The resident faculty left an odd photo outside the mail room this morning. The staff hope they’re not proposing an elementary school game, and that this is merely their weekly clue…. (More)

“I never understood the allure of hopscotch,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, looking at the photo left by the resident faculty when they made their way from the wine cellar library, where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

“I bet you didn’t skip rope either,” Chef said as she brought out the decoder ring.

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“Actually I did,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said. “My soccer coach said it was a good way to work out inside, if it was too cold or rainy to go outside. But my mom disagreed.”

Chef chuckled. “Ceiling light fixture?”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor smiled. “My very first repair job. So after that I skipped rope in my room. Unless they were watching TV.”

“Upstairs bedroom?” Chef asked.

“Right over the living room,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor replied. “Mom said I said I sounded like a herd of elephants.”

Chef turned to the Squirrel. “Let me guess. Squirrels invented hopscotch, right?”

The Squirrel shook his head and tapped at his Blewberry. “Nope. Humans did. But they invented it after watching squirrels.”

“Y’know,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said to Chef, “that actually sounds plausible.”

“It does,” Chef agreed. She scraped stray pecans from the decoder ring into a bowl and slid it over to the Squirrel. “I think everyone at BPI already figured out this week’s clue, but you can still announce it.”

The Squirrel nibbled a pecan and tapped at his Blewberry. “Okay. This week I’ll hop around the news with Mixed Nuts while the resident faculty trade excuses for not using the campus fitness center.”

“Even though I drew a hopscotch layout on the floor for them,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said with a shake of his head. “I even sized it for adults.”

Chef chuckled. “Well that was your mistake.”

Indeed.

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