A simple puzzle - solution


This is the solution to the Simple Puzzle. Apparently it was too simple as I now owe two months' salary worth of beer to people in about 9 different countries. Many of you recognized it right away as Hotel California by the Eagles.

My apologies for the misleading hint that threw some of you off. Anyway, here are the lyrics along with the correct sequence (just in case you don't believe me). But keep in mind that in order to experience the full effect, you must actually play the song on a kick-ass sound system with crazy subwoofers while viewing the pictures:

6. On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

2. My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

8. There she stood in the doorway;

10. I heard the mission bell

13. And I was thinking to myself,
this could be heaven or this could be hell

17. Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

7. (CHORUS)
Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here


19. Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes "bends"

3. She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

4. So I called up the captain,
please bring me my wine
He said, we haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine

9. And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

12. (CHORUS)
Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin it up at the hotel california
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis


5. Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice

14. And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device

1. And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the feast

16. They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

15. Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before

18. relax, said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.

11. You can checkout any time you like,

20. But you can never leave!

21. (GUITAR)
NOTE: I admit that some of the panels are somewhat ambiguous and that slight variations of my intended sequence also work.