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Da Vinci Quest on Google - Solutions

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The "Da Vinci Code Quest on Google" is an online competition tied into the release of the movie version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Beginning on April 17th, 2006 the Quest will involve solving puzzles and codes over the course of a 24-day period. Below I'll try and offer any help I can on each day's challenge, and remember to check the comments section as well for others' tips (feel free to chip in with your own comments or assistance at any stage).


Warning: Quest Spoilers Below

Day 1: The first day challenge is a Sudoku-like game (using symbols rather than the usual numbers or letters) similar to those that have been on the movie website for a while now. Each puzzle is different, so I can't give you the solution, but it is quite easy. Just look at each vertical and horizontal line, as well as the marked shaded sections, and use a process of elimination. After you solve the puzzle, you are asked a question regarding a triangular symbol on Langdon's (Hanks') face - the answer is "blade".

Day 2: Again, the initial puzzle is simple enough, with matching pairs of debris to be cleared away from a painting. After you solve the puzzle, you are asked a question regarding a cross-like symbol on Aringarosa's face - the answer is "greek cross".

Day 3: Today's puzzle is a test of observation. The question points you to a movie trailer on Google Video (search for "Robert Langdon"), and three questions are asked about scenes in the movie. Give it a go yourself, but if you are stuck here are the answers: (i) fleur de lys (ii) vitruvian man and (iii) five.

Day 4: Today's puzzle is a very simple game of organising the positioning of paintings so that they all fit in a certain space. After you solve the puzzle, you are asked a question regarding an upside down triangular symbol on Sophie Neveu's face - the answer is "chalice".

Day 5: In this instalment of the quest, you are asked to 'checkmate' a king - though you don't need to know chess, as the moves are done automatically when you answer three questions. Silas' spiked belt is a cilice, the 2nd to 4th ranked members of the Priory of Sion are the sénéchaux, and the engraved tablet is known as the keystone.

Day 6: Today you have a jigsaw puzzle to complete, of a Google Earth satellite image. As usual, this task is reasonably easy. Once completed, you are asked: "This city contains a 3-D version of Leonardo's the Last Supper created by Marisol, where is this city?" The answer is New York (thanks Schmoozer for the input). I wonder if the words at the bottom of the image have any further bearing on the quest...one is 'Sanborn' (which is the surname of the creator of the Kryptos statue which is supposed to play a part in Brown's next book - is this just a coincidence?). The other, FYI in case of further questions, is 'Bluesky'.

Day 7: The puzzle is another sudoku-like symbol game, this time with a grid of 5x5, rather than the 4x4 in round 1. A tough one too - I actually had to make an educated guess at one stage, with no definite solution presenting themselves. Anyhow, once finished, the question was "how many stones in 196000 grains." Seeing as there are 98000 grains in one stone, the answer is therefore "2" (I entered "two" to start with and was rejected...so enter the actual numeral).

Update: It seems that people are getting different questions here, although all (that I know of) have been measurement conversions - here's a handy online resource to help out. More tips: be sure to use the correct units (many countries have different standards), and also use the Google search function...I had another try at today's puzzle (just for fun) and had all sorts of trouble working out a conversion on the mass of Jupiter, until I used the mass that Google gave me (as opposed to Wikipedia and other sources). Feel free to leave your particular question and answer in the comments below, in case someone else gets the same one.

Day 8: This round is once again a 'clear the debris' game, which is easy enough by trial and error, and a little intuition. The revealed question is once again different for everyone, although all seem to ask questions based on ISBN numbers (mine was "what was ISBN 0895581167 the time of? - my answer was Donatello). To find out the book your ISBN refers to, you can either use Google as the quest suggests, or I find it easier using Amazon.com's search function, or start with isbn-check.com (thanks Chirag).

Day 9: Back to the 'curator' puzzle, in which you must hang paintings on a wall. Once again, the 'question of the day is random, so you probably won't get the same as me: "What month is Italy's national day?" The answer is June. For other answers, see below in the comments, or just cut and paste your question into Google - it generally gives you the answer.

Day 10: Today is another observation puzzle, with the questions based on a new Google video which introduces the albino monk Silas. You need to watch (and listen) to the clip closely to ascertain the answers. Question 1 asks the shape of an important looking stone object which Silas finds - the answer is octagon. The second question asks what is the last thing Silas touches in the video - this refers to the 'reverse shot' from inside the font - the answer is of course holy water. Finally, the last question asks: "what is it that will ultimately be broken?" You need to have listened to the voiceover to figure out this one - the answer is silence.

Day 11: Three questions today, as part of the chess componenent of the quest. Question one is: "A word that can read the same backwards or forwards is called:" - the answer is palindrome. Question two asks where in the Louvre was Jacques Sauniere's body found, the answer is Denon Wing. Finally, the last question asks "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is an example of what? The answer is pangram (a piece of text which uses every letter of the alphabet.).

Day 12: Today is a jigsaw puzzle - as usual, the easiest way to complete it is to start with corner pieces, work on to side pieces, and then finish the internal. The museum is the Palazzo di Venezia, and it can be found in the city of Rome. To find the Greek Cross (which won't appear until you click on the correct building), go to Google Maps and search for "Museo Nazionale di Palazzo di Venezia". Switch to the satellite view and you should get a fair indication of where to find it. Update: See this image (180kb).

Day 13: The beginning of round 3 sees another sudoku puzzle. Each of these are random, so you're on your own. Once done, you are presented with a random translation question. A good resource is to use Babelfish for this, or if you want feel free to add your particular question and answer in the comments (mine was, what is the translation of avorio - "ivory").

Day 14: Today is another 'restoration' puzzle, and this one is more difficult/frustrating - hang in there if you have problems, and if you really strike a difficult one it might pay to press the 'Request new puzzle' button. Once completed, you are given a cipher which needs to be decrypted using the Atbash (a code in which each letter of the alphabet is transposed onto a 'backward' alphabet). Use the two alphabets on this page to work out what your message is (for the record, mine was "xlmhkrizxb", which works out as conspiracy.

Day 15: On we go to the 'curator' puzzle for the third time. Not sure of everyone else's challenge, but I was lucky enough to get the easiest puzzle thus far I think...only took me a matter of seconds. Afterwards, there is once again a language challenge - I was asked for the Italian word for "painting". I used Babelfish and easily found the answer: "pittura".

