“Wow, Rotterdam really has great architecture, but how on earth do you live in something like that?!” you think to yourself while taking a photograph. You’re on vacation and while all your friends stayed in Amsterdam to do the typical ‘Dutch experience’, you didn’t feel like parading the Red Light District while getting high on God knows what type of drug… So you went to visit Rotterdam and you love every moment of it.

After taking the photograph you turn around and notice a stunning girl in the distance. She’s about to enter a big horseshoe shaped building. Long copper red hair, a nice figure and a pair of crazy long legs beneath a red summer dress. For a moment the world stops. You can’t help yourself but to stare stupidly at her like a twelve year old schoolboy. She is so beautiful, it almost hurt your eyes. The elegance, the grace….

And then she trips over one of the steps and the magic moment is over. She quickly regains balance though and enters the hall. You rush after her but alas… she disappeared in the crowd. Not sure what to do you, you look around. And then you see a wallet lying on the exact spot the girl stood only moments earlier…

You pick up the wallet and look inside. In it you find a picture of the girl and money. A lot of money. There must be four or five hundred euro in there. “I have to find her and give back the money,” you think to yourself.

You enter the horseshoe shaped building.

201009 EDIT: I made some necessary changes in the text of #2. In the hints below you can see the adjusted original text. This new adjustment you find in the puzzle can well be another hint.


SOLUTIONS:

puzzle 1: Key here was reading carefully. Some just googled the picture and didnt get why that answer was wrong. The picture is the photo you take of the building before you turn around and see the girl IN THE DISTANCE entering A HORSESHOE SHAPED BUILDING. That's the Martkhal.

puzzle 2: You needed to find out that 'the secret garden', Lara, Lizzie, Sybil and David Copperfield are all movies currently playing at Cinerama movie theater, which is situated 6/700 meters southwest of the Markthal. Unexpected international google results made this one hard at first but with the added clues a lot of you were able to find it...

puzzle 3: Here you find yourself in the garden of city hall. You needed to find out that the mayor of Rotterdam (important guy, fancy suit, acts like he owns the place) is a Moroccan guy named Aboutaleb (first Moroccan mayor in the Netherlands, pretty big deal. Speaks out about immigration, extremism, law and order etc etc. Was asked to be on a WH extremism task force led by Biden. Regularly appears in / is covered by (international) media).

puzzle 4: easypeasy: type in irish pub in google maps and find out Paddy Murphy’s is closest.

puzzle 5: I expected this one to be the hardest. You had to combine a few clues to minimize the list of possible hiding spots (or not and just try every possible hiding spot you can find in hope of bruteforcing the puzzle...) 1. as the crow flies = in a straight line. So 12 mins at 10 km/h gives you a nice 2 km radius around Paddy's. 2. zigzagging through trafic, later trees and bushes indicates the hiding spot should be in a green area like a park. The extra hint told you she's hiding somewhere indoor. 3. the girl ran 12 mins at 13.5 km/h and therefor covered a distance of 2.7 km. Google maps will tell you the walking distance from Paddy's to the Euromast is exactly that. The Euromast is a well known (and googable) land mark in Rotterdam.

puzzle 6 well, you deserved a break. Accepted answers were girl, goodies, girl and goodies.

I hope you all enjoyed the story and the puzzles. I tried to be as helpful as possible to those who got stuck. :D

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reserved for hints

HINT for #2 (and in general): google and google maps are your friends. Pay close attention to the directions given.
HINT for #2 Try googling the thing you're looking for. That might provide an useful insight. EDIT: Indeed most regions don't give the google hits you need. That was unexpected. I updated the description to offer better/more clues: "The woman didn’t hear the entire conversation, but she did hear the girl talk about Lara, Lizzie and Sibyl. She heard her end the conversation by saying she was going to ‘the secret garden’ and she’d be there in a few minutes. You are not sure if this information helps. “Did you see which way she was going? The woman points west/south west. Unsure what else to do you start walking west too."
ADDED some additional correct answers to #2
HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

HINT for #5: Rule number one for any girl being chased by a creepy man: hiding behind trees in a park is not a good idea. If (when?) he sees you he can easily drag you away to a less busy part of the park and all the bushes and trees will make it hard for people to notice there's something wrong.... So maybe find a building with lots of people in it to hide?

