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Old Jan 30, 2008, 9:03 AM   #1
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This is easy, but once again 'The Challenge' has taught me something new.
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Old Jan 30, 2008, 9:42 AM   #2
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How about "The Navigator"?

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Old Jan 30, 2008, 9:58 AM   #3
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North by Northwest?
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Old Jan 30, 2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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How about that old John Wayne flic North to Alaska.
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Old Jan 30, 2008, 2:22 PM   #5
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I have to agree with RobLeeMom. Clever idea.

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Old Jan 31, 2008, 4:43 AM   #6
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...once again 'The Challenge' has taught me something new.
I hearthe BBC's UK shipping & coastal waters weather forecast almost every day, sometimes twice. Knowing what's coming across Liverpool Bay from the NW is often a good predictor of our weather. The wind directions from coastal stations are often quoted using 'by' to indicate'one point away' e.g., "North by West". Curiously I don't ever recall having heard "North by Northwest" used as a direction.

This is because of thenew thing thatI learnt from this challenge.On a current compass rose there there is no such direction as "North by Northwest". That direction, if it were there,would probably be "North by West". See... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass_points

The 'by' is used to indicate the 11.25 degree points in between the one-sixteenth of a circle (22.5 degree) points like West-northwest. "Northwest by west" does currently exist as a compass point, but is less catchy as a film title, and is at 45 degrees to "North by West".


So did the phrase "North by Northwest" occur in anywhere in the plot (I don't recall it), or is it an archaic or North American version of "North-northwest"?

I have more to say about the film itself , but that belongs in another thread.


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Old Jan 31, 2008, 7:31 AM   #7
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I actually think Bynx's title is the most appropriate.

But that's neither here nor there. Alan, you're right about the validity of the movie title. But then again they simply must have taken poetic license.

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Old Jan 31, 2008, 9:48 AM   #8
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I always thought "North by Northwest" referred to Northwest Airlines.
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I always thought "North by Northwest" referred to Northwest Airlines.
Could well be! You'll just have to watch it right through & consult your film encyclopaedias, Bynx, and let us know, please! I like 'North to Alaska' very much as a solution.However, I had carefully 'set the map', as it's called.

This involved aligning the grid lines with the direction of the 'direction of travel' arrow and then rotating the map & compass so that the arrow was indeed pointing North by West, which is what I imagined the film title to mean. It would have been more obvious shot from directly above. Going for an artistic composition introduced parallax,so you can't see the exact 11.25 degrees W scale and directly due northneedle readings.(I'm assuming about zero magnetic variation, which is about right just here at present.)
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