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[Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:31 pm

This is the sequel to "The gravity of the situation," and this is the room you can die in. If you make a fatal error, I will post the words "YOU HAVE DIED" along with a death counter, then return you to the last thing you did before making the deadly move. If I break character, I will do so in blue italics.

This room was inspired by the 2007 escape game MuseLock, an anagram of which provided the puzzle title.


I thought whoever trapped me in that cliff room would leave me alone for a while, but only a week after escaping, I'd fallen asleep on my couch, woke up to the sound of footsteps, then smelled that sweet smell and passed out.

Now I'm once again in an armchair in a strange room with a headache.

In my hand are two notes. The first says:

Unmatched in ingenuity;
Escaped the cliff alive.
Will skill (perhaps fortuity)
Allow you to survive?


And the second:

Look carefully and warily;
More ways than one, you're trapped.
A single gaffe, and verily,
Your life is shortly wrapped.


...well, this is going to suck.

I don't know if it's because I've already smelled the sweet stuff or because the guy used less or whatever reason, but I do feel well enough to look around, although I still have this headache.

This room is completely white, with the ceiling, walls, and floor all covered in large tiles, maybe two feet by two feet square.

In front of me I see a small alcove, about one tile square, with a wooden door at its back. There is a large, glowing emergency exit sign above the door.

On the wall to my left is a desk with two drawers, one above the other. There is an open laptop computer on the desk, and a large metal box under it.

On the wall to my right is a whiteboard. Interesting - I'd have expected it to be about halfway up the wall, but the bottom is level with the floor.

In the corner directly to my right is a small table with what I believe is a printer on it.

On the same wall as the armchair, but to my left, is a large painting of some sort. I can't read it while I'm sitting down.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:19 pm

Great! I've just played the MuseLock (I died 3 times) and Ii'm sure this will be even better!

Let's begin by examining things around: armchair, painting, whiteboard, desk and drawers, laptop, metal box, alcove, door, emergency light, table and printer.
In doing this, don't move the objects!
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:34 am

Great! I've just played the MuseLock (I died 3 times) and I'm sure this will be even better! Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!

Let's begin by examining things around: In doing this, don't move the objects! Given the deadly nature of this room, I will be careful when examining everything and will not touch them.

armchair
It's a very comfortable armchair much like the one I woke up in last room.
Laying down on the floor, I can see under the chair. There is a small piece of paper or something under the chair; I might be able to fit my hand under it but not my entire arm, so I can't reach it right now.


painting
The massive painting is of an unrolled scroll. On the scroll is this poem:

The task for your solving
Is massive, colossal;
I’m only one part -
Or perhaps I am four.
Don’t enter one wrong;
Don’t mistakenly jostle;
If so - heed my warning -
Your life is no more.


There are four locks holding the painting to the wall, one on each corner. Each lock asks for a five-digit combination.


whiteboard
Written on the whiteboard in black marker:

K=9
else V=8
else G=7
else M=6
else P=5
else Y=4
else D=3
else C=2
else N=1
else 0


There is no marker or eraser in sight.
Moving forward, I notice that the air feels hotter as I approach the whiteboard. Keeping the heat in mind, I check to see how the board is attached to the wall - four screws.


desk and drawers
The desk is about six feet wide, with the two drawers on its right side. Both drawers are ordinary, with two handles and a keyhole. The top drawer has the words "OPEN ME!!!" written directly on the wood.
Aside from the laptop, there is a notebook (closed) on the desk, and on the notebook is a device that looks like a BlackBerry.


laptop
The laptop, an ordinary PC, is open but shows a black screen. The power cord, plugged into the right side of the computer, drapes down behind the desk.

metal box
It's about three feet wide by two feet high by two feet deep. The front cover is screwed on.
Above the box, I can see the power cord hanging down in front of a wall outlet. But the cord's plug seems frayed;
part of the plastic is missing and I can see some of the electric wires.


alcove
There's nothing particular about this alcove - the walls and ceiling are tiled the same as the rest of the room - except for the door.

