Monday, September 21, 2015

What Am I? Undercover

DT's resident cub reporter (Hunsbloger) found a perfect What Am I? for this week, and the best part is that we don't actually know the answer.  How's that for a puzzler?


Seriously....I have no idea what lives under this car cover...so you've got to solve the puzzle and convince everyone else you are correct.  Good luck!!  More Coronado Festival of Speed coverage later.

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    1. i'll second that except to say sedan - bit of image foo shows paired round headlights and suggestion of the snout - size compared to mini looks more 3-ish than 5-ish - i'm saying sedan because no spoiler, although that's obviously not dispositive

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/nzIYbmg.png[/img]

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    2. did i say "foo'? - meant "fu" - can't blame autocorrect for that one

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    3. Is it really that simple? [img]https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BMW-E36-sedan.jpg[/img] I dunno. The front corners don't look rounded enough, and the fenders look too flared.

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    4. you're right, it's a Merkur ;)

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    5. OEM style 32 wheels

      [img]http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/uokAAOxyf1dTIfiI/$_1.JPG?set_id=880000500F[/img]

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    6. That set of style 32s looks like 17x8s and 17x9s off an E39, the ones used on the E36 were cast-finish but the style's similar.

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    7. are you an AI, mrk? - yes, this was purely a style reference

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  2. Looking purely at the lower body - the wheels look BMW, the rib down the side looks BMW, the contour of the rear bumper corner looks BMW. I agree - E36.

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  3. Front looks too rectangle to be an e36.
    I don't know, check with K2, he is the BMW specialist around here : )

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    1. Ha ha ha! Don't you know it. There's even the letter K on the cover!

      I can't really see the pic very well on my phone but for some reason it looks SHO-ish to me.

      Nice one, Hunsbloger!

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    2. Change my mind. It's a VW that lies to you through software.

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    4. Why do I have a feeling this is going to be a bigger problem than it appears, regardless of VW's lies?

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    5. It will be interesting to see if it's contained to VW, spreads to the other German carmakers and also includes the Americans.

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    6. I am informed by a couple folks in the industry that they'd be surprised if this stops at VW.

      There's enormous pressure to put up big MPG numbers and to keep production costs and warranty service cost down - and diesel smog controls, in particular, are troublesome in both regards.

      Further, now that the outfit that tipped EPA has nailed VW's pelt to the wall, there's likely to be a lot more groups running around trying to score points.

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    7. Well, at least the VW CEO said "I am sorry". Oh, wait, the quote got clipped. I think what he might have said is "I am sorry that we got caught". But I might be wrong, so don't sick any lawyers on me. Oh, no problem, their lawyers will be rather busy for the next little while.....

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    8. The WSJ is reporting this morning that Winterkorn just resigned.

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  4. I'm thinking Volvo...

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  5. yep, I'm late, but it's an e36.

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  6. OK, here's one for you - and this was pretty weird because I took these photos last week and planned to send them to Vince today - me and Hunsbloger on the exact same wavelength - it happens

    i did not see under the petticoat on this one either, but i have a shot from another angle that's a dead giveaway, will post that up tomorrow sometime - bonus if you can guess in what city it was taken

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/pXSPJi9.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. 2 second response? Europa. Looks like I'm not alone.

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    1. wow, dude - but can we be certain?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/v6Q4gmh.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. ^^^ That's a reply to Kaibeezy, sorry.

      The original photo is definitely an E36 (coupe I think). However, it is clear that the owner has determined to ward off would-be thieves by disguising it as a Chrysler K-car on account of the large K's spray painted on the cover.

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    3. No, it's a K Car with a E36 body kit.

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    4. Nah, it's an E36 shell with an 82 HP Chrysler 2.2 swapped in - automatic 3 on the tree - low and slow

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    5. What are you guys talking about?!? That's clearly a Ford Ranger. Oh, were you talking about the car under the cover? That's a Ford Ranger, too. They're twinsies.

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    6. It's either a Europa, a small cabin-sailboat without mast, a large hot tub, or a very large composting bin.

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  8. 5 minutes to guess a Europa from the rear, under a cover.

    I have found my tribe.

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  9. For sure an E36 in the original photo - I'm guessing coupe because I only see one door handle bumpus under the cover.

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  10. Merkur, eh? Dang, was thinking robocop era taurus.

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  11. Can we literally figuratively get a clue?

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  12. If it's an E36 the front part of the car cover is wearing an underwire bra

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  13. Is that S2 Europa (bumpers too big for the S1, sails to tall for the twink) parked in Brooklyn? Parkslope / Gowanus area?

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  14. I was going to take a guess but this appears to be a completely dead puzzle. What happened to the guy that always gives the clues? Whoever is doing this one doesn't interact with the people guessing, so I'm not going to bother.

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    1. @GliYut.....I'd hate for us all to be the lesser for missing out on your participation, but did you miss this line from DT? "the best part is that we don't actually know the answer."

