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The Image Color: A Hello! Project Puzzle puzzle contest has ended! The following people submitted correct answers while the contest was in progress:

  • maiZe, on 2009-02-20 at 05:25 UTC.
  • Mars, on 2009-02-21 at 05:54 UTC.

Congratulations! maiZe will be getting a 20 USD gift certificate to YesAsia.com soon.

Here is a complete solution.

It’s been too long since my last H!P puzzle … here’s a new one! I’ll keep the rules short:

  • The contest ends 2009 February 23 at 23:59 UTC, or 96 hours after I receive the first correct submission, whichever comes later. This is to keep the contest fun and motivating for solvers even if someone’s already found the answer.
  • The first person to submit a correct answer wins a 20 USD gift certificate to YesAsia.com.
  • You can collaborate with whoever you want, but there’s only one prize.
  • Submit answers by leaving a comment with your name and e-mail address; I’ve set the comments on moderated mode so your comment won’t be displayed publicly.
  • You may submit more than once, but please keep your guesses to a minimum.
  • If you include your e-mail address (or if I have other ways of contacting you), I’ll let you know whether or not your submission is correct.
  • The answer is a word or short phrase having to do with Hello! Project.
  • Knowledge of Japanese language and/or writing systems is not necessary to solve this puzzle.
  • I may put up hints later.
  • Good luck!

 

EDIT: I have reformatted the puzzle to display three separate grids instead of only two. It’s the same puzzle, just represented in a way that may reduce conflicting information.

 

Hints: (highlight to read)

  • Title:
    • Yes, the title actually does mean something.
      • The term refers to a concept in H!P.
      • The °C-ute song has nothing to do with this puzzle.
  • Flavortext:
    • If you don’t get what “pyon pyon fumu fumu yeah yeah” has to do with this puzzle, forget about it. It’s not essential.
  • Grids:
    • The three grids roughly correspond to three stages of solving this puzzle. You can just focus on the first grid if you’re just starting the puzzle.
      • That said, information discovered in later stages may be helpful in figuring out parts of earlier stages.
    • The grids line up with each other.
  • Grid 1:
    • What do the letters spell?
      • It’s an abbreviation of sorts.
        • “PPL” = “people”.
    • Do the icons remind you of anything?
      • If not, try watching Hello! Project PVs and looking at CD covers. The more recent the better.
        • The more colorful the better.
    • Put the icons in groups.
      • Don’t group them by color.
      • Put the icons in H!P groups.
      • Think about the colors in each group.
      • Each color in a group represents a distinct person.
  • Grid 2:
    • Combine this grid with Grid 1 to get additional information.
    • Three letters have already been given to you. You need to find more.
    • Each letter corresponds to a square and can be deduced from the information in that square.
      • Names are important.
      • No one in H!P has a given name that is ten letters long.
      • Look at surnames and consider how you can get letters out of them.
    • If you have the right letters, patterns should emerge.
      • You should search for words.
      • This is a word search.
    • There are words you can make out of the letters, and there are words you can make out of the letters you can’t make words out of.
      • The words you can make out of the letters you can’t make words out of form a clue that describes a state of Grid 3 that you should attain.
      • After finding all the words, read what’s left over.
  • Grid 3:
    • What are the dimensions of the grid?
    • The grid is a board.
    • What’s special about the squares with circles?
      • Do the letters represent anything?
      • The letters stand for different types of pieces.
    • The circles are pieces.
      • The pieces can move according to strict rules.
      • What color are the pieces?
    • What board game could this be?

 

 

Image Color
A Hello! Project Puzzle

 

pyon pyon

Board Colors

fumu fumu

Board Numbers

yeah yeah

Board Pieces

It’s over!

Congrats to IndigoSkies, who submitted a correct solution on 2008-05-28 at 17:18 and was the only person to have submitted a solution before the deadline. IndigoSkies is the winner of a 20USD gift certificate to YesAsia.com.

Here is a complete solution.