door
The door is an ordinary wooden door, with a doorknob and keyhole... but I do hear a slight buzzing as I get closer to the door.
Now that I'm close to the door, I can see a key sticking out of the lock. When I get closer to examine the key, the buzzing gets louder.


emergency light
It's an ordinary exit sign, one of these.

table and printer
The table is very ordinary, about two feet square. The printer, a black thing with a black screen, is resting on it. Again, I see its cord hanging below the table.
Looking under the table, I see the end of the cord (this time, the plug looks intact) hanging in front of another outlet. I also see a screwdriver on the inside of one of the table legs, kept in place by a length of wire wrapped around it, and a Post-it note on the floor. It reads, "CIRCUIT BREAKER - keep locked at all times."
Standing up, I notice a small metal box - I'll say "metal panel" to differentiate it from the big metal box under the desk - on the wall about three feet above the printer.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:46 am

Let's begin with the screwdriver: is it connected to something? is the wire connected to something? If not, try to take it.

Take a look at the two wall outlets and at the metal panel, then to the BlackBerry and notebook.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:34 pm

Let's begin with the screwdriver: is it connected to something? is the wire connected to something? Neither appear connected to anything. If not, try to take it. I can easily unwrap the wire and remove the screwdriver, so I do so. I'll also take the length of wire - it's about five feet long when unwrapped and seems like it could be useful.

Take a look at the two wall outlets and at the metal panel, then to the BlackBerry and notebook.
The two outlets are normal wall outlets with two sockets, although both bottom sockets have one of those plastic child-protective covers stuck into them, so each outlet has only one available socket.

The metal panel has a small window in it, and I can see a couple small fuses through the window - this must be the circuit breaker. It is locked, and unlike the door there is no key in this keyhole.

The BlackBerry is - actually, it says above the screen "ZoliTech Pocket Internet" - it's powered off and is just resting on the notebook.

The notebook (which I haven't yet touched) is a spiral-bound one with a dark purple cover.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:09 pm

Try to power the BlackBerry on. Then move it and look through the notebook.

Try to open the metal box with the screwdriver.
Also, try to discover the reason for the heat near the whiteboard.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:49 am

Try to power the BlackBerry on.
I press the power button and the screen turns on. The device loads up and immediately connects to the Internet.
You may now use the Internet to help you solve puzzles.


Then move it and look through the notebook.
The first page of the notebook contains what looks like a guest list:

Marvel at the guests invited to the first annual
PROBLEM SOLVERS CONFERENCE
in beautiful Washington, D.C.!

Instructions for the staff:
-Be sure to seat each man as he arrives earliest.
-I know several of you have been nam-edropping the identities of several of the guests among yourselves. DO NOT GOSSIP!

Guests:
mr BETA
mr NEAT
mr PRESIDE
mr PERUSE
mr NOIRE


The bottom-right corner of this page is torn, and I think I can see some corner of a drawing on the next page. Turning the page, I see the following drawing:


someluckdraw.png
someluckdraw.png (248.04 KiB) Viewed 105 times


...that is frightening.

Try to open the metal box with the screwdriver.
I unscrew the front cover of the metal box. The cover swings open in two sections, revealing... another cover, this one made of glass (or possibly tough plastic, I can't tell by sight) with an electronic keypad asking for digits from 0 to 9.

Behind the glass are - I have never seen one of these before but I am certain of it - the components for a bomb.

The explosive, a large chunk of some plastic explosive, takes up most of the right side of the bomb. There are a large number of those clamps like those in the rightmost drawing plugged into the explosive, with wires trailing from the teeth of the clamp into a tangle on the left side of the bomb. (There is also one clamp not plugged in, with no wire attached, on the floor of the bomb next to the explosive.) Near the top of the bomb, in the middle, is a bent tube like the one in the left drawing, with a gray liquid inside. Two wires trail from the left side of the bent tube, connected to the tube with what looks like an oversized metal nut. The tube is also secured to the roof of the bomb with two metal clamps (not like the ones in the drawing, these are hanging from the ceiling with a loop of metal around the tube).


