B5 Amigos by lonyoo

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Puzzle by: Ben Carr Difficulty: Hard Puzzle Competition 2008 http://puzzle.cisra.com.au

You were excited to find the magnetically keyed elevator in the empty exhibit room, but the room it has carried you to is the most bizarre yet. A diorama-in-progress depicts UFOs hovering over a crowded street. The scene has a dizzying forced perspective sloped floor and askew horizon, with a mix of tiny dolls in the background and mid- to full-sized mannequins crowding the middle of the room, surrounding you in various action poses of terror and arms-out zombification. Grey-skinned aliens (in silver jump-suits, for goodness sake) are depicted throughout the scene, emerging from their UFOs carrying what look like super-soakers in the background, and herding zombies into pens in the foreground. The scene is so surreal that it takes you a moment to realise that in the background, one of the aliens is incongruously huge - or rather, is human-sized, but placed too far back. Then, horrifically, it moves its arm and you realise that it is alive. It appears to be putting the final touches on a cutaway dollhouse showing an alien family sitting happily at a dinner table being served by zombie human slaves. Suddenly, it looks in your direction and your eyes meet. It whips out a super-soaker and points it at you. “Please explain what you are doing in the explanatorium,” it says. You stammer something about having lost your way, but the unreality of the situation has you on the verge of clicking your heels together and shouting “There’s no place like home!” It sighs. “Never mind. Might as well zombify you, although frankly you seem half-way there already.” It squeezes the trigger of its super-soaker, but only a trickle of purple gunk oozes out and splats onto the floor. “Stupid human technology!” shouts the alien, shaking the bottle. Stung into action, you leap forward through the frozen crowd and clock it on the head with the dinosaur femur you’re carrying. It collapses in a heap, and you quickly tape its arms and legs together with a handy roll of duct tape. Your eye is caught by the glowing screen of a weird-looking PDA, next to the dollhouse. It appears to be showing some kind of spreadsheet.

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