Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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

Well thats it for me guys. I didn't make it thanks to my puzzle freezing half way 3 times during loading. The answers were

2

so dark the con of man

madonna of the rocks

Congrats to all who made it. Sorry for those who didn't, but hey it's just a game. If you are a finalist congrats. Email me if you want me to post something. (Oh and as a consolation price for me, help a brother out and click on a link)

Update: Based off of the findings from this post, I am going to assume the questions and answers are:

1. Cryptography is all about noticing numbers and patterns. Here's a simple one to start with: how many glass panes are visible on each of the doors to Sir Teabing's mansion? 9

2. Although it refers to words not spoken, we hear it spoken three times. What is that word? secret

3. This final question will really test your powers of observation. What is the name of the character shown holding a votive candle holder? Silas

If the questions are not the above (which is very possible). I will repost the actual answers as I discover or get word of them. If however those are the correct answers, type fast.

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Here it is guys, the 24th consecutive and final post for The Da Vinci Code Quest Challenge. I know that a few of the GoogleFact readers think that provided the last answer isn't fair, and that's O.K. I am hoping that Google and Sony are smart enough to make the last question completely random, which is the only way to make the challenge completely "fair", but if they don't, as Mr. Reichard always said, "Soooo Sorry". Don't worry about the other blogs doing the same thing, I check them everyday and they are always 30 minutes or more behind this blog. Enough about that though and we’re moving on to the next topics.

Procedure: Find Solution, Fill out completion form, Post Solution on GoogleFact (For more on that read my previous post)

Hint: We are thinking that this video will be the video used for today's final challenge. For those of you who are trying to be honest and fair, don't click on that link until after 1 P.M.

Comment: There is also a big hubbabaloo going around about the Christianity / Da Vinci Code theory. Even Tom Hanks has had to formally address this issue. While you are waiting for the final puzzle to release, have a look at this GoogleFact reader's thoughts on the subject. It's a quick read and worth the time.

Advice: Good Luck and Refresh this page repeatedly at 1 PM

Afterword: Visit again later today or tomorrow to find out who has qualified as a finalist and read my post detailing this blogs unique visits/page views statistics during the challenge.

Final Thought: Post your solution to the 24th challenge in the comments to this post.

Get all of the MSN Conspiracy Game Answers here

295 Comments:

At 5/10/2006 7:49 AM, Blogger Artemiy said...

Well, maybe I have the answers already, but have to check if they're true at the challenge. If they are, I'll immediately post them here.

 
At 5/10/2006 7:56 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

You mean these?

1. Cryptography is all about noticing numbers and patterns. Here's a
simple one to start with: how many glass panes are visible on each of
the doors to Sir Teabing's mansion?


9


2. Although it refers to words not spoken, we hear it spoken three
times. What is that word?


secret


3. This final question will really test your powers of observation.
What is the name of the character shown holding a votive candle holder?


Silas

I doubt they are correct

 
At 5/10/2006 8:08 AM, Blogger kerrie said...

ok so you say 1pm is the time for the question to be released. What country is that?

 
At 5/10/2006 8:08 AM, Blogger Stalyn99 said...

It is 11 am east coast. My puzzle hasn't even displayed. When do the puzzles normally appear. I thought they were before 11am

 
At 5/10/2006 8:11 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

When this clock says 1 PM

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/usa/eastern-time/eastern-daylight-time.htm

 
At 5/10/2006 8:12 AM, Blogger DampJam said...

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At 5/10/2006 8:17 AM, Blogger Chris said...

1:00 pm EST has been the pattern

 
At 5/10/2006 8:17 AM, Blogger kerrie said...

so thats in 2 hours is that right?

 
At 5/10/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Missy said...

Just wanted to say hello, and that I am here, and ready to win a cryptex! *giggle* I will be happy just being a finalist. I have made it this far, with, and without help, and I feel a great acomplishment. I have so enjoyed reading all your messages here and I truly hope that all of us get to be finalists.

~Missy

 
At 5/10/2006 8:29 AM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

based on this: http://xavsec.blogspot.com/2006/05/google-interactive-marketing-and-swf.html
very intererseting link, I am inclined to believe those are the questions

 
At 5/10/2006 8:29 AM, Blogger Alice in Dilbertland said...

Hmm, I don't even SEE the votive candle holder. Or is that what Silas is throwing in the water at the end (right after Langdon tosses up the cryptex)? I've been trying to figure out what that is.

