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  • Let's start with a simple blue.

    The culprit is Sir Charles, with Jorge as an accomplice.

    Sir Charles wanted the Argos Engine and didn't want to risk losing the case against the museum, so he impersonated Miss Mystery and hosted the gala. He paid Jorge off to help him with the crime.

    The glass case was, infact, not chemically bonded, but locked with an electromagnetic lock (the glass reaches into a groove in the floor, and the electromagnetic lock is under there, holding the glass in place)

    Charles had Jorge plant the EMP device when he was alone in the security room. When the EMP goes off, it blows the fuse, thus disabling the electromagnetic lock in addition to the lights.

    During the chaos, Charles removed the now-movable glass, took the Argos Engine, placed the card there, then put the glass back. He then hid it somewhere on the venue, in a hidden compartment or maybe the male bathroom. After all, he's the owner of the property so there may be a hidden compartment only he knows about.

    Once the light was fixed, the electromagnetic lock re-engages, making it immovable again.

    Finally, he lied to Ito about the glass being chemically bonded.
  • Let's start with a simple blue.

    The culprit is Sir Charles, with Jorge as an accomplice.

    Sir Charles wanted the Argos Engine and didn't want to risk losing the case against the museum, so he impersonated Miss Mystery and hosted the gala. He paid Jorge off to help him with the crime.

    The glass case was, infact, not chemically bonded, but locked with an electromagnetic lock (the glass reaches into a groove in the floor, and the electromagnetic lock is under there, holding the glass in place)

    Charles had Jorge plant the EMP device when he was alone in the security room. When the EMP goes off, it blows the fuse, thus disabling the electromagnetic lock in addition to the lights.

    During the chaos, Charles removed the now-movable glass, took the Argos Engine, placed the card there, then put the glass back. He then hid it somewhere on the venue, in a hidden compartment or maybe the male bathroom. After all, he's the owner of the property so there may be a hidden compartment only he knows about.

    Once the light was fixed, the electromagnetic lock re-engages, making it immovable again.

    Finally, he lied to Ito about the glass being chemically bonded.
  • Let's start with a simple blue.

    The culprit is Sir Charles, with Jorge as an accomplice.

    Sir Charles wanted the Argos Engine and didn't want to risk losing the case against the museum, so he impersonated Miss Mystery and hosted the gala. He paid Jorge off to help him with the crime.

    The glass case was, infact, not chemically bonded, but locked with an electromagnetic lock (the glass reaches into a groove in the floor, and the electromagnetic lock is under there, holding the glass in place)

    Charles had Jorge plant the EMP device when he was alone in the security room. When the EMP goes off, it blows the fuse, thus disabling the electromagnetic lock in addition to the lights.

    During the chaos, Charles removed the now-movable glass, took the Argos Engine, placed the card there, then put the glass back. He then hid it somewhere on the venue, in a hidden compartment or maybe the male bathroom. After all, he's the owner of the property so there may be a hidden compartment only he knows about.

    Once the light was fixed, the electromagnetic lock re-engages, making it immovable again.

    Finally, he lied to Ito about the glass being chemically bonded.
  • Let's start with a simple blue.

    The culprit is Sir Charles, with Jorge as an accomplice.

    Sir Charles wanted the Argos Engine and didn't want to risk losing the case against the museum, so he impersonated Miss Mystery and hosted the gala. He paid Jorge off to help him with the crime.

    The glass case was, infact, not chemically bonded, but locked with an electromagnetic lock (the glass reaches into a groove in the floor, and the electromagnetic lock is under there, holding the glass in place)

    Charles had Jorge plant the EMP device when he was alone in the security room. When the EMP goes off, it blows the fuse, thus disabling the electromagnetic lock in addition to the lights.

    During the chaos, Charles removed the now-movable glass, took the Argos Engine, placed the card there, then put the glass back. He then hid it somewhere on the venue, in a hidden compartment or maybe the male bathroom. After all, he's the owner of the property so there may be a hidden compartment only he knows about.

    Once the light was fixed, the electromagnetic lock re-engages, making it immovable again.

