Thursday, April 20, 2006

Student Rant: The Da Vinci Code quest # 4 at Google

Hello folks, welcome to day 4 of the Da Vinci webquest at Google.

Today's quest is being called the Curator Challenge.

The
instructions are
" Audrey Tautou is Sophie Neveu, a Police Department Cryptogopher with a special connection to the murdered curator of the Louvre.

Use your curator's eye to hang the works of art such that the hooks match those on the gallery wall. Not all the hooks on the gallery wall will necessarily be used. Some art may have already been placed and cannot be moved"

Okay... let's dig in. There are five paintings given to us in addition to one already placed on the wall, which can't be moved.

Step 1: The key is think bigger first. Also remember, you can't hide smaller pictures under the bigger ones. All the pictures have to be shown.

Step 2: Click through the list of pictures
until you find the biggest picture. Take this and hinge it on the right hand side.

Step 3: Next, take the next biggest picture and hinge it beside the biggest picture. The trick for this one is that the hinge is in the middle of the painting.



Step 4: It gets easier from now on. Take the next biggest one and hinge it on extreme left.


Step 5: Next biggest painting on the right hand side and finally the last one on the left side of the original painting.

Again, we are asked a question towards the end.

It is about Sophie Neveu. What is the symbol shown here.

For this answer, go to sodarktheconofman.com

Once the flash movie ends, go to characters, click on Sophie Neveu. There is a description of a symbol at the bottom of the page.

Final answer... you are all set.

Good luck solving!!

Update: One of the readers informed me that Google changed the location of the hooks later in the day. However, your approach should be the same --- Thanks Michael!

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25 Comments:

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Anonymous said...

Has anyone found the secret passageway yet?

Anonymous said...

what secret passageway? is there a hidden contest within these webquests?

Anonymous said...

ya what secret passageway unless i am not getting some irony somewhere...

Anonymous said...

I thought the puzzles were supposed to get harder.

the_strategy_freak said...

"Watch The Da Vinci Gallery and embark on your own quest for hidden truth! Search through some of Da Vinci's most famous works of art for hidden symbols. If you succeed in finding all six symbols, you will unlock a secret passageway in the site."

Michael Plasmeier said...

Good job on helping me solve them. I just played #4 on my own, without reading your directions. Google has actually changed the locations of the puzzle hooks when I played. They were different from your post. You should mention that I think, so people don't get confused. keep up the good work. Michael Plasmeier (theplaz.com)

Rob said...

Yes, I agree with Michael. I thought something was wierd when in quest # 2, the location of the derbi was in different locations and the background of the image was different to the one you have here. However, a buddy of mine solved it and the images were the same as yours. SO i guess there are two copies but i guess the overall theme and approach is the same

Rob said...

Oh thanks for your help. I hope you can keep it up throughout the period of the quest.

Wnza said...

How come it took me hours to do the first three, but only 5 minutes for me to do today's puzzle? Weird.

Anonymous said...

didnt you hear.. the first one was the hardest... i think the 24th one would be asking us.. count the number of fingers on your hand..ohh wait they already did that; dang

Dogwolf said...

http://altreligion.about.com/library/davinci/bl_davincicode5.htm
this is a handle site to deal with all the symbols

Darren said...

soo....for me who just likes the puzzles and hasnt time to look up the answers...whats the answer? :)

Darren said...

actually, i just followed the advice here, the characters button has been locked...

I think they are on to you student :p

Anonymous said...

no they just randomize it - theres assorted variants of the same puzzle so as to avoid cheating. Also you really shouldn't put the video on the site, because the entire purpose is to give people a chance to do a bit of work - it'll make it all the more fun.

Kyle said...

"chalice" worked for me, anyone else got other answer?? ( I did 2nd and 3rd puzzles they had lots of differences wif the ones which Student describes here , so I just wanna be sure that whether there are other versions of puzzle or not)

Viki said...

yes, i agree that there seem to be minor variations in the puzzle. I usually solve them on my own, but once i get stuck somewhere i like to have a good reference to look it up. Student is doing a good job here.

According to darren here, it seems the characters button is locked. But it worked fine for me. Darren,you sure you went to sodarktheconofman.com, waited for the whole flash to end and then click on characters. I don't know if version of flash matters. I use firefox and have flash 9. I also checked it out in IE and works fine

Allie said...

Here is the question i got. "The first modern scholar? So says ISBN 0838311482".It seems that everyone has a different question. I can't find the answer to this one and it's driving me crazy. I have done everything else.
Any help would be great
thnaks
-

Anonymous said...

to the person with question about ISBN 0838311482 -- you do realize you can look ISBNs up in Amazon right?

If you look at the title of the book it should give you your answer
"Petrarch, the first modern scholar and man of letters."

Allie said...

that was the wrong answer but thanks

Anonymous said...

I just got the same question and Petrarch is the correct answer.

Anonymous said...

I think you should be aware by now that there is no universal solution to the curator, restoration, or symbol puzzles, especially among the newer more difficult puzzles. All you have to do is click "Get New Puzzle" and they'll give you a different placement of the pieces. Also, the questions that they ask you at the end, like the ones that force you to use Google Book Search, change from person to person.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what was the first present Petrarch gave to the Bishop of Cavaillon? I have been trying for over an hour to find out with no luck?Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I just found the answer. For anyone who got this question, the first present was a fish of colour gold.