A day before yesterday I won two good games, and yesterday — another one (5 good games during the week ^_^). Thus I feel a necessity to recharge my luck and for this reason I prepared some puzzles for you. It's my first puzzle here and English isn't my native language, so be lenient with it. I hope it will be good enough. =)

Let's go!

Standard rules: no cheating, no hinting, no sharing, no leaking. Have a fun and don’t ruin it for anybody else.

You have 4 days to solve it (till 18 Feb, 10 p.m. GMT).

P.S. $25 contributor value is necessary for this giveaway.


Reveal the pattern
General HINTS for Q1-Q5
Additional HINTS for Q2, Q4 and Q5
Location TIPS for Q1-Q5
SOLUTION

GrayFiend (1 year ago)

Solved! xD

somewhat i think that you knew the answers beforehand :P.

the puzzle looks interesting if i remember tomorrow i'll give it a try :) the wording of the questions is a bit weird but it's understandable

teurmug

(1 year ago)

Aw, you think I shouldn't enter this giveaway then? =(

GrayFiend

(1 year ago*)

Agreed, try later when I have the time to duke out the wording.

nevyn

(1 year ago)

aapje (1 year ago)

Might give this a shot when my contributor value gets 2 cents higher :p

Fortunately, you have 4 days to increase it. -_^

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

Grizzlywolf (1 year ago)

what game is it? Also, I answered first question without google with first try. Yaay for me :D

Yeah, it's cool. But I hope other questions will offer some challenge. ^_^

I added the link to the page of this giveaway on the Steam.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

SilentShadow117 (1 year ago)

How the heck am I supposed to know these people?

I think that if everyone knew all these people, there would be no point in creating these questions and answering them.

But you may know (or insight about) some of them, why not? Also, Google can help you. And you can wait for the tips. Well, even if you will not answer all the questions - this would not be the end of the world?

In any case, in the end, I'll let you know all the right answers, so if you do not know any of these people, this puzzle will help you learn something new. =)

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

So this is just a trick to make me learn, isn't it? Screw you, now I have to prove that I can solve it and in the process I will learn who these people are...

SilentShadow117

(1 year ago)

No-no, what's the trick? ^_^"

At least 4 answers can be googled by keywords from the questions (w/o hints).

Btw, I like your fighting spirit.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

Well, I googled each question and tried each name there and nothing was right... The first question I thought was Cave Johnson...

SilentShadow117

(1 year ago)

Are these video game characters? In the inventor thing you said to "players" which means gamers, right?

SilentShadow117

(1 year ago)

No, they are real persons. Probably you can meet 2 or even 3 of them in the videogames, but just because they are historical figures. But I never heard about games where they would be main characters.

As concerns Q1 - yes, "players" means gamers.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

SleepyCat (1 year ago)

Huh, looks interesting.

Anguy (1 year ago)

Any hints? First one is easy but the rest...

Hints must be shown on the timer. If these will not be enough, then I will think about additional clues.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago*)

Fine with me :)

Anguy

(1 year ago)

ahoym8 (1 year ago)

Can you double check Q2 answer? Is it misspelled? Would a copy paste from wiki be viable as a correct answer? :P

Q2 is correct. Full name from the wiki must be accepted. Also 3 alternate answers are admissible there - up to just lastname.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

ok, thanks very much

ahoym8

(1 year ago)

ChiP (1 year ago*)

the first is the only one I knew, let's see if I can find the others

SleepyCat (1 year ago)

Three down, two to go.

One left. The most difficult one... :(

SleepyCat

(1 year ago)

Pagemaster (1 year ago*)

Maybe it's just me, but some of these questions sound like they could be on Jeopardy. : /

Either way, I got no answer for any of these thus far. :(

It's sad. I thought that some of them will be easy =(

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

SleepyCat (1 year ago)

Bump for solved :)

Yay! You did it! Congratulations.

I'm glad to see that it's practicable. ^_^

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

Solnaga (1 year ago)

Thanks for the puzzle but I already have too many on my plate x.x Good luck to all!

Divertissement (1 year ago)

Hi! Uhm i know i will never able to know every question but thanks for the first one. People have to mention about that great person much more. Thanks again.

talon2claw (1 year ago)

I may try again later. I've got some wrong answers stuck in my head tonight:)

Don't let wrong answers to take roots! xD

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

Making progress. I still have the wrong answer for #2 stuck in my head, and I don't have a clue about #3. I'll try again in a bit.

talon2claw

(1 year ago)

FastDriver (1 year ago)

Thx

GrayFiend (1 year ago)

Hey, guys and gals, you really will allow Sleepy to take the prize without a blow? o_O

As it stands now, I might. Got 2, but not having any luck finding the other 3 (could've sworn I had #2, but seems not). Will probably try again tomorrow

Ecwcwwe

(1 year ago)

Just got #4... #2 and #5 remain. At least I'm over half done now >_>

Ecwcwwe

(1 year ago)

Good job! =) It was tough. Q5 must be easier

GrayFiend

(1 year ago*)

My problem with the two I have left, is that I am finding so many different people that the questions could apply to (especially #5).

Ecwcwwe

(1 year ago*)

PowerPuffGirl (1 year ago)

are full names required or only surnames?

Full names from the wikipedia works for all of them, but 4 of 5 questions can also accept only surnames.

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

GrayFiend (1 year ago*)

Hmmm, it’s half-time already and we have only 1 entry. It seems that my puzzle is more difficult than I expected. T_T

Well, let’s clue in a bit.

