Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Student Rant: Google Da Vinci Code quest # 23 : Geography Challenge

Hello folks... welcome back to another day of the Da Vinci Code webquests.

Today's challenge is being called the "Geography Challenge"

The instructions are as follows
"Paul Bettany is Silas, a man who in blind faith will do whatever it takes to track down a secret that must be destroyed, no matter where it leads him.

Assemble the jigsaw puzzle pieces to reveal and identify a geographical location.

Step # 1: The first thing you need to do is seperate the puzzle components which have text on them identifying the google copyright.

Step # 2: Usually the copyright text is placed on the bottom right. However, today's section has them on the bottom left.

Step # 3: Finish up the bottom row and work your way up to the top.

If you find this tricky, find the puzzle pieces which are flat on the side and the top, flat on bottom and right, flat on bottom and left which is the section with text on it and representing the edges of the puzzle. Put them in place first and work around it.

We are then asked our trivia question
"Surely you recognize this city of light. After all, it's home to the most famous painting in the world. What is the name of the city?"

The Mona Lisa is definitely the most famous painting in the world. A google search for the city of light would give you the correct answer.

We are then told that there are nine Cinquefoil icons hidden among the streets. They are easy to locate. Find and click on them.

After we solve this, we are asked to identify a sequence of numbers. An important hint is given in the question itself where the numbers go like
0,1, 4, 9 ... It is easy to identify them. A hint is the next in this sequence would look like 0,1,4,9, 16, 25,36,49 ... and so on.

Good luck solving !!

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Anonymous said...

that was really easy for #23

Anonymous said...

Geography ones are the easiest ... done by 1:02 EST.

johnnyyyyyyy said...

m stuck in question...
in otherwords can't understand the question.. can u tell me in detail about question regarding classic sequences?

Anonymous said...

very easy as well!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't think too hard, the answer is very simple.

Anonymous said...

just google "classical sequence 0, 1, 4, 9" it'll give you the answer, also it's kind of obvious, 0, 1, 4, 9, 16, I don't want to give the answer away and take away your fun though.

Anonymous said...

been done

johnnyyyyyyy said...

oh man thnx..
no wonder i cleared my maths in C grades heh

Anonymous said...

I was trying to think way too complicated on the sequence. Easy one! Now, I have to remember to come here right at 1:00 tomorrow. Surely the last quest won't be as easy as the last few have been..... I want to be one of the 10,000!

Anonymous said...

how will they pick who gets to go to phase 2?

gabriel francisco said...


Anonymous said...

For us stupid people what the hell is the answer?

Anonymous said...

Do they want the sequence or the name?

Anonymous said...

the name of the sequence

Anonymous said...

Nevermind, I figured it out.

Anonymous said...

for those still not getting it, the answer is square.

Anonymous said...

Not too bad, wonder what tomorrow's will be like...1 more challenge left.

NET MAN said...

Read contest official rules at http://flash.sonypictures.com/movies/davincicodequest/us/rules/index.html

which say:

"Phase 1 consists of twenty-four (24) Daily Puzzles (collectively "Daily Puzzles") which consist of answering a series of skill based, time-sensitive puzzles (of various types and difficulty) which need not be completed sequentially as outlined below. Only the first 10,000 participants who, having correctly solved all 24 Daily Puzzles during Phase 1, submit a Puzzle Completion Form (and who thereafter submit a Contest Entry Form) in accordance with these Rules before 1:00 p.m. EDT on May 11, 2006 will be deemed "Finalists." Only Finalists are eligible to advance to the Final Phase. The determination of which specific participants, from among all participants submitting Puzzle Completion Forms and Contest Entry Forms before the Phase 1 Deadline, are deemed to be the "first 10,000" to do so (and therefore deemed to be Finalists) will be based on the Puzzle Completion Time and Contest Entry Time (defined below) applicable to each participant. The Final Phase of this Contest consists of a skill-based, time-sensitive series of five (5) puzzles which must be completed sequentially (collectively, "Final Puzzle Challenge") as outlined below. "

"If a participant correctly answers all 24 Daily Puzzles at any time before the Phase 1 Deadline, he/she will be immediately directed to the Daily Puzzle completion form ("Puzzle Completion Form"). The Puzzle Completion Form asks the participant to submit the Google ID the participant used to access the Daily Puzzles. ONCE PARTICIPANT FILLS IN HIS/HER GOOGLE ID AND CLICKS "SUBMIT" ON THE PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM, HIS/HER SUBMISSION WILL BE TIME-STAMPED AND WILL BE DEEMED PARTICIPANT'S OFFICIAL PUZZLE COMPLETION TIME"


"Final Phase. Finalists will be mailed via U.S. postal service, for scheduled delivery by May 18, 2006, a limited edition Cryptex replica and a screenshot of 4 codes (the "Finalist Prize"). One of the included codes will open the Cryptex. Inside will be a scroll with instructions on how to access the Final Puzzle Challenge online. Prior to May 18, 2006, Finalists will also be e-mailed instructions at the email address provided by each Finalist on his/her Official Contest Entry on how to access the Final Puzzle Challenge.

