“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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Bump for finished, without using hints for the first time. It does help that I am Dutch and am familiar with Rotterdam.

3 weeks ago
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Bump for finally solved! I worked on this yesterday but couldn't get past step #2. It still took me quite a few tries today with the additional hints, but the direction/time put me in the right area with enough tries. Overall, I enjoyed following this storyline and researching things!

3 weeks ago
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Kind slip.

3 weeks ago
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Just got to Q5... WTF 🤯

3 weeks ago
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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 in it to hide?

2 weeks ago
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Ahh I already got it, should have updated the post :)

2 weeks ago
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good job!

2 weeks ago
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Ugh, I feel dumb, stuck on #5 and for the life of me can't figure out what the place could be.

3 weeks ago
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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 in it to hide?

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I guess I'm thinking about this too technically. There are a lot of roads there could be heavy traffic, and a lot of places with trees. Finally a place with a lot of people could be literally anything, a cafe, another pub, a supermarket. The hint on the itstoohard narrows it a bit(although that detail was easy to pick up on without a hint), but still gives a lot of options.

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maybe start narrowing down options with the information on speed and time which will give you an acurate indication of the distance. After that combine the other hints to narrow it down further. The place you're looking for is not totally random. It even has got its own wikipage!

2 weeks ago
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Yay got it. Gotta say I saw this place on the map before, when I was checking out places to get, but I wouldn't think there would be many people there. Welp, time for Q6

2 weeks ago
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that one is a toughy. good luck!

2 weeks ago
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bump for solved, but... I see red

3 weeks ago*
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finally managed to get past #2 but now im stuck on #3 😵

3 weeks ago
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63/65 puzzlers got that one as of now. It's pretty straight forward but you need to combine the hints and work that google magic to get to the correct answer.

2 weeks ago
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yeah my approach was too complicated thinking it cant be thaat easy.
after getting #3 all the others rolled just fine, even #5 was doable after like 3 to 4 guesses.

thanks for the gibs. it was fun, like a Schnitzeljagd (Spoorzoekertje) :D

2 weeks ago
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'schnitzeljagd'. What an aweome word!

2 weeks ago
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yeah i guess germans just love Schnitzel xD

2 weeks ago
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I can't get past the Irish Pub.

Could be worse :P.

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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 in it to hide?

2 weeks ago
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I tried lots of times, let it rest for a bit, and finally succeeded in finding the place.

Before this hint I was indeed searching for parks, and afterwards I was wondering if I interpreted the other hints in the right way.

It turns out I was on the right path, but just guessing the wrong places.

Thanks for the puzzle!

5 days ago
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yay for solving it!

5 days ago
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I guess I will just take the money and leave...

3 weeks ago
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bumping kindly ;)

3 weeks ago
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Bump for solved. Thanks for the treasure hunt across Rotterdam - and for the games. Hope you'll be able to visit new cities soon :)

3 weeks ago
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Can't even get past #1. Tried about 40 different answers. :/

3 weeks ago
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You're probably not looking for the right building. Read carefully.

it shouldn't be too hard to figure out where your starting point is.

notice a stunning girl << in the distance >>. She’s about to enter << a big horseshoe shaped building >>.

3 weeks ago
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It needs some Prodigy :P

3 weeks ago
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So I was, thank you.

3 weeks ago
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After I finally got the right start (with your help) i finished the whole puzzle. Thank you for the challenge. It was fun.

3 weeks ago
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glad to hear!

3 weeks ago
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Bump for solved, much better with updates on #2 thanks :)

3 weeks ago
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glad to hear! congratz!

3 weeks ago
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Alright, how about the fact the only suits I can see in the garden (#3) are birthday suits... how can you tell a blokes nationality by that...? What's the trick here Waxy?

3 weeks ago
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hahaha, you're just very observant and good in deduction? :)

3 weeks ago
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Same with pookysan.. All I can see 'in the garden' are guys in birthday suits. And I have no clue with 'Moroccan'.. Any hints please?!

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hmmm, most have no problems with this one. The information you need is pretty specific and it shouldn't be too hard to put 1 and 1 together.

Does this help? You don't need google maps or an imagesearch to figure this one out.

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1 week ago
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it's not a statue, it's a real person who visits that place quite regularly for almost 12 years now (and yes, that's another clue). You're close. Feel free to contact me on steam to tell me what you already tried.

also: please remove the specific info in your post; it reveals too much information.

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Thanks a lot! I will try again with the new hint. (I deleted my last comment)
Edited: I got it now. It took only few minutes by your hint haha.. But now I have to face #4, #5, which must be more challenging..!

1 week ago*
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Bump for solved. Thanks :)

3 weeks ago
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Solved, bump and thanks :)

2 weeks ago
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#5 is fun, but haven't got it yet. Hope I'm not missing it from exact spelling issues. [Accidental spoilers erased]

edit: ITH hint wasn't useful. Already knew that.

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

that being said i'll give a hint on #5 in the first post.

2 weeks ago
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I was referring to the hint in the first post of this discussion:

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?

2 weeks ago
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Bump for solved

2 weeks ago
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yay!

2 weeks ago
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Solved and bumped!

2 weeks ago
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congratz!

2 weeks ago
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Solved with at least 50 wrong guesses at 2 and 5. Thank you, that was fun!

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2 weeks ago
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only 50? I have to make it a bit more difficult the next time then!

2 weeks ago
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Bump.

p.s.: The end of the train's Description has broken format.

2 weeks ago
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thanks for the reminder!

2 weeks ago
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Bump for solved. That ending is funny. 😆

2 weeks ago
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glad you made it!

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Bump for fun and solved!

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2 weeks ago
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Well bump for I'm stuck on #2 just like everyone else '-'

2 weeks ago
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Have you seen all the hints here?

Most are able to solve it with the added information.

2 weeks ago
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I have indeed, I guess I'm just too dumb 🤷‍♀️

2 weeks ago
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just look for something in common and combine that with the other hints...

i hope you'll get it in the end!

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