Room 2

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…a bright room whose walls were in some disrepair. The floorboards creaked and groaned; the plaster made a gritty sound.

They studied the old frescoes for clues but missed the obvious signs.

“Are we on the right path?” they asked.

Keeping in mind what a relative term “right” is, I assured them they were, indeed, on the right path. As for the “correct” path or the “most appropriate” path…. Well, that might be something else.

Full of confidence now they marched out to…

- Images and text copyright 1985 by Christopher Manson
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Room Type:  PATH     Doors:  12  22  29


● The spear and staff war banners both point towards the Frescos and stand next to doors 12 & 22. The humble broom points to 29 – which is the correct door. [Independent Credit: Hello Gregor | White Raven]

● The text reads, “”Are we on the right path?” they asked. Keeping in mind what a relative term “right” is, I assured them they were, indeed, on the right path. As for the “correct” path or the “most appropriate” path…. Well, that might be something else.” The reference to right being relative draws attention to the bear, the door to the bear’s right, which the bear’s right arm is pointing at, is the “right” (as in “correct”) door. [Independent Credit: Aria | White Raven] The bear combined with the to-the-right riddle gives us “bear right” (from the point of view of the bear) as a way of phrasing the solution. [Credit: Dave G] The bear is looking upward at a ship/boat in the mural, suggesting travel, or more simply, “go.” This connection is reinforced by the accumulation of items in the room starting with the letter “B” (bench, box, banner, backdrop, bear) which helps us find the Boat. (See solution at bottom for a possible addition to this solution.) [Independent Credit: Vewatkin | White Raven]

● The first words of the text are “…a bright room…” “bright room” is a spoonerism of “right broom” the broom is both pointing at the right (as in correct) door and is also to the bear’s right (as described in the solution above). [Credit: SP]

● The symbol and the Byzantine art in the center panel suggest that the topic of the murals is Constantinople which was Byzantine and used this symbol as its coat of arms (see related images), by extension, the figure in the center likely represents Constantine I or Constantine XI. [Independent Credit: Vewatkin | White Raven (for the significance of the symbol)] [Independent Credit: Aria | White Raven (for significance of the art)] The left panel shows the Constantinople soldiers in battle with the Turks, a battle which was lost resulting in the name of the city being changed to Istanbul. [Independent Credit: Aria | White Raven] There are two good ways of interpreting the rest of the puzzle:

The Fall of Constantinople Solution: All three panels are about the one of the most significant and horrific battles in history the fall of Constantinople. The left panel represents either the escape of the surviving leaders of Constantinople (sans Constantine IX who died), or the flight of several hundred soldiers before the battle began, who snuck out of the city at night and left by ship. Either way the solution to this riddle is to escape from the disaster of the fall of Constantinople by taking the ship. The bear looks to the boat (end of the trail of “B”s in the solution above) to emphasize the route of escape. [Credit: White Raven]

The History of Constantinople Solution: The left panel represents the city when it was called Byzantium by illustrating a significant event from that time period, the saving of the city by the appearance of a bright light or moon summoned by the three-person-in-one goddess Hecate. The center panel with its Byzantine style art represents Constantinople. The right panel represents the fall of Constantinople and therefore the transition to the city being named Istanbul. So the panels represent Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul respectively. “Byzantine” panel is the end of the trail of “B”s (see solution above) and is therefore the correct choice. [Credit: Aria]

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183 thoughts on “Room 2

  1. My theory is that the handle of the ladle in this room is supposed to be another metonymous suggestion, towards room 29.

    • Where is the ladle? In what way does a ladle handle operate as a metonym?

    • No, I asked you to point it out instead of spending the last two days looking for it.

    • All good things to those who wait. I’ve waited vewatkin, but how long can you and all the rest of you wait?

    • You can barely tell it’s there at all or could it just be a filament of my imagination?

    • There actually are some objects in the room that have handles. Maybe you could take whatever point you want to make about a ladle and make it about an object pictured in the room.

    • “Ursa Minor“, (also known as the LITTLE BEAR) is a constellation in the Northern Sky. Like the Great Bear, the TAIL of the Little Bear may also be seen as the HANDLE OF A LADLE, hence the North American name, Little Dipper.

    • teddy bear–>little bear–>Ursa Minor–>Little Dipper–>ladle–>ladle handle–>???

      Here’s what would have been a better way to present the non-frivolous parts of this thought:

      “There’s a bear here, in proximity to a star. Is there any good reason to relate this to the Ursa (bear) constellations? I can’t think of one myself.”

    • “In the Babylonian star catalogues, Ursa Minor was known as the ‘Wagon of Heaven.’” -Wikipedia (Room 33?)

      Ursa Minor contains the North Star — does relate to navigation.

    • bear in proximity to star = ursa minor = little dipper = ladle = spoon = OH MY GOSH! IT’S A HINT TO LOOK FOR A SPOONERISM!
      oh wait it’s not. it’s nonsense. but at least i made it go somewhere

    • Holy cow, you did it! That’s some solid gentiling! Except, really, far too rational.


      SPOON // ERISM

      [various transformations] // [anagram]


  2. — Keeping in mind what a relative term “right” is, I assured them they were, indeed, on the right path. As for the “correct” path or the “most appropriate” path…. Well, that might be something else. — Isn’t t4i5 paragraph based on the following quote? — “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” — Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    • It doesn’t seem like it. Nietzsche is talking about subjective morality, but Room 2 is just talking about the ambiguity of language; and the language of the quotes is not too similar.

  3. Another reason why the correct solution would be room 29, could be akin to the fact that clews (They studied the frescoes for clues, but missed the obvious signs) can also be found aboard a ship (like the one pictured above room 29) in the lower corners of square sails or in the corner of a triangular sail, at the end of a boom. Another relatable topic is the clew-line which takes the truss up the clews to the lower corners of square sails. They are also used to reduce and stow a barge’s topsail. And to top it all off, the word clew when spelled backwards reads “welc” which means “You Are Welcome!”, which (by the way) can be seen as the
    way to go. B

    • No one would guess it by reading what you wrote, but you’re right! “Clew” is a term for a part of a sail. That’s interesting.

    • @vewatkin – Well, in regards to your confirmation of this original content, I would like to say, “Thank you good sir.” I did try to see if it had already been mentioned before, within previously stated comments. Wouldn’t have wanted to take the credit for someone else’s discovery. B

  4. @vewatkin -The babeldom sounding badigeon that holds this room together, would become true if I added a lisp parasigmatism to go along with it. I hope I haven’t blithered your contempt this time around. B

  5. For a moment I thought that these banners were actually a couple of bardiches, that had the blade halves of their staves dismantled.

  6. “They studied the old frescoes for clues but missed the obvious signs.” – A bright room it might have been, but the obvious sign was looking up, not bearing right. It is known, that during the dedication of the Colosseum in 80 A.D., Titus staged a ship-battle scene in the amphitheatre, which was filled with water about 1 meter deep.

  7. Just wanted to point out that the board with the moon and the star is a colorless version of the Morocco flag

    • Can you provide a source for this? It does not match any Morroccan flag I am currently able to find.


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