All questions are designed to satisfy two conditions: a) they are difficult to google them directly, and b) they can be solved without knowing these historical figures, starting from the key words of the question.

Let me show you an example of a question of such type — with the solution.

QUESTION: This poet in one of his well known works describes how dangerous is spying on a witch. Later that witch became the fastest in the seas.

SOLUTION: Well, let's try to solve it. Wait with the Google. First you need to decide what we are looking for? What’s a keyword there? Poet or a witch?..

Neither of the two. There are too many poets and witches in the world. Of course, you can search for poets who written about witches, but it would be non-productive.

What’s about the sea? Is it a sea witch? Hmm ... something found, but it seems not good enough. Fastest witch? In the seas? Is it a ship with witch’s name? Note, it must be fast ship. Well, google it now: fast ship witch.

In general, the answer is already on the first page of Google search. If I was looking for a fast ship witch poem, it would be among the first results. This ship is the Cutty Sark, the witch named Nan, and this poem (Tam o' Shanter) written by Robert Burns.

It was easy, innit? We even don’t need a HINT (this witch almost burned several years ago). ^_^

oh? yay! -.-

Divertissement

(1 year ago)

At least I got a new batch of wrong answers to try:) I'll give it another go tomorrow when my mind is cleared of the searches I tried today.

talon2claw

(1 year ago)

GrayFiend (1 year ago)

Sleepy is unbeatable still

Congrats to whoever wins this one because I just can't figure it out. Once it is all over, I'd love to see where I went wrong. Very nice puzzle indeed, and I enjoyed solving what I could:)

talon2claw

(1 year ago)

GrayFiend (1 year ago*)

There remain only 24 hours but nobody can't catch up Sleepy. o.O
Well, probably it's time to release some additional hints. I've considered that Q1 and Q3 are easy enough, so prepared clues only for another three questions.
Q2: This diamond is famous too.
Q4: It's really his dynasty.
Q5: Burial of a whole ship for the sake of one person, probably, would be too labor-consuming task.

GrayFiend (1 year ago*)

Also general hints from the itstoohard are here for those who will join in the remaining hours (such that they will not be able to see them at the proper time).
Q1. According to one of hypotheses, as a result of his unsuccessful experiment the woods on the area more than 700 square miles were destroyed on the other side of the world.
Q2. The title of his most famous works has it that an intellect doesn't bring happiness.
Q3. Also, he is known as a specialist in teaching of reading knowledge to donkeys.
Q4. This man was taciturn.
Q5. He captured his coffin in advance, and then travelled the seas with it for a long time.

weemadarthur (1 year ago)

Whew, tough one. But my Google-fu has triumphed.

Yay, a challenger appears!

SleepyCat

(1 year ago)

Wow! Congrats ^_^

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

Morok (1 year ago)

Bump for solved. :P Thanks for puzzle.

You are welcome. =)

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

ReaShepard (1 year ago)

I solved everything but the question 2. I wasted all day on it, and I still don't know the answer. Is there any way you give us one more hint about it? Pretty please? :D

An hour and a half later there will be another piece of tips. Stay tuned. =)

GrayFiend

(1 year ago)

GrayFiend (1 year ago)

Five hours left. Well, let's narrow the search range.
Q1: USA
Q2: Russia
Q3: Middle East
Q4: EU
Q5: EU

GrayFiend (1 year ago*)

SOLUTION

Time is over. Congratulations to winner and my respect to all participants.

Q1: Tesla Gun is futuristic weapon which Tesla never made.
H1: A suggestion exist that the Tunguska event may be the result of Tesla's experiment with the Wardenclyffe Tower.
A1: Nikola Tesla

Q2: Shah Diamond — look at the last paragraph of 'History of the Diamond'.
H2: He is recognized as homo unius libri, a writer of one book, whose fame rests on the verse comedy Woe from Wit (or The Woes of Wit).
A2: Aleksander Griboyedov

Q3: Preaching or Delivering a sermon
H3: Reading Lessons for the Donkey or How a Donkey Reads
A3: Nasreddin

Q4: He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. His flag was a flag of Republic since 1572. In 1599 it was officially confirmed as the state flag. But in 1648, due to the revolutionary upheavals, the orange monarchical band was replaced by a red one. This flag is preserved as a state even after the proclamation of the Dutch monarchy in 1815. However orange band still present on the national flag of Ireland.
H4: Dutch: Willem de Zwijger
A4: William the Silent

Q5: British admiral Benjamin Hallowell played a considerable part in the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and it was he who, after the action, presented wounded Nelson with a coffin made from the mainmast of the French flagship L'Orient, destroyed in the battle, in which in fact Nelson was buried in 1806.
H5: Nelson ordered that this strange present be kept upright in his cabin as a reminder that death was ever before his eyes. But his guests and his staff were so disturbed by its presence that he yielded to the appeal of a favourite servant and had it carried below - until it should be needed.
A5: Horatio Nelson

So that was #5... I was looking in the completely wrong direction. Took the clues to mean pirates/vikings who were buried at sea with a boat they had stolen :P
Congrats to those who solved it though.

Ecwcwwe

(1 year ago)

I never got #3, but that's mostly because I was stuck on #2. I went in the absolute wrong direction to begin with. Then I came close, but I never made the right connection. You did a great job giving hints that didn't end up making the puzzle completely obvious.

talon2claw

(1 year ago)

This topic is now closed.