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Omit James Bond video clips, this is often what it capacity to join a true mystery. So, dig into The Westing video game, rejoice, and sharpen your individual secret agent abilities within the approach. what is Up With the identify? This identify refers to a "game" the characters are taking part in: uncover the answer to Sam Westing's will, and win $200 million. however it additionally refers to a different, related online game that purely the narrator and one personality learn about, which we can't destroy during this part. either one of those video games are the same as chess, that is an issue that comes up much within the e-book: there are groups enjoying for approach, with pawns, queens, and sacrifices. The Oxford English Dictionary (by the way in which, this would be the simplest dictionary to ever use in a lit. paper) tells us that the 1st, hottest which means of "game" is "amusement, satisfaction, enjoyable, mirth, activity" (OED "game," n. 1. 1). this is not how such a lot characters take it, even though: a few of them are uber-serious approximately taking part in, and are taking part in to win. something for us to contemplate, then, is whether or not this "game" is whatever greater than a laugh or enjoyable for us. Does it have a darker aspect? the opposite cool a part of the name is its subtitle: "A puzzle secret. " have you visible one other ebook with that during its identify? we've not both. So, what does this a part of the name do? good, it tells us what the style of the booklet is - regularly a great factor - and it additionally tweaks that style. This name says that the booklet is not any previous regular secret. it is also a puzzle. whereas the e-book retains secrets and techniques from the characters and the reader, readers consistently have extra items to the puzzle than nearly anybody personality does. probably we will be able to resolve it ahead of the characters do! what is Up With the finishing? okay, so there are 3 endings. that is type of bizarre. even though, perhaps it truly is becoming for the game-within-a-game constitution of the publication. Untying this kind of advanced concoction takes multiple finishing. yet sooner than we discuss them extra, watch out: significant SPOILERS forward. (If you have not comprehensive interpreting the booklet, you want to shop this part for later! Head again to "What's up with the identify? " or try out "Quotes and strategies" if you end the puzzle. ) In finishing one, Turtle solves the secret, and the opposite characters cross approximately their lives. She's the winner yet not anyone else understands it. whereas this would now not look like a lot of a prize - except the $200 million, that's - it fits Turtle simply superb. She's reliable at maintaining secrets and techniques, and he or she gained the sport reasonable and sq.. finishing takes us to peek into the characters' lives 5 years later, while a few of them have figured every thing out and a few are nonetheless engaged on it. everyone is "growing up," although, even the adults: companies are profitable, individuals are getting married, and characters are seeing rewards for his or her solid deeds. In finishing 3, Turtle's with Westing whilst he dies for actual, and she or he ultimately turns into the inheritor. what is most original approximately this finishing, particularly for a tender grownup e-book, is that we discover out that numerous different significant characters have died. The finishing skips such a lot of years forward from while many of the video game happens that the thirteen-year-old heroine's a married businessperson.

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