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Mystery Item is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. For the puzzle in the European version of the game, go here.

## Puzzle

One of the four shapes below has one less match than the rest of them.

While studying these four small shapes, your friend approaches you with a riddle.

"I'm thinking of something that is necessary for human life. it appears in just about every house you've ever visited and decreases in amount gradually the longer it is around. What is it?"

## Hints

Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

The item you are after is necessary for human life, is found in most homes, and disappears gradually over time.

You have to answer with the matches provided, but don't worry about arranging them into a picture. It's the idea you're after.

The last of the four shapes seems to be missing a match.

Someone must have made off with it to light the stove and get dinner ready. Say, are you getting hungry at all?

Have you every heard the expression "three sqare meals a day"?

Judging by the matches here, someone was trying to make a fourth but got full before finishing the task. By the way, have you noticed how much that final cluster of matches looks like an uppercase "D"?

## Solution

### Incorrect

You probably have this in your own home as well. A little bit of it disappears every day.

Of course, depending on the household, a lot can disappear in one day, too.

### Correct

That's Right!

Make sure you visit the grocery store before you run out of snacks.

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