Friday, May 19, 2006

Vote for Rex / Solve the Restoration Puzzle

Hey everyone, I'll try to make this the last time I blatently spam link my own blog. Please vote 10 for Rex at http://www.1800petmeds.com/petcontest/vote/6006037436590614018

It will only take a moment to click on the link and vote for my dog rex, but if I win the contest it would be a huge benefit to me. Less than 10% of you have supported me in this endevour as of this moment and I will need full support in order to win. The contest winners are by the number of votes first and rating second. So while rex has a very high rating, he doesn't have enough votes yet (shy by about 6,000). Thanks to all of you who have already supported this blog by voting for Rex. Together you can make this happen for me, and for that I am grateful.

Hope everything is going well for the finalists. I am still waiting on H-sizzle's screenshots which should be coming in soon. For now that we have a great update for the restoration (splotches) puzzle, this alone may bring a grand champion from the GoogleFact blog. Much thanks goes to Nick (stonefry) for unselfishly sharing this image with the GoogleFact community.


Again, please vote 10 for Rex at http://www.1800petmeds.com/petcontest/vote/6006037436590614018 and thank Nick for taking the time to compile that image.

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24 Comments:

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

finally, somebody can cheat his way through the entire puzzle! I didnt see this solution, but solved all 5 puzzles in about 24 minutes on my own..

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

sweeeeet. stonefry/Nick and G00GLEFACT -- you guys rock my world!

G00GLEFACT -- I DID vote for Rex! Everyone else do it too!! What do you win if Rex wins?!?

 
At 5/19/2006 5:57 PM, Blogger m! said...

googlefact, thanks for hosting all this wonderful info. i voted for rex and ended my final puzzle challenge in around 9 minutes.

all my puzzles resembled the screenshots that have been posted thus far.

i'm not going to be a grand prize winner, but it was fun while it lasted.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Eric said...

I think i solved the splotches in less time then it would take my to follow that chart side by side doing the restoration. My finish time was a hair under 11 min.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger David said...

It really surprises me that the final puzzles were all the same and now it's come down to mouse/dexterity speed for $100k in prizes. :) I wonder if this has to do with legality issues - perhaps you can't run a contest involving prizes where the chances for people to win the prizes are different. So if someone got a harder splotch puzzle than someone else they could feasibly argue that they were biased against in the competition.

This makes for some really poor competition when it's a TOTAL timed event but I really got to believe that it has something to do with it. I am also the guy who came up with an algorithm for the splotches (useless now except to save some time working out the puzzle by hand) and will post the source to my blog (http://davidyang.net) after the competition ends tomorrow. It's really quite simple, I just did a depth-first search (for some reason on this last one if you start moving pieces at the bottom rather than the top you come to the solution much faster - 2 seconds versus 3 hours).

OK, best of luck to everyone, let's hope someone here has the fastest fingers.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:08 PM, Blogger jordan dorough said...

This solution is great, but has anyone noticed that it doesn't match the picture that we have in the previous post? I was really excited when we got this pic, and I was all ready to memorize the pattern...I'm so glad that I noticed this before I went into the final round.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:41 PM, Blogger frist said...

It matches. The spaces outside of the ones needed to house the beinning pieces and all moves have just not been shown.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:46 PM, Blogger EthidiumBromide said...

Finished in 5min, 12 sec... not sure what the point was though, like previously pointed out, I could never afford to pay all the taxes as a poor biomedical PhD student!
Best of luck to everyone else.

 
At 5/19/2006 7:10 PM, Blogger AngryBastard said...

Arg...what is this about this being "unselfish"? This is not clearly an altrustic act. Posting these solutions are a selfish act. They ruin the chances of individuals that actually think for themselves.

Googlefact explicitly admits that these posts are to benefit the group.

I admit I am a lurker. I came here to check on my time versus the time of others after the first round and came back to check on the times for the final challenge.

As David points out, now this is a competition about mouse dexterity. It is no longer about skill or the spirt of the competition.

