001951 John burns the Gamebro. What could have, in another universe, been an enduring and annoying key item goes up in smoke. No one will miss it. Imagine if Nana had been prototyped with Gamebro instead? 001952 begins with the command “Fondly regard cremation.” which is a callback to Problem Sleuth’s continual variations on the phrase ‘fondly regard creation’. We learn that Nana is dead, and her death may in fact be one of the…

001950 contains the awkward linguistic formation cata(ptcha)gorically, which is really fucking difficult to pronounce. It gives us a first glimpse at the face of someone who will shortly become an important, enduring character, Nana Egbert, aka Jane. Her picture, as well as her urn and ashes rest above the mantlepiece as John gazes at the fire. As he gazes he finds himself contemplating the quotation: “The moon’s an arrant thief, and her pale fire she…

001948 Gives us our first mention of Betty Crocker, who is certainly the opposite of a dropped element.  Even from the beginning John is on to her ‘plot’ and calls her his arch-nemesis. Frankly my personal opinion is this is a bit of retroactive foreshadowing. What started out as a mere hyperbolic description of John’s cake-hate turned into a long lasting antagonist. There is a link on this page to the Betty Crocker wikipedia article,…