Thursday, May 25, 2006

AWR and Eurostar

The first riddle on the Amazing Web Race has turned out to be the most difficult one thus far, especially without knowing any context. There is an old substitution cipher that uses a similar technique as this question, but I forget what it's called (I remembered it from my cryptography class). Here is what I remember about it, and what should help you with the first question.


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


TIP: To submit the answer to the riddle, simply appened it to the end of the original url. As an example, if the answer to the question was Miami, then to check to see if your answer is correct, go to the following url: http://riddle.nirajsanghvi.com/miami/

Oh, and the Eurostar quest. There are only 5 days left. I haven't had the time to update the Eurostar quest like I did with the Google quest. I am thinking that I will try to post tips to help you solve the timed end of stage puzzles in an effort to help you win something. I'm still thinking on that though...

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56 Comments:

At 5/25/2006 10:25 AM, Blogger meg said...

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At 5/25/2006 11:02 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

Movie Clue: Figure out what street the location you are "at" is on.

 
At 5/25/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

meg, looks like there was a problem when you included a trailing slash (/). I have corrected the problem, so try your answer again.

Googlefact, can you remove city name in her post?

 
At 5/25/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Meg Thanks!! Not only did you find a bug in the game, you also gave me the solution!!

Hey wait a minute, hints only for this quest. Alright, When you read this repost your comment without the solution, per the request of niraj.

Am I wrong or is the initial street Orangewood Ave?

 
At 5/25/2006 11:17 AM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

For the movie riddle, jennifer d. is dead on with her hint. (Also see #2 on the stuck page)

 
At 5/25/2006 11:24 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

I'm absolutely sick of sushi. Or stuck on sushi...

 
At 5/25/2006 11:25 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

This ones too hard for me but I will get to the euro quest for sure before I run out of time.
Good luck!

MR

 
At 5/25/2006 11:29 AM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

MR, as some have said, the first one is really one of the hardest. If you get past that, you'll be on your way!

jennifer d., that's not a grammatical error in the last sentence.

 
At 5/25/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

Googlefact, if you recall the name of the cipher in the first level, the hint in that level will make more sense. You solved it the hard way!

 
At 5/25/2006 11:35 AM, Blogger ThereIN said...

i need a passport.. so i am looking out of US, but were? does the city have a 'new' in its name?? :((

 
At 5/25/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger ThereIN said...

u can ignore that... i got it!

 
At 5/25/2006 12:10 PM, Blogger aesaxy said...

Any hints to get from Five to Six?

 
At 5/25/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger joha said...

I'm with you aesaxy..can't seem to figure out from five to six.

 
At 5/25/2006 12:30 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

five to six: Google has a feature called "Feeling lucky?" use it.

 
At 5/25/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger JTMeyers said...

Whoo Hoo! I just finished the Amazing Web Race. Definitely more challenging than the DVCQ.

 
At 5/25/2006 12:51 PM, Blogger meg said...

My apologies for giving more than a hint: it was (obviously) unintentional. I still have not managed to get to clue number 4.

I had asked how you knew to put the i/j in one box in the 5x5 matrix. I managed to do some "research" and find that traditionally the k is absent since a hard c will suffice. What do you know, the clue is useful! Thank goodness brute force worked too!

 
At 5/25/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

JT.. then perhaps you can help with my struggle with "truthiness"?

 
At 5/25/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

nevermind... I'm a moron.

 
At 5/25/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

I'm Feeling UnLucky. (Riddle 5 to 6) When I search for "XXXXXX XXXX" the web page I get for the search returns the following message "This Account Has Been Suspended.

Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible. "

Is anybody else getting seeing this error message?

 
At 5/25/2006 1:11 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

I am stuck at the stadium. I've tried all combinations of "geneautryway" I could think of. What am I missing??? Very frustrated.

 
At 5/25/2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

GoogleFact: refeed me the whole clue and I'll tell you if I get the same thing.

Fuzzy: Reread your clue.. you're missing the point. Use wikipedia.

 
At 5/25/2006 1:26 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

geesh, thanks Jennifer! I got it! now leaving the country, looks like :)

 
At 5/25/2006 1:28 PM, Blogger joha said...

google, i got the same thing, and i tried other possibilities from the clue, but came up with nothing (5 to 6)

 
At 5/25/2006 1:28 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

all right, same error as googlefact

 
At 5/25/2006 1:30 PM, Blogger koolplayer said...

Would someone be kind enough to help me please? I'm just starting out with the first puzzle right now and I am very confused. Thanks!

 
At 5/25/2006 1:31 PM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

can someone help me out with "you have not sought the truth" Earlier, it said "...seeked the truth"

 
At 5/25/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

ok, overcame the error problem by using the cashe feature of google

http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:xn2hXFxI0xwJ:www.mexicocity.com.mx/faq_i.html+&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1

 
At 5/25/2006 1:36 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

You're right! It's gone bad.. so how about I post a new clue?

I'll be with the top sister of America's most populous city.

I know... I'm not very good at this.

 
At 5/25/2006 1:38 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

sushi hint anyone?

 
At 5/25/2006 1:50 PM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

Sushi: There's not a grammatical error in the last sentence. Use that odd bit to get your answer.

