The Observatory / Die Sternwarte SPOILERS

This is a spoiler page for the puzzle The Observatory in the Ravensburger Exit / Escape-series.

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Here is a link to a high-resolution photo of the finished puzzle.

There are 6 puzzles in the image.

Hints for the puzzles provided by Ravensburger (in English). If you want another language version, go to the help front page and click on the appropriate flag.

Puzzle 1
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Some letters have fallen off the wall. You can find the letters in image, and from the screws you can work out in what order the letters were:
LA+S+ER

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Around the image there are also scraps of paper showing what letter corresponds to what number:  R=4, L=2, S=6, A=3, E=9. Subtitute the numbers and do the addition:
23+6+94 = 123

Puzzle 2

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Each constellation corresponds to a number, from 1 to 6. In the sky you can see the following constellations, from left to right: 1,2,6. (There’s an image where the constellations are highlighted on the Ravensburger help page). The solution is 126.

Puzzle 3

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The paper on the table is a decoder. You get the value of each symbol by multiplying the x-axis with the y-axis. That way you get the following values:

First row: 1 (1×1), 2 (1×2), 3 (1×3)
Second row: 2 (2×1), 4(2×2), 6(2×3)
Third row: 3(3×1), 6(3×2), 9(3×3)

Now replace the symbols on the scarf with the corresponding numbers and do the addition:

6+96+3+24+6=135

Puzzle 4 

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For this puzzle you use the same decoder as in the prevous puzzle. Again, substitute the values and do the math:

3+1+4*6 = 28 (remember to do the multiplication before the additions)

Puzzle 5

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Four planets are marked with symbols, and the same symbols can be found on the candles:

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Each symbol corresponds to a number, and you can find those here:

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Jupiter is 5, Saturnus 6, Uranus 7 and Neptune 8.

In order to know in what order to put these numbers, we need to go back to the candles. The length of the candles determines the order of the numbers. The longest candle bears the symbol for Uranus=7,  the second-longest the symbol for Jupiter=5, the third-longest the symbol for Neptune=8 and the shortest has the symbol for Saturnus=6. The answer is 7586.

Puzzle 6

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There are many books in the image, and many of them have two symbols on the spine. The object is to always find the following book in the series, and that is the book with the same symbol on top that the previous book had below. The answer is the number of books that are part of this series. The answer is 23.

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The last book in the series is the orange one with the hashtag symbol.

User Puzzling2 sent in this graphic to show the sequence of the 23 books, making it easier to see the symbols:

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The solution

The solution pieces form a laser beam.

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19 thoughts on “The Observatory / Die Sternwarte SPOILERS

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME UNDERSTAND/INTERPRET THE CLUES. IT ALLOWED ME TO BETTER APPRECIATE THE “GAME” ASPECT OF IT. THIS NEW PUZZLE SCHEMA IS A LOT OF FUN EVEN IF SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT. I WILL TRY ANOTHER ONE AND MAY HAVE MORE SUCCESS WITH WORKING THROUGH THE CLUES NOW THAT I SEE HOW IT WORKS. THAT BEING SAID, I HAVE A SILLY QUESTION…HOW DO YOU GET THE WORD LA+S+ER FROM THE FALLEN TILES? I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GET TO 123 WITH THE CLUES ON THE PUZZLE BUT CAN’T CONNECT THE DOTS (NO PUN INTENDED) TO COME UP WITH THE WORD :). THANKS AGAIN!

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    • Thank you, I’m glad you found this helpful! You can find the letters around the puzzle, and they have holes that tell you from where they fell. In the image for puzzle 1, you can see all the slots with holes, as well as an A. The A has one nail on top, and from that you know that it has to fit into the second slot, where there is one hole on top. The other letters can all be found in the puzzle, and from their nails you can deduce from which slot they fell.

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  2. I’m still not following the solution on puzzle 6. Is 23 a total or 2 & 3? Which books are in solution? On the Globe it has: #1 Open Triangle with flat bottom & Triple lines, then Arrow, #2 has Triple lines & Open Circle, then Dot Dot Dot follows? Are other symbols on books involved? Please indicate. How is 23 deduced? I’m not following a sequence on the shelves? Without helpful hints, Einstein would probably have difficulty with these puzzles! Thanks.

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    • Book nr one on the globe has a triangle on top and triple lines beneath. The next book in the series has triple lines on top and a ring underneath. The following book will have a ring on top and so on. The next book will have the symbol on top that the previous had beneath. There are 23 books in total that are part of this series, and that is why the answer is 23. Many of these puzzles are really far too difficult to work out, I would prefer simpler puzzles as well.

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      • This was my favourite riddle! The books with the symbols are scattered throughout all the bookshelves, so if Puzzler1909 put pictures of every step of the solution, there would be 24 pictures for this riddle alone (23 elements +the note on the globe). The note shows the beginning of the row, which corresponds to some book spines. I started drawing the spines after I found a few and realised it was going to be a while, but at one point I couldn’t find the next symbol. Meanwhile, the hashtag one was sticking out like a sore thumb and not far from it was the book with hashtag on the bottom. Since hashtag is often used to indicate an ordinal number, I figured it must be the end of the puzzle and the solution is the ordinal number of the hashtag in the row – not the row of books on the shelf, but the logical row where the bottom symbol appears on top of the next element. I started backwards from the hashtag and eventually did reach the point where I got stuck. That particular book was pretty faint. Anyway, I numbered my list and hashtag was 23rd.

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      • By the way, do you have any idea what the number 45 on the decoder for 3 & 4 means? Someone recently wrote me about it, but all I can think of is that it’s just an edge piece with a number, there are plenty of those, of course.

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      • Thank you! I think it’s just the way they chose to write the edge piece number, as if it belongs on the paper. Since most edge numbers are dark and discreet, they must have thought how to write it on the white piece. In any case, I didn’t use it in any of the riddles. The X in the corner was the only thing I needed to understand it’s actually the multiplication sign between the row and column.

        The riddle that tripped me the most was the constellations, by the way. I already had the 126 piece in my hand as it was really obvious, but didn’t see it until I arranged the beam to hit the asteroid and noticed the stars peaking out from the cutouts of the beam section. Before that I counted the dots, the lines, tried to see if any of them can be combined to form a pattern etc. I almost gave up, but I’m glad I didn’t because it was exciting to discover the solution, although my husband was startled by my loud cursing in the middle of the night…

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      • Thank you, I also couldn’t find another explanation for the 45, but it’s clearly annoyed some puzzlers. You would be much more qualified to do these spoiler pages 😀 I had problems understanding some of these even after looking at the hints and the solution.

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      • Thank you, I’d be happy to help where I can if I finish the art studio before you write the spoiler post.

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  3. Please can you send the booklet for the observatory puzzle – it must have been thrown out with the wrapping paper. How much does it cost or can I print it out?

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