Friday, May 19, 2006

Final Screen Shots

First, Don't forget to help me out (since I don't get to play) by visiting this link and voting 10 for my dog Rex http://www.1800petmeds.com/petcontest/vote/6006037436590614018.
You have to admit he is pretty cute.

Second, visit the forums for tips on how to solve the puzzles quickly. http://googlefact.iphorum.com (they may be a little slow but it is worth the wait)

Third, here is a slideshow of the screen captures we have receive thus far. Thank you Steven from http://www.imgplace.net for graciously putting this together. We will continue to update this as we receive more images.


Finally, please send me your screen shots (davincicodequest@gmail.com also send them to davinci@imgplace.net) rather than post them in the comments. We are going to create a slideshow of the final solutions, so make sure to email the screenshots to both email addresses. I will give you credit for the image and a link back if you want one.

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39 Comments:

At 5/19/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger Malutka said...

Was this a final puzzle? You must be kidding.

 
At 5/19/2006 11:43 AM, Blogger pyro@sp said...

It's one of the final five. First you have to crack through a 9x9 symbol sudoku and a giant restoration puzzle, though.

 
At 5/19/2006 12:01 PM, Blogger tait2001 said...

was the sudoku from two different people or from the same person?

 
At 5/19/2006 12:03 PM, Blogger pyro@sp said...

Looks like they're from the same person, though from what I remember of my sudoku grid it's the same thing.

 
At 5/19/2006 12:15 PM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

The sweep puzzle was the same for me - you should DEFINITELY do it by hand before starting. That took me about 30-40 mins, the rest took about 10.

 
At 5/19/2006 12:16 PM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

Also, the final "jigsaw" puzzle keeps changing the image from one scene in the preview to another, so that's confusing. Get the edges done first, then put the rest of the pieces over the edges you already have in place.

 
At 5/19/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

The painting puzzle also had the same solution for me as shown here.

 
At 5/19/2006 12:18 PM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

For the sweep puzzle, is there a strategy??????

 
At 5/19/2006 12:18 PM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

It looks like they're using the same puzzles for everyone - someone here should be able to win this thing!

 
At 5/19/2006 12:19 PM, Blogger shawndgoldman said...

buffoni,

Solve it first, then start playing. That's the strategy. If you've already started, work from right to left. That's how i got it done.

 
At 5/19/2006 1:05 PM, Blogger hazelflag said...

I can't wait to play tonight. I will send my screen shots when I'm done. Does anyone know if they tell you you're completion time?

 
At 5/19/2006 1:07 PM, Blogger kerri13 said...

no, they don't tell you your completion time, you will just have to keep track of it yourself.

 
At 5/19/2006 1:15 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

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At 5/19/2006 1:18 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Please post your comments in a civilized manner. Posts with profanity will be deleted.

Thanks!!

 
At 5/19/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

I appologize for my last post. My anger is pretty high up there. I will opt to say this without profanity and take a higher road. I will not change my username however as I am both angry and in fact as a result of Catholic dogma a bastard (long story).

I do think that this site has done a major disservice to those competing in the competition.

With the 24th puzzle, I did not care if people posted the solutions. If someone did not have the ability to solve it themselves, they most likely would waste too much time waiting for the solution to be posted. Thus, 10000 pass through and all is well. It was unfortunate that some worth competitors were robbed by Google.

What is wrong is to simply post the solution and allow mindless trolls to pass through the competition with much less though than required. I feel that Googlefact and all other blogs that post screenshots of the final competition have saboutaged what could have been a worth test of problem solving ability.

I finished in about an hour. Not good enough I know, but at least I solved it myself.

 
At 5/19/2006 1:41 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Angrybastard,
Your point is noted. The problem is in the fact that they made the solutions to these puzzles generic. You'll notice that I haven't posted the solutions to puzzles that did not have same answer solutions. I simply posted my solution, which would not have been your solution.

If Google/Sony had developed puzzles that were random and or unique we could only post strategies, which is what I set out to do in this blog.

I had no idea when I started blogging about the puzzles that my solution would be the same as yours, in fact I actually thought for certian they wouldn't be the same.

If you are looking for someone to get upset at, then you need to look at Google/Sony.

I don't see the difference between finding a solution to a question at wikipedia or finding a solution to a question on this blog? Am I wrong?

 
At 5/19/2006 1:46 PM, Blogger Mikestr2 said...

Google Fact--

You are right

Granted sifting through wikipedia or anything for that matter takes a lil time, Searching this forum or any other forum is still research. The format might be more direct.

Q:
A:

not
in 1943 blah blah blah blah ANSWER blah blah

you still need to find the one pertaining to you

 
At 5/19/2006 1:55 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

Well, I do not feel that posting the solution was the right thing to do.

Common sense would have said that you would have held off until the end.

You could have easily posted a statement regarding which puzzles they were.

Instead, you blatantly posted a solution to the puzzle, and the plead ignorance when it turned out that the solution was the same for all participants.

Patrick, who is created with posting the screen caps, was an idiot!

 
At 5/19/2006 1:56 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

gah...curse blogspot and its lack of spell check...curse it!

 
At 5/19/2006 2:03 PM, Blogger frist said...

angrybast*rd, no one is the idiot here. I have already found a way to get the answer to the restoration challenge and all I have to do is follow a series of clicks to complete. Would take me less than 20 seconds to be done with that one. I could complete the first 4 puzzles in under 1 minute.

I could have been a real pain and decided to keep all of this info for myself. I promise you, there are people out there working in groups privately to do the same thing that is being done in this blog - why should a group of 20 have more of a chance than I have given you with those screenshots?

Personally, I am getting all of this set so a friend of mine has a decent chance of winning. The winner will end up being someone that has had the answers fed to them anyway - even if it was from here or not.