 
At 5/10/2006 8:32 AM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

Silas swings something, that looks liek a candle stick but even with pause you can never see it CLEARLY. It starts at 32 seconds in the video

 
At 5/10/2006 8:32 AM, Blogger Me2U said...

Cool. That will REALLY help.

 
At 5/10/2006 8:39 AM, Blogger Artemiy said...

You're right. I really think of these answers - we must get info from the same source *giggle*

It's a Sophie Neveu video, and...
1-st answer: 9 (those damn glass panels)
2-nd answer: secret (well, it's obvious, like in the first or second obs. challenge - there was almost the same question)
3-rd answer: Silas (yes, it's just ol' good Silas holding a candle, um, holder...)

 
At 5/10/2006 8:50 AM, Blogger James said...

What time the last quest come in Australia?

If anyone has the answer, greatly appreciated... :)

 
At 5/10/2006 9:12 AM, Blogger Missy said...

If y'all are referring to the scene when Robert throws the cryptex into the air, that is not Silas with the stick thing, that is Sir Leigh, and it's at the scene where they are in Westminster Abbey at Sir Isaac Newton's burial place. At least I think that is the scene. In my book when I read it, that was the only time Rovert threw the cryptex into the air....and it landed and broke. Only he had already taken out the scroll. I am pretty sure that is Sir Leigh in that scene.

 
At 5/10/2006 9:15 AM, Blogger Ken said...

I can not believe that because of a Rotary meeting that I can not miss, I will not be among the finalists... Not fair... Not Fair

Good Luck to all...

 
At 5/10/2006 9:16 AM, Blogger Missy said...

As far as Silas holding somehting. You really can't see clearly what it is BUT the view you are seeing is the same as in a previous video where Silas was breaking the floor open to get the octagon box. Perhaps if we go back to that video and watch, we can see what it is he was holding. I cleasrly remember him picking up soemthing in that church and breaking the floor panel with it.


~Missy

 
At 5/10/2006 9:17 AM, Blogger Missy said...

It is in the "Silas" video and it is indeed a candle stick holder.

 
At 5/10/2006 9:18 AM, Blogger Henry said...

How much more time unitl the final challenge?

 
At 5/10/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger Missy said...

44 minutes

 
At 5/10/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger ramudu said...

waiting with butterflies in my stomach...

 
At 5/10/2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Missy said...

25 minutes to go..........



Good luck everyone!!!


~Missy

 
At 5/10/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

I just read that article about the swf decompiled. That is just funny. Way to compile the answers into the source. That would be like writing the serial code to an application in the source code.

Dumb.

Q1 25 Seconds in is 9 panes

Q2 mentioned at 11 seconds, 16 seconds and by Sophie 29 Seconds in the
word secret

Q3 31 seconds in is Silas with a votive candle holder

 
At 5/10/2006 9:48 AM, Blogger H-sizzle said...

Here's Silas w/ votive...
http://i3.tinypic.com/xnvtk4.gif

You can see it best in this frame...
http://i3.tinypic.com/xnvtrp.gif

 
At 5/10/2006 9:54 AM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

are we posting the solutions in this blog? or will there be a new one?

 
At 5/10/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

5 minutes!!!

 
At 5/10/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Missy said...

5 minutes to go.....gosh I am so nervous!

Again......good luck everyone.

 
At 5/10/2006 9:59 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Post solutions in these comments please.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Me2U said...

one minute! excitiing!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:04 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

load already mine is hung half way

 
At 5/10/2006 10:04 AM, Blogger Missy said...

Q1 :

Q2 : so darkt he con of man

Q3 : the madonna of the rocks


HELP!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:05 AM, Blogger dan said...

2
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:05 AM, Blogger ggggeo said...

2
so dark the con of man
Madonna of the Rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

madonna of the rocks


2

so dark the con of man

 
At 5/10/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger Jacob WI said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger Mark said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:07 AM, Blogger Alice in Dilbertland said...

2
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:07 AM, Blogger Matthew Rongey said...

google username is our email address, right?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:07 AM, Blogger Mark said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:07 AM, Blogger Anil said...

done 2, so dark the con of man, madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Henry said...

answers are
2
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

still loading....

 
At 5/10/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Mrs Mullan said...

I have done it and registered the answer were really easy
1) two books
2) so dark the con of man
3) madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger Tezi said...