Day 16: Today is the chess puzzle, in which you have to answer three multiple choice questions correctly to 'checkmate the king'. Question 1 asks who designed the Louvre's famous pyramid - the answer is I. M. Pei. The second question asks which French king built the Louvre, you should select Philip II Augustus. The final question asks which of the list of people never set foot in Notre Dame: Pope Leo IX will take you to checkmate.

Day 17: Another Google video to watch, this round the subject is Leigh Teabing (played by Ian McKellen). Three questions are posed regarding the video: the letter in the clip is "f", the word is "quest" and the number of 'spectacles' is "7".

Day 18: An easy jigsaw puzzle to conclude round three (one more to go!), followed by a question regarding Leonardo's perpetual motion sketch (answer: "London"). You then have to find four triangles ('blades') on the map, if you have a sharp eye they are easy enough to find. These point at a building in London, the answer to the question is "Imperial College".

Day 19: Ow! The final round begins with a much tougher Sudoku challenge...I actually had to request a new puzzle as I couldn't start the first one, and the second still took quite a long time to figure out. After that, you are asked a question which you need to use Google Books to solve - enter in the author, and the book to the search box. Then, search inside that book for the words which are in bold in your question. Funnily enough, I couldn't even use this to figure mine out, as Google said the page I was searching for was 'restricted'. Luckily, it was a book in the public domain, so I searched for the phrase in the Project Gutenberg. For anyone that gets the same as me, the "chief Italian virtue" found in William Dean Howells' Italian Journey is patience (oh, the irony).

Day 20: For the last time we're given the 'clearing debris from paintings' puzzle. I've had trouble with this every round, but funnily enough not this time. Using the honeycomb grid behind the debris certainly helps to keep your bearings. Afterwards, I was asked another Google book question, about the artist who has a piece in the Uffizi which shows "a woman playing the lute". Searching for that phrase, and "Uffizi", in Google Book Search, shows that the artist is "Bega" (Cornelius).

Day 21: The final curator puzzle has us hanging paintings, and again mine was surprisingly easy (apologies to anyone having troubles). Afterwards came yet another random question based on Google Book Search - mine was 'whose birthplace did Petrarch' stop in at, the answer was "Virgil". As always, people are posting their own questions and answers in the comments section below (5 pages worth now!), so if you're stuck it might pay to browse the most recent posts (ie. usually the final page).

Day 22: Today's "chess" puzzle is perhaps the easiest round so far. The leading member of the Priory of Sion is the "Nautonnier", the individual not rumoured to be a member of the PoS was "Nicolas Poussin", and the Egyptian goddess of fertility was "Isis" (not to mention being the name of my daughter).

Day 23: The penultimate puzzle today, and it's another jigsaw map to put together. The city shown in the map is "Paris", the nine cinquefoils can be found in a long triangle at about -45 degrees to the vertical. The final answer (what sequence is 1, 4, 9) is squares.

Day 24: The final puzzle, which consists of three questions that are based on a new Google video introducing the character of Sophie Neveu (played by Audrey Tatou). The answers to each question respectively are "2", "So dark the con of man", and "Madonna of the Rocks".

Update: There seems to be some confusion as to how participants make the 'final 10,000' and move onto the last phase of the competition (in the U.S.) The rules state: "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." So it is the time of day today that you submit the final puzzle (not how long it took you to complete it) - you have to be one of the first 10,000 to have done so. The rules also say that the final 10,000 will be notified around May 15th...so I guess you won't know until then whether you have made the grade. At least you're not in Australia (my region), where the prizes are pretty lame, and it appears to be judged solely on your idea - in 50 words or less - as to what the next Robert Langon adventure should be (judged on 'originality, creativity and adherence to the word limit).

If you like puzzles, why not solve the mystery of what's in Dan Brown's next book The Solomon Key? Take a look around this site for clues, or just buy The Guide to Dan Brown's The Solomon Key from Amazon (5-star rating).

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Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

time stamp

No, I think the time stamp was assgned with the first form we completed - the little box that popped up asking us to enter or Google user name. It appears everything happened exactly as the rules state, at least for me. I just don't like not knowing if I was one of the first 10,000 or not ofr a few days.

funstuff wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I did not even get a pop up

I did not even get a pop up box that asked for my google id that I can remember.. of course I was trying to get everything finished ASAP so who knows. But, I do know that I finished everything including submitting the registration form all within about 4 1/2 minutes and still got the message that the game had ended...

miffy wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

on the 15th

don't forget to come back here and tell us all if you got lucky!

<3 miffy

loquita1983 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

it came out at 6pm gmt time

it came out at 6pm gmt time and managed to finish it at 6.10 got through with no problem and then it led me to the page where you can view the prizes that are up for grabs.did anyone else get this page?
confused now!

gsquared wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Prize Page

Yes, I got the same page after I registered. You should be OK.

Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Final challenge hint!

Check out this hint I saw on this Google blog:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/can-you-crack-code.html

"Okay, this wouldn’t be a Da Vinci-related post if I didn’t give you a clue: if you really want a mental workout, try solving the Chess Challenges by looking only at the board, without using the multiple choices to help you. The training you get may very well prove helpful should you turn out to be one of the elite few who reach the Final Challenge."

This final, for those of us/you who made it, is going to be tricky!

loquita1983 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

eurostar quest

can some one help me on the eurostar quest im on the south bank one where you have to spot teabing in the pictures i have found them all apart from E can anybody help????

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

The E

That was the last letter i found ...did serveral days ago.... but what I did was go to each picture where there was not a letter marked......then all all over.... there is one with the books, couple with the build them sevral OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I REMBER it is the railing in a picture makes the E

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Yeah, I'm not excited about

Yeah, I'm not excited about that one... I don't know a lick of chess.

dlethal wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Lucky for me I'd just read

Lucky for me I'd just read The Da Vinci Code before I started these puzzles. I finished the last puzzle in 6 minutes and succesfully registered, so hopefully I'm one of the 10,000 :D

SSCORP993 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Got registered

I thought the l;ast puzzle wasnt until tomorrow...5-11
I finshed the last one in under 4 minutes.

how soon to know if you are one of the 10000?

AAAAHHHHHHHH

John Hartnett wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

day 24 contretemps

I was right on Google right at 1pm EDT. The game started to load, then froze. I then got a screen from Google that said that my query looked like a bot, and that I was denied access! arrghh! (I use Firefox.) While running Spybot and Windows Defender, I switched to IE, and got through the puzzle, finishing about 1:10 pm EDT.

