Shortest search terms - $250K prize (in Contests)

[EG] Almuric August 19 2005 11:20 AM EDT

Many campers use the Google Toolbar (GT) 'Highlight' feature to find rare items in the store. Until recently, I believed this wasn't an option in Firefox, since the GT for that browser doesn't have the highlight feature. (At least it didn't for me. But I don't camp, so it didn't really bother me.)

Recently, I discovered this extension. (After you install it, go to the guy's website for the explanation on how to activate it.) It works every bit as well as the GT does in IE. So I've been playing around with a list of search terms that will highlight all the rare items in the store but will not highlight any non-rare items.

For instance, if I put 'el' as a search term, all of the elven items will highlight (good), but I also get things like 'Kite Shield' (bad). I don't want to have to sift through non-rare items, I can do that without any highlighting whatsoever. You can put multiple terms, so if you were to enter 'ma te fo' as the search term, you'd see that 'Mace', 'Steel Brigandine', and 'Enforcer's Crossbow' would all have highlights, among others.

So, here's the contest: Give me the shortest series of search terms that will highlight every rare item in the store but will not highlight even a single non-rare item. The shortest entry will win $250K CB2.

Simple enough. There are two ways a search phrase can be short: Number of letters total and number of terms. So it's possible that one person can provide an entry with 13 terms with a total of 50 letters and another entry could have 14 terms with 48 letters. In this case, each of the winning entries will receive $150K CB2. Spaces are not counted as part of the total number of letters.

Here is the list of items that I consider rare:

Vorpal Blade
Blade of Thuringwethil
Blacksword of Nan Elmoth
Elven Long Sword
Executioner's Sword

Elven Long Bow
Assassin's Crossbow
Enforcer's Crossbow
Compound Bow

Slayer Bolts
Seeker Bolts
Slayer Arrows
Seeker Arrows
Explosive Shots

Adamantite Cuirass
Combat Gi
Mithril Cuirass
Mithril Chain Mail

Cloak of the Istari
Shadow Cloak
Elven Cloak

Pair of Displacement Boots
Set of Chain Mail Leggings
Pair of Elven Boots

Pair of Helm's Gauntlets
Pair of Tulkas' Gauntlets
Pair of Beleg's Gloves
Pair of Elven Gloves

Helm of Ecthelion
Helm of Durin

Mage Shield
Buckler of Mandos

Mithril Shield

Tattoo of Jigorokano
Rune of Enlightenment
Fire Familiar
Ice Familiar
Steel Familiar
Tattoo of Augmentation
Tattoo of Endurance
Tattoo of Balrog Flame
Lesser Fire Familiar
Lesser Steel Familiar
Lesser Ice Familiar
Lesser Tattoo of Balrog Flame
Lesser Tattoo of Endurance
Lesser Tattoo of Augmentation

If it's not on that list, I don't consider it rare, so if your search terms highlight an item not on that list, your entry is automagically disqualified. Also, you will notice a few supporter items on that list that don't spawn in the store. It's possible for someone to sell those items to the store, so I'm including them in my list of rares.

Your search phrase may highlight other words outside of the item lists in the store or in the sidebar: that's OK. It's only the non-rare weapons and armor I don't want highlighted. A couple of good places to practice your lists to see if you get all the rare items are the Rare Auctions page and the Stats->Items->Overview page.

Only one entry per person, so make sure your entry is a good one. Contest will end at Noon EST on Sunday. In your entry, give the search term, number of terms, and the total number of letters (not counting spaces.) For example:

fee fi fo fum

Good luck and have fun!

{CB3}-HR22 August 19 2005 11:29 AM EDT

I dont really know what im doing :P

Vo-- Mor-- hur-- lm-- Elv-- xec-- tan-- sas-- nf-- mpo-- aye-- eke-- xpl-- ant-- gi-- thr-- ari-- ado-- spl-- ngs-- elm-- ulk-- ele-- rnu-- ct-- uri-- mag-- ndo-- igo-- ght-- mil-- gme-- ndu-- alr--

[EG] Almuric August 19 2005 11:43 AM EDT

Not bad, but I don't know why you put all those dashes in there. Also, the 'mor' term gets things like Morning Star and Claymore. So this is not a winning entry. But you got the gist of the contest. I was hoping I'd explained things enough, but you never know.

Thanks for playing.

bartjan August 19 2005 11:57 AM EDT

When trying to view that extension page, I get "Incompatible Extension or Extension No Longer Available".

