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


From high in the sky, a pair of aliens observes humans using a bizarre object. Perplexed, one alien turns to the other and says:

"How strange. The Earthling is opening a hole in a sheet of paper and marking it with a line to show the other Earthlings where the hole is. I've never seen anything like it!"

What could these extraterrestrial visitors be talking about?


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Even something as common as paper can look bizarre to someone who's never seen it before.
What kind of device puts holes in paper? It must have a needle or sharp point on it.

This object uses a needle to punch a hole in a sheet of paper.
Then it's used to draw a solid line around the hole. Since it draws a line, it must have some sort of writing implement attached to it.

It's safe to say that very few people ever use these once they grow up and join the working world.
However, because of math class, a startling number of students probably have one in their bag or their desk at home.



Don't give up!

Most people don't use this object often, but almost everyone has used this tool in school at one point or another.


Nice work!

When you think about it, the alien's description of a compass is pretty much spot on. Interesting how widely the perception of a single object can vary, isn't it?


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