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This is a puzzle in which participants suggest actions for a character in a story. It will work similarly to Balin's Clue puzzle (which is worth the time to read even though it has been solved). Most is self-explanatory, and the character that you are guiding will "think aloud" from time to time in order to steer participants along the right path, if needed - enjoy!

Today you received a letter from a Dr. Gregory Wieck requesting your presence at his estate in a nearby town. In the letter, you are told that you were chosen because of your skill at solving riddles. You're also told that...

1. Upon your arrival, Dr. Wieck's children will meet you and will have further information.
2. Mr. Moses and Cecille will be working as usual when you arrive. You may ask them for assistance, but keep in mind that they have work to do.
3. Daisy should also be of some assistance.

The letter ends with "See you soon," and is signed "Dr. Gregory Wieck." You know exactly where the Wieck house is, as you have passed by it many times while running errands around town. So...
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All righty then...

Head over to the Wieck house. Look around outside the manor first...what are the surroundings? Then go inside, and take a look around as well. What room are you in now? What does it look like? Assuming there are doors, check to see which ones are locked.

Do you happen to have anything on your person? And how did you arrive at the manor?

Now go see if you can find Dr. Wieck, the children, Mr. Moses, Cecille, and/or Daisy.
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Head over to the Wieck house. Look around outside the manor first...what are the surroundings?
The Wieck house is a two-story brick building with a wooden porch that extends across the front face of the house (which faces the road I used to get here). In front of the house is a large area that is paved, where I parked my car next to three other cars. To the left of the house (as I face it) is a cornfield, and to the right is a grassy meadow. There is a rather small barn in the cornfield, a short walking distance from the house. The property is fenced, apparently, as a white picket fence borders the front edge of the cornfield and the meadow. The house sits in a small valley, and as I look to the left and right I can see that the land slopes uphill in both directions (so if I were to walk along the fence in either direction, I would be walking slightly uphill). The fence is the same across the cornfield as far as I can see. On the other side, it becomes barbed wire fencing about 30 feet from the house, and this goes to the top of the hill on that side, and appears to go beyond.

The front door of the house is locked, so I knock on the door and it opens to reveal a short, rather pleasant looking woman dressed in a white blouse and a long dark skirt, and she is wearing a blue polka dotted apron. "Come in," she says, "I am Cecille and we have all been expecting you."


Then go inside, and take a look around as well. What room are you in now? I am in a foyer, which is rectangular, and has only a table with a flower arrangement on it. The foyer has a room off of it to the right, and there are people in that room. There is another exit straight ahead through an arched doorway.

Assuming there are doors, check to see which ones are locked. Well there are no doors into or out of the foyer except for the front door which I entered. Both the room to the right and the arched doorway are open, there is no door.

Do you happen to have anything on your person? I have my car keys and wallet, that's all.

And how did you arrive at the manor? My car

Now go see if you can find Dr. Wieck, the children, Mr. Moses, Cecille, and/or Daisy. Cecille nods toward the room off of the foyer where I saw some people. As I walk into the room, Cecille says "This is the parlor, and these are Dr. Wieck's children." At this point, a man who appears to be in his mid 40's steps forward, extends his hand and says "I'm Julius Wieck, Dr. Wieck's son." He waves his hand to his right, where a woman who appears slightly younger is standing. "That is my sister Eve," says Julius. "We are glad you have come," says Eve, "my father has disappeared. Julius and I got a letter asking us to come here and wait for you. We asked Cecille and Mr. Moses when they last saw Father and where he may have gone, and they both said it has been several days since they saw him."

"Dr. Wieck has always told us to keep working as usual," interjects Cecille. "He is somewhat of a recluse...a hermit, no offense, so we are used to seeing him rarely. He spends most of his time either upstairs, where I am not allowed to go, or out in the meadow hunting...at least I assume that's what he's doing out there. I've worked as Dr. Wieck's housekeeper for the last 5 years, and he has paid me through the rest of this year. I do hope you find him, but in the meantime I assume I'm to continue my work here."

I ask about Mr. Moses and Daisy. Cecille says, "Oh Mr. Moses is the groundskeeper and farmer. Dr. Wieck is convinced that one day corn will be used for fuel, so he's instructed Mr. Moses to make sure his corn crop flourishes. If you want to find him, I would suggest checking either in the barn or somewhere on the grounds. He'll be inside for lunch in a little while.

"And Daisy?" I say. At this, the 3 of them glance at each other, shrug, and look back at me blankly. "Who's that?" asks Eve.
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Look around the parlor - does anything stand out?

Then head back out into the foyer and check out that flower arrangement. Is there anything special about it? Any daisies?

After that, go through the arched doorway and look around.

Now head back outside and head over to the barn. Examine the inside and outside, and look for Mr. Moses while you're at it.

Before I forget...what do you have in your wallet?
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Look around the parlor - does anything stand out?
Actually, no. This room is not very large, and includes simply two couches and two armchairs. There is a square table next to one of the chairs, and on this table is a lamp and a book. There is no shelf or drawer on the table, it's simply a square top and 4 legs.

Then head back out into the foyer and check out that flower arrangement. Is there anything special about it? Any daisies? I'm no florist, but it looks to me like a mixture of carnations and some greenery. Cecille sees me examining the flowers and says, "I change the arrangement every 4 or 5 days. Dr. Wieck says that a fresh flower arrangement makes for a nice welcome." I ask "What about daisies?". "Daisies?" says Cecille as she scratches her head, "Well I suppose if my florist recommended some I would include them. I always drive into town for groceries, and call ahead to the florist and tell her I'm coming into town. After I finish buying groceries, I stop by the florist and pick up whatever she has arranged for me. Dr. Wieck likes roses for his birthday and poinsettias for Christmas, but besides that he doesn't make many requests."

After that, go through the arched doorway and look around. Ok, as I walk through the arched doorway, I pass a staircase on my left, and a little farther down is a doorway on the right. The passage ends in the kitchen, which has two exits - one is a door leading outside at the rear of the house, the other is a door which is closed.

Now head back outside and head over to the barn. Examine the inside and outside, and look for Mr. Moses while you're at it. Ok - I used the exit from the kitchen, which puts me now behind the house with the barn to my left. The edge of the cornfield is not far from me, so I walk into the field towards the barn. The barn is a tall building but not especially large in area, I'd say maybe 20 feet wide by 40 feet long. It is a traditional barn-shape, but the small extension on the roof where the weathervane sits is at one end of the barn, not centered atop the barn like I'd expect. Both ends of the barn are open, and have large sliding doors that can be closed. The inside of the barn is simple - there is one stall that has a horse in it, a tractor parked next to that, and a small room in one corner. The door to this room is open, and as I look inside I see what appears to be a simple bedroom: there is a twin size bed, small wood burning stove, small round table next to the bed. The room has two windows, one looks out the rear side of the barn into the cornfield, the other window (which faces the house) is blocked by a window unit air conditioner. I don't see Mr. Moses, or anyone else in here, and the only thing I hear is a dog barking in the distance.

Before I forget...what do you have in your wallet? $18, driver's license, credit cards, family pictures.
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Let's check out the right doorway near the staircase. What's inside here?

Then head upstairs and look around.
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Let's check out the right doorway near the staircase. What's inside here? This is another arched doorway leading into a short dead-end hall. Off the left of this hall is a bathroom with the door open, and opposite the bathroom is a darkened room. The door to this room is also open but it's too dark inside to see anything.

Then head upstairs and look around. Ok - at the top of the stairs is a narrow hallway. There is one door on the left side of the hall and two doors on the right side. The door on the left side is open, and although the lights in this room are off there is enough sunlight to reveal many, many objects that have to do with hunting. Just a quick glance around reveals shotguns and rifles mounted on the walls, several stuffed wildlife exhibits, a storage bin for ammunition, and various other things like this. This is a large room, extending from the front of the house to the back, so it's the only room on the left side of the top floor.

Across from the "Hunting Room" is a smaller room, and the door to this room is open and the room is lit by several lamps in addition to sunlight from the window. The main contents of this room that I see at first glance are a piano, reel-to-reel tape player, a couch, a chair, and a table with several stacks of sheets of music and music study books.

The room next to this isn't accessible - the door is locked.
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In that case, let's take this one room at a time...check out the bathroom. Is there a sink? Toilet? Toilet paper? Mirror? Medicine cabbinet? What else is there? Look inside the toilet bowl and toilet tank - any clues?
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In that case, let's take this one room at a time...I'm up for that!

check out the bathroom. Is there a sink? Yes - rather large, atop a vanity cabinet
Toilet? Yes Toilet paper? Yes Mirror? Yes Medicine cabbinet? Yes What else is there? That's all
Look inside the toilet bowl and toilet tank - any clues? No, everything seems to be as you'd expect.
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What's inside the medicine cabinet? Anything out of the ordinary? Anything interesting?

Now go check out the hunting room. Anything stand out? Do the guns move? Can they be taken off the wall?
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What about the letter you have received? Anything strange about it? In there a date on it? Which one? When was it sent? Is there a date stamp? Was it hand-written? If so, show it to the 3 persons and see if they recognize it as Dr Wieck's handwriting.

Also, while in the hunting room try to turn the first gun 45 up... no, wait, wrong puzzle :-P
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What's inside the medicine cabinet? It has 3 shelves - bottom shelf has aspirin bottle and small packet of cotton balls, middle shelf has a box of Alka Seltzer, package of Q-Tips and a box of dental floss, top shelf has a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste Anything out of the ordinary? Doesn't appear to be, at least upon initial inspection Anything interesting? I suppose not, at least upon initial glance

Now go check out the hunting room. Anything stand out? Several paintings on the walls depict various types of hunts - two paintings on one wall both show men crouched behind a duck blind with shotguns aimed into the air at groups of flying ducks (these are on the wall that backs up to the hallway); the wall facing the back of the house has only 2 windows, no paintings; the other long wall has many small (12" x 16") paintings depicting fox hunts, and one large painting which features a dog in the foreground, pointing as if detecting some kind of animal, to the right of the dog in the background are a group of hunters on horseback wearing red coats and black helmets, and to the left of the dog is a clump of bushes with an animal's tail sticking out from the bushes; on the other wall is a painting of the Wieck house as seen from the meadow. In one corner of the room is a coatrack with two red hunting coats on it, and on the wall next to this is hanging a black hunting cap/helmet like the ones in the painting.

Do the guns move? Can they be taken off the wall? Yes, they can all be taken off the wall
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Does anything stick out as out of the ordinary in the Wieck house painting? And look out the window? What can you see?

In the medicine cabinet, open up the bottles, boxes, etc. and make sure they really contain what they say they do. And ask Julius, Eve, and Cecille if they know if Mr. Wieck was taking any medicine.
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Does anything stick out as out of the ordinary in the Wieck house painting? No - it appears to depict the house viewed at dawn with a man who I assume is Dr. Wieck standing on the front porch.
And look out the window? What can you see? Through the 2 windows on the back wall I can see the cornfield and the top of the barn, and I can see over the rise in the land that there appears to be a line of trees at some distance behind the house. There is 1 window on the opposite wall which looks out onto the front lawn, parking area, and road passing in front of the house.

In the medicine cabinet, open up the bottles, boxes, etc. and make sure they really contain what they say they do. They all do. Now here is a find - when I took out the Alka Seltzer box, I saw that it was concealing a square hole, approx. 4" x 4" (only slightly smaller than the box). I can reach into the hole and discover that it is a little compartment that is empty, with a solid bottom, back, and sides, but open at the top (so it would be like reaching up into a vending machine slot). How curious...