I am unable to register??? why??? it says sorry the quest has ended..

 
At 5/10/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger TriZz said...

Damnit - Sorry, the DaVinci code challenge has ended...missed it by a hair!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger temporary said...

is there anything after filling out form? name, address, etc... after that, do we need to do anything else?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger Farragoulash said...

Did I just sell my soul by giving my personal information to sony?

I always pause for a moment when coming to pages like that, this is probably the first I've filled out in years...

 
At 5/10/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

How are we going to know if we are one of the 10,000 finalists?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Rick Brown said...

3, so dark the con of man, madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Blue Monkey said...

how many books are shown when Sophie and her grandfather are reading together: 2

what phrase does langdon ask if sophie's ever heard before: So dark the con of man

rearrange the letters to reveal a famous work of art:
madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Missy said...

I DID IT!!!!! I AM A FINALIST!!!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Rick Brown said...

3, so dark the con of man, madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Farragoulash said...

wow tezi and trizz, I guess i'm glad i glad. Looks like I made it by seconds... wow they got to 10,000 fast!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Artemiy said...

DID IT!

Q1: How many books were there in flashback when Sophie reads with her Gradpa?
A1: 2

Q2: What are the words Langdon is asking Sophie about?
A2: So Dark The Con of Man

Q3: It was an anagram in last q. What does it mean?
A3: Madonna Of the Rocks

I'm a damn russian (so I live in Russia, of course), but I hope I'll find a way to deal with UK/US things

 
At 5/10/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

I registered successfully, YES!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger Monks said...

This is a scam!!!!
When I tried to register,
it said that can not process your request at this time. and the next second the contest had ended!!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger Somedumbguy said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger koolplayer said...

HERE are the ANSWERS to the final challenge:

1. 2 (two)

2. so dark the con of man

3. Madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Me2U said...

The anwers are
1. 2
2. so dark the con of man
3. Madonna on the Rocks
I won!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger LeoRooster said...

thanks dan and ggggeo for the super-fast answers! You guys rock. I made it into the finals!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

How are we going to know if we are one of the 10,000 finalists?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

WAHOO! I suppose that means I made it in the first 10,000, judging by the fact that it never told me the contest has ended? See you in London!!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Missy said...

You mean I may not be a finalist? I thought if you finished, and got a registration form, that meant you were a finalist. Can someone elaborate?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger ramudu said...

does it say if you've part of the 10,000 finalists? I just get "
Congratulations on successfully completing all 24 puzzles. If you haven't already, be sure to register to see if you've won a limited edition cryptex replica, and the chance to compete in the Final Challenge". I registered, but I don't know if I'm part of the first 10K

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger jobelsobel said...

how do you know you're a finalist?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

the 10,000 spaces were taken QUICK. I was one of them! yes!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Somedumbguy said...

Odd that some put in 3 books and some put in 2 books for the first question. No matter, both seem to work.

I wonder what comes next.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Snehal said...

Solved:

2
so dark the con of man
Madonna of Rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Michael Rosalie said...

i got in just in time.

has anyone got an email yet?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger whatsinaname said...

I must have just missed it oh well

 
At 5/10/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Snehal said...

2
so dark the con of man
Madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Annie said...

It said I wasn't one of the first 10000 even though I ran home after a final exam that ended at 1... :(

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger BPetersen said...

my awnsers were
2 books
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger temporary said...

if we were able to register, does this mean we are among 10,000 !!! let everyone know about the answer... :)

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

Frozen city... can't get through. This sucks.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Sarah E. said...

So, am I to assume if you did it in the first 5 minutes, and did not see an error page or otherwise that you are one of the 10,000?

I hit submit, and it said something to the effect of "you will be hearing from us soon" and gave a few links, one to see the prize, etc.

Am I in?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

if it says you successfully registered -- i believe you are a finalist

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger kzeng said...

I only got the puzzles competition form to fill but did not find the second form. How about your guys?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Alice in Dilbertland said...

Since some people got the contest has ended message when they were done, I'm guessing that those of us who did get to enter our info are in the finals.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger nevets said...

I registered, does that mean i am in the running for the finals or one of the first 10,000 in??

 
At 5/10/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

I doubt they'll send the emails right away. I had my form submitted in under 4 minutes, so we'll see who made it soon :p. Good luck to all!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger H-sizzle said...

