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Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
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For those familiar with "Escape" puzzles, you know to ask questions and/or give instructions to the character in the puzzle so that he/she can escape a room in which he/she is trapped. Also, you may ask for detailed descriptions of the room or anything in it at any time. If you have never participated in one of these before, feel free to ask questions of me, or simply follow along - you will catch on fast...have fun!

To Whom May Be Of Assistance: I am trapped in a room and need help to figure out how to escape. At this point, I can tell you that this room has four walls (N, S, E, W) with something to see along or on each of the walls. What would you suggest?
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I would suggest examining the four walls, in the order you listed them (north, south, east, west).

Does the room also have a floor and a ceiling? Is there anything to see on those?
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I would suggest examining the four walls, in the order you listed them (north, south, east, west).
Great start! Let's see - all four walls are of gray brick, each wall about 20 feet wide; on the north wall a large pipe comes out about two feet from the wall (this pipe is large, about 5 feet across) so that I can look into it, and about 5 feet down the wall from the pipe there is a section of wall about 7 feet high by 5 feet wide that is all steel and slightly indented from the rest of the wall; on the east wall is a vending machine which offers varieties of Wow! Cola; against the south wall is a table and chairs - two chairs facing a small round table, on the table is a chess board with pieces on it; on the west wall is a wall safe.

Does the room also have a floor and a ceiling? Is there anything to see on those? The floor is made of white tiles, and centered in it is a circular metal section about 6 feet across, very slightly indented from the rest of the floor. The ceiling is about 25 feet high, appears to be made of metal. Centered on the ceiling is a small panel with a lever extending downward from it. Also, about 3 feet below the ceiling on each wall are what appear to be some kind of air vent or grating, each one about 3 feet by 3 feet. The room is lit by several recessed lights in the ceiling.
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Examine the vending machine. I'm not familiar with Wow! Cola - what are the varieties that it offers? Is there a price listed?

Do you have any money? Are you carrying anything else?

Examine the chess board. What pieces are on it, and how are they set up?

Examine the wall safe. How big is it? Does it have an ordinary combination-lock dial? a bunch of buttons? something else?

Look into the pipe. Can you see out the other end? Does it curve up or down at all?
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Examine the vending machine. I'm not familiar with Wow! Cola - what are the varieties that it offers? Is there a price listed? I'm not familiar with Wow! either (and frankly it sounds a little, uh...made up!). The machine has three rows of three buttons, each button with the name of the variety of Wow!. The top row is 3 buttons offering "Wow! Cola", the middle row is 3 buttons offering "Wow! Diet Cola", the bottom row is 3 buttons offering "Wow! Grape", "Wow! Orange", and "Wow! Lime" (going left to right). There is a coin slot with a sticker next to it that shows "25" and a coin return button.

Do you have any money? Are you carrying anything else? My pockets are all empty.

Examine the chess board. What pieces are on it, and how are they set up? Appears to be the usual setup for a chess match with half the pieces white, the other half black. They are each on a square on the board, with no apparent pattern or strategy for moving them there.

Examine the wall safe. How big is it? Does it have an ordinary combination-lock dial? a bunch of buttons? something else? It's about 2 feet by 2 feet with a keyhole in the center of the door.

Look into the pipe. Can you see out the other end? Does it curve up or down at all? The pipe goes straight into the wall, and it's too dark to see anything in the pipe except a metal grating just a few feet into the pipe. The grating will not allow anything larger than my hand to pass through its openings.
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Are the table and chairs movable? If you take the chessboard off the table and stack the two chairs on top of it, can you reach either the lever on the ceiling, the grates at the tops of the walls, or climb on top of the vending machine?

Is the vending machine visibly plugged into a wall outlet? Can you unplug it?
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Are the table and chairs movable? The chairs move, the table is affixed to the floor.
If you take the chessboard off the table and stack the two chairs on top of it, can you reach either the lever on the ceiling, the grates at the tops of the walls, or climb on top of the vending machine? Good ideas! Here's what I find out:

1. When I took the chessboard off the table, I noticed that "Genesis 7:18" is written on the table's surface...interesting...anyway, this table is only slightly above knee-height, so it would only give me about a two-foot boost, which puts me nowhere near the ceiling.