I got the request for my Google ID, and then a "Contest Entry Form" screen that, among other things, asked for the phone number I'd be avaliable at on 05/26, bewteen 2 and 4 pm. It said that they'd be in touch "shortly". I added their email address (davincicodequest@sonypictures.com) to my Gmail contacts list at their suggestion.

Then, on my Google homepage I got this message in the Quest module: "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."

Well, nothing was specifically stated in my form that I could expect a cryptex.

Now, at 2:40 pm, Google is freezing me out of my Google account homepage on IE, too. Rackin' frackin' rowrbazzle, as Albert Alligator would say.

Hope that all went well for as many of you as possible (though from the comments above, not likely).

Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Same for me

That's basically what happened for me. I've had the "you look like a bot" message many times when I've used Google today - I'm guessing it's acting odd because of all the increased traffic this afternoon.

I got the same forms you did, and I still have the message on my Google page to "register if you haven't." I have not heard anything via email from them.

The official rules say that the winner of the final contest will be contacted via phone at the number they provide on that form, and that if after 3 attempts they can't reach you, you forfit. Everyone make sure they put in the correct phone number!

cinderworld wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Final Puzzle

I didn't have any problems logging into the puzzle or anything. Just wanted to say thank you to those that provided hints and answers!! And definitely looking forward to seeing you again on another of Dan's Quests!

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T TELL IF THEY ARE 1 OF THE LUCKY 10,000

Here's the deal folks.
You had to beat all the other crazy people. But you won't know if you're a finalist until Monday. You'll be notified by email (or called) as to when your cryptex will be arriving in the mail. (They're going to give you a heads up!)

No one can really tell if they are one of the 10,000 just yet. So everyone should cross their fingers and hope to Baba that their time was the faster.

Another interesting thing to point out is the verbage in the contest rules, stating that you have to complete Phase 1 before 1:00PM EDT. But the problem is, the puzzles are not released until that time.

Oh, and for anyone that happens to make it to the finals, and for everyone that had a time with the Observations. Here's the trick:

If you noticed the dates on the videos, they all say the same date of release.
They were placed on the google database on the 30th of March.

Now here's the tease:

Wanna know how you could have got a faster time?

The videos are released onto public domain the day of the puzzle. If you knew the 4 key players in the book/movie you could anticipate the videos. So, when today rolled around (for instance) I already knew that the movie was going to be Titled: "The Da Vinci Code- Meet Sophie". So I went onto google about 8AM Pacific, and watched the clip 4 times. Anything with numbers or patterns, Sound Bites, and hidden symbols I paid especially close attention to.

So my finishing time was 10:01:46 AM on the initial puzzle. (yes that includes the registration form) And if you're wondering how I know my precise stop time; I turned a universal stop watch on when I initially started. I've been logging my times everyday. So the entire 24 puzzles took me 2 hours 32 minutes and 58 seconds. It's all about timing and follow thorough ladies and gents. So, who's ready for the EuroStar Quest and the Finals of our Google Quest?
~Saint Aelphaba

Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

1pm EDT

Yes, but the rules specify "Daily Puzzles may be solved in any order the participant wishes before 1:00 p.m. EDT on May 11, 2006." That's tomorrow - the last puzzle is avaliable for 24 hours.

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

But it really won't benefit

But it really won't benefit someone to complete the quest and expect to win when everyone has completed the puzzles and forms the day before.

~Saint Aelphaba

Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Very true

Oh I totally agree - if they don't have them done already, I don't think they'll be a finalist! I was just responding to your comment about how they can say the puzzle has to be completed by 1pm when it's not released until 1pm.

hughett wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

day 24 trauma/procedure questions

My daughter and I had similar experiences to previous posts - she finished in 2 or 3 minutes and got the 'game has ended' notice - no submit button on the contest entry form - whereas I had no problems a few minutes later. You can definitely complete the contest form later so no worries.

My question is - do we know for sure that the time stamped on the first puzzle completion form is the actual time of day rather than the completion time? I'm worried that someone can start later as they can in the final round and have a better time because they're reading the answers on sites such as this.

Ditdah wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Rules

According to the official US rules:

http://flash.sonypictures.com/movies/davincicodequest/us/rules/

The first series of 24 daily puzzles has 10,000 'winners.' They are the first 10,000 to correctly answer all 24 and then submit their Google user ID (your official time is the time you submit that first form, where you verify your user name.) It's not the time it takes you to complete them, but who gets them done first (that's why you can get a new puzzle if you can't solve one.)

The finalists have to access a second series of 5 puzzles, and those are timed - the person who completes all 5 fastest wins the grand prize. That's why you can't pause or leave the puzzles.

silverlock wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

The timing

The timing is actually between the time you finished the last puzzle and the time you filled out the contest entry form. Here's the verbiage:

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. ONLY THE FIRST 10,000 PARTICIPANTS WHO SUBMIT A PUZZLE COMPLETION FORM (AND WHO THEREAFTER SUBMIT A CONTEST ENTRY FORM) ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE FINAL PHASE.

So, it doesn't seem to matter how long it took to solve the last puzzle, just how long it took you to fill out the two forms ... I think.

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Doesn't work that way. It is

Doesn't work that way. It is timed to TODAY. Not to mention that you have to be one of the first 10,000 to complete the 'Puzzle form' (a page that simple asks for your google ID) and a 'contest entry form' (the form that asks for all the 'pertinent' information: i.e. contact information). The pages both tell you to hurry b/c time is of the essence. If you just received the notification that the game is over, you might have not made the cut. You had to complete both forms to be in the running.
Explain it to me a little more and I'll see if I can give you a definite answer.
~Saint Aelphaba

Stompy wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Good Luck Everyone!!

Best wishes to all of you, whether I make it into the finals or not. :D It's been a lot of fun, and you all have been a ton of help. So even if I don't get a cryptex, I hope you do. :)

P.S. By the time I got to the contest registration page I was shaking so nervously (and I'd made so many stupid mistakes in those few minutes) I'm not even sure I typed my name in right. But, I honestly thought I'd have washed out by now, so I still had a good time on my quest.

Good luck!

