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Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

Monday, April 17, 2006
12 years ago176,826 views

Philipp I think everyone gets slightly different ones so it is hard to post the image of the solution to that one. I will copy it though and solve it. Give me a few mins...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Do you see a different one? I don't know exactly how Google's gonna serve the "12,358 original puzzles":
googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/0 ...

Gustavo Lima [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Using numbers instead symbols:

1-2-3-4
4-3-2-1
3-4-1-2
2-1-4-3

Right?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Just different pieces and different shaped coloured areas. It is the same style.

Your solution is:


static.flickr.com/1/130238085_ ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oops. Even when I'm reloading the same URL, I'm getting a different puzzle.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok. So if you can solve the first bit... does anyone know what the answer to this is:


static.flickr.com/46/130240730 ...

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Anyone who has played a little Sudoku should be able to figure out that puzzle in very little time.... though I have Sam's question up now and don't know the answer....
Fun Game.... dumb fiction book....

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

PS... the answer is Blade

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<< Fun Game.... dumb fiction book....

I agree. Da Vinci Code is a commercial success, not a good book.

El Capitan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I can't figure out what you do when you have the puzzle solved. Do you just go back to your homepage?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes you do. It gives you a little gem in the module.

Ilya Baklanov [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

It's sad that we can't get notifications on email about new puzzle being available. I'm just afraid that in a couple of days I might forget about some puzzle :((

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So, do you need a Google account incase you won the prize?(or to join to game?)

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Phillip, are you playing too ?? I did not start the game as I not on the "country list " –

secondly, will you be covering each day ??

Randall [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The stupid thing requires Flash version 8, but there's only version 7 for Linux! No love for the penguin, I guess.

Arch [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Why is this game only for ca., us. and uk people?

Davide [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

How do you play this? I'm really confused. Whats the method to use?

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is kinda like Sokudo, you can't put the same shape on the same row and same column.

Davide [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well I've never played sokudo, but i went on wikipedia to look at rules but that didn't really explain a lot. Can you give me a short summary of it or something?

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Davide,
   there is a 9X9 board that is divided into nine 3X3 sections. You are given some starter numbers, and you need to fill the numbers 1-9 uniquely into every row, column, and 3X3 Section. You can not repeat a any number in any row, column, and 3X3 Section. (no, I did not just say the same thing twice)

I think however, there are great instructions here :
counttonine.com/displayInstruc ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> secondly, will you be covering each day ??

Nope... but I'll try to check it out everyday in case there's something intruiging in it...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Anyone got the second puzzle through?

Mine says that there is nothing available at the moment.

KGM [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what are the names of four symbols..
Triangle is blade ?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What is the cross?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Greek Cross!

dave [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

groups.google.com/group/Google ...

everyone get in here.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Today's puzzle was not very good...hopefully they get better

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I still see the first puzzle.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh. I guess I have to solve the first to get to the second :)

Ilya Baklanov [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

The 2nd puzzle is a little strange (at least it seems strange to me).
And I don't like the idea that puzzles are so easy to solve (1 minute) and after that we have to go to another website to get the name of a picture. And the name is not hidden anywhere! It's not interesting :(I hope other puzzles will include more *thinking*

BetuMan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yes. For the first door the word is BLADE and for the second is GREEK CROSS. Now waiting for the next one.....

Thanks

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wow! Bumper challenge today – 3 questions.

And Google used some clever tricks. Advertising their Google Video feature in the challenge. You had to get some info from a video and answer three questions.

This is getting better.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hey Sam, as your are playing this game, are you making notes on your experince and when you blog about it let us know or just post your overall experince with the game here..

thanks in advance

moparcountry [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Fleur-de-lis
the vitruvian man
5

moparcountry [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

26 letters ^ 5 = 11,881,376

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes moparcountry:

log(11881376)/log(26).

I am not taking notes Peter, but I will do from no on. I think you could play along too if you pretend to be in the Uk / Us / Au. Are they redirecting automatically?

Anyway I will be coming on here everyday to discuss the puzzle for the day, and I will blog when we get to the end – and let you know its URL.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes, please post the URLs...

Splasho [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

google.com/ig/davinci/puzzle.h ...

Splasho [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

But that may well not work because the r parameter may be unique to me

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yep, doesn't work... I'm being referred to an errror page:
google.com/ig/davinci/error.ht ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

With that r value it works for me.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thats so kewl Sam....much appreciated!!

Splasho [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I guess a US proxy would be worth trying.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

/pd I will post every few days of puzzle.... (adding this to my Google Calendar)

rdh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey it's supposed to be a competition. with prizes. and you're giving away the answers. ok not exactly complicated i know, but hey some of us want to win you know!

Jt [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

new challenge

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah! I am working on it. I don't understand the instructions. It is about restoring a painting for all those following at the sidelines....

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Solved! A nice puzzle this time. Hanging up pictures. Then a symbol question.

Jt [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

whats the symbol?

saf [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

how do i submit answer for puzzel

GIRLSGS [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

SANTO GRIAL

saf [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i have done my first puzzel but how do i submit my answer?

GIRLSGS [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

letter v??is the symbol?

Jt [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

SANTO GRIAL not working

GIRLSGS [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

3º Question , answer = CHALICE

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thanks..
CHALICE is the right answer

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Check out this Google Group for answers.
groups.google.com/group/Google ...
or visit my blog @ googlified.com :D

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nice haochi!!

helen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

if i want to find out the name of the symbol myself it tells you to go to 'so dark the con of man'website but how do i find the symbol once in that?????

cheers

moparcountry [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Look under characters...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wow! Has anyone else seen this advertising for the Da Vinci puzzle on their Google Homepage?

flickr.com/photos/davyson/1324 ...

{ I am signed up for the challenges, so this is not a screenshot of my homepage – but a relative of mine }

My puzzle is not here yet today.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam Davyson-
you do know that most of Google profits are made by ads..
so why not advertising the game?!
they should get some money ya know

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

David – I know that. But Google are not ad mad in the same way some other companies are. They very firmly believe that adverts should be served up perfectly targetted to an individual. The owner of the above screenshot had only just set up their homepage – I dont think it was targetted at them. This is also the first advertisement to be seen on Google.com/ig I think.

"But it is an advert for a Google thing! That's not an advert!" you cry. Well, it also is an advert for the film.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Very good puzzle today. Chess game style. You move your opponents pieces too so that makes it easier :) But you get one move, they get one, and then you get one and.... in the space of those three moves you have to get them in check mate. But it is easier than that: There are only a few (four) possible moves allowed at each step.

But you can also solve it if you are crap at chess! Each of the four allowed moves corresponds to an answer to a multiple choice (Da Vinci) question that appears on the left. So you can answer three questions correctly (and you will automatically checkmate the king) or you can use your chess skills.

Neat puzzle!

Also in the description it says you may want to use Google Web Search to help you with the questions. Another Google service that they are advertising through this competition. Nice.

Answers at the end of this link. DON'T CLICK if you don't want to know.

sam.davyson.com/w/The%20answer ...

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I see that among the prizes, at least here in the UK, are some return tickets on Eurostar to Paris, though the terms and conditions make it clear you've got to make your own way to Waterloo. Out of interest, is there an equivalent prize offered in the USA or Canada, or do the lucky winners there have to cross the Atlantic if they wish to use their good fortune?

Alexander [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The geographical puzzle was so-so. But it's interesting how they convince you to use their search engine. The city is New York.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Alexander: Yeah the puzzle was ok, not brilliant but fair.

This time they had a tag line something like "Lost your bearings? Try Google Maps" as well as having a Google Earth/Maps image in the puzzle (jigsaw) itself. They are really using this quiz as an opportunity to show off some of their products.

Google Personalised Home, Google Video, Google Web Search, Google Maps... what next?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

>> Full write up of the first 1/4 of the Da Vinci Code challenge (puzzles 1 – 6) (as promised above) at:

sam.davyson.com/weblog/?p=119

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

no need to search for me... it looked very familiar!
blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-0 ...

Annie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I am on the part where you have to name the shape on Robert Langdon's face? It looks like a triangle anyone know what it is?
NOT: TRIANGLE/EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Annie, the answer is 'blade'; see altreligion.about.com/library/ ...
for a discussion of what the various symbols in the book (and, consequently, in the puzzles) mean/are called.

Chiuaua [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

What's next?

I've solved the day 7...should i wait for tomorrow?

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

today's answer is 189,000 the puzzle took a little thinking, as this time it did not have a for sure way to start... I had to make 1 guess....

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think we might have got different questions if the answer to yours was 189,000 mine was 10,000 and the question was:

What is the fourth root of a googol, divided by a crore, divided by a lakh, divided by a milliard?

Google Web Search answers this instantly.

The symbol bit was better than before, I guess they will add a row/column every time.Towards the end it will be tricky.

Andrew Dott [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The questions for day 7 vary. Does anyone know or have any ideas about the answer to this:
What is 250.0000001 divided by the fine-structure constant, approximately?
Thanks.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

google.com/search?hs=5VR&h ...

34259

KSD [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

my question was.....

what is the speed of light in exameters per century to the nearest metre?

   – the speed of light is 299,792,458 metres per second

- there are 10 to the power 18 metres in an exameter

- and 31 556 926 seconds in a year

--> using this info, the answer in exameters per year was 0.009460528412464108, which to the nearest metre – is 1!!

Doh!

Jesse Terry [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

This was my question...toughy for me, not a math guy by any means.

How much is once in a blue moon over middle C times a quadrillion to the nearest whole number?

KSD [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

another one of the random paint smudge removal puzzles. the question revealed was:

where is the renovation in ISBN 0521461545?

amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ...

so the answer is Tuscany.

I hope tomorrows puzzle is more challenging! :)

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

My question was

Who dealt with the myth of Venice in ISBN 019815254X?

Surprisingly, although this book is unquestionably <i>Virgil and the Myth of Venice: Books and Readers in the Italian Renaissance </i> by Craig Kallendorf (or at least amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... thinks it is), they wanted the answer 'Virgil' rather than the correct one. The poet Virgil certainly never dealt with either the myth or the reality of Venice, since there was no such place when he writing.

Amazon quote 'The Classical Review' as calling the book 'A wide-ranging, multi-layered and informative discussion of the uses of Virgil in Renaissance Venice,' which makes much more sense.

gdnoggin [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Help, My question is,

Forget the DA's, the S's are really in charge in ISBN 0226051714. Who are they?

gdnoggin [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Answer: Secretaries

This DaVinci game is pretty dumb. It's way too easy to over think.

Phillip Howell [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I got this question we are not bans, palaces, in ISBN 08674843... This i sat down and picked up my history book and looked up the three largest buisness in and around Italy and I came up with Entrepreneurs, craftsman, and merchants. I tired each and Entrepreneurs worked... Then I got the bright I dea of looking it up on google!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jesse: = 44 605

Google Web Search (Calculator) solves these problems.

The new puzzles was a silly one. I got the same question as someone above and the answer was Virgil.

Jesse Terry [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks for the help Sam, much appreciated.

WiseOne [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Q: The city of note in ISBN 0691051372 holds the answer to this question.
A: Avicenna

S. S. [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Do I have to restart the puzzle every day or will it save my answers from previous days?

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the answer for 0801843030 is "Remembrance and the Black Death"

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

S.S. – if you've put a link to the puzzle on google homepage, it stores your answers. I don't know what happens otherwise.

BetuMan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

On Day 9, after hanging all paintings in wall, the question was...... Where was Jean Cocteau born? The answer is : Maisons-Lafitte

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

My question was, how many square kilomiters is france... the answer is 547,030

God [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wow. This is unbelieably easy, how could you possibly need help?

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

More answers can be find here..

senisub.com/davinci/

it maybe a boring website..but its got a lot of answers!

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Observation test today, which involved searching google video using the words 'persistence dedication ideal service' for a trailer of the film (at least that's what I was given).

Answers: ocatagon, holy water, silence

the rabidawg [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

your answers are right, however it is not ocatagon, it is "octagon"

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

YAY.... Good Job

Just to reiterate, today's answers are – octagon,holy water,silence

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thnx for the answers guys........the video wasn't playin properly, so i only got "octagon".......im good at the sudokus, so ill post the answers

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Day 11 =
Palindrome,Denon Wing,Pangram

hope it is same for everyone!

m [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

<font color=cyan>the new puzzle for today isnt there yet...... :(</font>

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

today's geography puzzle is fiarly easy, the city is Rome, but i can't find the place to click where the Greek Cross is....help.... :(

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Use Google maps to search for Palazzo di Venezia, Rome (important: there's clearly another Palazzo di Venezia in a different city that it defaults to if you don't specify Rome). Use the satellite view and it's easy to find it by comparing the Google map image and the competition one.

lara [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

if u go to wikipedia and put in palazzo di venezia it has a link to google maps and gives detailed site point of the location......this one was way too easy!!

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The Cross is top centerish

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Answer for Day 12.
googlified.com/2006da-vinci-co ...

The Greek Cross


img137.imageshack.us/img137/98 ...

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the sudoku is killin me

Fl_Fulfer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm going insane

Salvsdor Gutierrez [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

By the way how ore u guys?

Salvsdor Gutierrez [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

im 15 and i have solved all the puzzles with no help at all

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

wow..... day 14 is here and no one has answered day 13 yet!

well, I don't know how many puzzles there are... but here is the one I got :


trex005.googlepages.com/code.g ...


and the question was translate vinci into English... the answer is "you win"

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i never eally understood how to do the restoration puzzles with the debris........can some1 explain it.....please.....
;)

Mufasa [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I just did all 14 puzzles in 30 minutes.

Piece of cake. (Choclate cake)

Mufasa [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Moreover the main point of the restoration puzzles is to cluster the debree to the center of the image. Never allow it to spread out.

Mufasa [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Now back to my organic chemistry book.
'dives in'

makkeboome [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ultraviolet....

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

well, another one of those restoration puzzles today. I finally figured out what the hech that is supposed to be. you have to get the blotches down to one. It just always worked for me by chance before so I never had to actually think :)

The question for me was to translate zmzglnb from atbash... I have this toy I made quite some time ago that accomplishes the task.

newcovsoft.com/travis_toy.php? ...

if you just put your word in there, your answer is on the "REVERSED 0 shift" line (the 27th line)

Mark T [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hope this helps, it made it easy for me once I cleared that debris.

So the Alphabet goes as follows:

A = Z
B = Y
C = X
D = W
E = V
F = U
G = T
H = S
I = R
J = Q
K = P
L = O
M = N
N = M
O = L
P = K
Q = J
R = I
S = H
T = G
U = F
V = E
W = D
X = C
Y = B
Z = A

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Can anyone explain to me the principle on which the restoration puzzles work? I understand the general idea that you're suppose to 'select pairs that are separated by one space', but what actually constitutes a pair (of the same colour?) and what, exactly, does it mean by 'separated by one space'?

There are several individual blots that appear to be of the same colour and separated by just one space, but they don't always seem to want to play.

Or does it mean select *two* pairs, which have exactly one space between each of them (i.e. in the middle of the four blots)? And why does clicking some blots just select the one blot, clicking some others select a pair, and clicking others still select three of them? So far I've got through it by just clicking about at random, but that's not working so well now.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Ray [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Who dealt with the myth of Venice in ISBN 019815254X?

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ray, it was Virgil who – supposedly – dealt with the myth of Venice. Don't ask me how he did this, since he lived well before that city was founded, but the compilers of the competition clearly misunderstood the book's title, 'Virgil and the Myth of Venice'. The review quoted by Amazon calls it ''A wide-ranging, multi-layered and informative discussion of the uses of Virgil in Renaissance Venice,'' which makes much more sense, but Virgil is the answer you need (I got that question, too!).

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

today's puzzle was ridiculously easy, my questions was what blood was in French...... sang.....from sang real, or san greal...lol

ray [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Mine says translate keystone to Italian and its not accepting "chiave di volta" its making me mad

sephiroth [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yup, mine is asking for the Italian word for keystone, too, and all I can find through online translation sources is "chiave di volta", which it won't accept...

Any Italians out there know another word for keystone?

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ah, discovered how the restoration puzzles work. When you select a blot and this selects one or more other blots, you click on the blot you want to merge with your original blot. Simple when you realise that, but it's taken me until now to do it. Duh!
  
Thanks, Travis, for the Atbash translator.

Chris [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yep, I have the same issue with Italian and Keystone.
Tried "Chiave di Volta" (varying caps) "Una Chiave di Volta", "La Chiave di Volta", and various spelling mistakes to see if it is a bug – none work. Anyone got through this one?

briannka [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Is anyone else having issues with getting the new games to load each day?

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Chris,
I think you have to play a new one, I try that for a few times and it won't work.

Briannka,
What kind of issue?

briannka [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

When I click on the puzzle and the black screen comes up showing that the puzzle is loading, sometimes the puzzle never finishes loading. Sometimes it will go for an hour without doing anything. I hit refresh, and it doesn't do anything.

Is anyone else having this problem???

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

anyone having the chiave di colta problem, just get a new puzzle and do that.....i had blood into French.....which is sang.. :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

by the way........how many peopke are probably doing this quest.......i don't think much more than 10,000 will follow through with it.....so i assume everyone here will win a cryptex.. :)

Chris [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yes, just tried a fresh puzzle and got "mirror" into italian ("specchio") – works – thanks!

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

briannka,
What version is your flash player?
It happened to me last time while I was playing the game in school, then I refresh it...Works.

Clau [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Did anybody had problems with red herring (aringa rossa)?
I haven't been able to get it right.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay,
   I think you are right when you say most people probably won't stick with it... But I'd say there will be far more people who start it near the end and then just run through all the puzzles. With as much publicity as it is getting, that will probably be hundreds of thousands of people. After all, this thread is climbing to one of the longest ever in this forum... though, the people of this forum may be some of the fastest at finding these answers which will give us better chances.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea, thats true Travis, which means we will still have better chances to win.. :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

today's chess challenge answers are: I.M. Pei
   Philip II Augustus
   Pope Leo IX

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Got the same answers (and thus presumably questions too)

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well, I guess I can atleast have a cryptex, because 7 days later, I will be at school for the last period-starts at 1:40, and the game starts at 1...

7 days left, Go Go Go.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

if ur a finalist, u r still eligible for phase 2 of the contest, which consists of 5 puzzles that are timed and have to be completed without you logging off, resetting, etc. if you do, however, u'll be disqualified.

twinkie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what is the fourth root of a googol, divided by a crore, divided by a lakh, divided by a milliard?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Twinkie, you can actually enter your full question into Google. The Google Calculator will print the following solution:

(((fourth root of (1 googol)) divided by one crore) divided by one lakh) divided by one milliard = 10 000

mia hamm [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

plz hurry!!!!

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

google.com/search?q=once+in+a+ ...

(once in a blue moon over middle C) times one quadrillion = 44 605.3565

so the answer is 44,605

Hope I was in time!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"once in a blue moon over middle C" is a number?.....wow

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the answers for today's observation puzzle is as follows:
1. o (yes the letter o)
2. quest
3. 7

Graeme [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

for question 1 i put f and it said it was right.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hmm... yea its probably becuase the o and f were both lowercase in "So Dark The Con of Man", so i guess it accepts both

april [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it totally didnt accept 'o' from me

pizzuto [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

f is correct. Although in the video, "o" is truley the only small letter written on the mona lisa.

Jim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

O is not correct it was F, however O seemed correct.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

woops guys....it is f...i remembered putting the wrong lettter...hehe

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I tried o first too because it was really small.... but it asks for clearly lower case, and o and O handwritten can not be 100% certain.... but the f is written differently in caps than lower case

Fl_Fulfer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

f worked 4 me

Tal Bondarov [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hello guys! did any one solve those questions (in day 10-observation challenge): "During the action in the video, we see many things shatterd and destroyed, but what is it that will ultimately be broken?" pleas send me the answer to : michel13[put at-character here]012.net.il i must know the answer!!!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Tal, silence is the answer, that which will be ultimately broken, as in the silence of the secret, meaning the secret will be unveiled.. :)

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Hey, Tal, I first tried to answer all the questions with the sound off on the video. When I couldn't get that, I turned the sound ON and the narration gives it away.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Still waiting for today's challenge to come through...

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Answer is London, but finding blade #4 is tricky....

clair [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

todays puzzle i got a question about how many times do we see sir leigh wearing spectacles but i cant see him wearing any and they wont except that answer help!!!

PeteC [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ha the blades are easy enough to find. But what is that place it highlights? Well I happen to be sitting in it right now which was quite bizzare! it's an english university often reffered to as the MIT of europe called "Imperial College"!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the city is london, two blades are in the south, one is to the left in the center, and the last is top centerish where it is part of another triangle, sort of, and the Codex Forster is located at the Imperial College, those are the answers, are you seriously in it PeteC? :)

PeteC [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yep right now, trying to procrastinate writing a report and hence doign the quest instead. Still quite amusing though when the lines got drawn across. It was like it knew where I was!

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The exact answer is Imperial College London

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Claire, he wears them 7 times.

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

PeteC--that's so weird! =) Did you have to use Google Maps? I had trouble until I clicked on "hybrid."

Pizzle [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

How would one have know that that location was the Imperial College?

PeteC [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I really don't know, I was very suprised. It's actually on the other side of the road from the V&A, it's really North of the Science Museum. I wasn't sure if it was IC but I just figured I'd enter it and it worked. Quite cool though!

briannka [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

WOW, THANKS EVERYONE!
I didn't know how I was going to figure that out without calling the Victoria and Albert museum in London and asking!!!
But I pose 1 question...

This IS a contest, and with that being said, does anyone else feel a little guilty getting and giving answers off of here??

Jake [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

6 puzzles to GO!!

Scott Moonen [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

So... If you are a US contestant, assume you win. How do you plan to pay income tax for ~$128,000 of imputed income? No part of the prize can be taken in cash and you can't transfer the prize, either (i.e., auction off the trip, although it might be hard to find a buyer close to ARV anyway).

I'm having fun playing this (haven't relied on others yet!) but I certainly don't have the means to pay taxes on it! Google and Sony are welcome to define the contest in whatever way they please – I don't begrudge them that! But it sure would make more sense to me if they provided a cash component for tax purposes, or a cash alternative.

Of course, even thinking about this is probably arrogant presumption on my part. The odds of winning can't be that good. Still, I don't think I want to try, and that's kind of a bummer. You?

Pizzle [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

You could always try, and then reject the prize...no one's forcing you to accept it. In fact, I bet Sony/Google would prefer that you turn it down...they'd save money.

EV [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Not as hard as they make it seem. Once you get the jigsaw together and find the four triangles there is a X like on a treasure map. If you zoom in all the way, the building name appears on Google Maps. Imperial College is the answer of the day. Enjoy!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The puzzles will never be too hard.

The whole idea is: "Ooo would you look at that hard question? No one will no the answer. Oh unless... yeah, wait.... there is this groovy Google Service that tells you the answer in a jiff"

I am not particularly opposed to this – it is cool. And it was particularly good for the Google Calculator type questions where some really long text based questions (scroll up for egs) were answered in a flash.

I wonder though given this quiz is ON the google personalised homepage how many people will have the personalised homepage and will not have already checked out all the new Google services. I mean personalised home is hardly mainstream amongst other people. I read recently in fact that many web users dont realise that they can change their homepage...

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Right....Google is just advertising their services via this quest, and they do offer the personalized homepage option on the normal google homepage... :)

RebeccaF [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I figured it out myself that it was Imperial college, but it was really hard. I had to find a map of the area surrounding the museum, (I think by googling "Victoria and Albert" + map)... and I found one with all of the buildings surrounding it labelled. Then I looked my map and the DaVinci map side by side and drew the lines from the River straight down and voila!

John Paul [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Guys please send in screen shots of day 13. Im so desperate ive spent 5 days trying to do the symbol challenge.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hmm...i would do it again and post a screen shot or a link to it or something, but the problem is i don't know how to get a screen shot, hehe.... :(

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I wouldn't have been able to find that last blade for my life. Thx lots

Brad [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Here are the Blades::


img205.imageshack.us/my.php?im ...

arun kumar [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey folks, you can find the solution for the 18th puzzle along with screenshots here.

connoisseurblog.blogspot.com/2 ...

Lydia Unknown [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I can't firgure out the answers to the chess part... can anyone help?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes of course!

Which day are you on? What are the questions?

Lydia Unknown [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Day 5
its the chess challenge

Lydia Unknown [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the first quesion is
what is the spiked belt that silas wears called?

number two is
what are the second third and fourth leading memebers of the Priory of Sion called?

and number 3
the engraved tablet that is supposed to reveal the hiding place of the Holy Grail is called... ___

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Try this:

sam.davyson.com/w/The%20answer ...

Lydia Unknown [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks so much i could never have figured that out on my own!

Maggie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Sam – you seem to be a talented person with figuring out puzzles. Are you entering this promotion?
quest.eurostar.com/en-au/game. ...
Is there a blog that you know of?
Any assistance would be gratefully received.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maggie – No I am not playing that quest. I didn't even know that it existed. It looks pretty nice but ity is late in the UK and I cant be doing with filling in that registration form.

I may have a look another day.

Maggie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

OK – it is actually for New Zealand and Australia now that i had a look – so not worth your time, I guess. But if you can suggest anyone/anywhere that would help I would be forever grateful. It is HARD.
Good night:)

333halfevil [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I have found this website is of great use if you don't want to take the time to look up the puzzle answers yourself!

senisub.com/davinci/

Enjoy!

EV [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Answer: Giant Coppers for Boiling Broth

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

for those of you who had the chief italian virtue of william dean howell, it is patience......(for toady's symbol challence)......it was quite intimidating at first, but it ended up being fairly easy compared to other sudokus i've faced before

Clau [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Can someone help me with the symbol challenge day 19? I can sort out the puzzle.
Thanks!!!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Can't see how help can really be given for the symbol challeneges. It is apretty tough one at first as Jay says. I really couldn't get started so I got a new puzzle and got set on that which I found much easier.

Laying the first piece is difficult. After that you always have more infomation so it only gets easier :).

The question that follows is pips too! This time a Google Book Search plug.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea........try to keep getting new puzzles until you get one that has alot of peices already placed in it, i once got one with 3 blades and 3 greek crosses plus some other stuff already on it! :)

Lucyb [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hi all

I am having trouble on the book search for William Dean Howells' first view of the ruins in the Forum, i find references to the boof but not the emotion...

Help!!!

Thanks in advance

Lucyb [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I have just found it,

disappointment

;-)

ClintO [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I cannot find how long William Dean Howells spent in Pompeii. Well I did find in the book it says, "We return slowly through the city, where we have spent the whole day, from nine till four o'clock." But the puzzle says the answer isnt right....anyone else have this question?

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I needs help on the answer for todays puzzle challenge. Help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you dont want to know the answer don't look at this link

sam.davyson.com/w/14

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oops! I was anticipating the dots to kick in a little earlier to cover up the answer.

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The question I have is: According to Grant Allen's Paris, who was Leonardo's scientific painter counterpart in Upper Italy?

How would I know this. Tell me. Or tell me the answer. That would be better.

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Wow thanks Sam that helped a WHOLE lot. I don't know what I whould EVER do without you. *cough sputter*

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The puzzle :


trex005.googlepages.com/davinc ...


The Question :
In The Italian Renaissance in England, author Lewis Einstein discusses Florentine Bankers and the Wars of which King?
►Edward

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sorry Christian my question was different to yours it seems.

I think you are supposed to use Google to answer yours but the answer is probably on wikipedia. I will have a quick look.

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I found the answer. It was Mantegna. 333halfevil was lotso help *coughcoughSam!coughcough* Anywho, thx Half Evil

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

PS... that was the hardest question this game has had yet.... I think I wasted about 1/2 hour on it!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think it is Mantegna.

books.google.co.uk/books?vid=0 ...

