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Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Wireless Puzzle FAQ Copyright 2008 Jim Avery I have provided no e-mail address, please do not try to contact me. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents 1 - Version History 2 - Puzzles 2.1 - Puzzle W01: From Five to Four 2.2 - Puzzle W02: Treasure Chests 2.3 - Puzzle W03: How Many Nines? 2.4 - Puzzle W04: Aliens? 2.5 - Puzzle W05: Nose to Nose 2.6 - Puzzle W06: Cut the Cake 2.7 - Puzzle W07: Soccer Ball 2.8 - Puzzle W08: What's Hidden? 2.9 - Puzzle W09: A Smaller E 2.A - Puzzle W10: Layton's Hatbox 2.B - Puzzle W11: The Clock's Chime 2.C - Puzzle W12: A Fearsome Foe 2.D - Puzzle W13: The Vanishing Tower 2.E - Puzzle W14: The Egg-nigma 2.F - Puzzle W15: The Lost Hat 2.G - Puzzle W16: The Lazy Student 2.H - Puzzle W17: Image Equation 2.I - Puzzle W18: Chicks and Hens 2.J - Puzzle W19: Jersey Numbers 2.K - Puzzle W20: Find the Volume 2.L - Puzzle W21: The Knight's Escape 2.M - Puzzle W22: Lion vs. Cheetah 2.N - Puzzle W23: Silence Is Golden 2.O - Puzzle W24: Special Order 3 - Legal Info ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 - Version History Version 1.0 (4/23/08) - The first ten puzzles have been filled in, along with personal hints from me in case you'd rather not see the solution. I hopefully can keep this regularly updated. Current status: complete through the most recent puzzle W24 (7/28/08). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 - Puzzles Featuring the instructions, in-game hints, a hint from me, and the solution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.1 - Puzzle W01: From Five to Four Instructions: A set of matches are arranged so they form five squares. To solve this puzzle, you need to change the number of squares below from five to four by moving exactly two matches. Your four squares must be uniform in size, and you must use all of your matches when forming the squares. Hint 1: In the original layout, every match is needed to form the five squares, so the task of forming one less square while still using all of the matches might seem challenging. However, you can make things easier by focusing on reducing the number of matches that serve as a side for multiple squares. TSD's hint: The game's hint is your biggest help here. There are a total of sixteen matches that need to be used for the four squares, which means that no two squares will have any shared sides at all. Focus on squares that don't have many matches unique to them and try to eliminate them. -- SOLUTION -- The puzzle, at the outset, looks like this: _ _ _ _|_|_| |_|_|_| Arrange it so it looks like this: _ _ _|_|_|_| |_| |_| ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.2 - Puzzle W02: Treasure Chests Instructions: Although all six chests appear to be of equal value, in actuality, one of the chests differs from the rest. Choose the chest that has a different total value. Hint 1: Some chests may not have the same number of gems. How many gems do you count in a single chest? TSD's hint: The game asks you about the total value of the chests, not the total number of gems, but you can't possibly calculate the value of individual gems. Basically what this means is that there is only one gem that differs in quantity from chest to chest. Find out what chest has more/less of any one gem. -- SOLUTION -- One of the chests has more blue square gems than any other, and it's chest D. The game makes it a bit difficult to see that there's an extra gem there. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.3 - Puzzle W03: How Many Nines? Instructions: How many times does the number nine appear within whole numbers between one and 100? Hint 1: There's no trick to this one. No, really! All you need to do is count them up. TSD's hint: Be careful about the wording. The game isn't asking how many whole numbers contain a 9, it wants to know how many 9's appear total. -- SOLUTION -- 9 appears a total of 20 times; keep in mind the number 99 has two 9's in it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.4 - Puzzle W04: Aliens? Instructions: A famous space explorer has just discovered a new planet and landed on its surface to investigate it further. During his three-hour investigation, he counted 379 male Octopieans, 493 female Octopieans, and 125 that had the features of both male and female Octopieans. So right now, how many aliens are there on this new planet? Hint 1: The whole planet is covered with Octopieans, but adding their numbers up won't get you the answer you're after. Perhaps you jumped to conclusions when considering answers for this puzzle. TSD's hint: The instructions to this puzzle involve some tricky wordplay. Try thinking a bit harder about the final statement in the puzzle's instructions. Why is it worded like it is? -- SOLUTION -- Only one. On this planet, Octopieans aren't aliens, but you sure are. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.5 - Puzzle W05: Nose to Nose Instructions: Four horses are running around a course made up of several concentric circles. Horse A runs one lap an hour on its course. Horse B runs two laps an hour on its course. Horse C runs three laps an hour on its course. Horse D runs four laps an hour on its course. All four horses line up at the bottom of the cirche and start running their courses at the same time. How many minutes will it take until all four horses are lined up nose to nose on a straight line again? Hint 1: It won't take even an hour for the horses to line up nose to nose once more. All the horses' noses have to be lined up along the same straight line, but nowhere does it say that the horses must be facing the same direction. TSD's hint: Following up on hint 1, it stands to reason that all the horses don't need to be on the same side of the race course. -- SOLUTION -- In thirty minutes, each horse will be either done with a lap, or half-done with a lap, and their noses will be lined up. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.6 - Puzzle W06: Cut the Cake Instructions: When viewed from above, the slice of cake below is an equilateral triangle. Your goal is to produce four sides of a cube by making one cut into the cake. Connect two dots to cut the cake. You should know that this particular cake has a thickness equal to one-quarter the length of the cake slice. Hint 1: You can only produce two new surfaces by cutting the cake. Where do you need to cut the cake in order to make these cross sections appear square? When you figure that out, you've basically got the answer. Recall what the puzzle said about the thickness of the cake. TSD's hint: A side of a cube is just a square; how can you make four squares out of a single cut? Keep in mind that all sides of a square are equal, and we know the thickness of the cake. -- SOLUTION -- Cut a minimum-size triangle off of any corner of the slice. The cut you just made is equal to one-quarter the length of the cake slice, since it's an equlateral triangle. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.7 - Puzzle W07: Soccer Ball Instructions: The surface of your standard soccer ball is made up of several black pentagons and white hexagons, just like the ball pictured below. If the ball shown here has 12 black pentagons, how many white hexagons does the ball have? Hint 1: Here are some helpful facts to keep in mind. No pentagon shares a side with another pentagon. Also, there are a total of 12 pentagons on the ball. Since every pentagon has five sides, there are a total of sixty sides. All hexagons share three sides with other hexagons. TSD's hint: If it helps any, you can try splitting the soccer ball into three parts: the top pentagon (and its hexagons), the bottom pentagon (and its hexagons), and the "ring" of black and white that makes up the middle. Try to visualize this. -- SOLUTION -- The top and bottom pentagons are each touching five hexagons, for a total of ten hexagons. If you scratch those out on the picture on your DS, you can see that, for each of the remaining ten pentagons, there is one hexagon unique to it, opposite it. This makes for a total of 20 hexagons. I know this solution doesn't relate much to the game's hint, but I had trouble figuring it out that way. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.8 - Puzzle W08: What's Hidden? Instructions: You've stumbled across a strange painting. It appears to depict a frog sitting out on the rain, but there's more to this picture than meets the eye. What other living creature is hiding within this picture? Your answer must be five letters long. Hint 1: This puzzle is all about looking at the picture from a fresh perspective. Try rotating your DS to the side and see what happens. TSD's hint: Nowhere in the instructions does it say that all of the creature can be seen in this picture. -- SOLUTION -- Turn your DS 90 degrees counterclockwise and watch the frog turn into a horse's face. The answer is horse. