Towards the end of November every year, Klueless has me sorting through everything from Caesar boxes, cryptography, and countless Wikipedia and google searches. All the while searching through the official blog for clues of any kind that I can find.
This year was no different. But, what turned out to be different was that I managed to complete it within 10 days of launch, remarkably different from previous years, when I would still sit on the websearch for months. The search was worth it, learning multiple things on the way.
What follows is not a spoiler. There is no fun in klueless, unless you figure out the answers yourselves. What is stated below is only a modus operandi for solving the levels.
Level 1: The URL says it all.
Level 2: This time, the title says it all. And any changes to be made on the URL.
Level 3: A no-brainer level actually. The first word that comes to your mind (unless you are a perv) should be the answer.
Level 4: Google what you get from the source code and the title together. If still no help, wiki for any of the place names mentioned on the map.
Level 5: Straightforward riddle in the image. Just work it out.
Level 6: The source code tells you something about numbers related to the pic. So, save the pic and see what numbers you can get out of it.
Level 7: Follow the arrow and search for any text that shouldn’t be there. Just google whatever you find.
Level 8: See what the image name is. The answer should be in the same format. And notice there are two boxes to enter the answer, so try both.
Level 9: Some fast text being scrolled. Capture using a screenshot. Then, just google/wiki the historical character, the bird and the race. Voila!!
Level 10: The first round that took me more than 30 mins to solve. The source code tells you Egypt, so you need to code the items in the picture in some Egyptian language. Google alone can save you here.
Level 11: Nice round, especially since I got to stare at Nelly Furtado for a while. But the source code suggests that you need to change the picture into a file of some other format. And then, all you got to do is admire the eyes.
Level 12: Space out whatever you see on the page title in google, and do notice that some alphabets are in lower case. The alphabets denote something. Think music. You should get the title of a song, and then find a word which can be defined using the song title.
Level 13: Lovely round. On the title, it would help if you noticed that some words are capitalized without any reason. This will give you the theme of the round. And then, as the source code tells you, all you got to do is find a table, find out the items in the picture in that table. You may have to morph the final answer a little bit, but Wikipedia can easily help you out here.
Level 14: The first five words of the source code clue can tell you about the general theme of the round. Then, you got to mix yourself something out of all the items that you see in the picture. And just when you think you got the final answer, K6 will give you a message that you are missing an important clue in the title. So, you’ll have to convert your answer into an elite language. I got stuck here for a long while, if it had not been for a solid hint from my friend, captain Nair of the Indian Army. Remember, if the elite language can be abbreviated, even your answer can. (That’s too strong a clue, but the reason I am giving it out is because the reasoning is a little arbit in my opinion)
Level 15: And out and out wiki round. Ignore the picture name and the game in the corner of the image, because I am not sure how they relate to the final answer in any way. Just read in detail any wiki pages that you can find about the ships in question. And remember, you don’t have to think on Olympic proportions….
Level 16: Had fun on this round in the office. The blogs mentioned something about reading out the paired images in the picture. I tried and got nothing. So, called various office mates and tried it out. And there, finally got a pattern. All the pairs are part of some event, and you just need to find a missing ‘pair’.
Level 17: Remember doing this in Klueless 1. If you still haven’t figured it out, look at the fire closely. Is there a pattern. Still no go? Google the title and certain sections of the URL.
Level 18: Nice wiki round. There are alphabets. And there is frequency. Just wiki them together. You just need to find out something that is missing on the girls. And remember that a flag may relate to a language also, not just a country.
Level 19: Think of an object that can be easily waved. Patriotic? Good. Now see if the waving can be incorporated into any kind of language or code. Now, you got different times mentioned in the pictures. What if the hands of the clock were actually the same items that you used for waving? Good, so decode the same. Get the alphabets. Scramble them, and you will have your answer.
Level 20: Got lucky on this round. Typed the most obvious answer and proceeded to level 20b, which, I am told now, is a dead-end. Played around a little bit on 20b, saw the error in the URL, and went back. Then tried a lame search for the source code, and typed in a lazy answer. Yes, a lazy answer with no logic. And it worked! Haven’t bothered to go back and figure out the context here, but just think of something casual that you can relate to the source code clue.
Level 21: One of my favorite rounds of K6. Totally numbers. There is a bar code, and then there is a date. Is the date right? And there is a hidden file, which you can retrieve if you get some kind of code. Search wiki for the harry potter item in the picture released on the date given. Find out if it has a code attached. Make some changes to the image URL, and you should have the file.
Now that is half the job done. Open the file, and you will have the option to enter 4 different answers, the questions for which are in the source code. I got to answer only 2 of the 4. By then, will notice that there is a lot of darkness in the file, and you just need to shed some light. Getting at least 2 of the 4 questions can give you the final answer.
Level 22: Now here, there is a 22a and a 22b, as you can see on the two sides of the image. Combine what you get on the two and you get the final answer.
Level 22a: Combine the first two images, and you get a band name. Think of a song by the band related to the 3rd image. What you are looking for is the person who is the inspiration behind the song.
Level 22b: Combine all the four to get the names of another band. Think of the images as the band members.
Level 23: The first google result for the source code clue will give you the theme of the level. From that point on, all you got to do is read the text slowly and aloud. And read differently. Then, a little bit of search as usual.