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah same

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh beaten me to it.

Christian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah same. I've pretty much just watched my friend play San Andreas all this time. Follow the link that 333halfevil put out. It's REALLY helpful.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

senisub.com/davinci/

yes...this site has literally all the answers! :)

nénu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

day 16 please help!!!! xD

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

can anyone help? what chief italian virtue did william dean howells learn on his "italian journeys?"

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The answer for William Dean Howells's quest is Naples...bye

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

ok never mind i took a stab, and guessed, it's "patience"....thanks anyway

Clau [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks Jay, your suggestion helped.
  
I kept on trying until I got an easier puzzle so finally I was able to solve it.

renee [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

has anyone done the geography puzzel to find out what is "just slightly north of the victoria and albert museum..." in london.
x marks the spot on my map but when i do google earth to find all the surrounding landmarks, THERE ARE NONE!
what is it?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

no problem Clau..................and renee, 'Imperial College' is above the X, :)

Brad [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

another puzzle from today;


img62.imageshack.us/img62/7281 ...

lisa [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Where is the renovation in ISBN 0521461545? its on day 8 please say!!!!!

anisa [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

please say!!!!!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

lisa and anisa, i think you mean restoration, :), anyway it is Tuscany.. :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Two of the questions after the restoration puzzle is :

According to H. H. Powers, what is the true Italian city? Fiesole

According to The Numismatic Chronicle, during whose reign were the rare fleur-de-lis groats of Stirling struck? James II

Jim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Another one – name of the author of some picture in Florence´s museum – Bega.

Today it was really easy, much easier than yesterday. I wonder what we can expect next days.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

In my opinion, the Symbol and Restoration ones were the hardest of the puzzles, and since we have the hardest of the hardest done, the next few puzzles should be easy, but maybe not the last one.. :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

More answers:

What Florentine business what not very highly regarded? Pill selling

Which painting in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence is a diminutive copy of the celebrated one by Leonardo da Vinci? The Holy Virgin And St. Anna

Dawn [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hi, I'm having trouble with this question:

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. What is its catalogue number in the 1890 catalogue of the museum?

There is a link to search Google Books, but I've done that and still nothing!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Similar to Dawn's:

There is a painting of the Head of Medusa in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence, usually attributed to Leonardo. What is its catalogue number in the 1890 catalogue of the museum?

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

"What words divided by tons appear in The Numismatic Chronicle?" my 1st stupid question not a clue... help pls...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Mine was 1159.

You need to search in this book:

books.google.com/books?vid=LCC ...

Dawn [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. According to the 1890 catalogue of the museum, in what colors was it sketched?

These are getting more tricky!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Dawn, I'm still looking for your answer, but I can't find it either, if you want, you can do another puzzle and answer another question... :)

Also, yet another question is:

As A Florentine Revery begins, our first impression is one of what?
Perfect Harmony

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Shehan: I would try some of the words in this list:

books.google.com/books?q=%22to ...

Dawn [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Here's another one

According to The Numismatic Chronicle, during whose reign were the rare fleur-de-lis groats of Stirling struck?

Dawn [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I am so getting stuck, had three questions now and can't answer any of them!

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i think the color is ochre, can anyone tell me the 1890 catalogue number for the adoration of the magi?

Dawn [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Whoo hooo I got it! The answer to the coin one is James II

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

According to The Numismatic Chronicle, during whose reign were the rare fleur-de-lis groats of Stirling struck? James II

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

At last I was intelligent enough to giv up and got a new puzzle.... stupid ques...

renee [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

oh JAY thank you sooooo much!

rich [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

What words divided by tons appear in The Numismatic Chronicle?

sandee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

HELP I acn't find the cat number for question 20

sandee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

SORRY can't

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Post your question maybe we/I can help you.

sandee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. What is its catalogue number in the 1890 catalogue of the museum? THANK YOU x

sandee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP I FOUND IT AND FOR ANYONE ELSE STUCK IT 1252 GOOD LUCK X

nénu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Decidedly, the Florentine is prepared for what?

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

ARGH!! I hate the restorations...I'm never good at these games. =(

nénu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

help please now ...

nénu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

please could anyone help me ??

Decidedly, the Florentine is prepared for what?

nénu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the florentine is prepared for emergencies ... xD

Chrathie [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I do not understand how to do the restoration puzzles. Can anyone explain them as if I were a first grader?? Thanks

angela [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Can anyone help me with the catalogue number for the head of mesuda in the royal Uffizi gallery please

Chrathie [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Angela – it is 1159....can you tell me how to do the restoration?

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Chrathie, it's like that triangle-peg puzzle:
Picture here: danobrien.ws/PegBoard.html

This works in reverse. Instead of jumping a peg over another to "eliminate" it, you have to find pairs that are already separated by one space and then they come together. By combining them, you are moving the smudges off the letters until the words are all revealed.

Now that I have explained it, I STILL CAN'T DO IT!!!! =(I keep getting down to 3. I'm never going to win my cryptex! =(

Chrathie [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I keep getting down to 3 too!! Ugh.... Thanks for trying to explain!!!

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Get to the puzzle about the artist who painted a woman with a lute. I finally solved that one. =)

angela [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Chrathie, many many thanks, I don't have away of doing the restoration, I just kept redoing it.

saratiela [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

has anybody gotten today day 20's challenge question What words divided by tons appear in The Numismatic Chronicle? please writte back

Chrathie [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Saratiela...that answer is HOC OPVS DEI
Any clues on how to get the Restoration completed?

Debi [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Chrathie, I have been searching for the answer for hours – where did you find it??!

lifeofanomad [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

What Florentine business was not very highly regarded?

lifeofanomad [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Nevermind, the answer is "pill selling"

JJ [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Gosh, it took me so long to finish the restoration. Thanks a lot guys for all the answers

jk47h3 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

how many people are still playing this, thousands, millions, any one have an estimate?

doggy poop [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

there is a bette website for the answers if you would like to have a look at it

solomon.dailygrail.com/node/44 ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

jk47h3: Interesting question. Obviously I have no idea but I would imagine that there is at least a million. Users of the Google Personalised Homepage (of which I have no idea how many there are) had an advert for it placed on their homepage. Da Vinci is a book with a lot of appeal I am sure that many people opted for it. But the number of people still playing will probably be much less than the number that started.

Who is betting on a special question for the final day?

I certainly hope there is.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am really scared that I can't get in the Final Phase...only for 10K people...(I want the cryptex atleast.

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey Sam thnx anyways for helping me yesterday man..... TC

Bonebeany [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

does anyone know this answer or where to find it?

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. What is its catalogue number in the 1890 catalogue of the museum?

shalligan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

can anyone help me with the day 10 answers, I have searched on google but no help!!

sayawalters [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im on day one and i dont know the names of the symbols

Help! [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

****Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. According to the 1890 catalogue of the museum, in what colors was it sketched

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe this can help you.
abcgallery.com/L/leonardo/leon ... I am colorblind(joke)

leosaraiva [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Bonebeany,

Question: Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Adoration of the Magi hangs in the Royal Uffizi Gallery in Florence. What is its catalogue number in the 1890 catalogue of the museum?

Answer: 1159

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Todays puzzle is nice. More hanging pictures as expected.

My question was another answerable by Google Book Search. It was something like this:

According to Volume IV of The Eclectic Review who's art shows "the fiery ardour and enthusiastic vivacity of youth".

The answer is M. Angelo or see:

books.google.co.uk/books?vid=L ...

leosaraiva [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

According to The Eclectic Review, it is not galleries that make artists, but what?

Pictures

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, we must confine ourselves to the explication of what?

Jim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

My answer – We must confine ourselves to the explication of – mystery.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks! I did the google book search but didn't see anything about mystery. How did you find that?

Jordan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the number of christians in cochin china is how many?

Whats the answer?? How do i find the answer myself?

julia [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im pretty sure its 100.000

plz some one help me!
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the only way to win the mind over to religion is by shewing it to be what?

i cant find the answer

julia [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i got it

its, the greater good

Clau [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

According to The Eclectic Review, what is justly considered as an entirely poetical invention?

Help!

Brian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

According to the Ecelectic Review, what is the one exception to the catholic language of painting

angela [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Anyone else having problems getting into google books?
treid a few links, but keep getting page cannot be found!!!!!!!!!!
Or does anyone know what the 3rd present was Petrarch sent to to the Bishop of Cavaillon.
Angela

Rick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, ECCLESIASTICAL POWER OF ALL KINDS is an engine of what?

Clau [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Someone can give a link of where to look for all this Eclectic Review questions, please???

Thanks!!!!!!

Tom R. [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Present name – Torrentona

paul h. [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It is not less strange that Petrarch never showed this to Boccaccio.

Any help?

M [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I seem to have an easy one for today! :D

It is not less strange that Petrarch never showed this to Boccaccio.

easily found on Google books...and I probably jinxed it for tomorrow by saying it's easy :P

paul h. [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

can you give us the answer for that one?

Jordan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the number of christians in cochin china is how many?

Answer: 70,000

Use google book search and search for

Return books with the title The Eclectic Review

with all of the words the number of christians in cochin china

Eric [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I've done every search I know and can't come up with the answer for today'
s question...

According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the number of christians in cochin china is how many?

Up until today I've breezed through these things. Any help?

pacificdave [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"It is not less strange that Petrarch never showed this to Boccaccio."

books.google.com/books?q=%22Pe ...

tad [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

We must confine ourselves to the explication of what???

mystery

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

wow...i just got back from my grandma's (no internet access :(, looks like alot of confusion has been goiong on!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

My question was: According to Petracrch, what is the plague of monarchs?

Answer: insipid adulation

I just typed in "Petrach the pague of monarchs" into Google book search and it came up on the first result, sounds like other questions aren't so easy....:(

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here is a list of a whole bunch of questions and their answers....hope it helps! :)

In his letter to the Bishop of Cavaillon, Petrarch says that truth begats what? hatred
According to Petrarch, what is the plague of monarchs? Adulation
Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. What was the first present? Fish
Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. What was the second present? Flat drake
Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. What was the colour of the first present? Gold
Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. Whose pursuit produced the second present? Dog
Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. What was the third present? Epistle
According to Vol. IV of The Eclectic Review, whose childhood was distinguished by the inevitable persecutions which all geniuses are fated to endure? Michael Angelo
According to Vol. IV of The Eclectic Review, what author talks of his sufferings in terms that might suit a Galileo imprisoned by the Inquisition? Mr. Ruskin (this should work) (thanks is worked how did u find it?)
According to Vol. IV of The Eclectic Review, who endeavoured in vain to unite Christian art with the Pagan ideas of antiquity? Michael Angelo (with the space between Micheal and Angelo)
According to Vol. IV of The Eclectic Review, whose art was distinguished by patient skill and slow manipulation? LeonardoMichael Angelo (with the space between Micheal and Angelo)
According to Vol. IV of the electic review, what author has a fervid imangination and a wonderful power? Mr. Ruskin
According to Vol. IV of the electic review, what is the one exception to the Catholic languabe of Painting? French Pictures
According to The Eclectic Review, what is justly considered as an entirely poetical invention? Chivalry
According to the Eclectic Review, it is not galleries that make an artist, but what? pictures
According to The Eclectic Review, what gaudy flower was first cultivated in Italy in the 16th century? Tulip
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the number of christians in cochin china is how many? 70000
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, we must confine ourselves to the explication of what? the mystery
Whose famous birthplace did Petrarch go to see in passing from Parma to Verona? Virgil
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, what does John Morison call the Bane of Youth? fashionable amusements
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, ecclesiastical power of all kinds is an engine of what? mischief
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the mind is converted to religion by shewing that it is what? the greater good (p 182)
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review,the secret of the scotch education was written by which writer? Burns (where did you find this? search "the secret of the scotch education" on GoogleBook? Beta)
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, the tones of whose voice are meagre, shrill, and dry? Try Mr. Southey
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, which is the one exception to the catholic language of painting? French pictures
According to Vol. XXIII of The Eclectic Review, who was the most paradoxical man of the age? Southey
What little village did Petrarch go to see in passing from Parma to Verona? Pietola
It is not less strange that Petrarch never showed this to Boccaccio. Scipiade

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

in case you are wondering about the above answers.......I'm not THAT smart, I got them from this site that was posted in this forum many times.......it has almost all the answers after a little while after the puzzle is available.. :)

senisub.com/davinci/

Connie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I haven't had much problem with the puzzles until the last 2 days. I am having trouble getting into the Google Book Search site. I found one answer at another blog site, and one answer here. Does anyone else feel guilty about being "given" the answer? I prefer to look it up myself. I suppose finding the answer is what it is all about, not where I find it....

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

can someone give me an answer for this question:

Petrarch sent three presents to the Bishop of Cavaillon. What is the first present called?

i cant find the answer anywhere..
someone? please?!
thanks

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nm
ive solved it already
the answer is

torrentona

kaykey carter [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

At the moment im playing the da vinci code game on google i was wondering if anyone knows which symbol is on robert langdon's face? ito me it looks like a triangke but ive entered that symbol and its sayin its wrong could anyone be of any help?

crwth [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think there are far fewer than a million people playing the DVCQ. Take the number of posters to this and other such discussions, and multiply by ten to get an upper bound. I think the order of magnitude is about ten thousand players.

[put at-character here]kaykey: "Blade". The other possible symbols are: Chalice (inverted triangle), Ankh, Greek Cross (+), Fleur-de-lis, Cross.

briannka [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok, everyone...2 days to go...

briannka [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I only have 2 game pieces left to play, and the contest is over on 5/11..I wonder how that is going to work...

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

DAY 22 – CHESS CHALLENGE

Leading Member of the Priory of Sion – The Nautonnier
Not rumored to be a Priory of Sion Member – Nicolas Poussin
Egyptian Goddess of Fertility – Isis

Jim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I think the number could be much higher. But many people don´t have resolved all questions, so our chance are high. :-) Today´s quiz is so easy, it takes me 3 minutes. I´m really nervous from the last one.

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Today's puzzle:

the nautonnier
nicolas poussin
isis

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Stupid just too easy...!!!!!
Surprised....!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hello, i just wanna check something, the only thing that really matters is to complete the wednesday's puzzle in the less time possible, right? (having all the others completed before)... And the 10,000 people that complete the wednesday's puzzle first, will get the criptex and move to the final... Right?? I hope everyone helps on wednesday hehehe

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

It was incrediblly easy, 3 minutes really, i hope wednesday's is easy too hehehe... It should be OBSERVATION.. i've tried searching on google videos for "da vinci code" videos, i got the 3 past videos, but no more "MEET SOMEONE" kind of videos... probably it will be another kind of video or special challenge? hehe

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Agreed – today was very easy. In the first chess challenge I played the chess. This time I just wikipediaed as necessary for the answers.

Does anyone know how the challenge works in the UK? There is none of this 10,000 first stuff in the UK I don't think. Just a prize draw.

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Sorry...but this fantastic game is a "time-game"?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yup......Phase Two will be a timed phase, which will consist of five puzzles.....and in this phase......the first 10,000 to finish will proceed to the next phase and also win a cryptex.. :)

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Thanks so much...i didnt' know...where can I found this info?

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Actually Jay, that's only halfway correct.......only the first 10,000 to complete Wednesday's puzzle and submit a completion form will move on to phase 2.

So there will be only 10,000 people in phase 2 period.....then they will send you a cryptic scroll like the one on the webpage and a link to a website where you have 5 puzzles to complete using the scroll the person who completes the 5 fastest is the Grand Prize winner.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yes Nick, you are right......and Marco, if you look under where all teh puzzle gems are in the Quest area on your homepage,it will say Rules and Prizes, click Rules to view all the info.

Lucyb [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Sam D is right, on the Uk rules there is no mention of a timed game or 10,000 people going through to another phase, just a prize draw.

This has nothing to do with the webquest, but has anyone found the secret tunnel on the website? When you find all the symbols in the gallery what are you supposed to do next?

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I can definitely say I haven't found the secret tunnel on the website. What's that all about?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Very confused about what Lucy B said.

crwth [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that Lucy B is talking about something on the big Sony flash thing, promoting the movie:
sonypictures.com/movies/thedav ...

which has some hidden stuff. Some further information is here:
seekthecodes.com/

which superficially looks like a fan blog, but is actually covert promotion for the Sony promotion and the Google puzzles. I think the Sony hidden-stuff and the Google puzzles are independent.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I think that LucyB is talking about DA VINCI'S GALLERY (on the quest page) sonypictures.com/movies/thedav ...

When you watch the clip, then you can forward it and rewind it, and you will find the 5 symbols that we always see, you have to click them, they are in the paintings on da vinci's gallery...

Then you will get a bottom bar, with the simbols, when you press the symbols in different orders you will get little videos of the movie... i don't think this has something to do with the quest itself, i think is more of promoting the movie..

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ah ok. So it seems it is a seperate Da Vinci promotion. (And speaking of which there are LOADS of Da Vinci promotions. It is getting really bigged up everywhere).

Which brings me to: is anyone going to go and see the film?

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Definitely....
Want 2 see how different is the movie from the book....
Still if it gives me half the thrill while I read the book I'll be happy...
I read somewhere that due to church problems the movie is going to be less harsh on the christianity issue...
Which in my point of view will destroy the real fun of it...

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey can anyone tell me what is the exact time when google gives the new puzzle...???

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

they are launched at 1:00PM Eastern time....
todays answers are :

Puzzle ... easy....
City is – Paris
Points are –


trex005.googlepages.com/points ...


Sequence is – Squares

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

cheers mate...... already knew the answers
toooooooo easy...... very disssaaaaapppppointing..... :(

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hehehe way to easy.. i think that if we want real challenges we need to be finallists :p

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

lets see what happens....

Kimbo [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Quite honestly, the easiest puzzle yet. What will tomorrows 'Observation' be? "Watch this clip from a movie starring Judy Garland. Her name is Dorothy and she travels to a distant fantasy land. What three characters travel with her? (Hint: One scares crows, one is a man made of tin and the third is a lion that is a coward). :/

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

hahahhaha......don't get so frustated.... we have got one last hope....

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea...puzzle was stupidly easy..........again..the city is Paris, teh nine symbols took nothing to find, and teh sequence is squares... good luck on tomorrow's puzzle! :)

rob [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

enjoying it though gonna miss it all when it finishes

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Explain how the sequence is squares, please....

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Dude . . .

0,1,2,3
Square them
0,1,4,9

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Ohhhh...SQUARED...I was looking for squares as in geometry.

Wayne [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

$*[put at-character here]&(^*($&^[put at-character here]$ "Squares"?!?!

I just spent like half an hour trying to figure out what the hell it wanted there. I had stuff ranging from entries in the (research.att.com/~njas/sequenc ...) Online reference of Integer Sequences to "Smarandache square-digital sequence" to "squared-digits", but didn't try just "squares"

When you overthink it, it's the easy ones that are the hardest.

Thanks!

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I used Smarandache first too but then remebered these answers are always the simplest, and typed squares for shits and giggles

I have to admit none of the puzzles so far have been that challenging.......in fact sometimes the Curator arranging the paintings most of the time is what I have the roughest time with.

The rest of it all is simple, but something tells me the final 5 (if I make it tomorrow) will be trmendously hard.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think that their intention is to

1) get you interested in the movie (duh)
2) get you familiar with Google and it services (again duh)

and not really to give you brain strain. I think the only really intellectually challenging thing has been the Sudoku(esque) puzzles, but those were in fact rather easy too.... My challenge will be remembering to log on in time to do the puzzle!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I agree with Travis.....Google advertised the movie and its services like Google Maps, Book Search, Search, Video, etc.....the puzzles were fairly easy, and I don't even expect the final five puzzles to be extremely hard. :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

WOW.....this thread is four posts away (well, now its three) from being the top thread in the Forum......this thread now has 343 posts, whereas, GMail Horror Stories, the top thread has 346 posts.....of course, this will surpass it in no time.. :)

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I think there are many people confused with the 5 puzzle final challenge, i just want to remember everyone that tomorrow is supossed to be a "regular observation challenge", maybe harder, maybe not, but a regular one, and the 10,000 people that submit their info first, after completing this last challenge, will go to the final 5 puzzles... (they will send this 10,000 perople a cryptex with instructions for this final consecutive 5 puzzles that will be timed)

So, in conclusion, we all need to log in exactly at 1:00pm tomorrow and share our answers in this forum, to help the ones of us that might be frustrated or too nervous, lol.
Remember, it's all about finishing fast tomorrow to go to the finals... i wonder if they are going to do something special on this last observation puzzle? :P

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What time zone is the 1 pm?

i.e. What time is that in the UK (GMT + 1) ?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This tool might help you:
timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/ ...

For example you can convert 1pm US/Pacific into GMT and it says 8pm...

brandon [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

does any one know the name of the symbols?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i know the cruciform is an equal sided cross, that one took me forever, i didnt expect it to be so simple, the triangle is a blade, the cross with a hoop is egyptian but i dont remember what its called

Steven Lu [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ankh

June [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Anyone had problems openbing day 17's quest?
It just won't download for me....really frustrating!
June

vikki [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

where is this greek cross in puzzle 12?

Simple Dude [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Vikki
Go Here
davincianswers.blogspot.com/20 ...

Shehan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Just half an hour to go................... ;)
Best of luck............

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hi,I live in Rome and I'ld like to know at what time (in Italy!)will be the 24th game...help me.Thanks

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think it should be online NOW.

But it isn't. So it must be at the next hour. i.e. 19.00 in Italy.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

The game starts in about 23 minutes everywhere, right?

Does anyone know if my google id is just my email address or is it something else?

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Historically it's been 12 noon CST in the US, which is in 20 minutes. Get ready!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

10 minutes to go........

Someone Cool [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Contest rules say you're only eligible for prizes if you live in the US, I'm pretty sure. So good luck to you all attempting to get into the Final Round from other places, you're narrowing the field for those of us who live in the US and can actually finish the puzzles :>

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

VP, do you have a gmail account? I think that's my google id....

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

I agree with you, Travis. But that's why their stock is $4 billion a share--they are smart. I really like the translator tool and I've never had a reason to use that "hybrid" option on the Google maps. I'm sure that I'll be using more of their tools after this game. That's what marketing is all about....

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

almost there . . . . .

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

umm, I don't have a gmail account, but on my google homepage it has my email address at the top. I don't know of anything besides that that could possibly be my id

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

good luck all, when we get the anwsers, give them here

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

A mean practical joke would be to yell GO right now . . .

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

It should be up now. My clock says 10:01 (PST)

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

GOGOGOGOGO

Rebecca [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

HELP MINES NOT LOADING ALL THE WAY

Chad [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Mine isn't loading at all. I keep getting the following message:

   We're sorry...

   ... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

   We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

   We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

1.) 2
2.) so dark the con of man
3.) madonna of the rocks

your welcome

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

first one is two..HELP!

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

great, perfect timing, google server crashes

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

so does everyone get to register, or just the 1st 10, 000 cuz if everyone does, then how will we know if we are finalists?

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

MAN WHAT A GIP!!!! You only get to register for solving the riddles!

LucyB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok so questions answered then they ask you to register to enter prize draw, now what? is that it for the Uk entrants?

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think it's only the US people who have the different competition. We just go into the draw. Bit of an anticlimax I agree...

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

you have to fill out a screen then it will tell you what the prizes are. the first 10 thousand people get a cryptex repcla.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Lol.........Cassie has it...........

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

1 is 2
2 is so dark the con of man
3 is Madonna on the rocks

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hmmm... I registered, I guess they don't tell you if you were one of the first 10,000.... :(, though you probably are if you registered by now. :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

UK people also have the register. My details are refused though!

LucyB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

what message did it give when refusing your details?

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

How do we know if we are finalists?

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It just says to 'click here to learn more about the prize you seek'. Is that the same as the US response?

iLovePuzzles [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Did anyone get a confirmation email for registering?

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

sorry, I would have answered sooner, but my firefox chrashed :(I REALLY hope that does not happen in the final one....


trex005.googlepages.com/final_ ...

JJ [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think it is Madonna of the rocks

Nate [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I've been done for about 7-8 minutes now, and I sure hop I pick up one of those nifty cryptexes. :)

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

What was up with the page not being available?
Was it just because so many people must have been on at the same time?

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Er, no. No confirmation email. Panicking now I put in the wrong address by accident...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

LucyB I got this:

"We’re sorry but we are unable to process your request at this time."

It is on this page:

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

You're too late! 10,000 have completed already.

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It worked perfectly for me! I'm looking forward to getting my cryptex!

J

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Hey, Chad--mine did the same thing for about 3 minutes too. Very scary. Then it came back. Hope you got all of your answers in. I got the first two no problem, but the last--did a google search and got "The Virgin of the Rocks," "Virgin of the Rocks," "The Madonnas on the Rocks," etc.... had to try them all. =)

BRAD [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i just tried to re submit to make sure i got it and it said the quest has ended, we all got in in time!

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I highly doubt that 10,000 people would finish it within 12 minutes!

J

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

So does something come in the post now?

angry [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I solved it a good 8 minutes ago, and the sony server is not loading! I'm at the page where it says to put in your google account. Anyone else having trouble with this?

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

So the people it says successfully registered are in the 10,000?

RB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #


I'd be willing to bet a lot more than 10,000 got it in 12 minutes.

James [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah I am nervous that I havent been confirmed about being one of the registered people, but it sounds like everyone is still waiting for that confirmation.

RB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #


How many people got some sort of confirmation e-mail?

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

What's with needing to call us on May 24 between 2 and 4 EST? I guess that means it really is a drawing.

Bubble [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It's said that my registration was confirmed .. by no email

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

congrats to everyone who got in, i finished alittle over 10 mins ago and still havent gotten a confermation e-mail yet, but its probally hard for a currently overloaded server to send out 10 thousand e-mails, but im still getting nervous

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

no email here either

jeff mcelhan [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i also tried to reconfirm by registering again, and it told me the quest had ended. I'm lucky I made it, congrats everybody!

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm also nervous that I put in the wrong info...does anyone know if it screws up your submission if you re-enter the registration?

No confirmation e-mail yet...

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

where does it say all the people who made it??

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am in the UK so as far as the rules go there is no 10,000 or anything.

Has anyone in the UK managed to get it to work?

Bubble [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

how long do you think it will take for the emails to come through??

Mar_A [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

AHHH when the stupid server on google crashed I had to do the whole thing over again. It lost me precious seconds =(

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm at school right now (computer class)....(THANK GOD I finished my assignments before the puzzle was available!)........and I can't check my e-mail becuase it's blocked.......does anyone have the e-mail address it told you to put in your addresses for confirmation? It had someting to do with Sony and the Da Vinci Code (duh!) :)

RB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #


I finished at 1:04... but then my stupid big fingers had some issues in entering all the information they needed on the registration form... then I put – in my phone number and it came back at me for that...

I stink and I don't like me.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

it says on the registration page that they will be in communication soon whatever the hell that means

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

where did you hear about the phone call?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I got it in two minutes guys... so yes, a lot more than 10,000 people got it in 12 minutes. and you should see this message if you're registered properly:

You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest[put at-character here]sonypictures.com
to your email address book to ensure that we will be able to contact you.

Click here to learn more about the prize you seek.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th.
Visit the Official Da Vinci Code website

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

no i haven't gotten any confirmation e-mail yet, but i managed to get everything to work, and the phone thing would be if you one the final phase since the 24 is long after that phase goes on... man i hope i got one of the cryptexs

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

This is in fine print at the bottom of the "You have registered" page:

Phase 1 of Contest ends at 1:00 pm EDT on 5/11/06. Final Phase of Contest ends at 1:00 p.m. EDT on 5/21/06.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i cheated a bit i watched the video before the puzzle was ready

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

haha how did you know which video to watch? I was done at 12:02 (I'm in Chicago) I think it was the easiest video so far, honestly

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

More fine print:

The Contest is divided into two (2) phases: Phase 1 and a Final Phase. (A third Phase consisting of an essay competition will be employed only in case of a tie in determining the grand prize winner, as described below). 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.