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.9 - Puzzle W09: A Smaller E Instructions: The matches set before you are arranged so that they form the letter E. According to your friend, you can make the E small by moving just one match. Can you accomplish the task your friend has set out for you? Hint 1: Because you're going to add a match to the bunch already on the table, it's fair to say you won't be physically making the E any smaller. Since you can't shrink the actual size of the letter, you'll have to think of another way you can make it small. TSD's hint: Note the puzzle never says to make it "smaller", just "small". Think of what a small E looks like. -- SOLUTION -- You'll start with this: _ |_ |_ Make the E lowercase by turning it into this: _ |_| |_ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.A - Puzzle W10: Layton's Hatbox Instructions: Oh, no! The professor's hatbox has gone missing! Pictured below are four hatboxes that have been broken down and flattened. When reassembled, three of the boxes are identical in every way, but the fourth hatbox differs slightly in its design and belongs to the professor. Can you find it for him? Hint 1: Reconstruct the flattened hatboxes in your mind and you'll immediately see what's different. Pay special attention to the hat patterns on each box. TSD's hint 1: When you assemble one of the three identical boxes, all the hats will be pointing in the same direction. To make this problem easier, think of how the hats are pointing in relation to the other hats. TSD's hint 2: In the odd hatbox out, there's another, more distinct difference in the location of the hats on the cube. -- SOLUTION -- In hatbox B, the orange hat is pointing the wrong way, and is on the wrong side of the cube. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.B - Puzzle W11: The Clock's Chime Instructions: There is a clock tower that rings the time on the hour every hour. However, this clock tower is special in that it rings the time out very slowly. Each ringing of the bell takes a full five seconds. Now to the problem. When the time is 12 p.m. the bell rings 12 times. How many seconds does it take for you to hear the time? Hint 1: The bell will ring 12 times, and there are five seconds between each sounding of the bell. It sure sounds simple, but there's at least one step everyone overlooks at first. Think about what needs to happen in order for you to realize it's 12 o'clock. TSD's hint: Think about how long it takes for you to know what the time is, not how long a chime is. -- SOLUTION -- 55 seconds. You need to wait through the full length of eleven chimes, but the instant you hear the twelfth, you'll know what time it is. On an interesting note, if the time were 10 a.m., you'd have to wait a full 50 seconds before you realized there was no eleventh chime. The fact that it's 12 p.m. makes this riddle work. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.C - Puzzle W12: A Fearsome Foe Instructions: There was once a knight bold and brave. He felled countless opponents and was said to be peerless on the battlefield. However, legend has it that there was one foe that set the knight quaking in his armored boots. The knight feared this monster because of the rumor that surrounded it. It was said that anyone who slew the beast was destined to spill his own blood in the process. Can you guess the identity of this terrifying foe? Hint 1: You too may have bested this foe in battle. Your answer should be eight letters long. TSD's hint: This answer is pretty obscure. Think about the last sentence of the second paragraph; what creature is it that, when it is killed, your blood is spilt? -- SOLUTION -- A mosquito, which feasts on your blood, will probably spill your blood once it gets swatted. Again, this answer is pretty obscure. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.D - Puzzle W13: The Vanishing Tower Instructions: Behold the glorious Eiffel Tower, soaring monument to Paris, the city of light and love. At over 1000 feet tall, the tower is massive, but there is a way to make the entire structure vanish right before your very eyes by using nothing but two coins. How does one accomplish this feat? Hint 1: No matter how you arrange the coins on the screen, you won't be able to cover the tower completely. Why not try covering something else with the coins? TSD's hint: Vanish for whom? Read the instructions again carefully. -- SOLUTION -- Place one coin over each of the girl's eyes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.E - Puzzle W14: The Egg-nigma Instructions: The room shown below is perfectly square and completely empty. Four normal chicken eggs were placed on the floor of the room. Shortly afterward a man came in with a giant steel cylinder and rolled it all over the floor. Amazingly, not a single egg was broken in the process. Can you guess where these eggs were placed? The eggs used in this problem are standard-sized eggs, but have been made larder so tha you can move them around more easily. Hint 1: There are places on a floor that the cylinder can't reach no matter how it's turned or tilted. Where do you think they could be? Pay special attention to the fact that there were four eggs. TSD's hint: The fact that he's rolling a cylinder is important. Think about the shape of the thing. -- SOLUTION -- Place one egg in each corner of the room. The cylinder, being round, will leave a tiny gap between itself and the corner - a gap that an egg can fit into. