You are hereForums / Show Segments / Back Shelf Spotlight / Episode 55 Connection Contest: Corsari & Lindy

Episode 55 Connection Contest: Corsari & Lindy

By sconway - Posted on 26 May 2008

Can YOU create a connection between Corsari and Lindy: The New Flying Game

Post your connections here and you could win a set of custom Spiel dice!

spiel dice

Guess as many times as you like. And remember, the mosre left of center your connection, the more likely you'll get our attention. :)

Spiel on!


Musti's picture

First thing that came to mind was 'Belgian Schlager music'. Tony Corsari was a famous singer known from songs like 'Why are the bananas bent?' whereas Laura Lynndi, known from songs like 'You have cheated on me a 1000 times',  is the current star.

On the same line, the link could be TONI. Again with Tony Corsari and also with Tony Randall who has revamped a song called 'Lucky Lindy'.

On a completely different base, you can also say that both Corsari (or privateers) and Charles Lindenberg operated on a private base but for honour and glory of their home country.

And both games have cards.

BigFriendlyDave's picture

could the link be


Bear with me -

Richard Chamberlain played Blackbeard the pirate in the TV mini-series of the same name

Lindy Chamberlain was the (in)famous mother of "The Dingo's got my baby" fame.


or could it be....

I'm just checking up, but there's apparently a pirate emblem on the cowling of the Spirit of St Louis.

the mystery deepens


How about this...

Corsari is the Italian word for "Corsairs".

The F4U Corsair was an American fighter plane in WWII and the Korean War.

Lindy is short for "Lindbergh" - that is, Charles Lindbergh.

In 1944, Lindbergh was specializing in aircraft performance in combat conditions.

During that period of time, coincidentally, "He showed Marine F4U Corsair pilots how to take off with twice the bomb load that the fighter-bomber was rated for" (quoted from Wikipedia).

So, Lindbergh had very personal connections with Corsairs in 1944.

Lindbergh - Corsairs

Lindy - Corsari

There's your connection!

scooterb23's picture
The connection is Rodney Dangerfield. Corsari is a pirate themed game... Rodney Dangerfield had an uncredited role as "Crewman Below Deck" in Pirates 3D...a 17 minute movie that played at several amusement parks around the country. A reference to show I'm not yanking your coppertwaddle ;) And of course...who can forget the single greatest diving scene in movie history? The Triple Lindy from Back to School.
Steerpike's picture

Both games harken back to the glory days of travel. Either the high seas or the first flights.

Lindy is an adaption of Mille Bourne and Cosari is clearly Gin Rummy. Or Rum Rummy.

Both games involve wind as a means of propulsion.

Or, on a more Disney inspired note (looking forward to a holiday in Florida in September), perhaps the connection is Peter Pan. He was a boy who could fly who also fought pirates,

As is true of everything in this universe, the connection between these two games is:  42.

Here's why:
Firstly, we apply a simple numbering scheme to the alphabet.  We'll start with "A" as "1," then skip a letter and have "C" be "2."  We skip a letter again for "3" and so on until we get to the end of the alphabet.  Then we'll start again at "B" for 14 and fill in the gaps.  Here's what we have so far:
A - 1
B - 14
C - 2
D - 15
E - 3
F - 16
G - 4
H - 17
I - 5
J - 18
K - 6
L - 19
M - 7
N  - 20
O - 8
P - 21
Q - 9
R - 22
S - 10
T - 23
U - 11
V - 24
W - 12
X - 25
Y - 13
Z - 26
This numbering scheme will only be used to translate the game names to number form.  After doing some simple arithmetic, we will end with an answer, but, of course, that answer will be in number form.  Obviously, the same numbering scheme cannot be applied to the answer.  In order to translate our answer back into text (and therefore revealing our connection) we will just use a simple numbering scheme with "A" being "1," "B" being "2," "C" being "3," and so on.  Here we go:
The names of our two games are Corsari and Lindy.  Let's write these out in numerical form using our scheme that skips a letter:
Corsari = 2, 8, 22, 10, 1, 22, 5
Lindy = 19, 5, 20, 15, 13
Now let us line up the two games and alternate the two simplest operations: plus and minus:
19+5-20+15-13+2-8+22-10+1-22+5 = -4
Now, so that we do not show favoritism to one game over the other, let's put Corsari first:
2+8-22+10-1+22-5+19-5+20-15+13 = 46
With both of these numbers, we can easily see our answer:  46 + -4 = 42.
We can also arrive at this answer by putting Corsari before Lindy, and swapping our operations:
2-8+22-10+1-22+5-19+5-20+15-13 = -42.  Of course for our purposes you must, obviously, take the absolute value of this answer.
If you prefer Lindy over Corsari, it will also work out this way:
19-5+20-15+13-2+8-22+10-1+22-5 = 42.  No absolute value gimmicks required here.
No matter which method you prefer, it should now be obvious that the designers of these two games, although decades apart, worked together to imbed a code into their game revolving around the number 42.  Whether Douglas Adams fans or not, this number must have some meaning.  Because it is so easy to derive the number 42 from these two games, as we've seen above, the games must be related in some way which involves this number.  This is our connection.
The designers, however, were too clever to use the same numbering scheme in order to translate the number 42 into our connection that they did to translate the game names into numeric form in the first place.  As is stated above, in order to derive our connection from this number we will be using a much simpler system where "A" is "1," "B" is "2," and so on.
The number 42, however, can not possibly be a letter, there being only 26 in the alphabet, so it must be broken down into smaller pieces, thereby creating a word.  And unless the word "Db" has any meaning to you, it is obvious that it must be broken down in some other way.
I'm sure it's obvious to most of you, and you've seen the connection already, but to those who cannot yet see it, I will explain further.  It is obvious that our answer should be broken down as such:
6+9+19+8 = 42
I'm sure you don't even need me to go further, but I will.  Using our much more simplified number scheme, the numbers 6, 9, 19, and 8 break down into four letters:
How do fish connect these two, seemingly unrelated games?  Why, it's the theme of the episode of The Spiel on which both were in the Back Shelf Spotlight.


