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Murder on the Emerald Express: Chapter 9A


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#26 Adam

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:40 AM

May I check the radio equipment to see if there have been any recently made transmissions?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:44 AM

There does not seem to be anything under the calendar, and no bathroom.

View PostAdam, on Jun 14 2009, 04:40 PM, said:

May I check the radio equipment to see if there have been any recently made transmissions?
Walking over to the desk, it appears that someone has smashed a brightly colored red radio.  There is no way of telling when the last transmission was made.
There is; however, a small "X" etched along the side of the desk.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:47 AM

I'd like to investigate to see if there are any hidden compartments in any of the shelves.

I'd also like to check where the 'x' is for any loose wood etc.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:55 AM

Once we're done in here, I'd like to check inside the barrels which are sitting outside to see if there is anything useful inside, like French truffle oil fuel.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:20 AM

I'd like to feel around and in the mail slots for any switches, etc.

It looks like this place hasn't been used in a while. Who works here? Why is that date circled? I'd also like to check out the May month calendar, if it is still there.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:34 AM

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Jun 14 2009, 05:47 PM, said:

I'd like to investigate to see if there are any hidden compartments in any of the shelves.
The shelves have mail slots that are all empty.  There doesn't seem to be any hidden compartments as the back of the slots touch the wall of the building.

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Jun 14 2009, 05:47 PM, said:

I'd also like to check where the 'x' is for any loose wood etc.
No loose wood located where the "X" is etched (right outer side of desk).

View Postsvelte_corps, on Jun 14 2009, 05:55 PM, said:

Once we're done in here, I'd like to check inside the barrels which are sitting outside to see if there is anything useful inside, like French truffle oil fuel.
Hold that thought.

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 14 2009, 06:20 PM, said:

I'd like to feel around and in the mail slots for any switches, etc.
Nothing in the mail slots.

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 14 2009, 06:20 PM, said:

It looks like this place hasn't been used in a while. Who works here? Why is that date circled? I'd also like to check out the May month calendar, if it is still there.
I'll let one of the townies answer your question.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:48 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Jun 14 2009, 07:44 PM, said:

There is; however, a small "X" etched along the side of the desk.
Let's check the undersides of the drawers and desk itself for anything taped or engraved there and if that fails, move the desk and look for a trap door.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:51 AM

Well, I volunteer about once a month when the postal plane visits. The dates on the calendar are the schedule for when the plane comes by. It usually doesn't bring anything with it, except for some supplies, nothing special. I think that the last mail plane was May 6th, 2009.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:13 AM

View PostLego12, on Jun 14 2009, 07:51 PM, said:

Well, I volunteer about once a month when the postal plane visits. The dates on the calendar are the schedule for when the plane comes by. It usually doesn't bring anything with it, except for some supplies, nothing special. I think that the last mail plane was May 6th, 2009.
Ah, thanks. So you volunteer, huh? Who was here lately, namely on May 6th? Did anyone send out 12 letters at the same time? Please try to remember, George, as this information could be extremely useful.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:45 AM

View PostImperialShadows, on Jun 14 2009, 05:48 PM, said:

Let's check the undersides of the drawers and desk itself for anything taped or engraved there and if that fails, move the desk and look for a trap door.
Interestingly, Grease discovers a small piece of paper stuck within the inner side of the desk (the size of a fortune cookie).

It has the following number written on it:

1101110

No luck finding a trap door, but there is also a dual casette player "boom-box" on the desk.  You're not sure if it works or not.

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View PostTheBrickster, on Jun 14 2009, 08:45 PM, said:

Interestingly, Grease discovers a small piece of paper stuck within the inner side of the desk (the size of a fortune cookie).

It has the following number written on it:

1101110
Is there a fortune on the back?  :grin:

Anyways, I wonder if this is a frequency station number? Could I try it out on a radio (if there is one)? It could also be a binary code...

View PostTheBrickster, on Jun 14 2009, 08:45 PM, said:

No luck finding a trap door, but there is also a dual casette player "boom-box" on the desk.  You're not sure if it works or not.
Hmm, I want to see if a tape is in there. If so, I would like to try it by pressing the play button. Then I'd like to try playing the other side of the tape, please.

