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1. ## The Orchestra

Edit: whoops, used old account. Oh, well.
2. ## Detective Smith (Warning: Long Story!)

What? A full waiting room and nobody can prove it? The problem isn't who saw O'Brien. The problem is why didn't O'Brien see anybody else who could confirm the alibi, including the detective himself? I'm going to guess that they weren't actually in the waiting room the whole time, if at all. They showed up early, killed the victim before their appointment, then dropped in for the actual appointment later to try to deflect suspicion and saw the receptionist run out screaming.
3. ## Hempel's ravens (The Confirmation Paradox)

Let's suppose that there were only 1,000 ravens in the whole world, and you saw 999 of them chosen at random, and those were black. That would be very STRONG evidence that all ravens are black. Let's suppose there were 1,000,000 ravens, and you saw 999 chosen at random, and all were black. Well, that'd still be pretty good evidence to intuit that blackness is a general property of ravens, though the existence of albino members of other species should probably make you qualify that 'all.' Now, how many "non-black" objects are there? Waaaaaaaaay more. You COULD prove that all ravens are black by checking every single non-black object in the universe. But a random sample of non-raven objects is so non-representative of that huge set that it is ridiculously weak evidence. Induction works best when you have entities that could reasonably be expected to be similar to each other on some level. It's easier to make generalizations about "dogs" than it is to generalize about "things represented by words that begin with d" or "things that are not cats." This doesn't mean that "all ravens are black" is 'easier to prove' than "all non-black things are not-ravens". The two statements really are logically equivalent. But it's more efficient to look at the ravens than it is to sample the the rest of the universe.

Let's make it worse. Allow me to define a new word: 'blonk.' Blonk is a generic term for 'the smallest number not specifiable using fewer than 23 syllables.' Have I just specified it in one syllable?
5. ## A simple logic problem

One question.

8. ## The Witch's Epigraph, Chapter Two: The Helix and the Rose

(I was working late on a gift for a friend today; I'll be posting tomorrow!)
9. ## The Witch's Epigraph, Chapter Two: The Helix and the Rose

(There was a typo in the last line of the quatrain - it should have been: ------- ----, -- ------ -- ---- Apologies for making it more difficult than it had to be! Potok had the right general idea.)
10. ## The Witch's Epigraph, Chapter Two: The Helix and the Rose

You seek the truth to what I tell; You seek the place that hides my spell, Where safe and secret souls abound - ------- ----, -- ----- -- -----. - The Sapphire Witch
11. ## I'm not a Romance of the Three Kingdoms

DudleyDude: Shoot! You just beat me to it! An excellent riddle.
12. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(Morningstar: Soon - likely this weekend, perhaps a little sooner. Molly Mae: I hope you feel better soon!)
13. ## Can you deceive the witch?

I feel obliged to defend the honor of witches. Here is what happened, and why the Witch reasonably objected:

16. ## The Witch's Epigraph: Prologue

(I'm adding this link to Chapter 1 for the convenience of anybody who rereads these threads in order for clues - and for my own convenience. Chapter 1: )
17. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(Good question.) A Red cylinder rose from the floor around the Sapphire Witch, a final shield against the repeated strikes of the Blue Truth. But even that wouldn't help for long, and the boy seemed torn about what to do in response to this. Then Aziraphael made a speculation - not in the Blue, but loud enough for the boy to hear : The boy stared into space. "The title. So you weren't lying at all..." He shut his eyes, and the room went absolutely dark. "What are you doing?" snarled the Witch of Secrets, her face lit an eerie red by the glow of her scythe. Slowly, the contents of the room - the table, the typewriter, the cabinet, and even the Sapphire Witch - glowed with dim auras of gold. The halos brightened and coalesced into will-o'-the-wisps, which rose from their places and danced around the boy, circling closer and closer about his head. One by one, they dove inside his mind and vanished, and when the last was gone, a new person stood in the boy's place, a Witch clad in a conical hat and an iridescent cape. He had defected from the Human Side. Seeing this, the Sapphire Witch smiled, and focused harder on holding off the Blue Truth. With the new danger apparent, the Witch of Secrets swooped in to end this fight for good: Our host is not the Sapphire Witch! In response, the new Witch raised his staff. "I am the Opal Sorcerer," he said, "the Witch of Promises." Then, in a flash, he enveloped the Sapphire Witch in a mantle of Golden Truth! And our host truly is the Sapphire Witch! ------ Congratulations! You've solved all of the puzzles necessary to find the Witch's Epigraph, dispelled the illusion of the locked room and the stolen ribbon, and revealed something of the Witch's true nature. Will you join us again when the next chapter begins? Chapter Two: The Helix and the Rose (or, The Legacy of the Sapphire Witch) ---- ( )

19. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(I was in the process of posting when I accidentally lost my post! Given that I'd spent a while revising my plot document, it's getting late. I'll try again tomorrow, as it's getting late. Sorry about the delay! The next chapter will not be so puzzle-dense, but will contain multiple duels and will, if you play well, solve a lot of the central mysteries of the game. The third chapter will be the final one.)
20. ## A few logical cases

I think I've got the first, and I've heard the fifth before. The first:
21. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(An answer has been found! I will post the response and Witch's Banquet tonight!)
22. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(It seems that next time I'm going to have to scramble the seating! Which was always the plan, by the way.) TheChad proposed a plan of attack, but would anybody take it up? Was it accurate, or merely another misstep? The boy wouldn't use it; he was still fixated on the culprit's psychology for some reason.
23. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

Finally, the humans had truly learned how to fight - keep the lunges and slashes coming fast, one after another, flanking from both sides. "Ahaha! This is the kind of duel that Witches live for!" A series of high swings from rvc113: As the attacks came faster and faster, the Witch's ripostes grew frenetic, as she shouted each Red Truth with manic glee. Next came Aziraphael: Next, Wilson! Molly Mae! SeaCalMaster! Molly Mae again! The boy! Since the Boy had moved, the problem was now open to all. The Witch took a deep breath and prepared for an attack from either side of the table.
24. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

(This one's turning out to be much more of a challenge than I thought it would be! To reply to TheChad more properly:) "Details of the lock?" said the Witch, gamely. "Very well! I'll supply them in red!" The cylinder for the door lock was mounted in the outside handle, where "outside" is the direction leading out of the room where Dudeney was. No deadbolt was present. For fire safety reasons, the door handle would still turn from the inside even if the door was locked. However, this was not necessary for our culprit's plan! The librarian held an ordinary, physical key. Turning that key in the lock would lock or unlock the door. Let us go further: nobody picked the lock! This includes pushing an object through a hole in the doorknob in order to unlock it! As nobody picked the lock, only using a key in the manner described above counts as "locking the door" or "unlocking the door" for the purpose of the Red Truth. For example, "nailing the door shut" would not count as locking it!
25. ## The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks

"Something about this really bugs me," said the boy, as he listened to the speculation. "Why would anybody mess around with the door? Couldn't they have just walked in and stolen the ribbon BEFORE the door was locked? Why does it need to look like a perfect locked room?" He thought about what he knew from that night, then swung with all his might... "The thief couldn't get into the room until after the librarian locked up for the evening!" CRASH. The Witch caught his blade and twisted it to the side, then swiped off his rose. "Not only could the thief enter the room before the door was locked... the thief actually did! However, they chose not to steal the ribbon at that time."
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