Special J August 19 2005 11:59 AM EDT

Mage Shield Tattoo of Jigorokano

Use those terms, you will be the best camper ever. Especialy since you consider them store rares ;)

flamewind August 19 2005 12:13 PM EDT

"rg" "n l" "bla" "'s" "und" "yer" "eke" "ex" "tit" "t g" "f t" "w c" "ven" "nt b" "egg" "o o" "e o" "fa" "mit" "m o" "nu" "ndo" "mag"
23, 56, unless the ' also counts as a letter. Haha that's way too much. Oh well. And it didn't highlight the lesser tattoos on the item overview page, although they are accounted for.

[SoM]CupofJoe [Peoples Bank of Carnage] August 19 2005 12:23 PM EDT

' bla gu lv ka pou yer ker ex mi cor hel ada gi is sha mag man ru tat

By your definitions that's 20 terms and 50 letters. This includes the apostrophe in my count for both terms and letters. It includes all items on your list and limits all else. It's even ready to be copied and pasted for you. Brilliant contest making everyone do the work for you :P lol

Ilovehellokitty August 19 2005 1:08 PM EDT

bla gu elm lv ex ka sin rc und yer ek man gi mi is sha eg lk cor mag too nm 22 words 54char

[SoM]CupofJoe [Peoples Bank of Carnage] August 19 2005 1:22 PM EDT

' bla gu lv ka pou yer ek ex mi cor hel ada gi is sha mag man ru tat

Changed ker to ek for seeker. Drops it from 20 words 50 characters to 20 words 49 characters.

[SoM]CupofJoe [Peoples Bank of Carnage] August 19 2005 1:44 PM EDT

Ilovehellokitty, und will not work because of ro-und-ed pebbles.

Bull3t F4c3 August 19 2005 1:45 PM EDT

' pou yer ek mi cor hel ada gi is sha mag man nm too bla gu lv ka total terms: 19 total character count: 47

[EG] Almuric August 19 2005 1:45 PM EDT

One (1) entry per person, CupofJoe. Your first entry is the one I will take.

Bart, I don't know why it wouldn't work for you. Worked fine for me both at work and at home, but they're both Windows XP boxes. Haven't booted my Linux machine in about a year (yeah, I know), so I can't imagine what the problem is. I thought you weren't using Firefox. Last time I saw a post from you, you were using Galeon or something.

Flamewind, after careful consideration, I'll count double quotes the same as spaces. But, everything in between each pair of double quotes counts as a letter, even a space. A good entry, though. Gave me some ideas I hadn't considered. I might give some 'Honorable Mention' prizes out. You're in the running for that, at least.

[EG] Almuric August 19 2005 1:48 PM EDT

Oh, and Wuss, you might want to read my whole post and see why I included them. :p

[SoM]CupofJoe [Peoples Bank of Carnage] August 19 2005 1:56 PM EDT

Bull3t F4c3{loanz},
I think you may have forgotten Explosive Shots.

Zhakrin [Knights who say Ni] August 19 2005 4:27 PM EDT

Search Tems: ' rg lv xp pou ye ek gi ado lm nu mag tat is mi nl bla ka man
Number of Terms: 19
Number of letters: 43

Sukotto [lookingglas] August 20 2005 11:17 PM EDT

Grr, the best I could do is:
' ada ade eg ek ex fa had is ka lm lv mag mb men mi ndo nu rg tat und ye
51 characters
22 terms