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

EUROSTAR

Hey has anyone passed the EUROSTAR Puzzle map 2?
I'm hitting a major block with the sliding blocks!
GGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! >_<
~Saint Aelphaba

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

yes i done them all

Sliding blocks remind what the page looks like..Please

ALSO USE THE ? ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR HELP....

loquita1983 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

TEABING

PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIND THE LETTER E IN THE EUROSTAR QUEST I KNOW THA NAME OF THE PERSON IS TEABING AND I HAVE FOUND EVERY OTHER LETTER APART FROM E.
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
I WILL ALSO HELP ANYONE WITH ALL THE OTHER LETTERS THEY MAY NEED
THANKS

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Letter E

In the picture a building and has a RAILING >>click on for letter E
In the Picture with the tree....lokking the braches towards the bottom and right side... look like a funny 5 or s or G .......and it is twisted sideways ...the letter is in the book are...the rest are on the buildings......

bbdoll5 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I AM FINISHED!!!!

WOO HOO!!!! The last questions were a bear ... but I did it all!!! Got registered, looked at possible prizes. Now all that is left is for the movie to be released.Good luck to all of you. A parting gift for you? Okay!

So Dark the con of man=madonna of the rocks!!!!

amer2384 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Im done, but do I have a chance

Do I even have a chance if I just posted mine about 30 minutes ago about 6:35 Eastern time.

Tehuringa wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Teabing

As mentioned the letter E is in the railing a toughie to find....I just went clicking and found it in the end...as for the sliding blocks....not really a puzzle you can help with......think ahead and press restart until you get a pattern of blocks that looks easier.

loquita1983 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

thank you

thanks very much for the help,that was really hard!!!that last letter,lol.dam now have to wait till the 19th of may to be able to do the next puzzles. :(

xoai wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

There's not any conirm email

There's not any conirm email from Google. I sent an email to ask about the registration form. I think maybe Google couldn't detect my time-belt or ip so that couldn't show the right form too. (I'm living in Vietnam and the form was for US).

I also wonder how Google could know all the quest took us how much time to solve them. If its only depend on the last quest, it will not fair. because someone can take the answer for all quest easily from somewhere, just like here. And he only has to solve the last quest. huhu...................

allyopp wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

WELL DONE GUYS

WELL DONE GUYS ON COMPLETING THE QUEST HOPE U ALL DO GREAT IN AUSTRALIA, THE US AND THE UK. THANKS A LOT TO THIS SITE FOR HELPING WITH ANSWERS I WAS AWAKE AT 3AM IN AUSTRALIA EST TO DO THE PUZZLE AND I COMPLETED IT ALL BY 3:15 SO LETS HOPE BUT AUSSIE IS ONLY BASED ON YOUR THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WOULD U LIKE TO SEE ROBERT LANGDON IN NEXT AND STAYING WITHIN THE 50 WORD LIMIT.
CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH THE EURO STAR QUEST AS WELL I FOUND ALL THE LETTERS BUT THE A AND I DONT KNO WHERE IT IS SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO POST IT ON HERE OR EVEN EMAIL ME AT THE BELOW ADDRESS WOULD BE GOOD THANKS GUYS AND AGAIN GOOD LUCK.
Alicia - sexbomb_79@hotmail.com (msn addy)

Tehuringa wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

A

Ally....from memory it was one of the legs of the book market tables???

Magdalena241 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

TOTAL EXCITEMENT

Guys, I'm so excited about this contest. I don't know about anyone else, but I was so fired up I don't even know how long it took me to finish. I'll be on eggshells until Monday. LET"S ALL KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED! Much love and luck to everyone!
Don't forget to come back and let us know who got a cryptex!

xoai wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I received this in the

I received this in the DaVinci Code quest block in Google.com/ig "Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun. If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19. "

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Lex Cryptex wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Same message as above

Hi there,

Same message on Google page as mentioned above. Anyone with a different one?

mountainlawrel wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

message on Google homepage

I got the same message.

daveywoodard wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I got that message now too.

I bet everyone did.

tlnort wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Lex Cryptex

does your name have anything to do with Lexington, Kentucky? just curious since that is where i am from.

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

New Email From Google About the Quest

I just received an email from google saying the following:
Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!

Hotshots wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

email

I got an e-mail about 5 min ago from sony pictures. Everyone will receive an e-mail on the 15th with a surprise. The 10,000 people who made it will receive instructions for the final puzzles. The remaining people will receive a surprise message.

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Email Contents

Here is what the whole email said:
Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!

We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.

All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.

Thank you all for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing.

John Hartnett wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

yeah

I got the same thing, twice. Once from Sony Pictures, and once from "The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google". Grrr. waiting till Monday.....

daveywoodard wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I wonder what the suprise

I wonder what the suprise is...???

miffy wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

i'd be content...

with some free tickets, if i don't get a cryptex.

xoai wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Oh yeah, I just checked and

Oh yeah, I just checked and I received the same message like yours...... let's wait til Monday.......

lestat2072 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Monday May 15ht

On Monday may 15th everybody who completed the quest successfully will received a notification via e-mail . They will let you know whether you made it or not. In case you made it on Thursday May 18th you will received a Cryptex via special scheduled delivery throu USPS. You will also received a screen shot of 4 codes . One of those codes will open the Cryptex . Inside the cryptex there will be the instructions of how to access the last 5 puzzles. You will be given 48 hours to solve the 5 puzzles but be careful once you start there is no turnig back, pause, or loging out otherwise you will be disqualified. So get ready before you start. For those who completed the quest successfully but didn't make it also will received a surprise e-mail. What is that? I don't know but lets hope it's something more that just " Thanks " from Somebody. Good luck to you all!!

xoai wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

OMG. But my registration

OMG. But my registration form was for US but I'm living in Vietnam T.T how can I receive the Cryptex >_<

miffy wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

I think you can't have one.

I think you can't have one.

xoai wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Don't tell me that the

Don't tell me that the quests are only for whom inside US T.T I don't think Google couldn't detect my IP or something to show me an other registration form which is for Vietnamese................aaaaaa :(( I wasted 24days for nothing............. :((

Saulo wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

OFFICIAL RULES

Sorry, but if you had read the rules before...

"OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

THIS CONTEST IS OFFERED ONLY IN THE 50 STATES OF THE U.S. AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ("D.C."), AND IS INTENDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THOSE AREAS ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU ARE NOT A CURRENT LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THOSE AREAS. THIS CONTEST SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND GOVERNED ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THE U.S. "

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Possible Prize for non-winners

I found this article which I think is the prize they mention in the email for non-winners.

Mequon, WI (PRWEB) May 11, 2006 -- Encrypta Gifts has announced a special discount on its Encrypta cryptex for all participants in Phase 1 of "The Da Vinci Code Quest" on Google which ended today.

