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[Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête: Tripler

Postby Hobbsicle » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:29 am

Time for another tripler for March. I've randomly chosen three different puzzles that were solved in the month of March, each from a different author, and combined elements from each to form a new puzzle. Solve it just like a regular puzzle. This time, instead of specifically needing to guess the three puzzles I'm working from, I will reveal them automatically when you have discovered their corresponding elements. So it may help you to review the puzzles solved in March, but it isn't strictly necessary. Good luck!

Setting: 1800's England at a fine country estate. Wealthy heiress Margaret Blackwood and her two daughters are hosting a gala at their manor, and the local aristocrats and upper class are trading gossip and hors d'oeuvres as servants weave through the crowd, whisking away empty glasses and fulfilling requests. Suddenly, a woman is heard screaming from the garden, and Margaret and her guests stream out to see one of the other male guests lying dead on the ground, clothes and face covered with burn marks and soot, and some leaves clutched in one hand. Later, they find a cheap necklace and a torn corner of a handwritten page in his jacket pocket. What happened?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby GalFisk » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:42 am

Are the leaves from a nearby tree? Did the man die from a fall? Is the necklace cheaper than what the guests would wear?
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Postby Grip » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:25 am

Was the man set on fire?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:56 pm

GalFisk

Are the leaves from a nearby tree? No, but OTRT Did the man die from a fall? Yes Is the necklace cheaper than what the guests would wear? Yes, slight ish

Grip

Was the man set on fire? Yope, fire is involved
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Postby Grip » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:46 pm

Any animals relevant? the supernatural?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:10 am

Any animals relevant? the supernatural? No to both
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby Grip » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:51 pm

Was the man pushed off of something?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:59 pm

Was the man pushed off of something? No
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Postby Grip » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:15 am

Is the woman who screamed a guest? did she scream because she found the corpse?

Was the handwritten page from a book? letter?

Did the man fall off the roof the manor?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:37 am

Is the woman who screamed a guest? Yes did she scream because she found the corpse? Yes, and she's not really relevant past that

Was the handwritten page from a book? This, of a kind letter?

Did the man fall off the roof the manor? Very close, but not roof
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Postby Balin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:13 am

Was the man's fall an accident? Murder? Suicide?
Did he fall from a balcony?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:37 pm

Was the man's fall an accident? This Murder? Suicide?
Did he fall from a balcony? Closer, but still not quite
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Postby Grip » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:18 pm

Did the man fall out of a window? on a high story of the manor?

was the man trying to get away from a fire?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:08 am

Did the man fall out of a window? on a high story of the manor? Yes to both, with somewhat of an "ish".

was the man trying to get away from a fire? No-ish, but somewhat OTRT
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Postby GalFisk » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:16 am

Was the relevant fire set intentionally? If so, with intent to injure or kill? To cook? To heat? To drive off pests? To illuminate? To produce smoke? Was the fire an explosion? Was it inside the house? Did the dead man set the fire? Flammable gas or vapor relevant?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:11 pm

Was the relevant fire set intentionally? No If so, with intent to injure or kill? To cook? To heat? To drive off pests? To illuminate? To produce smoke? N/A
Was the fire an explosion? No Was it inside the house? Yes Did the dead man set the fire? YES, unintentionally Flammable gas or vapor relevant? No
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Postby GalFisk » Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:45 pm

Did the fire burn: dust? Firewood? Fabric? Rubble? Did the man light a match? Create sparks? Was the man committing a crime?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:13 pm

Did the fire burn: dust? Firewood? Fabric? This Rubble?
Did the man light a match? At a point, he may have, yes, but not at the time the fabric burns Create sparks? No Was the man committing a crime? YES
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Postby GalFisk » Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:49 pm

Was he committing: theft? Arson? Violence? Threats? Kidnapping? Murder? Breaking and entering? Spying? Blackmail?
Did the dead man set the fabric on fire directly? Set a fire that spread to the fabric? Was the fabric: his clothes? Other clothes? Curtains? Furniture?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:02 am