And ask Julius, Eve, and Cecille if they know if Mr. Wieck was taking any medicine. Julius and Eve are now in the kitchen talking to Cecille, who is standing at the sink peeling lemons. As I enter the kitchen Eve looks at me and smiles. "Do you know where my father is?" she asks. "Not yet," I say, "but I wonder if you can help me - do any of you know if Dr. Wieck was taking medication?" Cecille does not turn to face me but says "Well if you mean anything in the medicine cabinet no, those are things that I store here in case I need them. I use the floss, toothbrush and toothpaste after lunch, the Q-Tips and cotton balls when I need to do an emergency repair to my fingernail polish, and keep the aspirin there for the occasional headache. I don't use Alka Seltzer, I assumed that Dr. Wieck kept it there for something but I never knew him to use it. Any medicine he may be taking regularly would probably be in the master bathroom which is off of the master bedroom upstairs."

Julius then adds "As far as I know, my father didn't take any kind of medication."
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All right, head to the music room next and look at some of the music. Anything stand out about that? Look inside the piano as well, and try playing some music on the piano.

After that, see if you can take one of the lamps in here and bring it to the dark room so we can see in there.

And don't forget Mattiel's questions at 6:38 pm...
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All right, head to the music room next and look at some of the music. Anything stand out about that? Wow, there is so much here it's hard to say...collections of music by Bach, Beethoven, various Broadway Musical books, most of these are a bit dusty and appear as if they haven't been used in a while. Among the stack of individual pieces of paper are several of what appear to be exercises - scales, simple melodies, simple chords. Most of these have markings on them, like a student had been using them for lessons and marked certain notes and other symbols.

Look inside the piano as well, and try playing some music on the piano. All seems normal inside the piano. I tinker around on the keys a bit, play "Chopsticks" and a little bit of "Fur Elise". It seemed like the lamps all flickered briefly while I was playing, like some kind of large electric appliance had been turned on somewhere in the house - perhaps Cecille is using something in the kitchen, although I didn't hear anything...

Anyway, as I'm plunking on the keys Eve appears at the doorway of the room and says "Wow, I haven't heard this piano played in a long time. I took lessons as a kid, but decided I liked the flute better so I gave up piano. Looks like you were checking out my old lessons."


After that, see if you can take one of the lamps in here and bring it to the dark room so we can see in there. Hmmm...the lamps in this room are somehow affixed to the tables they are on, and I can't seem to move any of them. Also, I don't seem to find any way to turn them on or off, and there is no light switch in this room.

And don't forget Mattiel's questions at 6:38 pm...Ah, thank you!

What about the letter you have received? Anything strange about it? Checking it again, I don't see anything unusual about it, no.

Is there a date on it? Which one? I don't see a date on the letter, no.
When was it sent? The envelope is postmarked 2 days before I received it.

Is there a date stamp? Yes, on the envelope, apparently stamped at a post office.

Was it hand-written? Yes

If so, show it to the 3 persons and see if they recognize it as Dr Wieck's handwriting. I do this, and all 3 people agree that it is Dr. Wieck's handwriting.
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Try playing some of the marked music on the piano - se if we can put out the lights. After you do that, head down to the kitchen, and take a glance around.
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Try playing some of the marked music on the piano - see if we can put out the lights. I've gone through a few of the books and don't see any markings, so I'll try the sheet music. The first section is the C major scale: C D E F G A B C. Again as I play this the lights flicker, right as I'm ending the scale. The next is the D major scale - someone has crossed out the note A and written "skip" in pencil above the note, but I'll play it correctly: D E F# G A B C# D. Another flicker, closer to the middle of the series this time. Very curious...

After you do that, head down to the kitchen, and take a glance around. Ok - in the kitchen, Cecille is at the counter loading peeled lemons into a hand-cranked juicer, Julius is seated at the kitchen table reading a newspaper, and Eve is not present. "Ah, we were enjoying the concert!" Cecille says as you walk into the room. She adds "If you can wait a few minutes I'll have fresh lemonade ready. It's nearly lunchtime, I expect Mr. Moses to be in any minute now.
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Play the A key repeatedly and see if that does something with the lights. Then play the D major scale, skipping A, and see if something happens. Then run through all the major scales, skipping A each time.

Then wait in the kitchen for fresh lemonade. When Mr. Moses comes in, talk to him.
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Play the A key repeatedly and see if that does something with the lights. Ok - each time I play the key, the lights dim, almost to the point of going out, then as the sound goes away the lights return to full brightness.

Then play the D major scale, skipping A, and see if something happens. The lights did not flicker at all when I played the scale without the A.

Then run through all the major scales, skipping A each time. No flickering from the lights as I do this.

Then wait in the kitchen for fresh lemonade. When Mr. Moses comes in, talk to him. Ok. I've taken a seat at the table across from Julius, who is studying an article in the Sports section of the newspaper. Cecille walks over to the table and sets a tall glass of lemonade in front of me. As she offers a second glass to Julius he says "No thanks..." without looking up from the paper. Cecille then walks to the door which is closed, opens it and proceeds into a room saying "Eve, would you care for some lemonade?"

Then, an old and weathered-looking gentleman wearing a large straw hat enters the kitchen through the door that leads outside. He is accompanied by a dog, who runs over to a water bowl on the floor and slurps away. He takes a seat next to Julius and extends his hand to me. "Call me Mr. Moses," he says, "nice to meet you." "Likewise," I say, "can you tell me about what you do here?" "Well," he begins, "my job is to keep the grass cut, the corn growing and harvested, simple maintenance, that kind of thing. Oh yeah, and Dr. Wieck doesn't want any crows in his field, so I keep them away too - haven't seen any today, but they'll be back soon."

Cecille comes back into the kitchen and says "Oh glad you're here, lunch is almost ready." Mr. Moses nods toward me and then asks Julius "This guy gonna find your father?" Julius shrugs, then turns a page and keeps reading the newspaper.
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Drink the lemonade (you've made me crave lemonade...).

Ask everyone when the last time they saw Mr. Wieck (how do you pronounce his last name? I pronounce it WHY-eck, but I'm not sure if that's correct) was. Then go upstairs, fold up a piece of sheet music, and use it to hold down the A key.
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Drink the lemonade (you've made me crave lemonade...). Ahhhhhh, it's good!

Ask everyone when the last time they saw Mr. Wieck (how do you pronounce his last name? I pronounce it WHY-eck, but I'm not sure if that's correct) was. Ok, I ask Mr. Moses, Julius and Cecille (since we're all in the kitchen) when they saw Dr. Wieck (I've been saying it like "wick"). Cecille says "Dr. Wieck? (she says it like "week", so I guess that's correct) It's been 5 days since I last saw him. He was in the den typing an email to someone (she's nodding toward the door she walked through while calling for Eve as she says this), and I stuck my head in the door to let him know I was leaving to go grocery shopping and to take Mr. Moses home. He didn't say anything, just raised one of his hands and gave a little wave." Mr. Moses is nodding his head while Cecille says all this, then he adds, "Yep, that would be same for me. I last saw him earlier that day, and it was odd - I saw him go into the barn, but never saw him come out. Now, I was busy fixing the tractor so it's very possible I just missed seeing him go back to the house."

Just then, Cecille serves a lunch of chicken salad and homemade bread. "Make sure you leave room for dessert," says Cecille as she washes her hands in the sink. She glances out the window and says "Uh oh, the crows are back." Mr. Moses chuckles softly and says "Ok, I'll deal with that after lunch."

Julius shakes his head and says "I haven't seen my father in months. He doesn't contact us much, and I assume he doesn't want visitors unless he asks."

"Yeah, that's what I think as well," pipes Eve from the room off of the kitchen.


Then go upstairs, fold up a piece of sheet music, and use it to hold down the A key. Ok - now if this were an organ the tone would last longer, but as I play the key and insert the music, the note lingers only as it would if I played it regularly. The lights briefly dim, then come back on.
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Head out to where the crows are gathering. I'm hoping we don't find a corpse, but...what do we find?
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Head out to where the crows are gathering. I'm hoping we don't find a corpse, Ugh, me too!
but...what do we find? Well there really aren't that many crows outside. I walked outside the back door and towards the barn, and I saw only 1 or 2 swooping low over the corn. What I also see is Mr. Moses, who has just appeared from the side of the barn opposite the house, carrying a scarecrow out into the cornfield. "Dr. Wieck is serious about the No-Crow rule," he says, "and I usually put this out in the mornings, I just got busy today and forgot to do it." He walks out into the cornfield a ways, then sticks the scarecrow into the ground.
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Return to the barn. Has anything changed?

Examine the scarecrow as well - does anything strike you as odd about it?
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Ask Mr. Moses: Where do you live? Who uses the bedroom in the barn?
Let's ask Cecille where she lives, too. Has she has ever been out to the barn?
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Return to the barn. Has anything changed? Not from what I can tell - still a horse in the stall, tractor still here, bedroom door still open.

Examine the scarecrow as well - does anything strike you as odd about it? No - it's been made by nailing two pieces of wood together in a cross shape, hanging a shirt on it and stuffing the shirt with a pillow, then tying a pair of old pants to the bottom of the shirt, the head is part of an old burlap sack stuffed with grass, and there's an old hat pinned to the sack.

Ask Mr. Moses: Where do you live? Who uses the bedroom in the barn? He says, "I live about 15 minutes from here, just outside the town. Cecille takes me home and picks me up to come back here to work. The bedroom in the barn is mine, I sleep there when there's a lot of work to do here and I have to stay late after Cecille has already left for the day.
Let's ask Cecille where she lives, too. She says, "I live on the opposite side of town from Mr. Moses, so it takes me about 5 minutes to get from his house to mine after I drop him off at the end of the day.

Has she ever been out to the barn? She says, "Not very often...every now and then I will take some lemonade to Mr. Moses when he's been out working on a hot day."
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Is there anything in the scarecrow's pants pocket?

And something doesn't quite add up...Mr. Moses lives 15 minutes away, and this house is in the town, but it only takes Cecille 5 minutes to get from his house to hers on the opposite side of town...ask Mr. Moses and Cecille for their addresses, then test the theory by driving from here, to Mr. Moses' place, then to Cecille's. Then come back to Wieck Manor.
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Is there anything in the scarecrow's pants pocket? Uh...no, I checked all the pockets

And something doesn't quite add up...Mr. Moses lives 15 minutes away, and this house is in the town, but it only takes Cecille 5 minutes to get from his house to hers on the opposite side of town...ask Mr. Moses and Cecille for their addresses, then test the theory by driving from here, to Mr. Moses' place, then to Cecille's. Then come back to Wieck Manor. Well I can clear this up (and should have already) - I live in a town that is west of the Wieck house. In order to get to the town near where Cecille and Mr. Moses live, I would have to leave my house, travel past the Wieck house on to the next town. So, if I were leaving the Wieck house to go to my house, I would turn left out of the driveway. If I turn right, I would reach Mr. Moses' house in approx. 15 minutes, then about 1 minute later I would enter the next town, which takes about 2 minutes to drive through (it's a small town), then there are some neighborhoods on that side of that town, I'm sure this is where Cecille lives.
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Mr. Moses, what do you know about the weathervane on top of the barn?
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Mr. Moses, what do you know about the weathervane on top of the barn? I have to go into the kitchen now, as Mr. Moses and the others have gathered in the kitchen. Cecille has just taken a lemonade pie out of the freezer and set it on the table. As she starts cutting it into slices I ask Mr. Moses about the weathervane on the barn. "Mmmm, you were probably thinking how odd it looks to have a weathervane perched at one end of a barn and not in the middle? Well I'll tell you...the rectangular structure that the weathervane is perched on houses a bell inside of it. There used to be a rope that hung down into the barn, I guess that's how the bell rang, but the rope...* he snaps his fingers *...that rope went missing the same day as Dr. Wieck did! I'd forgotten about that, but like I said I was working on the tractor that day, and I was outside the barn on the side away from the house where the toolshed is. As far as the weathervane, I haven't ever messed with it."

