Who's that noisy - so I hear Trinoc has to wait 2 hours??
It's not really working - I have a better suggestion to give a handicap to Trinoc!
Trinoc - tell us your methods -go through how you win the game every week.
Then, when everyone else is able to learn from you we might have a better chance although you will still probably always be slightly ahaead!!!
I'm afraid this is a case of the "Tell me your dark secret" fallacy (which I just made up): the belief that there is a magical rule of thumb to solve all problems in a particular class, and if only the person who can do it would tell everybody else what it is then everybody would be able to do it.
For a rather extreme example of this, read Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
. The aliens refuse to complete the task they have agreed until the humans tell them the secret of their scientific knowledge. But there is no secret, just hard work to learn a lot of stuff. Like the answer to how to get to Carnegie Hall: "Practice, man, practice".
Contrary to popular belief, I don't have nothing better to do than wait for the episode to download and pounce on it, and then spend hours trying to solve WTN. It helps being in the UK so it's late afternoon (i.e. I'm awake) when it arrives, and because I work at home I'm often in front of the computer on a Saturday afternoon, preferring to go out during the week while people with ordinary jobs are at work. I have a short attention span, though, and if I haven't got a good clue within about 5 minutes, or possibly an inspiration a couple of hours later, I give up.
If it's just a sound without words, you just have to make some guesses. Obviously a scientific or skeptical angle is quite likely. Then type some possible keywords into YouTube and see whether anything promising turns up.
If there is speech then the obvious thing is to Google bits of the text. Try strings that are long enough to be distinctive but not so long as to fall foul of minor mis-transcriptions. Evan will probably have tried Googling obvious strings, so look for something a bit more obscure. Also Google any keywords that you think might apply to the content of the speech.
The last one about Kabbalah was a classic easy-to-Google one, and I'm surprised nobody got it in the nearly 24 hours before I posted the answer. I even said in a post that it was possible to Google all of the words to find out who the three people were, and left a clue about the "thread" that connected them (the red string). Why didn't anyone else type the three names into Google together? As someone said afterwards, almost the whole of the first page of results from this search is filled with Kabbalah references, including the Wikipedia entry.
Then of course there are a few that I actually recognise directly. It helps if they are from this side of the Atlantic, such as Dara O'Briain or Roger Penrose (which I was too late to get) .. though why nobody in America spotted Neil Armstrong before me is a mystery.