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

SO what's the deal if we registered we are in????? I'm pissed I want to know if I am a finalist I answered those questions in like 2 minutes and filled out the form I kept refreshing till the puzzle was availabel so I have to be one of the 10,000 finalist.

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

See, the UK rules say this –

"Users must use skill to complete all 24 puzzles to be entered into the draw to win prizes."

So I think that's it for us...

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

so do you think registered means we're in?? i don't know?? anyone have any clue?

Bubble [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

has anyone got the email .. or are we all waiting??

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i looked all the charcters up that havent been used yet and sophie was the only one that popped up! he he im so sneeky lol

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Okay, so we DO have to get something in the mail, but that seems rather odd:

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.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I found this forum by googling where to find the announced winners or registered finalists. Wish I had found it earlier, it's great!

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

The final puzzle is going to be chess, be ready

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

We don't HAVE to get it in the mail as we'll get an email about it anyway, lol, but my guess is that the emails won't go out for a while, but who knows.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

cool beans, this just gets better and better huh?

KBru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

All – this is from the official rules.....

Notification: Phase 1: Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006. If the Finalist Prize or email notification to a particular Finalist is returned as undeliverable, or if he/she is found to be ineligible to participate in the Final Phase, and/or is deemed not to have complied with these Official Rules, such Finalist will be disqualified, and time permitting, the participant with the next earliest time-stamp will be permitted to participate in the Final Phase. Final Phase: Grand Prize winner will be notified by phone between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 26, 2006, at the telephone number provided on his/her Official Contest Entry.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

This is also from the rules. Looks like we have to wait for a while to get our confirmations...

Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006.

josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I've tried Madonnas of the rocks, The Virgin on the Rocks non works what gives?

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i think it does mean we are in, because trying to register now, it says the Da vinci quest is over at around 1:20pm EST. so whoever got their registration in without a "Sorry" message is in.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Yups. I read the fine print a month ago. You guys just sit back and relax

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

This is crazy I'm at work doing nothing cause I'm waiting on an email.........I'm acually kind of pissed how hard is it to count to 10,000 Google geniuses?????

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ARG i can't wait that long are they CRAZY i don't think i made it anyway i registered but my comp froze up so it wasn't as quick as i would have hoped

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hey other Josh, try "Madonna of the rocks".

Sweet. That means I am in!

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Well... getting the sorry message doesn't mean you're "IN" because it all depends also on how long you took to complete your 24 respective puzzles. Not just the last one

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

We have to wait til may 15th!? I can't take it anymore! lol

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

man dont they know we're all waiting in anticipation now. if we filled out the form and it says we're registered, does that mean we made it? or did they just do that to everyone?

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Registration was closed at approximately 1:20pm EST

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

how do you know taht's when registration closed???

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

"Registration was closed at approximately 1:20pm EST"

To think they actually said in the fine print the dead line is 1:00 tomorrow....

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

try registering again. i tried and it says it is closed

Tim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I received the closed message around 1:10pm EST.

Fl_Fulfer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It entered me ok just now. And yes it's a drawing it dosen't stop at 10,000 people. You just have to complete all the puzzles and submit your info.
   Then you'll be in the drawing.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

HELLO.. I'VE GOT THIS MESSAGE:
------------------------------------

You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest[put at-character here]sonypictures.com
to your email address book to ensure that we will be able to contact you.

Click here to learn more about the prize you seek.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th.
Visit the Official Da Vinci Code website

   -->Julian

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think the UK folks are out of luck...found this in the rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law. Open only to legal residents located and residing in the 50 United States and D.C., 13 years or older as of 4/17/06.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Are you sure being a finalist depends on the other puzzles? I thought it was just the last one

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Soooooo, to recap, looks like those of us who finished the Registration page will receive an email by May 15 with Phase 2 instructions. They will (probably) verify mailing address and send us our cryptex. It should arrive by May 18 with directions on how to open it. On May 19 at 1:00 EST, we can log on and start the final contest without logging off, resetting, or whatever. Our total time is tracked and the first person to submit all of the correct answers wins the booty.

Did I miss anything?

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

if you got:
You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest[put at-character here]sonypictures.com
to your email address book to ensure that we will be able to contact you.

Click here to learn more about the prize you seek.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th.
Visit the Official Da Vinci Code website

   than u are in as a finalist

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I don't think it has to do with the total time for these, I know the final phase does, but I think this one is just the first 10,000 to complete all 24, which would basically mean if all others were finished, the first 10,000 to do the last one, lol.

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

OMG i want answers this suspense is killing me

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

J-Money

>I found this forum by googling where to find the announced winners or registered finalists. Wish I had found it earlier, it's great!

What is it? Post it in here! :)
  
>The final puzzle is going to be chess, be ready

How do you know its chess?

  

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I've just tried registering again in the UK (Different email address) and it let me. So it's all done now and I'm going to the pub.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Yups!! otherwise it'd be waaaaay to much contention

"Based on Puzzle Completion time and Entry time"

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thats crap!!! if we got it we want it fair and square, we worked hard and stressed for at least 24hours to make sure we were here at 1:00 and did it as fast as we could to be in the top 10 thousand! if thats true ooohhhhh!!

iLovePuzzles [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Capanda, i think it's the person with the shortest time to submit the final puzzle-- they can't make it the "first" person, cause then the USPS would be the winning factor

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

J-Money, where is the site that has all the finalists, and how do you know the "final puzzle" is going to be chess? ...even though there will be five final puzzles :)

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

check out google bloggers. One of the puzzle creators is a regular, that was is hint for everyone

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

BEXIMUS!!!! where in the uk do you live? i really want to move to england

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the hardest challenge will be chess...

Miles [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

To the person who said that the cumulative time on the 24 puzzles is what counts, I am afraid you are wrong. From the Official Rules:

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."

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

HAHAHA no I mean I never knew about "blog.outer-court.com forum (this forum) until I googled for da vinci quest finalists.

Tim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I believe J-Money was talking about this. googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/0 ...

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i was thinking north london (where they shot shaun of the dead) i think its beautiful

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Yeah, although there are five in total, the hardest one will be the chess one. Dust your chess boards folks

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

definietly will be chess

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ok after scouring the rules numerous times being paranoid as I am, the final phase is 5 puzzles in a row that all finalists have to do, they have a time clock that starts whenever you start the puzzles in the two days that the final phase is open, and ends when you finish, for the final phase, the winner is the one who completed the FINAL puzzles in the shortest amount of time, but doesn't have to finish first if they start later.

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Yes, Puzzles, I agree. Which means that you could log on with your "google id" on May 20 (a day later) and finish in 10 minutes compared to the person who logged on May 19 and took 25 minutes, but finished the day before.

And I thought that would be weird that my chance to win relies on my mail! =/

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Does anyone know if we can re-play the chess challenges to see what he is talking about?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Tim: Exactly right

Solver [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

During the wait before it started, I kept ketting the scene from Star Wars going through my head . . .

Read leader flying down the death star trench, tie fighters on his tail, wingman panicking, all he keeps saying is "All most there . . . ."

I got in! Congrats to everyone else who did as well! Just chill everyone, you'll get your e-mail in 5 days, they just need to verify everyone.

Beximus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Cassie, I live in Swansea, in S. Wales. I'm not Welsh, I'm English, but Wales is a very pretty place to live.

But then, so are parts of England... :D

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

gee, ya think the brainiacs at in san jose would have anticipated a large number of contestants, and worked their servers a bit better to handle the load, 10 minutes of wasted time waiting and looking at error pages..

nice going google, i think i might have to switch to ask.com ,

anybody want 105 open gmail accounts?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

MILES:

1st 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

From the fine print

Tim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

This contest reminds me of the American Express wishlist.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

MORE DETAILED:

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.

from part 2 of the official US rules

JasonR [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Keep in mind they created over 12,000 puzzles doe the challenge.. there may be 100's of variations of for each of the 5 final puzzles.

-JasonR

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

well i think that whenever your done with your five challenges, post the anwsers, ill do it too. maybe (but doubtfully since the odds are 10thousand to 1) one of us will win! and i promise if i win and use someone elses anwsers, ill take you on the trip, cause i only have use for 2 tickets.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

12,358 puzzles. Fibonacci. Silly isn't it

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

BUT I CAN'T PLAY CHESS!!! I don't know those stupid rules!!! =(
The only way that I completed those challenges was by answering the questions!!!

ARGH.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

is it expencive to live there? hard to get a job? how do you feel about americans who want to be citizens? (not illegal immigrants!)

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I dunno, after readin the rules, it seems to me that they are talking about the Puzzle Completion Time as the time it takes you to submit the Puzzle Completion Form AFTER the 24th puzzle. Because the rules then talk about you submitting the Contest Entry form AFTER the Puzzle Completion Form.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah me too, i know nothing about chess

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It would have been nice of them to send an e-mail. I know i am one of the finalists, but there is no sense of achievement without a record of it.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Capanda: Start learning :) Yahoo chess might be good for starters

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Just use a chess computer program and set up the pieces as the puzzle would have them....

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I have completed the total game..."You have sucessfully registered"...but I have received nothing...why?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Josh: hmmm yeah, you may be right. Wow then we're all in

Crypto [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well that sucks I'm pretty sure it's only the first 10,000 US residents to finish the puzzels that get a cryptex. It seems that the Australian closeing dead line is in 19 hours. And here I am up at 3am completeing the puzzel within 1 minute ....sigh..

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Hehehe...thanks, J-Money. Guess I know what I'll be doing for the next 9 days....

The pawn...now that's the little guy that you have a bunch of, right?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

yups, then you go in from the last row: rook, knight, bishop, queen or king

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

I think it's only US residents who compete in the Final Phase. I believe residents elsewhere are put into a drawing for winning other prizes (Frommer's books, Sony stuff, etc.)

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im lost i got the same thing but then the rules says something about contest entry form, i fifnished the puzzle rather quickly, how long did u guys take? Does this mean im a finalist that it says that i succesfully registered

Miles [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

J-Money:

First 10,000 is based on Puzzle Completion Time, and Contest Entry Time.

Puzzle Completion Time: The timestamp on your account when you entered your Google ID after completing the last of the 24 puzzles, and hit Submit.

Contest Entry Time: The timestamp on your entry when you completed the Contest Entry Form (the one asking for your address and such) and hit Submit.

This is translated from legalese and CAPS LOCK, but it does state that, if you are among the first 10k to submit Puzzle Completion Form and Contest Entry form, you are a finalist. (No mention that I could see in the case of somebody being, for instance, #9997 on the Puzzle Completion, but #10023 on the Contest Entry)

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

we are all very sad people!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey by the way did anyone see the access hollywood "hints" they were completely useless! why did they even do that?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

So hmmmm. Where are the contest entry forms?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So whos a finalist?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Miles: OH. Ok

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey i just saw this on a different thread, for all of you out-of-towners over the pond

Have you noticed that different countries has different prizes and rules?

US has the most expensive first prize, and there are ten thousand (!) prizes for finalist. Total arv – $428,170.54

UK version includes only 121 prizes.

AU version includes 68 prizes, and those are the cheapest one.

And there are no PL version at all ;(

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Official Rules length:
AU version – 2,130
UK version – 3,060
US version – 33,738 (more than 15 times longer then AU!)

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Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

if any1 can help me please contact me at this im screen name smyrh428 on aim

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Cassie, looks like it was just a stupid cross promotion!

J-Money, I think the contest Entry form is the form where you put your name and address and all that jazz.

Miles [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

If you got "You are registered", you filled it out.

Information required on the Contest Entry Form consists of participant's first name, last name, email address, home mailing address including city, state and ZIP code (no P.O. boxes), date of birth, gender, telephone number (including area code) where he/she can be reached between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 26, 2006, and the Google ID used to access the Daily Puzzles (collectively, the "Entry Information").

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i have to say,it's really unfair when googles servers couldn't handle the load and nothing came up except error pages, wasting valuable time instead of being able to solve a puzzle.
  

google you suck

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

SAMY

after you finished the puzzle you would have filled out an entry form then it would take you to another screen that said you had registered.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

That's no fun then. I've kept time and it took me an average of 7 minutes per puzzle. Should have saved the synapses for just today. Who knows I would have probably done it in 30 seconds :)

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

so basically every1 who got "You are registered" then ur a finalist

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

geeze i hope i put in the right google id as of yesterday i didnt know it 'cause i just automatically signed in. that would so suck.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Looks like it Samy

gwen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ummm is your google id your email address or just the name before your email address??? gmail that is

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thats what we think samy

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i hope its your email address cause thats what i put in

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thanks cassie,

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

and same here i put in my email adress b cuz it said the name you SIGN IN with being ur email adress

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

umm ok maybe i was wrong? it kept saying over and over the quest had ended, so i kept trying to re submit my registration form, and it finally accepted the registration. then took me to another page about the prize i seek. does this seem a bit odd? anyone else have this happen? and this was over a period of maybe 15 minutes

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it's the same... email in google is your login...! hey there are people saying the got a SORRY message.. i JUST registered with another account (another person that was playing too and asked me the favor) (2PM) AND I GOT the congrats message again...

Amy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I know this has already been said, but I have to vent...

I'm very upset that Google couldn't handle the traffic. I couldn't get to the puzzle for a long time and then only finished submitting at 1:19 (EST). I hope I made it, but think that I probably missed it due to the time lost being locked out. very sad...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i tried to register again and it says that i have already registered

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i got a confirmation email stating that i am a finalist. did anybody else get that notification?

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I guess I am in, it says "Sorry, you have already entered." LOL, waiting for that combination thingy!
>I think you can just enter the id(w/o the @gmail.com), if you are not a Gmail user, enter the full email address.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Amy

congrats message?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

you butthole you already got one!!!

Amy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #


finalist – how soon did you submit your entry form?

Has anyone else gotten an email?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Finalist

What time did u finish ur puzzle and completion form???

iLovePuzzles [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think Finalist is just trying to get us all worked up--

Finalist-- can you paste the contents of your email confirmation here?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i finished by 1:05 and havent gotten anything yet! what kind of e-mail do you have cause probally gmail gets theirs first

Jeni [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Where do you guys find the time stamp? I completed really fast, but forgot to look for the official timstamp, so am not sure what the official time was.

ghostrider66 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

amy,

might keep trying, i kept trying to resubmit for about 15 minutes, and it finally accepted.

Miles [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I smell a troll named "finalist". The rules state that we won't be notified until "on or about May 15, 2006"

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i posted as soon as i hit submit on my entry form and looked at the time of the post which means i finished sometime between 01:04 and 01:05

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im not sure if there is an official time stamp, i do however think that google should post all 10thousand finalists so we know

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finished at 1:02 and I havn't recieved email yet......so I'm saying Finalist is what we like to call BULLSHIT

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i finished mie at 1:03 i have a gmail account

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah go away if you want to toy with our emotions, i bet you couldnt even figure out any puzzles past 4 if any

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

anyone else have gmail?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

SEND US A COPY OF UR MESSAGE 2 PROVE IT

i dont remember what time i finished i kno i did it really fast.. im freakin out

Jeni [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Notification: Phase 1: Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006.

That's from the official rules. And I have gmail, and have not recieved anything yet. I think we just all need to be a little more patient. :o)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

so i was just thinking weve all helped each other out so much through all this (you guys helped me more than i helped you because i didnt even discover this game until game 17 and had to play serious catch up) but we dont know anything about each other, so who is everyone?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i think that if ur not a finalist they would at least send a formal email back

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im Cassie, im 23, i live in ohio, and im a married mother of 2. little girl: colleen 3
little boy: connor 11 months

AmyDee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Okay...i'm way out of it then...I finished at 1:04 CST...I gat a congrats! please fill this out form....nothing about finalist though...just to win the cryptex....phooey!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im samy 14 ny, Midwood High, Skipped skool 2day just for this, been in love w/ puzzles and codes since grade 6 and will be my area of study

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it never says your a finalist it just says your registered or sorry. thats what we're all worried about

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i will go crazy if i dont get in, mising a day of school on report card day(probably got a 95 average)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what if it ends at 1:20 in each time zone? then we could be really screwed, cause for her to finish at 1:04 cst and still register, thats 1 hour after it closed for all of us

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i registered again

rach [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

is there a way to find a timestamp on your submit page? i forgot to look at when i finished.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea same here

rach [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

sigh...frustrating.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wow......looks like alot of confusion has been going on about timestamps, rules, time zones, whether people were finalists or not, etc...Atleast you finished all the puzzles, just sit back and wait to find out if you were a finalist or not.....all the stress won't help.....if you need more assistance about your stress, I suggest you use Dr. Google or Google Health! :)

AmyDee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Did everybody's registation page look the same? Mine said something like:
Please fill out the form below for the drawing for the cryptex repilac and to see if you are worthy of continuing the quest and competing for riches untold....

if we can determine if we all had the same thing...it could help

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im afraid to register again incase it messes something up, i wish i stopped to read the fine print though. damn me for being so excited when i saw it!

AmyDee [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

and there's also the fact that there were 10,000 spots...we may think that eceryone else is doing this, but we could be wrong....

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

YES MINE SAYS THE SAME THING

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I am in the same boat Cassie, I was in such a hurry that I didn't want to read everything!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

really cause we got alot of spots

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I am sorry group i provided the wrong information earlier. The assumed the congratulations message was a confirmation that I was a finalist but I was wrong.

This is an extract from the rules:

A Contest Entry Form containing complete Entry Information and correctly submitted by a participant in accordance with these Official Rules shall be deemed the Official Contest Entry ("Entry") of the Contest participant submitting it, (TO ME THAT MEANS EVERY PERSON WHO COMPLETES ALL 24 PUZZLES CAN FILL THE FORM NO MATTER WHEN YOU FINISH IT)

but he/she shall be deemed a "Finalist" only if he/she was among the first 10,000 participants to submit a Puzzle Completion Form (ONLY THE FIRST 10,000).

So none of us will know if we are finalists today. So just relax and go back to work.

All Finalists will be notified and will receive a Finalist Prize as described below

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

unless of course none of us are finalists and we all have our heads up our bums

Amy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

the fact that Google crashed with all of the trafic at 1pm suggests that there was an overwhelming amount of people trying to access it right away. And, I think it's safe to assume that Google can generally handle a lot of traffic. I think the 10,000 finished entering a very long time ago!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

LMC [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

From the Official Rules:

"Daily Puzzles may be solved in any order the participant wishes before 1:00 p.m. EDT on May 11, 2006 ("Phase 1 Deadline"). "

May 11 is *tomorrow*.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Oh, now I feel better! I thought I lost my chance to be a finalist!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

copied from the "official rules c/o davincicodequest.whatever"

   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.

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

But later i tried to regester again to make sure i did it correctly typing so fast to be in and the second time it said soory the davinchi quest is over. so I think if you got the submit screen you are in?

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

LMC is right the puzzle will go on untill tomorrow.

Samy the link to the registration page dosen't matter, cause google has been tracking the status since day 1. The registration form is to only get information about you.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

did u guys click the link i sent that is wat i got

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

more from the "official rules"

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.

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

And I got the game over screen at 1:13.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This thread is by far the longest thread in the forum with 573 posts so far, and it beats the second longest, GMail Horror Stories, by 223 posts, thats alot!

Anyway, there seems to be new posts every minute right now, so the number is still escalating! :)

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Nick 1:13 is good time. Don't worry about it you will get an official notification before this weekend

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

even more

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 ("PUZZLE COMPLETION TIME"). AFTER A PARTICIPANT HAS SUBMITTED HIS/HER PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE PARTICIPANT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DIRECTED TO A SEPARATE CONTEST ENTRY FORM ("CONTEST ENTRY FORM") WHICH THE PARTICIPANT MUST COMPLETE CORRECTLY AND IN FULL BY THE PHASE 1 DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE DEEMED A POTENTIAL FINALIST. CONTEST ENTRY FORM WILL BE TIME-STAMPED AND WILL BE DEEMED PARTICIPANT'S OFFICIAL CONTEST ENTRY TIME ("CONTEST ENTRY TIME"). THE DETERMINATION OF WHICH PARTICIPANTS ARE DEEMED POTENTIAL FINALISTS ELIGIBLE TO CONTINUE TO THE FINAL PHASE OF THE CONTEST DEPENDS ON HOW SOON EACH PARTICIPANT WHO HAS SOLVED ALL 24 DAILY PUZZLES CORRECTLY SUBMITS HIS/HER CORRECTLY FILLED OUT PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM AND THEREAFTER SUBMITS A CONTEST ENTRY FORM. ONLY THE FIRST 10,000 PARTICIPANTS WHO SUBMIT A PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM (AND WHO THEREAFTER SUBMIT A CONTEST ENTRY FORM) ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE FINAL PHASE.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

this of course is the most important to all of us right now:

THE DETERMINATION OF WHICH PARTICIPANTS ARE DEEMED POTENTIAL FINALISTS ELIGIBLE TO CONTINUE TO THE FINAL PHASE OF THE CONTEST DEPENDS ON HOW SOON EACH PARTICIPANT WHO HAS SOLVED ALL 24 DAILY PUZZLES CORRECTLY SUBMITS HIS/HER CORRECTLY FILLED OUT PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM AND THEREAFTER SUBMITS A CONTEST ENTRY FORM. ONLY THE FIRST 10,000 PARTICIPANTS WHO SUBMIT A PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM (AND WHO THEREAFTER SUBMIT A CONTEST ENTRY FORM) ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE FINAL PHASE.

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

great, it was a fun game, the cryptex would be so cool. I wonder if google will release the number of players stats etc later.

finalist [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

So the only thing that is important is the contest completion time......as long as you complete the contest entry form and you are the 1st 10000 to finish the 24 puzzles u r in.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Good stuff. I had been confused if the time was counted on both the Puzzle Completion form and the Contest Entry form, but reading it again makes it seem that it is only the time on the Puzzle Completion form that counts.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

well lets all wish each other good luck and keep our fingers crossed for the next FOUR days!!! uuuugggghhhhh! they need to tell us now!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006. If the Finalist Prize or email notification to a particular Finalist is returned as undeliverable, or if he/she is found to be ineligible to participate in the Final Phase, and/or is deemed not to have complied with these Official Rules, such Finalist will be disqualified, and time permitting, the participant with the next earliest time-stamp will be permitted to participate in the Final Phase.

So i guess we have to wait

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Why I've finished the game and I haven't received the mail??? I don't know what to think...

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yep, the waiting game is always the hard part...

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Marco, you won't receive an email until on or around May 15th.

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

ok I only filled out one form was there 2 and if so where is the other one???

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

nope just the one

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thrers only 1 form , i read the rules over

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

well it says puzzle completion and entry form that form was a "2-in-1"

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

...so nobody has received the mail?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Since you guys are constantly posting here :), I suggest you use the Chat feature of Google Blogoscoped in order to communicate more efficiently... :)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it was the blue "submit" button before you got to the entry form

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

no1 will receive an email until may 15, 2006

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

we should use the chat feature

molly deatrick [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the last question is the virgin of the rocks, isn't it? i've put it in every way i can think of and it still says it's wrong!!! What's going on...is that what you guys got? i'm getting mad!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

madonna of the rocks

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Molly, it is 'Madonna of the Rocks'

I hate to say this to you, but the 10,000 finalists submitted a long time ago... :)

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

leonardo da vinci didnt paint virgin of the rocks, it was someone else, he modified it to place his own secret within it, you should check it out and when u get this post try to tell us everything that you fill in every detail so we will be more confident and up to date

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Thanks Samy...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

DID EVERY1 here READ THE BOOK?????

molly deatrick [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

thanks...gosh i'm soooooo mad!!! where did you find that? everything i saw only said virgin of the rocks!! i'm pissed! i've been playing this every day!

molly deatrick [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i didn't!

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well, the third clue was an anagram of "So Dark the Con of Man", since there is no "v" in there, it couldn't have been the Virgin on the Rocks.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea its said in the book, virgin of the rocks and madonna of the rocks are two different paintings and ...... It always helps to expand your mind on these topics, it will be necessary for the final phase (im onli 14, i probably wont win)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes, I read the book, pretty excellent book. Now I want to read Angels and Demons, and the yet to come Solomon Key, both of which have Robert Langdon as the main character. :)

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah just finished the book, started devils and angels. didn't realize langdon was in it too. so maybe ongoing series?

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I still haven't read Angels & Demons either, but I have it at home to read soon. Can't wait for the next book too

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Angels and Demons if very excellent... one of the greatest books ever published along with Da Vinci code.....i will go to the book signing of Solomon key since i live in NY

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I read Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and now I'm reading Deception Point (in Italy La Verità del Ghiaccio)...my favourite is Angels and Demons...fantastic!

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Angels and demons is a better book in my opinion

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Marco, does Deception Point also feature Robert Langdon??

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i actually tried 2 read deception point but i found it very boring and not as good as the rest

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

(I had to go to class but I'm re-joining the conversation!)

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

no robert in dec. pt

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

So... why aren't we using the chat again? :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Lol....we should really use chat.. :)

Everyone go there.......3...........2.............1.........NOW! :)

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Cause it is creepy and disturbing!

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

haha it sure is. If we do go, which room?

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

No Jay...there isn't Robert Langdon in Deception Point...but the book is interesting and I think that it could became a great movie!

Freaky [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I hope I made it, Shit no e-mail. Damn my computer crashed!!!. ARRRRGGG I beat my children with the keyboard!!! the f key does not work anymore I wonder if I made it!!! Why dont they E-Mail me. I am gonna shoot some heroin to calm down. FUUUUUKKK!!! :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thnx Marco... :)

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Freaky, calm down man....the email won't go out until on or around the 15th.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Jay Amin: is that supposed to be "Jammin"?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nope......Jay is my first name, and Amin is my last name.. lol :)

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Wow, great name if you ask me, Jammin

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

(Said with an attitude)

Freaky [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I of course was just kidding. But on a serious note. I really enjoyed just doing the puzzles. It would be cool if a site would do this... maybe have prizes. Hmmm I have an idea..... If it was made how many would play?

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

hmm maybe with a bit of jamaican accent in there too hehehe

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

My friend from UIC started this same idea 6 years ago, a website with puzzles in it. You get tired of making them up after a while. Especially if you're going solo.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

If you do and it's just for fun it would really have to be something challenging and rewarding + original at the same time. Tough.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I'd definitely be in

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I made a riddle recently on my site for puzzlers wanting more. Only 8 levels so far.

riddle.davyson.com

David E. [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I'm just thinking out loud. It occurred to me on the way to lunch that several of the puzzles types (not including the follow-up questions) are good fodder for an automated solution search: Symbol, Restoration, Curator, Chess, even Geography if you're dedicated. If you had the skills, you could also write symbol-recognition code to take a bitmap image of the puzzle (from a screen capture) as input. (Well, maybe not for the geography since that would take manipulation to uncover the shape outlines.)

I wonder if anybody is planning to use such tools to help them solve the final challenge, and whether the folks at Google have considered this and modified the final versions to make them less susceptible to such an approach? It's also possible that the final phase will include new types of puzzles.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thnx J-Money, I'll consider to start using your Jamaican accent suggestion, ;)

Lillaneth [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

LOST. THE RECEDA CUBE.
REWARD
$200,000

www.perplexcity.com

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

{ just looking at my stats very quickly – it looks like only one person made it past level 1 to level 2 }

I guess this is the end of this thread really. It has certainly been a long one. The longest ever I believe! The Google Da Vinci Code Quest was pretty good overall and clearly a win for both parties – Google products everywhere in the puzzle and all about the Da Vinci code film.