Also, try to discover the reason for the heat near the whiteboard.
I don't know right now, but after moving along the board, and closer and farther away, I can say that it is hottest near the center of the board, near the floor.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:57 am

Does the BlackBerry have a search feature? If yes, try to search for "PROBLEM SOLVERS CONFERENCE", the 5 guests names, or a combination of them (in particular, all 5 names, and "PROBLEM SOLVERS CONFERENCE" followed by a name).
Other features? (like: can it show a site? follow a link? show a picture?)

Can you reach the paper under the chair with the screwdriver or wire?

Then, let's die for the first time.....try to open the desck drawers.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:57 pm

Does the BlackBerry have a search feature? I mean, I can access Google...
If yes, try to search for "PROBLEM SOLVERS CONFERENCE", the 5 guests names, or a combination of them (in particular, all 5 names, and "PROBLEM SOLVERS CONFERENCE" followed by a name). Nothing useful comes up.
Other features? (like: can it show a site? follow a link? show a picture?) It can access the Internet as well as any common mobile device.

Can you reach the paper under the chair with the screwdriver or wire? The wire can reach it but can't drag the paper forward. The screwdriver isn't long enough.

Then, let's die for the first time.....try to open the desk drawers. The bottom drawer does not open; it must be locked.

The top drawer is not locked, but it's very hard to pull open, as if something is resisting it. I finally pull it open and look inside.
Without warning, something hits the back of my head. I feel the pain, then nothing.

YOU HAVE DIED
Death Counter: 1


Reset to before opening the top drawer.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:23 am

Examine the top drawer, expecially the rear part: see if there is something connected to it.

Examine the power cord of the printer: can it be unplugged from the printer? Is it similar to the power cord of the PC? Try to insert the plug in the wall outlet.

If the heat allows it, use the screwdriver on the whiteboard.

And for the second death.....try 01551 on the electronic keypad of the bomb.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:32 pm

I had another look at that planner, and I just realized something. After the page with the drawings of the bomb, the next page has been torn out. The page after that is blank, but...

Examine the top drawer, especially the rear part: see if there is something connected to it. I take a look at the back of the desk... yes, it's hard to see, but there is a thin wire trailing up from that drawer along the wall in the thin gap between two of the tiles.

Examine the power cord of the printer: can it be unplugged from the printer? No, I think the cord is permanently attached. Is it similar to the power cord of the PC? It's a little thicker. Try to insert the plug in the wall outlet. I do so successfully. Assuming there's power going through this outlet, I should be able to turn on the printer now.

If the heat allows it, use the screwdriver on the whiteboard. I unscrew the whiteboard and move it to the side. Behind the whiteboard is a fireplace... a very hot fireplace. In fact, every few seconds or so, it seems to get even hotter. I don't like this...

And for the second death.....try 01551 on the electronic keypad of the bomb. Nothing happens. I look closer at the display - I think it can take one more digit. For now, I delete the numbers I've input.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby biograd » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:23 pm

Are the plugs (the ones that resemble the right part of the drawing) made of some non-conductive material like plastic, or are they metal? If they are plastic, try twisting them to unplug them. If they are metal, then take off your shirt and try to untwist them by grabbing them using the shirt so that you don't make contact with your hand. Whatever you do, don't tilt the box (since I suspect that the mercury switch will detect the tilt and set off the bomb).

If for whatever reason this is impossible, is there anything inside the bomb that looks like a battery (or a wire leading outside the box)? If there is clearly no power source inside and the box is connected to the floor, then try lifting it (again without tilting).
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:28 pm

Are the plugs (the ones that resemble the right part of the drawing) made of some non-conductive material like plastic, or are they metal? If they are plastic, try twisting them to unplug them. If they are metal, then take off your shirt and try to untwist them by grabbing them using the shirt so that you don't make contact with your hand. Whatever you do, don't tilt the box (since I suspect that the mercury switch will detect the tilt and set off the bomb). I cannot tell, and I cannot reach them, as the glass (or thick plastic) cover prevents me from reaching into the bomb.