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.F - Puzzle W15: The Lost Hat Instructions: A river moves at a pace of 1,000 feet per hour, and upon that river floats a lone gondola. At precisely high noon, a passenger on the gondola drops his black top hat into the water. The gondola turns around to collect the hat exactly 100 feet downstream from it. This particular gondola moves at a speed of 20 feet per minute in still water. How many minutes will it take the gondola to meet up with the top hat from the time the hat hit the water? Hint 1: The river moves at the same speed for all objects floating upon it and affects both the hat and the gondola in the exact same way. TSD's hint: Don't think about how the hat is somehow floating away from the boat; the river is pushing equally hard on the boat and the hat. In relation to the hat, the boat isn't really moving at all. -- SOLUTION -- The gondola will take 5 minutes, at 20 f/m, to travel 100 feet away from the hat, then another 5 minutes to travel another 100 feet to get the hat again, for a total of 10 minutes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.G - Puzzle W16: The Lazy Student Instructions: A teacher was reprimanding a particularly lazy student one day and told him the following: "At the very least, you need to study once a day for an entire week before a test. Don't skimp on time either! Each time you study, I want you to study for a minimum of two hours." The boy had no choice but to follow the teacher's orders, but decided he'd spend as little time possible doing so. Assuming the boy followed the teacher's orders exactly, how many hours did he end up studying? Hint 1: One week has seven days. The boy has to study two hours every day, so the answer must be 14 hours, right? Come on now, what kind of puzzle would this be if that was the answer? What you need to do is brainstorm ways the boy could beat the system. For example, would starting his daily studies at an odd hour benefit him at all? TSD's hint: Each study session must be two hours long, and the student must study at some point every day of the week. The key question to think about is, when will the boy conduct these study sessions? -- SOLUTION -- He had a total of four two-hour study sessions; three of them took place during a date change, so one study session covered two study days. He therefore studied for a total of 8 hours. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.H - Puzzle W17: Image Equation Instructions: Using the following clues, break the code below and figure out what needs to go in the blank at the bottom of the screen. Hint 1: Look at all the options again and try to figure out what they have in common. TSD's hint: Far and away, the fastest way to crack this puzzle is to say out loud what you see in every picture, while paying attention to the symbols. The rest will follow from there. -- SOLUTION -- Each symbol pertains to half of the word portrayed in each picture. OX = HANDSHAKE, and O(square) = HANDKERCHIEF, so we can safely say that O = HAND; the fact that (diamond)X = MILKSHAKE reaffirms that we are correct. Now what's in the fourth panel? We can see that (triangle)(downtriangle) = CUFF LINKS. We can then conclude that O(triangle) = HANDCUFF. Make sure to tap the second part of the input boxes before you enter "CUFF". ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.I - Puzzle W18: Chicks and Hens Instructions: Draw three straight lines between the stakes to divide the chickens into groups. Each group must consist of one hen and two chicks. Hint 1: Rope off the mother hen in the upper-left corner so that she stays with the two chicks directly above and below her. TSD's hint: While doing so, you can't cut off the two chicks in the bottom- right corner; you'll have to use a combination of two ropes to house the upper- left group. -- SOLUTION -- Connect the numbers below for your lines. . . 1 . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . 2 . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . 1 . . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.J - Puzzle W19: Jersey Numbers Instructions: You are tasked with spray-painting player numbers onto your team's baseball uniforms. You've prepared 10 paper stencils, each with a number from zero to nine. With the stencils cut out, you are now ready to paint player numbers on all six jerseys. If each jersey only has room for two horizontally oriented numbers, what's the fewest number of stencils you need to number the six jerseys? Hint 1: In order to number six different jerseys, you will need to select six numbers from 0 through 99. Maybe the numbers you're looking for are staring you in the face right now. TSD's hint: Think of what stencils can be re-used while still keeping the player numbers unique - and I mean re-used in more than one sense. -- SOLUTION -- All you need, truthfully, is one stencil. With the 6 stencil, or the 9 stencil, you can create the numbers 6, 9, 66, 99, 69, and 96. