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WITWIS 2013 - Round 5

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Clue:
Look closely at my new user pic.

I plan for this to be the only clue, and I plan for the round to end in 24 hours... BUT... I might extend this round and offer another clue if nobody gets it right.

+400 points for the correct answer.
+3 points for the first correct answer.

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It's somewhere in Germany, that's for sure. Tongue

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With only an hour to spare, Gerund answers correctly with "Vaduz, Liechtenstein." He gets 403 points and takes back the lead from Cheese.

Here are the overall standings:
Phi - 500
Gerund - 1204
Cheese - 1000
Methodical - 600
Aurel - 200
Lisa - 399

Gerund mentioned using Google to find the answer, but I'd love to hear the details of figuring out this problem.

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I swear I tried that and it didn't work... Congrats Gerund

It's the third image on google if you search Vaduz.

I tried about 20 different cities, including Vaduz, and still didn't get it... oh well.

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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Here's how someone SHOULD have solved it... even if I didn't....

All those regions in the world drive on the right side of the road.
Note that car is driving on left.
Instead of assuming it's a one way street (LIKE I DID Sad ), flip the image.
Take flipped image and drag it into the search at images.google.com
http://goo.gl/6yl1W

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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Google image search is amazing. It can easily find the original version of a cropped or resized picture, which would make this problem too easy. I needed to flip the image in order to trick Google, but I needed to leave some hints that the image was flipped... hence the car, sign, and traffic light.

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Yep. I think it was a great round... I just made an improper assumption (one way street vs image flip).

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The photo flip was a great idea, yeah.
Here's how I worked:
I used Google image search, but then you get a whole bunch of random photo's where the main color is green (trees, landscapes, weird stuff).
Then I noticed that you can add a 'description' of the photo, which will make it easier for Google to narrow it down. "
I tried adding "Österreich", "Deutschland", and "Schweiz" (Austria, Germany and Switzerland in German) because I was sure he would stay in that region (for now at least).
When that didn't work I added "Dorf" (German word for village) so maybe some tourist website would show up. ("This is a picture of our lovely village, bla bla bla")
That didn't work either, so I added "Stadt" as a description (German word for city), and there it was!! As you can see here the second image that showed up was described "Liechtenstein - Stadt Vaduz".
After that I also saw the image on the (Dutch) Wikipedia page of Vaduz.

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gerund wrote:
The photo flip was a great idea, yeah.
Here's how I worked:
I used Google image search, but then you get a whole bunch of random photo's where the main color is green (trees, landscapes, weird stuff).
Then I noticed that you can add a 'description' of the photo, which will make it easier for Google to narrow it down. "
I tried adding "Österreich", "Deutschland", and "Schweiz" (Austria, Germany and Switzerland in German) because I was sure he would stay in that region (for now at least).
When that didn't work I added "Dorf" (German word for village) so maybe some tourist website would show up. ("This is a picture of our lovely village, bla bla bla")
That didn't work either, so I added "Stadt" as a description (German word for city), and there it was!! As you can see here the second image that showed up was described "Liechtenstein - Stadt Vaduz".
After that I also saw the image on the (Dutch) Wikipedia page of Vaduz.

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It doesn't help that although the picture is originally from wikipedia, it doesn't show up on the english version of the entry, haha.

Great work!

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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Rob's applause Yes, that was a very clever way to solve it.

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Rob's applause Brilliant deductions, Holmes... I mean, Gerund!

If you were to add that you solved the puzzle while standing on your head practicing reconciliatory yoga while kniiting me a nice hat - I would NOT be surprised. Big smile

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LisaMurphy wrote:
...reconciliatory yoga while kniiting me a nice hat...

I love Shaun Hastings quotes. Two of the best combined right there.

"...and if I had no self-awareness, I think I'd know."

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The Assassins' next target was the Prince of Liechtenstein and stabguy knew exactly where to find him: Vaduz Castle

Liechtenstein was just a one night layover to break up the drive from Fussen to Interlaken. There really isn't much to see there and most of the museums and other tourist attractions are conveniently lined up along a strip in Vaduz. Stamps play an important role in their culture. They have a postage stamp museum and you can get a coveted Liechtenstein passport stamp at the tourist office.

For the purposes of this game, Vaduz was the correct answer for round 5. We actually stayed in Triesenberg in the Oberland (upper country) district, overlooking the Rhine Valley with the Swiss Alps in the background. The bells at nearby St. Joseph's Parish Church rang every hour (with 10 minute performances at certain times of the day) but at least they didn't keep us awake all night.

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stabguy wrote:

The Assassins' next target was the Prince of Liechtenstein and stabguy knew exactly where to find him: Vaduz Castle

Is it bad that my first reaction to seeing that picture was: "Is it possible to scale the castle walls and infiltrate undetected?"

I say it isn't bad.

Slowly, but surely, the job gets done.

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TheMethodicalAssassin wrote:
stabguy wrote:

The Assassins' next target was the Prince of Liechtenstein and stabguy knew exactly where to find him: Vaduz Castle

Is it bad that my first reaction to seeing that picture was: "Is it possible to scale the castle walls and infiltrate undetected?"

I say it isn't bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBXyB7niEc0

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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Did I miss something here Cheese? I read the forums, saw the video and I'm still terribly frightened and confused..Please explain this video's connection to me sometime before I sleep tonight Crying

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TMA: Is it bad that my first reaction to seeing that picture was: "Is it possible to scale the castle walls and infiltrate undetected?"

My video chanting: One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us!

The point being, you're not truly one of us until you look at buildings in the real world and think of the best way to scale them.

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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This clip is from Tod Browning's 1932 movie Freaks. The Ramones adapted the chant into the opening of their song Pinhead as:

Gabba gabba we accept you, we accept you one of us!
Gabba gabba we accept you, we accept you one of us!

Getting back on topic, the Prince of Liechtenstein (currently Hans-Adam II) really does live in Vaduz Castle. As such it is generally closed to the public.

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