"Ok, everyone eat up!" says Cecille, who has served out 5 of the 6 slices of lemonade pie. "I'll put the last slice in the fridge," she says.
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Let's ask Cecille about why she likes to make lemonade drinks and pies. Where does she get the lemons? Does Dr. Wieck like lemonade?
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Let's ask Cecille about why she likes to make lemonade drinks and pies. "Dr. Wieck has been requesting them lately," she says, "and Mr. Moses and I enjoy the lemonade so that's a plus. Dr. Wieck likes to have the pie on hand for dessert and I know he sneaks a slice sometimes overnight after I've left."

Where does she get the lemons? "I buy them at the grocery store," she replies.

Does Dr. Wieck like lemonade? "Yes, I suppose so," Cecille says, "he'll usually ask that there always be a pitcher of it in the refrigerator. So with that and the pies, I have an ample supply of lemons on hand!"
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Check out the bell in the barn. Is it still there? Is there something inside it?
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Check out the bell in the barn. Is it still there? Is there something inside it? I have gone to the barn and entered through the open doorway at the end where the bell tower is. I cannot see directly into the tower while looking up from the floor of the barn, the ceiling blocks the view. There is a square hole in the ceiling directly below where the bell is, but it's too dark to see anything in the hole. The tower is a 6 x 6 foot cubical structure that sits atop the barn at the end closest to the front of the house. It is made of wood, just like the rest of the barn, with a small (approx. 2'x 3') white shutter on the front face of the tower.
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Is there any way we can get up to the tower? Perhaps there's a convenient ladder nearby? (Didn't think so...)

Can we see anything through the shutter?
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Is there any way we can get up to the tower? For that, I would have to use a ladder
Perhaps there's a convenient ladder nearby? (Didn't think so...) I do not see one inside the barn. I have taken the liberty to walk to the side of the barn away from the house to see if I see the tool shed, and there is in fact a small building that butts up to the barn on this side. The building is somewhat small, maybe 10'x 10', resembling an outhouse, made of sheet metal and accessible by a door which is padlocked.

Can we see anything through the shutter? Not from ground level
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I don't think we've explored the kitchen yet...head back in there. If everyone's left the room, take a look around the kitchen and see if anything's out of the ordinary. Also, talk to everyone and see if they know of any secret rooms or passages in the house.
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I don't think we've explored the kitchen yet...You are right. I haven't taken a good look around the kitchen, and haven't gone into the room across from the bathroom or the room that's off the kitchen.

head back in there. If everyone's left the room, take a look around the kitchen and see if anything's out of the ordinary. As I walk into the kitchen, I see Cecille standing by the sink talking to Eve and Julius. All three of them stop talking and turn to face me as I walk in. "Ah, there you are," says Cecille, "this is grocery day, so I will soon be leaving to take Mr. Moses home. Eve will be staying at my house tonight so she will leave with us, and Julius will be staying here in the master bedroom tonight. I have opened the sofa-bed in the den, so please use it tonight."

Also, talk to everyone and see if they know of any secret rooms or passages in the house. I ask this question, and they all shake their heads. "If there are any, I don't know about it," says Cecille. "But," she adds, "it has seemed like there are times when Dr. Wieck says he's going outside to check on his corn, and the next thing I know he's in the library - I hear the door open and close when he goes out, but I don't hear it open again for him to come back into the house. Maybe my hearing is going bad...oh well, I'll see you tomorrow, and Julius will be back in a little while after he goes to town for a few things. You can finish that last slice of pie if you want - Julius has a puny appetite, and I'll be bringing more lemons in the morning so I can make another pie." After saying this, she, Eve and Julius walk out the back door and head towards the barn. Mr. Moses exits the barn and joins them as they walk toward the front parking area.

Now that the kitchen is empty I look around - this is a simple kitchen with a stove/oven next to the sink on the back wall, refrigerator and cabinets on the next wall (the barn is outside this wall), there's nothing on the wall opposite the back wall except the doorway into what I assume is the den, and along the wall opposite the refrigerator is a set of shelves with several pie pans, bowls, plates and drinking glasses. Inside the refrigerator is: a gallon of milk, a pitcher of lemonade, a loaf of bread, some butter and a block of cheese. There is one large drawer at the bottom, and inside this drawer are a few apples and a bunch of lemons.
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Oh yeah - also in the fridge is the slice of pie, and in the middle of the kitchen is the table which seats 6.
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All righty then...first check out the room across from the bathroom. Then the room off the kitchen.
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All righty then...first check out the room across from the bathroom. Then the room off the kitchen.

Will do - I'll start with the room off the kitchen, which must be the Den (since there's an open sofa-bed with a pillow and blanket here). There are a few lamps on, and a switch to turn on the overhead light (which I've done). In this room against the left wall is a pair of armchairs with blankets draped over the back of each one. Next to the armchairs is a chest-high pedestal with a large book on it. Against the wall that I'm facing is a desk, and there is a computer on the desk (which is on and the screensaver is active). There are 2 windows on this wall that look out onto the front lawn/parking area. Against the right wall is the sofa-bed and a rectangular table. On this table is a green journal-type book with "The Wieck House" embossed on the cover.

Now to the room across from the bathroom - the lights in this room are off, but come on with a flick of a wall switch. This room looks like a library - the wall that I face as I walk into the room has 2 windows that are obscured by drapes, but I would guess these provide a view of the front lawn. On both the left and right walls are floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, each full of books. In the center of the room is a single armchair, and there is a book lying on the seat part of it. This chair also has a blanket draped over the back.
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Move the mouse or type on the keyboard to turn off the computer screensaver. Does the computer require a password?

Read the book on the armchair in the library and the green "Wieck House" journal in the den. Also remove the blankets from the chairs - anything stand out?
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Move the mouse or type on the keyboard to turn off the computer screensaver. Does the computer require a password? Yes - there is a prompt to enter a password to access anything on the computer

Read the book on the armchair in the library and the green "Wieck House" journal in the den. Ok - the book on the chair in the library is "Around the World In 80 Days", and nothing seems out of the ordinary about the book.

Opening the journal reveals a page with a list of dates and names:

June 8, 1920: Property acquired by Mr. Robert Wieck, nephew of Clara Wieck Schumann
September 2, 1925: Home of Mr. Robert Wieck erected on property
March 19, 1934: Mr. Robert Wieck passed away after brief illness. Mrs. Anne Wieck deeded property to her cousin Mr. Erich Wieck, after which she moved to Virginia to live with a childhood friend.
December 3, 1946: Mr. Erich Wieck and a group of friends established Wieck property as seasonal fox hunting grounds.
May 1, 1950: Home on Wieck property destroyed by fire.
November 7, 1951: New house and barn completed on property; Mr. Erich Wieck sold 200 acres of property to friends of the family to be maintained as hunting land.
April 4, 1952: Gregory Thomas Wieck born to Mr. and Mrs. Erich Wieck; piano given to family in memory of Friedrich Wieck by family members.
September 9, 1989: Mr. and Mrs. Erich Wieck killed in plane crash (property deeded to Gregory Wieck as outlined in last will and testament of Erich Wieck)

Beneath this is another section:

Marriages:
Dr. Gregory Wieck to Nora Howe on 6/3/71
Mara E. Wieck to Joseph Turner on 1/5/98

Births:
Julius Clayton Wieck on 11/11/72
Mara Eve Wieck on 5/3/75

Deaths:
Mr. and Mrs. Erich Wieck on 9/9/89
Mrs. Nora Howe Wieck on 10/6/04

And on the next page...

Hunting Party Members
Jerry O'Martian (123) 654-8390
Gill Blanchard (123) 742-0073
Tom Rich (640) 981-2002

Ferdinand 1968-1977
Isabella 1975-1985
Daisy 1984-1993
Barney 1993-2005
Red 2004-


Also remove the blankets from the chairs - anything stand out? The two blankets in the den are cotton, one is green the other is white, these would probably be good in case it gets cold in the den at night. Now, when I took the blanket off of the chair in the library I discovered that it is not a blanket at all - it is a material that feels like nylon, and it unfolds onto the floor into a shape of an un-inflated balloon, approx. 12 feet long, and it has 4 ropes attached - a curious find, indeed!
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By any chance, is there anything to click for a password hint? I know some computers do that.

What time is it, by the way? (In-game time, not forum time)
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Describe the large book on the pedestal.
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By any chance, is there anything to click for a password hint? I know some computers do that. Some computers perhaps, but not this one

What time is it, by the way? (In-game time, not forum time) It is shortly before 5 pm

Describe the large book on the pedestal. This book is a large bible, leather cover, no unusual markings of any kind, "Holy Bible" stamped on the front cover.
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Open the Bible and flip through it. Is there anything concealed in the book? Any verses highlighted? Any writing? Any pages marked?
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Open the Bible and flip through it. Is there anything concealed in the book? Any verses highlighted? Any writing? Any pages marked? None that I can see after carefully leafing through it.

As I was doing this, I'm almost sure I heard a knocking sound, like someone knocking on a door...
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Go to the front door and open it. Is anyone there? Try the back door as well, and the internal doors...something odd is going on.
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Go to the front door and open it. Is anyone there? Try the back door as well, and the internal doors...something odd is going on. I'll say! I checked out the back and didn't see anything so I opened the front door. In the front parking area is a blue pickup truck, and a man is about to climb into it when he sees me. "Oh, hello," the man says, "my name's Blanchard. I've been trying to get in touch with Wieck for days now, we're supposed to go hunting tomorrow. Do you know where he is?"
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Ah, is this Gill Blanchard? Have a friendly conversation with him and try to find out the following things:
Who else was scheduled to be hunting tomorrow? What time and where will everyone meet? What will they be hunting for? How long has he known Dr. Wieck? Does Dr. Wieck have a kennel for the hunting dogs? Is "Red" Dr. Wieck's current dog? Where is Red?
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Ah, is this Gill Blanchard? I ask him this and he says "Why, yes, I am Gill Blanchard. Have we met?" I say, "No, but I believe you and Dr. Wieck like to hunt together?" "Yep," he says, "done so for many years."

Have a friendly conversation with him and try to find out the following things:
I ask "Who else was scheduled to be hunting tomorrow?" "Well it's usually me, Greg, Jerry and Tom but I know Tom's out of town so it should be 3 of us. Did Greg ask you to come along too?" "Uh, no," I reply, "I'm just here to visit."

So I ask, "What time and where will everyone meet?" Gill replies, "We meet here at Greg's around 6 am, but I guess if he's not here then the hunt is off. Which reminds me - do you know where he is?" "Sorry, I don't," is my response.

"What will they be hunting for?" I ask. "This is fox country," says Gill.

Then I ask him how long he has known Dr. Wieck. "We met in 1980 at the college where he used to teach, so I guess that would be about 30 years."

So I ask him if Dr. Wieck has a kennel for the hunting dogs. "His dogs stay with him," says Gill, "he has another house, and when he comes to stay here during hunting season he brings his dog with him."

I ask if "Red" is Dr. Wieck's current dog. "Yes, and a good one he is," Gill replies.

Where is Red? I haven't seen the dog that came into the house with Mr. Moses since everyone left, but then I haven't really been looking for dogs...
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Did we come across a phone somewhere in the house? If so, call Jerry and Tom.

