Professor Layton and the Curious Village: Puzzle Solutions #1-5 Explained In-depth

April 14th, 2014 by Nick Maunders

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Hey everyone, time for a new set of tutorials and solutions! This time I’ll be going through the Professor Layton series starting with the very first game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It’s a really lovely game (you can check out my review here), so if you haven’t yet got around to playing it you really should, especially if you’re new to the whole Professor Layton series. They’re fun, challenging and exciting, which is what you want for a lovely game really.

When it comes to tutorials, I realise that some people prefer written guides (like this one), whilst some people prefer an actual video, so I’ve decided to do both. Either you can read through this for an understanding or, alternatively, watch my video which I have attached below to watch me completing the puzzles and explaining how to do so with a running commentary at the same time. The choice is yours!

To begin with I’ve done the first 5 puzzles for The Curious Village, obviously these are some of the easiest in the games so a guide might not be the most necessary of things, but I’ll go through all puzzles, regardless of the complexity or easiness, for completeness. So let’s start!

001 Where’s the Village? (UK) / Where’s the Town? (US)

A great first little puzzle to introduce anyone to the series! We need to find the one village/town that isn’t joined to another one via a connecting road, so basically an isolated village/town. Below to make things a little clearer I’ve numbered each of the villages from 1 to 5. To begin with it’s quite clear to see that villages #3 and #5 are connected, just by tracing the road between them. Similarly, both #2 and #4 are also connected. Therefore the answer must be #1!

Professor Layton Screenshot

002 The Crank and Slot

This puzzle can be made a lot more complicated than is needed. Below you can see that you’re given a shape and you need to pick the mirror image from 3 possible solutions. Finding mirror images can be tricky but you really don’t need to bother for this puzzle! As you can see, I’ve circled the section of the picture that you really should draw your attention to. This little section shows a unique section of the slot where a square is sticking out from behind an actual point (or vertex for the correct term) of the pentagon.

Professor Layton Screenshot

Now if you actually look at the 3 possible answers you can see that a square coming out from behind a vertex only happens on #1. This unique characteristic is all you need to notice to solve this puzzle quickly and efficiently!

003 Strange Hats

This puzzle is much trickier than the previous two! Due to optical illusions for this puzzle it can be very hard to work out the correct answer just by looking at all 4 possible answers. Just from a quick look it looks like the answer should be C or D to me but that’s wrong. The best thing to do here is to grab something you can use to measure both lines. A ruler is fab but even using your stylus and placing your fingernail on one side is perfectly fine too. Doing this should draw you to the correct answer which is A.

Professor Layton Screenshot

004 Where’s My House?

A common problem with this puzzle is that many people are unsure what direction the sun rises and sets. Most people know it’s either in the East or West, and for this puzzle, that’s all we actually need to know! A very important theme for the puzzle is uniqueness. There is only one answer and therefore the correct answer must be a house that faces in a direction different to all the other houses! On the image below I’ve colour-coded the houses with respect to the directions they are facing.

Professor Layton Screenshot

As we can see for the orange and green houses there is more than one of them! Therefore these houses can’t be the correct answers – we can’t have more than one house being the right answer! If we try the blue house and follow the directions (turn left, then right, then right) we end up facing North. So to solve this puzzle all you need to know is that the sun does definitely not rise in the North. So the answer must be the house highlighted in black.

005 Clock Hands (UK)

How many times do clock hands pass over each other in 12 hours? This requires some mathematical thinking! It’s easy to forget exactly where the hands cross and just to say they cross exactly on the hour and therefore get the answer of 11. Wrong unfortunately! The picture below has pictures of where each crossing is, but for a more detailed maths explanation, read on!

Professor Layton Screenshot

Each hour is made up of 60 minutes. There are also 5 minute intervals between each hour on the clock. Therefore for the hour hand to get from the 5 minute mark to the 6 minute mark, for example, would take 60/5=12 minutes. The first crossing will be between 1:05 and 1:06 (as only 5 minutes have passed from the hour the hour hand will be between the 1:05 and 1:06 – as 5 is less than 12).

The next crossing will be between 2:10 and 2:11 (10 is still less than 12), while the 3rd crossing will be between 3:16 and 3:17. This is because 15 is greater than 12 so the hour hand will have moved another line across by the time the minute hand has crossed. The rest of the crossings are below:

Fourth Crossing: Between 4:21 and 4:22 (20 is between 12 and 24)
Fifth Crossing: Between 5:22 and 5:23 (25 is between 24 and 36 so move up another line)
Sixth Crossing: Between 6:32 and 6:33 (30 is between 24 and 36)
Seventh Crossing: Between 7:32 and 7:33 (35 is between 24 and 36 – just!)
Eighth Crossing: Between 8:33 and 8:34 (40 is between 36 and 48 so move up another line)
Ninth Crossing: Between 9:33 and 9:34 (45 is between 36 and 48)
Tenth Crossing: Between 10:54 and 10:55 (50 is between 48 and 60 so move up another line)

As for the final crossing, this will happen at 12:00 so doesn’t count in this answer. Therefore there are only 10 crossings!

005 Digital Digits (US)

(Note that as this is the US version I am not able to do a YouTube guide for this question, however I can still include it here!).

If we think of the possible numbers in a digital clock (0-9), how many of these can be repeated consecutively? Well as the minute section is limited to stay between 0 and 60 only the numbers 0-5 can be repeated at least twice.

Let’s start from the beginning with 0’s on the left hand side. We can get 5 combinations here with 01:11, 02:22, 03:33, 04:44 and 05:55. Following from this logic we can also get 11:11 and 12:22 (we won’t go on to 21:11 as this clock goes from am to pm). Another section of numbers to notice is when there are three 1’s (11:12). This goes for 11:10, 11:12, 11:13, 11:14, 11:15, 11:16, 11:17, 11:18 and 11:19. Anything left?

Yes! Just one more though, which a lot of people forget is 10:00, there can be 3 zeroes too of course! Remember also that as there are AM’s and PM’s we need to double are answer by 2, so 17*2=34. (As this is a 12 hour clock midnight will be displayed as 12:00 (am) so there isn’t a 00:00 which would have added an extra number to our count).

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