Nice one Google.

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

I read Angles & Demons right after finishing D'V Code. LOVED it. Even with knowing how Brown leads you to think the wrong person is the bad guy, I was still surprised at the end of A & D! He's a fun and clever writer. I think they should make THAT one into a movie!

Flump [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Is anyone here gonna post the answers?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam: this riddle site of yours is tough... but please don't spoil it with any clues!

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I am wondering how many people have entered this contest. I would love for Google to post how many participants they had. I'd actually just like to know how many people have personalized homepages, since it's been out just about a year now. (maybe a week or so more). I got my puzzle in and entry form submitted by 1:10pm this afternoon, but even that seems a bit late to me. I kept seeing a different name for the same art piece as my puzzle solution.. and that didn't work.... I doubt I got into the finalists, but I really would like a cryptex.

IAnyway, love these puzzles! Way to go google. I tried the other da vinci code quest, it was sort-of stupid and used waaay too much media variation. I didn't appreciate having to call New York and stare at fake business websites. Still it was interesting.

I hope this google one spawns a bunch of new quests like it. In Flash, I love Flash! Plus I love the mystery behind them and the subject is just so intriguing.

Good luck to all.. I've got my fingers crossed for the 15th!
I want to hear if anyone gets in!
~Kristen

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Flump: to what? Da vinci code puzzle? They are all available in this thread:

blogoscoped.com/forum/27053-fu ...

Tony: My lips are sealed :)

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

...however I think I won't continue this game because in the form, in the State menu, Italy there wasn't...

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Sam it doesn't show me the first question........it just says coming in 2006

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Italy is not a STATE it's country.......just wanted to throw that out there

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Going to try yours now Sam.. wish me luck.. and don't laugh if I take AGES to complete it ;)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam: I'm stuck on Level 2 at the moment. I think I know what I'm supposed to be doing but haven't quite done it yet ;-)

Retard [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So funny – the name of the painting isn't madonna of the rocks but virgin of the rocks, at least according to the national gallery in the uk!

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

LOL what an idiot I am I found the question and know the answer just not sure how your riddle wants it

by the way Sam do you remove the /start at the end of the URL to place in your answer?

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

sorry...Italy there wasn't in Country menu

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

NickG – yes you do.

If you read the rules (/rules) you will find this info there.

Anyone saying there is no first level, or it is coming in 2006, or whatever – the riddle is up now up to level 8. You just need to look a little harder.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam – I'm on Level 3 now :-)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Tony & everyone: you are all doing a great job!! Keep working through.

Disclaimer that I should probably raise at this stage: this riddle is pretty new. I have tested it with a few friends in the past but this is by far the biggest load of people playing it. There may be flaws in clues or whatever I am sorry about these – submit all bugs etc to the email address on the site.

Marco [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

"...THIS CONTEST IS OFFERED ONLY IN THE 50 STATES OF THE U.S. AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ("D.C."), AND IS INTENDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THOSE AREAS ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU ARE NOT A CURRENT LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THOSE AREAS. THIS CONTEST SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND GOVERNED ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THE U.S...."

...I have partecipated to this game for nothing...I live in Italy...and I didn't read this before...24 games & puzzle resolved...for nothing...

...but I enjoyed myself!

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I am about at wits end with level 1... I get so flustered so easily with this type of stuff. :x

I do enjoy it though.. and refuse to cheat... and i did read the rules (which helped a lot).. ;) .. so right now i'm just stupid...

Cheers to stupidity

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you did read the rules (which I believe you in that you did) then you will have noticed that this riddle is hard. So no one is stupid. Even if you cant get level 1 you are not stupid.

Glad you are enjoying it! The answers are out there. I think there are two people on level 3 now. Nice!!

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got to 1.5.. LOL I've tried about everything I can think of... must be easier than I'm thinking.. I go too indepth...

with that triangle one I was thinking there would be a name for the angles drawn on the vitruvian man... I knew it was the Fibacci or however it's spelled code, I'm geeky enough to know that code ... but squares? Man, I felt sooooooo stupid..

I'm thinking I need to simplify here too..

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

*was = wasn't... i wish I could think and read as fast as I can type.. :x

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you are at the 1.5 I think you are at then all you need to do is do what it tells you. But there are a few 1.5s (I *think*). Some are much closer to the solution to others.

You may just be entering the answer wrongly for example. You must delete "start".

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I replaced the start.. I got that far.. at least... I'm edging in on the answers.. with time I'll get it ;)

I've got an idea for another round for you.. I love these things..

Oooh, side note.. we're getting a thunderstorm.. I love to watch thunderstorms :) :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

(I have updated the 1.5 pages so they have unique names. What is the new name of the level you are at?)

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

1.5a1

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ah ok. A full honest, professional analysis:

You are miles off. – Keep trying.

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

now I got 1.5a2 too

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Better :) It is the 1.5a2 that is more important. I am not saying anything more.

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

:) :) If the hints go through 30, I will hit all 30 before I realize the real answer ;)

That's

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

that's just me...

::disables laptop mousepad::... i've mistakenly clicked too many things today

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Boy that was close! I really need a page there actually.

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

LMAO, tracking me?

I finally got it.. level 2, here I am

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Aggregate all of the URLs requested to make the .5 levels. So yes – I am tracking.

Congrats.

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I hate to tell you I spent a few minutes there wondering if you'd spelled a certain word wrong.. considering your choices of hints

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok, point taken. – don't go into in depth feedback here. There is an email address for that :)

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I have used it... I feel bad clogging up da vinci talk anyway..

I wish someone would made another quest like this... anyone game to help me make one?

kevin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

after i completed the last stage of the davinci quest ...i filled out th puzzle completion form, but no contest entry form came up...is this supposed to happen

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam Davyson, can you post a link to your puzzles.. thnx :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Not sure. I couldn't make mine submit at all.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Sam, I don't get it. What does the first level want?! I don't expect you to tell me I just need to vent.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam, I don't understand your web riddle either, what do I do from here? --

the web riddle

Coming in Summer 2006 to this very space is a web riddle. Right now I am working very hard to make sure that it's the hardest riddle out there. Complete with just enough levels for it to be possible, and enough to keep you entertained for a while.

User suggestions for levels are welcome.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay: I guess you found the link! riddle.davyson.com.

VP/Jay: You are supposed to move to the next level. How you do that is explained in the rules. But exactly what you do requires some detective work. That is all I am saying.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Sam: Are you kidding?? What kind of detective work? the source is transparent at best.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

No I am not kidding! You need to find the clues and then use them to find the next level. Aimlessly guessing is unlikely to get you the right page... :D

ChocolateyKisses [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got to level 2.. took me a bit, but I did it!!!

Keep trying!!!! and read the rules!!!

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

so, did anyone get a confirmation e-mail yet?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wait, so the page I am at rught now has clues to it? And I have to replace 'start' in the url to advance? Wow......they must be some pretty discreet clues! :(

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ruffus: Yes I think they did get some confirmations (way upwards).

Jay: Yes there are clues. But consider:

"Some riddles proudly call themselves "fair", some hide clues in pictures, in the source, or in audio. In this riddle I am not even telling you where clues might be hidden. Find out yourself."

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

ok, so it's not in the source, it's not in the pictures, and it's not in the audio since you're not telling us

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sam, can there be spaces in the answer

For example, if the answer was sam davyson

riddle.davyson.com/sam davyson

or

riddle.davyson.com/samdavyson

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

No. I don't mean that. I mean to give you some ideas about where clues might be. When I say pictures I don't mean /pictures. When I say the source I don't mean /source. When I say audio I don't mean /audio. The clues for level 1 are all in ONE of these media (picts/source/audio).

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay: All answers are a single word.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Congrats to you Sam! You made one hell of a riddle! I'm still stuck on the first one! :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thanks! Seriously it is solvable in 2 steps. 1// Locate the Clue. 2// Do what it says.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I know. dang. Armenia? Iran? Iraq? war?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

There are a few of you banging on at this right now. I can't wait until one of you gets it. Please stop guessing. Find the clue (some of you have). Then do as it instructs. (J-M: Don't get too specific here please).

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am killing myself over this! How can there be a clue in the picture, source or audio when there are no pics or audio, but what do you mean by source??

Lol

An J-Money, where did you come up with Armenia, Iran, Iraq, and war?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Source_c ...

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

What the heck is that supposed to mean?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok. Right Click. "View Source". See you on level 2.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

One of you nearly got it. Just missed one little thing.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Very clever Sam, hiding stuff in the source, amking it so you can't see it! :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay: The tricky bit starts now if you have just found the clue...

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

After you replace start with the answer (I finally got it!), do you replace the answer again or put the new answer after the old answer(Once again I got it! YAY!) :)

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

im at 1.5a1 what do i do now?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Always replace. But Jay I have some bad news I think. Are you sure you got it? And that you weren't really at (one of the) level 1.5's?

Y Parsons [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Does anyone know what the "true Italian city is". I have entered every major city in Italy and Europe with no success.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

so the 1.5's aren't the right answers?

lala [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hey there, glad to find people talking about the quest. Since I don't think I made the first 10,000, I am concentrating on my sadness that the puzzles are over. I've been writing my own "live action" puzzle games for a few years and would love feed back from a few of you. I have a little bit of info on a website, but would gladly send out more to anyone who was willing to try a game out on some friends and let me know how it goes. Not nearly as intriguing and Sam's but fun all the same! www.occasionalgenius.com

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Y Parsons: Some guesses: florence, venice, pisa, rome, napoli...

VP: They are hinters. They show you are on the right _track_. So they are "right". But they are not the final answer. If you hit a 1.5 you know that the avenue you were pursuing might be worth a look. Particularly with 1.5a2.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yea...level 1.5a1 :(And now I am even more stumped, nothin in the source either.. :(

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Lala: Nice website. I may have a closer look tomorrow. I must go to bed now. So all you riddlers on my site now... I expect to see you on level 2 at least by tomorrow. Good luck.

TheOne [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

In the puzzle oof the 23 day I dont understand what classical sequence is requesting... I was hopefully to be one of the 10, 000, but now I can see that I can't, so only I want to end all the puzzle to be satisfy with my self

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Square numbers I think!

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the sequence is 'squares'.

look at the normal numbers 0, 1, 2, 3,

now square them 0, 1, 4, 9

hence squares

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What does 'true italian city' have to do with Sam's riddle? what did you guys replace start with?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hey guys, we are posting comments about Sam's riddle in The Ca Vinci Code Quest Forum' I'll start a new thread about it.. :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay: That is the Da Vinci Quest. Please don't say any answers on this forum, it might ruin it for others. Exchange ideas by email perhaps or IM.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Huh:::::::::::::;what do you mean that it is the Da Vinci quest?? I am am disturbingly confused right now! :(

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

ok i need to study for a final maybe ill try again later

allfizzle [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Help with the last part of 1... what is langdon referring to? and how many books are there in the flash back?! thanks

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think there are 2 books.

allfizzle [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

thanks got it :)

Yar [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

And he's referring to So Dark the Con of Man
I can't figure out the anagram, can anyone help he out with that?

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It is: Madonna of the rocks

liv [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Translate red herring to Italian = aringhe rosse

Toddg [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well, for some stupid reason, I thought the final puzzle for the DV Code was tomorrow. I got my final answer in at about 3 pm EDT. I'm guardedly optomistic.

If you've finished the Google webquest, check out the original Da Vinci Code Webquest. It is much more like playing detective. Go to

randomhouse.com/doubleday/davi ...

It is really a blast. My only advice is "Don't be afraid to try anything". Good luck.

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

This forum is great, I wish I had found it sooner as I just finished the last puzzle. Not bad for only starting the first on yesterday.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey guys i found a new da vinci contest, go to www.nbc.com and click on the link (ad) for the di vinci contest. its different and its fun. plus there are 100s of prizes to win and you get three chances to get the prizes.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

did you guys JUST start playing it? the quest on google?

Videlicet [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

If I just got in my last DVCQ puzzle, do I still have a chance?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Can anyone unscramble the anagram: "The Purest Pals" :)

V [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The Purest Pals – The Last Supper

no good to me though – i don't live in the USA so can't enter for prizes!

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

C.f. blogoscoped.com/forum/31198.ht ...

BTW The Google Search on my profile page has nothing to do with me...

Worried [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Oh god oh GOD. Did I make it? I wonder if I got it in on time. I registered 4 times, it says It was closed though. Did I type in the password correctly? I wonder. Crap my dog came by on the 3rd registration and nudged me. Damn him. I will take care of him later. That damn mutt. If I lose I swear I will beat him with a hammer. The small end. Oh god... man I wish I hope I pray!!! Langdon is so hot did I say that out loud. GOD WHERE IS MY E-MAIL?!?!?!

Antigen [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Sam – Very nice looking riddle so far! I found level 2 and now I see there were "hint levels" in between?! Is this something used throughout your riddle or just on the first level to help people "get going"?

I feel like I'm so close to solving level two, but none of my guesses so far have worked. I'm probably trying to overthink it, aargh! This has already challenged me more than any of the davinci google puzzles! :)

Nice work!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Antigen: There are hint levels throughout. But more so towards the beginning since I have more stats to know what people think that answer might be for those levels. I think levels 5 – 8 have very few hints. Level 2 is a tricky one – good luck!

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

On the NBC site, the rules say that there are 4 different anagrams/puzzles. But if I go to the website, I can only get the Last Supper one. Does that mean we can only enter once on the site?

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

so...we have to wait until the 15th to get our answer about the confirmation?

JasonR [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well Post solution registration has finally ended.
"Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun.

If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19. "

I wonder if we will get notice prior to the Cryptex showing up at our door.

-J

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Damnit I know I'm on the right track cause I got the hint page.......just not clicking in my head

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

where are you, Im at level 1.5a2, and i am really lost!

Annunaki [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Log in to your google account and then go to the following URL. Does yours say what mine says?

google.com/davincicode

---

Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time will be our chosen one. Beginning at 1pm EDT on May 19th, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, mine says that too.

...Is this a sign of an email to come??? I submitted my registration ~ 1:35 EST yesterday, so I hope I'm one of the 10,000. I've got my eye set on one of those handy cryptexes ;)...

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Was that message on your personalized google webpage?

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

No – on my personalized Google page, it says "Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun.
If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19." where the module normally goes. However, after logging in using my Google account and heading to www.google.com/davincicode, I get the "Congratulations" message. Oooh boy, this is exciting! Anyone else getting the same thing?

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun.
If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19.

This is what I have on my page. Guess I didn't make the cut!

wacko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The message is only available if you click on the link....I think they are trying to figure out if it is available to everyone that has a google account or only to those who are finalists. I haven't checked but am guessing its available to all.

wacko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm referring to the link above in Annunaki's post.

Jeni [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

hmmm... that's interesting. If you aren't logged in, and you click on that link, it takes you to the google login page. If you log in as someone who hasn't been participating in the quest thus far, it takes you to a 403 error. And if I log in as me, I get that congrats message. I wonder what happens if you log in as someone who was participating but didn't finish the quest? Or finished but really late? Just a thought. I think somehow that page is where you will find the final puzzles once you have to start, but am not sure who it is available to right now.

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

so no one has gotten an email yet?

duke [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

not I, but the fact that we can get to that site at all make me believe that we are in.

Gubblebum [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I can get into that site too, and I had finished at about 1:05 yesterday. What would be really helpful is if a few people that didn't enter until very late can confirm whether or not they can get in. Anybody submit close to the 1pm end of the contest today?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i think thats where the final puzzle is gonna be, because if you read in the address bar it switches to " google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i was an hour and a half late and can get to the site

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

anyway it says FINAL PUZZLE TOO EARLY

megan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I can get to that "Congratualtions" message and mine wasn't submitted until almost 1:30pm EST (I can't access it at work, so I had to have DH log in and do it for me).

I'm guessing anyone could get that message.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I've asked someone who didn't participate at all to log in and try to get to the site. I'll post his results when he gets back to me, if no one else posts similar results before then.

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

me [PersonRank 8]

12 years ago #

i'm confused by you all, i've completed all 24 tasks, are you saying i need to do something else?

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

well i guess it takes awhile to get out 10,000 remails

ryan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

how did you get this link: www.google.com/davincicode ?

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I had a friend try to go to that url...she didn't finish the last puzzle because she had a lunch meeting yesterday (bummer). So, this is the message she got:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

We're sorry, but in order to compete in the Final Challenge you must have completed the previous 24 puzzles correctly and registered prior to 1pm (EST) on May 11th.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I had to work and could not finish until late last night. Here is what is on my google page:

Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun.
If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19.

No congrats or anything

Annunaki [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It was one of the original links to start the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. Everybody went to that site to register to start the game.

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I dont think you have to do anything else, me. If you are one of the 10,000, they will notify you and you will have the final 5 challenges to complete

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ruffus posted : We're sorry, but in order to compete in the Final Challenge you must have completed the previous 24 puzzles correctly and registered prior to 1pm (EST) on May 11th.

Looks more and more like this message is generic...definitely more than 10,000 people registered before 1pm today.

So that's my pessimistic view.

But the optimistic side – it does say : "Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles." ... but I didn't receive any message yet. So that's optimistic – perhaps a happy email will be coming in on May 15th??? The waiting game is harder than any of the puzzles thusfar...

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

OK I went to google.com/davinci code and this is the messge I found there.

Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time will be our chosen one. Beginning at 1pm EDT on May 19th, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner

Does this mean that I am In????????

Ruffus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

DAVINCI – That's what my friend who didn't complete the challenge saw at the google.com/davincicode, I get the congratulations message. I'm thinking that means I'm in. Unless we can have someone try it who registered at the last minute today, that's the theory I'm sticking with.

Can't wait to get my cryptex.

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i found same message

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I got the "congratulations, it appears..." message when I first entered my answer (started 13:02, finished 13:08, then had to re-enter all my answers due to a spam-blocker problem, argh, finished AGAIN at about 13:11). I went directly to the entry form and filled it out. Today after 1 p.m. my message changed to the "We hope you had fun" message. No confirmation of being a finalist, but also nothing conclusive suggesting I am not one.

The only part that bugs me is that when I completed the last puzzle, it directed me to go and register "and find out if you've won a cryptex" (or become a finalist, or something --I didn't keep a copy of the screen). But I didn't "find out" or "learn" anything at all.

It's not like I need another silly toy, but I still would like to know! :)

Craig [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So, it sounds like most people are finishing each puzzle in around 2-5 mins...I'm trying to gauge what the "winning time" will be if we assume similar questions / level of difficulty etc...I worked on each daily puzzle around at work during lunch and it took me an average of 7-10 mins, which I thought was good, until I read this thread....

Craig [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

On a sIde note to a comment made earlier – the adminisrtator of the program is aWarding the 10,000 fInaLists with a Cryptex vaLued at US$30. IRS regualation alloW for NDG (Non-Dollar Gift) prIzes under $50 with No tax obligation. Prizes above US$51 have implied tax obligations. ThIs meaNs that aS the Grand PrIze is valued at $128,170.54, the winner will be taxed accordinGly. The rules state tHaT the wInner will be preSented wIth an IRS 1099 form, which further inDicated undEr current regulations, that this tax burden will be lumped in with your current income. So, if you are not bored of this yet and are still with me... Say you make US$50,000 / year and pay an average of US$7,000 in taxes a year, your income for 2006 will be $128,170.54 + $50,000 for a whopping $178,170.54. CONGRATULATIONS....Oh wait, since you only paid $7,000 on your taxes, you will owe the IRS another, say, $40K in taxes on your winnings...

They, not sure who they is, say that a tax problem is a good problem to have.

I would pay $40K for all those prizes anyway.......Good Luck to the 9,999 other contestants.

J-Money [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I know my average actually bumped up to 5.5 after completing the last five puzzles in lightening speed... before that it was 10 minutes or so. then I read the rules and buckled down to business. I'm thinking the winner is going to have to deadlock at 3 minutes first, then a second challenge is gonna separate them. Out of 10,000? it's bound to happen.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Personally, I think I was too late to have made the top 10,000. I mean, it's possible, but from what it sounds like the first 10,000 found the answers online within 1 minute of the puzzle, and I didn't get home until half an hour later. So the question remains ... why am I getting this "Congratulations!" message?

It's possible, like I said ... but ... still.

And my heart stopped today when a UPS man showed up outside my door and handed a package to me that was addressed to me. I thought it was the cryptex, and was wondering why it was so soon, but it turns out it wasn't. False alarm.

May 15th can't come fast enough.

someone [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I submitted mine about 10:03 (PST), so I imagine I'm proably one of the first. But I wish Google'd be quicker about letting us know. How long does it take to check some time stamps?

WashingtonPerson [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Looks like no one will know until the 15th:

Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!
  
We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.
  
All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.
  
Thank you all for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing.
  
The Da Vinci Code In Theaters 5/19

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i just received the same e-mail.. let's wait until monday.. gosh! hehe good luck everyone

Gubblebum [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I just got the same e-mail as well. My guess is that Google will announce that everyone who completed the 24 puzzles will get a shot at finishing the final puzzle. That would explain why everyone who completed the puzzles and submitted an entry form can access the "final challenge" page/final_puzzle_too_early page. I still would love to win a cryptex though.

Tarman [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well, this is the email that I received so I'm not sure if I am a winner or not:

"Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!

We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.

All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.

Thank you all for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing.'

Toddg [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Supposedly there are clues about Dan Brown's next book, Solomon Key, on the cover of The Da Vinci Code:

Check out

randomhouse.com/doubleday/davi ...

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yeah, this answers a lot.

Still...the cryptex looks infinitely cool...dunno why I'm so eager to get one, it just looks neat...

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hmm.. I recieved this e-mail twice, even though I only registered once....

>Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest
and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge.
Well done!
  
We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding
their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive
instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.
  
All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise
message via email.
  
Thank you all for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google and
making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

GUYS GUYS GUYS only the people who get the cryptex will beable to complete the final puzzle. the cryptex will come with 4 codes one of which will open the cryptex giving instructions on how to get to the final puzzle.

so you NEED THE CRYPTEX to PLAY THE FINAL PUZZLE

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Maybe this is all a code, saying implicitly that we WON...or lost...

You never know... :)

DaVinciyousneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I got the same message twice but from different sender

DaVinciCodeQuest and

Sony Pictures?

Did anyone else get this?

Took me about 4 mins to do that quest....faster than my other times! I guess we were all under that same frame of mind.

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Yes, I got the same email twice--from two different addresses.

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i got both like that too
waas happy for a secound

schmoe [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

It looks like they sent out the first message and then realized that they should have used the email from the registration page.

KBru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

TAXES? *$&^% I forgot all about having to declare the Grand Prize in with the taxes. Honestly, who here can afford to pay those extra $$$$$$$$$$$$ in taxes at the end of the year? Kind of takes all the fun out of it now. YIKES.

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

yeah your looking at like 40 grand at least......supid IRS bullcrap.....Someone please put forth flat tax and get rid of this nonsense......

I got the email twice too so good luck to all of you....however if I win I may have to take a second M*ortgage to afford the taxes then I probably won't have any money to spend on the trip.

So I hope I win just to say I did LOL.......but in my mind I could take that trip myself for 40 grand know what I mean???

anyway good luck everyone and may the best man or woman win

Annunaki [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It would have been great if the prize included cash or a cash option. The taxes could have been pulled from that. If I win, I really don't see how to afford the prizes. Who really has that kind of money? No way to come up with $40k by next tax year.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I only got one email and that was from Sony....
:O(

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I didn't get an email. This probably confirms my suspicion that I did NOT "successfully" register. I completed the puzzle and had completed the registration form and submitted it within 15 minutes of the puzzle being released online.

But then... I know I registered, because I tried to register again (I was having some server issues) and got a message saying I had already registered.

Hmm. Why no email?

Maybe they're working on a special email, JUST FOR ME! :D

"Congratulations, you have won the secret, unannounced, $5 million prize, just you, yay!"

Yeah, right! :D

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hahahaha beks, keep your fingers crossed for that...

NickG [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wonder if you can take a cash prize instead???

That would be cool...probably not since all this stuff is donated from various companies so they can write off thier taxes, in essence it's not costing them anything to give it away in the end it actually makes thme money with the write offs

If WE win it will cost us 40 grand to go on a 10,000 dollar trip I don't know if it's even worth it to try to win anymore yanno???

They use Fair Market Value, who's market??? Cause I know damn well I could take that same exact trip for way less than they say it would cost, and frankly I don't think that's fair at all!

Annunaki [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Maybe we could petition Google, Sony or Dan Brown to front the dough. They could write that off too :).

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you want the cash that bad instead of the prizes, you could always try to sell them on eBay! :)

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

The rules are pretty explicitly spelled out. You just have to read them. No cash value. You have to take the same three people with you on all trips (you can't take a different group to Paris than you did to NY). If you take less than three people, you just forfeit the other tickets. The train tickets are only valid this year from July to September or something, so unless you take your trip this summer, you'll forfeit that part of the prize. Etc.

I can't imagine you'd actually have to pay the taxes, but if that were real, you could just ditch any of the prizes you didn't really want (for instance, on the off chance everybody else is insanely slow that day and I win, I'm not planning to take anybody with me but my husband, so I'd be giving up half of the cost of travel). That way, the tax value goes down.

But ultimately, my point is... uh, the rules are online. Am I the only one that read them?!

Greg [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Of course you have to pay the taxes! They are sending you a 1099 form if you win – the IRS gets a copy of that, too. They'll come after you if your reported income is $130k less than what they have on record.

On a separate not, got two e-mails like many others...

anonymous [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

why are you people worrying about the taxes? you won't win the grand prize, and i bet 10,000 people finished the quest in under 4 minutes, so most who post here won't get a cryptex either.

Annunaki [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Regardless, the taxes are a real issue. Yes, most of us probably read the rules. And, even if most of us are not in the running, we still gotta dream.

BTW, got my 2 emails too.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i bet the ones that got 2 emails get the cryptex. Besides just a few, I was pretty slow answering all the questions.

Also want to say, thanks for your help! i wouldn't have been able to answer all if it weren't for your help! This was fun!

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I'm an idiot. The 2 emails are in the new spam filter mailbox my ISP implemented. :D

krisko, check and see if you have a spam filter mailbox...

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I may have found a way to see if you are a finalist early. I was watching the davinci trailer on google video
video.google.com/videoplay?doc ...
and in the beginning there is a brief advert for the quest, i clicked it and it took me to a page saying "Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge." but it says the final challenge wont start till the 19th. I logged out of my google account and did the same thing and i got nothing. what bout you all?

Quester [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It appears that if you registered click the link you get the following page:

google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

if you didn't complete the puzzle, you get:

google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

and nothing or error if you didn't register.

Question is what do users see if they completed the puzzles and didn't register or believe they registered to late?

Quester [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Oops the second link should be:

google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got my 2 e mails too. But honestly, I do not think for a minute that I am a finalist, because I had to work and did not finish the quest until late at night.

However it was very fun and also thanks to everyone in here for some of the answers. couldnt have done it alone.

:D :D : D : D : D

na [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hi, how many others are geting that congrats page after clicking the video link?

Colin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Interesting thing about the video that Alex posted earlier, There are words and letters highlighted at the end of video. What I caught after watching it was "Seek The Codes". So I then went to Seekthecodes.com and it is a Davinci code site that is owned by Sony.

seekthecodes.com – Cryptophyle

seekthecode.com – Goes to sony pictures homepage

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

do ANY of you read the above posts? this has all already been explained yesterday. click the expand button, maybe your questions will be anwsered! we have all already learned that EVERYONE that completed all 24 questions gets that message cause thats where the FINAL PUZZLE will be. we also know that you can ONLY compete in said final puzzle if you RECEIVE A CRYPTEX. and you wont know if youll get on of those until MAY 15 VIA E-MAIL.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Cassie,
You will get an email today(maybe yesterday)from Sony if you are the first 10K that completed the puzzle.
"Thank you for participating in “The Da Vinci Code” Quest on Google.