      Given that, exactly what type of clues were you expecting? Besides, it's been answered multiple times....it's a BMW e36 coupe.

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    2. Your logic makes no sense and your rudeness even less so.

      You're tell me that the person that took this picture couldn't be bothered to walk over and look under the cover? That's pretty bad. These puzzles are one of the few things that sets this blog apart from similar ones and some of them have been really good. It's the main reason I look at this blog. The other data is nothing new, it's the presentation of it and the personalities that make things interesting.

      This puzzle would not be one of the good ones and you're doing this blog no favors with your presence as you clearly enjoy being a troll.

      Your repeated guesses of an E36 Coupe (sic?) are not logical either. The editor of this blog said that HE didn't know what it was ("we" still implies he). Does the photographer? You don't seem to know the answer to that one either, which makes your attitude towards me that much more mystifying and downright rude. Just like the other guesses - and there WERE other guesses, despite your repeated bleating otherwise - we won't know unless the photographer did the right thing and verified what car it actually was and answers the direct questions posed here, which doesn't seem to be happening.

      This one is a big FAIL. It should have been posed as something other than a What Am I puzzle.

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    3. junctional epidermolysis bullosa

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    4. LOL...I'm a rude troll says the guy who might have posted here two times before and is now crying and stamping his feet about a fun (and free) post on a message board. "Whaaaaahhh...this riddle wasn't up to my standards!" Grow up.

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    5. He must have only just found this site. These guys do crap like this all the time... if it sours you up please don't leave in a huff, just leave. The car is whatever you want it too be maybe it's a go cart with a homemade cardboard e36 body hence the cover, you wouldn't want it to get soggy and ruin all the time put into drawing the doors and widows onto it.

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    6. He must have only just found this site. These guys do crap like this all the time... if it sours you up please don't leave in a huff, just leave. The car is whatever you want it too be maybe it's a go cart with a homemade cardboard e36 body hence the cover, you wouldn't want it to get soggy and ruin all the time put into drawing the doors and widows onto it.

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    7. Don't forget to say "Hi" to Stan.

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    8. I'm going to politely suggest Stan Beyerman change his name so we can make fun of the other Stan (not to mention our JEB-afflicted friend above) without worrying about a misunderstanding involving said Stan Beyerman who is shaping up to be a right good egg - whaddaya say Stan B? - maybe just "Beyerman"? - heh, if you're a BMW fan you could be "Bayernman"

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    9. Maybe we should refer to the other Stan as "Stan (not Beyerman)"

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    10. How about "Stan the Douche" (or STD) for short, for our original Stan?

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    11. Okay. True story. The photographer who took the picture didn't lift the skirt because he is one of those old school dudes who believes in never rubbing another mans rhubarb, PARTICULARLY in the car coral of a big car show. This means you don't poke the rust on the Nissan 240Z, wiggle wires on a Saab, or touch someone else's car cover.

      So GLiYut, I (we) really don't know what this car is...but good money is that it is a E36 3-series. One last thing, the car cover had the numbers 13273 on the front, which if you use the google, you'll find that pn at autozone turns up a BMW 3-series car cover.

      -DT Editor-in-Chief and Chief-of-Absurdity Vince

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    12. Lame insults and excuses don't change the fact that this one stunk. Hopefully, the next one will be better. If you don't like that I have an opinion and I have a right to say it, then move somewhere Communist.

      You're a very strange person, FTB. You work hard trying to engage with others on this blog who have made it clear that they have no intention to interact with anyone and simultaneously insult the ones who do. Are you bipolar?

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    13. I've wondered about that. My guess is that you're onto something there, GLiYut. But my advice (for what it's worth) is just tune out the haters. They aren't worth the words they write.

      But you're right, you can say your opinion. Usually, DT is all about that. I don't know why they went Commie on this one. Must be they need a nap.

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    14. BTW, I think it's hilarious that it doesn't seem to occur to any of my fellow DTers that those could possibly be aftermarket wheels. Oops, now I'm gonna get flamed again.

      Welcome to DT, GLiYut! Not all of us are haters and infatuated with what we write and nothing else. Tell us what you drive!

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    15. Interesting.....GLiYut makes his first post on a K2-written "What Am I" a few days ago by praising the puzzle and K2's poem. His second post is on a non-K2 What Am I, lamenting the lack of K2's clues and "interaction".

      Then, in a follow-up, GLiYut (seemingly a new poster) immediately jumps on the "nobody on here interacts with anyone!" bandwagon (where have we heard that before...hmmmm?).

      This is followed up by K2 jumping in and white knighting GLiYut, a poster who began this entire interaction with immense rudness and saying "ignore the haters". Haters? Who?

      It's all very interesting. I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin.

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    16. I don't know GLiYut, ya whiner. I am not alone thinking the same things, I'm sure. There is nothing that is original. Besides, you're the one who acted like a donkeycap and hung a target around his neck. Own up or hush up.

