Friday, May 05, 2006

Student Rant: Google Da Vinci Code quest # 19: Symbol Challenge

Hello everyone... welcome back. On a personal note, I just got done with the last of my finals. I guess you might have noticed that in the last couple of days, I was trying to be brief at the best with respect to the puzzles. Sometimes I posted the wrong quest number... stuff like that. Well, finals done, let's get rocking on the quests.

We are approaching the final stretch of the Da Vinci Code webquests starting today. Today's quest is the Symbol Challenge

The instructions are as follows
"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.

Okay, let's get started...
Today's challenge looks definitely like a good challenge. The number of blocks have increased. We now have a 6 x 6 block with 6 unique symbols... the new addition being a key looking symbol. NOTE: The puzzle and the location of the symbol might vary on your screen. However, follow the approach and you should be all set.

Step # 1: Look for the region with the maximum number of symbols already placed, whether a row or a column or a shaded region. Using my example, I will approach column 1 first with four symbols already placed and fill them up with 2 more unique symbols

Step # 2: Next, i approach the region with the max symbols already placed. This would be the dark red shaded region on the top. Fill them up with unique symbols taking care of the row and column requirements too. Also, I finish up the first row which now has 5 symbols already placed and fill it up with the unique symbol for that row.

Step # 3: Now its a lot more trickier with a max of 3 symbols in any region. A good approach would be finish up the corners and then come towards the middle. So I go for the last column on the right hand side which has 3 symbols already placed in them.

Step # 4: Again, a similar dilema with a max of 3 symbols placed in any region. Now with both our extreme ends filled, don't go for the bottom row. Approach a shaded region with the most symbols in it. I go for the light brown shaded region knowing that once i am done with that, I will have more information for the next rows. Fill the region with 3 more unique symbols taking care of the row and column requirements and the shaded region requirements.

Step # 5: Next, i finish out row 4 which just needs 1 more symbol and also row 3 which needs 2 more symbols. Once i am done with this, I am also done with the brown shaded region.

Step # 6: Now, i finish out column 5 which has 5 symbols already placed and with that row 2 which has 4 symbols placed.

Step # 7: Now, towards the end, approach towards filling up the columns instead of the shaded regions. Finish up the remainder.


Next, we are asked our trivia question.

During his Italian Journeys, William Dean Howells visits the Protestant ragged schools at this city.

We are told to search for this information using Google Book Search. A quick query gives me the answer to the name of the city.

NOTE: The trivia question on yours might be different. Open up Google Book Search and then type in the part of the question given in bold and if you don't get the answer, follow it up with the name of the author.

Good luck solving !!

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41 Comments:

Sid said...

12 min and counting ...

Anonymous said...

i dunno

Anonymous said...

Columbus

--Madeline said...

I got it.

--Madeline

Anonymous said...

Languria wine

Anonymous said...

In William Dean Howell's Italian Journeys, modern Rome appeared, first and last, to be hideous.

Anonymous said...

In William Dean Howells' Italian Journeys, modern Rome appeared, first and last, to be hideous.

The Matt said...

I'm on Linux, so I can't even do it until tonight. Beat that!

Brandon said...

done.. thought of posting the completed screenshot somewhere. Student beat me to its posting

Brandon said...

where are u johnnnyyy

johnnyyyyyyy said...

m solving :( m stuck on 1st part :p *phew* let me concentrate pls :P

Anonymous said...

I found this puzzle very easy for some reason.

johnnyyyyyyy said...

Solveddddd woo00 i dont know why i stuck in that symbol part :@
anways :P it happens sometimes
For 2nd answer try to find in MSN Encarta ;)

Anonymous said...

this is sooooo hard! i'm not getting as many filled in symbols as student-rant did for some reason. i keep getting a new puzzle but no luck! =(

macabee said...

My question was
"The Italian Renaissance in England by Lewis Einstein discusses the Florentine Bankers and the Wars of which King?

A google book search came up with King Edward.

I had a very difficult puzzle to start, I just kept on hitting "get a new puzzle" till I had one that had an easier way to solve for me. One row was only missing one symbol. I would keep on trying a different puzzle.

johnnyyyyyyy said...

