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Vegas Eye: I’m getting so dizzy….

Thursday, February 28, 2013

You know I’m a devotee of capturing images that are reflections of buildings and objects. In this week’s geo-puzzle, there are reflections of words, colors and building shapes. For many Las Vegans, this will be an instantly identifiable location. Does it seem familiar to you too? I find it ever so easy to get slightly hypnotized if I spend too much time looking at this photo. Does it have this effect on you?

This photo keeps doing funny things to my eyes — but there are some great visual clues!
Photo by Megan Edwards

1. What’s the name of the hotel where these blocks can be seen?
2. In order to create the reflection shown above, where would the photographer be standing?
3. What’s especially noteworthy about this spot for Las Vegas?

More about the Vegas Eye mystery photo game:

1) Anyone can play! If you think you know the location of the place or landmark pictured in the mystery photo(s) and can answer the accompanying questions, please post your responses as a comment below. Locations and landmarks are all located within a 35-mile radius of Las Vegas City Hall.

2) We invite you to contribute mystery photos to Vegas Eye and pose your own puzzle questions. If you’d like to contribute, please keep in mind that a good subject for a mystery photo should be unique in some way. There should be subtle but identifiable visual clues in the photo to help players solve the puzzle. Please send photos and puzzle questions to Vegas Eye at this address. (Please submit high resolution photos. Full-size images straight from your camera are best.)

3) If the players and contributors of this Vegas Eye game are unable to completely solve the questions posed by Vegas Eye, than Vegas Eye will be compelled to provide and post answers within a 30-day period of the original post. Participants in this Vegas Eye game will be awarded some level of bonus points for solving these puzzles within the thirty-day period. The calibration of the relative value of these bonus points is still be determined. However there have been two special honorees as the reigning super VE-Geo-Sleuths: October, 2012 Dave P, is the most active of the current puzzle sleuths and deserves special recognition for using geometry to triangulate the position of the photographer in this tricky VE puzzle. In October 2010, Tom Herbertson was able to deduce and otherwise figure out all of the mystery locations shown here and in 2011 Martin Veneroso has posted a number of detailed responses, like this one for the Las Vegas Strip pink elephant and this one which is seen by hundreds of people every day!

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5 Responses to “Vegas Eye: I’m getting so dizzy….”
  1. Martin Veneroso says:

    I’m not sure I can nail the photog’s location exactly, but that’s the Plaza (nee Union Plaza) at 1 Main Street. I would guess that the photographer was on the sidewalk alongside the Golden Gate, roughly across from the entrance to the Plaza’s valet and parking garage.

    Probably the most noteworthy aspect of the Plaza is that it was the site of the 1905 land auction where the original plots of land making up the city of Las Vegas were sold. Well, that and being the location of the former Union Pacific and current Greyhound terminals. :-)

  2. Steve Fey says:

    One of the few I’ve gotten, but yeah, he beat me. Not sure exactly where you’d stand, though. Haven’t stood out there lately.

  3. Dave P. says:

    Looks like the picture was taken from right in front of the Greyhound terminal.

    The reflection makes it a little tricky. On first glance, it looks like “…GETT”. I think the two T’s is just caused by the two panes of glass doing that, and it really showing a reflection of the Golden Nuget sign.

  4. Vegas Eye says:

    Kudos, kudos to all of you!

    Yeah, that reflection was a very tricky aspect — and yeah those two “T” are an optical illusion.

    Nice job everyone!

    Martin’s location was the closest one to where Megan was standing

    VE

  5. Vegas Eye says:

    Oops, I looked again at the photo…. Dave P.’s location was the most accurate. It was actually shot in between the driveway entrance for the buses and the front door of the Greyhound Terminal and it you look at the Google Satellite images of that location, you can see the lamp post and part of the Nugget sign, although not as well as Megan captured it.

    The other reference was to the current version of the Rat-Pack show which now appears at the Plaza. There is a lot of history associated with the Plaza….

    VE

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