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View PostJimButcher, on Jun 14 2009, 07:51 PM, said:

Is there a fortune on the back?  :grin:
No, but I'm sure Schmelt has something to add. :laugh:

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 14 2009, 07:51 PM, said:

I wonder if this is a frequency station number? Could I try it out on a radio (if there is one)? It could also be a binary code...
The radio has been smashed.

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 14 2009, 07:51 PM, said:

Hmm, I want to see if a tape is in there. If so, I would like to try it by pressing the play button. Then I'd like to try playing the other side of the tape, please.
The boom-box has no cassette inside.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:12 AM

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 15 2009, 12:51 PM, said:

It could also be a binary code...

I think it's the binary code (on/ off) for the switches that were found. It could be a secret message...

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:35 AM

I'm pretty sure it is not binary. I tried using it in a converter, and it did not work.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:40 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Jun 14 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

No, but I'm sure Schmelt has something to add. :laugh:
Of course he does. :tongue:

View PostTheBrickster, on Jun 14 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

The boom-box has no cassette inside.
Hm, well then, I'd like to turn it on please.

View Postsvelte_corps, on Jun 14 2009, 10:12 PM, said:

I think it's the binary code (on/ off) for the switches that were found. It could be a secret message...
Good thinking. Assuming ones mean on and zeros mean off, that would mean:

Switch 1: On
Switch 2: On
Switch 3: Off
Switch 4: On
Switch 5: On
Switch 6: On
Switch 7: Off

Or we could try it the other way. After we're done here, I suggest we head back to the switch tower and try it out.

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11 had 1 pony. 22 had 1 2. 11 1 1 race. 22 1 1 2!
Eleven had one pony. Twenty-two had one too. Eleven won a race. Twenty two won one too.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 04:05 AM

I would have to agree that this is the switch configuration and suggest we head there after finishing up here.

Isn't there a broken plane we could fix? Come on, we've got all kinds of rods by now... :wink:

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 04:36 AM

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 15 2009, 01:40 PM, said:

Eleven had one pony. Twenty-two had one too. Eleven won a race. Twenty two won one too.

Hint: instead of saying Eleven and Twenty-Two, say it out loud with 'One One' and 'Two Two' :laugh:

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View Postsvelte_corps, on Jun 14 2009, 11:36 PM, said:

Hint: instead of saying Eleven and Twenty-Two, say it out loud with 'One One' and 'Two Two' :laugh:
Sadly, we have not one but two broken two two's. :wacko:

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View PostImperialShadows, on Jun 15 2009, 01:26 AM, said:

Sadly, we have not one but two broken two two's. :wacko:
You mean a tu-tu? How would you know that it's broken? Have you worn one before?

Does anyone else want to inspect anything in the building (besides the barrels outside)?

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View PostJimButcher, on Jun 15 2009, 01:37 AM, said:

You mean a tu-tu? How would you know that it's broken? Have you worn one before?
Noooo, two two! Two two twain! We hab bloken two two! :wacko:

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:58 AM

View PostImperialShadows, on Jun 15 2009, 04:49 PM, said:

Noooo, two two! Two two twain! We hab bloken two two! :wacko:

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:13 AM

I'd like to go outside and check out these barrles before going to the switch tower. Then I think we should go to the farm and pick up some fuel for the croc.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:26 AM

This just keeps getting weirder... so many X's!!!

Hmm... you know, it could be graffiti... ALRIGHT, WHO'S THE MYSTERIOUS, EVIL DR. X??!

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:24 AM

View PostJimButcher, on Jun 15 2009, 01:40 PM, said:

Good thinking. Assuming ones mean on and zeros mean off, that would mean:

Switch 1: On
Switch 2: On
Switch 3: Off
Switch 4: On
Switch 5: On
Switch 6: On
Switch 7: Off

Or we could try it the other way. After we're done here, I suggest we head back to the switch tower and try it out.

Excellent deduction there Jim, looks like we are on a winner with the points.

Is it time to take a look outside in the barrels?

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View PostI Scream Clone, on Jun 15 2009, 08:24 PM, said:

Excellent deduction there Jim, looks like we are on a winner with the points.

Is it time to take a look outside in the barrels?
I agree with Jim too, this should most certainly be the right switch patterns. I'm also a might bit intrigued as to what lay within these here barrels.

I'm glad we came here first fellas, it seems you was right all along, though I still feel there is somethin' ta be done out farm way.
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