Steerpike's picture

Interesting theory, Little Teacher, although it seems to me that this explanation can only be true if there is a very strong residual improbability field left behind in the wake of the Heart of Gold passing by on Infinite Improbability Drive.

Or you have drunk one too many pan galactic gargle blasters.

Either way you get my vote. The Spiel Dice have your name on them.

As is easily seen by the many other connections that other posters have made between these two, seemingly unrelated, games, it is not at all improbable that such a connection between them could be found.

The gargle blasters do help, however.

Please do not consider my connection for your prize.  The relationship between these two games was so easily seen that I'm sure most particpants in your contest just didn't feel it was needed to post such an obvious answer.

Please, if my answer were to be chosen, I would love for you to pass your coveted dice on to someone with a more worthy connection.  I know they would get more use out of them than I.  I am just doing my part to state the obvious connection between these two games for those readers/listeners who may not have a firm grasp on mathematics, or those who, in looking for a deeper connection, simply skipped over such a simple and obvious answer.

Thank you. 

I appreciate the head-nod my connection recieved on your show.  Still, however, I would much rather your dice go to someone more deserving than myself.

There must be someone else who needs them.  A homeless orphan, perhaps, who wanders the streets with a worn and rain-soaked copy of Twilight Struggle under his arm, but has not the dice to play.  Or, barring that, perhaps the first person who donates 20 or more dollars during your oft-mentioned Spiel-a-thon.  Or whoever donates the most, or the first person to win a game against you, or a non-gamer who visits and tries out a game, or any child there old enough not to swallow them.

Hand them out as you please.

Thank you, again.




Interested in sponsorship?

Click here!


Spiel Shirts


Enhanced Version

Add to Google
Podnova Player button
Download Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver

MP3 Version

Add to Google
Podnova Player button

Download Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver


Game Resources
Board Game Geek
Purple Pawn
Card Game Heaven
Board Game Design Forum
Occasional Gamer
Knizia Games
Card Game Rules
Faidutti's Game Library
Cyber Board
Zun Tzu

Game Blogs
Ludoscopia (Spanish)
Board Games in Blighty
Metroburb Gamers
The Board Game Family
Board Game Nut
Dreaded Gazebo
Up the Vacuum Thingy
Vexillum (in Catalan)
Mad Town Gamer
Everyone Listens to Reason
Beyond Swelter's Kitchen
6-Sided Rhino
Gamer Dad
The Wargame Shed
BSK (Spanish)
Average Dave
Gamer Chris
Jugamos Todos (Spanish)
Goblin's Lair (Italian)
Gamer's Mind
NYC Gamer
Peg City Gamers
Roll To Hit
The Board Game Guy
Board Gamer
The Game Ranch
Game Night
Taller Than Thou
Knights of the Game Board
Bode Gueims
New Gamer Dad
Playing Board Games
Resident Meeple
Brettspieler aus Leidenschaft (German)
LaEsquinaFriki (Spanish)
Brdspl (Dutch)

Game Clubs
Euro Games Fest

Where to Buy Games
Board Game
Starlit Citadel
Fair Play Games
Boulder Games
Game Surplus
Funagain Games
Time Well Spent
Boards & Bits
Mah Jongg Maven
Game Preserve

Game Conventions
Essen Game Fair
Australian Game Expo

Other Game Podcasts
The Dice Men Cometh
Board to Death
Board Games with Scott
Bookshelf Games
Garrett's Games & Geekiness
All Games Considered
The Dice Tower
Board Games to Go
Have Games Will Travel
Into the Gamescape
On Board Games

This Week in Tech
Indiana Film Society
This Week in Media
The Horseshoe
Make: Magazine
Boing Boing
Mac Break Weekly
Sub Verbis