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dropbox.com/topic.php?id=30339&replies=2 Step 1 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011 Step 2 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/D
It's a math problem, simple enough: 5305404 / 18681 = 284 "Once you've got an answer, you should probably head to the forums next." What's the connection to the forums? Hint suggests that it isn't something you post, it's something you find. Perhaps the sea rch box? Search results are non-conclusive. Top result is a stick (closed) topic stating that posting to the forums is NOT the answer to step 2. Perhaps URL hacking? Inserting "284" as the forum post id? -- SUCCESS Step 3 - http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=284
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"Here, take this" links to Step 4 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/211024/Step4.zip The zip file contains two files:
The text file contains the following text: Sometimes, I wish Dropbox had a mascot. 38.889, -94.703 Perhaps those are coordinates? I can open Step5.zip and see the contents (one file, Step5.txt) but that txt file is password locked. Geolocation points to a school in Overland Park, KS:
Attempted to use "Blue Valley Northwest High" as password, but to no avail. Also attempted to use exact coordinates, but that didn't work either. Does it have to do with the strange light coming off the building?
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Google thinks I'm inputting a math problem when I search directly for 38.889, -94.703. It gives me a result of -55 814, but this doesn't work either. (Don't think it's the right direction, anyway.) The school's mascot is the Huskey, or Huskies… SUCCESS! - huskies is the password. Encrypted text file contains a link to
Step 5 - http://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/r
It's a sliding picture puzzle.
Pretty easy solution, though it refreshed onto the next step before I could save an image. Just play with it, you'll get it. On to Step 7 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/0
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Wolfram|Alpha makes this easy. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=3612th+prime+number . The answer is 33739. Step 8 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/p
This one is truly puzzling. The forum thread hint says "If it's challenging, just start from the beginning." Beginning of wha t? This paragraph? Thinking cap? Look behind the obvious. My first thought was to edit the "p" in the URL to "q," but that leads to a 404 page. Of course! The relevant URLs with letters thus far have spelled out Dr0p (using a zero for the 'o'). Next URL should be a b: https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/b -- this works, but takes me to Step 10. What happened to step 9? Step 9 - ???? Step 10 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/b Letter substitution sudoku puzzle:
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I went the easy route. Google goggles didn't work (probably why the Dropbox people decided to code it into letters instead of numbers), but I used an online solver at http://www.sudokusolver.co.uk/ and simply replaced each letter with a number: A = 1, F = 2, E = 3, etc. Returned a solution immediately, so it was just a matter of replacing the numbers with letters for the puzzle as follows:
The last letter to fill in needs to be an "I". That gets us to
Step 11 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/o
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I'm not buying the rest angle! The clue asks why Dropbox isn't set to your homepage, so obviously we should go to http://www.dropbox.com. A little green window pops up at the top:
It's a link that takes us to Step 13 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/x
A book of haikus, huh? Googling "dropbox book of haikus" led me to the wrong thread, a new-ish one with people posting bad haikus incessantly trying to trigger the mission. Thanks to a walkthrough site (yeah, I know -- but I didn't look ahead!) I was pointed in the direction of the correct haiku thread at http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?page=18&id=18#post-9112 . See all those 18s? Now it makes sense!
Anyway, the hint there:
So! To the blog! Searching for "restaurant" returned three posts, including the winner, a post from November 27, 2008 titled "Happy Thanksgiving!" The URL is http://blog.dropbox.com/?p=18 .
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That link circled in red is our winner and takes us to Step 16 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/211024/Step16.zip Another zip, same idea as before, only this time it's a txt and a png file (no archived zip).
Here's the png file:
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And the txt file contains a URL that takes us to Step 17 - http://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/h
The "Spell" link goes to http://thesaurus.com/browse/spell. What does it mean? Okay, I got the idea for this one from the walkthrough site, but it's pretty clever stuff. Obviously, the png must be related , so popping it open in Photoshop and taking a color sample, we get the following:
Yup, pretty clever -- the color's hex value is "baff1e," which is also the answer that takes us to Step 18 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/e
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The simplest thing that comes to mind is that each line represents a letter in the answer (with the space between "flagwonn" and "jopesh" serving as a space). With that methodology, we get "raff hecnsos" as the answer. Sorry, the incorrect answer. I still don't understand this one, so I used a walkthrough to find out the answer is "drew houston". I'm not really sure how this comes about from the clues given, but whatever. Update: They're anagrams of composers! And the number refers to which letter from the decrypted composer's name you should pull: Richard Wagner Franz Schubert Frederic Chopin Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Joseph Hadyn Johannes Brahms Claude Debussy Johann Sebastian Bach Franz Liszt Aaron Copland Felix Mendelssohn Step 19 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/a
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Looks like braille…? If so, we get: help bjf Which means nothing. The clue says "sometimes letters aren't just letters." That said, braille uses identical symbols for oth er meanings, but not without a kind of alt key to clue the reader into the change. Still, we can turn the second line into numbers so it reads: Help 206 Looks like Dropbox uses the following URL scheme for the help portion of their site: www.dropbox.com/help/[num]. If we plug 206 in as the number, we get to
Looks like we're skipping step 20? Step 21 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/211024/Step21.zip Inside the zip we get another txt and png combo.
The text file includes the following cryptic line:
To anyone reading this, I'm in need of some help. Meet me some place where we can collaborate and sync up. And the png is another solid square:
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My first thought is the find out what this color is in hex, which is #1f75cc. Also, if you fill in the block with another color (I simply used Paint to do this), you get the following in the bottom left corner:
Signs seem to point towards sharing a folder with email@example.com. I've done that, but to no avail. I named the folder 1f755cc, but apparently this doesn't matter. Perhaps a bug in the system? All walkthroughs point out that this is the right way to do it. Guess I can just wait. Still no file, but the forums give the clue out:
A search for frozen yogurt on the Votebox (where users can suggest new features) takes you to the following URL: https://www.dropbox.com/votebox/3712/frozen-yogurt .
Looking at the About Dropbox page (https://www.dropbox.com/about ) we can clearly see an employee named "Rian Hunter."
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Clicking his picture takes us to Step 25 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/R
Crono, huh? As in Crono from Chrono Trigger? Looking at a walkthrough, it looks like maybe soda pop helps Crono find the Masa mune? Nope, that didn't work. Rainbow Shell also comes up. -- SUCCESS! The link is Step 26 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/244024/RainbowShell.zip
Inside, we've got a txt and a mid file -- music, huh?
The txt file gives us the URL for Step 27 - http://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/t
I futzed with some midi readers, but decided to fuck that shit and look it up. It's "badcabbage." Cute. Step 28 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/s
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This looks nasty. At first glance it looks like each set of numbers is a mirror image of the set directly across the plus sig n from them. Then you notice that 2's and 5's switch places, as to 6's and 9's. That said, judging from what I'm reading on the forums, it has nothing to do with what I've described. The answer lies with p rinting the image out and folding it up. Given that I have no printer, I feel ok with looking up the answer, which is "1133471056". Step 29 - https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011/U
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I'm pretty sure this is using the single letters from the URL's along the way to spell something out. It spells out: Dr0pboxheaRtsU And we are victorious!
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