2. The chairs will not stack in a way that would allow me to gain any height advantage or climb on them.

3. Lastly, the vending machine is too far away for me to reach from where the table is, even if I could gain enough height from the table.


Is the vending machine visibly plugged into a wall outlet? Can you unplug it? The machine is pushed flush against the wall, and I do not see any kind of cord or wire coming from it which must mean IF it is plugged in it is directly behind the machine. Either the machine is very heavy or else it is affixed to the floor like the table is, because I cannot move the machine at all.
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/i{Oh my, this room is going to end up flooding, isn't it? What happens if the person trying to escape the room dies, do we get another shot? For anyone else doing this, Genesis 7:18 reads "The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water."}
Is the scriptural reference handwritten on the table? If so, in pen? pencil? marker? If not, is it engraved?

Stand in the center of the metal section of the floor. Can you feel any vibration? Is it warmer than the rest of the room? Cooler? Is there any breeze? Does it sink at all when you stand on it? Could you pry up the floor tiles where they border on the recession?

Also, I don't think you said... what are the walls, chairs, and table made out of?
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Oh my, this room is going to end up flooding, isn't it? What happens if the person trying to escape the room dies, do we get another shot?
Moderator's note: Good question, but this is the 4th or 5th escape puzzle I've posted and no one has died yet! Trust your skills and those of the other players!

For anyone else doing this, Genesis 7:18 reads "The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water."
Um, this may be a good time for me to let you know that I can't swim!

Is the scriptural reference handwritten on the table? If so, in pen? pencil? marker? If not, is it engraved? Seems to have been etched with some kind of tool and then colored with a marker.

Stand in the center of the metal section of the floor. Can you feel any vibration? No
Is it warmer than the rest of the room? Cooler? Hmmm, slightly cooler but this is likely due to the fact that metal surfaces always seem to be a little cooler.
Is there any breeze? No, just hot air coming out of my mouth when I speak...
Does it sink at all when you stand on it? No, very solid
Could you pry up the floor tiles where they border on the recession? No, because there is a metal ring forming the edge where the tiles stop.

Also, I don't think you said... what are the walls, chairs, and table made out of? The wall are gray brick, the chairs and table are wooden.
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Push the coin return button on the vending machine, and then check the coin return. Anything there?

Look under/around the bottom of the vending machine. Sometimes I find money there.

Is the vending machine humming or vibrating at all (as would suggest a functional refrigerating unit)? Let us know if you notice anything of the sort.

Stick your hand into the pipe past the grating and feel around. Is there anything in there?

Examine the grating. Is it welded to the pipe? Does it look like there might be a way to get it off?
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Push the coin return button on the vending machine, and then check the coin return. Anything there? No, nothing

Look under/around the bottom of the vending machine. Sometimes I find money there. Well, I don't see anything around here.

Is the vending machine humming or vibrating at all (as would suggest a functional refrigerating unit)? Let us know if you notice anything of the sort. Good idea - I don't detect any noise or vibration, although the buttons are backlit as usual.

Stick your hand into the pipe past the grating and feel around. Is there anything in there? No, I don't feel anything there.

Examine the grating. Is it welded to the pipe? Does it look like there might be a way to get it off? It is solidly welded to the inside of the pipe, I don't see any way to remove it.
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Don't actually break the chair, but do you think you might be able to if you had to?

Is there anything in the beverage return of the vending machine? If not, can you reach up through it and snag yourself a soda? Or try kicking the machine -- sometimes that works.

Check if the tabletop lifts off, or if it's thick enough to potentially hold some kind of compartment.
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Just to see, push the buttons on the vending machine. Does anything happen?

