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The lock on the outside of this box is a "barbed spring lock", an old style of lock from China. Variations of this mechanism have been used all the way back to Roman times, perhaps before!

Here's how it works: Inside the lock are two springy pieces of metal that bend outwards and block the lock from sliding open. The "H" shaped key has ridges on either side - when the key is inserted into the keyhole, the ridges pinch the springy pieces of metal together, which allows the entire locking mechanism to slide out of the back of the lock. The mechanism is attached to the bolt that threads through the latch on the box, so as the lock comes apart, the lock releases.

Having trouble?

1. Make sure you don't block or hold the back of the lock as you insert the key. The whole back of the unit will slide out of the case when the lock releases. The lock can completely come apart into two pieces (which are easily put back together again).

2. If the lock still won't open, try wiggling the key around a bit inside the lock, especially from side to side.

Start by sorting everything by type: bingo cards with bingo tiles, chess pieces with chess puzzles, etc. This may help clarify somewhere to start.

I want help with:

There are some bingo number tiles in the box. But you may not have all of the tiles you need. See "I think I'm missing some pieces".

Great job! But you STILL may not have all of the tiles you need. There may be more tiles rattling around in one of the small boxes...

Yes! You now have all the tiles you need. Time to play some BINGO!

After you've matched up the tiles to the cards, check out the page covering the "Transposition Cipher" in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

Does anything about these crosswords match something else in the box?

Check out the "Grille Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

There may be another piece hiding somewhere. See "I think I'm missing some pieces".

You may not have everything you need yet. Try jumping to another puzzle in the meantime - perhaps you can find out who they belong to. Does anyone mention a card game?

Perhaps something about these cards gives you a letter to point to...

You may not have everything you need yet. Try jumping to another puzzle in the meantime - perhaps you can find out who this belongs to.

Pay attention to detail: do you see the date on this item anywhere else in this box?

Check out the "Grille Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

You may not yet have everything you need for this puzzle. Try jumping to another puzzle in the meantime - perhaps you can find out who this belongs to.

You may not yet have everything you need for this puzzle. Try jumping to another puzzle in the meantime - perhaps you can find out who this belongs to.

The page from "Chess Through The Ages" may have some hints for you.

Check out the "Path Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

Can you figure out who dropped this? What is the significance of the clue inside?

Try to find out who wrote on this and what they're planning.

Look closely at the words - specifically, underneath them.

Check out the "Book Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

These are not for a puzzle and have been provided to assist you with your puzzle-solving.

You need a key!

We really want you to have the satisfaction of finding it on your own! Try solving some puzzles in the big box to find the key.

Try starting with the crossword puzzles.

Note that some of the letter tiles have numbers and some don't...do the numbers mean something?

I seem to recall a booklet about the rules of checkers... Also keep in mind who wrote this puzzle, and what type of puzzles they've used before...

August is fond of Path Cyphers, as seen by his Chess puzzles before. Perhaps he has provided another item as a starting clue...

The red checker king is a clue for your starting point.

This is not the first time a game token has been provided as a clue...take a look at the checker puzzle.

Try solving the other side (the checker puzzle) for a clue.

Check out the "Keyword Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

You need to do a few calculations to get a number. Which part are you having trouble with?

Have you seen anything talking about the Dewitt checker scoring system elsewhere in the box?

Citronella's "long jump" from the checker puzzle was 20 regular checkers (1 point each), 1 king (12 points), and a jump longer than 15 jumps (10 points). The total is 42.

August says he'll send word for what to do when the time comes. Is there anything in this case, dated AFTER August made this checker puzzle, where he might have left a message for his sister?

August says it's time to "de-throne the king" - is there a king somewhere in this box?

Adding together all the odd numbers of the bingo card from March 16: 1 + 11 + 29 + 43 + 7 + 17 + 19 + 27 = 154.

Look for Citronella's initials on a crossword.

The highest number on Citronella's crossword puzzle is 59.

Has someone mentioned "the wheel"? And did they mention anything else at the time?

See the "Wheel Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet for instructions.

You'll have to open the other small box and solve its puzzles first.

Congratulations for reaching the end! The only puzzle left in this box is the XTRA Online Content card. This is a keyword cypher, and the image on the front of the card is your clue to the key.

You may be right! Have you inspected the ENTIRE box?

AHA! I found some more items. I need help with:

Look closely at the words - specifically, underneath them.

Check out the "Book Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

Pay attention to detail: do you see the date on this item anywhere else in this box?

Check out the "Grille Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

This matches the empty glass bottle, but before you do anything to it, it might be a good idea to know who this belongs to and what they intend.

Has someone mentioned "the sands of time"?

Pay attention to detail: do you see the date on this item anywhere else in this box? Don't forget to look on the back of items!

Check out the "Grille Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.

The page from "Chess Through The Ages" may have some hints for you.

Check out the "Path Cipher" page in your Codes & Ciphers Booklet.