Friday, May 12, 2006

Eurostar Quest

Here it is guys. The first post for the Eurostar challenge. I'll update this post later, but for now I have to head to closing. As soon as I can I'll be back to clear things up for everyone. For now add your preliminary comments to this post.


Find out about the Eurostar challenge from this website.


Blogger The Slash said...

Nice template. ;)

12:08 PM  
Blogger MidWestEnergyGuy said...

not sure but sliding puzzle is nasty. It's possible first puzzles are impossible. I think if you he restart enough, a solvable puzzle appears

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer D. said...

All sliding puzzles are horrible, but they're all possible too. Just keep moving pieces and you'll eventually get it.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Jennifer D. said...

Moving this message from off my blog to this one... hope you don't mind, but my blog's got nothing to do with the game.

Tezi said...
Hi I am stuck with the impostor in london shopping district.. Have u completed it?

Jennifer D. said...
Is that the one with the gears? The wrong answer is Royal Mile. Do the inside first (Mile) by moving the outside wheel (the letters are in order, so you don't have to unscramble anything), then push the rose in the middle to freeze the inside wheel, and move the outside to spell Royal. It's a pain because it takes so long.

Hope this helps,

12:51 PM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...

Thanks, g00glefact!

I'm going to give the eurostar quest a go tonight. Any advice is appreciated.

12:52 PM  
Blogger joha said...

this is great!

i'm stuck on the photo negatives and can't find 'a' and 'e'...

don't think i've reached the sliding puzzle yet.

12:53 PM  
Blogger MidWestEnergyGuy said...

I think A and E are in frameworks/railings

12:56 PM  
Blogger ThereIN said...


12:57 PM  
Blogger hmikki said...

nice template.
I am past the cryptex stage. Dont want to post my times....;)

1:09 PM  
Blogger whatsinaname said...

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1:14 PM  
Blogger SandyCat said...

the A is the frame of the table legs on one of the ones with books (I think like the second one down on that strip) and as for the slide puzzle it is randomly generated and from what I found out 50% of randomly generated slide puzzles are impossible to solve but here's some tips:
1)get the top row in order and once it's placed don't move it again.
2)work the bottom two rows till you get it or realize it's not possible and restart

I restarted a couple times and the third one went right into place after I had the top row. Hope this helps.


1:16 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

Just wondering if anyone else is having a problem with the way the flash seems to load on this game. The images take up too much of the screen, but at the same time I don't have any way to scroll. The game is extremely slow too. Anybody know how I can fix this?

I played the shakespeare game and couldn't actually see the plays in the last four rows. I managed but I certainly didn't look too smart.

1:18 PM  
Blogger -tg- said...

so what was anybodys times/tries for the first level cryptex? i think my best was 4 attempts and close to a minute and a half

1:45 PM  
Blogger whatsinaname said...

-tg- I am close to you 3 tries and 1:30 for the time

1:56 PM  
Blogger -tg- said...

well 3 tries beats me cause they go first by the number of tries and then times

2:06 PM  
Blogger Tezi said...

Thanks Jennifer.. I found all the names for the inner and outer gears but didnt know which match was the wrong one. I got it now.. Thanks again

2:07 PM  
Blogger SandyCat said...

cryptex: 4 tries in 58 seconds
Safe: 5 tries in 1 min 26 seconds

which sucks because the first time I did it I got it in 3 tries in 48 seconds but I must have messed up putting in my email because I never got a confirmation email. so I had to start over.


2:08 PM  
Blogger legaleagll said...

I have finished everything and now I just have to wait for May 19 for the next phase to start. Ugh, I just hate the wate for the next phase.

For what its worth, I thought the harder parts of this quest were much more difficult than anything in the google quest.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Stalyn99 said...

i cant seem to get that wheel thing i know it is royal mile but how do you exactly get the words to line up. I have been exchanging letters on the outer wheel to the inner one but I cant exchange the opposite way. Am i doing it correctly? I have completed all of the challenges but that one in that level (2)

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer D. said...

You aren't really exchanging letters. You just rotate the wheel. In theory, the letters are under the wheel and you're revealing them through the holes. Both wheels turn 360-degrees, so just keep going in the same direction and follow the order in my previous post and you should get it.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Stalyn99 said...

I got the wheel. Those cryptix codes, i can never get. it took me something like 24 attempts lol

any advice as to what i am looking for to crack them would be helpful.