What is the chess board made out of? Is it one of those cardboard ones that folds down the middle? Is there anything of note about the underside of it? What about the chess pieces? Are they solid or hollow? Anything on the bottoms of them?

Can you stand on just one of the chairs? If so, can you see on top of the vending machine? on top of the pipe? Is there anything up there?

Examine the steel section on the north wall. Is it shiny like a mirror, or is it dull? Is it painted at all? Does it feel particularly cool or warm? When you push against it, does anything happen?
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Don't actually break the chair, but do you think you might be able to if you had to? I doubt it, it seems fairly solid.

Is there anything in the beverage return of the vending machine? Um...no
If not, can you reach up through it and snag yourself a soda? Or try kicking the machine -- sometimes that works. I've tried both of these but no soda.

Check if the tabletop lifts off, or if it's thick enough to potentially hold some kind of compartment. The table is composed of a round disc top, about 18 inches across, attached to a single pedestal leg. These pieces would not easily come apart, and I don't think I can remove the top piece from the pedestal piece.

Just to see, push the buttons on the vending machine. Does anything happen? Nothing happens when I push the buttons, no.

What is the chess board made out of? Is it one of those cardboard ones that folds down the middle? No, this one is made of a lightweight wood, does not fold.

Is there anything of note about the underside of it? Not from what I can see.

What about the chess pieces? Are they solid or hollow? Anything on the bottoms of them? The pieces are small, about 1 inch tall, appear to be solid plastic. I've lifted several up, nothing on the bottoms...hey wait a second...there are several pieces that are affixed to the board, I cannot lift them off of it...curious!

Can you stand on just one of the chairs? Yes
If so, can you see on top of the vending machine?
Well this puts me at eye level with the top of the machine. I don't see anything on the top of the machine.

on top of the pipe? Is there anything up there?
This does not get me high enough up to see the top of the pipe.

Examine the steel section on the north wall. Is it shiny like a mirror, or is it dull? It's dull.
Is it painted at all? No
Does it feel particularly cool or warm? Cool-ish, about as cool as the metal section of floor.
When you push against it, does anything happen?
No, feels very solid.
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When you remove all the pieces from the board that can be removed, which pieces are left? Do they form any visible pattern?

If you place your hands and feet in the holes in the grating, can you climb to the top of the pipe?
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When you remove all the pieces from the board that can be removed, which pieces are left? Two pawns, a rook, a queen
Do they form any visible pattern? Well yes, I suppose so - one pawn is on the center square, then two squares to the right is the rook, one square down from the rook is the other pawn, and the queen is one down and one left from that. Can you picture that?

If you place your hands and feet in the holes in the grating, can you climb to the top of the pipe? Well no because I have to climb into the pipe a few feet to get to where the grating is, and the pipe's diameter is about 5 feet and I'm almost 6 feet tall so there's really nothing to be achieved by climbing the grate. The bottom edge of the pipe is about 4 feet off the floor, so I can hoist myself up into the pipe, go about 3 steps and I'm at the grating.
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Okay, so those pieces all fall within a 3x3 grid, right? Go over to the soda machine and press the four buttons that correspond to the pieces' positions, simultaneously if possible. If that doesn't work, try hitting them in order of importance: queen (orange, i believe), then rook (right cola), then the two pawns (left cola and right diet cola) at the same time.

I'm excited! I've never done one of these before, and I'm hoping something's going to happen.
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Okay, so those pieces all fall within a 3x3 grid, right? Why yes, they do!
Go over to the soda machine and press the four buttons that correspond to the pieces' positions, simultaneously if possible. Ok, I did that, but nothing happened.
If that doesn't work, try hitting them in order of importance: queen (orange, i believe), then rook (right cola), then the two pawns (left cola and right diet cola) at the same time. Ah, clever...well that didn't make anything happen either...