Yay I have successfully registered...

and the answers were
2
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

Congratulations to everyone who completed everything!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger temporary said...

guys... there was an email id given after registering. what was that? can anyone post it? I closed my window.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Ken said...

I am in ... missy I love you...

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

what second form?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Doe133 said...

I was able to register, did you use your google log in name?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

Congratulations on successfully completing all 24 puzzles. If you haven't already, be sure to register for the chance to win prizes.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

I don't know, they wouldn't need to bother time-stamping if that were the case... they would just block anyone after 10,000 from submitting. I'm guessing they'll just wait to send the emails.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

OFFICIAL RULES::
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

Am I the only person that did not fill out a second form??

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

No e-mail yet, but I'm assuming they will get in contact soon. It says they'll contact you on May 26 by phone I'm pretty sure...who knows. If it directed you to the page to fill out your information, I'm assuming you made it...as some people put that it said the challenge has ended. I dunno...lots of assumptions here. Only time will tell. MAKE SURE YOU ADD davincicodequest@sonypictures.com TO YOUR CONTACTS IN YOUR E-MAIL SO IT DOESN'T COUNT IT AS SPAM AND YOU DON'T DISREGARD THE MESSAGE!!!!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

I was done at 10:03 (AZ Time) and have been frozen since I entered my google ID. I hope it got counted.... I'm so mad. :(

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Doe133 said...

I was able to register, did you use your google login name?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Farragoulash said...

This is the message I got:

"You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest@sonypictures.com
to your email address book to ensure that we will be able to contact you."

It didn't however, specifically say I made the top 10,000. It's been about 5 minutes and no auto-email in my inbox... yet

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Sarah E. said...

Was there in fact a second form, or was there just the one that you were brought to after completing the challenge?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger BPetersen said...

gmail isn't working now. Arg!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger cpuuri said...

2
so dark the con of man
madonna of the rocks

it helps if you watch the video a few times b4 they post the question!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger temporary said...

yes... i didn't get that form either? can anyone tell how many forms they filled?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger DeronGap said...

i accidently had a type in my email address! does anyone know what happens now?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger JC said...

mine was
3

so dark the con of man

Madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

there were 2 pages, 1 asked for your id... and the next had you fill in info (address, phone, etc.)

 
At 5/10/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Jay said...

I believe I got in. I was able to register.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

if you messed up... i guess register again from where you select the puzzles.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

there was no 'second form' -- if you made it to successfully registered after you entered your info -- I assume your a finalist.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger Asitha said...

For Aussies we got a 50 words or less question. What adventure would you like to see Robert Langdon in next?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger David said...

I received a "Sorry, but the contest has ended" message six minutes after the start of the hour.

I also wasted at least two minutes with Google's anti-bot system which kept asking me for a password over and over again.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger DeronGap said...

i was able to register, but put the wrong email in. does it matter if i put the right google id, but wrong email?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger markushewski said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger underclass555 said...

You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest@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

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger schnipke said...

I filled out a seperate form with name . address, email, bday, and sex. I answered the puzzle in 3 minutes since I'd seen the video already and the questions were easy. So I'm assuming that means I made it and if you didn't get it too bad. Good job though.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger ISOHaven said...

I registered just fine. How is this a scam? If you missed the first 10,000 then you missed the first 10,000. Sounds pretty simple to me.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger underclass555 said...

Here's what I got...Am I a finalist?


You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest@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

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

Why did 3 and 2 work for the bookshelf question?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger Epsi said...

I answered the three questions , filled in the personal details, but no hint that I won the cryptex ? I thought after submission the system would tell me if I won the cryptex ?

The answers were very simple. Was hoping it was tougher than this.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger Ken said...

davincicodequest@sonypictures.com is the email address you are to add to your address book so that they can contact you... Ken

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

all of my registration stuff (id-address,etc) was all on 1 page.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

Anyone get this???

*In 50 words or less, tell us what adventure you would like to see Robert Langdon involved in next?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger ruusta said...

get in touch with us by phone? 10,000 people in a two hour window?
I cant wait to see how that works,,,was done at 1:05, directed to the next registration form where they ask, name, DOB, phone etc, and then it just said you will hear from us...

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger kzeng said...

hi, guys did you see the second form?
[quote}

2. 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").

 
At 5/10/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger underclass555 said...

Here's what I got. Am I a finalist?