Also, let's go through the rooms we've been in so far, and look for the dog.
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Did we come across a phone somewhere in the house? If so, call Jerry and Tom. I have not noticed a phone in any of the rooms I've spent a lot of time in. As I go back through the house, the only room that I locate a phone in is the parlor. It is a simple push button phone, and the ringer is turned off for some reason. The phone is on the floor next to one of the couches, not a place I would have seen it before.

I call the number that's listed for Tom - phone rings a few times, then I get a voice mail message "Hi, you've reached the phone of Tom Rich, please leave a message and I'll call you back...BEEEEEP!" Since I don't know him, I hung up during the beep.

I next call the number that's listed for Jerry - phone rings twice and a kid's voice says "Hello?" "Hi, is Jerry there?" I ask. "No, he's not home. I think he said he'll be back around suppertime, and that's like 7." "Ok, thanks, I'll call back," I say and hang up.


Also, let's go through the rooms we've been in so far, and look for the dog. The dog is easy to find, lying underneath the table in the kitchen.
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Pet the dog...try not to get bitten. Does he respond? If he tries to bite you, look for some dog food in the kitchen, and feed it to him.
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Pet the dog...try not to get bitten. Does he respond? He's a fairly friendly dog, and allows me to pet him.
If he tries to bite you, look for some dog food in the kitchen, and feed it to him. No need to, he's obviously used to people being around.
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Does the dog have a collar? A nametag? Any other form of identification? Is he holding something? In his mouth? If so, can we take it?
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Does the dog have a collar? Yes
A nametag? Yes - it is a circular metal tag with vaccination info on one face, and "Red" on the opposite face
Any other form of identification? Appears not, but now I think I know his name...
Is he holding something? In his mouth? If so, can we take it? He's not holding anything
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Say "Red", and see if the dog responds. Try giving the dog a few commands - "Shake", "Sit", "Heel", "Roll Over" - and see if he responds. If not, try giving him the commands preceded by his name.

And what does the vaccination info say?
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Say "Red", and see if the dog responds. Try giving the dog a few commands - "Shake", "Sit", "Heel", "Roll Over" - and see if he responds. If not, try giving him the commands preceded by his name. Ok - I try "Sit, Red!" and the dog assumes the sitting position. "Shake, Red!", but at this he cocks his head to the side slightly and his tail wags a bit. "Roll over, Red!", and he does a little yelp and proceeds to roll over.

And what does the vaccination info say? The letters "Vacc." followed by a series of numbers and letters.

While I'm playing with the dog, Julius enters the kitchen through the back door, carrying a crock pot and a loaf of bread. "I brought us some dinner. Cecille felt awful about it, she got distracted today and meant to have dinner ready for us, so she sent this back with me." He sets the pot on the counter and plugs it in, and sets the bread next to it. "It'll be ready in about 30 minutes, I'll be in the den checking email, so let me know if you need anything."
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When the dog rolls over, can you see if he was on top of something on the floor? Can you take that something?

Keep an eye on the crock pot. Can you tell what the dinner is?
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When the dog rolls over, can you see if he was on top of something on the floor? Can you take that something? No, he wasn't on anything, just lying on the bare floor.

Keep an eye on the crock pot. Can you tell what the dinner is? Beef stew.
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Do any of the books in the library shelves stand out? If so, try pulling one - maybe there's a secret room or something.

As for the "balloon" in the library, does this appear to be a parachute? Or maybe a hot-air balloon (sans basket)?
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Do any of the books in the library shelves stand out? It's a little of everything, and no certain book or books catch my eye, at least on these lower shelves.

If so, try pulling one - maybe there's a secret room or something. Ok. Ah...here's something interesting! The lower 3 or 4 shelves aren't real shelves at all - it's a large poster which looks very realistically like books on shelves! This is the case on both bookshelves - as high as I can reach is this poster. There are actual books on shelves above the poster, but I can't reach that high - good call!

As for the "balloon" in the library, does this appear to be a parachute? No, I'd say...Or maybe a hot-air balloon (sans basket)? This is exactly what it appears to be!
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Can you remove the poster from the wall? If so, check out what's behind it.
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Can you remove the poster from the wall? If so, check out what's behind it. I can't seem to remove it, so I tap on it a few times and it seems that there is a solid wall behind the poster.

Julius just stuck his head in the door of the library and said "I heard you knocking, did you need something?
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Ask him if he knows where we can find a ladder and/or a large basket.
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I ask Julius if he knows where we can find a ladder and/or a large basket. "A ladder? Probably in the tool shed, I'm sure I've seen Mr. Moses use a ladder outside. The shed stays locked, but he'll be back in the morning and he has the key, so we can check with him then.

Now about a basket, hmmm...I don't remember seeing a basket anywhere around. A while ago when we were leaving, Cecille said something about having a picnic, so maybe she has a picnic basket. Speaking of picnics, I'm going to go eat some beef stew, so feel free to join me. I'm done with the computer in case you need to use it, and after dinner I think I'll go on upstairs and get ready for bed."
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All right, check out the computer. Does anything seem to stand out? What is there to click on?
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All right, check out the computer. Does anything seem to stand out? What is there to click on?
Well I still can't access anything without a password, but it looks like there is an icon to access the internet, and an icon that says "Calendar" underneath it.
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Ask Julius for the password. If he gives it to you (which I somehow doubt), check out the browsing history on the Internet, as well as the calendar. Oh, and go on the LTPF and solve some puzzles while you can. =)
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Ask Julius for the password. "Sure, I'll write it down for you." He opens a drawer and takes out a square piece of paper and a pen, then writes on the paper and hands it to me. He has written 'birdCage2004' on the paper. I thank him, and he says "And that's case sensitive, by the way."

If he gives it to you (which I somehow doubt), Never doubt, never assume...
check out the browsing history on the Internet, as well as the calendar. Ok, I typed in the password so I can now access everything on the computer. The browsing history shows little, besides sites with articles about new sources of energy, some news websites, and Google, where it would seem at least one person has visited to access their email account.

The "Calendar" icon opens, as you'd expect, a calendar. There is an entry on the date that was 2 days before I got the letter from Dr. Wieck. On the calendar for this day is an entry "Mail letter for challenge." The next day has an entry "Make recording of special instructions." The date after this is the date I arrived at the house, and there are no entries for that date or any others after it.


Oh, and go on the LTPF and solve some puzzles while you can. =) Ha! I started to get into one about some guy playing a video game and got baffled so I gave up...
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Hee hee...you're really close on that one.

Can you tell who visited their email? What's the email address?

I highly suspect (am I allowed to do that?) that the recording is for us...is there anything else other than those two functions on this computer?

Try playing C-A-G-E on the piano, as well. See what happens.
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Can you tell who visited their email? What's the email address? It's not possible to tell who used it, but one of the pages visited is a main page for Google mail with a place to log in.

I highly suspect (am I allowed to do that?) that the recording is for us...is there anything else other than those two functions on this computer?
That's about it, besides the usual boring computer stuff. You're welcome to suspect all you want, and I think you're right about the recording, but where is it?

Try playing C-A-G-E on the piano, as well. See what happens. Ok, I tried it. Besides a slight flicker of the lights when I played the A, nothing happened.
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Hmmm...

Try feeding the dog a bit of the lemonade pie.
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Try feeding the dog a bit of the lemonade pie.
A little treat can't be all bad, can it? I walk into the kitchen and open the refrigerator, reach for the pie pan, and notice that it has a small envelope taped to it...with my name written on it! So I remove the envelope and put the pan down on the floor. As I open the envelope, Red walks over to the pie and begins to sniff it. Inside the envelope is a handwritten note which reads: "Good progress! Now you truly need Daisy's help. And remember to PLAY in the music room." The handwriting looks identical to that which is on the letter I received inviting me to the house.
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Are there any other instruments in the music room? Look inside the music books and at the music lessons - are any pieces marked?
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Are there any other instruments in the music room? No, only the piano
Look inside the music books and at the music lessons - are any pieces marked? A few of the music books have "Eve Wieck" written on the covers in magic marker, but aside from a few stray notations these are mostly unmarked and look barely used.

On many of the individual practice sheets, scale sheets and short pieces many of the A notes are marked out in pencil. On a few of the sheets, a few of the A notes have not been marked out and the word "hold" is written above them.
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Take one of those sheets and play the music, holding the A when you reach it. If that doesn't do anything, try playing the music, holding the A, and continuing to play the music while holding the A.

If that doesn't work, use the right piano pedal when pressing the A key when you reach it in the music.
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Take one of those sheets and play the music, holding the A when you reach it. If that doesn't do anything, try playing the music, holding the A, and continuing to play the music while holding the A. I have tried these ideas, and when I hold the A key down it causes the tone to linger, and the lights dim almost to the point of going out, but the tone ends and the lights return to regular brightness. Holding down the A key as I continue to play shows no results.

If that doesn't work, use the right piano pedal when pressing the A key when you reach it in the music. Ah, the sustain pedal, I will try that. I'm playing a rather simple practice piece, and when I reach the A note I press the pedal down - the tone lingers in the air for many seconds, and the lights dim and then go out. Besides the little amount of sunlight coming in the window (it's now early evening), the room is dark, and it seems that other lights upstairs may have also gone out.
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Go out and back upstairs. Which rooms have gone dark? Has anything been revealed by the darkness? Invisible ink, perhaps?
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Go out and back upstairs. Which rooms have gone dark? I don't have to go far to see a change. The upstairs hall, the music room and apparently the closed bedroom are all dark. There is one light on in the Hunting Room...Has anything been revealed by the darkness? Invisible ink, perhaps? I don't see anything like this, but now in the Hunting Room a single light illuminates the large painting featuring the pointing dog.
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Where is the dog pointing to? In the painting? Is the dog pointing to somewhere outside the painting?

Can the painting be removed from the wall? If yes, do so.
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Where is the dog pointing to? In the painting? Is the dog pointing to somewhere outside the painting? In the context of the painting, the dog is pointing to a clump of bushes with a small greyish tail sticking out of the clump. If I follow the direction of the point outside the borders of the painting's frame, then the dog is "pointing" out the rear window of the room which overlooks the cornfield outside the house.

Can the painting be removed from the wall? If yes, do so. Yes, it can be easily removed and I have done so.
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Anything behind the painting?

Look out the rear window. Does anything stand out there?
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Anything behind the painting? Just bare wall

Look out the rear window. Does anything stand out there? No, the view from here is the same from the windows over the computer downstairs in the den just at an elevated level - I'm looking out across the cornfield. I can see over the rise in the land here that there is a treeline at some distance from the house.
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Put the painting back on the wall, then head outside. Can you walk over to the treeline?
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Put the painting back on the wall, then head outside. Ok
Can you walk over to the treeline? Yes, although it is almost dark outside and I cannot see very well. The field rises slowly upward for about 200 yards behind the house, then descends slowly for about another 500-600 yards. At the back of the property is a barbed wire fence. I can walk along this fence to the left until it takes a 90 degree turn back toward the house. Turning around, I can follow it across the rear of the property until it meets a chain link fence. I turn right and follow the chain link fence, but it does not go far, perhaps 20 yards, then it turns left for about 40 yards and meets up with a barbed wire fence which borders the edge of the property on this side. In the last bit of light I can see that there is a solitary large tree within the area bordered by this chain link fence.
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Check out the tree. Can you climb it? Is there anything secreted inside a hole? Or in the crook of one of the branches?
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Check out the tree. Can you climb it? Maybe if it were not so dark, but it's hard to see
Is there anything secreted inside a hole? I don't detect any holes...Or in the crook of one of the branches? Most of the branches are too high to access, but I don't feel anything among the few low branches.