To qualify for the Final Phase of the contest, participants in the Quest needed to be one of the first 10,000 to complete a series of 24 daily, skill based puzzles. Quest finalists will receive the Final Puzzle Challenge and a replica of the cryptex used in "The Da Vinci Code" movie (cryptex image available at http://tinyurl.com/lcmzp - bottom of page) by May 18th.

Quest participants can learn how to verify their participation and get a 40% discount on an original Encrypta cryptex by going to www.EncryptaGifts.com/quest.

The company's Encrypta cryptex, priced at $79.95.

So I guess everyone will be able to get a cryptex if you want one. What a shame, It would have been nice to give out something to the winners that was a limited edition. Here is the link to the whole article:
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/5/emw384198.htm

allsoaps wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Not the same Cryptex

The one they are selling at a discount is not the same as the DVC replica. I took a look at their site and they are marketing their own 'Encrypta' cryptex which looks more like a wooden tower.

Good Luck to all you Finalists!

Fekona wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

So more information for those that like them for no reason :)

I am a huge fan of useful as well unuseful information so I ran across this site I thought would be interesting :) enjoy!!!

http://weblogs.hitwise.com/bill-tancer/2006/05/google_drives_davinci_cod...

traceyvn wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

next challenge

I got an email today from google and Sony saying the following
"Thank you for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google.

This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!

We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.

All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.

Thank you all for participating in "The Da Vinci Code" Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing."

Ecellent it looks like I get to play the final challenge!

Tomas wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

Completion message

It would appear that all who completed the 24 challenges received the same emails from Sony and Google. Did yours include an additional comment which confirmed that you are going to the final round? That would seem unfair as the rest of the country must wait until Monday.

daveywoodard wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

We all got that email, it

We all got that email, it doesn't mean you are going on.

funstuff wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

HELP

OK, I decided to try out the Eurostar quest but I'm stuck on the imposter landmark in London. Anybody know the answer?

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

LAND MARK WHEEL

Puzzle solved. If you have trouble turning the wheels, here's how:

To turn the inner wheel you must:
1. press the rose pin in the center DOWN;
2. turn the OUTER wheel while KEEP PRESSING the left mouse button. (The inner wheel does NOT move by itself.)

To turn the outer wheel you must:
1. pull the rose pin UP;
2. turn the outer wheel while KEEP PRESSING the left mouse button.

market place answer

outer wheel is royal
inner wheel is mile

linallee wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I know you didn't write the answer yourself, Dwhispher...

Because I did. While you may share the info, you should at least write it out in your own words or credit the source.

nor2006 wrote 11 years 15 weeks ago

SOMETHING INTERESTING

I was a bit excited when i got the second e-mail but i was more whne i went to this address: www.google/davincicode

and received this message:

'Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time will be our chosen one. Beginning at 1pm EDT on May 19th, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.'

You guys shoulD try it. Anyway, i heard that more people can open this also and the top address changes to "final_puzzle_too_early" so i guess i'll just wait until may 15 and save my sanity.

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

How did you get a second

How did you get a second (possibly a 3rd if you are not referring to the participating emails) email? Especially since the time stamp on your entry says Saturday? Just a wonder, and now it says that if you are one of our finalists, Congradulations.
...
Seems like if you have the skills you can hack it!
:p
~Saint Aelphaba

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

yes had the same

yes had the same

HJay wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Random House Web Quest

Is anyone doing the Random House Web Quest at http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/davinci/

HJay

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Yes I have completed it all

Yes I have done it....was hard in some area..the question What enigmatic sculpture stands one degree north of the location indicated in the code? is hard and it is found on the cover of the book It's next to comment #4 on the back cover. Get it the right way round (by looking at it in a mirror) and it reveals:

If you need more help can give you the answer to because google find does a erro reoprt and
you will com up with so many degrees and mintue then work the add 1 degree to it

bovichtj wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

MY CRYPTEX CAME TODAY!!!

Still no e-mail, but a small white box that contained the Cryptex was delivered today! If you use the code :grail" written on the outside of the box, a paper inside gives direction.

SO COOL!

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

so kool..how was it deliver

that so neat...no email here yet...and no white box...how you get your white box...

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Wow, Congrats!!!Seems like

Wow, Congrats!!!

Seems like Google and Sony are running ahead of one another...
Have ya cracked the code yet?
~Saint Aelphaba

Fekona wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

whooo hooo

I got the cryptex!!!! it is soo awsome!!!! looks just like the onein the movie!!! yeah

bovichtj wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Cryptex Delivery

It came in the US Mail...
MUCH cooler than the ones on e-bay now... Brass with white sliding letters...

Dwhisperer wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

So glad for you

Mail came and did not get one..but i live in a really rural area...
Happy for you....

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

My apartment office has

My apartment office has bankers' hours, so even if it comes, it could be a while before I get in there. I hate to stalk the mailman, but it might be my only option :) Still no email, anyone?

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Cryptex

I have still not receiced any email, and I havent checked my mail yet.

rg wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Checked mail, no package

Checked mail, no package and checked e-mail and no e-mail. I quess I did not make it. Congrads to those that did.
Richard

dlethal wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I also got my Cryptex in the

I also got my Cryptex in the mail today. Still no email. I was a little dissapointed that the answer was on the bottom of the box, and the paper inside led me to a public URL. Seems like anyone could do the finals. I'm still awaiting my email, maybe that will explain things a bit better.

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

FOR EVERYONE THAT GOT A CRYPTEX SO FAR

Where do ya'll live? That might explain a bit to me, since my mail hasn't shown up yet and I am in California.

Thanks! :)
~Saint Aelphaba

dlethal wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I'm near Chicago in IL

I'm near Chicago in IL

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Thanks! That explains a lot

Thanks! That explains a lot since ya'll are like 3 hours ahead, and my mail isn't scheduled till like... 5 pm my time! *does crazy dance* We even have a tendency for the carrier to get lost, or give my packages to the neighbors. I had a holiday fruit basket disappear like that once...

~Saint Aelphaba

bovichtj wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Location

I'm in Michigan, and the mail comes early here... in the box before noon :)

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I just got mine, i live in

I just got mine, i live in FL and was basically stalking the mailman through our windows and was watching to see when he was at my neighbors box

amorgan wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Cryptex Specs

Hey All..

I'm from PA, got my cryptex this afternoon.. My submission of the final page of the 24th puzzle was a few seconds before 1:05 (completion of answer was probably a minute or two beforehand).