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.K - Puzzle W20: Find the Volume Instructions: A strangely shaped container sits before you. All sides of the shape, save for depth, are of equal length. All four points, A, B, C and D, are located in the center of their respective sides. Additionally, line AD, line BC, and the depth of the container are all one foot. What is the total volume of the figure in cubic feet? Don't worry about the thickness of the walls of the vessel. TSD's hint: You're going to have to visualize this shape in a different way to find the answer easily. Look at lines AD and BC; they're drawn where they are for a reason. -- SOLUTION -- Divide the shape along lines AD and BC into fourths; they can fit together to make a perfect cube, with a volume of 1 cubic foot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.L - Puzzle W21: The Knight's Escape Instructions: Behold the brave knight as he fights his way through a dark and winding maze. With his strength waning, the knight decides that he must exit the maze by opening the fewest number of doors possible. Find the path that allows the knight to escape from those dark catacoms while opening as few doors as possible. Hint 1: You can learn a lot by working backward and making your way through the maze starting from the goal. See the three doors that surround the goal? You'll have to open one of those in the end. TSD's hint: What you want to look for is long, winding paths totally uninterrupted by doors; a couple of them are connected together in the correct path. -- SOLUTION -- You can open three doors: the top and bottom leftmost doors, and the second door from the bottom on the very right. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.M - Puzzle W22: Lion vs. Cheetah Instructions: A cheetah and a lion square off in a 200-yard race. The first one to run 100 yards, turn around, and run back to the start line wins. The cheetah leaps three yards in one jump, whereas the lion only leaps two yards with each bound. To make up for his lack of speed, the lion jumps three times for every two jumps the cheetah makes. Assume their paces stay consistent the whole race. Who will win this race? Hint 1: Remember that the race is 100 yards there and back. It's a very important fact, and once you realize its significance, the puzzle is a snap. TSD's hint: Since the two animals go exactly as fast as each other, you'll have to consider the distance covered per pace; therein lies the answer. -- SOLUTION -- The cheetah, leaping three yards with every jump, is going to end up jumping straight from 99 yards to 102 yards and overshooting the goal, giving him more ground to cover. The lion will not have this problem, thus, the lion will win. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.N - Puzzle W23: Silence Is Golden Instructions: An infamous antiques thief breaks into a museum looking for a prized gold medallion. In the vault there is a case with five different items on it. The thief knows that the medallion is carefully hidden inside one of the items. Above the case there is an inscription on the wall that reads: "Silence is golden. Three is the magic number." The thief only has time to steal one item from the case. Which one should he take? Hint 1: Think about how each item is different, and then think about how that could relate to the inscription. TSD's hint: Haven't you solved another silence-related puzzle somewhere in the game? -- SOLUTION -- Each of the items has at least one silent letter (sCissors, boMb, Hourglass, sWord), but only one item has three silent letters (KniGHt). He should take the knight. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.O - Puzzle W24: Special Order Instructions: Below is a scene of a man ordeing a particular item at a fancy restaurant. What in the world is this man trying to order here? Look at the picture below before you take a guess. [The man is saying 'H I J K L M N O'.] TSD's hint: In order to get this one, you'll have to think more about what he just said. Try looking at his request from different angles. -- SOLUTION -- The man is saying all the letters "H to O" - H2O, in other words. He's asking for water. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 - Legal Info This may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders.