# Dominion Strategy Forum

## Miscellaneous => Forum Games => Treasure Hunts => Topic started by: Ozle on March 19, 2013, 07:00:35 pm

Title: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Ozle on March 19, 2013, 07:00:35 pm
I was going to post this over in the Treasure Hunt Forum, but then I figured it would be good here, and then if people want more they can join the Hunt forum.

The trick is simple.
Find the picture below in google maps and PM me where you think it is.

Find the river where two countries almost form a line
Dance your way to the end
When there, lend a hand to a small childrens bear
who is all confused due to missing his hot beverage

Post by: Ozle on March 19, 2013, 07:11:50 pm
Feel free to discuss underneath I suppose.
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 19, 2013, 07:12:31 pm
I can't find it :(
Post by: Ozle on March 19, 2013, 07:13:49 pm
I can't find it :(

Its not easy!
Got to work out the clues between you all!
Post by: Ozle on March 19, 2013, 07:18:06 pm
Slight update
Post by: Jimmmmm on March 19, 2013, 10:45:46 pm
It's at the airport!
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 04:57:10 am
Okay, so for two countries forming a line I've got http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durand_Line. Can't make sense of anything else though I can't find the answer based on just that. It's probably wrong. Anyone got anything else?
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 05:18:56 am
Investigating http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maginot_Line now...
Post by: Davio on March 20, 2013, 05:56:43 am
Okay, on deciphering the cryptic clue:

A small childrens bear may refer to teddy (bear).
Missing his hot beverage would mean missing his t(ea), so eddy
And confused may mean an anagram, but an anagram of eddy or "lend a -hand-" + eddy?

Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 06:00:04 am
And here I was looking through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_bears for a character who's stories revolved around hot drinks...

(and finding nothing)
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 06:02:39 am
And here I was looking through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_bears for a character who's stories revolved around hot drinks...

(and finding nothing)

You mean that the story of Ben the Starbucks Bear is justme imagination?!
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 06:05:22 am
I hope the answer is to do with Sexual Harassment Panda.
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 06:08:29 am
I hope the answer is to do with Sexual Harassment Panda.

I was about to jump in then with AHA! Panda's are not actually bears!

Then I realised I was thinking of Koala's...
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 06:25:43 am
Line is an anagram of Nile. I don't know why but I feel more confident about this than any of my other ideas. Also, the photo does look a bit desert-y, so I wouldn't be surprised if it were in Egypt. Haven't found it yet though.
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 06:28:39 am
Hopefully you will need all of the clues to work it out, none of the 4 lines have any words in them by chance
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 06:29:07 am
Hopefully you will need all of the clues to work it out, none of the 4 lines have any words in them by chance

As in, if you just go around searching airports on Google Earth you could be in for a veeeeery long time
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 06:30:28 am
I've invested enough time in searching random airports already. There can't be too many left. Right?
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 09:18:28 am
Got people at work on this as well.

Someone there is very close....its a race (my money is on you guys)
Post by: Watno on March 20, 2013, 09:59:08 am
My idea was that the river was the Niger, because it crosses the border from maLI to NIger. Neither bear nor that airport at it's end though :(
Post by: theorel on March 20, 2013, 10:14:34 am
we seem to be ignoring "Dance your way to the end"...I think that's probably important.  Why dance?

One possibility (though I can't think what it might mean, or if it's in any way reasonable) is that if you ignore the line break you get:
Find the river where two countries almost form a line dance
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 20, 2013, 10:17:49 am
we seem to be ignoring "Dance your way to the end"...I think that's probably important.  Why dance?

One possibility (though I can't think what it might mean, or if it's in any way reasonable) is that if you ignore the line break you get:
Find the river where two countries almost form a line dance

In case it helps, that was the bit that got th "slight update". Previously the second line said something like "Go down to the end". It definitely didn't say "dance" before, and I'm 90% confident the word "down" was in there.
Post by: Watno on March 20, 2013, 10:19:12 am
That means it's probably not a line dance.
It might just refer to the river not going in a straight line
Post by: Ozle on March 20, 2013, 12:47:42 pm
Just FYI, this is logically solveable as a couple of guys in my office have cracked it.
Post by: enfynet on March 20, 2013, 03:49:24 pm
I think the discussion is confusing me more...
Post by: Ozle on March 21, 2013, 09:57:30 am
Do you need some hints?
The other forum I post on is just about to finish number 2 I think....come on guys, you are the smart lot!
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 21, 2013, 10:18:22 am
I need hints. Don't know about anyone else.
Post by: theorel on March 21, 2013, 10:29:08 am
I've got nothing...hints might help.  But really, I'm just interested in seeing the solution.
Post by: Ozle on March 21, 2013, 10:29:17 am
I need hints. Don't know about anyone else.

