companion guide to blackbrim

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Newspaper Clipping Clue #1

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Each of the four articles use long-winded phrases instead of using a more common word. Find a different word that is not used in each article. By the end, you should have four words that have an interesting attribute in common.

Newspaper Clipping Clue #2

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The common words that each article alludes to are homophones (i.e. they sound the same as something else). Can you figure out what the words are homophones of?

Newspaper Clipping Clue #3

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Each article's common word that is not used is a homophone of a letter. For example, the article about Leaves and Lemon is about tea, which is a homophone of the letter T. The other three articles are also homophones of letters.

Newspaper Clipping Clue #4

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At this point, you should have gotten four letters that spell a word. Can you figure out a synonym of that word, which corresponds to a location on the map?

Newspaper Clipping Solution

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Each of the four articles reveals a letter. P (from pea), O (from owe), U (from ewe), and T (from tea) spell pout. Another word for pout is sulking. The answer is therefore sulking springs.
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Ciphers Clue #1

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Each circular key should be used with the square ciphertext to extract one word. With the three circular keys, you should obtain three words.

Ciphers Clue #2

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Rotate each circular key until you are able to see a word appear based on the lines that are fully connected. Since it is a circle, you will have to determine where the word begins and ends.

Ciphers Clue #3

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All three keys reveal a phrase that refers to a single location on the map.

Ciphers Solution

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The phrase is INERT BODIES BURNED. This refers to the Oakmont Crematorium.
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Photos Clue #1

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Each landmark's name consists of two words. Take the common letters shared between these two words for each photo. The number of boxes corresponds to the number of shared common letters.

Photos Clue #2

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Do some sleuthing to figure out the four famous landmarks in England. Use the Internet, ask a friend, or come up with other creative methods! Also, what is in the photo may look slightly different from the present day.

Photos Clue #3

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Below are clues for each of the four landmarks.

Photo #1: Built in 1703, it is the official London residence for the English monarchy.

Photo #2: A large Gothic church whose origins date back over a thousand years, it is where coronations of English monarchs are held. It is also a burial site for prominent individuals, such as Isaac Newton.

Photo #3: A royal residence built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, this castle is located just west of London.

Photo #4: A public square in central London, its name commemorates a famous battle in the Napoleonic Wars.

Photos Solution

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The landmarks are Buckingham Palace (shared letters: A & C), Westminster Abbey (shared letter: E), Windsor Castle (shared letter: S), and Trafalgar Square (shared letters: A, R). These letters spell Caesar; the answer is Caesar Park.
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Bill of Fare Clue #1

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Study each dish and its corresponding price together. Each dish and its corresponding price yields a letter. The name of the restaurant provides a clue for what to do.

Bill of Fare Clue #2

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The 's' and 'd' stand for an old currency system, shillings and pence, that was used in Britain during this time period. By converting all the prices into pence, use the number along with the corresponding dish to yield a letter.

Bill of Fare Solution

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For each dish, use its corresponding price in pence to find the letter at that price's position. For instance, Astral Regal Oysters are 4 pence, and the letter in the 4th position from the left is the 'r' in Astra. Smoked Haddock Soup (5d) yields 'e' and Potted Shrimps (6d) yields 'd'. The Starters section spells the word red.

The Mains and the Puddings & Cheese sections have some prices that end with an 's' instead of a 'd'. £sd stands for the pound shilling pence system that was used in Britain during this time period. There are 12d (pence) in 1s (shilling). Translate all of the prices into pence. So, Toffee Pudding (1s) yields 'n' in the 12th position. Stilton and Biscuits (1s) yields 'i' in its 12th position. Unscrambled, this gives the word inn. Using the same method in Mains yields Sequoia. The answer is Red Sequoia Inn.
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Spelling Bee Flyer Clue #1

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Using the jumbled letters, try spelling the words that are on the page.

Spelling Bee Flyer Clue #2

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Try connecting the letters as you spell each word. Do you see anything?

Spelling Bee Flyer Clue #3

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When you obtain four letters, they spell out a word that describes a location on the map.

