The second quest “Uncover The Code: The Secret is Hidden Right
Before Your Eyes” is quite difficult compared to the previous one, it
took me the whole week to search for the answers. I did not intend to
publish my answers though, but looks like post maybe helpful to those
lazy people out there. If you intend to solve the quest for yourself
better not proceed.
This time the quest requires you to read the book. My advice:
read the book, its is nicely plotted. Just remember, the book is a work
of fiction, what is written is not necessarily true. But i still,
consider some facts behind it, and a question lingers into my mind is
it really true? anyway, you might want to read the response of the opus dei to the da vinci code at their website.
Enough chatting; Here’s the link to the second quest: http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/davinci/.
The quest comes with 5 codes each of them with increasing
difficulty, the first three questions comes from the book a sort of
Before we go, it is a good idea to read the hints provided by the site.
1. The first question is composed of a three letter word.
A Florence wife possessed a knowing smile,
And dark mysterious smile that did beguile.
Her portrait, “La Giaconda” rose to fame.
Although we know her by another name.
The is the more common name of Leonardo Da vinci’s famous painting “La Giaconda?”
The Mona Lisa, also known as “La
Giaconda” has been widely dissected by art critics and historians for
years, since Leonardo Davinci painted her between 1503 and 1505.
2. In what city does The Mona Lisa reside?
Where else, Paris
3. To what secret society did Jacques Sauniere belong?
As stated from the book, Jacques Sauniere is the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. The keepers of the Holy Grail.
Lets answer the Quest!
Reveal The First Code
the book cover at the site select the back cover with the quotes of the
varous authors, at the lower left of the image you can see an inverted
blurry text. It reads 37 degrees 57 minutes 65 seconds north, 77
degrees 8 minutes44 seconds west
click here to see the back cover.
Now, using google answers enter this at the search box:
“37 degrees 57 minutes 65 seconds north”
The search will give just one link the question was worth $10
dollars, not bad, i took several hours searching for the code myself.
Now, answering the quest is relatively easier for the web provides more
than enough links for the answers.
The answer is kryptos heres a picture of it.
The Second Code
portion of Kyrptos offers the enigmatic message:”they used the Earth’s
Enigmatic field. The information was gathered and transmitted
underground to an unknown location. Does Langley know about this? They
should: it’s buriedout there somewhere. Who know’s the exact location?
According to Kryptos, What are the initials of the person who “knows the exact location?”
I have never seen the kryptos personally, but with the help of that $10 question the answer was revealed. it was ww.
Actually the cover of the book there’s a text written in somewhat Arabic but its not, i tried to read the front cover with a mirror and
wallaaa. It is English! At the back of the book below the quotes
written upside down is yet another text which reads only ww knows is written faintly.
The image is so large which garbles the page i will just provide a link here.
The Third Code
The question reads:
The cover flop describes the novels plot,
But simple words can often hide a lot.
Within those paragraphs (and shrouded fast),
Resides a mystic phrase from ages past.
To make your quest… abandon any fears,
If you are bold, the font of thruth appears.
Notice the bold characters on the pictures. Collect them all and place them into the text boxes, the phrase reads to be: is there no help for the widows son
The Fourth Code
The answer was mentioned in the book it is the oldest and the largest fraternity in the world. For the question:
we continue, you must prove our worthiness by answering this one simple
question: For which ancient brotherhood (still active today) Those this
phrase have special meaning?
Using Google with the terms “fraternity+oldest+world”. i answered freemasons, but it didn’t work. The answer is mason.
The Fifth Code
me several days to answer this, and it is by far the most difficult
but, at the end it was fairly easy indeed. I found the dolphin and the
anchor, its the Doubleday logo and is found at the book, but i have no
clue on what to do next. Until i saw the triangles right between the
doubleday logo and the barcode and at the background is a triangle which
matched to be the key.
The image is so large that i can’t display it here, instead I’ll just provide a link here.
Here’s the phrase:
A dolphin and an anchor (but no sea).
A triangle on white is also key.
Between the two you’ll find a crimson field.
Upon it printed faintly is a seal.
Each number to a chapter points a way
Each chapter starts with words in muted gray
The letter that is first is what you seek
Thirteen of them (and though it all looks Greek)
Add three all-seeing-eyes – a perfect square
Begin at E, Caesar guides you there.
What famous phrase is printed around the seal?
the hint opened from the quest, i realized the quest is referring to
the chapters of the book 105 in all and corresponds to the first
letter of each chapter. The code in thirteen letters in length. The
seal is composed of numbers with three triangle, arrange in a circle.
16 in total a perfect square to solve it using the Caesars box. 13 in
length plus the 3 spaces (triangles) a total of sixteen = perfect
Searching for the chapter that starts with letter E we have Chapter 20. We will start there clockwise.
Chapter 20 E
Chapter 11 U
Chapter 11 U
Chapter 68 N
Chapter 1 R
Chapter 10 S
Chapter 11 U
Chapter 61 P
Chapter 15 I
Chapter 5 M
Chapter 8 L
Chapter 73 B
Chapter 11 U
them into Caesars box (remember the first quest? if not read the
cryptology 101 in the hint) and noting the triangle as space. we will
just substitute it with # as the triangle or the space.
E U U N
# R S U
P I # M
L B U #
we should solve it by rewriting from top to bottom and left to right in
that order. It should read as E#PLURIBUS#UNUM. replacing the # symbol
Thus, the answer to the fifth code is E Pluribus Unum
The Final Clue
The eyes of Mona Lisa launched this quest.
And now her knowing gaze lays to rest.
The French would say “Oeil Droit”
holds the key just point and click on it —
and you’re home free!
Using google translate tools for “oeil droit” we find “right eye”
Click on her right eye and a message displays:
Congratulations on Uncovering the Code and thanks for playing!
The contest has now officially ended but stay tuned for Dan Brown’s next exciting novel!