I had a dream last night where my friend and I were visiting Hello! Project Land, which was like the H!P counterpart to Disneyland. And we were walking through the Kirarin☆Land section of the park (where “Chance!” was playing on the loudspeakers) and I wondered if that was what they named the album after…

Unfortunately, I can’t remember anything else…. >.<

But anyway …

★★★IT’S PUZZLE! TIME AGAIN★★★

Indeed.

If you were put off by the excessive verbiage of my last puzzle, here’s a treat for you (perhaps): this one’s a wordless puzzle, so much so that I’ve obscured all the text in the puzzle. And this time there’s no nitpicking about what is or isn’t the correct way to spell or format something. Spell stuff however you want to. There isn’t even a grid to fill in.

 

Rules

  1. Submit your solution as a comment. I will approve each comment, so your submissions will not be seen by anyone else. (You may also submit normal comments, but I may edit them if I feel you’re giving away anything.)
  2. Only the final answer is needed. You do not need to submit information found during intermediate stages of the puzzle.
  3. The final answer should be included in the text of your submission. There is no single correct spelling/formatting of the answer; anything reasonably close enough will be judged correct.
  4. You may submit any number of possible solutions, though please keep your guesses to a minimum.
  5. You may submit partial solutions, but you should be aware that you will not benefit from this in any way, as you will neither increase your chances of winning a prize nor receive any feedback.
  6. I will also not confirm correct solutions, but if you got the right answer, it should be somewhat obvious that it’s right.
  7. This contest ends on 2008 May 29 at 23:59:59 UTC.
  8. After the contest is over, I will post a list of the names of everyone submitting a correct solution before the deadline. If you wish to have your name listed, please explicitly include your name, with your preferred formatting, in the body of your submission or in the name field of your comment. Otherwise, I will assume you wish to be anonymous. If you include your name and state that you wish to remain anonymous, you will remain anonymous.
  9. The first person to submit a correct solution wins a 20 USD YesAsia.com gift certificate. If no one submits a correct solution by the deadline, no one wins.
  10. Unlike the last contest, you may feel free to consult others for help or collaborate on this puzzle. However, there will still be only a single prize. So use your own judgment as to how much information you are willing to share, and how you want to divvy up the prize. If you are collaborating and are submitting an answer, the person who submits it will get the prize (if it’s correct and ahead of other correct submissions). If you wish to have the names of your collaborators listed on the Wall of Awesome, you may include their names in your submission.
  11. I may post hints later. Some hints have been added to the new Hints section below.

 

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Congratulations to the following people, who submitted correct solutions to my puzzle contest prior to the deadline:

(Time puzzle was posted: 2008-04-21 18:55 UTC.)

Name Time of Submission
Celestia 2008-04-22 05:47 UTC
kyttyee 2008-04-24 06:41 UTC
maiZe 2008-04-25 03:06 UTC

 

Celestia is the big winner of this contest, but has generously declined the prize, so the $20 gift certificate will be going to kyttyee instead. Apologies to maiZe for not having a second prize. :( Maybe you’ll win next time! I have more puzzles planned…. :)

Here is a complete solution. (Lots o’ spoilers, so don’t take a peek if you want to do the puzzle on your own.)

Celestia at Bikkuri Project has posted a new puzzle contest. It is awesome. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

It is so awesome, in fact, that I’ve been inspired to create another puzzle of my own. This one, I think, is more interesting than my previous effort, Hello! Project no Puzzle desu yo., and there’s no agonizing preliminary stage of mindlessly looking up stuff. (This still probably requires some looking up stuff, but it’s definitely not mindless.)

