Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Da Vinci Code - Quest Solution (7 of 24)

One full week of puzzles will be completed today from the Google Da Vinci Code Quest. I have a meeting today from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. and so I unfortunately will not have the solution until a little later in the day, but check in today around mid afternoon. Take a moment if you would like, to help spread the word by digging GoogleFact for the Da Vinci Code Quest Solutions, and thanks again for stopping by. If you need more information about the Code Quest visit Google's Official blog.

Update - O.K. I can see everybody is anxiously awaiting today's solution. Here it goes. Today's puzzle the 7th of 24 is another symbols/suduko puzzle, how disappointing. I was afraid that Google was going to think outside the box and create a different type of symbol challenge. But hey, if you need to generate a lot of puzzles in a short period of time, just change the dimensions of a suduko puzzle 4 times right? Enough about that though, lets get to the solution.

And the question after, "How many atmospheres are in are in 2175 psi?" 148. Today's challenge emphasizes the point that there are in fact 12,358 puzzle variations. So my puzzle will not necessarily be your puzzle, but it is great to see other folks commenting on these posts with their solutions.

Here is a tip for the suduko challenges if you are struggling with them. Don't guess if a particular symbol goes in a square until you absolutely have to (in my puzzle I never did). Use the restrictions that the starting pieces impose to fill in the surrounding squares and with each new piece that you fill, you will be left with fewer choices to make.

I also feel the need to comment on why I am publishing these solutions (again).

1. There are people who may not have flash and hence cannot do the challenges. I want them to still be able to learn from and enjoy the experience.

2. The information that I am giving out is freely available on the Internet already. Sure I am saving people time from having to dig through Google search results, but last time I checked people didn't mind saving time.

3. I am not actually giving out entire solutions. There are many variations to each day's puzzle and I am simply publishing my particular solution, which will probably be different from yours, unless of course you keep requesting a new puzzle until you get the same puzzle. By the way, I expect as the puzzles increase in difficulty, the number of variations in the puzzle will also increase.

4. For the simple purpose of historical documentation. Someday somebody will want to tell their kid about this great challenge Google made with 24 puzzles and how they one the Grand Prize. Their kid will ask, well what kind of puzzles were they, and now that person (which won't by the way be me) can look back and reflect on that experience.

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At 4/23/2006 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I ask why you are giving out free answers? It takes all the fun out of the puzzle if everyone knows the answer. No offense meant but seriously think about it.

(the symbol puzzles are a rip off of sudoku...and very easy so far when compared to sudoku)

At 4/23/2006 10:29 AM, Anonymous Daniele said...

How many stones in 196000 grains? 196 000 grains = 2 stones

At 4/23/2006 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, if you found this blog it's probably because you used google to get here (which is what they wanted you to do anyway) and if you looked and used the answers you ruined your own fun.

The puzzle today was a bit harder because the play area was bigger. I thought I had it a few times but had to shuffle around symbols.. the answer at the end by the way is: 9

At 4/23/2006 10:56 AM, Blogger FrodoPrime said...

9 does not work. Inspite of finding the ABSOLUTE numbers the math is baffling

At 4/23/2006 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer is 33.
You can just google the sentence.

At 4/23/2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Moviefan said...

** SPOILER AHEAD in asterix **

How many lightyears in 4,877 parsecs?


At 4/23/2006 11:11 AM, Blogger Moviefan said...

There are more questions this time... and answers, of course :)

At 4/23/2006 11:15 AM, Blogger FrodoPrime said...

I guessed there were multiple questions;
my question is: What is the conductance quantum times the magnetic flux quantum in zeptocoulombs, rounded down?

At 4/23/2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 furlongs = 2200 french ells

At 4/23/2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Moviefan said...

I had to do the sudoku thing twice. Fortunately it is not very complex, yet but the questions are. My first one was "What is exagram over 250 teragram?". I could not compute (neither guess or find) the answer.

At 4/23/2006 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this some other way, some guy posted it on
and I have already done all of them by the time I posted the earlier comment. (Oh by the way, my question was number of tablespoons in a US gallon {which turns out to be the amount of ram my computer has...LOL})

At 4/23/2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my question was: to the nearest nanosecond, how many times does the speed of light divide into mark twain?

since one mark twain is 3.7m, and the speed of light is 3 x 10^8 m/s, it's 1.23 x 10^-8 s. one nanosecond is 10^-9 s, so, the answer is 12.

