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Question three in our cryptic quiz: “Three Is The Magic Number”!

1st September 2009 by Denise

Here we are already, at the last of three questions for today! Join three graphic designers at the very start of their careers – one confident, one sad and one wet-behind the ears.

We found this question harder than the first two, but have full confidence in your puzzling skills! The first to answer this question will win a Flickr Pro account and a pack of MiniCards. Good luck!


The Third Zone: Painting the Town

This is the story of three carefree young graphic designers—Rod, Grant, and Blaise. Diplomas in hand, they have just tossed their caps in the air and are setting out into the Big City to look for work. They are full of hope and wonder, these three close friends, eager to see what is in store for them. But they will soon realize that the turn of the wheel will bring them only fear. You see, what they are about to endure will test them in ways they never could have imagined. For soon they will face terrors of the sort you can only find…in the Third Zone.

Rod, the eldest, is listening to the sixth Weezer album through his ear-buds and zips up his lucky hoodie (a gift from his cousin who’s on the most fun and friendly ruby team in Stockholm) and glares at the neon reflecting off the wet city streets before him. Nothing will crush his fiery spirit, or so he believes.

Grant, slightly younger than Rod, watches his confident friend a bit enviously. He feels completely unprepared for the real world. He believes himself to wet-behind-the-ears, untried, a real noob. He hums When I Come Around in an attempt to bolster his spirits and plans the fastest route to the nearest city park. He’s thinking that cool leafy spaces will calm his nerves and prepare him for what’s to come…

He’s completely wrong of course.

Blaise feels a momentary sadness at the passage of time. She’s been prone to melancholy after major events like birthdays all of her life. But she’s trained herself not to dwell on the pas and instead focus on the clear skies ahead of her. She twists her lucky lapis lazuli pinky ring around three times widdershins and whispers to herself, “The less I seek my source for some definitive the closer I am to fine.”

QUESTION: Upon what kind of wheel do Rod, Grant, and Blaise turn and what do each of them represent?


Answers in the comments please – and we’ll approve them all on Wednesday morning, when we put the next clues online and announce today’s winners!

The “Three Is The Magic Number” quiz is part of our third birthday celebrations!

Read comments (80)

  1. andrew:

    I know I’m way late, but they are RGB – colour wheels.

  2. B:

    Rod – red wheel
    Grant – green wheel
    Blaise – blue wheel
    They each represent the primary colours of a colour wheel!

  3. elle:

    OR they could represent ipods–

    Rod= ipod classic –steady, the oldest of the bunch, confident

    Grant= ipod touch – younger than the classic, and has GPS to navigate the quickest route to the park

    Blaise= ipod nano — the most common ipod given as a gift for major events.

  4. Kate:

    Ah! It took me a while…

    It’s the color wheel. They represent Red, Green, and Blue. That was a good one!

  5. melanie:

    a colour wheel, and they’re Red, Green and Blue.

  6. Melissa Osburn:

    For some reason I think that the ‘wheel’ is a tornado, Rod and Grant are the tin man and scarecrow, and Blaise is Dorothy. buttttttt where is the cowardly lion?

  7. Kitten:

    Wheel of Fortune
    Rod – Fire
    Grant – Earth
    Blaise – Water

  8. Justine:

    Astrological Signs

  9. Justine:

    Colors on the color wheel!!!!

  10. lidia facchinello:

    Rod – red, grant – green, blaise – blue , representing the colour wheel

  11. Laurel:

    Color wheel — Rod is red, Grant is green, Blaise is blue.

  12. Dixie:

    1. The Wheel of Fortune- Rota Fortunae?

    2. Different places on the wheel… “I shall reign, I have reigned and I reign.

  13. jade:

    It’s a colour wheel and they are Red, Green and Blue.

  14. Saani:

    The wheel of life. Rod = life, Grant = birth, Blaise = death

  15. Saani:

    Wheel of time. Grant = childhood, Rod = adolescence, Blaise = middle age

  16. Joe Tortuga:

    It’s the color wheel Rod is Red, Grant Green, and Blaise is blue.

  17. Rebecca Tham:

    They are on a colour wheel, and they represent red, green and blue

  18. Denise Beverly:

    they are on a color wheel and represent red, green and blue

  19. suki:

    the color wheel. red, green and blue.

  20. Kevin:

    RGB of a color wheel – red, green, blue

  21. Mavis:

    They turn the RGB Color Wheel. Each of them represent – Red, Green, Blue.

  22. Tania:

    Rod, Grant and Blaise turn on the color wheel.
    Rod – Red
    Grant – Green
    Blaise – Blue

  23. Hal:

    Color wheel and red, green, blue.

  24. Jan Perry:

    They are on a colour wheel. Rod is red, neon bright, primary, primal. Grant is green, fresh, a tint, a new innocenti to the realm. Blaise is blue, lapis and sky, infinate, neverending and unknowable.

  25. Melanie Hillock:

    ooohhhhhhhhhh…They are on the colour wheel! :)

    They represent Red (Rod), Green (Grant) and Blue (Blaise)

  26. Val:

    They turn the colour wheel! Rod’s red, Grant’s green and Blaise’s blue.

  27. Sarah trainor:

    The color wheel. Red green and blue.

  28. lisa:

    The color wheel!
    Red, Green and Blue!

  29. sar:

    The color wheel
    Rod – Red ,Grant – Green, Blaise – Blue

  30. madly59:

    They represent Red (Rod), Green (Grant) and Blue (Blaise)

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