5:23 PM  
Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

I love the eurostar so far.. much lovely interfaces and the sound is a nice addition. Puzzles are educating. I love the one about the plays, I spent more time reading about the plays on wikipedia than playing the puzzle.
So far I have completed only two of the level one puzzles, Regents park and V&A Museum. Sure fixed my withdrawal from Da vinci code quest.Great job on selling me the idea of touring europe.

5:29 PM  
Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

I love the template!

5:40 PM  
Blogger H-sizzle said...

Nice template, it's good to have a blog for this quest.

here are some screenshots

Bibliotheque Nationale:
Davinci vs. Michaelangelo:
Sacre Coeur:
South Bank:

7:40 PM  
Blogger Tezi said...

Hi I am stuck here

Help Plz

10:26 PM  
Blogger BXCellent said...

The toughest one for me was the blueprint rearrangement. Until I had an idea. You need to see my blog to understand what I mean. The sliding puzzle was nasty too, always hated those.

YADVCP to complete on the 19th (I hope)

BTW: The templates mostly come for free on BlogSpot

10:38 PM  
Blogger MeOfCourse77 said...

JJ, change your display settings. If you are running 800x600 or smaller, it will not fit. Change it to 1024x768 or something like that and it will fit.

12:00 AM  
Blogger PageUp said...

This guy has some answers on his blog.

1:14 AM  
Blogger mikehalc said...

I feel bad about it, but I finally just had to cheat on the sliding puzzle. If your gaming morals are as low as mine, go here:

This guy has a great AI puzzle solver program. Using the clues that are given you divide the picture into 9 spaces from left to right, top to bottom. Then keep restarting the puzzle until you get one that space 9 (the very bottom right) is the blank space. Then using your numbers one through nine, fill in the program with where the tiles are positioned. The program will then tell you what moves to make. I spent 7 hours on this puzzle until my friend told me about this program. I gave in. What can I say, I'm weak.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Jer said...

Best times:

56 seconds on cryptex
38 seconds on the safe (there's a trick to it)

I promise I am not lying on the times - someone will beat mine easily I'm sure.

9:27 AM  
Blogger demonsurfer said...

GoogleFact - there's a new page on Wikipedia at
I've just added links for this site and the Eurostar site. The newly created article is undergoing discussion for deletion, so if you could add your thoughts on the related 'articles for deletion' page at it would be appreciated. I believe it makes sense to keep them together on one page, but that's my opinion. I'm the owner of the site that provides the original webquest solutions from 2003 by the way. :)

11:25 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Oh this is great fun! Love the layout and thanks for pointing me to a new puzzle quest.

11:45 AM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...

Like many of you, I struggled with the sliding puzzle, but finally vanquished it! My prize puzzle times hover around a minute, not good enough to make the grade. And now, having blasted my way thorgh the first two phases, I impatiently wait for the 19th and phase 3.

Anyone else going through puzzle withdrawal?

12:32 PM  
Blogger Tezi said...

Hi mikehalc Thanks for the tip. I am desperate...

4:09 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

finally got through the 5 level 2 puzzles but not doing so well on the safe prize puzzle. my first try was 8 attempts, 3:32 - hopefully my next 2 tries are better...

6:26 PM  
Blogger sarahm said...

im missing some of the places on the gear puzzle. can anyone tell me what they got?

11:22 PM  
Blogger humboldtdave said...

That was a LOT tougher than GoogleQuest - but still pretty cool. I used lots of pieces of scratchpaper and jotted down alot of words and numbers. I almost hated that blueprint as much as a rubik's cube - had to cheat on that one (the cube or the print? ...uh...yep) and went through both clues and jotted down all the numbers and slowly untangled their out-of-orderness.

btw y'all, just started up a new blog (my first actually) - it's really kind of pathetic but I wouldn't be able to sleep thismorning unless I mentioned

4:05 AM  
Blogger Hitesh said...

What is the trick Jer???

6:41 AM  
Blogger RandBot said...

How are people doing the cryptex puzzle so fast? I can't get any better than 5 tries in about three minutes. Clearly I'm overthinking it.

I actually LOVE sliding puzzles, so I'm looking forward to getting to that point. Of course, I will already have bitten it on the cryptex by then, so oh well for the prizes.

11:15 AM  
Blogger -tg- said...

4 tries in 48 seconds on the safe....

also for those who are just posting their times on the safe its not necessarily just the time that matters but the number of tries

example: someone who beats the safe in 2 tries and twenty minutes beats someone who took 3 tries and less than a minute...the time is just the tiebreaker for those who have the same amount of tries

11:34 AM  
Blogger steve-2-k-6 said...