    Finally, he lied to Ito about the glass being chemically bonded.
  • The glass was not held in place by an electromagnetic lock. It was chemically bonded to the base at the start of the night.
  • The glass was not held in place by an electromagnetic lock. It was chemically bonded to the base at the start of the night.
  • Deborah prepared a mercury replica of the Argos Engine with the card inside. She likely used the 3D printer to accomplish this. This was placed inside the temperature-regulated case and stayed all cool and solid. That way, she could slip out the real thing way beforehand and didn't have to worry about it. The EMP deactivated the electronics keeping the case all nice and cool, so the mercury melted and vanished through the holes into the ventilation system. (If the EMP device was too far away, there simply was another hidden closer to the case, *cough* for example inside the cake. *cough*)
  • The state within the case, although kept constant and stable, was not sufficiently different from the outside air that making the inside the same as the outside would make whatever was inside the case melt away, be it mercury, dry ice, or some other substance.
  • The cube is a hologram
    The culprit is Schultz
  • The cube is a hologram
    The culprit is Schultz
  • The cube is a hologram
    The culprit is Schultz
  • Roses are red

    Violets are blue

    -=The cube is a hologram

    The culprit is Schultz
  • The Engine inside was a fake from the start. The card was inside acted as a catalyst to dissolve or evaporate the device leaving no trace. Either that or there is just a fake bottom that flips around,
  • The Engine inside was a fake from the start. The card was inside acted as a catalyst to dissolve or evaporate the device leaving no trace. Either that or there is just a fake bottom that flips around,
  • The card is basic, well, actually pretty nice cardstock, and did not act as a catalyst for any chemical reaction.

    The Argos Engine was resting on the stand, not fixed to it. If the bottom flipped, the Engine would fall into the mechanisms.
  • There was definitely something physically present within the glass that looked like the Argos Engine when I examined it before the disappearance.
  • The Argos Engine replica inside the glass case was made of a higly flammable material! Moreover, inside it was some highly volatile substance that was rigged to catch fire at the slightest impact.

    The culprit waited for the blackout to happen, then kicked the stand to trigger the fire. The Argos replica was consumed in a burst of flame, which the culprit hid from view by covering the glass case with a cloth of some kind, such as a coat. The card had been encased in ice inside the replica, so the ice was melted leaving only it behind. Every other trace either burned away or fell into the small ventilation holes.
  • The destruction/burning/melting of a physical object in the glass case would not be instantaneous enough nor thorough enough to completely avoid detection.
  • The culprit is Sir Charles.

    The Engine in the case was a fake/replica. During the blackout the bottom flipped, sending the fake engine falling into the mechanism and bringing up the card, which was glued to the other side.

    Since the engine was a fake Sir Charles didn't really care if it gets damaged by the mechanism inside the base.

    Jorge was an accomplice. He planted the EMP rather than just disconnecting the fuse to make himself less suspicious.
  • The item observed in the glass case at the start of the story was the real Argos Engine.
  • The culprit was Sir Charles, for reasons suggested above, with Villasenor as accomplice setting off the EMP.

    The sides of the glass case were indeed chemically bonded to the base. The base was indeed fixed.

    However, the TOP of the case had been cut to create a kind of hinged flap made of glass.

    By maintaining a reasonably high gas pressure inside the container, the flap could be kept closed tight. However, once the lights went out, the air pressure was released, causing the flap to fall open, and allowing the thief to reach in and remove the Engine from above. Then, using a sticky material on their gloves, or a suction cup perhaps, they pulled the flap back up to reclose the case. They may have used some adhesive to ensure it stuck, but the repressurizing of the case would have been sufficient to hold it.
  • The edges of the five sides of glass are fused properly to each other as well to make it a cube in total, when fused to the edges of the base.
  • The culprit was Sir Charles, Jorge as accomplice. He decided that it would be better to risk real damage to the engine than to let his son have it if he lost the court case, so he used the flipping trick mentioned above. It could be retrieved from the base by force if needed later, intact or not.
  • No one who has had access to the Engine up until its disappearance would intentionally risk harming it.
  • Let's keep this going then. Same culprit, same accomplice, and they planned to avoid harm to the engine via padding. Either the mechanism inside the base was padded, or, more elegantly, the "deposit" the detective observed on the outside had been replaced with padding or casing that looked similar. This could have created an apparent difference in the size of the engine, but refractive tricks with the glass case were used to compensate.
  • The deposits were true deep-sea deposits on the real Engine, and were not intended to provide protection.

    There was not enough padding within the base that anyone who wished the Engine undamaged would allow it to fall into the base.
  • The culprit, possibly Deborah as she has intimate knowledge of the device, was hiding inside the base, which had been modified. Under normal circumstances, the mechanism wouldn't fit very well, but Debby knew something through playing with the 3D models that the others hadn't worked out just yet- how to activate the mechanism.

    She hit the on button and the machine reconfigured itself, altering its size, and then all Deborah had to do was catch it and replace it with a card.

    How did Debby even make it into the base? Simple: through the air vents that are connected to it for air regulation.
  • The air ducts are too small for an adult to fit though.

    No one involved in the case knew how to activate the mechanism.
  • The disappearance of a caterer at the soiree, while nobody should have theoretically left is undoubtedly strange. Unless someone was playing a double game, that’d be our culprit. After all, there is nothing like a caterer disguise to become virtually invisible at a gala and nothing like a bathroom without any indiscreet eyes to perform a change of appearance.

