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Story 7: Case of the Camera Obscura

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Posted by smjjames, 11:43am, 21 Jan, 2006

I thought you said that was the last chapter, but ok, I guess I misunderstood.

That photo fake out was probably understandable and not exactly a crime because they were, well, embarrassed.

clearly there are two separate going ons. so if Alex and Annabelle had nothing to do with the theft of the decanter and other objects, then who is. and what are the two sneaky clues? are they two of the 5 that are marked as clues or are they ones that aren'r marked and we have to keep an eye out for?

Posted by smjjames, 11:57am, 21 Jan, 2006

I found one sneaky clue (I don't know where the second is), its in the first scene. The part about the hollow globe makes sense to me because my grandparents had one of those large antique globes and it was hollow inside. I didn't think about it earlier because I thought it was a smaller type of antique globe.

AND, I bet we will find it all in Barlows basement :) that makes me think Annabelle is behind it, she lives down there after all.

Posted by jasonblue, 5:40pm, 21 Jan, 2006

I'll drop one more spoiler-ish hint regarding the sneaky clues in chapter 17. In fact, I'll hide it in a spoiler tag

One clue is right in plain sight... the title of the chapter. It tells you where to look for the last hidden clue. And before anyone starts yelling about unfair clues, I have to point out that this chapter is an homage to the greatest unfair clue of all mystery lit (in 7 words). A little research might turn up the answer.

The story about the globe is directly from a certain comic book that I strongly reccommend looking for (and in the original French if you can find it). However, it has absolutely no bearing on the present story.

Posted by desichild, 8:51pm, 21 Jan, 2006

I just love that Agatha Christie is in here, because her mysteries are beyond amazing--but now I wish I remembered the Murder of Roger Ackroyd better!

Posted by Kiriai, 10:43pm, 21 Jan, 2006

Is Eliza trying to free Turnip?

Posted by smjjames, 2:10pm, 22 Jan, 2006

so the story about the stuff bieng hidden in the globe is not a hidden clue and was an accidential red herring? meaning it sounded like a clue when you didn't mean for it to.

also, I'm pretty sure that end of the line reference is to the third option at the end of the chapter, but I can't seem to activate it and I'm doing the usual steps.
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Posted by smjjames, 2:49pm, 22 Jan, 2006

I don't quite remember what exactly was probably the clue as I forgot to export it and then I couldn't trigger the darn third option again.

However, the parts I did get such as the tricking Alex into a confession and the part about Never underestimate me and a couple other bits sounds alot like it is out of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries :) so the homage to the unfair clue could be in either the Sherlock Holmes mysteries or one of Agatha Cristies books, although I haven't read any of her books, I've seen the Poirot mystery thing on TV a couple times which is based on her books.

Posted by meserene, 3:29pm, 22 Jan, 2006

If we're supposed to look for a comic in the original French it could be a TinTin comic. Those are great mysteries and they kind of remind me of Spider Cliff.

Posted by jasonblue, 7:57pm, 22 Jan, 2006

The comic book mentioned in chapter 17 is most definately a Tintin. Herge was one of my two biggest influences in my childhood (the other being Gorey). Great stuff, but my art direction eventually transcended the need to copy others.

All the Tintin stories can be found in a (rather small) hardcover set of seven volumes. A must for any library.

Posted by rora123, 6:09am, 23 Jan, 2006

tintin yep he rocks my socks man

Loose ends still left

Posted by Kiriai, 3:51pm, 23 Jan, 2006

1. Is there a treasure?
1a. Where is the treasure?
1b. What is the treasure?
2. What is Eliza up to?
3. What were Barlow's motives?

Posted by meserene, 10:51pm, 23 Jan, 2006

I can't even begin to answer Kirai's questions, but is that mirror in Barlow's bedroom the antique one? It's been there for a few chapters, at least since the Third Vault, but maybe it fits the current plot as well. After all it's in the Bean mansion.

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