This is how far i have reached in the slider puzzle. 2 is the missing square. i can't get the 5 and 7 in the right place. Can somebody please help me

|1| |3|

11:37 AM  
Blogger steve-2-k-6 said...

This is how far i have reached in the slider puzzle. 2 is the missing square. i can't get the 3 and 6 in the right place. Can somebody please help me

|1| |6|

11:42 AM  
Blogger renszarvas said...

Mikenhalc? I have been stuck on the sliding puzzle on level 2 (Grand Blvd.) ..... seemlingly forever (at this point I am willing to cheat too). How did you download the puzzle program? Help please. Thanks, renszarvas

11:47 AM  
Blogger Nikon said...

I can't get the "quaint" V&A Bells quote. I know there are 10 bells - but are those "o"s or zeros in the lineup? - any cheating is appreciated :)

12:00 PM  
Blogger mikehalc said...

Hi renszarvas,
Just go here:

Once there, click the download link. this will take you to a file sharing site and ask you to input a code to make sure that you are not running a bot. Once you input the security code, it will ask you to wait like 45 seconds or so, then the download will start automatically. Once download, just follow the instructions. if you have anymore trouble just let me know either on here, or e mail me:

12:52 PM  
Blogger helene said...

The trick about the sliding puzzle is to to get 2 lines right then keep restarting. At one point soon after, you'll see how every piece will fit well together.

For the blueprint, notice on the shade of on the bottom of the pieces. Here is a big hint: the pieces with the phrase on the top will come right are the first few ones...

For the key pad: my best time is 1:20 and 5 tries. Did anyone know how to put all the numbers in on the first time? I couldn't...:-S

1:16 PM  
Blogger renszarvas said...

thank you for responding, & so quick! I was busy with Mother's Day, but I'll try now following your instructions. BTW, I don't know how big of a monopoly Cox has, but we have that here in San Diego too (including me). I am not a very savvied computer user, so I may have to e-mail you.

4:13 PM  
Blogger albert j said...

finished levels 1 & 2 but level 3 not released until may 19

8:10 PM  
Blogger mikehalc said...

renszarvas, Hope I helped. Feel free to e-mail me.

and yeah, cox is huge. I believe they are the only cable internet provider here in Tulsa. Anyway, good night.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Stalyn99 said...

where in diego do you live. I used to live there (20 yrs) and i ran a bbs called san diego connection (sold my interest in 95)


7:13 PM  
Blogger ImLeza said...

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8:58 PM  
Blogger Chickadee said...

jj said, "Just wondering if anyone else is having a problem with the way the flash seems to load on this game... The game is extremely slow too."

I'm not having issues with the games loading, really. I've been having problems with the games being slow while I play them BUT only for the Prize Puzzles (cryptex) -- the timed ones!! WTF? The flash buttons (for the numbers and symbols) would respond four-five seconds after I hit them. I'm not even going to post my times; I'm too ashamed. I could have completed them faster had the game been able catch up to me. I'm not on dial-up, I'm using the latest Firefox. Mac compatibility issues, me thinks. Don't listen to me, I'm just complaining. Damn these timed puzzles. I don't have a shot.

As for the sliding puzzle, I took someone else's suggestion here and just worked on the top row first (making sure the puzzle I was given had the "blank space" in any space of the bottom 2 rows), didn't touch the top row when I got it, and just played with the bottom 2 rows until I got it. Don't over think it. Just move them around.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Nikon said...

Any tips on how to do the bank code? The prize bonus for round two? I just get the first number - nothing to the right.

5:45 PM  
Blogger saksham_sydney said...

I am trying to solve Eurostar Puzzle #5 (Place-des-vosges) where you have to reconstitute the print. I have tried both the possible solutions which are published on blog...but is everyone getting different type of puzzles in this or the same one? Please help - regards, saksham, sydney

8:25 PM  
Blogger saksham_sydney said...

Having a lot of trouble in solving puzzle # 5 in Eurostar Quest level # 2...any help will be highly appreciated...? - saksham, sydney

8:26 PM  
Blogger Nikon said...

Do you mean the blueprint one?
If so, try the clues - the print will very briefly show you ( at the bottom)the numbers of the segments. There are 2 clues - so you can try getting the numbers twice.

10:19 PM  
Blogger saksham_sydney said...

Thanks Nikon,

Yes the blue print one. I am using Firefox browser and when ever I click the clues, nothng is displayed on my browser. Could this be browser related problem?

10:55 PM  
Blogger saksham_sydney said...

Hi everyone, No sweat!! I have just completed puzzle #5 for Level 2. Now I am on the prize puzzle for level#2 - Thanks

11:47 PM  
Blogger Nikon said...