 
At 5/19/2006 2:07 PM, Blogger Greg Needel said...

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At 5/19/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

Wow Frist, shesh, you told me. You have quite the intellect. Can you also bend spoons with your mind? But, that might be a bit on the rediculous side.

I admit that Google/Sony is to blame in the long run. I just found it foulish to just blindly hand over the answers to the masses.

 
At 5/19/2006 2:24 PM, Blogger Lord of Light said...

Whoever finishes the sweep first will win, the rest are very easy...
Doing it by hand may be hard and tedious, but if you win it'll be damn well worth it. I tried doing it by hand, thought I got it, went into the final puzzle and realized that what I had planned on doing I couldn't do, so review how that thing works before hand. good luck to you guys, theres one less person you have to worry about competing with =P

 
At 5/19/2006 2:26 PM, Blogger Missy said...

I for one am very greatful for Frist, Googlefact and MistressR, and everyone else here. I just finished the final challenge, I was helping a friend, and if it hadn't been for my new found friends here I would not have learned all that I did.
Having just finished the final challenge....and listen up if you haven't done it yet........Frist is truly amazing sacrificing his own spot in the game to help others. Even with all the beautiful screen shots and the answers, it won't help you win this final challenge. Sure....some of the screen shots were very helpful to me, but I can tell you this.......if you don't know how to use some strategy and common sense, you will never get past those bloody paint splotches. I spent an hour and a half just on that paint splotch curator puzzle. It was the toughest puzzle I have ever done. As it was, it was puzzle #2. Once I finally got it done the rest of the puzzles took me no time at all.

Did we/I win? Probably not, did we/I have fun.....you betcha......most of all....I have a bunch of new unselfish friends and that makes me the biggest winner in this contest.


~ Missy

 
At 5/19/2006 2:33 PM, Blogger Missy said...

That should have said....
Paint splotch - restoration puzzle"


Sorry.

 
At 5/19/2006 2:36 PM, Blogger pgpprotector said...

I hate splotches !

 
At 5/19/2006 2:55 PM, Blogger pampoen79 said...

Missy:

Was your paint splotch puzzle the same as the screencap?

Thanks

 
At 5/19/2006 3:09 PM, Blogger Bjars said...

What was the whole point of Google advising people to do the chess problems without using the hints/question answers and just doing the chess part? From what i can tell, there was no chess aspect to the puzzle

 
At 5/19/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger Synch said...

Damn the splotches!

Did anyone even understand how to do that game in the first place, other than random clicking about?

 
At 5/19/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger airboyd said...

I totally got the EXACT same Sudoku, EXACT same restoration, EXACT same Chess Board, EXACT same curators hanging. Google said they had over 12,000 puzzles for this. WTF? Even if I had waited for the solutions, I still don't think I could have "clicked" the mouse that much faster than some of the times I'm seeing posted.

 
At 5/19/2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Mr. Sheldrake said...

Where are the chess screen shots? I see everything but those....

 
At 5/19/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Kiran said...

took me 24 minutes start to finish.. I got real lucky on the splotches..:-)

 
At 5/19/2006 6:42 PM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Everyone remember you are being timed from when you start the puzzle to when you finish it, this means you can wait till the last day it wont matter as long as your start to finish time is within the deadline time.
To win you have to have the shortest time between start and finish. The good idea is to solve the puzzles before you push start. There is no way to determine though, which of the already solved and posted up puzzles in blogs.. you got... Though some one will likely have your puzzle too.
goood luck!!

If every posts up their times at least we can -guess- at the averages..

If I was competing, I would wait till the latest time I can handle, before starting, giving myself enough time to finish once I do start.. so I can see what everyonelse's general times are and try to beat the shortest time I have seen posted.
MR

 
At 5/19/2006 6:51 PM, Blogger legaleagll said...

11 minutes here. Sheesh, that last puzzle was really hard on the eyes.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:51 PM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

synch:
the directions say to link up the splotches so that there are no remaining un linked splotches and revealing the words hidden with the splotches.

You can link several pairs of splotches up on one pile if you want but you need to finish with an even amount of splotches or it will tell you that there are no remaining splotches to pair up with and you have to start over. Try and get the words uncovered -revealing the missing words- click once on several close by splotches and it will tell you by highlighting them in white, whether or not its even possible to get a link up from where you are clicking.

Point to your screen with your finger and "one two" every spot to figure out a possible route of pairing before you actually decide to pair any of them. Whats confusing is there isnt too much information about the fact that you will likely need to stack up several blotches in order to keep pairing them. What I mean is once you have joined two pairs, you will have a pile of four blotches under your mouse and with that pile of four you will start adding more to them.

I usually click on several splotches once to see where my links are, figure out how many will be LEFT AFTER you would choose the assumed next link, if it doesnt look like you will have an even number of links after you click your next one, then choose one that will leave you an even number of remaining pairs until you eliminate all of the splotches left.
I personally hate the splotch puzzles the most.

MR

 
At 5/19/2006 10:46 PM, Blogger Eric said...

just got back from the movie. I thought it was very good!

 
At 5/20/2006 1:11 AM, Blogger ISOHaven said...

It took me just over 8 minutes.

 
At 5/20/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger idreamincode said...

took me 9:59. I should have practiced more... and looked at the soduko screen shot first, it was EXACTLY that.

Congrats to the person who wins!

 
At 5/20/2006 9:11 PM, Blogger justg said...

airboyd - I share your a shock at the fact all the puzzles were the same for everyone. It may have been beyond Google's control: onigame.livejournal.com
(Onigame is one of the puzzle creators)

mistressronins - let's hope there's not a tie because then the person with the earlier entry time wins.

 

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