So. Enjoy, good luck, have fun, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a prize…

 

Rules

  1. Submit your solution as a comment. I will approve each comment, so your submissions will not be seen by anyone else. (You may also submit normal comments, but I may edit them if I feel you’re giving away anything.)
  2. Only the filled-in grid is considered for correctness. You do not need to submit titles, artist names, or any other information attained during intermediate stages of puzzle-solving.
  3. Submissions should contain either a text representation of the grid or a link to an image of the grid.
  4. You may submit any number of possible solutions, though please keep your guesses to a minimum.
  5. You may submit incomplete solutions, but you should be aware that you will not benefit from this in any way, as you will neither increase your chances of winning a prize nor receive any feedback.
  6. I will also not confirm correct solutions, but it should be obvious if you’re successful.
  7. This contest ends on 2008 May 21 at 23:59:59 UTC. 2008 April 28 at 23:59:59 UTC. I changed the deadline because I think there is a high probability of someone solving the puzzle within a couple of days, and I didn’t want to wait too long to announce the winner and release the answers. My intention is to refrain from announcing any results until after April 28, so that people are still motivated to do the puzzle even after someone has correctly solved it, but not have too long a wait so people don’t lose interest altogether.
  8. After the contest is over, I will post a list of the names of everyone submitting a correct solution before the deadline. If you wish to have your name listed, please explicitly include your name, with your preferred formatting, in the body of your submission or in the name field of your comment. Otherwise, I will assume you wish to be anonymous. If you include your name and state that you wish to remain anonymous, you will remain anonymous.
  9. The first person to submit a correct and complete solution wins a 20 USD YesAsia.com gift certificate. If no one submits a correct solution by the deadline, no one wins.
  10. Since I’m offering a monetary prize, I request that you work individually on this puzzle and not share information with others who are working on it. You may use others as reference sources, but please do not discuss your progress through the puzzle itself.
  11. I may post hints later. See hints below.

 

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This is a complete solution to “Hello! Project no Puzzle desu yo.“, which I posted a week ago. I’ve broken down the solution into stages so that you can use them if you’re stuck on something, or if you want to skip the arduous title-finding stage, or if you don’t want to deal with kana at all. Also, the titles are whited out so you can check individual titles without having others spoiled for you. The titles are given in both their original kana form and also in directly mapped romaji (capitals for katakana, lowercase for hiragana; small characters treated like regular characters; all characters separated by spaces).

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I have a puzzle for you all! But first, a few quick notes regarding recent releases:

  • Berryz Koubou’s Dschinghis Khan PV: This is definitely Berryz’s best video to date, and one of the freshest things to come out of H!P in recent memory. I had it on repeat for an obscenely long amount of time while I was working on the puzzle below. You can count on this being in the top 10 on the Countdown next year (speaking of which, I’ll resume this year’s countdown soon…), unless H!P manages to top this in the months to come.
  • Buono!’s Café Buono! album: While waiting for my physical copy to arrive, I listened to the tracks recently floating around on the Interwebs. I must say, this is by far the best album I’ve heard in a while, and I actually enjoy every single track. To put this in perspective, almost every one of my favorite albums has a few duds. Out of the entire corpus of non-classical music I’ve ever listened to, which spans a number of diverse genres, there is only one other album for which I honestly enjoyed every single track. That album was M2M’s Shades of Purple (2000). So this is quite an extraordinary achievement for Buono!, and I’m looking forward to the group’s future work.

OK, now on to the puzzle.

One of my hobbies is solving and writing puzzles, particularly the kind featured in the annual MIT Mystery Hunt. These are typically not traditional-type puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, etc.), though many of them borrow the format of traditional puzzles or combine different kinds of traditional puzzles. Generally, the puzzles come with few or no instructions (and those that are present are usually cryptic), and part of the challenge is to figure out how to solve the puzzle before actually solving it. The solution in each case is usually a word or short phrase. The entire Mystery Hunt is generally organized into rounds of puzzles, so the answers to the puzzles in each round combine to produce a meta-puzzle, and so forth.

Recently, I decided to combine my interests in puzzling and H!P and produce an H!P puzzle. The following is the result of an all-nighter soundtracked by nonstop repeats of Dschinghis Khan. I have another puzzle too, but I need to work out a few bugs before I can present it.

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