Wednesday, May 10, 2006

How to be a Finalist and Win a Cryptex

Well, we've all made it here, to the 24th and last day of puzzles. Everybody wants to know how to finish this series of challenges, qualify as a finalist, and have a chance at the Grand Prize. Heck, I want to be a finalist, not so much for the cryptex (which I may pawn on Ebay), but just to blog about the final challenge. So let's break it down.

Am I going to post the solution to the challenge? Yes, and before you go all Jackie Chan on me let me explain.

1. The final challenge is going to be an observation challenge. Each observation challenge thus far has been a series of 3 questions, each having a single correct response. Further these questions have been consistant for all of us, meaning my correct response was also your correct response. It would not surprise me if Google changes the question format for the final challenge, but assumming that they stay consistant, sharing the solution will benefit all (see 2. for why).

2. There has been an average of 4,500 readers per day for this blog with a peak of 7,500 in any one day. Both of those numbers are significantly less than 10,000 available finalist spots, especially considering that the total has to be distributed across US, UK, and AU. So assuming that we work together to solve the answer quickly, every GoogleFact reader would qualify as a finalist for the challenge. For those of you wondering how I know those statistics see Google Analytics

3. You have nothing to lose by sharing the solution. If you already have the solution, then you know sharing the solution won't diminsh your chance of being a finalist. On the other hand, if you don't have the answer, somebody sharing the solution on this blog may increase your chance of being a finalist. Consequently, working together collectively increases all of our chances of qualifying.

Now, what do you do once you have the solution?

1. If a participant correctly answers all 24 Daily Puzzles at any time before the Phase 1 Deadline, he/she will be immediately directed to the Daily Puzzle completion form ("Puzzle Completion Form"). The Puzzle Completion Form asks the participant to submit the Google ID the participant used to access the Daily Puzzles. 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").

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").

So tell me again, how do I win the cryptex and become a finalist?

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.

Click Here For The Official Rules (US) Click Here For The Prizes (US)
Click Here For The Official Rules (UK) Click Here For The Prizes (UK)
Click Here For The Official Rules (AU) Click Here For The Prizes (AU)

Good Luck Everyone! I will be creating the post for the final solution early in the day tomorrow. I will also recap what I have discussed in this post. See you tomorrow.

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21 Comments:

At 5/09/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger Asitha said...

The ruleseem to be differnet for Au and Uk. It doesnt say anything about a cryptex. I think only US players can qualify for a cryptex.

 
At 5/09/2006 9:56 PM, Blogger Mick101(Pocketsize) said...

when does the final question go online? (ie: time (est))

 
At 5/09/2006 10:08 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

See the prizes link at the bottom for the list of UK and AU prizes. 1 P.M. EDT the puzzle is released

 
At 5/09/2006 11:08 PM, Blogger Chris said...

yes finally! i just want my cryptex already, haha.
And seeing how the grand prize winner will be based on how fast he/she completed the final challenge, i hope it's safe to say you will not post the answers for that one...

 
At 5/09/2006 11:20 PM, Blogger David Smith said...

Grand prize has a total value of $128K .... what's the likely tax bracket that the winner will have to pay. 28%? 33%?

 
At 5/09/2006 11:39 PM, Blogger jj said...

I have a really dumb question. What time in Eastern Australia, EST, do the puzzles get posted?

 
At 5/10/2006 12:25 AM, Blogger tjo said...

there are no rules for me because Im cimming from the netherlands. Bur the quest is great.

 
At 5/10/2006 12:48 AM, Blogger erica said...

I fail to see how sharing the answer will "benefit all," seeing as how the majority of the puzzles have been thinking games and those who have truly worked to get them correct should be rewarded for it. Simply posting the answer to the final question seems unfair to those who want to figure out the clues to the puzzle legitimately. If people are going to cheat and just Google the answers instead of actually doing the observation work themselves, then what is the point of even watching the video?

