Dungeons and Data Puzzle Series I: Round 2— Solved
Covalent launched its first ‘Dungeons and Data’, a crypto-data competition with over $25,000 rewards for all the competitions last October 2020. One of the competitions is a 7-round puzzle series which is aimed for the Puzzle Paladins to solve!
Summary of the rewards:
- First person to solve — 300 XP = 300 USDT
- 10 lucky solvers will be randomly selected from all Puzzle Paladins who submitted correct solution — 50 XP each = 50 USDT
Read more about the DND and XP/rewards system for the competition here: https://www.covalenthq.com/blog/dandd-launch-post/
Summary of Puzzle Paladin Round II
Duration: October 22, 2020 2:30pm-5:30pm UTC (3 hours)
Final answer: analytics@Mizuhara12 - first solver10 randomly selected solvers:
@syedsyed1Puzzle Paladin prelim question best answer:
Puzzle Paladin Round II involves two steps. First step is for the Puzzle Paladins to answer one of the following three questions given by the Dungeon_Master:
- How did you learn about the Covalent?
- What is the most important Covalent use case in your opinion — and why?
- Why is indexing blockchain data important?
50 XP/USDT was rewarded to @cuegod(Telegram) for giving the best answer to the question
What is the most important Covalent use case in your opinion — and why?
Second step involves answering series of mini-puzzles in Covalent_Official_Bot. Puzzle Paladins first need to interact with the bot using the command
/quiz to receive the sequence of puzzles.
Here is the first mini-puzzle
Ethereum was the obvious answer for this as it is mainly the focus of Covalent at that time. Searching for Ethereum co-founder leads us to
Vitalik Buterin, who also was the co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. Next, we search where Vitalik was born which gives us Kolomna, Russia. The bot only asks us about the name of the town so we submit Kolomna.
Clicking the imgur link shows us this picture
This seems like a normal picture of a snowy mountain but we can notice the telegram icon. This suggests that there’s something in the image that relates to telegram. Upon further investigation and zooming in :D, we can see this
Nice! That username leads to t.me/dd_demo (D&D Cov) and the next part of the puzzle.
Let’s look for the HQ of Covalent. The best course of action for this is to go to the official website>Contact Us, and look for the Covalent HQ address. We will then have
Covalent Global Headquarters
#602–151, W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada
And then use Google Maps to locate this address (image view is our bff for this).
We can see the nearest square called Victory Square.
Victory is not the answer though. Going back to the hints, it is asking us to investigate the monument.
What now? If we go back again to the very first hint
Image: https://imgur.com/a/6nv3BkG Live for?
Live for…what? Let’s go back to the monument image and investigate(zoom). We’ll notice this.
Live for Evermore.
Submitting evermore to the Covalent bot gives us the final puzzle.
One can easily determine that this is a Binary. Using an online decoder, this code translates to
find codeword in covalent TG ann channel
The final answer was in the Announcement channel all along! Either way, the word in the ann channel description was
Submitting analytics concludes end of Round II.
A big thanks to Covalent and Dungeon Master for making these puzzles! Round II was so challenging and involved a lot of steps(and zooming) but it was a lot of fun. This round was a mix of introducing the solvers a lot of things about Covalent such as their physical address and the scope of its services at that time which is Ethereum, and also to test the solvers’ knowledge on data.
Also, congrats to all the solvers!
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