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A clock reads 5:45. Remember this time. It will be useful very soon.
A nesting doll with an orange painted design is at the far corner of the room. Could there by something inside the doll?
There are three smaller dolls inside the largest doll. Examine each doll carefully. What do you notice about each of their designs?
Each of the three smaller dolls that you remove has a different symbol painted on it. Do these symbols appear anywhere else?
All three of the symbols painted on the smaller dolls appear within the intricate design painted on the largest doll. One example is shown below. How can you use each of the painted designs to reveal one symbol?
To reveal one symbol, remove the symbols painted on the smaller dolls from the design painted on the largest doll. Look carefully. Some symbols may appear in the design more than once.
The symbol on the third layer of the doll appears thrice within the design. The image on the right shows the design after the highlighted symbols have been removed.
The symbol on the second layer of the doll appears twice in the design.
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The symbol on the first layer of the doll appears once in the design. The image on the right now shows the one remaining symbol. This is the correct symbol for the Nesting Doll puzzle.
Click here if the Chest is still locked
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The chest is locked. How might you unlock it? Examine the chest carefully.
Notice that the lock icon on the chest is different from the lock icons on the doors from earlier in the house. The icon contains three doll shapes. The dolls’ secrets will help you open the chest.
If you haven’t found all the dolls’ secrets, click the doll(s) below to return to the room where they were found and collect more hints.
The lock icon on the chest shows three dolls, but four dolls have given you symbols. How can you determine which three dolls will open the chest? And how can you determine how to enter the three symbols in the Solution Wheel? Remember, the dolls’ secrets will open the chest “…just in time…”
“…just in time…” is referring to the four clocks hung throughout the house. Carefully examine them. How might they reveal how to enter symbols into the Solution Wheel?
Notice that the clocks come in different sizes, just like the rings of the Solution Wheel. To open the chest, match each of the doll’s symbols with the size of the clock from the room the doll was found, and enter the dolls’ symbols into the Solution Wheel based on the respective size of each clock. Think carefully about how you can correctly order three doll symbols from four clock sizes and four doll symbols. Maybe one of the clocks isn’t used? Two clues in the house provide different methods of determining which clock to eliminate. Can you find both of them?
For the first clue that eliminates one of the clocks, carefully examine the clock in the bathroom. It is cracked, but is there anything else unusual about it? The clock displays the hour hand at an incorrect angle. If it were 8:30, the hour hand would be between the 8 and the 9, and if it were 9:30, the hour hand would be between the 9 and 10. The cracked clock is not functioning correctly. This is the clock you should eliminate.
The second clue that eliminates the same clock is found under the bathtub. Look back at the plastic doll found in the bathroom. When you match up the lines on the legs of the plastic doll with the lines under the tub, a shape of a house is revealed. The house includes bubbles in some rooms. What is the meaning of the bubbles? The bubbles are in the same position as the clocks. They are also the same size ratios as the clocks. When the outline of a house is revealed, the symbol under the tub, and the bubble in the bathroom, both disappear. This means the clock in the bathroom, and the symbol from the doll found in the bathroom, are not needed to open the chest.
To successfully open the chest, enter the Voodoo Doll’s symbol into the smallest wheel – the blue wheel. Enter the Paper Doll’s symbol into the middle wheel – the green wheel, and enter the Nesting Doll’s symbol into the largest wheel – the red wheel. Line up these three symbols with the attic icon (triangle).Back to top
Inside the chest, you find four sets of straps. Examine them closely. Have you seen them before?
The patterns on the straps appear on four items throughout the house.
How can these four items help reveal the final three symbols?
Each of the four items contain one fourth of a pattern. Connect the four corners to create a 4 x 4 weaving pattern. Each section of pattern will slightly overlap another section. How can you use this complete pattern to trap the doll?
Notice that the ends of the straps are a darker shade of brown. To create a tight weave, pull the straps through the buckles until the dark edges of the straps are no longer visible.
Weave the four sets of straps to match the 4×4 pattern. The three symbols that appear on the top layer of the woven straps are the final solution. Enter these symbols into the Solution Wheel and line them up with the chest icon.Back to top
Line up the three solution symbols from the red, green and blue rings with the Attic symbol (triangle) on the outer yellow ring as shown.
The symbols revealed by the dolls will be needed to open the chest.
The red symbol (the BIGGEST ring) is revealed by the Nesting Doll, found in the attic, where the biggest clock is hanging. To arrive at this symbol, remove the symbols on the three smaller dolls from the pattern on the largest doll.
The green symbol (the MEDIUM ring) is revealed by the Paper Doll, found in the kitchen, where the medium sized clock is hanging. To arrive at this symbol, fold the doll until only the good parts of the doll are visible.
The blue symbol (the SMALLEST ring) is revealed by the Voodoo Doll, found in the bedroom, where the smallest clock is hanging. To arrive at this symbol, align the Voodoo Doll with the impression on the quilt, poke the doll, then connect the dots on the quilt according to the order of the colors in the rainbow drawing.
*The clock in the bathroom is broken, and thus its size does not play a part in this solution.
Line up the three solution symbols from the red, green and blue rings with the Chest symbol on the outer yellow ring as shown.
All three symbols are revealed by connecting the patterns found inside the pantry, wardrobe and chest, and behind the shower curtain, then weaving the four pairs of straps according to this 4 X 4 pattern.