1. 4 by 2 and 2, square 4, Les Tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine.

    At the end of his tribulations, Kin-Fo finds himself at the Great Chinese Wall.

    What is the length of this wall?

    Section of the Great Wall
    • Britanica OnLine says:

      Chinese (Wade-Giles) WAN-LI CH’ANG-CH’ENG, or (Pinyin) WANLI CHANGCHENG (“10,000 Li Long Wall”), one of the largest building-construction projects ever carried out, running (with all its branches) about 4,000 miles (6,400 km) east to west from Po Hai, the northwestern arm of the Yellow Sea, to a point deep in central Asia.

    • The site LIVE IMAGES OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA gives the answer:

      The wall reached a length of 2400 km (about 1500 miles), however, only several hundred kilometers remain intact in the eastern regions.

    • The site The Great Wall of China gives the number 6000 km, like the Britannica:

      Starting at Shanhai Pass in the east and ending up at Jiayu Pass in the west, traversing up and down over undulating mountains in the northern part of China, the Great Wall, called in Chinese the Wan Li Chang Cheng (meaning the ten thousand Li Long Wall), covers a total distance of more than 6000 kilometers and enjoys the fame of being one of the greatest ancient architectural projects in human history.

    • From Art of China Home Page / Scenery / Great Wall:

      Construction of the Great Wall started in the 7th century B.C. The vassal states under the Chou Dynasty in the northern parts of the country each built their own walls for defence purposes. After the state of Chin unified China in 221 B.C., it joined the walls to hold off the invaders from the Tsongnoo tribes in the north and extended them to more than 10,000 li or 5,000 kilometers. This is the origin of the name of the 10,000-li Great Wall.

      The Great Wall was renovated from time to time after the Chin Dynasty. A major renovation started with the founding of the Ming Dynasty in 1368, and took 200 years to complete. The wall we see today is almost exactly the result of this effort. With a total length of over 6,000 kilometers, it extends to the Jiayu Pass in Gansu Province in the west and to the mouth of the Yalu River in Liaoning Province in the east.

  2. 4 by 3 and 1, square 8, Le Village aerien.

    It is not really clear whether the Waggdis are some kind of ‘missing link’, or just primitive human beings.

    Find information about theories on the origin of the human species.

    Fossil of an early human skeleton
    • Talk.origins is a Usenet newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins. The archive is a collection of articles and essays, most of which have appeared in talk.origins at one time or another.

    • They have in the same location a copy of Dawin’s book.

    • Another interesting site is Origins.

  3. 7 by 5 and 2, square 15, L’Agence Thompson & Co.

    The Thompson Travel Agency offers travels for a low price.

    Find a company that arranges very cheap travels.

    On first search, the closest match is the Home Page of ETN, the European Travel Network, a non-profit organization promoting worldwide the use of discounted flights and hotels.

  4. 9 by 6 and 3, square 24, Michel Strogoff.

    Michel Strogoff, the courier of the Czar, is sent to the Czar’s brother, in Irkoutsk.

    Who were the Czars of the Romanov dynasty?

    From The Romanov Timeline, or Russian Rulers 1613–1917 (Romanov Dynasty):

    Portrait of Alexander II
    1. Michael Romanov 1613–45
    2. Alexis (the Quietest One) 1645–76
    3. Theodore III 1676–82
    4. Sophia Regent 1682–89; Ivan V Co-tsar 1682–96
    5. Peter I (the Great) 1682–1725
    6. Catherine I 1725–27
    7. Peter II 1727–30
    8. Anne 1730–40
    9. Ivan VI 1740–41
    10. Elizabeth 1741–62
    11. Peter III 1762
    12. Catherine II (the Great) 1762–96
    13. Paul I 1796–1801
    14. Alexander I 1801–25
    15. Nicholas I 1825–55
    16. Alexander II 1855–1881
    17. Alexander III 1881–1894
    18. Nicholas II 1894–1917
  5. 9 by 5 and 4, square 33, L’Etonnante Aventure de la mission Barsac.

    Jane Blazon, who is held prisoner by Harry the Killer, succeeds in finding help by means of an experimental wireless telegraph.

    When was the first wireless telegraphy a fact?

    Marchese Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937).

    An Italian physicist and inventor, Marconi was fascinated by the discovery in 1894 of electromagnetic waves and immediately began working to create a wireless telegraphy. A year later, he conducted his first successful experiments in wireless telegraphy and in 1898 transmitted signals across the English channel. In 1901 transatlantic radio communication was born with his first radio wave broadcast from England to New Foundland. The Nobel Prize given to him recognized his “contribution to the development of wireless telegraphy”.

    Caricature of Marconi
  6. 8 by 6 and 2, square 41. Redouble the number of points, square 49, Claudius Bombarnac.

    Baron Weissschnitzerdörfer tries to travel around the world in 50 days. Eventually, he needs 139.

    Find at least three accounts of other travellers around the world.

    Information not found in time. Pay a double fine and stay at square 49, Claudius Bombarnac.

  7. Met by Aline and Gilles. Pay a simple fine and go to square 46, Le Chemin de France.