April 21, 2006

The Da Vindi Code Quest on Google

A small group of Googlers, in cooperation with Sony Pictures, have managed to create 12,358 original puzzles for The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

According to GoogleBlog,

The puzzles are designed to honor both a fanatical puzzler’s sheer love of a mental challenge and the labyrinthine spirit of The Da Vinci Code itself. They'll be released over the next 24 days, in the form of six different challenges at four difficulty levels, with enough variety that I think everyone will be able to find something they like and play it over and over -- although if you're in the U.S., you'll want to try to complete all 24 and make it to the Final Challenge, where I hear there's a pretty nice prize package awaiting the winner.

There are also prizes worth $428,170.54, if the love of puzzles alone is not enough to take you there.


Google was forced to remove the logo commemorating the birth of Spanish Painter Joan MirĂ³. The artists family asked Google to remove the photograph since it violated copyrights. I agree with DI that they missed a huge opportunity, since millions who haven't heard his name could have had the experience of learning about the man's genius. It's a pity that people can be such assholes (the family maintains that they would have given the permission if google had even dropped them a mail). This is not what copyrights are supposed to be used for... are they?


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