Can You Solve This Professor Layton and the Demon Flute Puzzle?

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Chris Kohler over at Wired's Game Life blog has gotten himself deep into a copy of Professor Layton's next out, Demon Flute, which was released in Japan last week. Here's a tiny taste of the puzzles we can expect.

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Kohler's translation of the puzzle reads:

The four photographs below were taken in the same place.

Of the four people in the photos, three of them came as a group, and each had their picture taken one after the other. The one other person came on a different day at a different time.

Pick the three photos that have the people who all came together.

He swears you can solve the riddle just from that screen shot — so go for it!

Other than that tiny tidbit, there's some interesting info about some new features introduced in Layton's fourth outing. For one thing, we get some story insights since this is the first game in what's basically a prequel for the Curious Village-Diabolical Box-Last Time Travel trilogy. (Last Time Travel is coming Stateside eventually, according to developer Level-5 headman, Akihiro Hino.) For another, we get a rundown of three new mini-games: Fish-feeding, Puppet Theater and... a train set?

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Sounds pretty cool to me.

What's New In Professor Layton's Fourth Outing [Game Life, Wired]

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Everyone below says to look at the shadows, but I think that's a red herring. The shadows and birds are both immediately apparent, so the one not-so-obvious thing is more likely to be the real clue; in B, C and D, there's a dog sleeping by the fountain, then getting up, crossing the canal, and walking away.

What are the odds that the birds, clearly not spooked by people, are in only one picture of a set of three, stacked on top of a dog being in two pictures of the set and another unrelated one, at a different time on a different day? I can account for the shadows, too: light-wise they all look like they were taken at the same time, but the clue says they weren't. We can infer from this that the birds are bathing at dawn, and the dog gets up and leaves because it's dusk and the warmth of the sun is fading. The dog leaves in the sequence CBD, so the shadow on B and D wouldn't be the same as C because the sun has set or gone behind a building.