   This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!

   We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.

   All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.

   Thank you all for participating in “The Da Vinci Code” Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing."

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I have a Mac and my spam filter is on training....so i couldn't have lost any e-mails.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok now I feel stupid...I checked my trash and found the second email.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Haochi:

Are you sure that's for the finalists? Looks pretty generic to me, and it seems like (from what I've read) EVERYBODY got the emails if they registered. I got two emails: one from davincicodequest[put at-character here]sonypictures.com, another from spotlight[put at-character here]news.sonypictures.com. They both say the same thing, and notice the usage of "All remaining players ..."

You won't get an email regarding whether or not you're a finalist until May 15th. The email above is just a confirmation that you did register – it doesn't say whether or not you were one of the first 10K to register, though.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Can anyone get the anagram for "The Perilous Favor" – relating to the Da Vinci Code?? :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nevermind, it is "The Louvre of Paris" :)

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Any ideas of how to "study" for the final?

ML [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

... "study for the final?"...
I suppose that would be... after reading the book and solving the puzzles... uhm, watch the movie?

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

That is the plan, eh? They want a really big opening weekend, and we are all to go see the movie to prepare for the contest.

I think I will take my chances. Movie tickets are awfully expensive to spend a couple of hours with a room full of people that cannot wait two hours before eating again. Ugh.

ML [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm just guessing... considering they made us watch several trailers to solve the puzzles. Nothing to stop them from asking about stuff we'd have seen only in the film. The movie is obviously an important element of the quest.

Just saying (I don't work for them or anything – but I do want to see the movie – if only to compare it with the book).

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I can't wait to see the movie! It looks great! Did anyone else notice the vaue number of the prizes? I thought it was strange that they were not even numbers. Maybe you'll have to go to the sponsors web sites for answers to the questions. That would be a reason for a sponsor to give a prize...don't ya think???

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

There's a slightly modified message on the www.google.com/davincicode site: time for more speculation.

Anyone else getting anything different?

"If you're one of our finalists, congratulations! In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge. However, you're too early as the Final Challenge has not begun yet.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time from start to finish will be the chosen one. On May 19th, the Final Challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. Please note that this is not a race and that you don't have to start as soon as the Final Challenge is released. You can begin whenever you like during the 48 hours, but prepare well, for once you start there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks with the least cumulative time, not the first to complete, will be the chosen winner."

The generic part of this is "if you're one of our finalists.." but still, they've changed it, so maybe by logging in it shows something different?

May 15th is only two days away!!!! :):)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

the The player who completes all five tasks with the least cumulative time, not the first to complete, will be the chosen winner.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie

do you think thats what they did to find the " first 10,000" i sure hope not cause it took me between 3 and 5 mins and im sure there are people out there who did it quicker

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It can't have been, it said the "first 10,000" to enter in the contest entry form. I'm pretty sure it did.

BW [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Cassie, the player who completes the Final Challenge, not the 24 puzzles, in the shortest cumulative time will be the winner.

The first 10,000 contestants were based on the time they submit the last puzzle.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok everyone GOOD LUCK tomorrow. i hope we all get that coveted e-mail

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

good luck!!!!!!!!!

Tarman [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Amen!! I wish everyone good luck in receiving a prize. For anyone that does receive a prize, would you be so kind as to take a few snapshots of it and post it for the rest of us unlucky ones to see? For the rest of us that aren't so lucky, we can always order a custom cryptex from this site: cryptex.org/

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Part of me says, "Ha, yeah right, there's no way you were in the first 10,000. You were half an hour late."

The other half of me says, "10,000 people is a LOT of people. Plus you've gotten all these things that indicate you might be a finalist. Stop being so negative."

Monday cannot come soon enough.

Best of luck to everyone, and try to post pictures of your cryptex!!! And if you do win, prizes! Yay!

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Good luck to everyone!

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

More speculation woo hoo

If you're eager to find out if you're a finalist tonight, I think I might have found a page.

google.com/ig/davinci/puzzle.h ...

When I get there, I get the following message:
"Congratulations.

Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

We're sorry, but in order to compete in the Final Challenge you must be one of the first 10,000 people to have completed the previous 24 puzzles correctly and registered prior to 1pm (EST) on May 11th.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.

Click here to get theaters and showtimes."

Also, the URL is google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

If anyone got their contest form in really fast, post your message here after visiting that website and see if its different. I guess then we'll know for sure. I don't feel like waiting until tomorrow.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

GOSHH IS monday!! 12:21 AM... not e-mail yet? :(i was hoping they send it just at the start of the day... maybe around 1:00 ?? hehehe.. good luck everyone

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

DaVinci – I get the same message.....shouldn't be too much longer before we know if we made it into the final challenge.

Those who do make it, keep us posted on the puzzles so we can live vicariously through you lucky ones!

Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

We're sorry, but in order to compete in the Final Challenge you must be one of the first 10,000 people to have completed the previous 24 puzzles correctly and registered prior to 1pm (EST) on May 11th.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.

Click here to get theaters and showtimes

KBru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I feel sorry for my employer – I have a feeling that all I'm going to be doing today is 1) checking my email and/or 2) checking this website to see if others have received their finalist email.

The tax issue still bothers me. If all estimates are correct, the Grand Prize winner is looking at approximately $40K in taxes at the end of the year. So I asked myself "Self, figure out how much just the actual trip portion (air and ground transportation and hotel costs) will be". If my quick math is correct, the trip portion of the prize is $119,397.26. So $40K is a steal, right? Yeah. Right. I'm not in a position financially to simply write out a check – WHAT A DRAG!!

So, the big debate going on inside my head is do I even attempt to go forward with the challenge and SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS actually have the fastest finishing time......do I take the prize or not answer the phone when they call, thereby calling the next fastest time? Grrrrrr. Trip of a lifetime for $40K, folks.

My question to all of you is...........say you are the Grand Prize winner. Answer the phone and accept the Grand Prize (and pay the IRS!) or turn it down?

GOOD LUCK TO ALL – I hope someone on this board gets it (just not me!) :)

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Best of luck to all!

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Luckily, I was able to register. But its torture waiting to see if I qualified. Keep us all informed if you get the confirmation!

godo [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]KBru: When you get the call, of course you answer. Basically it sounds like Sony, et al. are offering the Grand Prize winner an 80% markdown on the trip and assorted electronics and stuff. Accept what you are willing to pay 20% for and decline the rest.

If Sony really doesn't kick in some cash to cover the taxes for the trip, it's kind of a gyp, but personally I was only playing for the cryptex and the opportunity to play in the final round.

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

LOL seems like the majority is playing for the cryptex. At least me and my friends are. Winning a grand prize is great and all but It's impossible for me to pull 40k out of my pocket to cover taxes. I'd rather decline and take the cryptex instead.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

So, do you think they'll send out their email at the same time they sent out the puzzles?

LeSenechal [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Don't worry about paying the taxes. The airfare is First Class for 4. By simplying downgrading the tickets you could raise the money to cover the taxes.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im so nervous where the *bleep* are the e-mails?!?

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

What I don't like is that it says they'll send on email on or about May 15. They could have at least given us the common courtesy of saying on or about what time its coming

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i got the last e-mail late in the day, i hope i get it alot earlier than the last one.

Quester [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Someone on another blog mentioned that they received the cryptex in the mail today.

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm hoping it's a lie that they received it, because I really want an email, since I haven't received one as of yet.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

VP when sending out millions of Emails, depending on your technology behind it, it *could* take days.... (but probably will be a few hours) if they were only sending to the 10,000 winners, it would be less so, as it would be even more of a form Email and only 10,000 copies

crwth [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Someone on a mailing list also claimed to have received a cryptex in the mail this morning (but no corresponding e-mail today, so far). Together with Quester's corroborating story, I think it's for real.

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Definately a lie, all the cryptexes are going to arrive on the 18th. I got in pretty fast (1:03) and haven't gotten an e-mail yet.

Harold [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

At blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2 ... there are links to images that look extremely authentic.

And yes, the person doesn't claim to have received an email yet.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

even the people who arnt part of the 10,000 will get a "special" e-mail, so we'll know either way hopefully later today

crwth [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

From the rules:

"Finalists will be mailed via U.S. postal service, for scheduled delivery _by_ May 18, 2006"

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok, i know you guys wont believe me but i just recieved my cryptex in the mail. I swear to God. check your mail boxes

C [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Prove it with a pic! What is it made out of? Cool, or cheap plastic?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

its all a lie, they all said they opened it, but mention nothing of the four puzzles that come with it one of which contains the code to open it, plus the image is from imagestock.com, i could go there then post the "stock image" and say i got one...heres the picture. dont believe these people.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

tell us about the four puzzles

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

dude im not lying, how do i post a pic on here?
   the msg. in the cryptex says go to google/davincicode.com

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i was talking about the people on the other site, i you say you got one then i believe you dan. what are the four puzzles like?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

did you get the e-mail?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

dan what time did you finish the last puzzle?

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

Besides, I'm thinking that the email will be used to confirm addresses and verify email, so I don't believe anyone has received the cryptex yet.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i only got those two e-mail from a few days ago, nothing today. i finished the puzzle at 1:07. all thats inside the cryptex is a message saying go to google.com/davincicode to continue. i went there and it said congrats but i was too early.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok guys hang on a second im on the phone with my mom whos address i used and she says i have the cryptex!!!!!! shes driving it over now and ill show you all on the web cast when i get it to prove it. screw the e-mail boxes and check the mail boxes!!!!!!

DAN im sorry for doubting you

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I BELEIVE THERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING CRYPTEX... the images doesn't lie... there are home made pictures, and in every blog there are people posting images... code quest rules are messy :s ... but dan, can you open the cryptex?? do it comes with some clue to open it?

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

haha its cool Cassie, i knew people would be doubting

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it will be here in about ten minuets and ill figure out how to get this web cam working so you can all see it. oh this is so cool. damn them da vinci people telling us it wasnt comming until the 18th. eeeekkkk!!!!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

dan honey we need to help each other out on the 19th

Harold [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Stupid rain, delaying the mail. Grr.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

cassie what's your email?? plz.. and dan's too if you might.. or add me to messenger julianruiz[put at-character here]hotmail.com

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Julian, on the back of the box for the cryptex (made by noblecollection.com) it tells you the cryptex code: grail

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

cool!

Harold [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

What did you guys say your times were?

Harold [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Cassie, I mean. Not Dan. haha

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

when i finished? between 1:03 and 1:05

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #


img57.imageshack.us/my.php?ima ...

this should be a photo of my son im just trying to figure out how to do this , if you all see a little boy, then were on track for when it comes please check it out and let me know

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

wow, i have to leave work early to see if i got one.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok guys i just checked it out and thats not my son..its someone elses cryptex (of all things) im still working on it

Michelle [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

If you all who have gotten the cryptex, go to Goggle, what does the divinci code box say to you?

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it still says the same thing Michelle

Michelle [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thanks

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

its here!!!! its heavy! im trying to show you guys give me a minuet

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

does anyone have yahoo messanger?

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Hey Cassie and Dan,

Where do you guys live? I'm wondering if I might not get one til tomrrow since I'm out on the East Coast, and presumably, Google shipped them from the West.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im in columbus ohio

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

my sister just broke my cryptex but i guess were even cause i lost her, her man

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Thanks. I should get one here in Ga. then assuming I qualified by finishing ~ 1:06. Guess I'll have to wait til I get home to see – about time to get off my lunch break and back to work anyway...

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Sam, i was thinking about that too, i live in PA. the box it came in was postmarked on the 13th and came from Burbank CA. Now im not a postal expert, but I'd think people that live on the west coast should of got them sooner then myself.

Gen [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Thanks Dan – I've been fiddling with it for a few minutes, and the answer to the cryptex "grail" was written on the box all that time.

Now it's just a wait til the 19th ?

Lyndsay [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

hey guys i'm new to this forum but i just wanted to know did you guys receive an email saying you were one of the 10,000 or did you just get your cryptex in the mail? and since i live on the west coast and its only 10am here should i be getting mine (if i qualified) at 1?? so many questions thanks for any help

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i know what happened to the four puzzles that were supposed to come with it? i was alittle dissapointed when i saw the code on the back. i thought we were supposed to figure it out on our own

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i still havent gotten my e-mail

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i guess i didn't make it i have nothing in mail

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

to those who have gotten the cryptex, whos brent meyers?

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what's inside the cryptex???????????????????

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

its a paper that says congratulations then it says to go to google.com/davincicode

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

please!! can you FULLY DESCRIBE what's inside the cryptex?? maybe scan it if you can?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm at school right now and can't wait to get home! I can't check my e-mail either because my school blocks AIM Mail because it is filtered as "Chat"............*groans*

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

brent meyers? what's that all about

mark [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I received the cryptex but no email yet. There is only a single piece of paper inside the cryptex and the code to open is on the back. This thing is really heavy for its size. Pretty cool. I was only expecting an email had no idea I would be getting the cryptex in the mail, nice surprise.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

its a brownish piece of paper about 4 inches by 1 inch that says exactly:
congratulations you have proven worthy of the da vinci code quest on google, visit www.google.com/davincicode to see if your journey continues.

and thats the end of it.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thanks 4 discribing it guys hehhe :)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

look in the return address, it says attn:brent meyers

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Just got mine. Taking pictures and will post soon!

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

and so it begins ... the Cryptex Ebay auction that is ...
Somebody already has their Cryptex up for bidding , lol

cgi.ebay.com/Official-Da-Vinci ...

I did get a Cryptex too, but I think i'll hold onto it.
I was surprised at both how small it was (fits in palm of my hand) and also at how heavy it was. It's pretty cool.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

check it out its only the last two letters that open it put in any three letters then I then L and it will open, like ZZZIL it will open

Gubblebum [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

YES!!!!!!!!! Just got my cryptex in the mail!!!

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

so, what happens when you go to the website that is inside the cryptex?

Lyndsay [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

how many of you guys are on the west coast? have you gotten you cryptex yet? and are you receiving them through the mail or like by fed ex or UPS?

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ok folks...the pictures can be seen at photos.yahoo.com/joshherndon

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Photos on my blog:

learn-something-new.blogspot.c ...

Nate [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Man, I really hope I get one – if I completed the last (and all other 23 puzzles) by 1:02/1:03 (less than three minutes after the last puzzle went live), do you think I got in?

I did the math and in order for 10,000 people to complete it in that amount of time, there would have to be approximately 155 people completing the puzzle PER SECOND.

I didn't suffer through any of the server issues either – did the puzzle quickly, filled out the form, and was registered, all by 1:04.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I got my puzzle done ~ 1:08 PM Eastern, so if you got in before then, you are probably good.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

For anyone who may not have won, you can also purchase the cryptex too.

noblecollection.com/catalog/ca ...

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

You guys are killing me with the suspense! *grin*

With my server problems, it was about 1:11 EST, so I may not have got it in time, but we'll see. :) Either way, the suspense is the most fun part of all.

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Check this out...

The Cryptex I got had a URL for the company that created it (noblecollection.com). They have an item for sale that matches the Cryptex I just received...

cgi.ebay.com/Official-Da-Vinci ...

So, now i have questions:
1. is there anything about the Cryptex itself (other than the packaging) that distinguishes it from the one that anyone can buy online?

2. The cryptex available online says that you can change your password to open the grail whenever you want to. Is my Cryptex the same? ie. can I change the pw from grail to something else?

3. I also noticed the issue that Cassie found... really the password is * * * I L ... , where the first 3 characters don't really matter, as long as the last 2 are correct. That's kinda lame.

Ben [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

There wasn't anything about 'only one per household' was there? My wife got done about 5 after and I got done about 7 after.... man I hope we get 2 :)

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I noticed that the one you can buy says you can change the password. I have been tinkering with mine to try and figure it out, but no luck.

iLovePuzzles [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Brant Myers is:

profile.myspace.com/index.cfm? ...

Ha-- i love the internet.

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The models you can buy from Noble Collection must be the "real" ones... our cryptex prizes are supposed to be valued at around $30 only, so there had to be a tradeoff in terms of features.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I live in MD and haven't gotten one ... assuming the worst. I finished half an hour after the puzzle was released (as I've said many times). =(

Oh well, congratulations to everyone who received the cryptex!

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yep, that is what I figured when I saw the price for the real thing. The way the one on the Noble Collection looks, it seems the password CAN be all 5 letters, as opposed to the ones we have where it is really just "IL".

duke [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I registered at 1:09 so I must be close. Am waiting for my wife to get home and check the mailbox... Congratulations to those of you who received yours and good luck to those of us who are still waiting :))

Colin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I live on the west coast and this is killing me to know if I will get something in the mail when I get home today.

Kyle [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So of the people that have received a Cryptex, what state do you live in?

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what about the e-mails!!!! damnn :(

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well, I am in Virginia, so if you are on the West Coast and qualified, you should DEFINITELY get one.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

anyone from florida got 1?

Quester [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Someone just posted on the Student Rant blog that they didn't finish the puzzle until 7:30pm EST and got a cryptex.

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I didn't get anything in the mail or e-mail!! I live in Nebraska, so I should have gotten one today, don't you think?

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Just got mine...Charlotte, NC finished at 1:06 with server problems.

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Okay, reading all these posts and being at work is really killing me! I am stuck her until 5:00 (argh – Charlie Brown move- nose in air!)

I hope I have one at home. If not, well, I wont be happy. I cant say, "It was a fun game"- I want a CRYPTEX danget!

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

BTW- Austin, Texas here.

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Florida here.

Kyle [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Great to hear Jes, I'm in Charlotte and finished at 1:04. Just need to wait to get home from work.

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wife got to open mine :<

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ruby, what part of florida r u? at what time did u finished?

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

*currently coveting others cryptex*
"clearly I am breaking a commandment here"

kprestipino [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i finished at 110. has anyone heard of people getting in with that time? i know, my time sucks...i'm a teacher and couldn't really schedule appointments around the contest.

AD [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Did anyone get an E-mail yet?

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

no email yet, finished @ 1:05.

bshaw [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finished in about one minute and haven't seen anything yet. Did everyone that received and email or crytex finish faster than that?

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

wow bshaw! One minute, the film is that long. How did you do it?

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Julian, Orlando... took me about 5 minutes to finish.

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finished at 1:02 only because I saw the video earlier, I was searching google videos early at work and found sophie lol. But I'm still waiting my cryptex. The darn mail-man doesn't arrive until 3 usually. The torture.

Stuffinator [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The video was posted earlier in the day, you could check it out beforehand if you were in the know...

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Not only that, but if you read the book, you could answer the last two questions and guess the first one.

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Rats!!! I am studying so much for this new challenge- I didnt realize they would do early posting like that.
Anyways... I have a good sporting chance for that final prize, I know I do... I am cramming like it is my final during senior year Doctrate.

I will worry about the taxes when they get here =-)

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

If you're really worried about the taxes, just forfeit the trips. They are most of the total value of the prize and you'll still get the TV, laptop, mp3 players etc. Of course the trips would be cool too.

Lyndsay [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

regarding taxes...my boss said that she was one on a show and won an african safari trip valued at like $5000 but when it came time to do the taxes i guess if you can find another of the same thing for cheaper you can claim the cheapest price. ie the safari she found online was valued at $2000 so she only had to pay taxes on the 2 grand instead of the 5. by the way are these cryptex's being delivered with the regular mail or by fed ex or ups? and has any body on the west coast got one?

duke [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

My wife just called and my cryptex arrived in the mail today, whooo hoooo!! I completed the registration process at 1:09 – hope this helps! Good luck to all.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Mine came USPS.

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

USPS

bshaw [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I was able to do it in a minute because questions two and three did not need the video and as for the first question, I quessed 2 and was right.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I got my cryptex! On the back of the box it says "CRYPTEX CODE: GRAIL" right in the center!

In reality though, that is not the code, it is one of hte possible codes! Actually, you only need to put "I" in the second to last band of letters and "L" in the last one to open it. It is only sensitive to those bands, so the first three could be anything! :)

bshaw [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks for the response "duke", this makes me feel better.

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What a bummer that the answer is given to you. I thought we would have to fight for it.

Michelle [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

All of you who have gotten your cryptex. Could you please post the hour in which you submitted the final game? Im trying to calculate if I got mine in on time.

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

1:06 EST

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Check out my cryptex! :)

Lol...I put in APPLE from the book :)


img520.imageshack.us/img520/36 ...



You only need to put I and L in the last two bands though instead of the full G-R-A-I-L :)


img520.imageshack.us/img520/23 ...



Yay! :)


img520.imageshack.us/img520/69 ...



Hope you guys get one too! :) *smiley crazy* :)

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Whoa.....the pictures I posted are huge! :)

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay Amin, none of the links are working! Panic, Mayhem!

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I seriously doubt there were more than 10,000 adult US residents not affiliated with the sponsors who had the time, resources, patience, and whatever it takes to solve the puzzles. I'm thinking even with the 24-hour submission deadline, there might not have been that many registrations. I wish there was a way for us to find out. I'm pretty sure everyone on this forum who registered successfully will get a cryptex.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Why do they not work for you? They work for me!

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Jay Amin, pictures worked fine for me.

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I just got it!! I'm in Florida.

Ben [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The pics worked (and looked great btw) for me... Ruby, with that one post about someone who didn't submit till later that evening and got a cryptex today.. that is a possibility... but i'm in Kansas City and did not recieve a cryptex today... the mail already came.... i hope that at least i receive a friggin' email...

Ruby [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ben, lots of ways your mail could've been delayed... wait until tomorrow... or at least until the 18th, which was the date they said we'd get the packages.

DaVinciyouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay, there they are, earlier I clicked on all three and it kept telling me "Page offline". I have stopped ripping my hair out. I can now be in peace.

Amy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ruby,
I hope you're right, but there were so many people trying to get to the puzzle at 1pm EDT that Google couldn't handle the traffic. I think the first 10,000 were determined fairly quickly.

I hope I'm wrong, though, since I couldn't submit until 1:23 due to all the traffic on Google. Stuck at work and can't check my mail...

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i didn't get to do my last puzzle till an hour and a half late and i have heard nothing so far today. did ya'll get an email today? ups doewn't deliver untill 7 or 8 at night around here.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

No emails yet. The package actually came USPS, not UPS.

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

So of all the days... my husband hasn't answered an email or answered his phone. I can't find out if we even got any mail. Pffft. I think he's doing it on purpose.

But yeah, no panic --we should all be looking for stuff through the 18th.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh man, I finished at like 1:50...

Moe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

For those who got the cyrptex. Could you let me know who big it is? dimensions....

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finnished at 3:00 roughly.....had a lunch appointment :(

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Yeah, what is the Length x width x height of the cryptex?

KBru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (and a regular sized mailbox)

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got mine. Very sleek. Alot heavier than I had expected.All metal.

J

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I logged on at 10:03 my time and finished the last puzzle at about 10:06 .. My wife logged in and did hers around 10:20 .. Haven't received any emails and haven't received a Cryptix yet. Mail has already been and gone for the day. We'll see if I get it later.

Pizzle [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Woohoo. I just got mine in the mail. So, my question is this...what kind of puzzles/codes should we expect for the final challenge? Will they fall into the categories like before (geography, observation, etc.)? Or will they be various forms of codes to break? Anyone have any ideas?

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I just got mine in the mail. I finished the last puzzle and registered 3 or 4 minutes after 1:00 EDT. I haven't recieved any email though, and am curious why it didn't come with "a screenshot of 4 codes" like it says in the rules. I am in Santa Cruz, California by the way.

Ben [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well i guess the mail hadn't come yet.. because we got 2!!.. My wife completed at about 12:05p and I completed at about 12:07p.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I just Got mine! I finnished between 1:07 and 1:09, I hope that gives hope to some more people that they will get a cryptex aswell!

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

From the developer of the puzzles, he mentions chess game without the multiple choices questions. Would help to know Chess I assume

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

or use a chess program....

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

my guess is a skillful google searcher should be able to solve it

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

They would obviously want their Google products used in solving any final challenge...

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Google has also used contests in the past as part of their recruiting effort...could this also serve as one of those? In that case we could probably expect some heavy chess/math problems which most likely would require some programming/incredibly good insight.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Anyone recieve a cryptex that completed the form after 1:20 PM EST? I've heard rumors, but I'd like a real confirm. I finished and completed the form around 1:19 – 1:20 at work (damned customer service duties kept delaying), but I know I haven't recieved one in the mail yet nor have I recieved an email...

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I read on another board, someone got a Cryptex, went to www.google.com/davincicode and saw this:

If you're one of our finalists, congratulations! In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge. However, you're too early as the Final Challenge has not begun yet.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time from start to finish will be the chosen one. On May 19th, the Final Challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. Please note that this is not a race and that you don't have to start as soon as the Final Challenge is released. You can begin whenever you like during the 48 hours, but prepare well, for once you start there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks with the least cumulative time, not the first to complete, will be the chosen winner.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.

Click here to get theaters and showtimes

Is this true? No cryptex but when I go to this page, I get this screen and text to. What did others get?????

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

sorry, i was alot eariler.

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I got the cryptex and see the same screen.
"If you're one of our finalists......"

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Birdo: I got the same thing. And if you look at the URL it says "too_early" at the end.

Wondering [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Anyone in NY get one ?

Ben [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

They'll be wanting everyone to login with their google login for the final puzzle... you know, keep out the riff-raff :)

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well is that a good sign? Or did everyone who finished receive that page? Also remember not all Cryptex will come today. I imagine many will come tomorrow and the next day if you made the cut.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

same one its just a genaric message until the game starts, if you dont get the cryptex google will know and you wont get an option to play on the 19th, you'll get a different generaic message

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wondering: I'm in NY too, haven't gotten one yet, I've heard rumors of someone getting one that completed the form at 1:30 and another of a student completing it at 7:30 that also got one. So far only on the West Coast that I've seen tho.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

But everyone who made the cut will get an email today.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i still havent gotten an e-mail and ive had the cryptex for hours

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It is generic if you finished the puzzles I assumed. My wife logged in and had not done the quest and go a different message. About too late to enter or something like that

Wondering [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I heard everyone who finished the 24 will get an email if not to tell them they are in the finals, to tell them they will get something else.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Everyone WILL get an email either today or tomorrow. In the emails I recieved upon completion, they stated a "special suprise" for anyone who completed the quest but did not make the cut. So for those of us on the east coast, it looks like we won't find out for sure till then.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Perhaps they are mailing them by Surname vs. Location

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Yeah they sent the first email after 8pm EST...

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Re;Perhaps they are mailing them by Surname vs. Location

That is a thought

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

DaVinciYouSneak : any basis on that hypothesis?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i live in ohio and my surname is mcnulty, so i live in the "midwest" i suppose and my last name is in the middle of the alphabet.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent : I got my first emails confirming my completion of the form 5 min after completion. I'm still waiting for the email that would confirm wether or not I made the cut though.

Wondering [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I am at the END of the alphabet :)

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Google could invest more people and time into this Quest. However, it's a giveaway and they aren't making any money on this. So the lack of information and quick timing is totally expected.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well they have to have some order. Apparently time taken to complete puzzle is not since we have had answers all over the board with that, location is not because they have been receiving them all over the country.

That is of of the few orders left, and they did ask for our full info. on reg.form.

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Looks like Google is starting to get hammered?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yea, cant do much with google for past couple of minutes.

So dark the con of Google.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

DaVinciYouSneak : By that same theory it could easily be by our google usernames....

