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American trap

  • noun A puzzle deliberately placed in the game which users of American English will be unable to solve. For example, in MUD1 a "voice speaking inside your head" would tell you "a prize will open the tomb". As the voice was inside your head, the spelling of 'prize' was arbitrary, and the solution was to 'prise tomb'. Americans tend to be ignorant of the word 'prise', preferring to use 'pry' instead. They were therefore unable to solve the puzzle.

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