At 4/23/2006 11:51 AM, Blogger FrodoPrime said...

my question was on Phi

1 divided by Phi, plus 1, minus phi

answer 0 (zero)

At 4/23/2006 11:55 AM, Anonymous Rishi said...

my question was
what is 7994 tablespoon in imperial gallon?

is simply googled "7994 tablespoon in imperial gallon" and got answer
"7 994 US tablespoon = 26.0015418 Imperial gallon"
and when i put 26 the riddle is solved thus i suppose the answer to this riddle is to just put the question removing when what and question mark sighn in google and it will display the answer

At 4/23/2006 12:08 PM, Anonymous Schmoo said...

My question was:
What are 29,729 footcandles in lamberts to the nearest whole number?

Haven't a clue! Apparently they don't convert because they measure different things!


At 4/23/2006 12:10 PM, Anonymous Schmoo said...

It's ok.... it's 32!

At 4/23/2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, if you used this page, you're taking your own fun away. Besides, I found this more or less as just a community who is enjoying the 'challenges' together. I don't necessarily use the site for the answers, but to talk about it after having done so.

And the second anonymous is right, google the sentence. it appears the math prolem is a bit random, as my answer was 10 000.

At 4/23/2006 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my question is what is 250.0000001 divided by the fine structure constant, approximately.
i cannot solve this, ive tried for hours. calculator and all

At 4/23/2006 1:00 PM, Anonymous Halcykon said...

The questions are all different. However, if you more or less type the question in word for word on Google, Google calculator will help convert the units for you.

At 4/23/2006 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agreed. I did enjoy to read this page after I finished mine, and curious about if everyone else get the same questions as mine. Today's sudoku is still quite easy, however, I was stuck with the question:
what are four score scottish ells in hands? I had no clue at all with what are they asking for.Finally, I just give up to google search, ok, I learned another 3 type of units at least.
I would say that the puzlle itself is easy and little fun(because it's too easy). However, I dislike those questions with either English wording or commecial promoting content.

At 4/23/2006 2:40 PM, Anonymous Don said...

I enjoyed it a lot. But Google has to do something harder.

Also, I had a question. If a minor (as my son is) is doing the challenge, is there a form that I, his parent, have to fill out? Just curious.

At 4/23/2006 2:53 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Great question. From the looks of the rules, he just has to obtain your consent (which he obviously has). The rules say nothing about having to actually fill out or submit a form. You can review them if you like at the following link.

Note for an earlier post: Mark Twain is my all time favorite author. I was pleased to see the unit of measure question reference him.

At 4/23/2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason I had to do the puzzle twice today. Both times the suduko puzzle and the question were different. Did anyone else have to complete two puzzles?

At 4/23/2006 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant figure out todays puzzle can someone help me

The screenshot is at

you can find me on aim at : crazywildhenry

At 4/23/2006 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must be the stupidest person, because I can not figure this thing out. Just when I think I have all the symbols in place: NOTHING!

At 4/23/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger a1bengal said...

Had New york as well here so can not share anything diffrent with you .. Glad to have soem folks to play along with Wish we could have a tiem challenge or soemthign Thx for the posts Cheers jaen

At 4/23/2006 4:17 PM, Blogger a1bengal said...

Now I am a bit more interested as I solved the 7 quest and got the following question
How Much is 8068 kilocaloirie in BTU's

At 4/23/2006 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 dunhams in an acre

At 4/23/2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would appear that these measurment conversion questions aren't specific enough

On my first attempt it asked me to convert 8068 Kcal into BTU, but it didnt specify to which decimal point and every answer I gave was incorrect

However, on try #2 it asked me to convert 76 stones into slugs but specified that it was to the nearest whole number. And the puzzle solution was different on my second try as well. Interesting how they randomize the answers in this wayl.

At 4/23/2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would appear that these measurment conversion questions aren't specific enough

On my first attempt it asked me to convert 8068 Kcal into BTU, but it didnt specify to which decimal point and every answer I gave was incorrect

However, on try #2 it asked me to convert 76 stones into slugs but specified that it was to the nearest whole number. And the puzzle solution was different on my second try as well. Interesting how they randomize the answers in this wayl.

At 4/23/2006 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mine was actaully kind of hard.
what is one divided by the permeability of free space divided by the permittivity of free space rounded to the nearest whole number in exarads? i had to guess on what an exarad was.

At 4/24/2006 12:47 AM, Blogger Julie P said...

