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We're a week into Winter Bash 2015, and a lot of secret hats have been found. How do you get these secret hats for yourself? Well, figuring that out is half the fun! I mean, you could be boring and just cheat off other people's work, but nuts to that, I say. There's nothing worse than a cheaty cheating cheater.

If you want to Do it Yourself (see what I did there?) but just need a little help (or you tried to cheat but nobody else had figured out the hat you're after yet), then what are your options? Why, read some cryptic helpful hints, of course!

(Note: the hints are being released in "packs" that go from harder to easier, and later ones may reference earlier ones, so it might be helpful to set your answer sort order to "oldest" while reading this.)

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    Is "hint pack 2" for more hats!? Or just more hints for the same hats? – Kit Z. Fox Dec 21 '15 at 18:07
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    @KitZ.Fox The answer is "Hats!" – balpha Dec 21 '15 at 18:07
  • @balpha :DDDD!!! – Kit Z. Fox Dec 21 '15 at 18:08
  • What on earth is Flip flop? – Zizouz212 Dec 21 '15 at 20:06
  • @Zizouz212 there's a hint for it. – Monica Cellio Dec 21 '15 at 20:14
  • @MonicaCellio No! It's not Black and Blue! It's not White and Gold! It was like, Brown and Purple thank you very much! – Zizouz212 Dec 21 '15 at 20:16
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Hint pack 1:

  • Solve these riddles and it's yours. (Sound familiar?)
  • What's a better hint, the first word, or the second?
  • Rejected hat name: "What Are You Still Doing Here?"
  • What if Mjolnir were made of gold?
  • Mostly a good guy, but not always.
  • Not the admiral's most important work, but her most famous.
  • Tahiti, 1791.
  • It's actually just one dress hat, which will become more obvious in better lighting.
  • It's not garbage until it's served its purpose.
  • It's important to know your history... in more ways than one.
  • One not familiar with the meme might argue that a better name would be "They're Over 9000!"
  • Turnabout is fair play.
  • Why not just call it "7"?

Please do not edit this or post theories/guesses here. This answer should stay "clean" for others who just want to get hints and work things out on their own.

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    If you couldn't tell from the fact that this is "Hint pack 1," there will be at least a "Hint pack 2" down the line. – Pops Dec 21 '15 at 18:06
  • Are we to take from this there are 12 secret hats? – PearsonArtPhoto Dec 21 '15 at 20:13
  • @PearsonArtPhoto you mean 13? – Catija Dec 21 '15 at 20:14
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    @PearsonArtPhoto well, at least 13. A day ago you might have thought there were only 12. Who's to say that more won't be revealed? – Monica Cellio Dec 21 '15 at 20:16
  • @Pearson these hints pertain to the 13 already-found hats. There're actually more hats. At least four I think. – nicael Dec 21 '15 at 20:53
  • @nicael You reminded me of Battlestar Galactica. 7 cylon models are known, the final 5 will be revealed :) – Eran Dec 22 '15 at 12:59
  • @nicael At this point it seems hard to believe that 4 more secret hats that nobody got so far exist, unless all of them are triggered by a certain date. Though 4 more would make some sense, since it would bring the total number of hats to the round 45 (I thought the secret hats would stop coming when the total reached 40, but I was wrong). – Eran Dec 26 '15 at 20:45
  • Well, now its over, 'fess up! (onion knight and Edward Edwards) – bleh Jan 4 '16 at 1:38
  • How did you accept your own answer? – bleh Jan 4 '16 at 22:50
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Hint pack 2:

  1. Archimedes
  2. Onion Knight
  3. It's Always 5 O'Clock Somewhere
  4. Odinson
  5. Sun Wukong
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Edward Edwards
  8. Flip Flop
  9. Cleanup Crew
  10. Flying Tiger
  11. It's Over 9000!
  12. Hairboat's Revenge
  13. 007

The order here matches the order from hint pack 1.

Please do not edit this or post theories/guesses here. This answer should stay "clean" for others who just want to get hints and work things out on their own.