 
At 5/25/2006 1:53 PM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

fuzzy, nice work on using the cached page...honestly I don't think we expected to take down a webpage by sending people to it looking for answers!

blue monkey, I wouldn't read into the changed wording..that page is just to indicate you need to seek the truth. Some picky riddler asked us to correct the grammar :)

 
At 5/25/2006 1:54 PM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

koolplayer, the link to the "Stuck?" page will give you all the help you need to get started. And don't worry, the first one is one of the hardest.

We couldn't make it too easy!

 
At 5/25/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger fuzzy said...

still stuck on sushi, even after Jennifer's hint... I must be an idiot :(

 
At 5/25/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

fuzzy, have some SCRAMBLEd eggs and think it over.

 
At 5/25/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger JTMeyers said...

fuzzy - This might help you to get past the sushi clue: O Draconian devil! Oh, lame saint!

 
At 5/25/2006 2:34 PM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

Anyone stuck on the "feeling lucky" riddle can refresh the page to find a new riddle (the old one became much more difficult to get). The answer is the same, so nothing else should be different for anyone.

 
At 5/25/2006 2:35 PM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

any clues for 8. I've tried every logical answer I can think of. What am I missing?

 
At 5/25/2006 2:41 PM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

blue monkey, Stuck?

 
At 5/25/2006 2:44 PM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

stuck indeed!

 
At 5/25/2006 2:44 PM, Blogger JTMeyers said...

blue monkey - Number 8 was the most challenging for me by far - and extremely frustrating. I was ready to give up on that one. Even now that I know the answer, I still don't get the clue. The possibilities that seemed obvious to me were not correct. I then researched it and found out that there have been 9 different cities. I tried them all until one worked. I hope this helps without giving too much away.

 
At 5/26/2006 5:59 AM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

blue monkey, that wasn't a question, but a suggestion. If you follow it, you will have an easier time than jtmeyers did! Of course in most cases there's multiple ways to solve these. Some are harder than others.

 
At 5/26/2006 8:23 AM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

OK, I'm still plodding along here, but I'm having trouble finding a place to PARK. Ugh!

 
At 5/26/2006 12:38 PM, Blogger ThereIN said...

ok.... i reached questing 4 and 3 without solving 1 and 2.
how... i was doing some guess work answering question 1, however by guess answered a question that took me to screen 4 instead and
and then i tried clicking on the 'miami' eg of GF and that led me screen 3.
now i don't know where i am...
so basically i havn't answered any question as per the hints or for that matter for the questions as they are.
Niraj: You got to change the URL thing, for e.g. if the answer to reach fourth screen is 'Hello' and i type it as my an answer on 1st screen or 2nd screen it will take be to the forth screen.
So basically you got to put a check for that transition at the time of navigating from 1st screen to the next screen.

 
At 5/26/2006 1:15 PM, Blogger BuckeyeBee said...

anyone who has finished it want to give me a clue to the very last part of the very last question?! :-D

 
At 5/26/2006 1:45 PM, Blogger meg said...

That question has lots of "last parts." Have you managed to park?

 
At 5/26/2006 2:06 PM, Blogger iamaducky said...

Any chance i can get another hint on question eight?

 
At 5/26/2006 2:43 PM, Blogger meg said...

This one took me forever and I lived in the city for 6 years! I still don't get the clue, but there is mercifully an embedded hint. Find the hint and head to wiki, or google... and find the city.

 
At 5/26/2006 3:10 PM, Blogger BuckeyeBee said...

meg- isn't the park the 9th one? it's the answer to that that takes you to the 10th. I figured out the puzzle, the clue, what it is in german, and "got a picture of the city" but I can't figure out where to go from there...

 
At 5/26/2006 3:39 PM, Blogger Elly said...

Anyone out there who can help me with No.9?

Have the Stuck clue but can't get any further than that..

 
At 5/26/2006 3:41 PM, Blogger meg said...

Maybe this will help buckeyebee?

The floor-plate is designed based on geometric patterns common in architecture of Islamic heritage. It is composed of two rotated and superimposed squares with small circular infills. These geometric figures have been described by architects as symbolising unity, harmony, stability and rationality - all important principles of Islam.
Like the exterior design, the entrance design was also inspired by the country's cultural heritage, incorporating contemporary motifs adapted from traditional handicrafts such as songket and timber carvings.

 
At 5/26/2006 8:16 PM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

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At 5/26/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger niraj sanghvi said...

therein, Yes you can get to a different level if you guess its URL, but this is extremely unlikely in most cases. I believe GoogleFact inadvertantly posted the link to level three in this story, as his example is not an actual level but the location it links to is.

At any rate, the fun is in figuring each level out for yourself, and you'll know when you get the answer for two. It'll be less confusing too :)

 
At 5/27/2006 10:40 PM, Blogger BuckeyeBee said...

thanks Meg :) I am just passing through to check on things while checking email, but I'll look into all of that tomorrow- you've been a big help!

 
At 5/28/2006 4:19 PM, Blogger Fastswimguy said...

Buckeyebee,

Maybe if you look at a list of the world's tallest buildings, you will be helped.

 
At 5/29/2006 10:30 PM, Blogger BuckeyeBee said...

thanks!! that was a lifesaver. I can't tell you how many things I looked under (and how much time I spent doing it) that didn't help at all!

 
At 8/25/2006 10:46 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

I believe that theres a much better puzzle like this called not pr0n. google it!

 

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