L.M. Entarrie

Thursday March 24, 2011 12:00AM
“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order.”

Science is kind of like Law and Order. The way I figure, scientists are simultaneously like the police and the district attorneys. Except that they don’t have badges. Or guns. At least, I hope—something tells me that Marie Curie with a gun would be off the hook.

Scientists investigate phenomena, seek answers, search for truth, and use that to create laws to describe the universe. Newton couldn’t stop at explaining why that one apple dropped to the ground. Instead, he created a whole set of laws to explain how the world is governed. It gives me faith that the universe is more than just mushy chaos.

Science is all about gathering relatively small data points and drawing larger conclusions. The key is to examine things closely and look beneath the surface—read the whole story, if you will—to understand the grander, underlying scheme.

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L.M. Entarrie (SOLUTION)
Thursday March 24, 2011 12:00AM
This is a quote from Mendeleev, the creator of the Periodic Table of Elements. It not only hints at the Table, but also at a “reign of order,” which is where the whole legal, crime-fighting connection comes in. The story below is about restoring the order of law and, as a double entendre, tells a story about the Periodic Table. In my blog post, I talk about understanding the grander scheme to which individual pieces of evidence point, and how a system isn’t what it appears on the surface—so take that as a hint to look past the basic narrative for its deeper meaning in terms of the Periodic Table.

Final answer: the halogen group

Here's what I meant by each clue I left you (highlighted in the main image):

1. L.M. Entarrie: “elementary”
2. Grid-like layout: reference to the physical layout of the Periodic Table
3. Square city blocks: another allusion to the Table’s physical structure
4. Officer Hyde: reference to hydrogen
5. Officer Barry: reference to barium
6. 37-year-old: 37 is the atomic number of rubidium
7. Ruby: reference to rubidium
8. Single bead of sweat on Hyde’s face: reference to hydrogen’s single electron
9. Hyde floating away: reference to the fact that hydrogen is lighter than air
10. She lived right down the block from me: hydrogen and rubidium are both in the same vertical column, group 1, on the Table
11. Just around the corner from you: rubidium and barium are one column and one row away from each other, making them “kitty corner,” in a manner of speaking
12. Our side of town / all the way over here: hydrogen, barium, and rubidium are all on the left side of the Table, but Ruby was murdered on the right side of the Table
13. Selene: selenium
14. Selene is 34, which is 3 years younger than Ruby: selenium’s atomic number is 34, whereas rubidium’s is 37
15. Weighs just under 80: approximate weight of selenium
16. Ruby found outside of Selene’s house: selenium is located on the right side of the Table
17. King’s palace: mention of nobility implies the noble gases
18. He: references Helium, a noble gas
19. Marking its territory: noble gases are just one column away from the halogens, and the fact that the king’s neighborhood is gang territory implies that he lives close to the perpetrators
20. Five, possibly six, shooters: the number of elements in the halogen group
21. 17 times: halogens are in the 17th column of the Periodic Table
22. Hooligans: sounds like “halogens”
23. Exit 9: atomic number of fluorine, the first halogen
24. 17: group number of the halogens
25. Exit 35: atomic number of bromine, the halogen that sits right next to selenium
26. Exit 85: atomic number of astatine, the “southernmost” halogen
27. Unstable: reference to the chemically unstable nature of the halogens
28. Complete human beings: the halogens are not “complete” in that they are one electron short of a full eight
29. Very negative vibe: due to electron structure, the halogens are very electronegative

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