The Mysterious Note is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. For the puzzle in the European version of the game, go here.


A detective who was mere days from cracking an international smuggling ring has suddenly gone missing. While inspecting his last-known location, you find a note.

The note appears to be nothing more than a series of numbers, but your gut instinct tells you that this note will reveal the name of the crime kingpin.

Currently there are three suspects in the case: Bill, John, and Todd. Can you break the detective's code and find the criminal's name?


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Here's a little pearl of gumshoe wisdom.
The best way to understand something isn't to study it intently from one perspective. Instead, try to approach the problem from a variety of angles.

When you feel like you've seen all there is about a case, sometimes upending everything can give you a new view on matters.
Have you ever considered upending your DS?

Hold your DS upside down and take another look at the note.
Do you notice anything about the note now?



Too bad.

Be sure to examine the note from all angles.


That's right!

If you flip the note upside down, you'll notice that the numbers resemble letters and that those letters form legible sentences. The message recorded there is "Bill is boss. He sells oil."



Albeit this puzzle is the same type in both the Japanese and US versions, the Japanese version of this puzzle revolves around helping a detective figure out which of the three suspects (Shigeo, Takeshi, and Masashi) is responsible for the murder of a victim.

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