Being a puzzle fan myself, I find it disappointing and frustrating that the last puzzle is an Observation. It was obviously a gimmick on Sony and Google's part to make people THINK they had a good chance of being a finalist by having every other week's final puzzle be a Geography one, which actually required some skill.

Now the chances of being a finalist are just up to random chance again, whoever can copy/paste the answers into their form the fastest wins. NOT the person who can think the best. Your posting up the answers on this site will only hurt those of us who actually wanted to PLAY the game instead of cheat at it.

The fact that there are 10,000 finalists tells me that there are at least 1,000,000 people playing this game (usually constest finalists are about the top 1%, yeah?). Good luck, everyone. May the fastest Googler win. Better hope that some other blog didn't get the answer faster than you!

 
At 5/10/2006 1:03 AM, Blogger ttoxs said...

erica.. one thing comes to mind with all your blabbering about it being unfair n blah blah blah... which is, why are you here in the first place? one would think that you have seen the answers and most likely used them..

 
At 5/10/2006 1:57 AM, Blogger Asitha said...

UK Rules

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.

AU Rules

This competition is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. All entries will be judged based on creativity & originality and the adherence to the word limit. The best valid entries, as determined by the judges, will win.

This lead me to believe that at the end of the 24 puzzles for AU players there will be a 25 words or less question and for UK they will just randomly draw the winners

 
At 5/10/2006 4:23 AM, Blogger Planetshaker said...

OK quick note for the aussies - the new puzzle is put up at 3am AEST

 
At 5/10/2006 6:20 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Google Video is blocked in my office. I will not be able to complete until I get home.. DOes the The video on the Sony pictures website update at the same time? This one is not blocked by my office.

 
At 5/10/2006 6:57 AM, Blogger RandBot said...

erica, the rules from the very beginning (before they knew how many people would play) stated that 10,000 people (in the US) would win cryptexes. So your "logic" is bogus -- we have no idea how many people are actually playing (although the previous post on this blog seems to indicate that it's not nearly the 1 million you postulate)

That being said, I wish it was a geography challenge too -- the observation challenges are kind of lame. But I will definitely be watching the video myself, if for no other reason than I think I can answer the questions faster than if I waited for them to show up on the blog. (But also because I like solving the puzzles myself!)

 
At 5/10/2006 8:42 AM, Blogger ausboss said...

The answers for the final day 24:

cinquefoil, fleur de lys & cross

But not in that order.That is as long as the creators have not gone all 6th Sense RED RED RED on me a la ross lyn, rose box and little red haired girl.

Maybe I will have to wait till 1.00

 
At 5/10/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger Da Vinci Fan said...

1. How many books in the flashback?
Ans: 2

2. What does Robert say to Sophie:
Ans: So dark the con of man.

2. Lastquestion is an anagram for:
Ans. Madonna on the Rocks.

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

so, are you supposed to find out right away if you're a finalist? because after I finished today's challenge, i was sent to the davinci code quest page where i had to fill out a form with my gmail address, name, address, phone number. what about anyone else?? thanks.

 
At 5/10/2006 11:25 AM, Blogger Mick101(Pocketsize) said...

the other posts & the rules describe what happens next

http://www.adamschampcarseries.ne1.net

 
At 5/10/2006 2:45 PM, Blogger trib said...

In an act of sheer WTF, the Submit button on the Australian form you fill in after completion is BROKEN!!!! There's a call to a non-existent Javascript function.

Brilliant! Four weeks of solving these thaings and now I CAN'T EVEN ENTER!

 
At 5/10/2006 4:35 PM, Blogger albert j said...

when do you get email if you are finalist

 
At 5/11/2006 3:09 AM, Blogger yoladyhoo said...

I filled out the first form but was not immediately directed to another form. When does the second form arrive? Thanks.

 
At 5/11/2006 3:17 AM, Blogger King Penguin said...

Many thanks for all the fun and games over the last few weeks. It's a little sad that the prizes in the UK are so small compared to the US grand prize, but that's life. It's been fun playing... Now back to my day job!

 

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