Was he committing: theft? This Arson? Violence? Threats? Kidnapping? Murder? Breaking and entering? Somewhat this Spying? There was a kind of this involved, but it wasn't really the initial plan Blackmail? No to others
Did the dead man set the fabric on fire directly? Yes Set a fire that spread to the fabric? Was the fabric: his clothes? Other clothes? Curtains? Furniture? This
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Postby Grip » Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:10 am

Was the man a soldier?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:32 pm

Was the man a soldier? No
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Postby GalFisk » Fri May 05, 2017 12:54 pm

Does he set the furniture on fire while attempting to do something else? While attempting to set something else on fire? Deos he light a match? Spill a chemical? Cause a static spark? Spill or drop something glowing? Something hot? Something burning?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Sat May 06, 2017 3:17 am

Does he set the furniture on fire while attempting to do something else? Yope While attempting to set something else on fire? No Does he light a match? At one point, probably a bit earlier Spill a chemical? Cause a static spark? No to these Spill or drop something glowing? Something hot? Something burning? This
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Postby GalFisk » Sat May 06, 2017 5:55 am

Does he intend to use fire for light? Warmth? Destruction? Intimidation? Smoke? Smell? Drug use?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Sun May 07, 2017 6:16 pm

Does he intend to use fire for light? This Warmth? Destruction? Intimidation? Smoke? Smell? Drug use?
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Postby Balin » Mon May 08, 2017 11:14 am

Did the man jump out the window? To get away from the fire?
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Postby GalFisk » Mon May 08, 2017 12:45 pm

Did he drop a candle? Lamp? Torch?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon May 08, 2017 7:58 pm

Balin

Did the man jump out the window? He intentionally left by the window, but he didn't jump... To get away from the fire? No, because...

Galfisk

Did he drop a candle? YES, or close enough. We'll say he knocked it over. Lamp? Torch?
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Postby Balin » Mon May 08, 2017 10:34 pm

Did he think the window was as high up as it was? Did he think it was on the ground/first floor?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue May 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Did he think the window was as high up as it was? Did he think it was on the ground/first floor? No to both

HINT: Each thing mentioned about his body and what was on him is relevant to figuring out what happened
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Postby Grip » Tue May 09, 2017 8:22 pm

Was anyone else directly involved in his death?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed May 10, 2017 7:01 am

Are the leavea from a vine? Did the man exit the building through a window? Was he climbing when he fell? Did he fall because he got burned?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Wed May 10, 2017 4:23 pm

Grip

Was anyone else directly involved in his death? No
GalFisk

Are the leavea from a vine? YES Did the man exit the building through a window? Yes Was he climbing when he fell? YES Did he fall because he got burned? Somewhat irrel, really

I think it will be a good time for a
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The man was in an upstairs room of the manor, where he isn't supposed to be, trying to steal something. He is using a candle for light, and sets it down while he searches. At some point (and for a particular reason), he knocks over the candle , and sets a piece of furniture on fire. At a further point, he leaves the room by the window (though not quite to escape the fire), trying to climb the ivy along the side. Unfortunately, the ivy doesn't support him, and he falls to his death, leaves in hand.

To explore:

Why, if he is a guest at such a well-to-do event, is he looking to steal anything at all?
Why is he covered in soot and some burns if he just started a small fire?
What piece of furniture did he set fire to (only relevant because this is a tripler....)?
What is the significance of the torn, handwritten page?
What is the significance of the cheap necklace in his pocket?
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Postby Grip » Wed May 10, 2017 5:11 pm

Is the cheap necklace what the man wanted to steal? did he think it was more valuable then it was?

Is the furniture he set fire to a bed? chest? bureau? cupboard? door? bookshelf? nightstand?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Wed May 10, 2017 9:53 pm

Is the cheap necklace what the man wanted to steal? No, but explore did he think it was more valuable then it was? NO

Is the furniture he set fire to a bed? This chest? bureau? cupboard? door? bookshelf? nightstand?

*Ding* *Ding* *Ding*
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Postby Grip » Thu May 11, 2017 3:25 pm

I had a feeling there was a connection, hence why I asked if the man was a soldier earlier. Thanks for including my puzzle!