I think I stepped on something hard as I explored the tree. Odd, because the ground all around here is soft dirt with some leaf cover.
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Brush away the dirt around the tree - is there a hidden trapdoor or something?
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Brush away the dirt around the tree - is there a hidden trapdoor or something? Difficult to say, it's completely dark now and there's just a bit of moonlight. No, it doesn't feel like a trapdoor, it feels like a small flat rectangular stone, maybe 8" x 12", slightly raised above ground level, with a smooth surface yet there are some grooves or indentions in the surface. Wait...there are 2 of these identical stones here. Maybe more, but too dark to tell...
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All right, head back inside for now. What time is it?...I believe something was supposed to happen around 7 or so. And dinner should be ready soon, if it isn't already.
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All right, head back inside for now. What time is it? It is now 7:26 PM
...I believe something was supposed to happen around 7 or so. Well, I placed a call to Jerry earlier, and the kid who answered the phone said Jerry wasn't home then but would be back around 7.
And dinner should be ready soon, if it isn't already. Well there are dishes in the sink which probably means Julius has already eaten, and I think he told me earlier he was going to eat soon, so I'll go ahead and eat - all that walking around made me hungry.
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All right, eat some of the beef stew. Then call Jerry again.
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All right, eat some of the beef stew. Mmmm, that was good.

Then call Jerry again. Ok - dialing the number...a few rings...a man's voice answers, "Hello?"
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Ask if he's Jerry. Ask him about Dr. Wieck, Red, the hunting trips, and everyone else on the hunting crew.
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I ask if he's Jerry. "Yes, this is Jerry," is the reply.

(After a brief introduction of myself as someone who is assisting Dr. Wieck's family with some issues) I ask him about Dr. Wieck, Red, the hunting trips, and everyone else on the hunting crew. "Oh yeah, we go back a long way. Tom, Greg, Gill and I usually get in 5 or 6 good hunting weekends each year. You mentioned Red, that's Greg's hunting hound. He's had some good ones but he still says Daisy was the best."
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Daisy...and I missed Daisy in the book!

Ask Jerry for more info about Daisy.
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I ask Jerry for more info about Daisy. "Well that was his hound several years ago, must have been 20 or so years back. When we gather to hunt, we each bring our hound, if we have one at the time, and when Greg used Daisy he always bagged a fox. If I'm not mistaken, Greg had an artist friend of his paint a portrait of Daisy, but I've never seen it displayed anywhere."
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Ask Jerry about the other hounds in the group.
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So I ask Jerry about the other hounds in the group. "Mine died just a few months back, and I haven't gotten another one yet. Gill's got one named Spark, Tom's is Echo, and of course Greg's got Red."
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Daisy...and I missed Daisy in the book!
I wondered about that, but don't sweat it, you're heading in the right direction!
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Go back to the hunting room. Is there anything on the back of the painting of the dog pointing?

What time is it now?
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Go back to the hunting room. Is there anything on the back of the painting of the dog pointing? I can't directly see the back of the painting itself, it is held in the frame with a thin piece of wood that acts as a backing for the painting. There is nothing on this piece of wood

What time is it now? A few minutes before 8 pm
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Can you remove the piece of wood? If yes, then do so and check out the back of the painting.
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Can you remove the piece of wood? Yes, it comes off easily
If yes, then do so and check out the back of the painting. It appears to be blank
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All right, put the painting back. While you think all this over, have some lemonade, and eat the last piece of pie (if Red hasn't already done so).
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All right, put the painting back. Ok. In handling the painting I have noticed that it's not on a canvas, like I would have expected, but this is some kind of parchment-type paper and the painting seems more like a copy, not like actual paint.

While you think all this over, have some lemonade, and eat the last piece of pie (if Red hasn't already done so). Well it looks as if Red has at least licked off some of the topping and nibbled at the crust, so I tossed the leftovers in the trash. Julius briefly came into the kitchen and poured himself a glass of water and started to head upstairs. "There are some DVD's in the bedroom upstairs if you want one, they'll play on the computer in the den," he says. "Otherwise goodnight, I'll see you in the morning."
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Head up to the bedroom and check out the DVDs. Do any stand out? Are any of them not in their case? In the wrong case?
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Head up to the bedroom and check out the DVDs. Do any stand out? Are any of them not in their case? In the wrong case? The DVD's are arranged neatly on a shelf...here are the choices:

Honeymoon In Vegas
The Rock
Con-Air
National Treasure
The Family Man
Lord Of War
Face/Off
Raising Arizona


I checked the case for each, and all boxes contain the correct DVD.
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Going with the computer password...watch National Treasure (all Nicolas Cage films, and this is the one from 2004 - and most awesome).
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Going with the computer password...watch National Treasure (all Nicolas Cage films, and this is the one from 2004 - and most awesome). Hey, nice job of picking up the clue, let's hope it leads somewhere. I settle down on the sofa-bed in the den and put National Treasure in the computer's DVD slot. It soon starts, and I really enjoy it. It's been a long and busy day, I'd love to make it to the end, but I'm so tired I'm nodding off as Harvey Keitel and Nic Cage are developing a plan to recover the Declaration. In the morning I'll jot down some notes about today's discoveries...
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All right, take out the film and go to sleep. Keep the DVD with you so you can watch it in the morning.
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YAWN! What a great night's sleep...I'm ready to solve this mystery! But first I'll finish watching the movie. Cecille is already here in the kitchen making some breakfast and I can smell coffee, so I head into the kitchen, quickly tell Cecille and Eve (who is sitting at the table working a crossword puzzle) good morning, fix a mug of coffee then head back into the den. As I restart the DVD and watch the rest of the movie, I make some notes with a pen and notepad that I found near the computer...

The house has a parlor, kitchen, den, small bathroom, library (all downstairs) and a hunting room, music room and master bedroom with bathroom upstairs - that's 9 total rooms in the house

In the music room, sustaining the A note on the piano caused all the lights upstairs to go out except for one light which shines on a painting of a dog (only it's not on canvas, it's like a copy of a painting on some kind of weird paper)

I know that Daisy is a hunting dog that Dr. Wieck once owned, and that she "should be of some assistance" according to the letter that I received

The library has large bookshelves, but the lower ones aren't actually shelves. Instead they are large posters that look like actual shelves full of books. There's also a large bible in the library, as well as a large balloon (I think it's for a hot-air balloon, but nobody has seen a basket around here)

Dr. Wieck has made a recording that I (well...we) suspect is for my benefit, but where is it?

In the barn tower there's a bell that used to have a rope attached, but the rope is gone. Mr. Moses last saw the rope the same day he last saw Dr. Wieck.

According to Julius, there may be a ladder in the tool shed which is locked, and Mr. Moses has the key.


Well the movie has ended, the credits have rolled, the DVD has stopped, and I think breakfast is ready.
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I am sort of "jumpin'" in the puzzle, read it more or less quickly, so I may have plenty of FA, but...

Just an idea: maybe the painting of the dog is the one mentioned by Jerry? So that the painted dog IS Daisy, and we have to explore more in this direction to get the help from Daisy that Dr Wieck mentioned in his letter...

Now that we are in daylight, can you tell more about the place where the dog points out, with the strange stones, etc?
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And we also have the hole under the Alka-Seltzer box in the bathroom as well.

Did you notice anything about the movie that seemed out of place? Is there anything else in the case?

Have some breakfast before heading outside - we'll need energy.
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I am sort of "jumpin'" in the puzzle, read it more or less quickly, so I may have plenty of FA, but...Welcome, glad you decided to join in!

Just an idea: maybe the painting of the dog is the one mentioned by Jerry? You know I was thinking the same thing, but I would have expected such a painting to be done on canvas...but who knows?
So that the painted dog IS Daisy, and we have to explore more in this direction to get the help from Daisy that Dr Wieck mentioned in his letter...Ahhhh...I'm up for suggestions, glad you mentioned this because it could help with progress!

Now that we are in daylight, can you tell more about the place where the dog points out, with the strange stones, etc? Sure - I go out the back door of the kitchen and walk across the cornfield to the area with the tree, and I find that the stones are actually small grave stones. There are 4 of them, each the same size. They are in a straight line extending away from the tree. In order of closest to farthest from the tree they read:

Ferdinand 1968-1977
Isabella 1975-1985
Daisy 1984-1993
Barney 1993-2005

Besides the name and dates on each stone, there is a small pair of paw prints next to the name.

Now I should mention that this area of the cornfield is not where the dog in the painting is pointing. It's hard to tell exactly what "spot" of the field the dog in the painting points to, but it is an area much closer to the barn, not back here by this tree.
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And we also have the hole under the Alka-Seltzer box in the bathroom as well. Yes! Glad you are on top of things, maybe I didn't sleep as well as I thought...

Did you notice anything about the movie that seemed out of place? Is there anything else in the case? No, the movie played as any DVD would do, and I don't see anything else in the case

Have some breakfast before heading outside - we'll need energy. I agree. I've already taken a walk to check out the stones, so I'm more hungry now than I was. Cecille has made a breakfast of omelettes and wheat toast (yum). Julius and Eve are already eating when I come back in, so Cecille fixes me a plate and says "Come on in and have some food. Just so you know, I brought some things back here with me in case I need to stay overnight. They're in a small duffel bag in the downstairs bathroom, so hopefully they won't be in your way if you're in there. Also, Mr. Moses will be here in a little while and he's bringing some things for a picnic, so whatever you're doing around 1 o'clock I hope you can take a break and join us. Now...I've got to start making a lemon merangue pie!"
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Hmmm...maybe part of the movie itself is a clue.

Personally, I'm thinking the painting may be pointing at Daisy's gravestone, although I'm not terribly keen on grave robbery.

I'm also wondering if we'll end up having to find the original painting - I'm thinking that the one in the hunting room is a copy.

And enjoy breakfast.
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Hmmm...maybe part of the movie itself is a clue. Ahhh, this is possible, and I think you've seen the movie so maybe we'll have success if this is in fact the case...

Personally, I'm thinking the painting may be pointing at Daisy's gravestone, although I'm not terribly keen on grave robbery. Ugh! That makes 2 of us! Trust me, I can stand next to the painting and follow the direction of the point and it is not near where the graves are.

I'm also wondering if we'll end up having to find the original painting - I'm thinking that the one in the hunting room is a copy. This could be, but would the elaborate rigging between the piano notes and the lights illuminate the copy, only to still have us need to find the original, if there is one? Maybe...we'll chew on this as well.

And enjoy breakfast. It was great.
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Oh, I've seen the movie...about a dozen times. My sister's class in high school was obsessed with it - which has given me a puzzle idea.

Do the pawprints on Daisy's gravestone point a certain direction? Maybe we can follow the prints in this direction and find the point where it intersects with the line where the painting points.
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Oh, I've seen the movie...about a dozen times. My sister's class in high school was obsessed with it - which has given me a puzzle idea. Well call me crazy, but your knowledge of this movie just might come in handy.

Do the pawprints on Daisy's gravestone point a certain direction? Maybe we can follow the prints in this direction and find the point where it intersects with the line where the painting points. No, they don't seem to, if anything they point toward the fence at the back of the property (in the direction of the toes), so this wouldn't intersect with where the painting points...
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All right then...you're crazy. =)

Walk in a direct line across the cornfield where the painting points. Do you hit the tree? Miss it? Do you run into something odd? Walk over something odd? Is there something on the other side of the fence?
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Walk in a direct line across the cornfield where the painting points. Do you hit the tree? Miss it? Do you run into something odd? Walk over something odd? Is there something on the other side of the fence? If I follow the line where the painting points, I walk out the back door, take a slight angle to the right and walk straight. This path takes me past the barn, across the field, to the edge of the property. This edge is bordered by barbed wire fence, and the property beyond the fence is heavily wooded. I'm not anywhere near the tree, and I didn't run into or walk over anything...except a bunch of corn. I retraced the path back to the house, but still didn't notice anything.