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

mine starts with a c

Birdo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Or my theory....random ;D

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I like where this is going Ellisera...............

*dancing the Snoopy dance in office instead of working*

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

You would all think that it is alot easier to send emails. The emails could've been sent automatically as they were shipping the cryptex. Furthermore, the cryptex was supposed to be mailed out today, not received today.... Someone at Google HQ dropped the ball.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I like where this is going Birdo...............

*dancing the Snoopy dance in office instead of working*

Crispix [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hmmm. I live in San Francisco, finished the final questions and registered without a hitch at 10:03, and my last name starts with a C.

Why are there only bills in the mail today?!?

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Anyone else have Google pop up a, "You appear to be a spammer trolling our search engine," and request form for an image challenge auth...

I received that three or four times while doing searches for the contest...

Definitely no Cryptix for me today. Since someone earlier indicated that they received one for both themselves and their wife.. This seems to say they don't disqualify based on family... And I finished fairly early.

So, maybe tomorrow.. Or not at all.

Oh well.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

How quickly does Gmail update, I hope it's not like hotmail.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

someone up there hit the nail on the head; where are the four screen shots? why was the cryptex so easy to open, it was supposed to be another puzzle.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Cassie's right, maybe these cryptexs' for the non-finalists because they are so easy to open.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent : Now now, don't scare Cassie like that.....

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thats a lot of cryptexes to mail out to people then. just wait for the email later today, that will settle this all.

Stuffinator [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I just got my email from google saying that I was a finalist and a whole case of cryptexes were delivered by carrier pidgeon an hour ago...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Impossible! We did not read that in any of the rules. There must be something else we are missing here.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

No email=no finalists yet.

Jack [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Maybe all this confusion is all part of the challenge?!?!

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

WOOT!

I take that back. Mine just arrived baggage handling via USPS. My wifes hasn't shown up though.. and she said she completed it from work reasonably soon after I did.

So we'll see.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent : Early delivered cryptexes = someone fucked up in the mailroom and some were mailed out before the rest.
No email = they either haven't finished calculating the finalists or they're a bit delayed.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

JG: What time did you complete it?

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well I was at work too. :o(and didn't get the final quest done until 4:05pm EST. No emails, no cryptex, no joy... I did get the page that told me that I was registered and to log their email into my contacts list. I'm still hopeful...

John [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ellisera: if they haven't finished calculating the finalists, why are some people getting their cryptexes then?

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Dan: there's a rumor of a student that completed the form at 7:30 EST and recieved a cryptex. Might just be a rumor, but there's still hope.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent : Now now, don't scare Cassie like that.....

really, my heart just stopped for a second! that would really suck if the REAL cryptex' arent going out until the 18th and everyone who got one today isnt a finalist?!? im gonna hyperventlate!

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Can we cuss of here?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Ellisera: i guess ur points are reasonable, but such a huge fuck-up means that they were mailed out Thursday or Friday, meaning the calculation of finalists occured quickly.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

John: perhaps I should rephrase: mailing labels for 10,000 people would take a while to print, right? what if they are still printing, yet some overzealous clerk mailed the first few?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Sorry Cassie, this message board really encourages extreme speculation.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

... Anyone notice that the opening code is not the cod required for opening the codex? And that the codex has more tumblers than necessary for opening it?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Google is doing things it's way and on it's timeline. They don't want anyone knowing what will happen next.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Good point on why there weren't 4 screen shots to open the cryptex. I hope that those who got them got them as consulation prizes. I didnt' see anything about cumulative times for the first 24 quests; only the final 5 that start on the 19th.

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent: USPS priority is 2-3 days, but USPS also does overnight shipping, so if they started printing automatically on friday and above-said "overzealous clerks" may have confused them w/ regular mail. Who knows? either way it's possible w/ either option.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Ellisera – I completed mine somewhere around 10:15 overall. Can't remember exactly though..

err, my previous post s/cod/code/

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yea, you only need the last 2 letters I L to open it

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Rules dont mention four screenshots, they say the following:

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.

A SCREENSHOT OF 4 CODES.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I don't Google wants to spend more money than it has to. I work at a UPS store, and USPS overnight is much more expensive than USPS priority. 14 dollars or more for shipping a 30 dollar toy isn't reasonable.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

it came regular usps the stamp on the box is a $4.50 stamp

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The posts I've seen all indicate that the box had GRAIL written on the back and that it was the only code offered. Seems sort of silly to just offer up the one code that opens the cryptex doesn't it?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

maybe screenshots will be in finalists' email from Google.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Cassie.. Doesn't that seem odd to you? I vaguely remember reading that the codex is necessary for the final bit of the context.. Would seem that there may be more to the codex than initially meets the eye..

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

yeah $4.50 is priority mail (might as well send it on a donkey). these cryptexs were sent out Thursday and google knows all the finalists.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

even the one on e-bay says the code is grail as stated on the back of the box

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

NCSUgradstudent

That's a possibility. Anyone able to access the WWW.Google.com/DavinciCode site yet or is it still giving a server error?

Troy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So how long did it take you guys with the cryptexes to complete the last puzzle?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

3 to 5 min

dw [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

this is all speculation and stupid

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

dw- you can leave

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Guys who got their cyptexes, at what time did u finishe ur puzzle?im frekain out, by the way hi cassie!!

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I can't wait to get off work to check my mail................the suspense is killing me. I hope my thieving neighbors didnt try to steal my precious cryptex.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey sweetie, did you get one? youre a shoe in

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

okay, going home early, will log on at home and notify you guys of anything new.

Lots of Mona Lisa Smiles!

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ok, I gotta go. Keep up the good attitude and be hopeful.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

dw, of course it is speculation...this is how we comfort each other.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

omg im only 14, am i allowed 2 sign the thingamagiggy for the UPS person??? and i dont know if the super intendent received it??? she better get me my friggin cryptex

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah, we spout wild conspericy theorys at each other all day and get great nights of sleep because of it.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

samy it comes regular mail, you dont have to sign anything

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i gonna go check if the lady upstairs got it delivered there instead of here, damnit she does that all the time, what irresponsibility.!! ARG

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i thought it came thru UPS???

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

yeah Cassie, but what will we all do when this Quest is over?

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

How could they have enough money to send everyone a crytex though?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

nope USPS united states postal service

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

From what I gather, people are thinking that a cryptex is a consolation prize? Didn't the rules say that only 10,000 limited edition replica cryptexes would be sent out? And didn't the inside of the cryptex [supposedly, I haven't gotten one] say "You are worthy of the quest" or something similar? I have good reason to believe that those who got the cryptexes today are definitely in the 10,000 – they seem legit.

Enjoy your cryptexes. Cherish them. ... And wish me luck.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

mines didnt come then bcause i checked the mail when i got home from school, by the way when i got my report card it was a 94 average 98-math 98-band 95-science 92-global 99-spanish 88-health 88-enlgish

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Samy, UPS would be too expensive.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

true......but im going crazy right now,.... the thought of skipping school 4 the first time just 4 that and not 2 be a finalist.......

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

NCSU i have no idea we will have to find something else just as trivial to emerse our lives in. maybe oh i dont know kintting, or maybe that prank where the old lady was going to climb everest with her lap dog?!?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I'm surprised they didn't send movie tickets instead, lol

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I still haven't recieved my cryptex and I finished within 15 min. of the puzzle being out. I know that's slow but...

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I live in Oregon (pacific time) and finished around 4:00 pm. I know I finished late, but I still got the registration form after finishing, and it said I registered successfully. Is there any chance I'm a finalist?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

or we can watch David Blaine try to hold his breathe for 9 minutes.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

DaVinci, the Cryptexes are solsoation prizes for the 10,000 who don't make the top 4 when it's all done.

Samy, I see why you received an 88 in enlgish ...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i finished mine in like 4-5 minutes
i havent gotten mine either.....sad cry.......

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

congrats samy, dont worry some will probally go out tomorrow, i cant imagine the face on the mail man if they tried to send 10,000 boxes out of one building in one day

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

J G, that's a low blow on Samy.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

lol thats tru.....

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah david blane....or we can get really obsessive with deal or no deal. "ITS IN NUMBER 17! NO DEAL!"

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i wanted 2 go see david blaine , no time though, its in lincoln center and i live in bk so... i wasnt able to

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

why to try to be mean to samy, THEN spell english wrong. big props to you dude.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Is finishing at 4:00 pm pacific time definitely too late? I still have hope. Please crush it for me!

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Spelling in this country has been reduced to "copy", "paste" commands and Spell check on MS Word.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Ok, I'm back. Went to check the rules and it says...

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.

It definitely says a screen shot of 4 codes and only one of them will open the cryptex. So why did they all get the same code and only one code???

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

30 minutes left before clocking out of this crappy job.
10 minutes to get home.
finding out I am a finalist....priceless.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

what time would 4 pacific time be in eastern standard time? ive never been good at knowing where the time zones are

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Stop argue over best speaking englisher!

hahaha...anyways...

I finished the quest at about 3:10, and got mine today. I'd bet the others will come tommorow.

J

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

9:00 eastern time. It seems like I'm way too late, but I DID register successfully.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

so the big question now is where are the darn e-mails? im gonna check my mail yet again, but i know its not there. ill be back in a second

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Dan,

That's really really wierd. First, we get them early. Second, there's only one code (mine said it on the back of the case. lol). Third, There are no screenshots.

Wierd.

J

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

4 pm Pacific = 7 pm eastern

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Sweet. Just got home and mine was in the mailbox...

Now on to the final 5 puzzles – I doubt they would use the same 5 for everyone. From a statistical standpoint, Google just needs 19 different puzzles will yield 11,628 combinations of any 5. If they were diligent enough to develop 30 puzzles, we're looking at 140,000+ different combinations of 5.

This is going to be interesting...

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Cassie

Relax. They'll send them once you've worn down your last nerve.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

dude 3:10 eastern time????if u did then im definitely a finalist.....ud think so many people whould know about the quest but to find a bright mind nowadays is very difficult. lol

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

no e-mail yet

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

wait, crap, I meant to say 1:10, not 3:10

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I hope so, I had to pull stings at my school to get to the library in order to even co the puzzle. And to have done that for nothing, well....

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

No email here either. Mail man has come and gone for today. Still got 3 more days of hoping...

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I wonder if they would accomodate for the time difference. If I finished at 4:00 pacific time, maybe they put me in line with the people who finished at 4:00 eastern time. I hope so!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

well i have to run to the store, ill be back in a little while and i probally still wont have the e-mail. google why have you forsaken me?

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

My apologies Sammy. It was meant as a joke :(Good grades – I never did that well when I was in school.

Dan – Rules seem to say we get the code via the mail, but it could also be via email.

We definitely have instructions on where to go for the final step. It assures us we are finalists.. So, that leaves a few questions. Is the Cryptex usable for anything else? Or is it a merely one off toy? I suppose it can be used for spelling other words via codes on the main line. I know it's looking for too much in something so simple. But I noticed the end of mine will completely unscrew.. And the code doesn't seem to line up. It acts almost as if the Cryptix is openable in a different way with an alternative code.

Who knows though. Just mindless speculation.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Matt
Doubtful dude. Nice thought though.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hey has anyone played the OTHER DA VINCI QUEST YET? they have lots more prizes and lots more chances to win them

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Would it be safe to store valuables in a cryptex, or is it just cheap? It would be cool to have a usable mini safe!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

dan i thought you had one?!? or are there two dans here? dan was the first one to get one today. he told me mine was in the mail, and there it was hes my hero isnt that you?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am home! I have one!!!!!

Oh the joy! its like Christmas

fiscap [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finished the 24th puzzle and submitted my registration form at 1:01:43 PM EST on May 10th, and I've received just the confirmation email from Sony & Google the day after. I haven't received a notification email today stating that I'm one of the 10,000 finalists, plus there was no Cryptex in the mail as others have indicated.

I find it hard to believe that 10,000 people finished in under 103 seconds. Can anyone that has received a Cryptex confirm their finish time? Has anyone received a finalists email today as was promised in the Sony confirmation email from last week?

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

JG
Were there any other instructions inside the cryptex or just the one saying you were worthy and the www.google.com/davincicode site listing?

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Still no email.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Thanks dan. I'm sad now :*(

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Cassie
No I don't have one yet and I just popped by an hour or so ago to get in on the fun..

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

IMO the cryptex is merely a "better than average" marketing piece. I don't know why they would only put the notches in for the last two characters, nor allow modification of the "code."

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Dan, just the one to go to the website. Havne't found any other way to open it either.. And not in the mood to even make a bare attempt at all the possible codes.... to see if it may be openable in some other way.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

so then there must be two dan's man thats confusing. maybe you should be like "dan the man" or "dan #2" i dunno but the other dan got his about 11am

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I was hoping the cryptex to be a well made toy worth buying. That sucks that only the last two characters matter.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

JG,
LOL Can't say I blame you. Either way it was a fun quest and I'm gonna see the movie and make Mr. Brown even richer.

fiscap [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

In the email from Sony, they state –

"We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge."

It's odd that they can get the Cryptex delivered in time, but they're late on their emails.

I guess they still have 5+ hours to get the emails out – technically.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

if you go to the web site theres one for $59.00 and its the same size but all 5 tumblers work and i think you can change the code

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Admittedly the paper does say.. "To see if your journey continues." Which makes me wonder just how many cryptexes they sent out. . To send out more tha 10,000 just seems excessive... Going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Until Friday I suppose.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Cassie,
Not a problem on the two dan's thing. From this moment forward I am inucya.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

omg
shoot me
blow me
kill me
do w/e but dont take away the chance of receiving a cryptex, cruel cruel people =*(

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

awesome thank you im just a simple folk with a simple mind and get cornfused very easily

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Did anyone in New York get a cryptex? Maybe they haven't sent them to NY yet. Just a little thought......

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I suspect if you gave it some effort you could change the code.. But you would have to buy a separate barrel to make it require more than the las ttwo characters...

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

JG
So was there only one piece of paper inside or two?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im from ny i havent gotten 1 yet, to think that its one of the most important cities and they cant get friggin cryptexes on time and fixed roads.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Anyone in Oregon get a cryptex?

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm from upstate NY as well. I've seen at least one on ebay being from NY.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

just one piece of paper inucya

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

this is weird, go to sodarktheconofman.com and enter the site

in the lower right corder of the page next to sophie, there is a flap that you can click, when you click it it kinda jerks

click it and hold, and drag your mouse to the left, and the page unfolds revealng a side of the glass pyramid to the right with three symbols on the bottom and reverse handwriting on the back of the page you lifted :)

can someone figure out how to make it stay?? :)

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok, so I got home and checked the mail --- and there was a cryptex in the mailbox! ....only, it was for my roommate =(

I'm confused now because I finished by 1:03pm and it took my roommate until 1:20. Maybe mine will come tomorow?

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I hate the suspense.............

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

LOL Steph! Do the boxes fit in normal mailboxes? Maybe a cryptex is already in the mailbox.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

idk? my mailbox is type small..

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok jay what is the actual address of the site my pop up blocker is on the fritz

fiscap [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wow – there are 15 Cryptexes for sale on eBay.com right now and another 4 have already sold on Buy-it-now auctions.

search.ebay.com/search/search. ...

Jenn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey guys, I'm new to this forum, and I just got my cryptex in the mail. I just wanted to point out that the rules say that you will recieve instructions by email on how to access the final puzzle. With that in mind, you wouldn't even have to open the cryptex to still be able to access the final puzzle, so I can imagine that the cryptex wouldn't be too hard to solve. That still doesn't explain the missing screen shot though.
And Cassie,
I've started the other Da Vinci Quest (the one on Eurostar, right?) but I'm stuck on the circles one where you have to figure out which one is the odd location out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
DaVinciyouSneak, when you get on, did you get yours today? I'm in Austin, and mine just arrived in the mail a few minutes ago.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

2 of them show the paper inside.

Jenn [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

oops, sorry about DaVinciyouSneak, didn't see your previous post

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

jenn- i got that one by accident i was moving the outer circle to find another word, and all the sudden it said congratulations, i dont know what the word was but if you just keep moving it clockwise you'll eventually get is (do it slow though)

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

in Austin too- Zup ATX! back to business.

I just got mine too! I am very excited-- asked for Friday off from work!!

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Matt – My roommates was in the mailbox (its about 6x4x4in). ...but it was the only one in there! Two could easily have fit in the mailbox.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok now i really have to go, ill be back later.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Only one piece of paper inside...

www.google.com/DaVinciCode
"to see if your journey continues."

heh.

Basically it's the mini cryptix sold at noblecollection.com .. but instead of having a full combination bar it only has a partial.. and no obvious way to recode it..

It really seems to have a bit of the feeling that there may be more to it than meets the eye.. That would make sense.. But after spending too much time playing with it, I see nothing else to it.. Other than the extra letters.

Do S, J, & N line up with the open codes for the unused portions of the combination for everyone else?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

gotta go too, cook dinner! good luck everyone.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

HELP!! i finished mine b4 1:20 and didnt get the cryptex yet, is it bcuz im in ny, has any1 in nyc gotten theirs yet?????

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Where are those darn emails????

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The other three unused portions on my codex are N, J, and O. maybe it is part of the final challenge then?

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I thought it odd my box doesn't have a return address on it.. only a stamp for $4.05

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

For me, the notches are:

TEUIL

I think we're looking too far into this thing...

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

George. That's odd. Either that or random manufacturing. It would make sense if you could open up more on it.. But who knows.

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I'm gonna sign off for the night. Bye everyone! Better luck tomorrow......

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Yup.. Lack of these lining up between each of us.. seems to say it's not as straight forward as we would like. Oh well.

We'll know Friday or when we get the email. :)

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I'm convinced it's random – logically and engineering wise. Really, would Google say "Now get a flashlight and look inside your cryptex and try to see which notches line up."

This would make a good conspiracy forum though...

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Sam. No. But they could have had them engineered with similar codes and have an alternative lineup to open an additional compartment on the cryptix. Although the casting looks too thin for that on further inspection.

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

and after some searching, the letters N-J-O-I-L are not an anagram for anything. and don't appear to be a website or anything. just more speculation.

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Everyone confused with the code for the grail, any code ending with I-L will work, like grail........it was made so that only the last two notches count, and only I-L will open it......having the word grail was only for it to make sense.....it is not more complicated (i.e. another part of some puzzle or quest) :)

Sam [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I guess my logic is: when a contest has server issues on the 24th puzzle, sends the cryptex before the promised email, has the code printed on the box instead of the four possible codes as defined by the rules, etc., they're probably not going to have some super secret cryptex (which would be a specialty run of 10,000 at that)...

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

noblecollection.com/catalog/ca ...

They only gave us the mini-cryptexes! :(:)

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Are you sure they're mini?

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

"If, for any reason, Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify Contest or any portion(s) thereof..."
it is in the rules, maybe that explains, sort of, why we didn't get "a screenshot of 4 codes"

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I guess it is...(It's even cheaper, the Prize page says that it worth only $30)

C [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Remember, the cryptex in the book (SOFIA) had another one inside of it (APPLE)...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

huh???

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Pretty weird...
Could google have had 10,000 extra cheap crytexes made exclusively for the contest?

missy lightner [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

did you get them in the mail today?

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

How do you sign up for the Eurostar davinci quest? It takes me to a black screen then nothing happens.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

George, good point.

Sam – true.

J Admin: I believe we're aware of that. We were noting the other empty slots.. And for what it's worth, it would be possible to have a multi slotted barrel inside a cryptix requiring a non traditional lineup for it to open. A series of combinations would then be required to step open the side.

Doubt they've done that. As has been pointed out we were given the mini-cryptex (cheaper by far), without any special features, only two locks (even cheaper), not settable to other codes from appearances (even cheaper), and fairly straight forward.

Somewhat disappointing, but from a financial perspective it makes perfect sense.

According to the rules each finalist prize has an ARV (approximate retail value) of $30. The mini-cryptexes are $59. So, we received the half-price version, with half the features..

It seems to me that they've still produced a specialty run of cryptexes, just cheaper cryptexes.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

C – that was my line of thinking.. THe one in the book had another inside.. At least another embedded code. It seems it'd be possible for these to have that.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

breathe............
omg i got mine in just nw im gon a die......omg ....pain is good!!!!!

missy lightner [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

hmmm... so did it come in standard mail... because i'm pretty sad i don't think i got one...

;*(

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Never mind me. I just took mine all the way apart – took quite a bit of twisting and poking. Nothing more to it : Unless I missed something.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im not sure
the lady from upstairs had it in her car i was so mad, i went up there and asked her if anything had come in for me, my sis' ipod had also come in adn the cryptex but my sis' ipod was in fedex box, the cryptex came in a norml box that looked almost completely distroyed and had a stamp with mi address and a return address.

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

To everone that got them – what time did you finish? I still don't understand why my roommate got one and I did not when I finished well before she did!

Gavin Sherlock [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Gack! Even though I got an email on the 11th saying:

"This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!"

now when I log into google.com/ig, it says:

"The Quest has come to an end. You completed 23 of the 24 puzzles."

yet I know I finished all 24. Did anyone else get this behaviour?

:-(

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Went and checked out that website Jay Amin talked about. I found all kinds of hidden stuff and messages.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

huh?
send me the website and i finished like at 104 or 105

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

What kinds of hidden stuff?

tahlula [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

gavin – same thing is happenning to me. did you get a cryptex?

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Messages and stuff. No shit. if you pull back the page by a little corner it reveals a pic and also you can use a mirror to read the message. AND... click on the little bluish light and move your mouse to reveal hidden stuff in the blue light that is produced. You'll be able to find little movie clips hidden too.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

No Tahlula, I didn't get one yet.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Has anyone else discoverd these hidden messages?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i got one...and can someone send me this site pleez?

Gavin Sherlock [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

tahlula – I haven't been home to check my mail yet. I didn't finish the last puzzle superfast (maybe 12 minutes), but at least would like to fail to get into the last 10,000 'cos I was too slow, rather than them screwing up.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The official Sony site for the movie.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey ppl,

I'm ticked! My Google home page says this:
"The Quest has come to an end. You completed 23 of the 24 puzzles."

WTF! I finished all 24 and received a confirmation email.

Anyone else seeing this?

-Subaru

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Is anyone checking out the official site for the hidden stuff I told you about?

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I couldn't find it. Post the exact url.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

The stuff on the site has been there. You dial the codes in quickly as you find them.. iirc some were actually needed to solve the puzzles...

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

i got my cryptex. waiting for the final challenge.

billy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

www.sodarktheconofman.com (official movie site)

here are all of the secrets I've found:

you can go through the da vinci gallery. watch the movie then use the weird rectangle thing to navigate through the gallery. find all of the hidden symbols (there are six) and you can use them to enter codes and access other parts of the site. the home page and the character pages can be peeled back revealing a symbol sequence you can enter by clicking the symbols at the bottom (once you've found them in the gallery.) Some of them show you character movies, some of them show you other stuff, like the meaning of mona lisa and something about saint sulpice, I can't remember haven't done it in a while.

Also there is something hidden on every character page you can click to view a movie about them. Also, you click on a purple spot that roams around the site to use ablacklight on whatever page you're looking at. The character pages contain hidden videos when you look at them, and some other pages have videos of silas killing someone in a car. Also, on some of the character pages when you peel them back there will be a reversed message on the back side of the page. i think there are about 4 of those.

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Subaru – I had to finish a few of the puzzles more than once before it registered them as complete.. when I originally did it...

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

try to call them
look for a number
it not fair.....we all deserve the cryptex...but who will be worthy to win

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

So the hidden stuff is meaningless???

billy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Oh yeah after you go to www.sodarktheconofman.com, you have to click 'enter the site' to get to the part with the hidden stuff.

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I completely took my cryptex apart, there is no hidden code. You can change the opening code, but it would still just be the last two letters that open it.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

J G –

It's just strange that I received a confirmation email from Sony and Google. They must have thought I competed the 24 puzzles. I finished at about 1:10 EST. If the cutoff was @ 1:05 EST , then it makes no difference.

I don't understand why it is telling me that I haven't completely all the puzzles, when clearly, I have!

ugh... I hate computers

billy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Umm yeah I think the hidden stuff is just for fun

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

inucya, it's cute previews to the movie? Possibly more. But I'm not sure what. May be useful in the final five puzzles, may not be...

J G [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

Subaru, true enough. It may just be your browser acting up and they have correct info elsewhere. You can always try emailing them to see what happens..

Anyway, I best be off, later.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Do the emails from Google and Sony mean you're a finalist? In them it says you have a chance to participate in the final contest. Did anyone get the emails who knows they're not finalists?

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

As far as I know, yes.

Email from Google and Sony:
Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!
  
We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

That's strange because I only finished around 4:00 pacific time (7:00 eastern time)! Surely 10,000 people finished before me.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Matt – Did you receive a Cryptex?

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Subaru,

I completed all the puzzles too yet I log on today and see that it says I only finsihed 23 of them. I distinctly remember seeing it say that I solved all 24 when I was finished. Maybe it's a glitch or something? Does anyone else see this message on their Google Homepage?

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yes, Matt – did you get a cryptex???

jk47h3 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the cryptex will not be recieved by anyone until 5/18, that is when the finals start, has anyone recieved an email other than the confirmation that you completed the first round saying that you are being shipped a cryptex?

Squirrel [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Everyone that participated in the contest and registered to win got the emails from Google and Sony. They don't mean you're a finalist, just that you finished. I'm getting the thing where it says I only finished 23 puzzles too, even though I finished all of them and registered to be a finalist.

Squirrel [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

People have been getting cryptexes already, not everyone has them yet though since the post office isn't that precise that it can deliver all 10,000 of them on the same day. No one I've talked to has gotten an email yet either.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

JK, I received my Cryptex today, so they sent them out earlier. No email yet though.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i got my cryptex 2day no email though!!!!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i have the cryptex but still no e-mail.

jk47h3 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

thats messed up, i thought everyone was going to get them on the 18th thats what the official rules said

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well I thoroughly searched the site for those hidden items and I think I found them all and I guess you guys are right... they're meaningless.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

YEAH!!!! SAMY i told you you would get a cryptex! where was it? did the super have it (or who ever you said might have it)

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

NO the rules said by the 18th all the cryptexes would be were they need to be

Elika [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I received a cryptex today!!! I can't believe it!

I received the two emails: one from Sony and the other from Google, I think.

Anyway, I haven't gotten any other emails from them, but was surprised to find the cryptex in today's mail. I think they are supposed to email instructions for the final puzzle. Wish us all luck!!

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I got the cryptex in Raleigh, NC from California. So that is one of the longest distances.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

congrats i knew you'd get one too.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

actually congratulations to everyone for coming this far.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I am getting the strange message about 23/24 puzzles being completed.

Everyone who received a Cryptex:

What time did you complete your registration?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

is everyone who got the cryptex going to do the final challenge on their own or get help from family and friends?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I will do it on my own, friends and family will only get in the way. They know little about this

Elika [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Oh crap... I figured out the code to open the cryptex. Is that ok?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I think everyone who got the toy has been able to open it.

Wratz [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Figred it out? It's printed on the box.

Elika [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It wasn't hidden, that's for sure. Did anyone follow the instructions? I don't want to do anything early out of fear that they may DQ me.

Wratz [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

BTW, noblecollection.com is selling them already for $59.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

i think everyone has been to www.google.com/davincicode website to "see if their journey continues".

Elika [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

and what does it say there?

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

noblecollection.com/catalog/pr ...

NN5335 $59.00
Order Today, Ships on 06/15/2006

Wratz [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

it says the code can be changed, has anyone been able to change theirs?

Horsecountryart [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I have been to other websites like this and seems like alot of people have gotten them. Does it mean that we are all trying to figure out what to do since we haven't seen an e-mail yet, or does it mean that more than 10,000 people recieved a cryptex?(are people getting these even if they dont qualify for the final challenge?)