The cryptex is very pretty, nice and heavy too. The white dials leave a bit to be desired, and move way too easily. The inside is spring loaded, so it pops out quite neatly when you have the right code in. My only real complaint is that you only need the last two letters of the supposed code ("Grail") to open the cryptex. The other (first three) dials can be complete nonsense. In fact, after opening my cryptex I messed around with it to see what letters actually corresponded to notches in the internal workings, and the "correct" code for mine is TRIIL. But the release mechanism only cares about the last two letters, "IL".

The upshot is this--you only really need to try a maximum of 26 times to open the cryptex even if you have no clue what the code is. Just pick a letter for the second to last dial, then continuously sweep the last dial to see if it opens with that letter. It's kinda lame, but it was free so I'm not complaining!! Maybe I'll solder some more pieces of metal on the inside to make it more secure...

dlethal wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

cryptex

On the Cryptex, you only have to put in the last three letters (AIL) to open it. lol.

Meowmi wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

when did everyone finish the final puzzle?

if you got your cryptex today, will you also leave your completion time (in minutes) in the message, please?

thanks!

bovichtj wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

My finish time

...was 1:10 and I got a cryptex...

Lex Cryptex wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Time

Hi,

Like 1:10 for the whole puzzle and reg form submition?

Fekona wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I got mine finished in 1:08

I got mine finished in 1:08 but I had to wait at least 1-2 min becouse the error when i was trying to access the last puzzle. Even tho it does open to the last two letters and the wheels are plastic I am happy at the fact I even got it at all :) I have to be one of the most unluckiest people ever, these kinds of things dosent happen to me so Am I happy? hell yeah ! and to me it is a beautiful peice of our history that I will be able to keep and and have MY own story to it. It is definatly a memory maker I dont think I will ever forget this :)
Good luck to those that had received thiers
and I wish you all the best its been a blast!

(now I gotta do something about the withdraw of not having a puzzle to do everyday!)

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Wow, you guys are fast. I

Wow, you guys are fast. I have no idea how long it took me to finish. I was too crazed to time it. I did have to watch the video a couple of times to catch the book thing though.

MidMO wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Time

Sweet! I guess I made the final 10,000! I finished in 7 minutes, but I didn't get a cryptex today. But then again, I live in the middle of nowhere. It'll probably be here tomorrow.

lajackie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

clarification

MidMO - not to be a downer but when you say "sweet! i made the final 10,000" what are responding to? The posts in the thread above you say that they finished in 1 minute 10 seconds and that they are finalists, which is much quicker than 7 minutes - am i missing something? (i finished in 3 minutes and i'm excited to hear if i'm a finalist, but as I'm in CA, i haven't heard much yet.) Did someone say that they are a finalist and finished in more than 7 min? thanks : )

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Email

I wish google would put in the email, where in the 10,000 you finished.

bovichtj wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

puzzle time

I submitted the puzzle and confirmed the google login at 1:10.

bluemoon wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I wish they would just send

I wish they would just send them out :p

I am kind of curious what the "surprise messege" is

daveywoodard wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Finish Time

I finished the puzzle/Registration at 1:08. I don't know if I have a cryptex yet. I'm not at home. I am having someone check for me.

Update....no mail....:(

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

i think that i finished the

i think that i finished the whole thing including registration about 1:13 and i got my cryptex

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Ebay

Wow, there is already 8 cryptexs up for bid on Ebay.

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Cryptex

Well, its official, I received a cryptex in the mail. I finished at 1:03pm and my wife finished at 1:05pm. She received one also. Best of luck to everyone!

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

How is that even allowed?

How is that even allowed? Aren't we supposed to use our Google IDs in the Challenge?

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

RE: How is that even allowed

It is allowed because we each have our own google IDs.

miffy wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

SOOOO HAAAPPPPYYY!!!!!

I GOT A CRYPTEX!!!!!!!! omg omg omg!!! but now what? site says too early. and no email. my husband brought in the little white box and i was confused, i figured it was just something i forgot i ordered. boy was i wrong. i've been bouncing around ever since.

davinciaddict wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

When I go to google.com/davincicode page

This is what I get:

THE FINAL CHALLENGE

If you're one of our finalists, congratulations! In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge. However, you're too early as the Final Challenge has not begun yet.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time from start to finish will be the chosen one. On May 19th, the Final Challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. Please note that this is not a race and that you don't have to start as soon as the Final Challenge is released. You can begin whenever you like during the 48 hours, but prepare well, for once you start there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks with the least cumulative time, not the first to complete, will be the chosen winner.

I'm in Chicago...I finished registration at around 1:20 EDT...I won't get home until around 7pm central time to check my mail and see if receive the cryptex box. Hopefully I have a nice surprise when I get home tonight....WISH ME LUCK!!!

LONDELL wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I'm really confused

I got my cryptex today, but i have not received an email. so, am I not a finalist?

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

You're a finalist

No One has gotten an email yet. If you got a cryptex, you're in. Congratulations. Do you remember what your finish time was?

LONDELL wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

completion time

I completed somewhere around 1:05, the puzzle was super easy, especially to my meager mind!

thank you for the clarification!

miffy wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

i have no clue what my time

i have no clue what my time was. it felt like it took me forever. i didnt think i had a chance. but im so happy!

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I don't think I made it

I had to work at that time. The network went down at work and I didn't get to finish the final puzzle until like 1:45 EST. I don't think I made it. So far the latest time I've seen was like 1:10. I'm sure that 10,000 got it before then, I hope not though. I didn't get anything in the mail or email yet. I am in Charleston, WV so maybe the USPS truck ran into a cow or slid into a coal mine or something. LOL

Ditdah wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Want to know if you're a finalist?

Want to know if you are a finalist but haven't gotten a cryptex?

Make sure you are logged out of Google. Go to www.google.com/davincicode. You will be asked to login. If you do, and you're a finalist, you'll be directed to the 'puzzle not ready' page. If you aren't a finalist you'll be directed to an error page.

I was told this, and tried it. When I log in with the Google ID I used in the quest, I get to the DaVinci code page. When I use my friend's login (who didn't get to the last puzzle until the day after it was released) I get the error message.

I haven't gotten a Cryptex yet, so I can't say this is positive proof, but this appears to be a good sign!

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Not lookin good

I got the puzz not ready page earlier, but now I try it and I get the error page. That probaly isn't a good sign then.