As I got back to the house, Cecille opened the back door and said, "I'm making tea to serve with lunch - do you like lemon in your tea?"
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Yes, I do like lemon in my tea.

Speaking of which, what's the deal with all the lemons? Lemonade, lemonade pie, lemon meringue pie, lemon in the tea...not that I mind, I love lemons.
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Yes, I do like lemon in my tea. "Ok, thanks," says Cecille.

Speaking of which, what's the deal with all the lemons? Lemonade, lemonade pie, lemon meringue pie, lemon in the tea...not that I mind, I love lemons. I guess someone around here just feels the need to keep lemons handy? Lemons, lemons, lemons...
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Has Mr. Moses arrived yet? If so, see if you can get the tool shed key from him.
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Has Mr. Moses arrived yet? If so, see if you can get the tool shed key from him. He's not here yet, so I ask Cecille when she expects him. "Around noon, I would say," she responds. As she's saying this, she's putting the lemon pie in the oven, and proceeds to begin taking lemons out of a paper bag and cutting them into wedges. Lemons, lemons, lemons...
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Ask her where she gets the lemons and why she has so many. Also, what time is it?
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Ask her where she gets the lemons and why she has so many. "Well," she begins, "honestly, I don't know why the sudden need for them. Dr. Wieck has always liked lemonade and other lemon-flavored foods, but shortly before he disappeared he started asking that I always have lemons around, and that I can make whatever I want with them, just as long as there are always a few that are left over. Maybe he thought you liked lemons, since apparently he already had plans to invite you." All the time she's talking, she's putting lemon wedges into a bowl...this reminds me of something, but I cannot figure out what it is (and I'm racking my brain).

Also, what time is it? It's now a little after 10 AM
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Lemon wedges in the bowl - me is thinking of the scene in National Treasure where they find the map on the back of the Declaration. I'm guessing we're going to need the lemons and a hair dryer (or one of those big lamps, or other sources of heat) to read a hidden map on the back of the painting! Try to do that.
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(How about a little multi-tasking?) Does the Bible have a family births/deaths section? If so, is there any listing for the birth and death of Friedrich Wieck? Are there any other names and dates that stand out? Any other markings on these pages that stand out?
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Lemon wedges in the bowl - me is thinking of the scene in National Treasure where they find the map on the back of the Declaration. Ahhhh...I knew it reminded me of something!

I'm guessing we're going to need the lemons and a hair dryer (or one of those big lamps, or other sources of heat) to read a hidden map on the back of the painting! Try to do that. I ask if anyone has a hair dryer handy. "Well you're in luck," says Cecille, "I brought one, it's in my duffel bag." So I go and get it, then go upstairs and retrieve the painting from the frame. I bring it downstairs and lay it face down on the kitchen table. I plug the hair dryer in, and get some lemons and squeeze juice onto the back of the painting. As I blow warm air over it...behold! A map appears - it is of the Wieck property, as viewed from above. There is the house, barn, fence, everything. And in a place which would be somewhere equidistant diagonally between the barn and the tree is a stickman-type figure with a circle around its head and an arrow pointing to it! As this all appears, I hear an "oooohhhhh" from the others who are looking on. Good call!

(How about a little multi-tasking?) As long as it doesn't involve a Rubik's cube...

Does the Bible have a family births/deaths section? Yes, but it's blank
If so, is there any listing for the birth and death of Friedrich Wieck? No
Are there any other names and dates that stand out? Any other markings on these pages that stand out? No, no markings anywhere
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Enough with the Rubik's cube! =)

What version is the Bible? KJV? NIV? NLT? NRSV? Some other version?

Go to the spot on the property where the stickman is on the map. Is there anything there? Maybe we need to launch the balloon from there...or that could just be a random irrelevant thought.

Oh, and what time is it? Is Mr. Moses here yet?
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What version is the Bible? KJV? NIV? NLT? NRSV? Some other version? Let's see...NIV

Go to the spot on the property where the stickman is on the map. Is there anything there? Hmm...I have walked around the area for a few minutes, and...well there's nothing here now but something has been here recently, there is a hole in the ground approx. 2" wide
Maybe we need to launch the balloon from there...or that could just be a random irrelevant thought. Hmmmmm...

Oh, and what time is it? Is Mr. Moses here yet? Not yet, it's approx. 11 AM
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The hole...what shape is it in? Is anything inside the hole? Can you tell if anything was inside the hole? Maybe a flame?
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The hole...what shape is it in? A circle
Is anything inside the hole? No
Can you tell if anything was inside the hole? Well the hole appears to be several inches deep, so something has been put into it recently
Maybe a flame? Hmmm, no sign of that
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Hang on a second...I just noticed something. There's an upstairs and a downstairs bathroom? Have we explored both? I don't think we've checked out the downstairs one (I believe the Alka-Seltzer hole was upstairs)...check this room out.
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Hang on a second...I just noticed something. There's an upstairs and a downstairs bathroom? Yes
Have we explored both? We have explored the one downstairs, across from the library

I don't think we've checked out the downstairs one (I believe the Alka-Seltzer hole was upstairs)Actually this is in the one downstairs
...check this room out. The upstairs bathroom is off the master bedroom, and that door is closed and locked now.
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Ask Julius for the key to that bathroom. Also ask him where Eve is.
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Ask Julius for the key to that bathroom. Also ask him where Eve is. "Well I'll go up and let you in," Julius says, "I'm just a little obsessive-compulsive about my stuff, so I hope you won't mind if I wait in the hallway while you look around." I guess this is better than nothing, so I follow Julius upstairs and he unlocks the bedroom door and opens it to reveal a very simple bedroom with a doorway in a corner which is to the bathroom. As I walk through the bedroom I notice that it is furnished only with a queen-size bed with a wrought iron headboard, next to that is a simple nightstand, and on the wall opposite the bed is a chest of drawers with a small suitcase on top of it.

As I enter the bathroom I quickly see that it is also very simple - there is a bathtub against the wall opposite the door, toilet next to that, wall-mounted sink next to that, then the doorway. Against the wall opposite the sink is a small wicker table with some magazines stacked on it. There is a glass shelf above the sink, and there is a toothbrush and a razor on the shelf. As I lean over to look more closely at these, I hear Julius nervously clear his throat (I guess he really is OC about his stuff). Above the shelf is a simple, unframed mirror mounted directly to the wall. My impression of both these rooms is that there's nothing of interest here.

"You done yet?" Julius calls. "Yeah, I think so," I respond. Then I ask "By the way, do you know where Eve is?" "Yes, she is sitting on the front porch reading the newspaper," says Julius.
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I think we can deal with this later - right now, we should go out and talk to Eve. Ask her if she knows anything that can help.
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I think we can deal with this later - right now, we should go out and talk to Eve. Ask her if she knows anything that can help. "Well you know probably more than I do about this place," she says, "since I don't spend very much time here. My father stays here during hunting season, then goes home for the months in between. Since he retired, he spends his time either hunting or pursuing his hobby of a corn-based fuel. That's why he's so paranoid about the crows, he doesn't want any of his crop damaged. If he were here, he'd be keeping an eye out for any sign of them, or either asking Mr. Moses to make sure that scarecrow is in place. I'm really not sure if any of that is helpful..."
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I have forgotten if we've done this already, but flip through the Bible again. Is there anything highlighted or marked?
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I have forgotten if we've done this already, but flip through the Bible again. Is there anything highlighted or marked? No, at least nothing I can detect by flipping through the pages (and there are a lot of pages in this thick Bible). As I passed by the kitchen I heard Cecille say "Oh good, Mr. Moses is here, let's get the picnic things ready."
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Go down and ask Mr. Moses for the toolshed key. Also, help Cecille out with the picnic things.
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Go down and ask Mr. Moses for the toolshed key. As I walk outside the back door, here's what I see - Mr. Moses is walking across the cornfield carrying the scarecrow; the toolshed door is open; there is a white pickup truck parked next to the barn (which wasn't here earlier, so I'm guessing this is Mr. Moses' truck); on the ground next to the truck is a somewhat large picnic basket, roughly 4' x 4' square and about 5 feet deep (apparently they take picnics seriously around here); on the ground next to the basket is a strange-looking metal object - it's 3 metal bars welded together in the shape of an 'H', and on the short crossbar is a shallow metal "cup" which has been welded to the crossbar, and the ends of the long bars are bent downwards at the end so the piece sits elevated from the ground.

Also, help Cecille out with the picnic things. She must have known I was going to offer to do this, because she opens the back door and says "Hey, would you mind bringing the basket into the kitchen please?" "Sure," I say, and proceed to do this. Cecille has several packs of hot dogs and buns on the table, along with a bowl of potato salad and a watermelon.
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Large picnic basket? I'm thinking hot-air-balloon basket! Maybe that metal object is what holds the flame/fuel for the balloon.

Enjoy the hot dogs, potato salad, and watermelon. There's probably some lemonade too, isn't there?

Then look in the toolshed for a ladder, and see if anything else stands out. Use the ladder to see through the shutter on the bell tower.
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Large picnic basket? Yeah, I was looking for one of those, wasn't I?
I'm thinking hot-air-balloon basket! You may be onto something here - this basket, unlike most picnic baskets, has a looped handle at each corner (not simply a handle on opposite sides)

Maybe that metal object is what holds the flame/fuel for the balloon. Perhaps...it looks like the long bars are almost the exact width of the basket

Enjoy the hot dogs, potato salad, and watermelon. There's probably some lemonade too, isn't there?
Yes. We load up the basket with the food and walk outside to one end of the barn where there is cleared ground to sit. As I set the basket down, Mr. Moses walks over to where we are with the H-shaped contraption. He proceeds to put it on the ground, then he takes a cylinder-shaped can out of his pocket and puts this into the metal cup on the crossbar. He pops the lid off of the can, then produces a match from behind his ear. He strikes the match on the bottom of his boot, touches the lit match to the opened can and FOOF! A flame appears from the can. Cecille is passing out sticks to me, Julius and Eve who are all assembled. "Time to cook some dogs," says Mr. Moses. "This portable stove is great, and these fuel cans that Dr. Wieck has make some good heat." Soon we're all roasting hot dogs over the H-shaped stove.

Then look in the toolshed for a ladder, and see if anything else stands out. Ok. Full from a good lunch, I head over to the toolshed. There is a ladder leaning against one wall, it is the type that will open into an "A" shape, and I'd guess it to be 8 feet high.

Use the ladder to see through the shutter on the bell tower. Well, this ladder won't get me high enough to do that. However as I'm pondering how I can put this ladder to use, I notice that the scarecrow is in place in the field...very near where I found that hole!
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Ooh, go check that out. Is the scarecrow in the hole?
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Ooh, go check that out. Is the scarecrow in the hole? Yes indeed...
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Hmmm, the scarecrow would explain the stick figure on the map. Use the ladder to get to the top of the scarecrow - is there anything standing out about the scarecrow? Anything stuck inside the straw? Under its hat?
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Hmmm, the scarecrow would explain the stick figure on the map. Yes, it would, the one with the circle around it's head...
Use the ladder to get to the top of the scarecrow - is there anything standing out about the scarecrow? No need, it's not that tall, and I can easily get it out of the ground to inspect it...something is making a metallic rattle as I'm moving it around...
Anything stuck inside the straw? Hmmm...there is only straw underneath the shirt... Under its hat? No...the hat is simply pinned onto the burlap sack head...
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Then remove the scarecrow, and try to take the pole out. Try opening the burlap sack head, and see what's inside it.
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Then remove the scarecrow, and try to take the pole out. Try opening the burlap sack head, and see what's inside it. As I'm pulling it apart, Mr. Moses is running towards me yelling "Hey! Stop! The crows...". His voice trails off as I pull off the head, force it open and two reel-to-reel tapes fall out! "Mmmmm," says Mr. Moses, "now I put that scarecrow out here yesterday, and I'm sure I woulda known if those had been in there." Over by the barn, Eve and Julius are looking towards me and applauding, for some reason...
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Hmmm...I'm thinking Dr. Wieck may not be the only one with a hand in this game....

