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FAQ/Walkthrough by ASchultz
Version: 1.0.0 | Updated: 08/05/01
Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It FAQ/Walkthrough version 1.0.0 Copyright 2001 by Andrew Schultz email@example.com valid for Apple and PC Please do not reproduce for profit without my permission. If you wish to use this FAQ, drop me a line addressing me by name(but not e-mail address) and ask for this FAQ specifically, and I will likely respond favorably. Although the game has a built-in hint system, this document is a sort of "ultimate spoiler" and keeps track of the puzzles you may not need to solve. It also annotates some of the more obscure references and highlights no-way-out traps. **** AD SPACE **** Visit my games page at http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2762/games/games.htm My home page is http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2762/ ================================ ACT THE PART BUY THE FARM EAT YOUR WORDS GO TO THE SHOPPING BIZARRE PLAY JACKS SHAKE A TOWER VISIT THE MANOR OF SPEAKING MEET THE MAYOR KEY WORDS TO MEET THE MAYOR THE ACTUAL WALKTHROUGH VERSIONS/CREDITS ================================ ================================ ACT THE PART ================================ This is the second-shortest and the most slapstick of all your trials. Basically, Bob, your chiseling brother-in-law, comes by, and you are duty bound to soak up all the yucks you can. You must perform all ten gags to complete this stage. Locations: KITCHEN LIVING ROOM(start) Items: MATCH(in your coat) SPONGE(kitchen) HOT WATER BOTTLE(kitchen) SCALPEL-LIKE KNIFE(kitchen) YELLOW RUBBER GLOVES(kitchen) How to get points: WHO'S THERE? (response to "knock knock") sets up "BOB WHO?"(1)--the joke is a play on the Beach Boys' song "Barbara Ann." You automatically shake Bob's hand next even if you try to avoid it. You should probably stock up in the kitchen. Then when you come back, "What's this fly doing in my soup?" BACKSTROKE(1) Bob then leaves for the kitchen. PUT BOTTLE UNDER CUSHION(1) so Bob can't see it. LIGHT MATCH and PUT MATCH IN SHOE(1)...you should hear a knocking next. The WHO'S THERE? routine followed up with GORILLA WHO?(1) is next. Then another WHO'S THERE? followed by DWAYNE WHO?(1) is mercifully the last. Other events that can be done any time: TAKE SHADE and WEAR SHADE(1) EXAMINE SPONGE and say BOB(1) GIVE BOB A FRONTAL LOBOTOMY(1) with the scalpel-like knife WEAR GLOVES, TAKE CORD and SHAKE HANDS(1) with Bob. Miscellaneous gags: Try "KISS LADY" No-way-out traps: If you don't respond "BACKSTROKE" immediately, Bob won't ask again, and you won't be able to win. ================================ BUY THE FARM ================================ You must complete all nineteen puzzles to complete this level. I'd say it's better than "eat your words" as there are fewer abstract figures of speech, and those that are there are more recognizeable. Mostly every place on the farm is accessible from the other: BARN, BARNYARD(sow's ear and tail here,) STABLE, FIELD, ROAD. There is also TOWN, only accessible from ROAD once you get the horse and cart rigged up. There is the LOFT where you find a hammer, only accessible from the BARN. This walkthrough assumes you pick up items as you find them. --TEACH OLD DOG NEW TRICKS by the Road to get a stone. Now go to the field. --MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL in the field to produce crops --KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE so they stop preying on the crops --FIND NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK to get the needle. Now to the stable. --LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH(this can be done at any time but clues you to the next action) --LEAD A HORSE TO WATER --MAKE HIM DRINK and he runs out to the road --PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE so you can get to town without walking --MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW'S EAR once you have them. Here's what to do in town: --UPSET THE APPLE CART to feed your horse with an apple --BUY PIG IN A POKE which allows you to get the bag --PICK A PECK OF PICKLED PEPPERS(the guy is Peter Piper, you see) After you've done enough in town, you see a donkey head to the stable. Go there and --PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY Here are puns that can be done at any time: --PUT MY NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE(loft) --HIT BROAD SIDE OF THE BARN(barnyard, barn) --DON'T CRY OVER SPILT MILK after you go to the barn(the dog tips over the milk) and the dog comes running back. --HAMMER SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES(barnyard--you need the hammer) Here's what you can do after town: --LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG(for a bad pun