If for whatever reason this is impossible, is there anything inside the bomb that looks like a battery (or a wire leading outside the box)? Looking through the tangle of wires on the left, I think I can see a few large batteries. If there is clearly no power source inside and the box is connected to the floor, then try lifting it (again without tilting). (Given the metal construction of the box, I don't think I have the strength to lift it without tilting it...)

That fire is getting hotter. I need to do something about it...
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:50 pm

Is it possible to put the whiteboard back in place?

Can you follow the thin wire and see to what it's attached?

Try to turn the printer on.

What about the blank page of the planner? Anything readable transferred from the previous missing page?
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:12 am

Is it possible to put the whiteboard back in place? I hurriedly put the whiteboard back over the fireplace and screw it into place. Hopefully the board will be enough to fend back the heat and any other potential danger from the fire.

Can you follow the thin wire and see to what it's attached? It's hard to see the wire, but it looks like it extends all the way to the ceiling.

Try to turn the printer on. Done - it's on.

What about the blank page of the planner? Anything readable transferred from the previous missing page? It looks like there are some indentations there but I can't read them.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:59 pm

Anything new about the printer? its screen?

Can you move the armchair? Any cushions on it? if yes, look under them.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:03 pm

Anything new about the printer? its screen? The screen says there is one item in the print queue.

Can you move the armchair? No, it's too heavy. Any cushions on it? Yes, one. if yes, look under them. I was expecting there to be something after the last cushion I lifted, but nope.

HINT: Not all traps can be disarmed. While some must be disarmed, others can be avoided, and still others must be activated safely.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:50 pm

There's no paper in the printer, right? Can you use a blank page of the notebook in the printer (but not the one with indentations)?

Last cushion had something inside....what about this one?

Is it possible to pull the thin wire while standing next to the wall (or keeping away from the drawer anyway)?
If not, is it possible to open the drawer by not standing in front of it?
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:19 am

There's no paper in the printer, right? I open up the printer tray - actually, there is a sheet of paper in the printer. Can you use a blank page of the notebook in the printer (but not the one with indentations)? I don't need to, and anyway, the notebook is the wrong size - it's smaller than the sheet in the printer.

Last cushion had something inside....what about this one? I give it a quick shake - doesn't feel like it.

Is it possible to pull the thin wire while standing next to the wall (or keeping away from the drawer anyway)? No, because the wire is in the thin gap between the tiles.
If not, is it possible to open the drawer by not standing in front of it? I very gently tried pulling on only one handle of the drawer while standing off to the side, but it resisted enough that I couldn't open it. I need to be standing in front of the drawer because the drawer has two handles... but maybe I can figure out something along these lines with what I have now.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:02 am

Is there a print button on the printer? or other way for it to start printing? If yes, go for it.

Try to tie the wire to the drawer's handles and to pull it open keeping yourself as much away from it as possible.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:24 pm

Is there a print button on the printer? or other way for it to start printing? I don't see any buttons on this printer. If yes, go for it.

Try to tie the wire to the drawer's handles and to pull it open keeping yourself as much away from it as possible. That's a good idea.
I wrap the wire around both handles and can get about two or three feet away from the drawer. Wrapping the loose end of the wire around the screwdriver (to use as a handle), I'm able to pull the drawer open.
I see a trapdoor in the ceiling drop open and a heavy fire extinguisher falls, landing heavily on the drawer, cracking the bottom, then bouncing out and landing on the floor next to the drawer.
I take a peek in the drawer. Inside is a pair of thick rubber gloves, the kind electricians use.

I can feel the heat from the fire behind me. Turning around, I notice the bottom-middle section of the whiteboard has a big hole melted through it...
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:44 pm

Time to use that fire wxtinguisher on the fireplace. If possible, unscrew the whiteboard again.

Examine both drawers. Is the other still locked?

Is it possible to reach the toner of the printer?