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I got the cryptex and now

I got the cryptex and now when i go to the google.com/davincicode page i get the error page. I dont know if google was ready for alot of people to get them today plus the website has been given out in multiple places not jsut the finalists know what the site is

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I think we're crashing

I think we're crashing Google again with the volume. Doesn't bode well for the challenge days, eh?

mistyfuji wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I'm able to log in and I get

I'm able to log in and I get the congratulations screen, yet I haven't received a Cryptex yet. I didn't finish the last quiz until almost 2 pm, so if I receive one, there's hope for others!!!!

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Interesting. Well I got home

Interesting. Well I got home just as the apartment manager was walking out and got them to give me my mail... and cryptex. Woo! But, like others, I'm a bit nonplussed. I thought there would be some kinds of clues to the final challenge or something in there. Are we really just going in there cold? Eesh! Guess I'd better brush up on my skilz!

rg wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Finalists

I just went to www.google.com/davincicode and it says" If you're one of our finalists, congratulations!"
Dose that mean I made it?
Richard

lajackie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

no way! if you were a

no way! if you were a finalist it would say "YOU ARE ONE OF OUR FINALISTS!" not " IF you are one of our finalists..." sorry guys, don't get your hopes up, stay realistic about this.

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Another way to tell

My google page, where the DaVinci Code area was, says the following. The fact it says, "Thanks for participating" leads me to believe they are really saying, "Good job, but you lost"
------------------------------------------------
"Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. We hope you had fun.
If you enjoyed the Quest, then you won't want to miss The Da Vinci Code movie, in theaters on May 19. "

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Not to worry. Everyone got

Not to worry. Everyone got that message.

oshunwave wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

got a cryptex, but not an e-mail

FIrst, thanks to all posters for your support during the trying Daily Puzzle times.

I finished in the 1:10 zone others mentioned. I got a cryptex in the mail this afternoon. It was sent from Skycastle Entertainment in California, which freaked me out, 'cause I thought it was the watch I ordered. Only when I saw the Mona Lisa on the box did I jump!

No Google e-mail today, though. When I went to the Google DaVinci website, I got the previously mentioned vague, congratulatory message. Guess it's just watch and wait until Friday...

LONDELL wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

the email

well, after scouring the game rules, Google gave themselves until the 18th to get their act together. the email is supposed to be "on or around may 15th" and we all should have received our Cryptex by May 18th. I guess Google didn't count on snail mail being faster than usual.

I do think there is something to the logging into the site with your google ID. When I signed out, I could not get to the congratulations page. as a matter of fact, it made me sign in to reveal the aforementioned page. However, I am a bit puzzled with the rules of the game which states that we are to receive via mail (or email) a list of codes to open the cryptex and we have to find the correct one in order to open it. well, that point is moot since the code is on the box!

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!!!

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

code on box

i tryed the logging out thing too and it made me log back in, yeah the code being on the box was a little disappointed i was even thinking hmmm the codes that they used in the book could be the answer but it was a bit disappointed that the code was on the bottom of the box

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Could they have screwed this

Could they have screwed this up any more? Just seems to me like they envisioned doing all these fancy complicated things and then realized it would be too difficult given the scale it was on. Instead it's ended up being mass-produced codexes with vague statements and printed codes, urls with vague statements, no emails...

funstuff wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Got One Too

My husband got his cryptex today but I didn't get one and I finished my puzzled before he did and filled in my registration code. However, when I finished it told me the quest had ended and thanked me. Perhaps not everyone that was eligible got theirs yet and they are having to go back through the time stamps for some. But, at least we got one in the household. I really only wanted to get the cryptex and know that out of 10k people we really don't have a good shot at winning the whole thing.

lajackie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

were you ever able to

were you ever able to register or get a page other than the "the quest has ended" page? Or did you just get that page the first few times you tried?

funstuff wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I filled everything out

I filled everything out including the registration page and when I hit submit I got the quest had ended message. That happened for most of the day and I must have tried about 15 times. I finally later that evening went back and filled it in again and checked one of the boxes to receive offers or notices from a sponsor and lo and behold it finally went through. I would have gladly received offers if they had taken it when I actually submitted mine ahead of my husband who did receive the cryptex. I think they really had problems with the server and unfortunately even though I KNOW I was one of the top 10k I don't get a chance to participate as well.

mkmckenzie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Two

The rules say 1 prize per household. So only one of you will probably get one.

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

i thought that they were limited edition

I thought that the cryptexes were limited edition for the finalists until i discovered thislink :
http://www.noblecollection.com/catalog/product.cfm?id=NN5335%20%20%20%20...

Ickabod16 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Cryptex

It does say that it is a "An authorized miniature working model of The Da Vinci Code™ Cryptex". It seems that the dimensions are about half of what's being delivered. I haven't seen mine persoanlly yet, but I will let you know tomorrow.

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

the dimensions on mine are

the dimensions on mine are exactly what is on the site and looks exactly the same and the box it came in said it was from noble on the side of the shipping box and i havent figured out if the code can be changed if it is the same one unless the last two wheels are the only thing that matter on that one

Meowmi wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

got mine, too

i finished in about 4 minutes (i'm on pt, so about 10:04 a.m.).

clicked on that link to noble collection...and *they're* cryptices use all 5 dials!

sheesh!

and yeah...didn't the rules say something about there being 4 screenshots that come w/ the cryptex and you had to figure out which one opened it? hmmm...

good luck to everyone who hasn't checked their mail yet!

Fekona wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

if you look at the picture

if you look at the picture of the minature that we received we only have 2 teeth on the locking mec and the photo has a whole row of them which leads me to believe that is what is going to make it rare that and the little note

miffy wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

i got my cryptex today, with

i got my cryptex today, with two teeth on the inside. but the website selling them has a 4 inch model thats the same size as the ones we got, and also a 6 inch one, plated in gold. i would rather have the ones for sale, cause you can set the code yourself. what am i supposed to do with this thing? it's not like it's going to hide anything now.

rg wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

the rules

"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."

Three more days
I trust we all will get in. 10,000 people is a lot people
I'll bet that 10,000 people did not finish.
Richard

Meowmi wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

10k people *is* a lot...

...but never underestimate how many people are into this. there are lots of households where multiple people played...and the blogs are being consulted like crazy (nathan weinberg reported 10k hits on just one of his pages)...which, to me, means that there's a lot of interest, there are a lot of people playing, and even if you're not able to finish the puzzles yourself, there's plenty of help to be found online.

i *hope* all of us got into the finals...but one never knows.

lajackie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

10000 hits could mean

10000 hits could mean anything, i've probably refreshed this page and the pages in this blog over 40 times today... if i'm like everyone else, 10000 hits means just 250 unique users.

