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# Solution to Lessons Learned from Porcine Construction

by Peter Gwinn

Solvers are given a number of catalog-style pictures of the houses' walls, but with no indication of which walls go to which house. They are also given a set of HOA Minutes, which includes a diagram showing the layout of each house, a map of the town, and various instructions; e.g., that a house may not contain two copies of the same piece of art.

• Step 1 is to realize that the "Inspirational mottos" in the wall art are the morals to various Aesop Fables. The number on each poster is the corresponding fable's Perry Index number, to resolve ambiguity. Each fable's title contains at least two animal names, e.g., "The Fox and the Crow." So the wall with that fable's moral on it belongs in either the Fox's house or the Crow's house.
• Step 2 is to use logic to assemble each house. The corner tables and vases help with this process.
• Step 3 is to use the number of Decorative Wicker Balls in each assembled house as an index into the name of the animal who owns it. This yields the message "BLOW DOWN RED". This is shown in the table below.
• Step 4: With the knowledge that the Big Bad Wolf blew down every red wall, remove the red brick walls. The remaining walls form a pigpen cipher (a "disco ball" = house with a dot), to spell the puzzle answer TWIN STONES. This is represented by the two figures at the bottom of the page.

Address Wall Wall Number Moral Fable Perry # Wicker Balls Extraction
21 Dragon desk 3 Be content; be happy The Crab & the Fox 116 2
Couch (double wall)
books 21 Live Straight and Carry on The Snake & the Crab 196 2
DOOR (double wall)
OWNER: CRAB Total: 4 B
22 Dragon DOOR 22 Powerful don't always win, the The Mouse & the Bull 353 0
desk 17 Keep Calm and Don't Insult Hard Workers The Steer & the Bull 300 1
Couch 36 You Can't Teach an old bull new tricks The Bull & the Calf 531 0
books 37 You're not that big a deal The Gnat & the Bull 137 2
OWNER: BULL Total: 3 L
41 Acacia Couch 2 Be content, be happy The Crab & the Fox 116 2
books 8 Flattery will get you everything The Fox & the Crow 124 0
DOOR 1 Actions speak louder than words The Bear & the Fox 288 0
desk 16 Keep Calm and Don't Fool Yourself The Jackdaw & the Fox 126 0
OWNER: FOX Total: 2 O
43 Acacia Couch 30 Want what you don't get, get what you don't want The Crow & the Snake 128 3
books 23 Sacrifice for an enemy, make them your friend The Crow & the Dog 127 0
DOOR 9 Flattery will get you everything The Fox & the Crow 124 0
desk 12 If you're a fair-weather friend, you'll miss the ski party The Swallow & the Crow 229 1
OWNER: CROW Total: 4 W
45 Acacia Couch 27 spirit is willing but the flesh ain't getting out of the bathtub, the The Lion & the Dolphin 145 0
books 20 Lies will come back to haunt you The Ape & the Dolphin 73 1
DOOR 14 I'm taking you down with me The Tunny & the Dolphin 125 0
desk (double wall)
OWNER: DOLPHIN Total: 1 D
23 Dragon DOOR 6 Don't let your head get too big or it might pop The Frog & the Ox 376 0
desk 31 When fools fight, neither wins The Frog & the Mouse 384 1
Couch 35 Worst fears are imaginary fears, the The Lion & the Frog 141 2
books (double wall)
OWNER: FROG Total: 3 O
24 Dragon DOOR 13 If you're a fair-weather friend, you'll miss the ski party The Swallow & the Crow 229 0
desk 7 Don't plant the seeds of your own destruction The Hen & the Swallow 192 0
Couch 26 Some places are bad luck, I'll stay here and watch TV The Nightingale & the Swallow 277 2
books (double wall)
OWNER: SWALLOW Total: 2 W
42 Acacia DOOR 33 Working the hardest doesn't mean you get the most The Lion & the Bear 147 2
desk 34 Worst fears are imaginary fears, the The Lion & the Frog 141 0
Couch 4 Be kind you never know who can help you The Lion & the Mouse 150 1
books 32 When opportunity knocks, open the door The Lion & the Hare 148 1
OWNER: LION Total: 4 N
44 Acacia desk 25 Slow and steady wins the race The Tortoise & the Hare 226 2
Couch (double wall)
books 11 Fly too high, you risk a big fall The Tortoise & the Eagle 230 1
DOOR 29 There's no place like home Zeus & the Tortoise 106 0
OWNER: TORTOISE (or TURTLE) Total: 3 R
46 Acacia DOOR 10 Fly too high, you risk a big fall The Tortoise & the Eagle 230 1
desk 15 Karma's a bitch The Eagle & the Fox 1 0
Couch 18 Keep Calm and know your limits Eagle, Jackdaw, & Shepherd 2 2
books 28 Test then trust The Lion & the Eagle 335 2
OWNER: EAGLE Total: 5 E
26 Dragon DOOR 24 Sacrifice for an enemy, make them your friend The Crow & the Dog 127 0
desk 19 Kiss me or kick me, just don't lead me on The Dog & the Hare 136 0
Couch 5 Consider all viewpoints before you judge The Sheep & the Dog 356 1
books (double wall)
OWNER: DOG Total: 1 D