Using the rubber gloves, try to plug the PC cable in the outlet.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:56 pm

Time to use that fire extinguisher on the fireplace. If possible, unscrew the whiteboard again. Donning the gloves to try and prevent burns, I unscrew the whiteboard, which falls to the ground revealing an extremely hot fireplace. I quickly blast it with the fire extinguisher, and also spray the whiteboard in case it could catch fire somehow. I spray the fire until it has gone out.
In exhaustion, I drop the fire extinguisher on the whiteboard, which shatters. Oops - I guess the sudden temperature change weakened it. But the fire is out.


Examine both drawers. Is the other still locked? The top drawer, the one I opened, has a cracked floor, but I can still open and close the drawer as I please - which does not open and close the trapdoor in the ceiling; that remains open. The bottom drawer is still locked.

Is it possible to reach the toner of the printer? I can open up the printer and see the ink cartridges in it, but I can't remove them.

Using the rubber gloves, try to plug the PC cable in the outlet. I'm still nervous plugging the exposed cable in, but the gloves protect me from shock. I should be able to turn on the laptop now.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:51 pm

Turn on the laptop and see what you can do. in particular, se if there is a way for the printer to resume the queue.

Is one of the whiteboard shards suited to retrieve the paper under the armchair?

Also, examine the fireplace (once it cools down).
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:57 pm

Turn on the laptop and see what you can do. in particular, see if there is a way for the printer to resume the queue. I power on the laptop and it immediately boots to a screen asking for a password. Apparently someone has been trying to get in here, as it says:

ATTEMPTS REMAINING: 1


Is one of the whiteboard shards suited to retrieve the paper under the armchair? No, they're far too small. It completely shattered. I've used the chair cushion to sweep them into the corner, out of my way, and my shoes should protect my feet in case I missed any.

Also, examine the fireplace (once it cools down). Mostly burnt logs, although there is one thinner stick off to the side that's about half-burnt (I mean that half of it is burnt and the other is not). I do think I see something glinting in the ashes.
On one of the side walls of the fireplace is a small switch.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:49 pm

Take the stick and use it to see what's glinting in the ashes. Then use it to retrieve the paper under the armchair.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:11 pm

Take the stick and use it to see what's glinting in the ashes. Using the stick to move the ashes aside, I see a small key. Then use it to retrieve the paper under the armchair. The stick is long enough to reach the paper, and I pull it towards me. The paper is an index card with the top-left corner torn. Written on it, aside from a charcoal smudge where the stick was touching it, is:

DRIVE (this is first)
PROMISE
BEARER
WEIGHT
CARD
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:22 am

Get the key and try it in the keyholes (there should be two, drawer and metal panel, right?).

Try 01551 on the bottom-right lock of the painting. If it works, try 86073 on the top-left one.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:48 pm

Get the key and try it in the keyholes (there should be two, drawer and metal panel, right?). It fits in the drawer, which is now unlocked.

Try 01551 on the bottom-right lock of the painting. I try the code and pull the lock. It does not open.
I hear a click, then a splash, then a very faint hissing sound. I suddenly see a pale green gas seep out from the back of the painting. I try to back away, but I've already breathed it in. I start to choke, and collapse.

YOU HAVE DIED
Death Counter: 2


Reset to before trying the code on the bottom-right painting lock.


If it works, try 86073 on the top-left one. Before trying that code, I realize that I'm not completely sure if that code would work - I'm sure it is for the correct lock, but it's the order of the words that's throwing me. If the code were just the order of the words on the card, why write "this is first" beside the first word? There's got to be a way to arrange them.
As I think about this, I flip the card over. There is writing on it that I didn't notice before:

a few words I've found particularly handy for getting out of dangerous situations
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Acridian9 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:05 pm

Oh well, I thought the "(this is first)" was your (Balin) annotation, and not actually written on the card....my bad, had to ask!

Let's open the drawer.
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Re: [Balin] Some luck (escape)

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:52 am

Oh well, I thought the "(this is first)" was your (Balin) annotation, and not actually written on the card....my bad, had to ask!

Let's open the drawer. In the drawer is a small flashlight, about the size that would go on a keychain.
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