Level 24: One of the lengthiest rounds in K6. I’ve tried so many different combinations in this level, that I can no longer recall what was the combination that got me the final answer. Anyway, you are looking for countries as described in the image. As the URL says, try to contact people in those countries. You would need some kind of a differentiating code or number for people in each country. Google and find them out. Then, use what you see in your title. Yes, use it from your own computer. Or search on google for a converter for hexa/deca/octa values. I can no longer recall which combination got me the final answer, but if your approach is correct, you will get the word clearly, without any scrambling required.
Level 25: Relatively simple for a level 25 round. Identify the two countries in the picture. Now transcribe the text in the image on a winword file. Find out what differs if you read the text with language settings for the two countries. Note the different changes, and you will get a four letter word.
Level 26: Very innovative round. Use the clues in the source code, the number in the title and the word in the URL to get an example when alphabets can make lines, numbers and light. The correct search will get you the results. Now that you have the object in reference, apply the alphabets shown in the image in the same manner. This should give you a number. The beauty of this round is that, this is still not the final answer. You need to go back to the source code and check if you missed a vital clue, maybe towards the end. Then try googling for that number, and you should get your answer.
Level 27: Learnt a new game because of this round! The image and the URL tells you that you need to look for silence. Start at the source code. What all do you see that needs to be silent? Note them and you will get a game. Now, come back to the image and check for silence again. Note them down. You will get 4 different items that you have in your hand, and you are looking for one more, that can help you win this game. Find out what that is, (you have to learn the game) and you have your answer.
Level 28: Reading the title and the source code carefully will tell you that this a QR code. Then, you need to decode it. Use any online decoder (think I used Zxing). You will get a poem asking you search for something on google. Here, remember to do a lazy search specifically. Do not try typing the search terms, you will not get your answer. But if you do your search correctly, you should reach a blogspot page with a one line riddle. Very easy to answer, but if you find it tough, know this – the answer is there in the question itself.
Level 29: A very arbit round, if you ask me. You need to look for Dolly’s real mate here. I took some help from the blogs for this round, and i was asked to invert colors in paint for the image (could not figure out the rationale behind it). Find out which animal, when colors inverted, matches dolly’s original background color. You are looking for a literary character who is that type of animal. If you need another clue, there is an anagram in the source code.
Level 30: For me, the toughest round in K6. Nothing seemed to work for me on this level, and I was stuck for nearly 2 days on it. As the image text tells you, you need to search something related to epochs. And the URL tells you, it is not eschatology, but Linux. Something happened in the year that is shown in the image. Find out what it is. Then find out something else that will happen similar in the future. You need to get an exact time and date. Now, getting this timestamp into the answer bar is the tough part, because it needs to be in a specific format. So, what format? The round is related to Linux, right?
Level 31: This round made me go all the way back to level 1. There is nostalgia in the URL, so you need to go back through all the rounds, and find out what is different in this one. What I did was, copy all the urls into an excel file. Then, look for the numbers mentioned in the image and the title. Try different combinations, and you should have a four-letter word. A further clue: If you had this, you might speak like the source code.
Level 32: Lol. If it wasn’t for my recruitment manager, I would never have finished this round. I was convinced that this was tengwar, and I didn’t even bother to look at the source code. I had already downloaded tengwar translators and were working on decoding this, when my recruitment manager glanced into my screen during a meeting. And he said, ‘hey. I think the image is turned upside down’. Bang, I wanted to shoot myself in the head for not thinking of it. Turn the pic upside down and then you get 3 names. Well, I got only 2, but i could get the key word from it. Now, look at the title, which denotes that your answer is a portmanteau. So, you need to get one more key word and marry the two words together. Take a look at the source code, and if you read the last part properly, you will know what to do with the image, rather than the text on the image. Look in detail at all the ‘details’. And you should have a one-line clue. Search it on Wikipedia for a game. And your second keyword is a the protagonist of the game. Marry the two words and you will get the reason why I long to drink in India.
Level 33a: Well, as you guessed, this is game of the black and white. Yes, so play it. Go to any online site for the game and play out the game, black first. And when you are done, as the source code says, ‘what do you see’? Just modify the URL and you are good to go.
Level 33b: Some of the the clues were red herrings in this round. No idea what dayfrance means. And the blog says there is a reason this round is called 33b, though I couldn’t figure it out. Take what you got as the answer for 33b and what you see on the picture here, and google them together. You will get a famous mathematical problem related to the game in the last round. If you are lucky to land on the wiki article on the topic, you will have the correct sequence of alphabets in matter of minutes. The sequence will give you an equation, which you have to google and find the solution for. The solution is your answer.
Level 34: Again, the clue in the URL or title made no sense here. But the source code and help from the blogs tell you that have to swing like a monkey here, to the left and the right. So start swinging. Pick up alphabets from both sides until you see a pattern emerge. And if you have done the right approach, you should get an email address. Send an email to it, and you will get a code back. Type the code as the answer, but remember, you are supposed to swing, even if you are using a keyboard.
And then, the coveted hall of fame awaits.
My advice to anybody who is hearing about Klueless for the first time – this is a game that you have to play at least once. The amount of stuff that you learn playing this game is amazing. During the course of K6, I have learnt Morse codes, semaphores, hieroglyphs, complex chess problems, digital display settings, Linux timestamps, and even the rules of blackjack. The goal is not to finish the game, but to learn new stuff that you can, in your pursuit of finishing the game.