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    17. And, you're a major deflector, working so very hard to make others out to be wrong, asserting your "authority". Who are you, Cartman? That will never work, it just bounces back and goes splat in your face.

      Plus, you never answered the direct question. Why is that?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/IWVQ0b6.jpg?1[/img]

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    18. Eh, either way, I'm done interacting with you and your multiple personality screen names. There's a level of neuroses going on I'm just not interested in dealing with---it's strange and a little creepy. Like a lot of others on here, I'm just a long time reader and poster who's more than a little tired of your smothering and insufferable attempts to make this place the K2 show. Have a good one....both of you.

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    19. FTB: One of the inherent challenges of this whole internet thing is the dissonance between people wanting real personal interaction and people counting on the distance and anonymity it provides, especially when both desires exist within most of us at the same time. It's a fundamentally chaotic environment, and so easy to under-, over- or mis-read even the most blunt comments. Fortunately, it flows like a river, and changes constantly as it goes by. Let it go by. See you on the next new post ;)

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    20. Nah, kaibeezy, I like both, and I've gotten both from this place for many years now. I'll just employ better use of selective hearing from now on and it'll be fine. You can look up above through this thread and see that strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

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    21. That’s a lot of chest puffing going on there. Add paranoia to the list and he doesn’t like the taste of his own foot. I looked, but I couldn’t find anywhere that said FTB is a moderator on this blog. Maybe I missed it. If so, he needs a new job because he’s terrible at it. FTB also posts about as much as K2 does, so I don’t get his complaint about that. And as far as I can tell, K2 is on a different coast than me. Do you need my IP to prove it or is that also a conspiracy against you? K2 seems hellbent on proving or earning something, I don’t know what but he also seems to go out of his way not to hate on other bloggers for no reason other than to assuage their own mania.

      I drive a Jetta; thankfully, not a diesel. It’s been a great car for me.

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    22. [img]http://www.quickmeme.com/img/68/68b5d02a77f5ef8db138d994b3bd1dae8ca2f28ca53499444840b6f0152c7e12.jpg[/img]
      Who votes that we close this thread, pretend it never happened, and never talk about this again?

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    23. Can't we all just get along?

      [img]http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/duty_calls.png[/img]

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    24. GLiYut, shoot me an email via DT tips. I'd like to hear about your Jetta. Ignore FTB; he has issues.

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    25. I'm supposed to be the issues one!

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    26. ooh, look, a butterfly

      [img]http://www.carstyling.ru/Static/SIMG/420_0_I_MC_jpg_W/resources/classic/67ar_tipo33_stradale_5.jpg[/img]

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    27. I vote that we get rid of the haters who cause problems for no reason, like FTB. People like that don't belong on a car blog. I still think the answer is an E36 though.

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    28. Or we could just get rid of the E36. That will leave us with only the E30 and E46, both legendary Bimmers. I vote we get rid of the E36! I'll miss the 318ti, though.

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    29. lol...now I have anonymous people having fictitious elections to revoke my non-existent membership---noooo!!!!

      In all seriousness, apologies to DT, vince, kaibeezy.....I let a rude poster get under my skin for taking swipes at yer site and then it really went downhill from there. Sorry for the distraction. Back to cars.

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    30. an ad hominem zing by anonymous! - if that don't take the cake! - FTB, K2, will you just hug now please - and everyone who's nonymous, please join me in celebrating the absurdity of anonymous's comment by letting this conversation go - let it go - let it go - don't hold it back anymooOOOooore - that's it - shhh now - shhhhh

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    31. Could we still ban any future references to E36? I feel it's taking the much-deserved spotlight away from E30 and E46.

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    32. When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. - Epictetus (A.D. 55 – 135)

      What is with all the piling on in this thread? Join me and KBZ The fears that once controlled me, can't get to me at all...

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  15. I think it looks something like this-
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series_(E36)#/media/File:1998_BMW_328i.JPG

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    1. That's exactly what we've been saying.....e36 coupe.

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    2. and you found a good pic---correct wheels and all...here it is.

      [img]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series_(E36)#/media/File:1998_BMW_328i.JPG[/img]

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    3. Darn it.....didn't like the hotlink. Here's another.

      [img]http://tenwheel.com/imgs/a/b/z/v/j/1998_bmw_328is_coupe_2___door_2___8l_1_lgw.jpg[/img]

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    1. Audio 90... sounds like a new alt band name. Audi 90 coupe.

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    2. Nope now I'm saying audi 90 sedan.

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    3. Nope now I'm saying audi 90 sedan.

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    4. Audio 90... sounds like a new alt band name. Audi 90 coupe.

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    1. Reading about your Audio 90 while listening to my 60s vintage Leak Audio Stereo 30 amp through mid-70s Irving M. "Bud" Fried say freed A2 speakers - yep Leak amp and Fried speakers - read all about it on the DT sister site, Daily Fortissimo

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