Ok

The picture will give you a hint as to what partof the world you need to be looking in, should narrow it down to a couple of continents at least.

These first two lines will give you the specific location to start from, and it should be obvious when you find the countries being talked about. Concentrate on these first. ALL the words are important to the solution. if you can brute force the area
Find the river where two countries almost form a line
Dance your way to the end

Once you have the River, and have followed the instructions you can confirm it with these two lines which should give you a placename, which should enable you to zoom in further
When there, lend a hand to a small childrens bear
who is all confused due to missing his hot beverage

So, you can do a bit of brute force on a couple of bits, countries, dances, childrens bears with the aid of wikipedia
Post by: ashersky on March 21, 2013, 10:31:30 am
Danube came to mind first, for me, given the hints.
Post by: ashersky on March 21, 2013, 10:35:56 am
Also, for lend a hand, you need another word for hand to stick to the children's bear...whether it is eddy or not I am not sure.
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 21, 2013, 12:05:40 pm
Victory is mine!
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 21, 2013, 12:13:57 pm
For the record, I did it just with the river, going to the end and then scanning for airports. I have no idea what the second part of the clue is about.
Post by: Ozle on March 21, 2013, 12:18:12 pm
He has indeed!

PMing you how the solution for completeness sake
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 21, 2013, 12:22:31 pm
Did I hear you say something about a number 2?
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 21, 2013, 12:28:03 pm
And for those who still want to work on this, Davio was in the right track in reply 8. He wasn't right, but he had the right idea. Although that bit's not truly neccesary anyway. Working out the river is the key.
Post by: Ozle on March 21, 2013, 02:58:33 pm
Did I hear you say something about a number 2?

Its on the new Treasure Hunts board public page!!

http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?board=55.0
Post by: Davio on March 22, 2013, 04:06:54 am
Where two countries almost form a line to me seems like two countries which almost border each other, but not quite.
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on March 22, 2013, 05:52:01 am
I want to give helpful nudges but I shouldn't.
Post by: Ozle on March 22, 2013, 07:04:40 am
I want to give helpful nudges but I shouldn't.

There is enough there for people to get it now I think.

Give it a few more days of trying and if people still want I can give another hint.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: shraeye on March 28, 2013, 01:53:15 pm
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Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: shraeye on March 28, 2013, 01:58:12 pm
Wait, I just had a thought.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: shraeye on March 28, 2013, 02:13:08 pm
Thought didn't pan out.  Still stuck contemplating the myriad borders+rivers combos that exist in the world.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Ozle on March 28, 2013, 03:31:26 pm
Thought didn't pan out.  Still stuck contemplating the myriad borders+rivers combos that exist in the world.

Theres something in the first two lines that will narrow that down for you
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: shraeye on March 28, 2013, 04:57:48 pm
blah blah, finally ended up there.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Jorbles on March 30, 2013, 12:15:04 pm
Just a thought, but it might be in Peru. If the children's bear refers to Paddington. That was just my first thought about children's bears and locations.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: werothegreat on April 02, 2013, 02:09:16 pm

EDIT: Just noticed Jorbles above me.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Ozle on April 02, 2013, 02:14:16 pm

Right sort of lines, but you need to factor something else in.

Although You really want to do the first two lines first...
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Jorbles on April 12, 2013, 11:10:15 am
Here's some help in the form of a partial list of rivers that form borders based on a quick google search and a whirl around google maps. This list is probably not complete:

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China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam (border the Mekong)

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In South America:
Rio Uruguay: Argentina and Uruguay.
Courantyne-Koetari River: Guyana-Suriname.
Marouini-Lawa-Litani River: Suriname-French Guiana.

Rio Parana: part of the border between Argentina and Paraguay.
Rio Paraguay: part of the border between Paraguay and Brazil.
Rio Mamore: part of the border between Bolivia and Brazil.
Rio Putumayo: part of the border between Colombia and Ecuador.
Rio Napo: a very small part of the border between Ecuador and Peru.
Rio Orinoco: part of the Colombia-Venezuela border.
Rio Takutu: part of the Guyana-Brazil border.

In Europe the Danube borders several countries.

In Africa the Congo, and its tributary the Ubangi form partial borders with a few different countries.

(The ones in quotes I just copy-pastaed from other people's research.)
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Thisisnotasmile on April 13, 2013, 06:01:55 am
There's a lot of rivers listed there but... One of them is right!

Now you've just got to work out which one and why.
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: Grujah on April 13, 2013, 09:29:01 am
It might be Danube (it covers complete Romania - Bulgaria border*) because it says "dance", and The Blue Danube is a very famous waltz?

*I almost wrote rom - bul, damn Diplomacy is taking over my geography :P
Title: Re: Ozle Google Maps Challenge 1
Post by: theorel on April 15, 2013, 09:39:05 am
Hey, I finally solved it! yay...