Congrats on the blueprint.
If you have the time - give me the process for the prize portion of phase 2, ok?
Do you enter a digit & hit ENTER? Is that how you move along the row?

1:43 PM  
Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Anyone make any of the prize puzzles? I have done the first one and did BAD..
I'd like to hear about anyone who did it in less than two tries..


1:08 AM  
Blogger Saksham_Sydney said...

For Prize Puzzle #2, you move the cursor on different positions and then select a number. Once you have selected all the 7 numbers, then hit ENTER and NOT BEFORE THAT, Because every time you hit ENTER, That is counted as one attempt.

Here are my timings for Prize Puzzles:

Prize Puzzle #1

Solved in 2 attmepts and the time was 22.7 seconds

Prize Puzzle #2

Solved in 6 attempts
Time was 1 Minutes 30.09 seconds

Not sure if this will be a good timings or not!!

I have moved onto Puzzle #1 of the
Level 3 today (19th May)

1:50 AM  
Blogger Saksham_Sydney said...

Successfully solved all the 5 puzzles in Level 3.

I am on Prize Puzzle #3 now.

Has anyone been able to solve the prize puzzle yet!!

Good Luck fellas!

9:39 AM  
Blogger kanadmaitra said...

I am stuck at the last at the Freemason's puzzle in Level 3. It is about deciphering the order of the shuffled alphabets to reveal the name of the 8 freemasons. Can't understand what the puzzle requires us to do. Please help!!!

4:41 PM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...


The alphabet at the top of the puzzle has been jumbled. A does not equal A, B does not equal B. You need to decipher the cipher by finding out (by process of elimination and logic) what A equals/represents ?, etc.

The hint before you start about the better known name of Fran├žois-Marie Arouet will help you resolve the first namein the list and from that you can work your way through the rest.

Click on the second level (handwritten) letter and type in your guess for the cipher, i.e. click below "A" and enter the letter you think A represents in the cipher. This will replace A in the names below with your new letter.

Hope this helps.

10:33 PM  
Blogger kanadmaitra said...

my brother mycroft,
Thank you very very much. Solved it. Thank you.

Thank you

8:58 AM  
Blogger Saksham_Sydney said...

Completed the Prize Puzzle 3

My best time was

8 attempts, 10 minutes and 59 seconds

I found it quite difficult, challenging and time consuming puzzle!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...

You're very welcome, kanadmaitra!

I've finished with the 3rd Level too. Best puzzle attempts was 5 or 6, can't remember. Was challenging.

Now, I'm puzzleless again. *sigh* I suppose I could actually write in the blog I created to post to googlefact's.

Thanks to all, especially googlefact!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Stalyn99 said...

There is a new program coming on NBC in June called Treasure Hunters. According to the advertisment, the viewers can win prizes by solving puzzles. I think it will be a great idea for someone to start a blog for that show since we all like this type of thing. Any ideas, thoughts?

8:04 PM  
Blogger Cluna said...

Who are the seven Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion? I only find three. Can someone help?

2:37 PM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...

Would be cool if there were a spoiler tag feature, but since there isn't...

Iirc, the 7 GM are:Victor Hugo, Claude Debussy, Jean Cocteau, Isaac Newton, Nicholas Flamel, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jacques Sauniere

Have fun!

5:47 PM  
Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Can anyone tell me what exactly is meant by "going live " in reference to various levels of the euro*quest?

Thank you

12:40 PM  
Blogger my brother mycroft said...


I'm assuming that's referring to the fact that the 3rd Level was not released until May 19th, just as the Grand Prize Puzzle will not "go live" until may 25th.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Quest Master said...

Finished the final puzzle in 9 attempts and 3 minutes and 4/100 of a second. The time wasnt bad, but the 9 attempts are a shame. Oh well, perhaps I will win one of the other hundreds of prizes available. Good luck to everyone who has yet to complete the final challenge. Thanks , William Blue

9:45 PM  
Blogger KCOR said...

I am stuck at the Pyramid puzzle
I have
Leonadro da Vinci
Isaac Newton
Victor Hugo
Claude Debussy
Jean Cocteau
any help on the others???
KC in Oregon

5:18 PM  
Blogger KCOR said...

OOPS, just saw the previous post with the names.

5:20 PM  
Blogger chica said...

Best time for my final one was 5m 17s - 5 attempts. I'm pretty proud of this but somehow don't think I will be going to Europe . . . all my other attempts and times for the other puzzles were appalling :-)

12:21 AM  

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