Saturday, April 29, 2006

Student Rant : Google Da Vinci Code quest # 13 : Symbol Challenge

Hello everyone... welcome back to day # 13 of the Google Da Vinci Code webquests.

Today's challenge is being called " The Symbol Challenge"

Tom Hanks is professor Robert Langdon, an expert on the interpretation of symbols.

Use your logic skills and drag the symbols onto the grid such that the symbols in each row are all distinct, the symbols in each column are all distinct, and the symbols in each shaded region are all distinct. Some symbols may have already been placed and cannot be moved.

NOTE: The arrangement of symbols might vary in the puzzle shown to you. However the approach is the same... remember, approach the region with the most symbols first. So, let's get solving...

I was expecting a much harder quest with 6 x 6 and with 6 symbols. However, it is similar to one of the quests we solved earlier this week.

Step # 1: Approach the region with most symbols already present in it. This is the shaded region in dark red. Fill it up with 2 unique symbols

Step # 2: Now, approach the second row. The first column and fifth column already have symbols in them. Taking care of that, fill up the row with 2 unique symbols

Step # 3: Now approach row 3 where three symbols are already placed. Finish up the row with 2 more unique symbols taking care of the row and column conditions.

Step # 4: Next, approach the region with the most symbols in it which is the light grey shaded region. Fill it up with 2 unique symbols

Step # 5: Next, finish up the first column with 4 symbols already placed in it.

Step # 6: Next, finish up the first row with 2 symbols in there. The remainder of the first row matches up with finishing up the shaded light brown region

Step # 7: Next, finish up the second column, the dark brown shaded region, the fifth row, the light green shaded region.

Once we are done, we are asked our daily Trivia question. NOTE: The question that is asked to you might be different. However, just put the section of the question in bold in google search and you should be okay.

The question that was asked to me was
"Translate sfumato from Italian"

A quick google search gives me the answer.

Major help: If you are asked any translation questions, the Google translator is a much better help.

Good luck solving!!

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22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

darn. my puzzle is different. :(

Anonymous said...

this puzzle was so easy....and i had a TOTALLY different one from you...it's luck i ges...or brains

Anonymous said...

I started solving the puzzle without using the 5 cell regiona. It was a bear.
Just about the time I had a 1/4 finshed I reread the rule (I way skhemed over them the first time) suddenly simple. So I guess the rules themsevles can be a strumbling block for the so cleve by half.
tom

Anonymous said...

that was insanely hard. i guess is wasnt lucky, but i did about 14 before one worked.

Genti said...

I got it on the second try,
the question was: "translate cavaliere from italian"

not too hard still, not as easy as the one before this one i think...

Anonymous said...

i'm having such difficulties.. is there a trick to it? -lgf

Anonymous said...

that was impossible!

Anonymous said...

Used the google translator. I had to translate what is retrouve in French

Jeff said...

No any special trick to solve these puzzles. Maybe post the picture of your puzzle somewhere and post the link here. The rest of us who finished it will try to help you out

Anonymous said...

nvm the post above, which i wrote. I took out pen and paper and solved it. Also the the word i got to translate was different. i got "sospetto".

Anonymous said...

my question was to translate rosa. lol

Anonymous said...

this thing is killing me. i must have tried this thing 20 times. just when you think you have the answer, NOPE.

Anonymous said...

post your puzzle somewhere and upload the link here. Help us help you

Melinda Gates said...

Make a 5x5 grid on a piece of paper. When you are sure about something, mark it on your grid with an x. That way, you can try out hunches and still revert to the last totally correct layout if your hunch is later proved wrong. This is the most useful tool I can give you.

Anonymous said...

the puzzle changes by link if you wanted to you could just post the link for one puzzle thats solved and a pic then no one would have to solve multiple ones

Anonymous said...

oops! sorry i was wrong on the last comment ><

Anonymous said...

Can't load your website on FireFox anymore - just get the Blogger bar at top and the rest is just black. It loaded on IE after quite a wait, but with a big third-page 'ad' at top offering to download FF with the Google toolbar. I think that advert is what's causing the problem as this was never an issue up to a few days ago. If it's inside a div tag and there's some delay loading the image from that ad, that can stop the whole page loading any further, and then the browser times out so we get a black page with no content.. might be a good idea to kill that ad or put it outside the dic tags if that's the problem.

Anonymous said...

You just posted quest 14 and now the page loads ok on FF. Guess you were messing with the code.

Student said...

sorry about that fellas... I was trying out something. My javascript didn't come out foolproof. I am having some issues with cache. Disabled it. Student Rant on firefox is back up.

Anonymous said...

I think your approach to solving the puzzle had you guessing the first to symbols to place (fill in the two unique symbols in the region with the dark red area). You have a 50/50 shot at being right so it sounds like you got lucky. But there is nothing in the other columns or rows to tell you what is the right symbol to place.
My approach would be to solve the third row first. It also only has two empty spots but the fleur de lis in the first column tells you that the fourth symbol in the third row is a fleur de lis - and that the first spot must be the triangle.
Now you can fill in the two empty spots in the dark red region with certainty since the fleur de lis in the 4 spot 3rd row tells you that the 3rd spot 2nd row has to be a fleur de lis. The rest falls into place rather quickly from there.

Anonymous said...

The symbol challenge is the hardest for me. I walked away from it for a bit. But take note, you can choose to change the puzzle if you get frustrated and it will load up a new puzzle. Sometimes refreshing the set symbols can help.

Anonymous said...

this one kicked my butt!! i hope they dont start doing 6x6!