Greg wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Interest

Certainly plenty of interest in the competition - on the penultimate day of the quest this website got over 13000 individual visitors. There are almost 500 comments to this article alone.

Speaking of the website, I've had a lot of suggestions from people to cover all angles of Dan Brown and his books - so from next week it will have a bit of a redesign and change of focus. Make sure you stop in and let me know what you think.

Peace and Respect
Greg
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You monkeys only think you're running things

rg wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

hits are hites

hits are hites?
computers and connection speed?
i am savey user and got into the contest 9 days late.
did not even know about it until i did a google search.
i completed al the puzels.
i have looked a BLOGS, even nathan's, nothing interesting, except, here!
i even used other search-engings, nothing, interesting, but a few.
as i say, i am computer savy.
i just wish, people WILL VOTE in the next election
Richard

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

WE MAY HAVE A GOOD CHANCE STATISTICALLY

He's right, we all may have a chance.
There's enough if only 3.4% of the US population finished the game. According to the most recent census, 3.4% is 10,000 of the US population. I really doubt that 3.4% even played let alone finished.
I mean, how would you feel if you were the mail man and had to deliver up to 10,000 of those boxes. I'm sure they made arrangements prior to to deliver them, but that is a lot of boxes to leave one location in one day. It would be virtually impossible to make sure everybody got their cryptexes on the same day.

lajackie wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

the US has more than 300,000 people in it.

i am sorry but you are about 200-MILLION people off. There are 295,734,134 people in the US... 10,000 is .0034% which is three-thousandth of ONE percent. sorry guys... but i hardly believe even a 10th of the country played this game... so this is sort of silly to look at anyway.

and not to rub it in, but the da vinci code has reportedly sold over 12 Million copies worldwide which is equivilent to 1 out of every 4 people in the US owning a copy.

mathwiz2020 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Four Screenshots

Remember the thing in the rule about the four screenshots to open the cryptex? Well, I was just reading on this website a blog entry that said:

Update: Cryptophile web update January 11, 2006

A coded message is within the most recent update (Jan 11, 2006), a cipher based as capital letters, which says "Did you seek the dials". This seems to refer to the different versions of the cryptex image which appear on the movie trailer page of the DVC movie website. Each of the different sized movies has a different word revealed on the cryptex - grail, cross, blade and lisas. Whether these form an anagram, or are keywords to something else, I'm not sure yet.

I'm pretty sure that, when we get the screenshots, it will be these four words: grail, cross, blade, and lisas. Grail is the correct word.

SaintAelphaba wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

okie dokie guys, here's the

okie dokie guys, here's the deal.
Just got my cryptex about 3 minutes ago. There are not 4 screenshots with it. The code is on the bottom of the box. (grail) (* and you could spell the first 3 letters wrong and just put 'il' and it'll unlock) The sliders are plastic tiles and not as cool as advertised. But you could kill someone with that thing, let me tell you.

It seems a whole bunch of people are getting onto the 'too early site', I think google is going to go through and watch to see how many people completed and are really in the top 10,000. My guess, if you finished within the first 10 minutes of the clock striking 1 pm EDT then you are in the clear.

My fiance got his about 3 hours before I did, and he finished 2 minutes after I did.
LET THE BATTLE COMMENCE!!!!
~Saint Aelphaba

Fekona wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago
dannunes wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I finished the last puzzle

I finished the last puzzle at 1:13PM EST and got a cryptex in the mail today. The code, of course, was GRAIL, and the message printed inside is as follows:

Congratulations,
You have proven worthy of the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. Visit www.google.com/DaVinciCode to see if your journey continues.

It looks like I'm seeing the same page as everyone else, though, so maybe google wasn't counting on them arriving in the mail so fast... who knows.

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

email

has anyone gotten the email yet?

armygoose wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

nope

no email yet

Lex Cryptex wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Email is in!

Subject: FINALIST

Your journey does not end here. You have also qualified to compete for the grand prize which includes trips for four to New York, Paris, Rome and London, a colossal Sony® Electronics package and more valued at over $100,000! See official rules.

Beginning on or around 1pm EDT May 19th at www.google.com/davincicode, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

As for your previous accomplishments, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded with a limited edition replica cryptex arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.

sdpalladio wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Just got the same email.

Just got the same email. Woo!

oshunwave wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

got finalist e-mail sent at 10:14 EST

I'll do the challenge, though I'm not so quick on the draw where puzzles are concerned. And how does one practice. Is this like the SATs or something? Plenty of rest and line up #2 pencils/fingers?

sneezix wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

I'm guessing you've been

I'm guessing you've been practicing. I'd bet that the final 5 puzzles will
be of the same sort that we've been playing.

Hotshots wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

got email

NOT A FINALIST

well done. you have completed all 24 puzzles.

However, not all who embark on the quest can succeed and you have NOT qualified as one of the 10,000 finalists.

Though others have finished before you, your skill and perseverance will be rewarded! Click here to watch a congratulatory message from Sir Ian McKellen and a sneak peek of The Da Vinci Code and then continue on to view special offers and discounts from our Quest partners.

GUESS THERE ISNT A SPECIAL GIFT :(

anyway, I enjoyed the puzzles and I WISH ALL YOU FINALISTS THE BEST OF LUCK! :)

oscarh wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Non Finalist Prize

I, like some of you, are a Non Finalist. well it was fun while it lasted, and i cant wait to go see the movie. but it was not a complete loss, the email said that we were gonna be rewarded and we were. If you read closely, it said that it had a coupon for a Free Game based on the DaVinci Code. Just click the link, put in ur Coupon Code and download the game. After it is finished it asks if you want to buy it, look in the email that you put in first and it should give you an Activation Code which is used to get the Full Version of the game. I started playing it, and its awesome! it has over 90 puzzles and 10 Cryptex Puzzles. I cant wait to play.

Good luck to all you Finalists.

floridagirl1025 wrote 11 years 14 weeks ago

Finalist

I got a cryptex earlier but i got the confirmation email just a little while ago. Congratulations to all the finalists and i am glad that everyone got something for all the time that they put in and the non-finalist prize seems really cool as well...

good luck to the other finalists in the final part of the quest

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