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Wratz,
ours are the cheap $30 Google version. Nobel collection is selling a higher quality version that allows for code changing.

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

You can change the code on these. Open the cryptex, hold the open end of the wheel section up, there are 2 small screws on the end, remove those and the end plate comes off, you can remove each wheel and change the position of the letters on the wheel. However, the last 2 letters are the only 2 that matter.

Anon [PersonRank 7]

12 years ago #

Got a crytex, too! But no e-mail.

Finished the puzzle and the registration at about 10:07 a.m.

I think noble collection is setting the price too high. I don't think I would have paid $59 for this crytex. The bigger one may be worth it, though, with the password setting capability, and if the pretty wooden box is included.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

People on ebay seem to be willing to pay more than 70 dollars for the Google version. Google made it quite clear that it is mailing the $30 version.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

you guys, id advise you not to playa round with the cryptex or try to change the code, not that i dont wan to do it as well but, u never know, it might be needed in the final 5 puzzles, so there fore u guys really need to leave it alone b4 ur DQ or mess up the cryptex.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

If you go to sodarktheconofman.com, and you go into the gallery if you click on the symbols you can enter new sections of the web site. Does anyone have any Idea what those sections might be for. It looks to me like something important!

kprestipino [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i got one too, but no email. i finished at 110 and i live in raleigh, nc.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

www.google.com/davincicode is the only website that matters. it will be updated for the final challenge.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

kprestipino, what part of raleigh? I leave near NC State campus.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Have you seen any of the stuff there?

Anon2 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm getting this odd message on my Goggle home page too:

"The Quest has come to an end. You completed 23 of the 24 puzzles."

Anybody have any idea what it means? Because I completed all 24 puzzles and have their earlier e-mail that says so.

For anyone that received a cryptex today: what does your Google page say now?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

That web site was important in the begining which gives me reason to belive it may still be important

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got mine here in Austin, TX today! Finished about 1:05....no screenshots included though...and no email....

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

How do you get back to the page that shows how many quests you've completed? It isnt' on my google homepage.

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ive got my cryptex too!! (weston, fl) no email yet!

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Update for those of us who got the message saying that we only completed 23 puzzles out of 24. I just checked again and it's back to normal. I'm guessing it was a glitch.

I still haven't received my cryptex though despite finishing the puzzles in time. I'd love one though.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Never mind...I got it. Mine says thanks for playing and hope you had fun. I did get the message that I was registered but I've gotten no emails.

Anon2 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I never deleted the Quest Module that I added to my homepage after 5/10 (the module that kept track of your puzzle results). But now it's back to the message it showed yesterday:

"Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun."

So I don't know what's going on.

inucya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I guess I'll just sign off now and wait by my mailbox and hope. Good luck everybody!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

PAIN IS GOOD!!!

Anon2 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

One wonders about the possibility of other "glitches." I suppose it's still possible that more cryptex are "in the mail."

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Strange.

I still get the message:

The Quest has come to an end. You completed 23 of the 24 puzzles.

so disapointing....

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Do you think they will send out the Emails around the same time as the last emails sent out

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here] adwore
I got my confirmation emails at 9:20 PM EST and 9:44 PM EST last week.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

The other email said they would email us today

www.albinocode.com [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i got my confirmation emails around the same time as Subaru.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I think we are all waiting for that email. I just wish I was waiting with a cryptex. Instead, Google tells me I didn't finish!

"The Quest has come to an end. You completed 23 of the 24 puzzles."

I'm just a little bitter my account isn't correct. I may have been one of the finalists

>:/

-Subaru

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So, has anyone received the email explaining if you won a cryptex or when the second half of the quest will begin? It's 9:10PM EDT and I still haven't gotten an email yet.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got my confirmation email last week at 9:14 PM from Sony and 9:43 PM from the davincicodequest email. So I'd imagine they're coming.

If not, Google has a lot of explaining to do.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

shouldnt they have sent the email b4 the cryptex, google is weird. I hope the last challenge is extremely fun, i think that if ur not a finalist and completed the 24 puzzles u get to play the final challengebut u cant compete ud be doing it for fun i think.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

From Official rules:
Notification: Phase 1: Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006.

That may mean that we may not get emails today!

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #


From the Contest confirmation email:

We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.
  
All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.

10,000 people should be getting emails tonight at the very least. There are a few us us here. Myself, not included. Let us know if you hear anything?

Any luck on other websites?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I got a cryptex, and now just waiting

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

adwore: This is from my e-mail. We should get an e-mail today.

"We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email
regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists
will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final
challenge."

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

That is true but the offical rules say ON OR ABOUT MAY 15

I dont know what to tell you

Anon2 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

A lot of wiggle room in that phrase: "...on or about..."

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I Know

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Has anyone received a cryptex yet?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

several of us had. there are currently 34 of them already going on Ebay.

search.ebay.com/search/search. ...

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'd buy one for $15.

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hmmm, I believe we misinterpreted the rules. I think they must've meant that the emails would be distributed on May 15, 2007. :[

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Davinci

You beat me to that punch line. lol

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Actually, The next time that the 15th of May falls on a Monday isn't until 2017.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

then 2017 it is!

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well, I guess those who are in the final received their cryptex already. I'm guessing that if you haven't gotten it by now, then we're out of luck. Oh well.

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Just got my email....received the cryptex in the mail earlier today. It says:

Congratulations ------!
You are one of the 10,000 who have proven themselves worthy of continuing the journey and solve the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. Please enter your area code in the Fandango search box below and choose a movie theater to see the sneak preview of the Da Vinci Code Thursday night, May 18 at your local theater with other winners.

Prepare wisely as your new quest begins Friday May 19.

Once again, congratulations from the Google and the Da Vinci Code!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

well then on may 15 2017 when we all get e-mails im taking everyone to the sizzler for a celebration, mark it on your calenders people, the reservations will be under "screw google"

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

no way!!! so do you take the e-mail or the cryptex to get in?!?

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

neither one....you enter your zip code into this fandango area code box, choose your theater, and print out the tickets...the sneak preview is at 10:05 Thursday night...the tix are free

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

there is a free ticket code that automatically pastes in when you click to buy the tix....it only works once though...i've tried to get more tix ;-)

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

longhorn,

that's mighty generous of Google. What a surprise they never mentioned it in the rules. did you receive the email at a Gmail account?

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I GOT THE EMAIL:
Your journey does not end here. You have also qualified to compete for the grand prize which includes trips for four to New York, Paris, Rome and London, a colossal Sony® Electronics package and more valued at over $100,000! See official rules.

Beginning on or around 1pm EDT May 19th at www.google.com/davincicode, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

As for your previous accomplishments, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded with a limited edition replica cryptex arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

sure didn't...my university account

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

longhorn, ur not a finalist. sorry

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

wow...that's freaky NCSU! I was just rattling the cage a little bit and filling the board with a little B.S. to increase the anticipation and after I saw your post, checked my gmail account and saw the REAL email!

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I GOT IT TOO!!! there is definately no free tickets though.

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

yeah, not tix though...that was a figment of my imagination

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i am glad ur cage was rattled longhorn, lol.

Steph [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

GOT THE FINALIST EMAIL JUST NOW EVEN THOUGH I DID NOT GET A CRYPTEX YET! THIS IS WHAT IT SAYS:
Your journey does not end here. You have also qualified to compete for the grand prize which includes trips for four to New York, Paris, Rome and London, a colossal Sony® Electronics package and more valued at over $100,000! See official rules.

Beginning on or around 1pm EDT May 19th at www.google.com/davincicode, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

As for your previous accomplishments, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded with a limited edition replica cryptex arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I AM A FINALIST! What about the congratulatory message from Sir Ian? How would i know about that? ;-)

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Guess what I just got in my email inbox....

My cryptex should be here any day!

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Tom hanks looks so tired...

Julian [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i just got the email :D and i already have the cryptex hehehe

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i just got my email
yay!!!!!!!!!

George [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

now i am just curious what happened to that screenshot that was supposed to come with the cryptex!!

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

yeah, the screenshot kind of has me wondering too. they probably found out the code to the cryptex was on the back and decided against adding the screenshots...that's the most reasonable thing I can figger.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i kno

Jack [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

for those who didn't get make the cut, i would like to know what the "special message" is. please post when you get it.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

George,
it's obvious that they just wanted to ship out the cryptex right away...it is cheaper and easier to just include the code on the side of the box. sending screenshots is a waste of time....

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

THE BOX IS THE SCREENSHOT, HAVENT YOU GUYS FIGURED OUT THE OTHER 3 CODES?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

it took me a while, but I am pretty sure I got it. I think it helps you prepare for the next challenge. Kind of like a study guide.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

there aren't 3 screenshots on the box, only 1 LARGE ONE

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

care to enlighten us?

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

My e-mail inbox is still empty. Disappointed? Yes, but I can't say I haven't been expecting it.

The "special surprise" I believe is a 40% off deal on a cryptex that you can buy. From what I've seen though the cryptex is not nearly as nice as the brass one; these cryptexes are made out of wood and ... well ... they're just not as good.

:*-(*sigh*

Will post the "special surprise" when I get it. Congrats to everyone who's a finalist!

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Really, I want to win this but read the rules.

"A SCREENSHOT WITH FOUR CODES, ONE WILL OPEN THE CRYPTEX"

As I said before, there aren't four screenshots. Who started that rumor?

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the code is on the back of the box"

CRYPTEX CODE: GRAIL. very easy to understand so that all 10,000 finalists logon to www.google.com/davincicode.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Google doesn't want anyone to really know what the final challenge is so they won't be putting it on some stupid box.

Luke Pickard [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Just got the email: sorry to those who didn't get it.

Your journey does not end here. You have also qualified to compete for the grand prize which includes trips for four to New York, Paris, Rome and London, a colossal Sony® Electronics package and more valued at over $100,000! See official rules.

Beginning on or around 1pm EDT May 19th at www.google.com/davincicode, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

As for your previous accomplishments, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded with a limited edition replica cryptex arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

fyshy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i just got my email, like right now. im not a finalist :-(

ah well...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yes one is clearly given to us. the others well.........we have to figure out on our own.

They can not NOT include the screenshot. They will deviate from the rules, thus, opening opp. for winner to argue the original agreement.

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I GOT AN EMAIL!

I am not a finalist :(

At least I know now.

Good luck to everyone who is a finalist.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

What does your email say

DaVinci [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Never mind, the "Special Surprise" is nothing like I expected.

Though others have finished before you, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded! Click here to watch a congratulatory message from Sir Ian McKellen and a sneak peek of The Da Vinci Code and then continue on to view special offers and [sales] from our Quest partners.

Thank you for playing the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

Exciting. A special MOVIE! No [sales]. :(Very disappointed.

(Sorry, the word discoun* was blocked.)

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the who purpose of the cryptex is to learn how to enter the final challenge. it is not linked to winning the final challenge.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What does the room suppose the other three codes offerred in the screenshot are for?

I personally think it is a cheat sheet.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Da vinci
Can you post the link to The message from Ian McKellen

BW [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

HaiWolfe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got my e-mail, not a finalist, watched the sneak preview.

BUT

Did anyone else notice the highlighting of certain letters in the names of those interviewed in the special? Can anyone piece together the significance of it?

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

HaiWolfe... Intersting. I'll watch it again.

Maybe there is more to not being a finalist.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i dont see any screen shots...what are screen shots...some1 help me

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

finalist "benefits"
sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yeah really whats the deal with the screen shots?

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Here are the Letters I get. They are in the order they appear in each name:

HITR
MEAN
AUNIV
NF
DTIV

any ideas?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

The highlighted letters are:

HITR
MEAN
AU
NIVNF
DTIV

Tell us what you think

HaiWolfe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got that too, only AU is in one name, and NIVNF is in the next.

Still trying to figure out what it could mean.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Its in the finalist video as well

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

19 letters, no idea

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i still have no email, any truth to the rumer about the sneek preview at a movie theater?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

NO

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i TRIED THE whole subs. by putting alphabet backwards under it. didnt make any sense.

Also it is 19 letter cant be Cesaer box...

things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm?

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The letters spell out "FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN"

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im trying something from digital fortrress but it doesnt work

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Do you think this has something to do with the finalist puzzle as well?

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

davinciyousneak, do your codes from the cryptex help decipher this 19 letter enigma?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Wow

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

nice work Josh... interesting

HaiWolfe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

In case it matters, here are the letters again, only split up based on the two lines each name is displayed on.

H M A NIV DT

ITR EAN U NF IV

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Once again...The letters spell out "FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN"

HaiWolfe [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Wow, nice work indeed, Josh.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nice

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It is on display in the Gallerie dell' Accademia in Venice, Italy.
From wikipedia

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

good work josh! Amazingly quick,

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the vitruvian man is in Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, Italy.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Could it have something to do with The
SODARKTHECONOFMAN website

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hopefully the quickness will pay off in the final challenge...lol

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So I tried playing that other game online, and found all the symbols, then got stuck with Bezu Fache staring me in the face!

I found a fleur-de-lis with the use of the flashlight but it didnt let me do anything with or to it.

Does anyone know where to go from here?

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

it could be one of the final challenges

Nick [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hmm... i wonder what this can mean.... i am not a finalist however i am intrigued by the anagram they put in the preview... anyone have any idea of what this might mean????

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

good job im impressed

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Josh, I wish you the best of luck.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

we should save this

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Josh, I am also interested in what this means. I'm on google maps looking for a possible hint.
Nothing so far.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

did anyone unlock the symbol bar from the gallery on the website

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I also remember seeing letters in the official trailer at the end where they show the credits. I think those ones spelled out "FIND THE CODE". Not sure what they all mean, but it is fun!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

well in the movie (book) the curatior of the louvre is layed out like the VITRUVIAN MAN. its a message to sophie, it starts them on their grail quest. its the beginning of an important quest. i think we all see the significance. (sorry if i spelled that wrong)

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i did

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

has anyone NOT gotten the e-mail yet besides me?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hey cassie

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

whuddup?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I have a cryptex, no email Cassie.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thank god im not the only one, you are my beacon of hope davinci

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nm u? ive got so much hw i hate my english teacher, shes making us rite out 2 outlines for tom sawyer the most boring book(now y cant we read da vinci code instead) and its due 2moro it the most awful thing.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

try checking ur email now cassie

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Samy you sly dog. are you sending out the emails? =-)

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i hated that book, i always got him a huck finn mixed up.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

what email provider do u use cassie?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

has any1 noticed that the vitruvian man in the gallery on the official website has the fibbonacci sequence? and this weird formula

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

YES, all other pictures have a little something like that too

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

could that mean something

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

the last supper says, San Greal
the mona says, Find Robert
another says, Rose line
another says, P.S.

I dont know if it does. But I like this

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

does any1 have a literal black light???? myb the box has 4 codes under black light....

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

remember Da Vinci enjoyed writing backwards too

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i have hotmail and no e-mail yet, am i missing something about the box?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

will someone please give me the actual address of the gallery, i keep going to sodarktheconofman.com but my pop up blocker is on the fritz and i cant get any farther. please someone link me to it

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Cassie, I have hotmail too.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

cassie, hotmail is terrible. i've waited on emails for many days to show up in my hotmail inbox...that;s why i used Gmail. you must;ve gotten the email. you just have to wait.....

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i have hotmail 2

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

you really are my hero, how come we're in the same boat? dont tell me your from ohio too.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i was wondering if the code 2 the box had to do with writing backwards or blacklight writing,

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

me???? i already got my email, like 30 minutes ago

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the Text from the movie states to "find the vitruvian man"

The Vetruvian man has Fibinacci numbers written on his side:

1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21

The movie might be directing us.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

sorry no i meant da vinci i know your in new york samy

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

who has read the book?

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

thats what i said

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

ive read the book but i lent it,, arg......im gonna go and buy a new 1

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

ok enough for tonight...back to my Ph.D. qual exams...good luck everyone!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i bet you could win this thing samy, with your grades and all, you're a smart girl.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

u 2 .....is any1 here below 20 years old or a teenager?????

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

hey im a dude>>>>>>

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i shouldve put my full name which is samuel

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

sorry i mean boy

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yay! I got the email!

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

congrats...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You like me you really like me.

I have read the book several times, just finished it for this last time last week.

If you put the box against the mirror it reveals a name. All I got was John P. and something like Tomo or Domo

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

yeah i thought samy was a cute girl. damn it.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i dont kno if ill be able 2 skip school on friday???
ill have to ask my sister if she can pick me up early froms school

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Austin, Texas here Cassie, Longhorn Country

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im 14 and im close 2 having a gf i think....

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

our one fork in the road davinci damn

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

ok is any1 here a teenager????

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

u dont have to skip school samy. just take the challenge when u can.

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

23 sorry

Diley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Sorry I forgot to quote it for you guys. Here it is; "Your journey does not end here. You have also qualified to compete for the grand prize which includes trips for four to New York, Paris, Rome and London, a colossal Sony® Electronics package and more valued at over $100,000! See official rules.

Beginning on or around 1pm EDT May 19th at www.google.com/davincicode, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

As for your previous accomplishments, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded with a limited edition replica cryptex arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.

While you wait, Click here to watch a congratulatory message from Sir Ian McKellen and a sneak peek of The Da Vinci Code and then continue on to view special offers and d*i*s*c0*u*n*t*s from our Quest partners."

the link they gave for the congratulatory message is news.sonypictures.com/rspba/r2 ...

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I really think there is something with the SODARKTHECONOFMAN webpage if you unlock the bar by the gallery ther are many things to find

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

they make it very clear, it is not a race as was the final puzzle. This is timed. you can start as late as you want, take your time Samy.

I am 26

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

23 on May 27th. wooohoooooooooo

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i wonder what preperation can be done for this. i mean it's too late to raise your IQ.

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hey davinci you sneak, i'm in austin too

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

YEA, Your name gave you away, you reek of burnt orange! I too bleed orange.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i dont understant u mean if you take the shortest time, for example if u start at 1 and end at 1 30 but i start at 5 and end at 525 i win because it took me less time???

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

yup, thats it

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

YES, THAT IS WHAT THE RULES SAY. AND THAT ONE LINK. LET ME LOOK FOR IT AGAIN.

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

yes of course. the shortest time to complete the whole challenge.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

HERE IT IS.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

omg thank you , ur a life saver, i was gonna skip a test just for the challenge...id rather solve puzzles than read tom sawyer and fail a test on it..

NCSU [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the winner's prize seem a little overpriced.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i dont kno how people can sell thier codex on ebay(better for us though since i might be included in the final challenge and less finalists that we dont know) what a disgrace to DA VINCI!!!! Aya la Vida!!!

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

ok guys im accepting defeat im going to bed; maybe when i wake up ill have my e-mail. let me know tomorrow da vinci if you got yours. i will miss you all until tomorrow. and NCSU....ill be thinking of good things to obsess over for after the 20th

longhorn_pharmer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Davinciyousneak...i wouldn't say that I BLEED orange...I do have a bachelor's degree from good ol' Texas A&M! ;-)

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

cassie, have the best of sleeps

dream of mona lisa smiles

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

you got it

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

A&M came together this last time though, it was amazing! I loved it all of Texas as one!!! A&M , Longhorns, & Texas Techs all in same room, getting along.

Priceless.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

On the website there is a preview of the secnce with the vituvian man I think theres something going on with this

andro [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

well if u haven't gotten your emails yet i finished a hour and half late and did not make it, so if u were later then that srry.

Samuel [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

theats interesting, the vitruvian man is what they were reffering to in the video, now thats probably what they mean, what site is it??//? ill check it out

Subaru [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I finished at ~10 minutes after 1 PM EST and I am not a finalist.

Samuel [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

im a finalist and it rocks

Kat [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I have a cryptex with no email. I am assuming that means I am not a finalist.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

did anyone else play the one online, I cant get past the symbols. I found them all but now dont know what to do.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I think the obsevation in the final may have to d with the THE VITRUVIAN MAN video on the movie website

Ben [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hey all, You can change the pass word to be what ever you want... when you open it you'll see 2 small screws... just unscrew those and pull off that end... then you can remove the letter rings... to change the letter you can slide off
the plastic ring with the letters on it... the letter that it will be is the letter that is lined up with the larger notch on the inside of the metal part of the letter ring... taadaaa... pretty simple...

Samuel [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

if u got a cryptex then ur a finalist so congrats

notafinalist [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Dude, I finished about 4 minutes after 1PM and I am not a finalist. (got an email at about 10:26PM, last night) Considering the times that other people posted, I'm wondering if this contest had some technical issues.

I'd love it if google gave us access to our timestamp info, to verify this fact. That probably won't happen though...

Capanda [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

I just got home from my two jobs and my cryptex is here! Also got the email that my "journey does not end here." Of course, I'm hopeless at some of the games and know that there's no way I can win the big prize, so let's just say "We're all winners here...." ;)

Cryptex-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got an email saying i am a finalist, and will recieve a cryptex... but am to understand some of you already got yours???? Are they high or low quality??? What shipping service will it come through???

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

For those of you who recieved the email with the sneak peek videos....

I noticed that some letters stodd out in the video, and I got this: hitrmeanauhivnfdtiv .

Anybody know what this can mean, or what it can be if it is unscrambled?

J

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got my cryptex yesterday but no email. What does this mean? Did anyone with hotmail get the email (good or bad one)?

Cryptex-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It says "Find the vitruvian man"
-credit "Josh"

Cryptex-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

hey email, what shipping provider? is the replica of High or low quality???

J Soll [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Cryptex-less,

Odd...it brings you right back to the Sony Da Vinci Code page.

J

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Got the email and am a finalist, but no cryptex today. Email-less, maybe you and I are supposed to be partners. :)

I'm surprised that some are getting emails and saying they're NOT finalists. Do I understand you correctly that you got an email that says, "I'm sorry, you're not a finalist"?

In any case, my understanding of the rules is that if you got a cryptex, you ARE a finalist. I've noticed they've been sending email notifications out in batches (10,000 is a lot, and if they're also notifying non-finalists it will be many, many more), so you'll probably get your email sometime today.

No way in hell I'm winning the big prize but of course I will give it a shot. :)

Linda [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

got the word late last night.......not a finalist. Boo hoo. Good luck to you all who are finalists. Post your progress so we can see what it would have been like

Cryptex-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Beks, i need a partner too... I got the email telling me i am getting a crrptex but dont have it... so now I am dying, as you probably are, of anxiety trying to imagine what it will look/feel like, so im trying to find out how high or low quality it is, and what truck to look out for b4 i need to go to work/meetings today...

bodysurfer [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

got the no winner email
did finish puzzle and was told that i qualified.
sony sucks
tom hanks as the lead sucks

anonymous [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

no fair! i got the stupid "im sorry you didnt win!" e-mail. o nice sony, argh! > : (

BWJM [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

What's the deal with the "find the vitruvian man" from the non-finalist video? The only thing I can find on it is the Fibbonacci sequence (look on the DaVinci Gallery on the official site).

Also, the game that you can download... I heard there was a way to make it the full version without actually buying it. Something about a code that was supposed to be emailed to non-finalists? I checked my email and didn't see any sort of code.

Simple Dude [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yep it SUCKS, got the "confirmation e-mail and then the insulting "NOT A FINALIST" e-mail. Sensisitivity PLUS way of dealing with people. Glad I couldn't afford the taxes if I won anyway.

Lets see whose relative or significant other is the big winner.....

Tarman [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I got the NOT A FINALIST email this morning. I have learned that the store for the movie will have the Cryptex for sale when it becomes available when the movie launches. This way, we can all have one – even if it does cost money.

Good luck to the rest of you.

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

As far as the quality of the cryptex goes I'd say it is better quality than I thought it would be. It is basically all metal except the letters so it has some good weight. It should make an interesting conversation piece or paperweight in the future. I'm still wondering if anybody out there with a hotmail email address has received any kind of email notification. I finished the last puzzle in about four minutes (by 1:04pm EDT), received the two confirmation emails about registering (which makes me think my spam blocking is OK since I received both of those), and have my spam settings set to never delete anything automatically. Beks, maybe as you say, they are releasing notifications gradually and mine may come today.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got my Cryptex in the mail last night and then I received the FINALIST email this morning.

Pretty easy to open it, the code was printed on the box with the Mona Lisa...

Inside was a small scroll (just a piece of paper) with calligraphy on it that says log onto google.com/DaVinciCode to see if you're journey continues...

The Finalist email had a video from Sir Ian McKellan congratulating us, then a trailer for the movie with some shots of ron howard and basic behind the scenes stuff.

Then you could click to some basic affiliate links for deals on stuff I'll never buy.

The video of Ian McKellan was pretty cool though...not spectacular, but I knew it was targeted to me...one of 10,000 people

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Didn't we get something that said non-finalists would get a "special surprise"? I'm guessing this will be the code to make the game free --or perhaps you'll receive something in the mail.

I'd like one too, please, whatever it is... since I don't expect to win AND I couldn't afford it anyway. :)

And Cryptex-less, stay calm!!! It's just a trinket, eh? I'm excited because I got this far, and for no other reason.

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

So get this. I complete the puzzle at work and then my coworker completes it using my machine 5 minutes after I was done. She's a FINALIST, I'm not. WTF?

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Actually, the cryptex is weighty and quite cool...I was surprised at the quality of it....you can actually use it to lock something inside!!!!

great quality....good job google!

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

conspiracynut

did you submit the form properly as soon as you solved the puzzle or did you wait? the rules said you needed to submit the form ASAP after solving the puzzle...

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

completed everything. got the confirmation mail with everyone else. but i was all done and complete. five minutes passed, then she used my computer.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

man, that sucks...

i was wondering if they also had some kind of way of tracking how quickly people solved the other puzzles as well and if it made a difference....rules didn't say it...but there had to be a way to determine tie breakers.....

sounds strange that she got in and you didn't...but I think my co worker who also submitted his about 30 seconds after me (we were in the first 2 minutes for sure) ... didn't make it...but then again, he may have typed his username wrong since he has not heard anything either way...

i just feel lucky....the odds of winning the final deal are gonna be slim....

1 in 10,000 odds...

they did say that you would be given something else for completing all 24 puzzles within the time....

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

some crappy free flash game download. (not that i'm bitter or anything.)

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Heck, I'd be bitter and I just did this on a lark. Something is obviously screwy with their system, and that's bad advertising for Google/Sony, when all is said and done, eh?

RB [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #


Got the confirmation e-mail that I'm a finalist... but I live in the remotest of remote areas, so no Cryptex yet...

Can't believe people are buying them on e-bay. As of this morning's bidding anyway, $60 for a 1 in 10,000 chance at paying $30,000 in taxes? Hmmm....

tiggerstail [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I saw on another message board that people were posting their completion times. Several of them were in the 1:10-1:13 time frame. I also saw one as late as 1:19 that claim to have gotten the cryptexes. I completed the last puzzle at 1:08 and thought I was a shoe in. Nope. Got the loser email this morning. I think our "special surprise" was the "thanks for playing loser" e-mail from Sir Ian and the clips. It wasn't special for us, because apparently the winners got the same thing. Ok.....I think I was robbed.

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i think we need to blow the lid on this thing. the contest was flawed.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I was wondering how much you could get one for on Ebay.

Honestly, it is totally userID driven, so unless you give that up, the cryptex is just a gimme...

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Well, all I can say is that the time is according to... I think the rules said a Sony clock would determine the times. So the times we report may not be accurate in terms of who actually entered when, if that makes sense. Still doesn't account for ConspiracyNut's coworker situation.

Like I said, something screwy.

And RB, surely the Ebay buyers can't think they can use these to get a chance at the grand prize? Because you'd have to enter with your same login and password, as one of the finalists. So even if you sell your cryptex, you can still try for the grand prize.

