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The Sand Box

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A Magical Puzzle Key for opening a door. Innocuous, somewhat simple, but fun to solve, if you like puzzles.

This is an item that is basically a magical lock to a nearby secret and impenetrable door. It’s a way to sneak an interesting puzzle into the game, basically.

In an otherwise empty room is a long, anvil-like piece of stone. The top is flat, and inscribed on the left half of the top are a sequence of figures. To the right of those figures is a small bowl filled with sand. The sand is level and unmarked.

Nothing bad happens if the sand is disturbed, and the sand can be returned to a state of “clean slate”, simply by flattening the sand. The “anvil” is stuck to the ground, and is immovable.

There is a nearby secret door that is found but can’t seem to be opened. The only thing in the room is this anvil-like thing with the figures on it.

The sequence looks like this(I hope the link works, cut and paste if you have to):
http://www.goslin.info/various/sequence-puzzle.jpg
(Feel free to download and use that image if you want.)

Once the appropriate next symbol is scribed in the sand, the secret door pops open. Can you figure out the next symbol?

ANSWER: Draw two 8’s next to each other, like this 88. The symbols in the diagram are mirror imaged numbers from 1 through 7.



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Voted MoonHunter
November 8, 2005, 18:22
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Good solid puzzle
Voted Zylithan
November 24, 2005, 10:16
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ok, but i've seen it many times before. i like the idea of the bowl of sand.
Voted Drackler
April 30, 2006, 20:57
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Good idea, but I think it's a little too easy to figure out.

-Drackler Wyrmdragon
Barbarian Horde
November 8, 2007, 4:50
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"Good idea, but I think it's a little too easy to figure out."

I don't know, I've thought the same about some puzzles, but just watch my players tear thier hair out trying to work it out!
manfred
November 8, 2007, 12:39
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Puzzles are easy, when you know the answer, and can be hellishly diffilcut if you don't.

I think we need more stories about the puzzles here. :)
Voted valadaar
April 22, 2008, 11:18
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The external link is broken, so this sub needs reworked somehow.
Cressida
August 29, 2010, 12:08
Only voted
Voted Cressida
August 29, 2010, 12:08
Only voted
tobydjones
March 29, 2013, 18:20
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I think the OP means an illustration like this (my own work, feel free to use):
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxBuN6W-EISwa21sOVl5TmcxZW8/edit?usp=sharing

In my game I am going to say that there are faded writings on the walls which the party can't read... unless they don't get the puzzle, at which point I'll start saying they've "deciphered" a clue:

(roughly getting more obvious going down)

* The one eyed man is king
* If you stare into the abyss...
* Divide and conquer
* Think deeply, reflect
* Mirror, mirror on the wall
* We're into double digits


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