06 December 2010

Virtual Alleycat Chekpoint

Yehuda Moon in Copenhagen
Copenhagenize.com is a checkpoint on the Virtual Alleycat race hosted by Kickstand Cyclery and Cycleliciousness. You can read about it here if you have no idea what I'm talking about.

If you DO know what I'm talking about, then you're probably in the race. Welcome to Copenhagen. Enjoy the safe, smooth bicycle lanes and, not least, the beautiful creatures who inhabit them.

There are over 1300 blogposts on Copenhagenize.com. So here's a clue.

I wonder what it would sound like if the 'Sparrow from Avignon' sang the lyrics from the 'The Gambler' - in particular the chorus - in her mother tongue?

Would it, I wonder, sound like that track on the U2 album 'Achtung Baby'? By design, that is?


If that clue is too hard, feel free to whine in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

There's a Copenhagenize.com Google search field at the bottom of this page.

Good luck!

81 comments:

Mark said...

congrats...this may be the hardest clue of the race...a little help please

Mikael said...

I'm going to wait until at least two people complain... :-) then i'll chuck in another clue...

Most of what you need to know is in this line "I wonder what it would sound like if the 'Sparrow from Avignon' sang the lyrics from the 'The Gambler' - in particular the chorus - in her mother tongue?"

Mark said...

fair enough

bobabot1 said...

I've got the language, and translation (thank you google translate) but and I see what the second half of the clue is saying, but I have yet to put the pieces together. So close!

Yokota Fritz said...

You gotta know when to hold em
Know when to fold em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run...

Richard said...

totally lost on this one :(

Bod said...

Not a clue! Can you take this as the second complaint? #2846

Jean said...

I've got what I think is the translation, but it's not getting me anywhere. I must have done something wrong.

Hmm. Maybe if I think about the second part of the clue a little harder?

Aaron said...

great clue. 5827

Yokota Fritz said...

@Mikael: I know the singer is French, and I know "The Gambler," and I even know where your checkpoint page is at, but I still can't find a connection between the French word for fold and your checkpoint page.

Props to you for an interesting riddle, but can you pass along another clue?

bobabot1 said...

Now that I got it, I can't believe it took me so long. Oh well. Good luck all!

Reuben said...

#5290

Mark said...

#1501

Claire said...

Yep, definitely confused - I feel like I'm thisclose but all of the search terms I try don't pull anything up. Help?

#1186

Mikael said...

nationality of The Sparrow of Avignon?

Snippet of lyrics from The Gambler?

Alternatively, run song names from Achtung Baby through the site's Google.

Mikael said...

Has the quick answer culture of the internet killed riddle culture?

:-)

NewGirl! said...

I think I've spend like an hour looking!

Le sigh.

#8706

Claire #1186 said...

OH. Found it. That makes sense.

cycler said...

Hmm, Found it after a lot of searching- not sure why it didn't come up the first time I searched all the names...
Kept getting distracted reading interesting posts!
Cycler 4505

Anonymous said...

Den #7685

Having a hard time with this one...

Iwakura said...

checking in...

Iwakura
#772

Anonymous said...

Got it.
4889 JM

Alice said...

well i feel silly...

#9806

Widsith said...

#1330 is glad to FINALLY be done with this one. I hope there are no more that deal with music or musicians (especially rock music!).

RoadieRyan said...

Ah Kenny Rogers - Classic very clever clue

Ryan #1578

Mark said...

mmm--#2530

Janice in GA said...

When the pieces fell into place, I LOL'ed out loud. :)

Archergal
1498

havin' fun.

Dan said...

Figured it out #2913

Erik said...

But I still haven't found what I'm lookin' forrrrrrrrr

Erik 8049.

Cap'n Unclefather said...

Found it! Most fun checkpoint so far.

CB, #2082

Mankan said...

#4023

sinred said...

#9125
Pretty nice. It was hard :)

gwadzilla said...

GWADZILLA race number: #9276

http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/

gwadzilla said...

GWADZILLA race number: #9276

http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/

erikdjohnsen said...

should have folded long ago erikJ @2787

mrben said...

mrben #3089 - had to leave work and walk for 90 minutes to get home. Got a feeling I've lost this now :(

lucifervandross said...

Don't worry. I had to walk away because i was so frustrated.

THis seems a bit esoteric. I don't know French, I don't like Kenny Rogers, or really U2 for that matter. I have searched all of the songs on Achtung Baby and come up with bubkis.

WTF Mate? (since we are quoting that video on here).