I'm excited! I've never done one of these before, and I'm hoping something's going to happen. These can be quite enjoyable, so just keep at it!
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Okay, can you try them in the opposite order? Pawns, then rook, then queen? Or maybe in the order that they would take each other in an actual chess game... what colors are the chess pieces?
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Okay, can you try them in the opposite order? Ok...hmmm...tried that and still nothing
Pawns, then rook, then queen? Or maybe in the order that they would take each other in an actual chess game...Yeah I've tried these combos, nothing happens...
what colors are the chess pieces? White
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What if you rotate the configuration? So instead of considering the queen to be in the bottommost row, consider it to be in the rightmost column, or the top row, or the left column?
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What if you rotate the configuration? Ok... So instead of considering the queen to be in the bottommost row, consider it to be in the rightmost column, or the top row, or the left column? I have tried all rotations, and still nothing happens when I push the buttons. This was a great suggestion, I have to believe we're somewhere on the right track here...
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Try pressing the buttons in alphabetical order (pawns, queen, rook) rather than rank order. Try this for all four rotations.

Also, try pushing the coin return in between your attempts.
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Try pressing the buttons in alphabetical order (pawns, queen, rook) rather than rank order. Try this for all four rotations. Ok...I've pushed the buttons in this order, now...
Also, try pushing the coin return in between your attempts. ...pushed the coin return...there's a low hum inside the machine...a brief rumble from within the machine...then a KLINK...a small key just appeared in the coin return slot!
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Yay! So try the key in the wall safe now.
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Yay! See? Just keep at it until something works!

So try the key in the wall safe now. Ok. I put the key in and it opened the safe. Inside the safe is a small hammer chained to the inside of the safe. The contents of the safe appear to be only a folded up raft of some kind (I can see the phrase "self inflating" written on it). The folded raft is behind a glass pane that prevents me from getting to it. Written on the glass pane is "Break When Ready!"
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Can you try to throw the key up in the air to hit the lever on the ceiling? Or one of the chess pieces, maybe?
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Can you try to throw the key up in the air to hit the lever on the ceiling? Or one of the chess pieces, maybe? Well...it's really far up there, and it appears to be the kind of lever that's going to have to be shifted by hand...
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Well, I don't know - are we ready? Can you break the glass with the hammer?
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Well, I don't know - are we ready? I'm ready when you are...

Can you break the glass with the hammer? I'm able to, yes...should I?
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First, check the steel indentations on the floor and the North wall to see if there's anything special/hidden in them. If there is, stop there and describe what you see.

If there isn't, then by all means break the glass and remove the raft.
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First, check the steel indentations on the floor and the North wall to see if there's anything special/hidden in them. If there is, stop there and describe what you see. Ok - in both cases the indentation is so slight, it's barely enough to detect. I can see clearly all around the steel section in the wall and on the floor, and there doesn't appear to be anything there that is unusual.

If there isn't, then by all means break the glass and remove the raft. Ok, here goes...SMASH! I've just hit the glass pane with the hammer, and it completely shattered. As I reached for the raft, I heard a couple of thuds that sounded like they came from within the walls. Removing the folded raft, I see it is indeed a small self-inflating raft. There is a cord with a red handle hanging off one side of the folded raft with the word "INFLATE" written on the handle.

Now there is another sound - a muffled clicking sound followed by a metallic grinding sound which lasts for a few seconds. Then there is the sound of rushing water, and as I turn around I see that water is now pouring into the room at a steady and somewhat rapid pace from the large pipe on the north wall! By the way, did I mention that I can't swim???
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Be a little careful that the broken glass doesn't puncture your raft, but pull the cord and try to gather everything moveable -- your key, chess board and pieces, chairs if they won't be too heavy -- with you into the raft when it's inflated
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Be a little careful that the broken glass doesn't puncture your raft, but pull the cord and try to gather everything moveable -- your key, chess board and pieces, chairs if they won't be too heavy -- with you into the raft when it's inflated
Ok, I pulled the cord and within seconds the raft was fully inflated. The raft is indeed small, it will hold me and the chess board and chess pieces and the key, but the chairs will not fit (if it's any consolation, I'm pretty sure they will float). So I'm in the raft, have gotten everything in that it will hold, and the water is slowly rising (uh, I really feel like Noah now). The water continues to rise steadily, and I float up with it (along with the chairs, by the way). At last, the water levels off just a short distance from the ceiling. I think there may still be water coming in, but it's draining out through the grated vents on each wall. I'm now easily within reaching distance of the lever which extends down from the ceiling. Along the handle of the lever is written "Genesis 8:3."
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Genesis 8:3 - "And the water gradually went down for a hundred and fifty days".

