Friday, May 19, 2006

Da Vinci Code Eurostar Quest Update

The next level of the eurostar challenge was also released today. Too many puzzles, too little time.

There were five challenges, which you could complete in any order as before, followed by a more complex cryptex final puzzle. The challenges were:

Dice - turn 8 dice to complete a mathematic puzzle - they have to total 58. Note, not add up to 58. The symbols + - * and / are positioned randomly between the dice. A hin t here is to look for the + and - signs, they are the easiest to twiddle to get the right answer.

Alphabetic Cypher - find the names of 8 masons to crack the code. I just looked for an obvious one, like George Washington, got his name right, and the rest just fell into place.

Match the Symbols - something like 28 symbols, show 2 at a time and match them. They move around if you take too long.

Louve Pyramid Letters - Find the Priory of Sion grandmasters in the letters. This was quite hard, until I realized it wasn't just the historical ones. Look through the book to find where they listed - makes it easier.

Build the Pompidou Center - just put the pieces in the right place to build a photo. Not too hard.

The final puzzle in this round was a much harder cryptex. 10 dials of 20 numbers - 2.5 Quintillion combinations. Somehow I managed to complete this in just 5 attempts and about 4 minutes (did it slowly / steadily, swap out missing numbers, move around yellows) - that was a fluke I think.

After all that, you get a message that the real final round can be played after May 25th and you'll get an email...

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Anonymous MU said...

Hi there - in the Louvre Pyramid puzzle I have Claude Debussy, Victor Hugo, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jean Cocteau but ... I don't have a copy of the book to refer to to get the last 2 names. Do you recall? Thank you!

2:40 PM  
Blogger BXCellent said...

Botticelli and Jacques Sauniere are the other two names mentioned in the book (page 315 of the hardback).

This is far easier than the other sources I found, wikipedia for example has two lists, one with 28, one with 16. Botticelli is not mentioned in either.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have screen shots of the following:

Level 1 - 4 attempts in 2:40.73
Level 2 - 3 attempts in 1:46.06
Level 3 - 6 attempts in 11:31.40
Grand Prize Puzzle - 5 attempts in 11:18.34

I'm satisfied even if I don't see Paris.

Sue :)
Reno, NV USA

6:45 PM  

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