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1:34 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.

Before the end of this hallowed night,
one shall claim the winner's right.

There is a path of dappled black,
and on it lie 5 gizmos for you to track.

The first gizmo [7thpixel.com] sure and quick,
cured what made the commoner sick.

The second one [7thpixel.com] had but one design,
set straight what we sought to find.

Before the third [7thpixel.com] men danced in clothes,
washed in spirits before healing woes.

The fourth [7thpixel.com] was held in sacred hands,
in a world buried beneath desert sands.

The fifth [7thpixel.com] a gift to fools,
one of several patented tools.

Before you lies the evening's menu,
but one more thing before I send you.

The clock is not your friend tonight,
you have 3 hours to get it right.

Should ye find all 5 before it's time,
then ye shall stand the winner's line.

But when the 3rd hour has passed,
post your findings within 5 minutes past.

He/she that has the most will win,
and get the game to host again.

Ask your questions carefully and be mindful of what you say.
Do not give away answers found too soon or you'll help another win the day.

[edited by: lorax at 2:21 am (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]

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5? sheesh dude
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They're easy and you don't have to get all 5. Just guess the most.
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Before the third men danced in clothes,
washed in spirits before healing woes.

some type of distillery?

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Not a distillery.
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the first gizmo is an early Spring Lancet.

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differnt pic but same tool

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I should add that I don't expect you to get the exact image as there are many of each of these out there. Tell me what each Gizmo is and what it was used for and that will be good enough.
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Correct Oilman. 1 down, 4 to go.
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Spring Lancet's were used to bleed patients. It was believed that if you ran out enough blood you could bleed away the disease so to speak.
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:)

You seem to be the only one playing tonight - maybe I scared off your competition.

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gizmo #2 is an early carpenter's chalk line reel, missing the string of course. Used to snap a straight line, maybe even used ink or charcoal back then.
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Hey oilman, didn't barbers also perform blood letting? I think that's where the red and white barber pole originated.
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Correct Coconutz - that particular one was found in Japan and used ink.

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Coconutz 1

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>>Hey oilman, didn't barbers also perform blood letting?
you're just trying to distract me from gettin the next one...:)
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Nah, not me. ;)
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The forth instrument looks like a hooked instrument used by ancient embalmers. It was pushed up through the corpses nostrils to pull out bits of brain tissue.
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Correct Key_master - in 1994 a team of scientists performed a mummification to test their theories of how the Egyptians did it. They concluded that the tool was actually used to liquify the brain while the body was on its back. The body was then turned over and the brain allowed to drain out.

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Is the second gizmo a wet compass [google.com]?
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Sorry Key_master - it was already answered by Coconutz - it's an ink line - akin to a chalk line but using ink instead.

Which reminds me that I should post status as well,
Gizmos 1,2 & 4 are solved. 3 & 5 remain.

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Is number 3 an old espresso machine?
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> Is number 3 an old espresso machine?

Interesting concept but you wouldn't want what's in that gizmo mixed with your Espresso!

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Is the third a surgical antiseptic dispenser?
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Is number three an eye wash and/or is number 5 an eye massager?
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Mivox you've got it - tell me what it dispensed!

Key_master - #3 no, #5 you're almost there. Can you tell me what the exact term was?

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Carbolic acid?

[edited by: mivox at 3:03 am (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]

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The Natural Eye Normalizer
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Bravo Key_Master!

You're the winner with 2 out of a possible 5.

Key_Master - #4 & #5
Oilman - #1
Coconutz - #2
Mivox - #3

Mivox - it used Carbolic Acid and was invented in 1869.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Gizmo. That wasn't too hard was it?

[edited by: lorax at 3:10 am (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]

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Mivox - it used Carbolic Acid

That's what I said.... ;) Look at my edited post.

BTW, KeyMaster got 4 & 5. I got #3. :)

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Mivox - re: carbolic acid, you were editing while I was typing! :)

Re: 3 & 5? ;)

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Ehhhh, don't mind Mivox- she gets a little testy from time to time. ;)

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