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Lobsters On A Plane (Lobsters_On_A_Plane.txt)

Lobsters On A Plane
By Ben Collins-Sussman, Jack Welch, writing as 'Ben and Jack'
For Z-code interpreters

Solution by Garry Francis
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This is a minimal solution. You'll need to EXAMINE lots of things for this solution to make
sense.

There are five spells. The first spell is random. From then on, they cycle in a predictable order.
The spells are (in order):

FREEZE: This freezes an object in place and thaws anything that's previously been frozen. Once
frozen, no other spell can be applied to the same object until it's been thawed. This spell has
no practical use other than to be a nuisance. Don't freeze the door while you're in the
lavatory or you can't get out until you freeze something else.

PUSH: This sends an object to limbo. You can use this to move the cart and/or the cod, then use POP
to return them later (see below). Don't use it on the hatch in the tail section or you'll
be drowned by seawater. Don't use it on the mirror in the lavatory or it will be reflected at
you and you'll be sent to limbo. (You can return, though.)

BALANCE: This summons an element to even out a situation. The only element that ever gets summoned
is the cod, but it cannot be summoned in business class (which is where you need it), so summon it
from somewhere else. Once summoned, use the PUSH spell to send it to limbo, move to business class
and use the POP spell to return it. Don't let it appear in the galley or it will die. It needs
water to survive.

JIGGER: This loosens anything that's stuck. You can use it on the storage bin, cart and
bulkhead.

POP: This returns the object that's stored in limbo. You can use this to return the cod once
it's been sent to limbo. There's a twinkie and a statuette stored in limbo at the start of
the game, but these have no use.

In all cases, if you use a spell that gets you into an unwinnable situation, use UNDO immediately
and try it again on a different object or in a different location.

After extensive testing, I believe the following solution works for all possible scenarios. The
first two USE WAND ON XXX moves are to set you up for all the magic that's to follow. This is
the simplest way to do this in a safe and predictable manner.

REMOVE SHOES
SLIDE LATCH
OPEN DOOR
W
USE WAND ON DOOR (repeat, if necessary, until FREEZE spell is used)
USE WAND ON BIN (PUSH spell sends bin to limbo)
U
OPEN COMPARTMENT
GET BANJO
PLAY IT
USE WAND ON CART (BALANCE spell causes cod to appear)
G (JIGGER spell loosens cart)
G (POP spell returns bin from limbo)
G (FREEZE spell freezes cart)
USE WAND ON COD (PUSH spell sends cod to limbo)
U
U
USE WAND ON BULKHEAD (BALANCE spell is ineffective)
G (JIGGER spell loosens bulkhead)
G (POP spell returns cod from limbo and it attacks lobsters)
OPEN BULKHEAD
N
TALK TO STEVE
S
U
PRESS ORANGE BUTTON
W
W
w
GET LAMP
PLAY LAPTOP
***THE END***