Did the man (can we call him Bernard?) intend to steal something else? did he wind up with the necklace unintentionally? did the necklace contain a hidden opening or similar feature? is Bernard a fence?

Was Bernard in financial straits? recently went bankrupt? is he being blackmailed?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Fri May 12, 2017 1:25 am

I had a feeling there was a connection, hence why I asked if the man was a soldier earlier. Thanks for including my puzzle! I thought you might have suspected by that question...I was glad to include it, I enjoyed solving it.

Did the man (can we call him Bernard?) intend to steal something else? Yes, but... did he wind up with the necklace unintentionally? No did the necklace contain a hidden opening or similar feature? No is Bernard a fence? No

There may be an FA there.

Was Bernard in financial straits? Yes recently went bankrupt? Maybe, or close to it, exact financial position irrelevant is he being blackmailed? No
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Postby GalFisk » Fri May 12, 2017 7:18 am

Did someone else at the party own this necklace? Did he intend to swap it for another one? To use it as a tool? Relevant what material it's made from?
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Postby Balin » Fri May 12, 2017 10:32 am

Did Bernard search in a fireplace?
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Postby Grip » Fri May 12, 2017 5:39 pm

Do any of the other guests know about his financial situation?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon May 15, 2017 2:29 am

GalFisk

Did someone else at the party own this necklace? No, but OTRT, explore Did he intend to swap it for another one? YES To use it as a tool? No Relevant what material it's made from? Not specifically, but explore

Balin

Did Bernard search in a fireplace? No

Grip

Do any of the other guests know about his financial situation? No, relevant only for context
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Postby GalFisk » Mon May 15, 2017 6:44 am

Os it a cheap copy of an expensive necklace? Did he intend to swap them in order to delay discovery of the theft? Is the cheap one made from a material that mimics something more expensive? Such as brass instead of gold?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Mon May 15, 2017 4:25 pm

Os it a cheap copy of an expensive necklace? YES Did he intend to swap them in order to delay discovery of the theft? More or less, yes Is the cheap one made from a material that mimics something more expensive? Such as brass instead of gold? Exact details here are irrelevant, so assume this, or maybe fake diamonds

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Postby Balin » Tue May 16, 2017 1:10 pm

Did he ever attempt to make the swap? Or had he not yet attempted the swap before his death? Had the necklaces already been swapped? By him? By someone else?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Sat May 20, 2017 2:02 am

Did he ever attempt to make the swap? yope Or had he not yet attempted the swap before his death? He did, but... Had the necklaces already been swapped? By him? By someone else? No to these
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Postby GalFisk » Tue May 23, 2017 3:40 pm

Was he unable to find the real necklace? Was it not there? Did he target one specific necklace? More than one?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Fri May 26, 2017 1:52 pm

Was he unable to find the real necklace? NO, he found it Was it not there? Did he target one specific necklace? YES More than one?
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Postby GalFisk » Sun May 28, 2017 6:01 am

Was he unable to swap it for the fake? Was he seen? Or heard? Or afraid that he would be? Or afraid that he would leave evidence pointing to him? Was the necklace being worn when he found it? Was it where he wanted to find it? Did he light the candles in order to be able to do the swap? Was it in a case? On display? In the dark?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue May 30, 2017 3:04 am

Was he unable to swap it for the fake? NO Was he seen? Or heard? Or afraid that he would be? Or afraid that he would leave evidence pointing to him? This, in part, no to rest
Was the necklace being worn when he found it? No Was it where he wanted to find it? Yes or irrel Did he light the candles in order to be able to do the swap? In order to look for it, mainly. It was night, so... Was it in a case? On display? In the dark? This, no to others
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Postby JenBurdoo » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:23 pm

Was he swapping for a necklace owned by one of the hostesses? Or a guest? Someone else? A relative or friend of the hostesses? His own necklace, or one owned by someone he knew? Did he successfully swap it? Was he carrying it or the fake at the time of his death? Was one of the necklaces set afire?
Was the necklace accessible to him? Or was it locked away? Did he have to reach for it and thus knocked over the candle? Or obtain it in some other relevant way other than picking it up?
Were the torn pages a guide to finding the necklace? Were they from a book? A magazine? A diary? Did they just give him the idea?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:17 pm

