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Hobbit, The (Hobbit_hint_sheet.txt)

H O B B I T   H I N T   S H E E T
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PROBLEMS IN ESCAPING FROM THE GOBLINS DUNGEON
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Many people have had difficulties escaping from the Goblins Dungeon
and have found the help clue too cryptic.

The idea is that it is impossible to escape without enlisting the aid of
one of your friends - either Thorin or Gandalf will do.  It is possible
for either of these two to open and go through the window which you cannot
reach.  The easiest method of escaping is to have one of them open this
window, pick you up and carry you through the window.

PROBLEMS WITH THE BARREL
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We have found that people have had problems when climbing into the barrel
in the Elvin King's cellar, with the program crashing and being unable
to continue with the game.

The cause of this problem is that when trying to climb into the barrel
the player is also carrying the barrel and this confuses the program to
such an extent that it freezes.  the simplest solution is to ensure that
the barrel is on the ground before climbing into it.

ESCAPING FROM THE ELVIN KING'S CELLAR
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It is virtually impossible if the player climbs into the barrel.  The
correct solution is to wait until the butler has thrown the barrel through
the trap door and then to jump onto it.

THE PLACE TOO FULL TO ENTER
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The Place Too Full to Enter is a left over diagnostic which we used while
debugging the program.  We forgot to take it out after testing and it
should be ignored.

HOW TO GET THROUGH THE MAGIC DOOR
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The magic door to the Elvin King's Hall is best opened with the aid of the
magic ring. Try examinining the door while wearing the ring.

THE GOLDEN KEY
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The golden key is a complete red herring designed to have people running
around trying to find a purpose for it.  It is completely useless.

ESCAPING FROM THE PALE BULBOUS EYES
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Many people have had problems in escaping from the pale bulbous eyes along
the forest road.

The only solution is to move once more in the same direction that you
moved prior to encountering the eyes, i.e.  if you had just moved west
when the eyes appeared, then move west again.  After this you should
wait twice and then move once more in the same direction.

The eyes cannot be killed and if you should be unlucky enough to be
captured by the Wood Elf while the eyes are around, there is no escape
since the pale bulbous eyes will follow and ultimately kill you.

GOLLUM'S TWO RIDDLES
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If you are unsure of the answer to either of them your only course of
action is to run away from him.

KILLING THE DRAGON
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The only person who has any chance of successfully shooting and killing
the Dragon is Bard.  80% of the time he will succeed, roughly 10% of the
time if he fails you will still have enough time to run away from the
Dragon and try again later.  The rest of the time you will just have to
put up with being burnt to a crisp.

PROBLEMS DUE TO THE USE OF THE WORD "DO"
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Some people have encountered problems with the program crashing, or the
screen exhibiting strange effects.  This is often caused by the used of
the word "DO".

This is due to the fact that the dictionary definition of this word was
not quite what it should have been and attempting to use it can cause
these and other problems.

The only solution is to avoid at all costs the word "DO".

POSSIBLE CAUSES FOR THE HOBBIT CRASHING
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We have discovered that in many cases the cause of the computer crashing
is a hardware fault within the machine.  We feel that computers develop
intermittent memory problems after running for a number of hours and that
this is most likely due to the large heat buildup inside the machine.

We have found that programs that are solely or mostly Machine Code,
crash more frequently than Basic programs.  This could be due to the
fact that Machine Language programs perform most of their execution time
within the RAM memory of the computer, whereas Basic programs spend most
of their time executing in the ROM.