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# Solution to Too Many Toys

by Kah Kien Ong
Art by Joe Cabrera

The scattered toys shown in the second image in the puzzle need to be separated into the 4 types of toys, and solving each set/part using the 4 given instructions in order as follows.

### 1) See characters from opposing viewpoint (Letter blocks)

The 5 sets of letter blocks comprise blocks of 5 different colors with all 6 faces shown having different letters. This is clued by the similar letter blocks on the toy box image, which also shows different colored letter blocks with different letters on the faces. The aha, clued by the instruction, is that each given set of letter blocks is actually showing the opposite faces of the blocks, and in the reverse order right-to-left (ie. The required word/phrase is viewed correctly from the perspective of the girl behind the letter blocks).

Hence the actual letter seen from the perspective of each girl is one of the other five letters of the same color block which is on the opposing face. The shorter words could be solved in the same manner as Dropquotes, and this will fix the position of more letters to help solve the longer words.

Green Red Purple Blue Orange
RS FC ET DT AI
LE SD RH UI ON
BW YN CO WN PB

The words/phrases formed are:

• PONYTAIL
• FRENCH SIDE BRAID
• BUNCHES
• TWISTED BUN
• FLOWER CROWN

These match and are clued by the hair styles/accessory in the images of the 5 girls. So this helps as a confirmation while solving the words formed by the letter blocks. Each of the girls also has a numbered ordering, which give an ordering to these answers as above (which is used as the final ordering).

### 2) Collect your own cards (Flash cards)

The 20 picture flash cards each represent a two-word phrase with the given enumerations, numbered in alphabetical order. Each of the five hair styles/accessory answer from the previous part references a word in four of the phrases (indicated in red below), which can then be collected by the corresponding girl as clued by the instruction, as summarized in the table below.

PONYTAIL FRENCH SIDE BRAID BUNCHES TWISTED BUN FLOWER CROWN
Word is suffix of name of a Mane Six character in My Little Pony Side dish name that has French origins Things that come in bunches Anagram of baked goods (like buns) Word is prefixed by name of a flower
5) DASH CAM 10) GRATIN DISH 17) SEA GRAPES 9) GABLE ROOF 15) ROSETTA STONE
14) PINK SPARKLE 18) SOUP PLATE 8) FOIL BALLOONS 4) BEARD GRASS 1) ASTERISK SYMBOL
20) UNION JACK 16) SALAD SHAKER 12) PIANO KEYS 6) DONKEY FOAL 11) HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
13) PIE CHARTS 2) BAGUETTE DIAMOND 3) BANANAS FOSTER 19) TRAFFIC CONES 7) FIGHTING IRISH

### 3) Stack unused things (Ring stackers)

Besides the referenced word, each flash card phrase from the previous part has the other unused word (in red below). The lengths of these unused words, in each referenced grouping above, are 4 sequential numbers, so they can be stacked in ascending order like the ring stacker. The 5 ring stackers have numbered indices on each ring, with a left-right placement matching the position of the unused word in the two-word phrase. Hence the matching ring stacker for each grouping is the one which matches the pattern of the unused words in that grouping. Using the number on each ring to extract a letter from that corresponding length-ordered unused word gives 4 letters per grouping.

PONYTAIL Stacker 1 Extracted letter
DASH CAM (3) 1 C
PINK SPARKLE (4) 4 K
UNION JACK (5) 4 O
PIE CHARTS (6) 1 C
FRENCH SIDE BRAID Stacker 2 Extracted letter
GRATIN DISH (4) 2 I
SOUP PLATE (5) 4 T
BAGUETTE DIAMOND (7) 6 N
BUNCHES Stacker 3 Extracted letter
SEA GRAPES (3) 1 S
FOIL BALLOONS (4) 4 L
PIANO KEYS (5) 2 I
BANANAS FOSTER (6) 5 E
TWISTED BUN Stacker 4 Extracted letter
GABLE ROOF (4) 2 O
BEARD GRASS (5) 4 S
DONKEY FOAL (6) 5 E
TRAFFIC CONES (7) 2 R
FLOWER CROWN Stacker 5 Extracted letter
ROSETTA STONE (5) 1 S
ASTERISK SYMBOL (6) 5 O
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (7) 3 U
FIGHTING IRISH (8) 4 H

### 4) Fix broken toys (Wooden toys)

The remaining 5 wooden toys all have five-letter names - CLOCK, TRAIN, TILES, HORSE, HOUSE. Each set of extracted four letters from the previous part is one of these words with a missing letter (shown in red). Taking the missing letters in order of the girls gives LATHE, the thematic answer for this puzzle.