Was he swapping for a necklace owned by one of the hostesses? YES, and that is relevant Or a guest? Someone else? A relative or friend of the hostesses? His own necklace, or one owned by someone he knew? It was owned by someone he knew...explore Did he successfully swap it? No Was he carrying it or the fake at the time of his death? The fake Was one of the necklaces set afire? No
Was the necklace accessible to him? Yes, and he found the necklace but didn't swap Or was it locked away? No Did he have to reach for it and thus knocked over the candle? No Or obtain it in some other relevant way other than picking it up? No
Were the torn pages a guide to finding the necklace? Were they from a book? A magazine? A diary? THIS Did they just give him the idea?

Some good questions in there
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Postby JenBurdoo » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:55 pm

OK, so making sure here: Was the cheaper necklace he was found with owned by another? Someone at the party? A relation of his? Was the more expensive necklace he was going to steal owned by another? Someone at the party? A relation of his?

Did he not swap the necklaces because:
- he realized he would be caught?
- he realized the two did not match? Did match?
- he realized he'd missed a step in his plan?
- he realized he had a scrund?
- he had a fit of conscience and decided not to swap at all?
- he decided to do it another time?
- He didn't have time?
- He would make too much noise?
Was he interrupted?
Was the diary his? The hostess's? the owner of the more expensive necklace? The less expensive one? someone else? H/A/M?
Did the diary give instructions of some sort? Give away something? Did he only have to read it to make his plan, or decipher or realize something not written in the diary? Is the specific page he held relevant? Invisible ink relevant? A sketch?
Did the cheaper necklace belong to his wife?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:30 pm

OK, so making sure here: Was the cheaper necklace he was found with owned by another? Someone at the party? A relation of his? Was the more expensive necklace he was going to steal owned by another? Someone at the party? A relation of his? I may have answered incorrectly before, not sure. But the fake necklace is owned by him, and the necklace he was going to steal was owned by one of the hostesses.

Did he not swap the necklaces because:
- he realized he would be caught? This fear may have ultimately played a small part, but it wasn't the primary reason
- he realized the two did not match? Did match?
- he realized he'd missed a step in his plan?
- he realized he had a scrund? This is part of it
- he had a fit of conscience and decided not to swap at all? This is also part, though there was reason for the change of heart
- he decided to do it another time?
- He didn't have time?
- He would make too much noise?
Was he interrupted? No to others
Was the diary his? The hostess's? THIS the owner of the more expensive necklace? which is also this The less expensive one? someone else? H/A/M?
Did the diary give instructions of some sort? No Give away something? This, if I understand what you're asking Did he only have to read it to make his plan, or decipher or realize something not written in the diary? FA possibly, he did not have to read it to make his plan Is the specific page he held relevant? Invisible ink relevant? A sketch? No to these
Did the cheaper necklace belong to his wife? No
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Postby JenBurdoo » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:21 pm

Did the diary reveal the location of the hostess' necklace? Appear to? Did the perp read it and think he had a surefire plan? But he was wrong? Because he wasn't aware of something else? Did he realize that the hostess deserved the necklace? Was not who he thought she was? That her necklace was not what he thought it was? That it was protected in some way?

When killed, was he fleeing? Or was he surprised by his death?
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Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:00 pm

Did the diary elicit sympathy in him? Fear? Remorse? Panic? Some other relevant emotional response?
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Postby Hobbsicle » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:06 pm

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Did the diary reveal the location of the hostess' necklace? Appear to? Did the perp read it and think he had a surefire plan? But he was wrong? Because he wasn't aware of something else? Did he realize that the hostess deserved the necklace? This is part of it Was not who he thought she was? This-ish, only in the vaguest of senses That her necklace was not what he thought it was? That it was protected in some way? No to rest

When killed, was he fleeing? Or was he surprised by his death? I believe it has been previously established that he was attempting to leave by the window by climbing down the ivy, but the ivy did not hold his weight, so he fell to his death.