Spelling Bee Flyer Solution

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For each word in the title, use the jumbled letters below to spell it by tracing a path between each letter. This traces out a large letter. F-R-I-D-A-Y traces out the letter T. S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G traces out the letter R. B-E-E traces out the letter I. M-A-T-C-H traces out the letter O. Trio refers to Three Columns.
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Final Puzzle Clue #1

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You can only solve this puzzle once you have the other five puzzles solved correctly.

Final Puzzle Clue #2

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Use the coordinates on the map.

Final Puzzle Clue #3

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Have you tried unscrambling the letters from the map coordinates?

Final Puzzle Solution

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Each of the five locations (Sulking Springs, Oakmont Crematorium, Caesar Park, Red Sequoia Inn, Three Columns) gives two letters from the map's coordinates. For example, Sulking Springs is on EO. Unscrambling the ten letters gives CORDELIA ST. The answer is Cordelia St Manor.

Now, enter Cordelia St Manor under Check Solutions > Part I > Final Puzzle to learn what happens next!
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The Foyer Clue #1

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You won't be able to solve The Foyer until you've solved all other 6 puzzles. To begin, carefully re-read the letter left by Reager for clues. Also, look at and fill out the floorplan.

The Foyer Clue #2

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Connect the dots... Can you figure out where?

The Foyer Clue #3

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Connect the numbered dots in the floorplan to intersect letters. You extract 1 letter from each room.

The Foyer Solution

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By connecting the numbered dots (1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, etc) with straight lines, there is 1 letter in each room that the lines go through. Unscrambling the letters yields the word ATONED.

Now, enter ATONED in Check Solutions > Part II > Foyer to reveal the ending of Blackbrim!
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The Parlour Room Clue #1

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There is something both familiar yet strange about each of the paintings.

The Parlour Room Clue #2

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Each painting is of a famous piece of art, but there has been at least 1 modification (something added or removed) in each painting.

The Parlour Room Clue #3

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What is added or taken away from each painting fits in the plaque underneath. For some paintings, the word is plural because there are multiple added or removed.

The Parlour Room Solution

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The words are NECKLACE, SHADOW, FLOWERS, PEARL, and SNAKES. The letters in the rectangles spell ADORN.
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The Study Clue #1

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The first poem explains how the couplets work. For each couplet, the first line describes a word and the second line describes another word that can be formed by adding an extra letter. For example, CAR → CARE or BET → BEAT.

The Study Clue #2

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Each couplet yields a single letter that is from the added letter.

The Study Clue #3

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Unscramble all of the extra letters obtained.

The Study Solution

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The answer is SECRET. The words are RAIN → TRAIN (T), TAIL → TRAIL (R), SOLD → SCOLD (C), BAR → BEAR (E), HARE → SHARE (S), and SAT → SEAT (E).
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The Solarium Clue for Card I.

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Find the leaf symbol on another card. Can you match the symbols up to decode the message on Card I?

The Solarium Clue for Card II.

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By following the instructions given on the card, there are four additional plots where roses must go when following the rules. Extract those four letters.

The Solarium Clue for Card III.

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Solve the crossword (internet searches are ok!), and use the letters in the circled boxes to spell a word.

The Solarium Clue for Card IV.

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Each of the four symbols represents a different letter. The word you are looking for is at the top. The other 6 words underneath help you figure out what letters the symbols represent.

The Solarium Overall Clue #1

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Once you have solved the mini puzzles from each card, you should have obtained instructions. Use the backs of the cards to follow the instructions.

The Solarium Overall Clue #2

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Once you've followed the instructions, by carefully flipping the cards over, you'll see the vines surrounding four letters in the center. The answer is that four letter word.

The Solarium Solution for Card I.

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The leaf symbol at the top also shows up at the bottom of Card 4. Match the leaf symbols up, and a vertical bar from Card 4 appears on Card I at the precise places that it's needed to spell the word MAKE.

The Solarium Solution for Card II.

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By following the instructions, the plots that also have roses are F, O, U, and R. These plots spell the word FOUR.

The Solarium Solution for Card III.

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The answers to the crossword are WATERING, ANNUAL, AERATE, BIENNIAL, and GRAFT. The circled letters spell LEAF.

The Solarium Solution for Card IV.