Sukotto [lookingglas] August 20 2005 11:22 PM EDT

To make it easier to test your terms before submitting them, here's the list

MatchDONT Match
Adamantite CuirassArmet
Assassin's CrossbowArrow
Blacksword of Nan ElmothAwl-Pike
Blade of ThuringwethilBanded Mail
Buckler of MandosBastard Sword
Cloak of the IstariBattle Axe
Combat GiBeaked Axe
Compound BowBolt
CornuthaumBroad Sword
Elven CloakBuckler
Elven Long BowCabasset
Elven Long SwordChain Mail
Enforcer's CrossbowClaymore
Executioner's SwordCloak
Explosive ShotsComposite Bow
Fire FamiliarCutlass
Helm of DurinDagger
Helm of EcthelionDouble Chain Mail
Ice FamiliarFluted Steel Cuirass
Lesser Fire FamiliarGreat Axe
Lesser Ice FamiliarHalberd
Lesser Steel FamiliarHard Leather Armor
Lesser Tattoo of AugmentationHard Leather Cap
Lesser Tattoo of Balrog FlameHeaume
Lesser Tattoo of EnduranceHeavy Crossbow
Mage ShieldKite Shield
Mithril Chain MailLeather Scale Mail
Mithril CuirassLight Crossbow
Mithril ShieldLochaber Axe
Morgul-HammerLong Bow
Pair of Beleg's GlovesLong Sword
Pair of Displacement BootsLucerne Hammer
Pair of Elven BootsMace
Pair of Elven GlovesMain Gauche
Pair of Helm's GauntletsMorning Star
Pair of Tulkas' GauntletsPair of Cesti
Rune of EnlightenmentPair of Leather Boots
Seeker ArrowsPair of Leather Gauntlets
Seeker BoltsPair of Leather Gloves
Set of Chain Mail LeggingsPair of Steel-shod Boots
Shadow CloakPebble
Slayer ArrowsRapier
Slayer BoltsRing Mail
Steel FamiliarRobe
Tattoo of AugmentationSabre
Tattoo of Balrog FlameScythe
Tattoo of EnduranceSet of Greaves
Tattoo of JigorokanoShort Bow
Vorpal BladeSling
Small Wooden Shield
Soft Leather Armor
Staff Sling
Steel Breastplate
Steel Brigandine
Steel Cuirass
Tower Shield
Two-Handed Flail
War Hammer

[MG]Mecca-Devilbot [Clan of One] August 21 2005 2:59 AM EDT

Man ‘ bla is und nu lv ex mi lm ka tat age ru rg ek gi ado ye

19 words, 43 characters.

Relic August 21 2005 9:31 AM EDT

Mecca, Rounded Pebbles are shown as a rare with your string of words...

Nixon Jibfest August 21 2005 9:39 AM EDT

If you do the word "tattoo" or some short version of it, it'll cover all the tattoos including the lesser ones because it'll highlight the tattoo header. You won't have any problem finding the tattoo or lesser because only one shows up at a time.

Sukotto [lookingglas] August 21 2005 11:00 AM EDT


I have arrow, bolt, and pebble in the sample table. It should probably be
Rounded pebble
Rounded pebbles

Just for the sake of completeness.

[EG] Almuric August 21 2005 11:08 AM EDT

A little less than an hour to go.

Just to make people aware, Sukotto's list is not entirely complete. Either a fiendishly clever maneuver to throw other people off or an oversight. You decide.


[EG] Almuric August 21 2005 11:15 AM EDT

Also, I have relatives in town. So I probably won't be on again for a while to give out prizes. Don't worry, I'll get to it. ;}

YNM August 21 2005 12:32 PM EDT

vorp gul thil nan elv exe kat ass enf comp slay eek exp adam gi mith ista shad disp legg helm tulk bele cor mage man tatto 27 terms 97 letters

Sukotto [lookingglas] August 21 2005 7:53 PM EDT

My intention was to make a complete list.
To do that, I used the items meta-stats list and subtracted out the rares as defined in your original post. I messed up the arrows/bolts/pebbles but posted an update as soon as I noticed. (Too bad Jon won't let us append to our posts eh :-) )

What else did I miss?

[EG] Almuric August 21 2005 7:57 PM EDT

Iron Shots, at least.

[EG] Almuric August 21 2005 8:05 PM EDT

[EG] Almuric (almuric) [SoM]CupofJoe (Superman Complex) $50000 -- Honorable Mention 8:00 PM EDT
[EG] Almuric (almuric) flamewind (Flame) $50000 -- Honorable Mention 8:00 PM EDT
[EG] Almuric (almuric) Zhakrin (Guy de Loimbard) $250000 -- contest winner 7:58 PM EDT

Zhakrin wins. Gave Honorable Mention prizes to CupofJoe and Flamewind. One for the lone apostrophe and the other for double quotes.

Thanks to those who played. I really thought I'd get a bigger turnout. I thought this would be one of those contests that are different. (Wasn't there a recent complaint about all the contests being the same?) Anyway, it served my purpose. I now have a short and concise search string and a few people have a few more CB$.

Sukotto [lookingglas] August 21 2005 9:44 PM EDT

Iron Shots... d'oh!

Congrats to the winners. Thanks for making such a cool little contest Almuric.
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