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Did the diary elicit sympathy in him? Some of this Fear? Remorse? Panic? Some other relevant emotional response? But also this
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:41 pm

Other response: negative? Positive? Neutral? Mixed? Directed towards his intended victim? Towards someone else? Towards himself? Does the diary mention him?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby SurfingPikachu » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:46 am

Is he personally related to the hostess? Family? Friend? Romantically (current or ex)? Enemy?
If so, is the crime motivated in part due to this? Or is it nothing personal?
Is the crime motivated by money? By intention to right a wrong? Did he believe that the hostess had wrongful ownership of the necklace before the theft? Was this belief changed during the theft?
Did he intend to sell the necklace after the theft? Keep it? Give it to someone?

Did he start the fire intentionally or accidentally? Did he plan to do so beforehand?
Did he do it before or after he decided not to swap the necklaces? Read the diary?
If intentionally, was its purpose to: Destroy something specific? Burn the whole room? House? Hide some evidence of his visit? Revenge?
If accidentally, was it due to him due to him being startled? Physical clumsiness? Due to the wind?
Did he try to put out the fire? With his body or clothes?

Did he read the diary before or after starting the fire? Did he plan to do so beforehand?
Did anything significant happen between him reading the diary and tearing the page? Such as the fire starting?
Did he tear a whole page or a small corner of it? Was it intentional? Was there something significant written on the piece he took? Did he tear it to bring that information with him? Or to hide something from the hostess? Did he intend to use it as evidence to convince someone else of something?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:58 am

GalFisk

Other response: negative? Positive? Generally this Neutral? Mixed? Directed towards his intended victim? Yes Towards someone else? Towards himself? Does the diary mention him? YES

SurfingPikachu (Hi there!)

Is he personally related to the hostess? Family? Friend? Romantically (current or ex)? This, ex! Enemy?
If so, is the crime motivated in part due to this? To a certain degree, yes Or is it nothing personal? Although general financial gain is also a motive
Is the crime motivated by money? Yes, in part By intention to right a wrong? No Did he believe that the hostess had wrongful ownership of the necklace before the theft? "Wrongful" probably is too strong, but OTRT Was this belief changed during the theft? Yes!
Did he intend to sell the necklace after the theft? This Keep it? Give it to someone?

Did he start the fire intentionally or accidentally? Accident Did he plan to do so beforehand? No
Did he do it before or after he decided not to swap the necklaces? Before or around the same time Read the diary? While doing do
If intentionally, was its purpose to: Destroy something specific? Burn the whole room? House? Hide some evidence of his visit? Revenge?
If accidentally, was it due to him due to him being startled? This is closest, although distracted is probably a better term for it Physical clumsiness? Some element of this involved, too. Due to the wind?
Did he try to put out the fire? Yes! With his body or clothes? Yes, some combination of this!

Did he read the diary before or after starting the fire? He started reading before Did he plan to do so beforehand?
Did anything significant happen between him reading the diary and tearing the page? Such as the fire starting? This!
Did he tear a whole page or a small corner of it? Just a corner Was it intentional? No Was there something significant written on the piece he took? No, just the page he was on Did he tear it to bring that information with him? Or to hide something from the hostess? Did he intend to use it as evidence to convince someone else of something? No to rest

Excellent set of questions! We're almost there now.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby JenBurdoo » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:48 am

Had he given her the necklace? And now wanted it back, because they were no longer lovers? Did he father her child? Had he thought she did not value the necklace, and discovered from the diary that she did? Perhaps that she would give it to someone? Keep it forever? In a place of honor?