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How are the 5 solvers of #2 doing? Does it look like #2 is unnecessarily difficult or are they stuck after that too?

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Most of them get to the end :)

mmm, #2 shouldn't be that hard though. I'm quite surprised so many of you get stuck there. I added some additional answers and additional hints to make it easier. Maybe it has something to do with different google results in different regions but then again the people who solved #2 come from different countries...

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i don't know what i might be doing wrong on #5

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Bump! Stuck on the second puzzle, any clues there?

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Same. Tried about 10 things.

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Same

Edit: tried about 30 more things. still the fail is strong

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I guess it is not what we all think it is. :)
Very memorable architecture indeed.

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I gave it another go but still no luck. not claiming i got the correct answer but also not sure how itstoohard handles the situation where you already guessed something prior to new answers being added... e.g. if I get "You already guessed that", is it bc its still wrong or bc it was wrong before so its no longer considered?

oh well, guess i'm too dumb. thanks anyway for the puzzle.

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feel free to contact me on steam to discuss this. it might give me some insight on why so many stumble at #2

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ok sent you an invite. don't mind running through what i was doing if it helps

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Lol...now I am just completely stuck on the 2nd puzzle. I think that I've entered every park name in Rotterdam. :D :D :D

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Poor thing's never getting her wallet back, lol.

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Also stuck on second puzzle, can't find the correct answer.
Have tried at least 30 diff answers haha.
Have a bump, as well. Nice puzzle.

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Thanks Waxlor, now with the new hints and a clear mind, I managed to reach puzzle 5, taking some time with it now, didn't reach the hint time yet.

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puzzle #5 requires 3 different hints to be combined. Some use only one or two of the hints though. Combined with some guessing/logical thinking that works too.

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Sure, I'm trying all of them, and checking some different directions. Very interesting stuff you made here, kind Sir.

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I do my best :) let me know if/when you get it

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Dittooooooo

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Lol - I assure you my head was already there. I'm just missing something. I'll give it another go later, but thanks for the tip!

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the question is 'are you looking for the right thing?'

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This was more about the cube houses
These windows are scary to think about

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ahh, I thought one more getting stuck... :P

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My sister lived in rotterdam, not those houses though.

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I had no idea you were here, Waxlor!

Hope you enjoyed it.

Now I want to link my RandstadRail event. :p

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edit: Got it now. Thanks for the fun puzzle :)

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Apparently wiki is wrong? I don't get it.

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Me neither and i live in the netherlands. :x Is it dutch, is it translated?

Lots of ways to write it, techinically it's also not 1 building, they are several.

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I tried english and dutch, single and plural, it's all wrong XD

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first.

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After taking the photograph you turn around and notice a stunning girl >> in the distance <<. She’s about to enter a big horseshoe shaped building.

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Ah yeah like you said in another comment, i wasn't looking at the right thing, think Fallenkal had the same. :p Found it thanks.

I am usually too dumb for the other parts still though.

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Oh, yeah like Lugum said. I didn't think that part was important :D I thought it was narrative fluff. Thanks ^^

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my poetic heart bleeds... :P

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Wait...so it's not the building in the picture? It's some other building? Jesus.

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The picture is the photograph you take in the beginning of the story.

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I figured it out...but I'm gonna have to get some sleep and save my brain for the rest of these things tomorrow...lol. :D

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good luck tomorrow!

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Bump for solved, thanks again for the fun puzzle 😊

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Nice puzzle even if I have no idea for second place...

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Thanks, I think I'll try again tomorrow.

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can't even solve the first one hahaha

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Read carefully.

After taking the photograph you turn around and notice a stunning girl >> in the distance <<. She’s about to enter a big horseshoe shaped building.

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Oooooh now i get it, thanks!

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:D now let's see if you can solve #2; most struggle with that one...

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Okay, made some progress, now i'm stuck at the 5th, this one's hard, almost there!

Edit: Enough for today, tried +100 places in a radius and none of them were it hahaha

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I don't get it. I got #1 in like 1 second, and the hint on 2 was the opposite of helpful. It gave me an idea, but everything seems like pure guesswork on how to find the location.

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let me know if the 2nd hint helps

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I was going to add you to discuss, but this comment includes everything I was going to tell you. Tried a couple other things that weren't mentioned there, too.