Finalists must complete the Final Phase by 1:00 p.m. EDT on May 21, 2006. The Grand Prize Winner will be determined by the amount of time needed by a Finalist to complete the Final Puzzle Challenge"

Erin said...

So now I have to beat all you guys to get to the finals. We will all be competing for the prize. I am slow so I probably wont get it. This one was easy though I liked it.

Anonymous said...

hay, I couldnt find what the city is this. Can somebody give me some additional hint

Donkey Butter said...

I don't understand why the answer is square. can someone please explain this to me.

Donkey Butter said...

the name of the city starts wit a P and ends in aris

Anonymous said...

0^2 = 0
1^2 = 1
2^2 = 4
3^2 = 9
0, 1, 4, 9
It is a sequence of squares. :)

Anonymous said...

numbers: 0 1 2 3 4 5
squares: 0 1 4 9 16 25

Anonymous said...

hello, the puzzle was so easy, and finding those things was easy too..but i think i was looking for a trick in the answer for the sequence...it took me ages to work out...

Anonymous said...

I thought the sequence was pretty obvious, but I've never heard it referred to as the "square" or "squares" sequence. Oh well.

Hey, does anyone know what time the puzzles are released each day? Since you would have to be one of the first 10,000 to submit the final puzzle, it seems to me that East Coast is advantaged in this sense?

Vijaychandran said...

lol..May be every one should get a prizee

Anonymous said...

1 more day....good luck tomorrow everyone!


~Jamie said...

lol I can't find the last one! I feel like such a doofus!

~Jamie said...

okay lol found it!

Anonymous said...

Good luck everyone!!! Oh and for the question above.. it states in the rules the puzzles are released at 1:00 eastern time. I'm in the the central time zone, so mine have been released at noon. Just apply it to your area. Hope that helps!

JoMudder said...

found it..really eaasy...

billyquiz said...

Wow, what a finale, as long as you're American.

As for us Brits, it all ends tomorrow at midnight (6 hours after the final puzzle is published) when the many thousands of correct entries will be used to pick the winners of these prizes:

1 x Sony BRAVIA V Series LCD TV

5 pairs of Eurostar standard class return tickets to Paris

5 x 'special The Da Vinci Code edition' K750i Sony Ericsson phones

5 x The Da Vinci Code Take 2 PS2 game & a PS2 console

5 x The Da Vinci Code Take 2 X Box game & an X Box console

50 x bundles of all 4 Dan Brown books (Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code)

50 x The Da Vinci Code decks of top trump playing cards

(Outstanding prizes aren't they??? they must have cost at least $5,000)

No continued competition. no time limit, no skill, no excitement, no first prize worth around $130,000.

I mean, you even have to pay your own way to London to use the Eurostar tickets.

Thank you to Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures for showing how much you appreciate us Brits. My next phone will be a Nokia, that's for sure.


Anonymous said...

I got this one easily...I was just looking for a more complicated answer for the sequence. However, I'm ineligible because I cannot for the freaking life of me finish the 2nd geography puzzle. I have clicked everywhere near the Palazzo di Venizi and cannot get the damn cross to appear...

VD said...

As for us Aussies, we get even more meagre helpings in terms of prizes....
1X Sony digital cam
1X Sony DV handycam
1X Sony Vaio notebook
10X sony W810i mobile phones

What the fuck do I want a metal luggage lock for?

Anonymous said...

To the last anonymous who's having trouble with geography 2.

I've got a picture that should help you find the cross. Send me a mail at mike.horsley@c2i.net if you want a copy.

(and yeah, it's already mobbed by junk at a rate of 140 per day:-\)

Anonymous said...

good luck for tomorrow

Anonymous said...

I was trying to hard to give it it's "proper" name. I backspaced and accidentally hit enter....and I solved it.

go figure.

NET MAN said...

RE: Geography 2 cross, see http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3057/2255/1600/sol12of24.jpg

Anonymous said...