from the computer, replace LET with GET) --SOW MY WILD OATS doesn't seem to be applicable until near the end. There's no "wild oats" item or other indication, but you may need to go to market and get the pickled peppers first. ================================ EAT YOUR WORDS ================================ The layout is pretty simple; there's level one and level two, and once you score twelve points by doing things to or around the waitress(who follows you between the two places,) you can go into the kitchen. As the figures of speech are tough to figure out, you need only get twelve of the twenty-two before the waitress, who's an amusing piece of work to say the least, lets you enter the kitchen, after which there are nine more points. The cook can kill you when you are in the frying pan. You receive items after so many successful figures of speech. After the first one you get a hatchet. Then you get four items for the next ten figures of speech(this seems random) and the twelfth gets you the sixth item and allows you into the kitchen. The items are as follows, and they are always in the order below: Hatchet, Humble Pie, "Collective of Lions," Fortune Cookie with salt shaker, crow, napkin, and rump roast On the second floor, there are an olive tree(with a branch you can take,) a carpet, just desserts, and a rake. On the first floor, there are a short shrift and a neon sign. On to the figures of speech that get you points! --VENT SPLEEN ON WAITRESS --PULL WOOL OVER HER EYES --GET HER DANDER UP --KNOCK CHIP OFF HER SHOULDER --TURN TABLE ON THE WAITRESS(first level only) --TAKE UMBRAGE WITH WAITRESS(first level only) --GIVE SHORT SHRIFT TO THE WAITRESS(note that the tablecloth is referred to as "short shrift." --TURN THE OTHER CHEEK(should be done immediately after another figure of speech as it doesn't always work) --RAKE WAITRESS OVER THE COALS(take rake on second level--this must be done by the coals on the second level) --READ WAITRESS THE RIOT ACT(again must be done on the second level, where a sign proclaims the Riot Act) --HIT CEILING(only done on second level, where the ceiling is low) --GIVE OLIVE BRANCH TO WAITRESS(it is on the second level but you can give it to her on the first) --CALL WAITRESS ON TO THE CARPET --TAKE SIGN on first level and GIVE WAITRESS COMEUPPANCE as the sign says "Comeuppance"(mispronounced, "Come up and see!") --GIVE WAITRESS THE EVIL EYE --LOOK AT WAITRESS WITH JAUNDICED EYE --WAVE THE WHITE FLAG once you have the napkin --SWALLOW MY PRIDE(the "collective of lions") --EAT HUMBLE PIE --GET DOWN TO NITTY GRITTY(once you "EAT CROW" you see the crow is nitty-gritty) --GIVE JUST DESSERTS TO WAITRESS --BREAK THE FORTUNE COOKIE and TAKE ADVICE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT as the advice is a bit condescending! On to the kitchen. You'll need to complete all nine tasks here, and you'll want to bring the hatchet, although it isn't critical if you forget it. The first order of business is to annoy the cook, then you'll need to get rid of the ox in the kitchen. --WIPE BLOOD WITH CAPE to get rid of the bad blood between you and the cook. Wait for his pet peeves to come in. --GET THE COOK'S GOAT --COOK HIS GOOSE --MAKE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE COOK --WAVE THE CAPE These four can be done in any order, and you will be thrown into the frying pan. --JUMP FROM FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE(if you don't you'll be killed) --LEAVE COOK TO HIS OWN DEVICES(or the cook will kill you!) --SHARPEN THE AX(if you don't have it, the Ox will let you back into the dining area to pick it up) --GORE THE OX to, well, gore the ox. Note that putting your nose to the grindstone does no good, unlike in Buy the Farm. You need to use the grindstone to sharpen the ax. ================================ GO TO THE SHOPPING BIZARRE ================================ In this one, you need to identify homonyms. For combining fun and ease, this one is tops. Many items you don't need to worry about, but your goal is to buy one of them--problem is, you're penniless. There are also a couple of goofy side quests which make this the most complex of the scenes plot-wise. This also appears to be the only scenario in the game other than Buy the Farm where you cannot be killed or trapped. Locations: Dessert Aisle British Meets Musselaneous Write Manicotti --All the above are mutually accessible. Cellar: only accessible from Write, and it can only return there Items: (correct homonyms that get you a point are BOLD. Items you need to win have an asterisk) Moose/MOUSSE and pie/PI are in Dessert Aisle Putting/PUDDING and ants/AUNTS that appear around the pudding are in British Mince/MINTS and steak/STAKE are in Meets Tacks/TAX* and sail/SALE* are in Musselaneous Clause/CLAWS and quartz/QUARTS* and flour/FLOWER*(which