Take the reel tapes. What sort of equipment will be needed to play them?
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Hmmm...I'm thinking Dr. Wieck may not be the only one with a hand in this game....

Take the reel tapes. What sort of equipment will be needed to play them? My guess is a standard reel-to-reel player would work, and there is one in the music room...
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What are we waiting for, then? Go play the tapes!
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What are we waiting for, then? Go play the tapes! Great idea! I leave Mr. Moses in the cornfield scratching his head and run upstairs to the music room. I put the tapes onto the machine and press PLAY, and seconds later the recording begins:

"Hello! I am Dr. Gregory Wieck, and if you are listening to this recording then chances are you've done a lot of digging around at the house, and you've discovered why Daisy could assist you. I hope that Eve and Julius have been most helpful, but they have been instructed to depart once you have gotten to this point.

There are really only a few more things you'll need to discover before you reach the finish line. Here are my suggestions to achieve your desired outcome in short order:

1. In the library is my Bible, and I encourage you to take a look at a verse that I've found to be most intriguing - Judges chapter 7, verse 5

2. There are many books in the library, but you'll need to make sure you find the classics, and I would suggest at least one by Dickens

Well, that's it. You obviously are quite good at solving challenges since you've gotten this far, I've no doubt that I will be seeing you soon."

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All right, head to the library, and read Judges 7:5. See if there's any extra markings besides the verse.

Then use the ladder to get to the higher bookshelves, and look for the classics, notably ones by Dickens.
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All right, head to the library, and read Judges 7:5. "So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, "Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink." Hmmm...

See if there's any extra markings besides the verse. Beside the verse? No, I don't see anything, but there does seem to be a small gray object wedged into the crevice between the pages.

Then use the ladder to get to the higher bookshelves, and look for the classics, notably ones by Dickens. I go outside, retrieve the ladder and bring it into the library and set it up. Climbing the ladder will allow me to reach the first shelf above the poster, but here's another unexpected find - the lowest shelf above the poster appears to have actual books on it, but it is actually a wooden facade, painted to resemble side-by-side books. However, even though I can't reach the next shelf up from this one, I can tell that it does have actual books on it, as do the 3 shelves above it. From this angle, though, I can't read any titles or authors on the book spines.
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Can you pull the gray thing out? Or turn the Bible over so that the pages spread, and maybe the item will fall out?

Look at the wooden facade. Are there any Dickens titles on it? Can you tell what the "spines" read?
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Can you pull the gray thing out? I stick my finger in the crevice and can move it a bit...
Or turn the Bible over so that the pages spread, and maybe the item will fall out? Ah, this works quite well...the object is a match.

Look at the wooden facade. Are there any Dickens titles on it? Can you tell what the "spines" read? Well the "spines" do have letters on them, but they are barely readable, looks like they've been intentionally painted on to give the "books" an aged appearance. The spines do not have any real words, only combinations of letters meant to look like words (one reads "Grhmsg Envfggz", for instance), so from floor level they strongly resemble actual books but not from up close.
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Take the match, then head down to the kitchen. Is Red still there? And is there a dog bowl? If so, give Red some water.
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Take the match, then head down to the kitchen. Ok.
Is Red still there? And is there a dog bowl? If so, give Red some water. I don't see Red or the dog bowl anywhere...
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Find Cecille and ask her where Red is. Ask where the bowl is as well.
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Find Cecille and ask her where Red is. Ask where the bowl is as well. I don't see her anywhere, I've looked in every room and outside. Mr. Moses, apparently, is the only person here at the house. I ask him if he knows where they are. "Well, when you went into the house with those tapes, they all got into Cecille's car and left, didn't even say where they were going. I saw Julius go into the kitchen and come back out with Red, so I guess the dog went with them..."
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Grrr...

Look around in the kitchen cabinets for the dog bowl.

Completely random hunch: check out the two bathrooms. I'm thinking we're going to need to do something with water, and this seems like the most likely place to find some. Check out the kitchen sink as well.
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Grrr...

Look around in the kitchen cabinets for the dog bowl. I have checked everywhere, but no bowl.

Completely random hunch: check out the two bathrooms. I'm thinking we're going to need to do something with water, Ok, so you think maybe there was more to the Bible clue than just the match? I'm curious now... and this seems like the most likely place to find some. Ok, well the upstairs bathroom is unaccessable now, as the master bedroom door is closed and locked. So that leaves the downstairs bathroom, which is pretty much as I left it, even the medicine cabinet is still open.

Check out the kitchen sink as well. It appears to be a regular kitchen sink.
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Maybe....

Check out the hole under the Alka Seltzer again. Has anything changed?

Check out the match. Is it an ordinary match? A strike-anywhere match? Is anything written on it?
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Maybe....

Check out the hole under the Alka Seltzer again. Has anything changed? No, and it's not really under the Alka Seltzer, I discovered the hole when I took the Alka Seltzer box out of the cabinet, so the box was obscuring my view of the hole. So basically there is a square-ish cutout at the back of the cabinet, so to reach into the cutout is to reach into the wall. The hole has a backside and left and right side, but no top, so it appears to be the bottom of a chute (so...conceivably something could drop down and fill the hole)

Check out the match. Is it an ordinary match? Yes A strike-anywhere match? Yes Is anything written on it? No
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Assemble the hot-air balloon outside. Can we perchance use that to get up to the bell tower?
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Assemble the hot-air balloon outside. Can we perchance use that to get up to the bell tower?
Good question - assuming that I use the balloon to get up to where the bell tower is, I still don't know that I have a way to access the bell directly, because of the shutter. And...once I am up there, how would I get down? The ladder isn't tall enough to reach, and once I get out of the balloon, I assume it would just keep on rising. And at this point, I don't even have a way to produce hot air to inflate the balloon...however, the H-Stove does indeed fit perfectly onto the basket, no doubt it was designed that way. The fuel can has burned out, so based on when Mr. Moses lit it and right now, those things burn for a maximum of 15 minutes.
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Look in the tool shed. Are there any more fuel cans? If so, take one, and take anything else that might be of interest.

Try using the ladder to look at the hole where the rope in the barn was. Can we reach through the hole? Or see anything through it?
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Look in the tool shed. Are there any more fuel cans? If so, take one, and take anything else that might be of interest. Well there are no fuel cans in the shed, just a plastic gas can (which is empty), and some various gardening tools - nothing much of interest here.

Try using the ladder to look at the hole where the rope in the barn was. Can we reach through the hole? Or see anything through it? Yes, I can reach through the hole, and...as I do this, the force of my arm pushing upward on the hole's edge causes a very well concealed door to open up, allowing me access up into the bell tower! I can stand atop the ladder and hoist myself up into the lower part of the tower, then there are two ladder steps to get me within reach of the bell itself. The bell is encased in a wooden 'cage', so to speak; it is suspended by a wooden C-shaped piece, which has an arm extending from one side of it. At the end of the arm is a small brass ring (no doubt where the rope would attach, if I had it). So, from where I am, I can reach up to where the bell is and grab the arm, but not with sufficient space or leverage to cause the bell to ring (plus it's too heavy to do this). But, I do have enough room and reach to loop a rope up through the brass ring (if I only had a rope).
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Can you jump up and catch hold of the ring? Does your body weight pull the bell down, or will you just end up suspended in mid-air?
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Can you jump up and catch hold of the ring? Does your body weight pull the bell down, or will you just end up suspended in mid-air? No, I can't jump at all or I'll bang my head on some wooden slats which support part of the tower, and/or I'll lose my balance, fall off the ladder-steps and possibly through the hole in the barn ceiling. And based on the lack of movement by the arm with me pulling on it to inspect the ring, the bell's too heavy for me to be able to make it ring like this - in short, I gotta have some rope.

Now, you have a hunch about water, and the tape encouraged me to "find the classics." It does not appear that I can do anything else with the bell right now, so what do you suggest?
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Go to the bathroom and turn on the water from the sink. Have yourself a drink. If nothing comes from that, try with the kitchen sink - if that doesn't work, perhaps the toilet (although I'm really hoping it doesn't come to that - ugh - but that would be "like a dog," so to say).
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Go to the bathroom and turn on the water from the sink. Have yourself a drink. Ok, I'll just slurp from the water stream for now...somewhat cool, somewhat refreshing

If nothing comes from that, try with the kitchen sink Mmmm, same results

- if that doesn't work, perhaps the toilet (although I'm really hoping it doesn't come to that - ugh - but that would be "like a dog," so to say). Ugh, I'd rather dig up a dog's grave than drink from the toilet, and thankfully I don't think I'll have to do that...
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Are there any tables or something we can stand on in the library to possible reach the higher shelves? If so, give it a try.

Plop down in a comfy chair and take notes on what's been accomplished so far.
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Are there any tables or something we can stand on in the library to possible reach the higher shelves? If so, give it a try. There's a small table beside the chair, but it's far too small and flimsy to support my weight or for me to balance on. It's safe to say that, at this point, the ladder will get me the highest up on the shelves, but even that is not sufficient, so if I'm going to get to the higher shelves there must be another way...

Plop down in a comfy chair and take notes on what's been accomplished so far. Ok - to this point, I've followed clues that led me to a painting, on the back of which is a map which led me to the scarecrow which contained a tape with a recording from Dr. Wieck himself. This recording told me that there are only a few more things that I need to discover, then suggested that I look up a Bible verse in Judges and also find some "classics" in the library. If there are "classics" there, they have to be on shelves that are high up, and I can't get that high with any method I've tried thus far. I did find a match in the crevice of the pages where the verse was, and the verse was about men either lapping water with their tongues or kneeling to drink...I've tried water from the 2 sinks downstairs, but so far that didn't produce any noticeable result.

So...I have assembled part of a makeshift hot-air balloon out of a H-Stove and a large picnic basket, the balloon part is on the floor in the library. I'm not sure where I'm supposed to use this, but I suppose that if I can find one of the fuel cans like they used in the stove that will inflate the balloon. Without a way to regulate the amount of heat, I guess it will be up to me to control how high I go, and how to achieve a safe landing...the cans burn for a max of 15 minutes, so if I haven't figured out how to make a controlled landing, well...let's just say it won't matter much.

I have also accessed the bell tower, and I can see a place to attach a rope to the bell, I just don't have the rope.

That cutout in the medicine cabinet seems to be the bottom of some type of chute, but so far I haven't discovered why it is there.
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I'm wondering if the poster conceals stairs, or some other way to reach the top shelves. Is there any possible way to remove it?

Take a couple more drinks from the 2 sinks, only this time cup the water in your hands and lap it up.
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I'm wondering if the poster conceals stairs, or some other way to reach the top shelves. Is there any possible way to remove it? Well, I'd say not likely, it seems firmly affixed to the surface behind it. There has to be some other way to get high enough to get to those upper shelves though...

Take a couple more drinks from the 2 sinks, only this time cup the water in your hands and lap it up. Mmmm, still mildly refreshing but no helpful results...
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Look in the fridge. Maybe we need to drink something from there.
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Look in the fridge. Maybe we need to drink something from there. Well the only thing in there now is a little bit of lemonade, which I drank straight out of the pitcher (since no one's around)...it was good, but didn't seem to help.