At this point, I'm thinking he read just far enough in her diary to know she possessed the necklace and where it was, but whilst in the process of swiping it he read further or thought back and realized something, and in his surprise and consternation knocked over the candle.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:03 pm

Had he given her the necklace? YES And now wanted it back, because they were no longer lovers? Basically, yes! In my mind, they were never quite lovers, as she ultimately spurned his attempts at wooing her, but the distinction is largely irrelevant Did he father her child? No Had he thought she did not value the necklace, and discovered from the diary that she did? That may have been part of it, but there's a bit more to it. Perhaps that she would give it to someone? Keep it forever? In a place of honor? No to these

At this point, I'm thinking he read just far enough in her diary to know she possessed the necklace and where it was, but whilst in the process of swiping it he read further or thought back and realized something, and in his surprise and consternation knocked over the candle. Yes,
or close enough, very good.


The only detail left to trigger the last puzzle and the solution is to discover what the diary relevantly revealed.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby SurfingPikachu » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:29 pm

The diary revealed that:
- She actually loved him?
- Her necklace was also fake?
- She actually already swapped her real necklace for his fake necklace? (So that now he had the real and she the fake?)
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:44 pm

The diary revealed that:
- She actually loved him? THIS
- Her necklace was also fake?
- She actually already swapped her real necklace for his fake necklace? (So that now he had the real and she the fake?)

************************SPOILER***************************

The man in question (James) had previously courted and tried to win the affections of one of the heiress' daughters (Abigail). He had bought her an expensive necklace as a gift, but ultimately, she spurned his advances and rejected him, breaking his heart. Later, he is having major financial difficulty and is facing bankruptcy, although he is hiding his difficulty in order to retain his standing in the aristocracy. Out of financial desperation as well as a vengeful heart, he hatches a plan to steal back the necklace he gave to Abigail. Not truly wishing her to miss the necklace, both for his own sake of keeping the deed secret, as well as a twinge of conscience at taking from the woman he once loved, he has a faux duplicate made of the necklace and plans to swap it with the real necklace he gave her during the fête he has been invited to.

While the event is in full swing, he slips away and proceeds to the upper story to find Abigail's room. He takes a candle, lights it from a lamp, and slips into her dark room. During his search, he stumbles across her diary. Both satisfying his own curiosity, and hoping there might be a clue to the necklace's whereabouts, he begins to read. He does see some information about where the necklace is kept, but he also reads, to his surprise, that Abigail has in fact fallen in love with him, and is unsure how to express it. As shocked, delighted, mystified, and overwhelmed as the most lovestruck of souls, he bumps the candle off the nightstand while engrossed in the diary and sets the bed ablaze. Startled by the fire, he drops the diary, accidentally ripping off a corner.

Well, he certainly can't leave it burning. With a newfound heroism towards the woman he suddenly finds himself loving again, he shoves the corner into his pocket, and beats and stamps at the bed coverings until he has put the fire out. He also, in light of this revelation, has decided to find another way out of his financial straits, and will leave her necklace where it is. His fleeting moment of triumph is extinguished when he realizes his current predicament. He is in Abigail's bedroom with a charred bed and soot all over his clothes and hands. He cannot go back down to the party as he had first intended, because he would be caught...well...black-handed, and subsequently linked to intrusion into Abigail's bedroom.

His only choice is to escape by the window. Finding that the exterior wall is covered in ivy, he begins his descent, but alas, the ivy cannot support his weight, and he plummets to the ground, leaves still clutched in his hand. Poor Abigail. She could probably do better anyway.

The three related puzzles:

(Grip) Mixed Up Madness (A man who sets fire to a bed in a large house in the 19th century)
[LemonCurry] Public Channel Late-Night TV (A man near bankruptcy who commits forgery in his desperation)
[Doriana] Do kids still do that? (Reading a handwritten note that reveals someone's romantic interest in them)


Congrats all, there were a lot of good questions: GalFisk, Grip, Balin, JenBurdoo, and SurfingPikachu. Good puzzle teamwork!
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby JenBurdoo » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:34 am

Good one! This was really intriguing. It's an interesting concept for designing a puzzle, too.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Fatal Fête (Tripler)

Postby Hobbsicle » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:59 am

Thanks! It works as a sort of creative exercise, as it helps me come up with stories and situations I wouldn't likely have thought of without the prompting of the puzzles. They can tend towards being a bit convoluted, maybe, but so far no one has had excessive trouble with them.
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