Cubes for Thu Feb 04 2021 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The burgler

The burglar1 had left a fingerprint2, but it hadn’t matched anything on file.

There was also some dirt from their shoe near the safe3. The detective assigned to the case was determined4 to find out where it came from, but he kept going in circles5 and made little progress.

Soil analysis had reduced it down to 20 possible locations. The detective had been almost mechanical6 in going from location to location and searching7 for other clues.

An old oak forest8 was his best bet, but it had been a dead-end. Many others ended in disappointment too.

Running low on options, he tried the next one on the list, a small grove near a geyser9. As he walked along a cut-line, he began to smell smoke from a campfire or fireplace. He moved cautiously toward the scent.