The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: How Clues 5 & 6 Were Found Thanks to Braille and… Nine Inch Nails?
Things are getting out of control and incredibly exciting as clues gets harder to decipher for the lambda mortal (such as myself) and treasure hunters get faster at finding the flowers!
And today, not only the puzzled got crazier but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also officially went International with Toronto! There’s hope for the rest of the world, keep following the Salandarian game, Salandarians!
As usual, the first flower was posted via Mouth Taped Shut with the word blind tagged beneath it.
And if you were wondering how, she even shared a picture explaining the process:
Once again, the WIHIS page gave coordinates, and it was only a matter of time before the flower was found. The grid is updated, now waiting for the hunters pics and info about the second clue!
Now, if you think Toronto puzzle was an exciting one, wait for New York. Yesterday, the clue for the Seattle was hidden in a picture in Comes Forth With The Thaw website.
The picture was posted with the following comment: Trent Reznor posted: [see picture above] and the post was titled: Drag and Drop.
People first instinct was to drag and drop the picture, on Google, on Yahoo, on iTunes (see comments in forum). Nothing. But when you saved the picture, you could noticed that the name of the file was EANIELG an anagram of LINEAGE. (Of course, pfff, easy.) And the credit goes to Star for this one. (again)
BUT, I have been kindly asked to give extra credit to Nine Inch Nails fans who were on top of it very quickly. If you look at the time comments were posted on the forum, eleven minutes after Reznor posted the picture, n0!s3 said:
Drag and drop on the desktop is an easy way to see the pic name.
It is EANIELG
At first i thought of an anagram (lineage) but this interpretation might be too semplicistic.
And three minutes after that, dankellish confirmed:
But, SUPER BUT, it’s actually IcedTuna who gets the ultimate credit with his comment posted 10 minutes after the picture upload:
The image’s name is EANIELG.jpg
What does it mean? Maybe we have to drag and drop the letters in the name.
Why him? Because H James Lucas, who found the actual flower, thanked him later on the same forum:
Thanks IcedTuna. We’ll never know exactly how many minutes of thinking I would have spent before making this same leap, but you definitely saved me some time. Much appreciated. Sorry if my photos are limited. My phone cam is not good, and the rain kept my Canon inside for the trek.
So yes, triple kuddos to the Nine Inch Nails fans and Golden Kudo to Iced Tune, very well deserved indeed!
On to the credit point, I’m not trying to irritate anyone here, so if someone deserves credit let me know and I’ll simply rectify it. This needs to stay fun and light, fair yes, but fun. I apologize in advance if anyone feels that their discovery has been stolen, just contact me and let’s enjoy the ride.
This time, it was all the way to New York City, where the flower was found once again fast and furiously.
Apparently H James Lucas found the NYC flower and already shared a picture:
Of course, we want more pictures and info, from him and the Toronto hunter(s)! I will update when they’re out.
In the meantime, how much wider will this get?
[Update thx to Tori (see comment section)] Trent Reznor implication in TGWTDT is far from being limited to scoring the movie. One of their studio picture posted on MTS already lead to discovering Comes Forth in the Thaw website, but now they seem to be actively participating in the treasure hunt via NIN website and twitter account.]
I said it before, but I’ll say it again: it feels good to see fans treated as thinking minds. It feels better to own something thanks to a collective effort and/or your own reactivity than to simply receive a free t-shirt at a corner of a theater.
Sony Picture Classic proves to be respectful of Larsson’s fans and to understand what made them fans in the first place. The treasure hunt is a brilliant idea, challenging us and pushing us and it is the best way to build emulation and increase anticipation.
Whoever you hired to prepare this campaign, hire them again.
Maybe Marvel should start thinking about it before we all vomit on super-heroes movies.
To be continued…
check the archives for a taste of it.