Solution to the

Ripper-letter

in Falconetti's Secret Well


By Erik Gos
(Erik.Gos@hiva.kuleuven.ac.be)


The goal of the puzzle

The goal of the puzzle is to create a list of books at the page to the right of the list of available books. In order to do this correctly you only need the letter from the Ripper at the first two pages of the book. Each sentence (more or less) correlates in some way with a book title. Compiling the list in the correct order will give you a recording of the last Ripper-game that was played.

The original letter from the Ripper as appearing in the book

a letter from the master

I keep hearing the police have caught me but
they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when
they look so clever and talk of being on the right
track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real
fits. I am down on whores and shant quit ripping
them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job
was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they
catch me now. I love my work and want to start again.
You will soon hear of my funny little games. I saved
some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle
over the last job to write with but it went thick like
glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough ha ha.
The next job I do I shall clip the Lady's ears off
and send them to the police officers just for jolly
wouldnt you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit
work, then give it out straight. My knife is nice
and sharp I want to get to work right away if I
get a chance. Good luck.

Yours truly
Jack the Ripper

Dont mind me giving me trade name.

The available book titles :

The letter can be split up in the following sentences :

  1. I keep hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet.
  2. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk of being on the right track.
  3. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits.
  4. I am down on whores and shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled.
  5. Grand work the last job was.
  6. I gave the lady no time to squeal.
  7. How can they catch me now.
  8. I love my work and want to start again.
  9. You will soon hear of my funny little games.
  10. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it.
  11. Red ink is fit enough ha ha.
  12. The next job I do I shall clip the Lady's ears off and send them to the police officers just for jolly wouldnt you.
  13. Keep this letter back till I do a bit work, then give it out straight. My knife is nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance.
  14. Good luck.

This results in the following selection of books (in the specified order) :

  1. The VR-Living Complete Book of Home Repair
  2. The Open Road, A History of 20th Century Auto Racing
  3. Epileptic Reactions To VR Environments
  4. The NEO New Age, Tearing Down The Myths
  5. Earn Thousands as a VR Data Angel
  6. The Duchess In The Clock Tower
  7. Virtual Fly Fishing, Always A Hatch To Match
  8. Phoenix, Phact or Phiction?
  9. Short Excursions into VR Role Playing
  10. Topical Agents For The Treatment of Hemhorrhaging
  11. Deficit Spending In The Late 20th Century
  12. Van Gough, A Psychological Study
  13. Keeping Sharp, A Cutlery Collector's Bible
  14. Rabbi T.S. Foote, A Biography

That's it, Folks !!!