You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest@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

 
At 5/10/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

No I didn't get that classicstrings...

 
At 5/10/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

I wonder how much the cryptex will go on eBay???????????????? ;)

 
At 5/10/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger tbot said...

I got a email telling me im a finalist.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger highwayblaze said...

I didnt make it either. I had the answers ready by 8min. past. But as soon as I hit submit it didnt take me to the FORM page instead it just errored out saying "... 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." and then I had to enter the word code down below to go the next page and then replay the whole puzzle again. Damn!! I didnt make it in the end.

I walked out of a meeting to get back home and play it. sucks !! anyways I gotta get back to work.
congratulations to ppl who made it!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:24 AM, Blogger temporary said...

so here is the conclusion guys... if you got the message... "You have sucessfully registered.
Please be sure to add davincicodequest@sonypictures.com
to your email address book to ensure that we will be able to contact you."... it means YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY REGISTERD. you will get cryptex replica... AM I WRITTING CORRECT?... TELL YES OR NO?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:24 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

So, for those of us who never got past the screen where you enter your id, there WAS a second screen, which you can now get to by going to your google home page and clicking where the puzzles used to be, BUT when you fill out your info it tells you that the contest is over. I think we got the shaft. And this is why internet contests suck.. it's all up to your carrier and how fast it gets jammed up, not how fast you actually did the puzzles. I'M SO BITTER.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:24 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

Sagron I am in Australia, so thats probably why....I want a Cryptex!!!!

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

how do you find out of you made it. i'm so pissed at myself. i cut and pasteed and answer from googl - the spelling of which was madanna of the rocks and it said it was wrong so I moved on. that was at 10:05 - i didn't type it in again until 10:15 and then I solved it.

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

*Please enter the telephone number (including area code) where you can be reached between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 26, 2006.*

This is probably for the grand prize winner isn't it?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:26 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

did you get that??

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

tbot please copy and paste your email saying your a finalist !!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Neil Fraser said...

successfully got onto the UK website. still waiting for some sort of email though

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Alexis said...

Everyone that completes the puzzle will get a registration page. After tomorrow at 1PM they eliminate the first 10,000 on that list as finalist and you will get an email/phone call telling you are a winner.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

just for the record - they have NOT sent out emails yet to notify finalists, etc. They are probably busy getting ready to.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Matthew Rongey said...

I think the puzzle completion form might be the 2, so dark the con of man, and madonna of the rocks, then the contest entry form is where you put in your address, phone #, ect

I am assuming that the google id is the email address you log in to google with?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

it was part of the registration form

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

It's on every form.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger tbot said...

Learn to read the rules people:

1)Just becuase you registered probably doesnt guarantee you a cryptex.

2) they arnt going to call you, thats only if you win the grand prize... they will email you if you win... WAIT PATIENTLY.

3)The 50 word essay was for Australia applicants.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger melivorous said...

i got a different one for some reason..

q1: 2

q2: so dark the con of man

q3: madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger cpuuri said...

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

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.

I guess that answers the "how will I know" question.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Jim said...

I put in my name, address, etc, hit "Submit" and it was too late. my wife (right here in the same room) finished typing here information and hit "Submit" about five seconds after I did, and she made it in!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger kathryn said...

Well I guess I got in. It said my registration was confirmed.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Thomas Hruska said...

Wow! If that is the case, then I barely made "finalist" status by the skin of my teeth. I had a _MAJOR_ problem with Google saying I was "spyware"/"virus" infected just two minutes before 1 p.m. Inside of 10 minutes, I shutdown all my running applications, rebooted my computer, switched to Firefox, discovered I needed to install Macromedia Flash 8 Player, downloaded Flash 8 Player, shut down Firefox, installed Flash, fired up Firefox _again_, logged into Google home, and then solved the challenge. If other people experienced problems using Internet Explorer just moments before the challenge because Google was messing with internal servers, they might discover a few lawsuits up their alley. I happen to be a software developer and can scramble to think up alternate strategies like that in a time crunch, but those with IE might have been out of luck for this last puzzle (especially since their "restore your status as 'okay' by filling in this form" thing doesn't work at all in IE).

(Crosses fingers and hopes for finalist status! Especially after all that "hoop jumping"!)

