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Djibouti Dirigible Discombobulation (Djibouti_Dirigible_Discombobulation.txt)

Djibouti Dirigible Discombobulation
By Sam Kabo Ashwell
For Z-code interpreters

Solution by Garry Francis
This is a minimal solution. You'll need to EXAMINE lots of things for this solution to make
sense. Some optional commands are shown in brackets. You can omit these once you know what to do.

The main puzzle is working out how to use the discombobulator that's in your inventory at the
start of the game. For brevity, you can refer to this as GUN. It comes preloaded with an essence of
waggishness. You can DISCOMBOBULATE (or DIS for short) the goat, the ashtray and the crystal to
extract essences of fearsomeness, T'ang and 9-dimensionality respectively. You can then TURN
SCREW on the gun to select which essence to use for recombobulating. You can then RECOMBOBULATE (or
REC for short) something to imbue it with the selected essence. Not all essences work on all
targets, hence you'll need some trial and error to see what works and what doesn't.

There appear to be seven possible endings. It is not clear which is the "correct" ending.
Some appear to result in death, but even that is not always clear. For me, the ending where you
become a minor power in your own right is the closest to the original goal and this is the solution
given below.

The other endings are:
- Recombobulate the waiter with fearsomeness and he rips your limbs off.
- Recombobulate the waiter with T'ang and he gives you creme brulee. Recombobulate this with
fearsomeness, eat it and you taste defeat.
- Recombobulate the waiter with T'ang and he gives you creme brulee. Recombobulate this with
9-dimensionality and eat it to transcend mere human reality.
- Recombobulate the waiter with 9-dimensionality and you inadvertently give the world to France.
- Recombobulate the crystal with waggishness and you throw your lot in with the British.
- Recombobulate the crystal with T'ang and you throw your lot in with the Qing.

(I) (you're carrying a discombobulator)
(X GUN) (you now know what it is and how to use it)
(X SCREW) (waggishness is loaded)
(S) (goat won't let you pass)
(X GUN) (fearsomeness is loaded)
DIS CRYSTAL (machinery comes to a stop)
TURN SCREW (waggishness is loaded)
G (fearsomeness is loaded)
REC CRYSTAL (you hesitate)
***THE END***