Final Selection

by Sam Gordon

You are applying for the job of Director of the Museum and Institute for Puzzles and Problem Solving. You are wearing your best interview clothes and carrying a closed manilla envelope that the current director’s assistant just gave you.

Instead of a standard interview, the director, Henry Jackson, has chosen to test your puzzle-solving skills. You stand alone in his cluttered Victorian office which features an old mahogany desk with leather chair, a book case, a table by the window, the door, a hatstand, an antique globe, a wooden corner shelf and a low cupboard.

According to the letter in the envelope, you must find the one word answer to the puzzle from the clues in the room. When you know that word, ring the bell on the desk to summon the director. He’ll ask you a question, and if you answer correctly, his job is yours.

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