You know, in that story of Gideon, they did have to either lap the water or scoop it up. I think we're on to something with this idea, the question is how and where to do this...
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Is there a stream on the Wieck grounds? Check the map, and if so, head over there. Try drinking from that (by scoop-and-lap).
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Is there a stream on the Wieck grounds? Check the map, and if so, head over there. Try drinking from that (by scoop-and-lap). No...as it stands now, there is no pool of water from which I can lap or scoop...
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Drat.

Take a look at the map again. What does it show of the grounds?
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Drat.

Take a look at the map again. What does it show of the grounds? The map shows a simple square with "Barn" written in it, a larger square with "House" written in it, and a dotted line marking the boundary of the property, and of course the stick figure.

The only water sources I know of, either in or near the house, are the 2 downstairs sinks...
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Is there a way to plug either of the sinks? Then we could get a pool of water in the sink, and drink from that.
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Is there a way to plug either of the sinks? Then we could get a pool of water in the sink, and drink from that. Hey, not a bad idea...the kitchen sink cannot be plugged, but the bathroom sink can be plugged just like most bathroom sinks, by pulling upward on the drain handle between the H and C handles...
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Plug the bathroom sink, fill it with some water, then scoop and lap.
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Plug the bathroom sink, fill it with some water, then scoop and lap. Ok - I turn on the water, then pull up the knob to close the drain. As I pull the knob up, I hear a sound coming from within the wall, like something is dropping. A few seconds later, one of Dr. Wieck's fuel cans drops into place in the square hole in the medicine cabinet, easily within reach!
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Yee-ha!

Take the fuel can, and assemble the hot-air balloon outside. Wait...on second thought, why don't we use the balloon to get at the higher shelves in the library? Assemble the balloon in the library, light the burner, and look up at the top shelves.
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Take the fuel can, and assemble the hot-air balloon outside. Wait...on second thought, why don't we use the balloon to get at the higher shelves in the library? Well, this is the only way I see right now to get up that high, so...
Assemble the balloon in the library, Ok, I've done this... light the burner, and look up at the top shelves. ...but not this, because I realize that if I light the burner, it will burn for up to 15 minutes. It will take a few minutes, I'm guessing, to inflate the balloon, then I will rise. I have no way to steer, or control how high I go, but that won't really matter in here because I can only go as high as the ceiling, at which point I'll have access to the top 2 shelves. But, if that burner goes out too quickly and I haven't found "the classics", it may all be for nothing. Have you got a plan for when I get up to the top shelves?

As I'm thinking through all of this, I hear some doors closing upstairs, and footsteps in the upstairs hallway...
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No, I haven't got a plan yet, but hurry upstairs. What's going on?
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You know...what would be really nice is if we had some binoculars or a telescope, so we could see what we need to look for. Have we come across something like this?
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No, I haven't got a plan yet, but hurry upstairs. What's going on? As I head upstairs, I meet Mr. Moses coming down. "What's going on?" I ask. He shrugs and shows me a piece of paper in his hand. On the paper is written "Close off all upstairs rooms, and den - G. Wieck." I look up at Mr. Moses, and he says "I was taking a nap in the barn, woke up and found this note on the bedside table, figured I had to follow orders."

You know...what would be really nice is if we had some binoculars or a telescope, so we could see what we need to look for. Have we come across something like this? No, but since Mr. Moses is right here I ask him if he has. "No, nothing like that here," he says.

I wonder how much weight that balloon can lift...
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Idea: ask Mr. Moses if he knows where the classics are in the library. If so, have him come up in the balloon with you.
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Idea: ask Mr. Moses if he knows where the classics are in the library. If so, have him come up in the balloon with you. "Classics," he says, "I'd guess them to be on one of the top shelves on the left-side bookcase. If you're going to go up in that basket you'll have to do it alone, we won't both fit."
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How many books appear to be on those shelves? (On the left-side bookcase) How many of them could you reach from the balloon? Could we just take all of the books from the shelves and put them in the basket?
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How many books appear to be on those shelves? (On the left-side bookcase) I count 15 books on the second-to-top shelf, and 40 on the top shelf. The reason that there are fewer on the one shelf is because these are much thicker, wider, heavier books

How many of them could you reach from the balloon? Potentially any and all of them

Could we just take all of the books from the shelves and put them in the basket? Depends on which books I take. With me sitting in the basket, there will not be much room for cargo. If I start taking those big thick books, the basket will fill up quickly (not to mention get heavier a lot faster...)
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Can you see if there is writing on the spines of those books?
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Can you see if there is writing on the spines of those books? From down here on the floor I can tell that almost all of the books on the top 2 shelves have writing on the spines, yes. It would seem that if I were at the same height as the books I could easily read the titles.

Mr. Moses seems most interested in all of this, he's taken a seat in the chair, watching me think about my next action and glancing frequently at the cover of the copy of "Around The World In 80 Days", which shows a hot air balloon floating among some clouds.
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All right then, let's do it. Head up in the balloon and quickly search for a Dickens classic. Take it.
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Note from the host - the following actions and scenario make up the very first kernel of the puzzle...everything else was built around this.

All right then, let's do it. Head up in the balloon and quickly search for a Dickens classic. Take it.
I politely ask Mr. Moses if he will kindly help by striking the match and supporting the balloon until it inflates. He still looks a bit uncertain, but takes the match from me, strikes it on his boot, and FOOF! the flame comes to life from the fuel can. "This'll burn for about 10 minutes, that's it!" Mr. Moses says as the balloon slowly inflates. After 5 minutes, it has inflated enough to lift me slowly toward the upper bookcase. As I reach eye level with the top shelves I can clearly see the titles and authors of all the books. Here is Great Expectations, which is the only Dickens book on the shelves, so I take it. Hmmm, this looks like a book, yet as I take it into the basket feels like it's a wooden box made to resemble a book,and something is shifting around inside the box. This is one of the largest books on the shelf, and due to its weight it causes the balloon to level off - the balloon's top was against the ceiling, so it wasn't going any higher, but now with me and the large "book", it feels as if I'm very gradually starting to descend.

The burner has now been on for 8 minutes...
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Open the book/box and see what's inside it. Quickly now, as we don't have a whole lot of time.
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Open the book/box and see what's inside it. Quickly now, as we don't have a whole lot of time. Ok, it's a coil of rope...hey! Rope!
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Yay!

Put the Dickens book back, and let the balloon take you down. Go to the bell tower, attach the rope to the metal ring, head back down to the barn, and ring the bell.
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Put the Dickens book back, and let the balloon take you down. Well as it turns out, holding this book-box provides sufficient weight to allow me to steadily descend until I come to rest on the floor. Almost as soon as I land, with a "POP" sound the burner goes out. Good thing I got down when I did, as the balloon doesn't stay inflated for any length of time - had that happened while I was up, I'd have certainly injured myself after a rapid drop. But, all is well! As I climb out of the basket, I turn to see Mr. Moses' reaction only to discover that he has vanished...

Go to the bell tower, attach the rope to the metal ring, head back down to the barn, and ring the bell. ...but I have other things to worry about now than an old, weathered farmhand. To the bell tower I go, up the ladder to the tower, reach up and attach the rope. As soon as the rope is secure, I yank it with all my strength...

GOOOOONNNNNG! The bell peals forth loudly with a sustained pitch which is, if I'm not mistaken the same 'A' pitch that activated the lights upstairs. As the sound from the bell quiets, from below me (I'm crouched up in the lower tower) comes a sound like something being dragged across the barn floor...

I climb down the ladder, and notice that a square section of the barn floor (approx. 6' x 6') has opened up to reveal a staircase leading downward underneath the barn - hmmmm....
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What are you waiting for? Go down the stairs!
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What are you waiting for? Go down the stairs! Allright - at the bottom of the stairs is a tunnel which leads in the direction of the house. The tunnel is dimly lit by lights evenly spaced along the walls. I follow the tunnel, and after walking for a short distance I come to a dead-end, staring at a door. As I'm wondering about this turn of events, I hear a soft shuffling sound behind me, and I whirl around to see Mr. Moses. "Good grief!" I yell, "You scared me half to death. Where did you come from?" Mr. Moses is staring ahead at the door. "Mmmm, wonder what's in there, you got any idea?" he says.
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Open the door.
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Question from host: What do YOU expect to see?
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A surprise party! No, seriously, that's my best guess. I do expect to see Dr. Wieck...unless Mr. Moses is Dr. Wieck.

How's that sound?
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A surprise party! No, seriously, that's my best guess. I do expect to see Dr. Wieck...unless Mr. Moses is Dr. Wieck.

How's that sound? It sounds crazy! But this has been a crazy day, so...I open the door to reveal a small room with black walls and a black floor. There are two lights on the floor that allow me to see into the room. The room is only about 10' x 10', and in the center is a 5' x 5' platform raised just a few inches off the floor. Other than this, the room is empty.

"I don't get this," I say, "I expected this to lead to Dr. Wieck, so either he's not anywhere around here, or he's you!" (I point at Mr. Moses as I say this). Mr. Moses looks a bit befuddled, and he steps past me up onto the platform and motions for me to join him...
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Join him.
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As I step onto the platform, Mr. Moses smiles and says, "I think it's time for an introduction." He then removes the hat he's been wearing and reaches around the collar area of his shirt and pulls upward, removing a mask! "I am Dr. Gregory Wieck, and it is a pleasure to meet you." My jaw drops as I shake his hand. "But how...who...," I start to say, but I stop when I see him take a harmonica out of his pocket. He breathes deeply and blows an 'A' chord. As he does this, the platform begins to rise, and a square section of ceiling directly above us opens to reveal a room - the library! The platform rises until it reaches the floor level of the library. Standing in the library are Eve, Julius and Cecille (and Red is there too).

- - - - - - - - - SPOILER - - - - - - - - - -

"You've done marvelous work," Wieck begins, "obviously I had to be able to keep an eye on you and follow your progress." "Well I must admit I had some help," I reply. "No doubt," he responds, "some of the best minds, I'm sure."

He then motions to Julius, who is holding a large painting of a dog pointing to a clump of bushes. "Julius, would you be so kind as to replace the painting upstairs with that one? Thank you - and please be careful with that, it's an original." As Julius nods to me and exits, Dr. Wieck says to Cecille, "We will have to get the bookcase ladder back from your house tomorrow. In the meantime, how about some lemonade?" She smiles and walks quietly out of the room. Then he turns to me and says "If you do any research on my family history, you'll find it most curious. One of my ancestors, Friedrich Wieck, was a piano teacher. One of his students, Robert Schumann, became a talented composer but later had some psychological issues and had to be put into a mental institution. He was married to Mr. Wieck's daughter Clara, who you may have heard of. Anyway, Schumann got the note 'A' stuck in his head, heard it all the time, and it drove him mad. I wondered if you'd look into any of this on the computer while you were here, but you worked so quickly it didn't matter.

Well I suppose I need to call my hunting buddies and let them know we're still on for this weekend. Ah, here's the lemonade." Cecille and Julius have returned, and we all exchange smiles and enjoy a nice drink.

"By the way, father, the crows are really back this time," Julius says. "Oh dear," says Dr. Wieck, "I suppose we should repair the scarecrow.
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Congratulations! Excellent work - credit goes mostly to Balin who nearly singlehandedly solved the mystery, and others who joined in to help along the way. Possibly more lateral mysteries to follow in the future...
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Wow! Excellent puzzle - you certainly put a lot of work into it (and the backstory, as well!). Can't wait for the next one!
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Excellent storyline! I could not participate very actively this time, not for lack of will or interest, but merely for lack of time... hope there will soon be a new one!

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