I hope the people who read this have the guts to try to solve this for themselves.

 
At 5/19/2006 7:12 PM, Blogger calikokus said...

It was fun to play. I sure hope the winner can accept the prizes and not be crippled by the taxes. I think i did it in about 30 minutes. Thanks to everyone who posted help. And i voted for rex :)

 
At 5/19/2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Mr. Met said...

Hmmm... about the diagram... in the 2nd row once you merge 6 and 6 there ain't no 19 anymore to merge with the 19 at the upper left.

 
At 5/19/2006 7:42 PM, Blogger meg said...

the 19 comes from the 11 move.

 
At 5/19/2006 7:47 PM, Blogger becca said...

mr. met - I just traced through the whole restoration puzzle and the solution works

I admit I'm really disappointed by this though. Since everybody gets the same puzzle (so it seems), it should have been the fastest person to finish once the puzzle went live.

 
At 5/19/2006 8:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Met said...

Ah, yes, I see that now. Doh.

I'm starting to see posts around the net that say some of the puzzle layouts are different. Maybe only if you click "reset", not sure.

I wrote a program last week to solve the restoration challenge puzzles but I think it's fool's gold to tell you the truth. It uses a special hex grid with numbered cells. You have to take a screen cap and then overlay the grid on top of it with Photoshop or the like. Then you have to enter the coordinates of the splotch cells into a text file. The solver program reads those in and figures out the sequence of moves to follow. It works great but it's a slow process. Too slow if time is of the essence.

The worst part is the old puzzles are gone so you can't practice.

 
At 5/19/2006 8:18 PM, Blogger nj gal said...

My puzzles were the same. I had trouble following the restoration diagram so I ended up doing it by hand. It took three tries. I finished in about 30 minutes. Without the suduko hints it would have been about 8 minutes more. Without the chess, I would just have to try all of the possible solutions

I really enjoyed this. I never read blogs before. I found it when stumped on one of the puzzles. I usually then just looked after I finished.

Thank you for hosting this.

I voted for Rex

 
At 5/19/2006 8:28 PM, Blogger Mr. Met said...

I want to chime in with nj gal. Too bad it took me until today to find this particular blog. I've been visiting several other blogs and DVC quest sites over the last couple of weeks and they're lame compared to here. This is one that I won't purge from my bookmarks next week. I voted for your doggie too.

 
At 5/19/2006 8:56 PM, Blogger gimlipig said...

So let me get this right, there are only 4 challenges, the sudoku, chess, restoration, and the puzzle? I thought the rules said 5?

 
At 5/19/2006 9:12 PM, Blogger aaaaathatsfiveas said...

For the record all my puzzles were the same too. It does come down to a mouse dexterity contest.

The final puzzle was the hardest for me. 20 minutes.

 
At 5/19/2006 9:36 PM, Blogger Chickadee said...

Jeeze. That last puzzle KILLED! You guys weren't kiddin' about that one.

11 mins.

Heh. BTW G00GLEFACT, I voted for your dog 2x. Once from my work computer and the other from home. I'm pretty sure those polls consider IP addresses, cookies, and such. Either way, you got two votes from me. Thanks again for this! : )

One Quest down, one more to go...

 
At 5/19/2006 10:29 PM, Blogger Debt said...

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At 5/19/2006 10:32 PM, Blogger mermaidensf said...

i voted for rex and not just to be nice! i think he's adorable!!!

 
At 5/19/2006 11:16 PM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

Can you not post profanity on this blog. Thanks

 
At 5/20/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger Take Me As I Come Cause I Cant Stay Long said...

Your dog is really cute! I voted three times (Two work PCs and one at home.) He looks like he's far ahead of any other pet in the contest. I would have Photoshopped his eye's though. Cute, but evil! :P

 
At 5/20/2006 11:22 PM, Blogger David said...

I posted my restoration puzzle solver on my blog at House of Yang. You can run it right out of the box for the final puzzle and just change the source if you want to try a different puzzle.

 

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