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger melivorous said...

i got a different one for some reason...

q1: 2

q2: so dark the con of man

q3: madonna of the rocks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

G00glfact, sorry you didnt make it, I dont care much for a cryptex if you want one lol...i probably wouldnt have made it either if it werent for your site, i may also have a user name and id u can do the final quest with that wont affect my quest :)

 
At 5/10/2006 10:29 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

so sometime between now and the 18 we'll find out :p

 
At 5/10/2006 10:29 AM, Blogger cptxr said...

anyone get http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v424/cboi/err.jpg ?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger highwayblaze said...

email address book is the contact list on our gmail account right??

 
At 5/10/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger tjo said...

I was disapoint by this one far to easy
and it was posetd early than i thought.
Its now 19.20 in the netherlands. normaly it came around 19.45
but this is not how it sould be ended
good luck for the rest I can not go furder becaus the netherland can't go for the prices

 
At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Anil said...

I got that error a few minutes before 1:00 but luckily it was before 1:00 so it was ok for me

 
At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Artemiy said...

Guuys.. In the rules:

9: Winners drawn randomly and under independent supervision, from all entrants who have correctly completed all 24 puzzles, and notified within 28 days of the closing date.

Why it's 10000 first?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

yeah, just type in the letters -- GOOGLE is getting MASSIVE traffic right now

 
At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Me2U said...

It said stuff about watching your email and that they would be contacting me soon. Does that mean I won?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger markushewski said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger StringAnomaly said...

Well, luckily I'm pretty sure I'm a finalist, although google is having lots of problems at the moment. I think all the traffic they are recivieving is what is giving people the your request looks like spyware message.

We probably won't get emails right away, they have until May 18th.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:33 AM, Blogger highwayblaze said...

Yes, cptxr I did get that.
and I am still getting that.

I dont think its a coincidence us getting that msg and this puzzle last day.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:33 AM, Blogger Neil Fraser said...

noticed that google was convinced that there was spyware on my pc and had to reboot my pc - see that this happened to others, what were they playing at?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:34 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

Will there be a NEW post opened for the 2nd part of the contest for opening the cryptex's

 
At 5/10/2006 10:34 AM, Blogger markushewski said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

It's because so many of us were hitting their server at the same time. How many times did you refresh the screen within a couple of minutes to get the question? It's not a conspiracy to defraud the contest.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

I was present for the completion of the puzzle twice. I did it once and then my wife did it on the same computer. I finished registering just prior to 1:10 EST and she finished around 1:17 EST. We both received the confirmation message, so i think the "contest is over" posts hit some glitch.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

artemiy - depends on the country, us is first 10,000

 
At 5/10/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Tim Suddarth said...

how do you know if you made it in time? Will there be a screen that says so? I filled in my info, but I don't know.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:36 AM, Blogger Brianna said...

i'd appreciate if someone who
gets a cryptex they don't want
could possibly send it to me?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:36 AM, Blogger DeronGap said...

i still havent gotten any emails. has anyone gotten anything yet?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:36 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

i was refreshing 30 seconds before 10am repeatedly

 
At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger markushewski said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger tbot said...

Im sorry to pick on you Neil Fraser, but im tired of people saying "OMG Google sucks, they say I have spyware/virus"

Are you people not able to read? Its a error page generated when it thinks your machine is a malicious machine trying to attack the site. You got it because you constantly were refreshing the main page and doing nothing. You are not going to be able to sue them for this, and this isnt going to help your case for winning because the problem was you refreshing.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger cptxr said...

i think google just got the /. effect :P

 
At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

Brianna - check on ebay in a couple of weeks there's bound to be many on there, i want one too - as I am in austrlia and can't get one

 
At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger Thomas Hruska said...

Now that the challenge seems to be over for everyone (minus finalists), it would be nice if Google left the "challenge" in place. That is, in case anyone wants to go back and play the puzzles just for fun, we should be able to. Sort of a nostalgia thing.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger Aantn said...

In the US it is the first 10,000. Elsewhere it might be random. And about the virus and spyware, all you had to do was enter the letters to show your not a bot and it let you go on.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger ISOHaven said...

Wow, you people are very confused!!!!

They are only going to call the Grand Prize Winner! They are not going to call 10,000 people.