Funny stuff! I'm glad I "googled" into this site. So far, I've thought the first sudoku-like-puzzle was the hardest! LOL The second one was much easier for me. And the answers seem to be at wikipedia, for the most part, although the movie site (flash player and all) has been very helpful to me. Another site (methinks it was said you'd need the book to play along, but I haven't needed it yet. TaYL!

At 4/24/2006 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many US tablespoons in 13573 UK dessertspoons?

= 10 867 US tablespoons

At 4/24/2006 2:23 AM, Blogger ctrwords said...

FrodoPrime, et al - If you type your question (or cut and paste it) into the Google search box, you will receive the exact answer to your problem. I had the 'How many dunams in an acre?' and the answer was the first entry on the page that came up on Google. You might have to move all the way to the right of the page to see it, but your answer will be there. One tip, though, I only typed in the whole number of dunams in the answer box, not the digits after the decimal point, and it came up correct on the quest page. Don't know if this will work for all of the answers, but it did for mine. Thanks for all your help. I like a good puzzle, but, enjoy the cameraderie here AND the answers sometimes! So, thanks, again!

At 4/24/2006 2:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question was: How many pings in a quarter acre? The answer was a rounded to 306.

At 4/24/2006 3:54 AM, Anonymous Vatsa said...

My question was 'whats 50% of a great gross?' apparently, a great gross is one dozen (12) gross, and a gross is 12 a great gross is 12 cubed.....
Google is getting cleverer with having multiple questions for the same puzzle.....cant wait for tomorrow! :-D

At 4/24/2006 8:17 AM, Blogger Empyrean said...

2 troy drams = 5 pennyweights

For mathematical equations, you can put the question in Google and Google Calculator will give you the answer:

How many pennyweights in 2 troy drams

At 4/25/2006 5:27 AM, Blogger S. Monarch said...

to anyone with the fine-structure constant question, this may help:

the fine-structure constant is 1 divided by 137.03599911 = X.

then complete with 250.0000001 divided by X.

and round up.

At 4/25/2006 8:33 AM, Blogger Thiam Teck said...

It is true that getting answer so easy will not be fun. So I play all puzzle by myself, except when the question is about the novel. This is because I read the Chinese translated version of the novel, so I do not know any the jargon used in the quest.

By the way, I get this question:

"What is 1500 arcmnutes in degrees?"

I wont give any answer to spoil your fun of playing the game. Just a little knowledge u would required: 60 arcminutes is equal to 1 degree.

At 4/25/2006 8:48 AM, Blogger Kat said...

My question is, How many watts are there in 16453 Horsepower. I came up with there are 746 watts in 1 Horse power, but when I multiply 746 by 16453 I come up with 12273938 and when I enter this in the answer box, it tells me I am wrong, can anyone give me any help here?

At 4/25/2006 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my question.....can you help me out please. What is the fourth root of a googol, divided by a crore, divided by a lakh, divided by a milliard?


At 4/25/2006 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what game you're playing. The puzzles are easy, but on this one (7) I actually got a challenging question. It was a pretty complex physics formula. Admittedly, it was only a (3 layer)? formula, but having no physics background and virtually no math since college, it took me 3 hours. Maybe the answer is available on the net somewhere, I don't know, but if you give it out on this site, I'll kill you (just joking) All the other questions I see here are easy compared to the one I got.

At 4/25/2006 2:29 PM, Blogger Phillip LeBlanc said...

How many tablespoons in a U.S. gallon?



At 4/25/2006 4:33 PM, Blogger  said...

What is the normal body temperature in Kelvin? 310

At 4/25/2006 11:16 PM, Blogger god said...

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At 4/25/2006 11:32 PM, Blogger manon90066 said...

My 7th puzzle question is:
How many grains in 4 great gross drams?
Just can't get it.

At 4/26/2006 6:10 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

4 great gross drams = 189 000 grains

At 4/27/2006 6:14 AM, Blogger Joohyun said...

How much is the golden ratio squared minus the golden ratio? 1

At 4/27/2006 6:27 AM, Blogger skh said...

What are 10,879 fortnights in years (to the nearest whole number)?

And the answer is not 10879/26

It is 10879*14/365.25

At 4/29/2006 7:18 AM, Blogger Meg said...

My question was "What's the radius of pluto in marathons?" Surely intentional, google's calculator was able to spit out the correct result when I searched for "radius of pluto in marathons":
radius of Pluto = 27.9654067 marathons

At 5/01/2006 3:19 PM, Blogger Angie said...

How many nails in 138 nautical miles? From Google Calculator: 4472021.

I tried arriving at the answer through calculating the conversion factor and didn't get close enough. :(


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