The commercial replica being sold is retailing at something like $80, I believe, and while there's every suggestion the quality will actually be higher, it doesn't have that "collectors" value of one of the 10,000 finalist cryptexes. So what people are paying $60 is probably a collectors' piece.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i'll never sell mine...

well, unless I could trade it to get rid of all religion completely that is...that would be a deal well worth it...

problem with dan brown's book is that in order to give it credence, you have to believe that jesus even existed...

too bad he never lived...so many people...so misguided...

his life is mapped right out of the stars in ehyptian mythology...

that is the puzzle you should be spending your time on...

fiscap [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok – 9:00 AM EST and I still haven't received an email confirming or denying I made the finalist cut. I know that they have my email address correct since I received the confirmation emails last week stating that they received my registration.

Has anyone here not received an email confirming or denying their finalists status? Of that group, has anyone received a Cryptex and not received an email yet?

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

egyptian mythology...

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Who cares about this Jeebus guy. I just want my damn cryptex...

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

www.heseesyou.com

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok, this is rather annoying, I completed the form at 1:19 EST, and I've seen people getting cryptexes that completed as late as 1:30 EST, and yet I got the "Not a finalist" email. Is it me or do Sony and Google have some explaining to do?

Nate [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

All I know is, I got my congratulatory 1-of-10,000 finalists e-mail last night around 10:00 EST, so I'm hoping to get my cryptex today or tomorrow. :)

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

fiscap

I'm still waiting for the email. I got the cryptex yesterday so I'm hopeful the email is just late for some reason – though in this age of technology you'd think sending out the 10,000 finalist emails that were supposedly going out yesterday would not be held up. Would be nice if there was someway of getting the email resent in case it went out but got delivered to a black hole somewhere.

Dlboy [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I finished around 1:07 and got the NOT A FINALIST e-mail ... Damn!

Ellisera [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Ok, I see over here googlefact.blogspot.com/2006/0 ...
that there have been people that completed the form as early as 1:01 EST and have gotten the "Not a finalist" email. Something definetly does NOT click.

pokey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I also finished at 1:07 and was not a finalist.

Cheated by Da Vinci [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

THIS IS NOT A JOKE, PLEASE READ THIS COMMENT CAREFULLY

First of all, I would like to congratulate all of the finalists on the Google's Da Vinci Code Quest! Way to GO!!!

I am starting a Class Action Lawsuit against Google and Sony.
For those of you who completed the puzzle along with the 2 forms, (completion form and registration form), by 1:15pm EST on May 10, 2006, but did not receive the congratulatory "finalist" email nor the cryptex, there may be a serious reason why.

Although Google stated that the FIRST 10,000 finalist will be entered into the contest as finalist, it seemed that Google's system was not capable of handling multiple submissions at the same time.

Some of you may have seen the weird glitch page while trying to refresh the page prior to 1pm on May 10, 2006, the 24th day of the puzzle. The page may have been accompanied by a strange "virus" message along with a "random word" entry form to regain access back into Google's Da Vinci Code Quest.

Simply put, if you submitted the form at 1:10pm along with 2000 others at the same time, you should've been a finalist (assuming that you filled out everything correctly), since we already know that people, some of whom finished the puzzle and form past 1:15 got their first phase prize along with the finalist status.

I for one, finished all of the puzzles within 24 minutes, (should there be such thing as a cumulative score), solved and submitted the form by 1:09 pm on the first day of the 24th puzzle.

I am not upset about not receiving the cryptex, since these aren't numbered nor that limited. The Noble Collection has these for sale and will have them as long as they do not stop production on it.

However I feel cheated at the chance to win the Grand Prize.
This is not a matter of the prize, it's the principle.
By the glitch that occured on Google, some of us whom finished the contest a lot sooner than others, got deprived of hopes and dreams.

If you are a participant in the quest and did not receive anything but the "NOT A FINALIST" email, please email me at CheatedByDaVinci[put at-character here]hotmail.com. Please include the time of completion for the puzzle and 2 entry forms, along with details of any suspicious, strange glitches while playing the quest.

If you are a finalist, please send an email to the same address along with your completion time.

If any personal information needs to be obtained an attorney will contact you.

Thank you!

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Stop wasting your time, it is just a game...

Read the fine print...

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

really! i mean damn. i still havent gotten my e-mail! my cryptex came at this time yesterday, but still no e-mail.

and to CHEATED: i finished between 1:03, and 1:05 not sure of the exact time, but i didnt even start until 1:01 because of the google screw up message, but smartly i copied the word into the little box and got on to google and got on with life.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Cassie, NO email her yet either. and I have a cryptex

ConspiracyNut [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm ticked about my situation. but i don't think i'm going to join the class action lawsuit. I'll send him my info though as it definetly proves something is up.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I dont think Google/Sony deliberately screwed things up if indeed there is something wrong.

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Good luck with that lawsuit. It won't get you ANYWHERE. Please read the following from the official rules:

   By participating, participants agree that Contest Entities shall have no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, liability for any property loss, damage, personal injury or death) in connection with: the participant's participation or inability to participate in the Contest (or in any phase thereof), acceptance/possession, use/misuse, defects, damage, loss, or delay arising out of or relating to any prize awarded in connection with the Contest; misprinted or typographical errors on the Web Site or other Contest promotional materials; unauthorized intervention; disputes over Puzzles solutions or ambiguous Puzzles; Final Phase Cryptex code; online traffic/congestion; any technical malfunctions of the telephone network (including participant's internet connection speed), computer online system, computer timing/dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, interruption or inability to access or utilize the Internet, the Web Site, the Module, or Personalized Home Pages designated for this Contest on the Web Site for any reason, or any combination thereof, or any injury or damage to a participant's or third person's computer and/or its contents, related to or resulting from any part of this Contest, even if caused by the negligence of any of the Contest Entities.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nicely put ItIsI

AlsoCheated_butWhoCares [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well, I submitted mine at 1:05 and wasn't a finalist. It's not like I really thought I would win a prize worth $100k+ and be forced to pay the taxes on it anyway. I am a little disappointed that the contest was so flawed, though, and while I'm not mad enough to join a lawsuit, I would be interested if anyone did something a little more simple like a petition email or website or something like that just to tell the sponsors how bad they screwed up.

StillinTheGame [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

To those that are Finalist –

Has anyone attempted to "Find the Vitruvian Man"? The movie clip highlights certain letters from the names of the actors that, when decyphered, reads "Find the Viturvian Man".

It is on display at the Gallerie dell' Accademia in Venice, but the site is in Italian. Anyone else have a clue what we need to do with this?

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

There is a vitruvian man video clip on the Da Vinci Code movie official website, but I don't see anything interesting in it.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

In any web contest, the fine print will always disclaim liablity for being unable to manage a load of users that is over the capacity the server can handle. The "weird virus page" was a Google captcha that started showing up because too many people were making requests for the Google Personalized homepage, and this could be perceived by the server as a potential DOS attack. I don't think that any legal action could be taken for such circumstances.

AlsoCheated_butWhoCares [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I guess the problem is that I received my confirmation that it went through, and apparently it didn't. If I never got that, I would assume it's my own fault. But like I said, I wouldn't pursue it any further than writing an email to the sponsors telling them how bad they screwed up.

angelivy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hi All,
   I got my cryptex in the mail yesterday...but still no email. From reading above I see its a trend... Can anyone shed some light?

Petro [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Got my cryptex yesterday and my email today. Finished at 1:01, don't know total time.

angelivy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

If I remember correctly werent there supposed to be 4 picture clues coming with our cryptex's? I have no idea why I'm thinking that but I couldve sworn I read it somewhere...anyhoo....

arensia [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

i got an email as a finalist and i finished in about 4 minutes.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes angelivy, it said in the official rules there would be 4 (or was it 5?) screenshots and only one had the code. This didn't happen, as they instead just printed the code on the box. Strange.

angelivy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

wait the code to unlock the cryptex is on the box??

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I haven't gotten a finalist email either. Got the cryptex in the mail yesterday though. I'm a little miffed about their being no screenshots though

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

I played the game because I like games. You should NEVER invest more than your own amusement into contests like these, because even when there's a "skill" component, it's still ultimately a form of lottery.

But for what it's worth, I got all the glitches being mentioned. I had to run through the puzzles twice in order to finish, because my first submission got interrupted by the "virus" message, and when I entered the "prove it's really you" text, I was bounced back to the beginning of the puzzle. And this wasn't the only time --I had to get over that problem two more times before I was done, but I still finished pretty fast.

When I filled out the registration form, I'd been under the impression there would be two forms, so I kept looking for another link or maybe a confirmation email. Nothing. So I went back and tried to register again, just to be sure. After filling out the form a second time, I got a message saying that I could not register because I had already registered.

I guess my point is... that technical problems are always possible. There is literally NO way to guarantee there won't be problems when doing stuff through the net. So yes, they covered their butts but I also covered my own by checking and re-checking and perservering.

I'm sure some of you with the "not a finalist" emails did the same. Just... don't be too bitter. Hopefully you enjoyed doing the puzzles. If not, then why did you bother?

Cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

good point!

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

SPOILER!

yes, code is on the box.

that is why the mailing package said OPEN OTHER END FIRST

so that you would not look on the bottom of the box...

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The rules state: 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.

I guess the whole box is a "screenshot" that has the 4 codes , one of which is obvious, the code "Grail" to unlock the cryptex.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

You think the other codes are on the box itself?

ItIsI [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well said Beks. Although I did get my finalist email today, but I haven't gotten my cryptex yet. I did get the virus message, but was able to quickly get through it and complete the puzzle at around 1:05 EST. Of course, just prior to that, I had to subtly get my boss to leave my office so I could do the puzzle. Although, he is pretty cool and I would have just told him what I was doing if I had to.

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Well, that would make it more interesting, I guess.

I'm still not planning any kind of "preparation." It's just a game, you know? I buy lottery tickets, but I don't get upset when my tickets don't win.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

my only preparation will be to search google for the answers to the puzzles on sunday after someone else has solved them...LOL!

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Cassie, have you gotten your email. I haven't

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I can't say for sure if the other codes are on the box but given that there really isn't anything else I can think of that would be considered a screenshot included in the cryptex mailing.. Unless there could be a second mailing with the screenshot but this doesn't seem likely.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

If the puzzles are anything like the last ones, they could be different for every person

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

true....

but then that would not be an apples to apples comparison as a timed contest????

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yep, don't count on using Google to find the answers. I know I want to win, so I won't share my answers! And with the number of puzzles, I doubt it will be easy to get all you need from those who decide to share!

Alex [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Only the last two letters are necessary to open the cryptex, and it works because they have notches underneath them. However, the G, R, and A do not have notches. Instead, O, V, and D respectively have the notches. Can't see quite how this is important, but notable.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

real quick, what web browser and OS (MSFT OR MAC?) were you using if you feel like you were cheated or got some kind of warning page?

as a finalist, i used IE on the PC...

but I remember before that I had an issue with one of the puzzles on Safari on my Mac at home...

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

SPOILER

Yes, the code is on the box. Also, you only need the last 2 letters of the code....you can have anything for the first 3 letters. As long as you have the last 2 right, it will open.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

In German contests there's always a fine-print reading "you can't sue us" ("Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen").

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Josh
do you think that the FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN might be the video of the VITRUVIAN MAN on the offical movie website. do you think that might be the observation

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Alex, on mine, FNI has notches in addition to the IL

Doubt it means anything...probably just the placement of the letters during manufacturing...

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

if you open the cryptex, has anyone taken out the small set screws? it seems as if they undo the scroll wheels....wondering if anything is hidden underneath?

doesn't seem like there could be since the wheels spin aruond and if you look inside it doesn't show anything

doubt it is that complex anyway...

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Mine has VAO

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

It would be cool if they had something hidden like that. Then some of us would figure it out beforehand and they could give out clues on how to find it once the final puzzle begins for others.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

TO Anyone
do you think that the "FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN" might be the video of the VITRUVIAN MAN on the offical movie website. do you think that might be the observation

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i am at work and don't have a small screwdriver...there are 2 screws...

i'd take mine apart just to find out...

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

what is all this nonsense about find the vitruvian man?

Jay Amin [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did anyone figure out how to make pages in the official movie site stay when you pull it back?

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Last night we found highlighted letters in the finalist video after anagraming Josh Figured it out that it says FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN. After searching I found on the Movie website a Video Intitled VITRUVIAN MAN, I think that might be the observation video in the final.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

The pages are not whats important when you pull it back its the symbols on those pages if you unlock the symbol bar in the gallery then you can open up new sections on the Web page with the symbol code under the picked up pages

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jay pull it to far left and leave your mouse on scroll bar then release, you can move your mouse but not click on anything else.

Once you have found all the symbols. There are legible writings behind the scroll.

Robert Langdon – Symbols are .........
Sophie- Professor Hurry
Leigh- A secreat so powerful that if revealed...........
Silas-

well you get the drift, also they are in DaVinci's fun writing, so you will need to pull out a mirror to read it.

Have fun.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I haven't found any links to FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN thing. It could be an observation thing, but I think more than anything it is just more clever promotion.

adwore [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

There is a video on the offical website called VITRUVIAN MAN

krisko [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I got the "you're not a finalist" email! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh!!!! LOL!

Now, I'm bitter! All I wanted was a shiny little cryptex!!!

I thought for sure Tom Hanks was going to give me mine in person......

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I have yet to get an email.

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I received the "not a finalist" email.....I didnt even care for the cryptex or even the final prize....I just wanted to have a chance at the final puzzles (I love puzzles)....if anybody needs help w puzzles Id love to help....for free :D

Kat [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I have the cryptex, but still no email here........waiting.

pokey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I really wanted a try the final puzzles. I hope they post them after the contest is over. If google doesn't I'm sure someone else will.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Kat I am in the same position...............but I a more than just waiting.........I am pacing.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Do you think its possible that they would send something else in the mail too? (the four screenshots) Or does the cryptex have nothing to do with the final puzzle?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

VP- There is NO mention of four screenshots anywhere.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

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.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Right :

A SCREENSHOT OF FOUR CODES. A = ONE.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

ok, 1 screenshot, 4 codes. Did they decide to just confuse us all or what?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think they knew exactly what they were doing. Making sure everyone knows the final challenge is not a race too.

It is a time game. so you dont have to log on as soon as it becomes available.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

VP= I think some of us have agreed the box IS the screenshot. It has a name of there written backwards put it up against the mirror.

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

what does the name say? (for those of us not lucky enogh to have one!)

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I make out something like John P. Tomo or Domo. It is very hard to make out. all fancy and italicized like that.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

where is it on the box?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Written all over. overlapping at times.

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

does anyone know if tomo or domo means anything in latin or italian or any other language? It sounds familiar.

cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

still no e-mail, just checked

StillinTheGame [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Has anyone placed the box under a blacklight to see if any other codes appear? That mirror image on the box is interesting!

Waiting to get home and check the mail..

Doesn't have the cryptex yet!!!

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

no email either.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did you guys see the writing behind the pages on sodarkco...........?

It was cool...........That also required a mirror

cassie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

on sodarktheconofman.com when you get to bezu fashe (or whatever) theres another pull back screen

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

All char have pull pack screens. Also where ever you see the black light, click on it and it gives you a flashlight, use it to view the collar area of each person and they each have a symbol on them.

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

john-domo.deviantart.com/

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

John P. Tomo or John P. Domo seems to make no sens :S

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

maybe the cryptex replica artist?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I know...............Hence I am going crazy

Anonymus [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Hello folks,

I know some of you here are pretty worked up about the Google game, and I got my cryptex this afternoon in the mail. I saw they're going for anywhere from $5 to $200 on Ebay, but on the box, there is the website for the makers and seller of the same one that was sent to finalists.

noblecollection.com/catalog/pr ...

It's $59, or you can get a full-sized version for $125

I read through this thread while I was waiting, so I figured I'd let anyone who didn't get one know where they can be had. I don't know if it's worth $59, but they're pretty nice- better than I had expected, anyhow. Certainly less expensive than the price some of the ones on auction.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks for the link. I noted that the mini-cryptex pictured on their site has 5 key locks, whereas the cryptex we were sent only has 2 for the final I L letters of GRAIL.

I am wondering if this was intentional as to identify these as the true 10,000 cryptex's as part of the contest?

The website with them for sale states that you can set any password to open it that you want....BUT I am wondering how you do that if the letters have the notches locked into them.

I really wish I had a small screwdriver so i could take this thing apart to make sure there is nothing else hidden inside...

email-less [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

My son accidently unscrewed the end off the cryptex. It is just a hollow end on each side that screws on and off. At least mine was hollow...

Still waiting for the email...

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i am not talking about the end, I am talking about the 2 tiny set screws that you see after you open it up.

i am sure there is nothing there...

BUT...

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I took my cryptex completly apart. There is nothing else in it. You can change the code on these, but you have to take it apart. Of course the only letters that matter are the last 2.

angelivy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

anyone get an email yet......still waiting. dont know what else to do with the cryptex...or myself...haha

Beks [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Okay everybody calm down, it's not a chocolate bar with a hidden invitation to the factory or anything... *silly grin*

My box has apparently arrived in the mail. I'm at work and won't get to take a look until I get home, but I'm not expecting any surprises.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

You can see instructions of how to change the code on the cryptex at the following website.

imgplace.net/cryptex/

Mattypoo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I'm fairly certain that this is all straight forward. Finals at the end of the week, everything else is just promotional. At least, that's what I tell myself. This is some interesting brainstorming going on in here. I also found the "FIND THE VITRUVIAN MAN" anagram. This is interesting stuff.

Anyway, just wanted to make my presence known since I've been lurking the past couple of days.

Leotheswede [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

In the trend of Mattypoo, I'll also announce my presence as i've seemingly fit into groups which are already present... I'm one who has a finalist email but HAVEN't gotten my cryptex yet....

What state were they sent from, and what state do you that already have them live in???

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Virginia, got mine last night, cannot recall where it came from...

angelivy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

California....got mine yesterday..

Leotheswede [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

wow... virginia and cali??? the only way location could make sense then would mean a midwest distribution... and I'm in Illinois...
I want it!!!

Also, any thoughts on a purpose for the 2 letter keying versus all 5??? maybe this will make a difference in the final challenge for several complex reasons... like a trick where we werent supposed to notice this ahead of time... or also something having to do with an anagram of the keymarked letters for each individual person even though they have been different for many people...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I recommend not pulling your cryptex apart, its best not to mess with it ahead of time, you might end up needing it exactly as it was sent to you.

Once again --------no email for me.

Dude Whatsit called? [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

There is no postage mark on the package, no return address, just a 4.05 postage stamp marked through with Blue marker.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Mine had a return address of Burbank, CA.

Cheryl [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hi All... I got my cryptex yesterday, it had the code on the bottom of the box :GRAIL
So I moved the dials (5 not 2) and it opened. Inside was a slip of paper congratulating me and directing me to the website. I guess on Friday the screen will be active.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I don't think the cryptex will be used for anything more than giving you the website address (on the paper inside). It's not a very complicated mechanism. The box it came in may have some clues on it in all the writing, but I doubt it.

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Leotheswede-

My theory is that the 2 keyholes is designed to mark the 10,000 winners only.

The ones for sale show a picture of all 5 keyholes available.

This could be the only reason.

I think the cryptex has nothing else to do with the final challenges...I think it is basically just a feel good prize.

There cannot possibly be any other use for it...unless something is hidden on the box itself, but I cannot decipher anything...

I am wondering if the paper the note is written on may have something hidden in it...like lemon juice or something where you hold a smoking candle near it or something like that

doubtful though...heh-heh

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

btw, this is pretty sweet

not a game, but some great information

dsc.discovery.com/convergence/ ...

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I agree, my cryptex looks too simple to hold any complex message. It's a cheap version so that Nobel Collection can sell it's own version. People who are buying it on eBay are going to be very disappointed with what they get. I would sell mine, but I'm not sure I can live with the guilt of ripping someone off.

Mattypoo [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I believe the boxes and cryptexes were both manufactured by the Noble Collection as a commemorative for the Google Quest but are not actually part of the Quest or in any other way associated with Google or the Quest. If noone ever received a cryptex, they would still be able to participate in the final challenge because all pertinent information is in the email.

With that said, I can also see where there are some interesting points concerning the cryptex. Yes, only the last two dials matter for opening it, and the one for sale at noblecollection.com has all five dial combinations. If you notice on their website, the larger cryptex has only two dials to unlock it (the inner cylinder looks like ours). Probably just a time thing. Maybe they decided to make the ones for sale better after they already ran the original ten thousand?

RumblePak1 [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I too agree that the cryptex will have nothing to do with it. I took the cryptex apart and mechanically, there's nothing else to it. It only accepts the last 2 keyholes, where as the one on the web site has 5.

Not only that, but the ARV on these is $30, whereas the web site version is $60, so I'm guessing they had to cut out the first three to manufacture 10,000 of them at a cheaper price.

Of no consenquence. I'm just happy I got one and that I'm a finalist. Good luck to everyone...

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

The prices are rising on eBay. do you guys think the value will continue to go up? Basically: is it worth selling it now, or keeping as a collector's item?

Blur35mm [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

i'd keep it....

VP [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I am definitely going to keep it

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Well, what I am seeing on eBay is that because of the high prices they are going for, people are starting to think, hey, I should sell mine too! As a result, the prices that they will actually sell for will go down. The whole supply and demand thing. So, to be honest, don't expect to see the high prices for long. I was going to sell mine, but decided that it was too sentimental already to sell.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

* this is my precious, they are trying to take it from us, no but they are your friends, no they are not your friends they will kill you, but they are good to you, my precious *

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Good one!

Just in monitoring eBay today, I have seen the number available go from 77 this morning, to about 130 7 hours later. I bet the number will just increase as the days goes on.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

Yeah, i re-registered with eBay but decided not to list my cryptex after noticing supply increase too much to really make it worthwhile for selling. I'm keeping mine, maybe after 20 years it'll be worth auctioning off, lol.

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, my little cryptex has already become attached to me. For the collector in me, it is too difficult to part with. That and it is a symbol of my accomplishment.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am not as big of a collector as I would like to be ,*cough, POOR*, however, I agree with Josh, a def. symbol of my accomplishments.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

I dont' know though, it doesn't seem to have much value. Being one of the 10,000 isn't a huge accomplishment since the 24 puzzles were very easy and made so that many people would play. This is something that my little sister would be proud of...
Now winning the grand prize is the true victory!

drey [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

if you are to sell, I would sell it now, as I expect prices to drop in a couple of days....right now supply is limited (many more people will offer later) and there is euphoria due to the competition....then again itd be interesting to see what happens the firsst week of the movie's release...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

NCSUgrad. it may not feel like a huge accomplishment to you. It does to me, please dont burst my bubble =-(I have been working since age 14, gone to school my entire life it seems, am married and proud parent, I often dont get to do fun things.

*tooooo late, bubble is burst*

AlsoCheated_butWhoCares [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

For those of you who are still steaming over not being a finalist...

I used Google desktop to search my PC and found that I was directed to

sonypictures.com/movies/davinc ...

at 1:10 PM ET on May 10. I thought I got in a few minutes quicker, but maybe 1:10 was too late. Seems proof enough for you guys if you want to try and argue for your entry (Sad that I used Google to find a problem with Google...)

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

It all depends on how many people discover the Nobel Collection website. drey is right, it's really all about selling now or finding a way of selling it in a foreign market.

NCSUgradstudent [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

i didn't mean to burst your bubble Davinciyousneak. I'm honestly disappointed that there is a different version of the cryptex being sold by some stupid company. I guess everything has to be commericalized in this country.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

******** lying under desk in fetal position instead of working ***********

Colton [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Finally got my email, not a finalist. Oh well...... I'll probably buy one from the site anyway.............................

StillinTheGame [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Awwww Sneak –

You have * your precious * to prove your worth and that fact that you did have fun! (I LOVED all the LOTR movies)

I'm with you....a working mom, single most of the way, in college (again) and have become quite obsessed with this little marketing ploy.

I can't wait to get my *toy*......as well as play the final games this weekend.

I've had a lot of fun with this!!!

Haha all of you are losers [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

You all suck, i got my cryptex but no one else shove it up your guys ass.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

haha-- What? no one else what? What exactly is it that you want me to shove up my arse?

So many questions.

Sarah [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Why sell the cryptex? I'm keeping mine. There are only 10,000 of the Quest Cryptex and they seem to be distinguishable from the one for sale. I'm sure there will be a number of knockoffs as well. It's like owning one of a limited edtion. Finalists...hold on to yours!

Does anyone know how many people completed and submitted all 24 puzzles before the deadline?

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I love puzzles like this, so it was a lot of fun for me and the cryptex is my souvenir of that fun. And I know that only 9,999 others did it too, so that makes me feel special...lol

Bonbon [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

New to this site (I found it by chance when I used Google to search for Da Vinci Code Quest Finalists), so forgive me if this as been asked...

I have gotten both the cyptex and email on exactly the day they were supposed to be delivered, but it seems a lot of folks that thought they had the puzzle done in time have not recieved any indication that they are finalists.

Would anyone that has received a cryptex & email, please post their location, they day they got their cryptex or email and the time they submitted the final puzzle. This might also be an interesting start to a list of the finalists. I have searched a lot of other sites, and I haven't seen any particular gathering spot for the finalists. It may help to have this in case any one else is "googling" for the quest finalists.

Also, has the topic of helping each other with the "Final Quest" been approached? And does anyone have any ideas on what the "Final Quest" may be?

Thanks.

me [PersonRank 8]

12 years ago #

man, you were a finalist...grr... i really wanted one of those crytex things i didnt care much for the grand prize. i just didnt realize that it was timed till like halfway through the game... :(

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Bonbon, here's an explanation of what the final puzzle will be:
google.com/ig/davinci/final_pu ...

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Me, I know you probably wanted to win one, but you can buy a cryptex directly from the Noble Collection.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What about the postage stamp?

does anyone else have a computer generated pic. of an x-plane? It is not even timestamped, like it didnt go through the mail or something.

Isn't that the plane they use to go to london?

Josh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yeah, that was a pretty interesting stamp.

Bonbon [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I didn't know that the post office made $4.05 stamps. Seems like a very odd amount to me.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Check this out, this thing called Holier Grail weighs

4.05

midi-classics.com/h/h21548.htm

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

That is just the stamp for priority mail...

shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/store ...

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

yes, but did they chose it for a reason, remember we are missing 3 codes here.

Jes [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

That is the only priority mail stamp for $4.05, they didn't have an option.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

WHAT DOES THAT BAR NEXT TO MY NAME MEAN?

WetWookie [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Recieved mine yesterday.

I completed the puzzle at 1:04

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Good Jes, thank you for not letting me obssess over this too. I think the way you keep you feet on the ground.

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Finished the puzzle about 1:05, but server errors kept me from getting the registration complete screen until 1:10. Not a finalist

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

im a finalist. im onli 14 years old....yay

fiscap [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

DaVinciYouSneak – any email for you yet?

I still haven't received an email and I'm still at the office so I don't know if I have a Cryptex waiting at home. I really would like to get an email stating one way or the other if I'm a finalists.

This is really starting to bother me now – I finished the 24th puzzle and registered at 1:01:43 PM EST. I also know that they have my email correct since I received verification on my registration.

I'm sure that some people finished in under 2 minutes, but I really would like to know one way or the other if I made the cut.

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

fiscap- no email yet.

and I received the cryptex yesterday......... that is very good time fiscap.

me [PersonRank 8]

12 years ago #

how do u kno what time u registered at...do they tell u or did people just look at their clocks?

DaVinciYouSneak [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

look at your comps hx.

Samy Hernandez [PersonRank 10]