Only a few minutes before, we were sure we’d be trapped in the mad philosopher’s room forever — or at least until someone let us out. Our team, composed entirely of interns for NewsOK and The Oklahoman, had shuffled through every paper in the room, taken paintings off the wall and done a bit of furniture rearranging, but still we had close to nothing. With 10 minutes to spare, morale was low.
Paighten: That is, until I found the last piece of the puzzle. Taking the final code from the philosopher’s page of ranting, I read it aloud. As our photographer typed the code into the electronic door lock, my team held (our) collective breath. This wasn’t the first time we tried the door. We didn’t know if it would be the last.
The room was silent when the lock clicked open, and we all screamed. We’d made it, and it felt good, so good.
Jessica: Escape OKC co-owner Andrew Gipson gave us two rules before entering the room: Don’t reveal any clues in our reporting and don’t break anything.
The premise of the room we were in, the Four Brothers room, is that a crazy philosopher obsessed with the elements has locked us in his study. Somewhere within the clues is a four-digit code to unlock the door. We were given no starting clue, just a quick “good luck” by Gipson before he closed the door.
So where do we start? We opened drawers, overturned the rug, the chairs, even the couch. We uncovered a small stack of handwritten notes. A riddle taped to the back of another object confirmed the emphasis on the elements.
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