If you where one of the first 10,000 to register then you will simply receive the $30 Cryptex replica by mail. Which means it probably costs somewhere around $9. So I hope you don't get too excited about it.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

GuysWe will be notified by email on the 15th or close to it.....

we should also recieve our cryptexes by then

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

 
At 5/10/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

I love how we're all so cranky now.. and we're not even 100% sure if we won or lost!!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger markushewski said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Neil Fraser said...

thanks tbot, I don't take it as you picking on me, problem was I wasn;t refreshing, had just turned on my pc - and it was the first time I have logged into google since last night. no plans to sue google either. but thanks for trying to point out the error of my ways.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger tbot said...

Note that you need the cryptex to acces the "Final Puzzles". Inside the cryptex is a code to access the second phase.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger highwayblaze said...

looks like people out here know why we are getting that spam page.

Does anybody know how we can STOP getting that page now. how can we convince google that it wasnt a spyware refershing so fast but an anxious cryptex loving Human being refreshing faster than a spyware.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:40 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

hahaha - G00GLEFACT did you get in? You wrote you had comp. problems...

 
At 5/10/2006 10:40 AM, Blogger The Factor said...

I think it is crap that people with half a brain didn't have to answer any of the questions. Then the final answers are immediately posted for everyone to see. Makes no sense.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Alexis said...

Everyone that completes the puzzle will get a registration page. After tomorrow at 1PM they eliminate the first 10,000 on that list as finalist and you will get an email/phone call telling you are a winner.just because you fill the form does not mean you have won

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger vermont_guy said...

classic economics -- i wonder how much people will pay for a cryptex

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Monks said...

The Reason I say this was a scam (well talk about loosing dishonorably) is cause When I try of fill the form it said "Quest has ended" and then I walked over to my coworkers’ cube, told him the answers and then he filled it 7-8minutes later and he was able to register :((.
That is my only problem.
Monks

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Jennifer D. said...

It should clear up within an hour or two... think of all the people still trying to log in and play the last puzzle. Especially the ones who didn't read the rules. Google is probably just getting killed with hits right now.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger bryan henry said...

TBOT


earlier you said you recieved an email saying you were a finalist ....if you did please post it ...if not y did you say you did?

 
At 5/10/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

Well...it was fairly easy anyway, but i got to say i never would have done it so quick without the posted answers

 
At 5/10/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger WRfly10 said...

FROM THE RULES::

Notification: Phase 1: Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006

 
At 5/10/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger Alexis said...

thefactor - yeah it sucks but if you are a finalist it's great because you are going against idiots! ;]

 
At 5/10/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

I did it myself and had the form submitted at 4 minutes after :p

 
At 5/10/2006 10:43 AM, Blogger classicstrings said...

is there a "hit meter" we can look at to see how many hits google is getting???

 
At 5/10/2006 10:43 AM, Blogger Kate said...

g00glefact, it absolutely blows that your computer spazzed on you. You helped us all so much, and if anyone should have made it, it was you. =( We really appreciate the time and effort you put into this. If by some miracle I made it into the finals, my cryptex is yours!

 
At 5/10/2006 10:43 AM, Blogger Farragoulash said...

Guys, the message says "if you SUSPECT spyware blah blah". This message is just a suggestion, it doesn't mean it is the case. More likely you just clicked on the "OK" button more than once after it said you solved the puzzle (which is a trigger for that page). I did this too, because it seemed unresponsive compared to how it was for all the other puzzles. After verifying submission with the "word verification", it didn't take - and i had to do the puzzle again. However, that time I made sure to only click "OK" ONCE, and it went through and I made it through to register in time. LOL at you guys who rebooted your computers.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger The Factor said...

Doubt I made it. I had computer issues with the spyware problem. And by the time I entered it was 10:15 and then I logged on here and saw that people had posted by 10:05. I guess I should've of cheated as well.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

wow, kate is so nice... :p

 
At 5/10/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger the mayor of funkytown said...

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At 5/10/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger not so dark said...

Has anyone tried to register again. I'm sure I was in the first 10,000, but I'd like to re-register to see what happens.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger tbot said...

bryan henry, I jumped the gun... it was a email from sony about the da vinci quest, but all they wanted was for me to fill out this survey. They made it out like I was a winner though.

 
At 5/10/2006 10:46 AM, Blogger Sagron said...

hmmm, someone should delete that blatantly advertising post :p

 
At 5/10/2006 10:46 AM, Blogger Jer said...

If anyone else that made it doesn't want the cryptex, that's really all I wanted - I didn't think I had a realistic shot at the grand prize anyway. Anyone else not want theirs?

 

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