Before today, I've been able to close my hood 3-4 times due purely to dumb luck. The Phaeton is truly complicated. A simple drop does not close the hood. Rather, there is a black plastic tab with a mysterious red arrow on it. I have to do something to it to close the hood. I've tried closing it 10+ times tonight with zero success. Thank goodness I don't have an appointment to get to tomorrow morning.
I'll post the complicated solution, once I figure it out.
Crisis averted: Despite instructions to the contrary in the owner's manual, I was able to shut it by dropping it from about 18".