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    I have two questions: 1. Is this list of secret hats complete, or could there be more? 2. Why aren't the question and answer posts community wiki? Personally, I don't see why you should be earning rep for them. – ghosts_in_the_code Dec 24 '15 at 12:32
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    1. The number of secret hats is itself a secret until the end of Winter Bash. 2. Using CW as a rep denial mechanism has always been a bit of an antipattern. Not awarding rep to one person for a post owned by multiple people makes sense on the surface, but taking rep out of the picture isn't the primary purpose of CW. And since these posts are explicitly designed to not be edited, CW would be especially semantically wrong here. – Pops Dec 24 '15 at 17:57
  • Bang goes my chance of earning Sun Wukong, so close, and yet so far. – Mari-Lou A Dec 26 '15 at 21:13
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    @ghosts_in_the_code in addition to what Pops said: Pops created the hat triggers and the hints; why shouldn't he get whatever benefits come with posting these hints? – Monica Cellio Dec 27 '15 at 3:29
  • Any reason this here is numbered list and the other is bulleted list? Was going to edit the other one to make it easier to track, but your "Please do not edit this" stopped me. – Shadow Dec 29 '15 at 12:09
  • The first one was bulleted because I posted them in no particular order. This one is numbered to assist in indicating that I posted them in the same order as the order of hint pack 1. – Pops Dec 29 '15 at 16:23
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Hint pack 3

This includes all of the contents of hint packs 1 and 2, so if you're late to the game and wanted just the harder hints first, start with the other answers!

Archimedes

Archimedes hat

  • Solve these riddles and it's yours. (Sound familiar?)
  • Running naked through the streets of Syracuse is strongly discouraged, and neither I nor Stack Exchange are responsible for the consequences if you choose to do so.

Onion Knight

Onion Knight hat

  • What's a better hint, the first word, or the second?
  • The first. It's the first. So, how do onions make you feel?

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere hat

  • Rejected hat name: "What Are You Still Doing Here?"
  • Zoom in real close on this one.

Odinson

Odinson hat

  • What if Mjolnir were made of gold?
  • It'd look something like this.

Sun Wukong

Sun Wukong hat

  • Mostly a good guy, but not always.
  • What's a place where a little bit of argument and controversy might be a good thing once in a while?

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace hat

  • Not the admiral's most important work, but her most famous.
  • The first literal computer bug.

    (photo from Wikimedia, in public domain)

Edward Edwards

Edward Edwards hat

  • Tahiti, 1791.
  • Why would the hat be named for Captain Edwards and not the more well-known Captain Bligh?

Flip Flop

Flip Flop hat (blue) Flip Flop hat (white)

Cleanup Crew

Cleanup Crew hat

  • It's not garbage until it's served its purpose.
  • How do you know when a comment has served its purpose, anyways?

Flying Tiger

Flying Tiger hat

  • It's important to know your history... in more ways than one.
  • Well, really just two ways. (What? Two is more than one.) Earth military history, mid-twentieth century; and Stack Exchange Winter Bash history, 2014.

It's Over 9000!

It's Over 9000! hat

  • One not familiar with the meme might argue that a better name would be "They're Over 9000!"
  • This hat can be earned with either quality or quantity (we prefer quality).

Hairboat's Revenge

Hairboat's Revenge hat

007

007 hat

  • Why not just call it "7"?
  • Each individual digit has to account for something.

Please do not edit this or post theories/guesses here. This answer should stay "clean" for others who just want to get hints and work things out on their own.

  • I see what you are doing here! You just want a hat!!!! – Taryn Dec 28 '15 at 20:54
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    Huh? I don't think this post gets me closer to any of the hats I don't already have. EDIT: oh, actually it does, I honestly didn't even see that until your comment prompted me to go look at the list. – Pops Dec 28 '15 at 20:59
  • So... where and how exactly are we supposed to share ideas and notes while figuring out the last two, now that every discussion on the Winter Bash 2015 secret hats question was deleted and all "Let's work out how to get X secret hat" discussions just get closed as a duplicate? Seems no fun and virtually impossible if we're not allowed to collaborate :-( – user568458 Dec 28 '15 at 23:10
  • @user568458 the winter bash chat room – David Dec 29 '15 at 0:16
  • Oh, oh! I know! Onions inflame my joints! But...I get a hat for that? – Kit Z. Fox Dec 29 '15 at 2:41
  • @david sorry, but chat rooms are a rubbish tool for collaborative problem solving compared to SE. That one is just people repeating the same wild guesses that were disproved already and all the discussions on different hats are getting mixed up and crossing over each other. It was much better when we were actually allowed to share notes, list known examples and collaborate in a systematic way. "Is it downvotes" no, we found un-downvoted Qs weeks ago, "25 votes" no, same. Gahh... – user568458 Dec 31 '15 at 10:08

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