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Old 01-09-2013, 08:40 AM   #391
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:04 AM   #392
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I mixed up names here. It was pilotbob. Here's the exercept from the 1st chapter:
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pdurrant uncorked the bottle and poured the green contents into the punch bowl, which almost erupted before calming back down. He continued to stir vigorously, as he added more "secret spices" to his brew.

"Hey, pdurrant -- let me taste the punch now" asked pilotbob, waving his empty cup. "It looks like it's packing quite a punch now! Get it? Punch ... packing a punch?"

A muted groan ran around the room at pilotbob's latest, and worst, attempt at holiday humor.

"Sorry, no one can have any more punch now - it has to simmer a while -- I'm using my own family recipe for mulled wine." explained pdurrant.

"And it even contains its own heat source" observed Dr. Drib, using his pipe to point out the tiny green flames dancing on the bubbling surface of pdurrant's witches brew.


"Don't forget pooh -- you're in charge of popping the corn to string on the tree." said dreams.

"Putting a chicken in charge of the corn" sniggered pilotbob, emptying his cup and heading towards the window. "I'll just open this window a bit to clear out Dr. Drib's smoke - it's so thick that someone could get murdered in this room and no one would notice."
A very good point. This must mean that either it was a slowly working poison, or the brandy dreams found in the basement wasn't poisoned at all. Pilotbob was alive for a long time after drinking the punch.

It's beginning to sound like
A) pooh poisoned the punch after it was put away to simmer, or
B) the punch was never poisoned and pdurrant was drowned in it.

So what about the cookies then? Were the sprinkles poisoned or was the poison added to the cookies while the others ate dinner?
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:09 AM   #393
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A very good point. This must mean that either it was a slowly working poison, or the brandy dreams found in the basement wasn't poisoned at all. Pilotbob was alive for a long time after drinking the punch.

It's beginning to sound like
A) pooh poisoned the punch after it was put away to simmer, or
B) the punch was never poisoned and pdurrant was drowned in it.

So what about the cookies then? Were the sprinkles poisoned or was the poison added to the cookies while the others ate dinner?
But actually, I'm still unsure if he poured something in the glass. Or was he waving the same empty glass again and again?
Regarding the sprinkles, it was said that some ants were fine (just eating the cookie parts and leaving aside the sprinkles? Clever ants, indeed Or were they some ants in the know? ).
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:31 PM   #394
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Is it strange that I voted for pooh because if he was the murderer then that meant that the other moderators didn't eat him?
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #395
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:56 PM   #396
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I wonder if this is prophetic...
My Sony 505 chose last night to go belly up...
After almost 4 years of absolutely perfect functioning, my screen went all wonky, the device will not shut off or even reset. I'm going to try changing the battery today and see if that has any effect, but I have my doubts.


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Old 01-09-2013, 07:03 PM   #397
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I wonder if this is prophetic...
My Sony 505 chose last night to go belly up...
After almost 4 years of absolutely perfect functioning, my screen went all wonky, the device will not shut off or even reset. I'm going to try changing the battery today and see if that has any effect, but I have my doubts.


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Do you have a winning entry in the drawing?
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:11 PM   #398
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Do you have a winning entry in the drawing?
I sure hope it's there. I e-mailed it in on the 11th day of the contest. I saw those 'killer eyes' the first time I met you.... I wasn't going to fooled by the pleasant, friendly manners....


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Old 01-09-2013, 07:13 PM   #399
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He said earlier in this thread that he fingered you as the culprit, pooh. It would be serendipitous to see Stitch win a new reader just when his old one craps out.

I'm pulling for you, Stitchawl!
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I sure hope it's there. I e-mailed it in on the 11th day of the contest. I saw those 'killer eyes' the first time I met you.... I wasn't going to fooled by the pleasant, friendly manners....


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Old 01-09-2013, 08:21 PM   #401
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He said earlier in this thread that he fingered you as the culprit, pooh. It would be serendipitous to see Stitch win a new reader just when his old one craps out.
I'm pulling for you, Stitchawl!
Thanks.
It really would be a remarkable coincidence. I've been completely satisfied with my Sony 505, and often would read the various complaint threads for other models, thanking my lucky stars for my Sony's sterling performance. Then last night, I read for an hour after dinner and all was well. Picked up the reader two hours later and the screen was covered in strange e-ink patterns that won't clear away. It won't shut down, it won't re-set... I'm going to do an autopsy on it later this afternoon. Maybe I'll be able to just jiggle something back into place.

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I think ..... Are you sure I didn't kill you too? There were so many bodies .... it's hard to keep track .... Mr. Jellby! Is Stitchawl on your forms?
Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Although, if you ask my ex-wife...


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I am still unclear as to why the library door was unlocked when everyone went to check. If the booby-trap was set before Harry_T went in there and was locked in, why unlock it? I am guessing the poster who suggested that the internal keys were the same and this is how Poohbear_nc unlocked it, just not clear on why.

In fact, this was one of the things that may me afraid I had chosen the wrong person. I guessed right, but I was still second guessing myself.
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Thanks.
It really would be a remarkable coincidence. I've been completely satisfied with my Sony 505, and often would read the various complaint threads for other models, thanking my lucky stars for my Sony's sterling performance. Then last night, I read for an hour after dinner and all was well. Picked up the reader two hours later and the screen was covered in strange e-ink patterns that won't clear away. It won't shut down, it won't re-set... I'm going to do an autopsy on it later this afternoon. Maybe I'll be able to just jiggle something back into place.
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May you also win an ereader that lasts for many more happy years for you.

I hope I win one too. My fine old ereader has also gotten a tad wobbly. I think maybe it drank the green punch
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