    An EMP placed in an all time surveilled security room is pretty weird as well. Unless the chief of security is an old rogue cop or someone too worried about the well being of a certain antic artefact has been coerced through threats on the said artefact.
  • The culprit was next to the glass case just before the blackout and started their manoeuver only when the dark befell the main gallery. Profiting of the immediate panic, they used a circle cutter with a suction cup to cut an opening in the glass wide enough for the Engine to pass through. Of course, such a technique would induce some light screech noises, but nothing that couldn’t be overwhelmed by the ambient fuss caused by the guests.

    Once the circle of glass was removed and the case opened, the culprit simply took the Engine and left Miss Mystery’s visit card.

    Now, it wouldn’t add up if we left it just at that, after all, the glass case checked during the investigation was pristine, or at least without any big hole in the midst of it. That’s because the culprit replicated a process used earlier in the soiree to patch up the hole with the still intact glass circle. A process that wouldn’t leave any mark of the breakthrough, I named chemical bonding.
  • Unnecessary to say that harming the precious artefact in any way would be out of question after going to such lengths to obtain it. Keeping it on their person, even with their outstanding abilities would prove quite difficult as well without looking suspicious. Furthermore, our culprit is in the dark and doesn't have all the time in the world to find a hiding spot good enough to fool a whole police squad and Dinah Ito’s keen eyes.
  • ...unless the Argos Engine returned at the bottom of the sea.
  • After all, disguised as a caterer, it wouldn't have been impossible for our culprit to tamper with the 7-tiered cake themed after the Mediterranean sea, and earlier this evening, carve a cavity in its lowest layer large enough for the artefact.

    The cake being directly across the Argos Engine's glass case, it's the shortest path to hide the treasure. Once the theft was accomplished surely eating cake would have been the last thing on people's minds and recuperating the Engine after the cake had been disposed of by the actual caterers would have been a trifle.

    And that is how the culprit played out their grand magic trick.
  • What if I said that the culprit gave themselves in one reaction.
  • When Dinah got back in the main gallery with the replica of the Argos Engine, Sir Charles and Mrs Schultz were overjoyed but alarmed by the way Dinah was handling the artefact, same goes for Archibald and Camilla. On the other side, Emma looked relieved, surely genuinely happy that the Engine had been retrieved, and finally, Lucia looked confused.

    But why would you look confused in such a situation? Well, you surely would if you’d seen someone coming in the room with a unique artefact that you have stolen and hidden inside a cake you have kept your eyes on since you have made the deed!
  • The glass of the case remained solid and uncut/unbroken from the moment the party began until the lights came back on.

    The frosting of the cake remained solid and uncut/unbroken from the moment the party began until the lights came back on.
  • The blueprints for the base were hand-delivered by Dr.Schultz...

    In other words, the blueprints themselves could have been tampered with to allow the cube to fall down into the base without getting stuck in the sides.

    Since she also supervised the installation of the climate control mechanisms, there could have been enough of a gap left to swallow the cube. And there could be a remote mechanism to flip the base, one that would make a whirr sound when activated and a tink sound once the cube falls down. As long as the card is placed on the other side of the flipped base, the trick easily works.

    But what about not damaging the engine?

    Well, it's simple: we know the object inside the case was the true engine, but that doesn't mean *all* of it is authentic. I suggest that the culprit 3d-printed an identical looking protective shell to encase the true engine with. The difference in size would be small enough that nobody would notice when staring through the case, and that way, the protective layer would protect the engine from incurring any damage from the fall.
  • There was no protective casing or shell around the Engine when it disappeared, aside from the apparent glass case.
  • the bottom flips, but due to an electromagnet or something similar inside, the engine never falls and instead attaches itself to the underside
  • The object was damaged under the glass area within the base, so it wasn't in the glass case and thus couldn't be detected.
  • The Engine was not damaged or destroyed.

    Flipping did not occur.
  • There was no accomplice to the disappearance, security chief or otherwise.
  • The base was designed to allow for easy removal. This is either through safely lowering the Engine into the base and or outside of the display. Alternatively it was designed to have the top be replacable, and an alternative with the card inside was swapped during the blackout - maybe hidden close by like under the cake area.
  • The culprit would be Dr.Schultz seeing how Sir Charles appears to be more than willing to prove the design made this impossible. Considering everyone else was fighting over the Engine she decided it was up to her to protect it.
    The emp was placed while everyone else was distracted by the reporter showing up, allowing time for her to secretly place it and close the door. Either that or she paid him off, considering his past corruption.
    This would leave the Engine hiding somewhere close by but somewhere people can't easily reach. So if it is not in the base, then maybe the cake was designed as well, but to be hollow to allow room.

  • Correct.
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