Category Archives: 04 – Crossword Conundrum

Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 10: It’s Solved

Back at the garage, Kevin O’Conner has already gone home for the night. I had assumed he lived here or something, since he is caretaker for the robot that does live here, but it looks like he doesn’t care enough to do anything like that.

AR73 doesn’t seem too lonely about his absence. Right now it just seems excited about getting a bunch of new paints to experiment with. 

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 9: Shenanigans

It’s not a long time walking before I realize we’ve reached the art supply store already. AR73 is shaking its little stubby legs in excitement, acting the most like a child I’ve seen it do this whole afternoon.

“I love this store,” it says. “I wish they would make one closer to the garage, though.”

“Tell me about it. My calves are gonna be sore tomorrow.”

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 7: The Walk to the Art Store

“…why I think ‘Sunlight’ has a good chance of being the answer.”

“You did indeed explain that for an uninterrupted eight minutes, so I am inclined to believe you.”

“There’s a lot of options, though… Puzzles are really hard!”

AR73’s been trying to analyze this final mystery crossword question for the past twenty or so minutes as we’ve been making our way towards the art supply store, which is on the other side of the district, mind you.

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 6: The Robot & I

Ugh, robots.

This one’s alright though. AR73. Pretty cute and way smarter than any other non-fugitive robots I’ve ever met.

I just have no idea what to talk about.

Karina’s gone, and she was the whole one facilitating all of this. I was just along for the ride, and now I’m… here alone in a garage full of cars. There is so little for me to bring up that I have any awareness of, or that isn’t generic small-talk topics.

Nobody should ever let me be in charge of social situations. Please take the initiative for me.

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 5: The Robot, Finally

So, uh… yeah…

Karina and I are about to meet the robot AR73. But first we get to deal with the owner of O’Conner’s Repairs, one Mr. Kevin O’Conner.

To say that he has made a poor first impression would be to make an understatement of a magnitude tantamount to lying.

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 4: O’Conner’s

“I can’t believe The Rotten Peach has an advice column,” I say. We’re walking, we’re still looking at the magazine, searching through its contents for any clues as to what the question might actually be referring to. “And by the looks of it… it’s an ironic advice column?”

“What does that even mean?” Karina asks.

“It only answers bad questions, and only with bad answers.”

“That’s so pretentious.”

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 3: Some May Love It

It wasn’t too long in the past when The Rotten Peach was a staple in Atlanta’s counter-culture scene. When the world wide web first launched, they had their own website to go along with the print magazine, long before anyone else had thought to do the same. When robots entered the scene, they stuck steadfastly to human delivery girls. They covered the increasing gang violence in Atlanta with an empathetic eye for the disaffected youths sucked into the world of organized tribalistic crime. They’ve won twice as many Pulitzers as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which is to say they’ve won four.

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Crossword Conundrum – Chapter 2: The Magazine Aisle

Horrible mistake to wear a jacket. It’s almost June and I’m wearing a friggin’ jacket. My skin is on fire because this is what happens literally every year in Atlanta. I’m a damned fool.

Karina, walking beside me in a sensible off-shoulder top and miniskirt, is like a walking oasis. How someone can stay so cool in such blazing weather?

“How much further are we…” I moan.

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