has a scent/CENT*) and stationary/STATIONERY are in Write. You will also need to take the locks/LOX* and jamb/JAM*. A SELLER* is in the Cellar A little brat runs around the store. Change the worst brat into BRATWURST and when you run into the aunts, who may mill around to other locations than British, GIVE BRAT TO AUNTS. There's a cereal murderer in the store, and to nail him, GIVE MINT TO MAN and KILL MAN WITH STAKE. PUT LOX ON SALE and BUY LOX to win this scenario. You can get by with only nine points if you're frugal. This is the most flexible of all the scenes. ================================ PLAY JACKS ================================ This is a bit of an oddball. Once you realize that you need to operate the jack-of-all-trades(found in the House that Jack Built) it is not too bad. Locations: From JACKVILLE you can go OUT into the forest(all whiteness and cold) or IN to the house. From the HOUSE you can go OUT to Jackville. From ALL WHITENESS AND COLD you can go out twice before Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose. Keep doing so and you walk into an avalanche. From NEAR POND you can go IN to a pond. Items: Jack-of-all-trades, which you find in the house that Jack built, turns into many items. The ways to turn the jack into the item and back are listed below: Jack-in-the-box(TURN CRANK/CLOSE BOX) Jacket(WEAR SLEEVES/REMOVE JACKET) Jacuzzi(TURN FAUCET/PULL PLUG) Jackhammer(FLIP SWITCH/TURN OFF JACKHAMMER) Jackknife(PULL METAL/CLOSE KNIFE) Jackrabbit(PULL BALL/none, the rabbit escapes): this is not necessary to complete the segment You get a point for trying each one of these. How to get points: JACK FROST(1) while in All Whiteness and Cold, after you feel him nipping at your nose, turns into "Jack be nimble" TURN CRANK(1) while at Near Pond to make Jack Frost happy FLIP SWITCH(1) to drill a hole in the ice while On Frozen Pond TURN FAUCET(1) after you've turned the jackhammer off. PULL PLUG gets another point here. CUT LINE WITH KNIFE(1) to complete the deal. ================================ SHAKE A TOWER ================================ Spoonerisms are the theme here. For instance, this is a spoonerism for "Take a Shower." Some are a little stretched, but most are quite good. There is also the only stand-alone two-point action here("Play Jacks" allowed you to make two points with some actions, i.e. use part of the jack-of-all-trades the first time to solve a puzzle,) and there's the trickiest "optional point" in the whole game. You can also get killed twice by the clean giant; once on cloud 673 and once on the bean stalk where he tries to sew you to the sheets. However, there is a nasty bug here; walk away from the Clearing after you've taken your bike there and you'll find you can't get back. As for the map: From the Clearing, you are transported via a spoonerism to the shore. Then you go to the factory, where you have three-way movement between the factory, shore, and stock room. You can climb up from the stock room to the bean stalk, then up to Cloud 673. You need to solve a puzzle to get back down again. Once you own a bicycle, the clearing is added to the factory, shore and stock room. However, the whole beanstalk experience is not critical to solving the game. In fact, you need only get twelve points to solve the game, although you will have to have advance knowledge. There's also a bug then: "you needed to do fourteen more things." Actually, it's thirteen in this case, as one action is worth two points. I've listed the very quick walkthrough below. The first part is relatively idyllic. --1. DINE ON THE SHORE(pearl "shines on the door") --2. GRITTY PEARL("pretty girl") --3. CAN OF PEAS("Pan of Keys") and then take all items --4. TAKE OFF MY SHOES("Shake off my toes") --5. FEED ROCKS --6. RED FOX("Fed rocks") --7. DEAR OLD QUEEN("Queer old dean") --8. LOVING SHEPHERD("Shoving leopard") --9. READ BETWEEN THE LINES("Lead between the Rhines"--pushing it a bit there) --10.FOLLOW SHEPHERD(not a spoonerism, but this is the instruction from 9.) to the Factory. --11.RIDDLE WHILE FOAM BURNS(fiddle while Rome burns.) The icicle drops... --12.WELL OILED BICYCLE(well boiled icicle) --13.MAKE SMALL TALK WITH SOLD ELF(tall smock) --14.Get on the bike and go to the clearing. Then get off the bike and UNLOCK DOOR WITH SHINY KEY--you win! Note that, to enter the door, you must have possession of the Gritty Pearl. There are thirteen actions above, but you don't get a point for the first or tenth. Now for the optional ones: --before 1, type "HEAD LOUSE."