Can you reach the actual ceiling? If so, feel around for hidden panels/trapdoors or anything like that. If there is nothing (or at least nothing you can open with bare hands) pull the lever.
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 11:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated"

Let's hope it doesn't take that long!


Are there any holes at the top of the walls through which you could exit? If so, look through and tell us what you see.

If not, pull the lever.
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Can you reach the actual ceiling? If so, feel around for hidden panels/trapdoors or anything like that. The ceiling is a few feet above my reach, and I'm afraid that if I try to stand to reach it I will fall out of the boat. But from what I can see there does not appear to be any panels or doors in the ceiling.

Are there any holes at the top of the walls through which you could exit? If so, look through and tell us what you see. No, the walls meet the ceiling as usual.

If not, pull the lever. Ok, here goes (and I'm with you in hoping it won't take 150 days for the water to recede) - CLANG! I pulled the lever, and there was an immediate loud but brief noise from below, then a vibration that lasted for a few seconds, now the water level is going down, down, down...

After only a minute or so the water has completely receded (and I realized I'd neglected to bring my raven along in the boat). I have discovered that the circular portion of the floor is actually a large drain which was covered previously. Also, the metal section of the wall has changed - instead of the rectangular metal section, there is now a wooden door there. It appears to be latched from the inside, and the latch is locked with a simple combination padlock.
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What kind of combination mechanism does the lock have? Does it have a dial, numbered buttons, or something else?

I suspect the combination might have something to do with 8 and 6 (Genesis 8:6 - "At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,") or 8 and 13 (Genesis 8:13 - "In the six hundred and first year of Noah's life, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water began to dry up on the earth. Noah then removed the covering of the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was drying up.") or 601, 1, and 1. Other possibly relevant numbers might come from Genesis 8:14 - "In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry."
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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 - 3:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What kind of combination mechanism does the lock have? Does it have a dial, numbered buttons, or something else? The lock has a rotary dial with numbers from 0 to 100. Your suspicions about the combination are fascinating, I've no doubt I'll be out of here soon with such impressive skills at work!
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I guess we're looking for a 3-number combination, then? OK, try these: 1-8-6; 1-8-13; 1-8-14; 8-6-40
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I guess we're looking for a 3-number combination, then? OK, try these: 1-8-6; 1-8-13; 1-8-14; 8-6-40
Ok, I tried each of these combinations, none of them open the lock...
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You know I'm standing here staring at this lock wondering what numbers to try next and I notice that there is a message written on the back of the lock which says "Use what you already have." Interesting, I wonder what it means...
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Okay, so maybe try 1-7-18, and 1-8-3. I suppose you could also try 7-18-83, although that seems like a long shot. Actually, we don't know that it's just three numbers, so maybe try 7-18-8-3 and 1-7-18-1-8-3 as well. Also try 6-0-1, just for kicks.
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Okay, so maybe try 1-7-18, and 1-8-3. Hmmm, these don't work either...
I suppose you could also try 7-18-83, although that seems like a long shot. Maybe, let's see...it worked! That was the combination, the lock is opened, the door unlatched easily and opened. I'm out of the room having exited onto a sidewalk in a busy town...
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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 4:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are we done, then, or should we help you get home?
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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 4:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

- - - - SPOILER - - - -

Great job, guys! I knew your skills would get me out of there. I just took a deep breath of the fresh air and was pondering my next move when a passerby handed me a note that reads "You got out of that room fast, but try the Mad Monkey Room if you want a challenge!"

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