My question was Who is the Leonardo's scientific counter part in upper italy?

google is playing wid us eh

hey brandon! did u got the same question?

johnnyyyyyyy said...

just had seen ur post .. brilliant.. n yes questions are different .. n btw thnx for ur pre quest post to give us a chance to discuss before solving quest ;) gud work dude!

Erin said...

I love the symbols challenges too bad it the end of those. This one was more challenging but I loved it. The question was pretty easy I just did the search with the author because the first search only found one city and that was Dublin...not it Italian Journeys I am afraid...

Anonymous said...

Finally got it!!! Here's my question and the answer... so if you don't want to know, don't look.

Anonymous said...

Yet another question:

According to William Dean Howells' Italian Journeys, this language is de rigueur in all the shops on the Corso.

I found it really easy to find. Do a book search for Italian Journeys and search within the book for de rigueur in all the shops on the Corso. You don't have to do too much reading ;).

Anonymous said...

I got this question after solving Google Da Vinci Code quest # 19: Symbol Challenge

During Italian Journeys of 1867, William Dean Howells walks up and down which city?

I found the answer here:
http://explorion.net/w.d.howells-italian-journeys/index.html

Chris Rico said...

Another strategy that I've found works is to first go through and place symbols that have no other place to go. Every puzzle is different, but in every one there should be pieces that directly have no other place to go, or by thinking ahead a few "moves", have no other place to go. Once those pieces are in place, there should be another "round" of pieces you can place in the same way. If you think ahead when choosing a place for symbols that have more than one option, you can usually narrow it down to a single possible square.

Anonymous said...

In his Italian Journeys, what emotion does William Dean Howells' first view of the ruins in the Forum bring?

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/h/howells/william_dean/familiar/familiar.html

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I solved the puzzle, but I'm stuck with the question. Question : During his Italian Journeys of 1867, William Dean Howells spends this length of time in Pompeii

I read through the book and even a section called A day in Pompeii. But it isn't the right answer. From another page in the book, i thought it was 7 hrs - that isn't the correct answer either. Does anyone have any other clues?

Anonymous said...

try.... A DAY IN POMPEII

Anonymous said...

Ooooooooopppppsssss..My connection got lost and I'm starting all over again :-(
But thanks for the suggestion

Stuck said...

Im stuck on "According to William Dean Howells' Italian Journeys, this language is de rigueur in all the shops on the Corso." AAARGGGGG

Stuck said...

Finally got it!!!!
this language is de rigueur in all the shops on the Corso - English is de rigueur

Anonymous said...

What time everyday do the puzzles come out?

Anonymous said...

10am pst

Anonymous said...

dont rule out at 9x9 logic puzzle in the last part of the quest

Anonymous said...

There will not be a 7x7 puzzle, due to the fact that it is almost always impossible to solve without an advanced truth table.

--Madeline said...

Another way of looking at the puzzle is to think of it like a sudoku puzzle; every symbol will turn up once in every row and column. The outlined shapes actually help narrow down the possiblities as it is another limiting factor in placing the symbols.

I got a Williams Dean Howells question, too. The Google Book search using the emphasized words, the book title and the author's name brought up the answer immediately.

--Madeline

Genti said...

today's was fun, not an easy puzzle, and actually a reall search 'smart' search querry to find the anser to the trivia.

wish there were more symbol ones...

my trivia was about the Wine.
Ligurian!

Anonymous said...

Help!!! Did anyone get the question: What chief Italian Virtue does author William Dean Howells learn on his Italian Journeys?

Anonymous said...

The level of the symbol puzzles varies immensly! I was totally stuck on the first one I was given (for the first time in this quest) as there were not many symbols already in place, I could only find places for 2 more myself before being totally stumped. I eventually gave up and got a new puzzle, I solved it in probably under a minute!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Help!!! Did anyone get the question: What chief Italian Virtue does author William Dean Howells learn on his Italian Journeys?

I got the same one, the answer is "Patience" and boy did it take a lot of it!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please help with how long howell stayed in pompeii...I am stumped..cannot find that one

Nickki said...

I went to http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14276/

its a complete text of the novel. Just do a search for the bold phrase.

Molu said...

The puzzle is incredibly difficult. I always seem to make false assumptions and end up with an impossible situation with no way of knowing where the error occured. Symbols is the toughest challenge.

Anonymous said...

sulking..... so enjoyed the symbol puzzles and now they have ended...what am I going to do ..........