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The answer is CLOVER. The four symbols spell the word LOVE. The list of other words are UNLOVED, LOVE, LOVELY, GLOVE, BELOVED, and LOVERS. These list of other words are clues for what letters the symbols represent.

The Solarium Overall Solution

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The four cards reveal the phrase MAKE FOUR LEAF CLOVER. Using the backs of the cards, make a four leaf clover (there is approximately a quarter of the clover on each card). After making the clover, flip the four cards around. The vines create a circle around the word. The final answer is CLAY.
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The Bedrooms Clue #1

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Look at the underlined words. Can you turn them into a phrase? The bolded word "reversals" may also give a clue.

The Bedrooms Clue #2

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By reversing the order of the underlined words, you get the phrase "shift forward by your age." Since Reager wrote this letter to her brother Alfred, figure out Alfred's age when he received the letter. The scratchings on the wall and the letter itself should help.

The Bedrooms Clue #3

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From the letter and the scratchings on the wall, Alfred was 19 when Reager wrote the letter. From the letter, we know that Alfred just turned two years old in the summer of 1835. So, he was born around the summer of 1833. From the scratchings on the wall, we know that he was locked in the room in October 1852. Therefore, 1852 - 1833 = 19.

The bolded word "Capital" provides a clue of what to shift. "Shift" refers to a Caesar cipher, a way to encode each letter. A shift of 1 means that A becomes B, B becomes C, Z becomes A, etc. A shift of 2 means that A → C, B → D, Y → A, Z → B, etc.

The Bedrooms Clue #4

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Shift all of the capitals in the letter by 19. Shifting by 19 means that A → T, B → U, Y → R, Z → S, etc.

The Bedrooms Clue #5

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After shifting forward all the capitals in the letter by 19 and figuring out where words begin & end, you get the phrase TO HAVE BEEN ALIVE BACKWARDS.

Can you think of a word that fits that phrase?

The Bedrooms Solution

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The secret phrase from the letter is TO HAVE BEEN ALIVE BACKWARDS. The word "lived" fits the definition of "to have been alive." Backwards, LIVED becomes DEVIL, which is the answer.
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The Kitchen Clue #1

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You are looking for 6 numbers that correspond to the blacked out values in the recipe.

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The Kitchen Clue #2

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Use #3 and #10 together to figure out the number of eggs (E) and the ounces of butter (B). E = B and E2 = B. So, E=1 and B=1.

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The Kitchen Clue #3

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Use #2, #4 and the fact that you know eggs (E) is 1 and butter (B) is 1 to figure out the ounces of flour (F).

F is a perfect cube between 1 and 20, inclusive. There are two options for F: 1 (13 = 1) and 8 (23 = 8).

There are five distinct amounts and six missing values, so we know that only two of the values are equal. Since E=1 and B=1 already, F cannot be 1. So, F=8.

The Kitchen Clue #4

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Using #7, we get that the ounces of sugar is 7 since 8 - 1 = 7.

The Kitchen Clue #5

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Use #5 and #9 to begin narrowing down the possibilities for the number of hours. Since H is a multiple of 4 but also the largest amount and F=8, H must be 12, 16, or 20.

The Kitchen Clue #6

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Using #8, we know that the sum of all the amounts is 7 x 8 = 56.

Using #6, we know that H (hours) - CS (teaspoonfuls of carbonate soda) = 1. Since H has 3 possibilities, we guess and check the options. If H = 12, CS = 11. If H = 16, CS = 15. And if H = 20, CS = 19.

Only the last option with H = 20, CS = 19 gives the total sum to be 56 (1 + 7 + 8 + 1 + 19 + 20).

The Kitchen Clue #7

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Change each number into a letter to reveal a six-letter word.

The Kitchen Solution

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The amounts are 1, 7, 8, 1, 19, 20. Changing those to letters (where A=1 and Z=26) yields the answer AGHAST.
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The Dining Room Clue #1

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The napkin's patterns are very symmetrical, which may give you a hint for how to fold.

The Dining Room Clue #2

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Do you know how to fold a cootie catcher? The answer is similar.

The Dining Room Solution

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After folding into a 2x2 such that only red is showing, the napkin should reveal two letters on each side. HU and NT spells out the answer HUNT.