Bikergram said...

#4811 - Ok, this was difficult. Finally found it but still don't quite get the references.

Caroline said...

caroline #3074

Hunter said...

Hunter #9782

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Jeff #879

afatty said...

Way to hide a checkpoint...
Glenn Girtman , #6163

Jay said...

Don't get it #4776

allium said...

It took me a very long time to realize that there was a second search bar at the BOTTOM of the page that returns completely different results than the search bar at the top.

Allium - 8247

dickdavid said...

This was a tough one.

Richard #4540

kfg said...

Since I thought it was so obvious from The Gambler and U2 references I didn't bother with fretting over the French bits and got it pretty quickly.

Just following along for the fun of it, not taking part.

Debra said...

Debbie #4848

Mikael said...

Once again for the back row... :-)

What is the nationality of The Sparrow of Avignon?

Find the lyrics of The Gambler. In the chorus there is a clue. Bike-related. Refering to a kind of bicycle. Think origami.

Or just search song names from the Achtung Baby album in the Google search bar at the very bottom of each page on the blog. Do it in order of the songs on the album if you want to go quicker. Wink wink.

ScottPost said...

#9928 ScottPost
Started up a Pandora U2 station after this search. Nice! Thanks for helping run the alleycat!

Derrick said...

Derrick S. #226

hoppy okapi said...

No complaining from me, the early-risers made it easy :)

HoppyOkapi #3431

xtrajack said...

I finally made it. It is amazing what a little sleep will do for the thought processes.
I needed the extra clue.
Xtrajack #1455

Shane R. said...

hard but not outrageous.
shanerh #9708

Anonymous said...

Almost embarrassingly slow

Patrick Kitto #6968

Rudi Riet said...

Also posted on the page where the checkpoint actually lives - sneaky.

Rudi Riet, #2975

Bob said...

So far this is the hardest clue of the race! I still haven't found the page. What happens if I don't find it, am I stuck?
Kastigar,
8173

Eric said...

hardest clue for sure.

EPIC! Stratton #1904

João Lacerda said...

Yes,

Google has killed the riddle!

I cannot thing of anything that makes sense! ahhaha

Joao Lacerda #1995

Opus the Poet said...

I have been doing this since 0900 local and it's now 1833. I spent hours on one site looking for the graphic that wasn't there, spent more time trying to post a comment to a article that wouldn't take comments and now this riddle. Can I has my brain bak naow plz?

Opus the Poet said...

Brain still hurtz, but I found it

wiki2waki said...

I love it when a site lives on merit and knows if it is good enough, people will come back and vist, not because you are forced to struggle around

#6669

wiki2waki said...

check that, didn't see the silly conundrum

did that done that. no more

Sean said...

#4911. Sean was here! I definitely needed the clues. Good thing I wasn't early. :)

Jason Buckner said...

I liked this riddle. Thanks for playing! #3175

Anonymous said...

#4996 thanks for the clues..........

Alex Clark said...

I don't think I could have done this without the clues. Thanks for this insane riddle, Mikael!

#4358
Alex Clark

jatravartid said...

Hello!
Thanks for the clues :)
Alleycat #2957
bye, Borcsa

Mikael said...

thanks to everyone for stopping by!

Kendall said...

#9729 ugh! the clues helped somewhat, but the google search link at the bottom of the page wasn't working for me. finally stumbled upon it.

Alan@EcoVelo said...

#5016

Finally got these little wheels up to speed!

Bob said...

I started this search yesterday, only when I got the added help from Kikael did I find it!

Bob said...

Forgot:
Kastigar, 8173

neab said...

7920. Yup Djjazzynick.

jwm said...

#9921 / JWM

cacheoreille said...

Trust, my mother langage is french and it didn't really help me!

Mathieu Lapointe #5121

shuichi said...

#9918 I am joining the alleycat! It sounds great.

shuichi said...

But, I can't fully understand the rule. Would you teach me about "check point"? m(_ _)m. But it does not matter. I will read many blog and comment something I feel honestly. Thank you, copenhagenize, Mikael.

Chris said...

Stumbled into it. Clues were not helpful to me sadly.

7316

Mel said...

Thanks for the help, people!! :)
#6386

Olev said...

Thanks for the help, people!! :)
#6386

Cyclin' Missy said...

Cyclin' Missy 7495
Apparently this clue involves some cultural references that I'm completely out of the loop on. I'm totally lost. Exhausted. I think I just bonked in this alleycat race...