This week’s contest was an attempt to drive our contestants to “think outside of the box” (or, more appropriately, at the corners of the coordinate box). The site was chosen entirely based on the interesting coordinate sequence. The inspiration for chosing this location came from a recent perusal of a website called confluence.org dedicated to documenting and photographing points on the earth where integer coordinates meet (like, for example, 47°N 9°E)
The site, interestingly enough since it is in the north western quadrasphere, is in Senegal Africa. Specifically, the area just south of the Nikolo Koba national park.
Those who found it (all before the Wednesday hint):
It’s all about the numbers.
We have at least one correct player, so there will not be an extra hint. There will still be the regular Wednesday 0:00 GMT hint.
When Andrew and I took on doing this job, we knew we had a bunch of really strong players, but we had NO idea of some of the difficulties we would face to make Where On Google Earth both fun and challenging. This is a serious nod of respect towards you guys, but it means that we have a leaderboard with WAY too many first places entries for this late in a series. So…
We may be wrong, but we think this one may be REALLY hard. Hard enough to be discouraging for some folks, and we really don’t want to lose any of our regular players. As a result, we are going to do things a little differently for just this contest.
If, and only if, we have no correct guesses by Sunday at 0:00 GMT, we will publish a special, no-cost clue. If the clue does get published, guesses after that clue until the usual Tuesday at 0:00 GMT clue will still get 2 points, with 1 point for any after the regular Tuesday clue.
Here’s your target:
The Quitsato Sundial is an astronomical site, a cultural/tourist site, and a monument to the Equator, all wrapped into one location.
Those who walked the line:
José Miguel Diaz
And those who used the hint to get to the solution:
In the middle of things
Meyer Wrift is a manufacturer of ships, including some of the largest cruise ships. The factory is 26 miles from the sea along the river Ems, and the size of the ships makes their initial journey of the seas (referred to as “Conveyence”), well, interesting to say the least. At certain points in the journey, the ship has a clearance of less than 2 feet on either side.
Meyer Wrift published a youtube video with highlights of the conveyance of Celebrity’s Quantum of the Seas last September.
Those who relaxed on the lido deck:
- steve willis
- rob de wolff
- Phil Ower
- mehmet durmus
- Eloy Cano
- Charley Seavey
- Paul Voestermans
- Ben S
And those who pushed through with the hint
- R Hays
- Ashwini Agrawal
They build them big here, and it takes 12 hours through a tight squeeze once they are ready.