(Lead House, 1) You can't change back to the Lead House--yet. --between 6 and 7 type "HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE"(Rare Hazing Experience, 1)--if you don't do it now you'll never get this point. Pretty obscure. --between 10 and 11 you should type "EXTRACT RABBIT FROM HAT"(the shepherd/deacon is trying to extract the habit from large rat, 2)--the book that's dropped is a book of riddles, thus giving the hint for 11. Now wear the hat, and the louse jumps into the hat. "FROM LARGE HAT" above won't work. --all the other steps are between 12 and 13. In the Stock Room: --OLD SELF(sold elf, 1) --CLEAN GIANT(jean client, 1) --CLIMB STALK(1) --SQUARE MEAL(mare squeal, 1) --CRUSHING BLOW(blushing crow, 1) --remove hat, give hat to giant, LEAD HOUSE(head louse, 1) knocks him down a peg. --BED SHEETS(shed of beets--a stretch here!--1) and TIE SHEETS TO CLOUD and CLIMB DOWN. --SHOW MYSELF TO ANOTHER SEAT --GIVE CRUSHING BLOW TO GIANT(1) --PRETTY GIRL, GIVE SQUARE MEAL TO GIRL, GRITTY PEARL(1) --GET ON BIKE, CLEARING, GET OFF BIKE, UNLOCK DOOR WITH SHINY KEY(1)-- hooray, you're done! Be sure to talk with your old self/sold elf a few times for humor value. ================================ VISIT THE MANOR OF SPEAKING ================================ This is a weird one, and I don't really get its point. Fortunately, it's not too tough, with only seven puzzle points overall, and there are only a few rooms to visit. You start out BEFORE THE MANOR, but once you head to one of the KREMLIN, DOLDRUMS, ATTIC, INTERIOR DECORATED you can't go back to the original. However, each room is accessible from the others. Note that the Doldrums are rather nasty; you can't use the same word twice, so eventually you can run out of words and are stuck. You can also get stuck in Interior Decorated. When the computer asks you what you want in return, leave and come back. You will not be able to pick up the chair and will be stuck. There's also a small bug in that you aren't told you can go to the Attic from the Pharmacy, but you can. On to the solution! This one is presented as a straight move-by-move solution, since you need to get all seven points to win. --DOLDRUMS. GET CLOCK. PHARMACY. GET BOX. OPEN CABINET. GET BOTTLE. WIND CLOCK(1). PUT CLOCK IN BOX. CLOSE BOX. KREMLIN(1). DROP BOX. OPEN BOX. INTERIOR. PUT BOTTLE ON MANTEL. YES(1). LOUIS XIV(1). GET CHAIR. KREMLIN. DROP CHAIR. TAKE CLOCK. GET ON CHAIR. UNLOCK SAFE WITH KEY(the clock key)(1). OPEN SAFE. TAKE REVOLUTION. GET OFF CHAIR. ATTIC. REVOLVE THE ATTIC. You win! ================================ MEET THE MAYOR ================================ KEY WORDS TO MEET THE MAYOR A nice quasi-save feature allows you to skip over certain scenarios even if you haven't saved the game. If you try to meet the mayor without completing something, the game asks you about the rank you get after completing each uncompleted scenario. The answers are below. --Act the Part: King of Comedy --Buy the Farm: Sodbuster --Eat Your Words: Satisfied Customer --Go to the Shopping Bizarre: Super Saver --Play Jacks: Jackster --Shake a Tower: Kinkering Cong --Visit the Manor of Speaking: Honored Guest THE ACTUAL WALKTHROUGH This finale is a bit weird, and it combines the previous puzzles. When I was young I got confused here and completely resorted to the hints, as some of the phrases are a bit obscure. The map is pretty simple. From the LOBBY you can access OUTSIDE and go UP to the bathroom. The horn is found outside, and there's a pack of beer in the lobby and a comb and laundry in the bathroom. --POSSESSION IS NINE TENTHS OF THE LAW(1) or TAKE POSSESSION OF THE HORN will get you the horn("your own horn") --BEAT AROUND THE BUSH(1) to find a ticket stub, referred to afterwards as a blessing(examine it and it will make more sense) ****Note: the next four are a "side quest" not necessary to complete this scenario. If you THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH too soon --TAKE BEER UNDER FALSE PRETENSES(1) in the lobby --AJAR(1) reveals the closet. --SEARCH CLOSET WITH FINE TOOTH COMB(1) allows you to... --DEEP-SIX THE SKELETON(1) in the bathroom(note: you must be holding the "deep six" beer) --LAME DUCK(1) in the bathroom and Mayor Kazooli appears --TOOT MY OWN HORN(1) around the Mayor --THROW BABY OUT WITH THE BATH(1) sends the Mayor to the lobby--this can be done almost any time after saying "lame duck" but must be done before giving the decree to the mayor. --AIR DIRTY LAUNDRY(1) that you found in the bathroom outdoors --PUT BLESSING IN DISGUISE(1) outdoors, since you can't bring the blessing inside. --BLESS MAYOR(1)--this is tricky, as you must leave the blessing outside, find the disguise under the laundry, and put the blessing in disguise. --GIVE DECREE TO MAYOR(1) when he's in the lobby--it must be done last, or he won't think you're good enough. --REST ON MY LAURELS(1) after you TAKE LAUREL outside and you've won the game! Congratulations! ================================ VERSIONS/CREDITS 8/3/2001: submitted version 1.0.0 to GameFAQs theunderdogs.org and ftp.apple.asimov.net for keeping oldies like this alive!