting To Find Answers…

These following sand sculptures from the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition are all about childhood games… These were in a competition but unfortunately the answers were never posted on their website.  Therefore I have been attempting to solve them myself… with mixed results.

(Number 18) This one is a mystery to me… any suggestions welcome please. (A HUGE Thank-You to Marie-Jacqueline for helping me with answers here: “PIM PAM PET.”)

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(Number 19) This mouse with some sort of a basket above it’s head is also one I don’t know… Marie-Jacqueline to the rescue again with: “Found nr. 19. It’s called MUIZENVAL (mousetrap). What looks like a basket is the trap.”

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(Number 21) I think this one is called “pick-up-sticks” but I am not really sure what the fan is for.
(Another Thank-You to Marie-Jacqueline for solving this one: MIKADO (Japanese for emperor) and her excellent research which tells us: The game originated from Hungary, in the nineteen thirties, spread around Europe, crossed the Atlantic where the US renamed in “pick-up-sticks”.)

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June 15, 2019

More Answers, And A Goose Chase…

I’m attempting to guess the answers to the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition “competition” section. Most of these I know, just one eludes me… Literally a wild goose chase.

(Number 8) ‘Boter, kaas en eieren” (translates as; “butter, cheese and eggs”)is the Dutch version of naughts and crosses / tic-tac-toe.

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(Number 9) The not too unusual problem of walking the wrong way whilst trying to: “Pin the tail on the donkey’

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(Number 10) “Scrabble”

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(Number 11) “Tetris”

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(Number 12) This one I have no idea…

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(Number 13) “Uno”

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(Number 14) “Connect 4”

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