Alternate Reality Game House

Maureen Sherry bought an apartment on upper Fifth Av in Manhattan, and ended up hiring Eric Clough to do the architecture because he was less “cookie-cutter” than the other architects with whom she met.

Turns out she was right. In addition to making the non-standard designs she requested, he ended up hiding six months worth of mysterious clues, hidden panels, cyphers, keys, poems, and other assorted objects in the apartment just for the heck of it.

It’s a fascinating read from the NY Times:

The finale involved, in part, removing decorative door knockers from two hallway panels, which fit together to make a crank, which in turn opened hidden panels in a credenza in the dining room, which displayed multiple keys and keyholes, which, when the correct ones were used, yielded drawers containing acrylic letters and a table-size cloth imprinted with the beginnings of a crossword puzzle, the answers to which led to one of the rectangular panels lining the tiny den, which concealed a chamfered magnetic cube, which could be used to open the 24 remaining panels, revealing, in large type, the poem written by Mr. Klinsky.

(It’s more than I would usually quote from an article, but it’s not even the whole sentence.)

(hat tip)

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