As you can see, most of us already got & answered the puzzle way before 1pm EDT. So that cannot be correct. In the rules, they only state that the FIRST puzzle was released at 1pm on that first day. It says nothing of subsequent puzzles other than they are roughly 24 hours apart.

Anonymous said...

In the rules for the Aussies it says:
# This competition is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. All entries will be judged based on creativity & originality and the adherence to the word limit. The best valid entries, as determined by the judges, will win. Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
# This judging will take place on Monday May 15th, 2006 at Sony Pictures offices, Sydney, 2000

So it seems its not based on how quickly you finish for us. Sounds like there will be one of those questions "Describe in 20 words or less etc etc" that will be used to JUDGE the winner. Which sucks for me because I aint good english with ;-)

Joe said...

I'd rather be eligible for the Ozzy prize list...gasp, there is ONE decent prize available for Brits. Joy. Why do I think I might not be bothering? Still, I did it for the puzzles and they've been fun =P

About today's - easiest yet :S Odd.

Anonymous said...

Today's been INSANELY easy.. but to get into finals will be so much harder.. and once there >.<

johnnyyyyyyy said...

lolxxxxxxx @ billyquiz

Anonymous said...

Wow today's puzzle was *%$&. I knew one sequence off the bat that matched this, then found 2 others that begin with those integers... I come here to find the answer is "square"?! WOW, they are making this too cryptic and obscure, really. Let's play to the lowest common denominator...

Anonymous said...

I actually used the google map to solve the question.

And does anyone think its odd that the Observation is the last one. In all the other rounds Geography was last.

And for thos ecomfused about phase 2 if you read the rules and noticed from the beginning there are actually Three (3) separate contests: US, UK, AU. Not that hard to fugure out; same thing with the timezone issues.

Anonymous said...

Are the new puzzles released simultaneously around the world, ie. 1pm EDT (US), 5pm GMT (UK), 3am EST (AU)? And does anyone know for sure whether or not the Aussies will have a better chance if they get up at 3am and get their entries in early?

Anonymous said...

I cant find all the cinquefolds! can anyone help just a little bit?

Anonymous said...

nevermind, i found them.

Anonymous said...

2 min and done. Fastest yet. Help tutoring math for 20 years. One to go good luck to all

Anonymous said...

My or my, I just finished reading the rest of the rules for this thing. This is the easy part. I hope my computer doesn't crash if I make it the rest of the way.

Darren said...

Hey, for aussies the rules say:

1. Instructions on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry:
2. The promotion is open to all residents of Australia aged 13 years and over, except employees and immediate families of Sony Pictures Releasing and Google and their associated companies and agents.
3. Only one entry per person permitted. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that fails to comply with this restriction.
4. The promotion commences on Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 and closes 11.59pm, Thursday May 11th, 2006.
5. This competition is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. All entries will be judged based on creativity & originality and the adherence to the word limit. The best valid entries, as determined by the judges, will win. Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. This judging will take place on Monday May 15th, 2006 at Sony Pictures offices, Sydney, 2000
7. The winner(s) will be contacted by mail.
8. Total prize value = $20,100. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash or for resale. In the event that a prize is unavailable, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The Promoter takes no responsibility for any damage caused to prize in transit.
9. The Promoter takes no responsibility for any damage caused to your computer equipment while interacting with the Google Quest or Sony Pictures Releasing website.
10. Entrants will be invited to opt-in to receive marketing communications from Sony. The decision by entrants to grant or withhold their consent in relation to the use of their information for marketing purposes will not affect the selection of the winners.
11. No responsibility accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. All contact details entered incorrectly on the website entry form shall be deemed invalid. Supplying your valid address forms part of the conditions of entry to this promotion.
12. The promoter is Sony Pictures Releasing, Level 26, 1 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000. ACN 000 030 115.


Are the times the say as other coutries?



Good Luck but let me win :P

Anonymous said...

I hate math. I could've sworn it was an "Integer Sequence." (whatever that is)

Anonymous said...

Hey does anyone know when the last quest will be loaded?

fairytale believer said...


Anonymous said...

a few days ago, the newest quest was available online about 40 seconds before 1pm EDT. I have no reason to suspect anything else today, and yesterday may have been a fluke... I didn't look until 1:00pm anyway.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone gotten an e-mail saying that they were one of the 10,000?

nilesh said...

Has anyone gotten an e-mail saying that they were one of the 10,000?

I solved the last puzzle within couple of minutes but still I could not be a finalist. I am surprised that more than 10000 people completed and filled contest entry form within that short duration :-(

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