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ADDED some additional correct answers to #2
HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

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I really don't know what you want. Before the recent clue, I tried using street view, walking directions. Copious searches, etc. I see you're accepting new answers, but I have no idea what I've already entered, and I really don't think sitting through 30 second wrong timers is a good use of time.

Thanks for the puzzle. Been here since 0 people had part 2 right, and I have no idea what to do.

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sometimes what you look for is right in front of you...

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Yeah, I tried the things on the image I linked. Do I literally put keyboard? Computer? Phone?

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HINT for #5: Rule number one for any girl being chased by a creepy man: hiding behind trees in a park is not a good idea. If (when?) he sees you he can easily drag you away to a less busy part of the park and all the bushes and trees will make it hard for people to notice there's something wrong.... So maybe find a building with lots of people to hide?

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I give up

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stuck on 2? I might give another hint tomorrow if too many stumble on that one...

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It isn't a coffeeshop (and with us it's not about the coffee)? But you do understand a lot too, after been there. :p

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yep #2

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let me know if the 2nd hint helps

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Ok, seems I'll be keeping those money for myself. I honestly tried to return the wallet, so I won't feel guilty ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Although I like this puzzle, I am unable to answer the second question.
I tried googling it; it gave me some ideas but they didn't work. I tried navigating Street View in Google Maps for a "few minutes walk" in the necessary direction; it gave me some ideas but they didn't work too. I even tried brute-forcing the answer with different locations but still without avail. This whole process took me around three hours, so I guess I will have to wait for more hints. Either way, I really enjoyed my time in Rotterdam, lol.

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Sounds pretty close to my experience.

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HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

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I really thought I got it when I found a vegan restaurant :(

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HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

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I stopped by Feyenoord Fanshop and 4 meters high Pepsi can. That's where 10 minutes walk in some direction brought me. xD

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Pepsi MAX!
maximum sugar
no taste

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I can't drink any sort of Pepsi/Coca-Cola except the original ones. Pepsi Lime is the most disgusting! I have nightmares about its taste.

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I wonder what a short walk is, and how precise the direction is.

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ADDED some additional correct answers to #2
HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

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ADDED some additional correct answers to #2
HINT for #2: 'a few minutes'? Well, that shouldn't be more than 10/11 minutes, tops. Right?

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feel free to add me on steam to discuss this. Your experience might provide some insights on why so many people have difficulties solving #2...

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OK, sent you invite.

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Bump for solved. Interesting journey through Rotterdam ;)

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Yay! congratz!

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Well, gotta say, 2nd one was harder than expected since my Google didn't show the correct thing in the results.

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I updated some of the story in the hope to remedy this.

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Now I'm stuck on #5, tried many locations but no luck. Seeing how there are 18 solves already, guess I'm too dumb to tie all three hints together :D

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I might provide a hint on #5 later; depending on how many get stuck there.

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HINT for #5: Rule number one for any girl being chased by a creepy man: hiding behind trees in a park is not a good idea. If (when?) he sees you he can easily drag you away to a less busy part of the park and all the bushes and trees will make it hard for people to notice there's something wrong.... So maybe find a building with lots of people to hide?

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End of vacation bump!

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Bump!

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Bump. Well, this is one hell of a puzzle/story. I had so much fun with it! Thanks.

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Bump for solved. Thnx for the puzzle and unexpected ending

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yay!

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Still not able to figure 5th question, i tried +130 answers and none were the right one. The hint didn't help since that was the first thinkg i was doing hahaha

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Same here, although I didn't see the hint yet, but from your comment I'm guessing it's not gonna help at all :)
Suddenly got it

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awww lucky you!

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There was some luck indeed. I'm not allowed to help, so all I can say, try to stick to the hint on ITH as close as possible.

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Hm, maybe check your math :)

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that's a bit too much information for the public eye to see... Please delete the specific info.

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Done, sorry

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glad you made it!

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Thanks for the puzzle, it was fun

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Even with the new hints, I still can't find #2... I'm starting to think this old woman has some earing problems...

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hahahaha.

one more then: look for the common ground in both the added part and the old part of the story. something is connecting it all.

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Not sure I would have got #2 without the hint above. Thanks for the great puzzle.

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awesome! The additional hint were indeed necessary due to unexpected google regional results.

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Thanks for the treasure hunt, here is some mood music for the ride.

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very appropriate!

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Bump for solved! At least it's possible with new text.

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BUMP!

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