Clara’s lost year: following a clue

It is a number-pattern clue.

The acronym of the clue is the wifi password at the home of the family for whom Clara works as a nanny.

The expression form of the clue is a combination of the things she has said before each of the three times she has died :

Run You Clever Boy And Remember 1 2 ?

The “?” indicates that the video was cut right at the precise moment the actor was about to say the third number. We never heard the third number; we assume Clara heard it just fine because she entered it into the computer, in plain text so we could see it:


Notice the 4 where you would expect a 3, it being the simplest number pattern which is easy to remember: a common memory trick for a password.

Later, in her journal, The Doctor found a page where she had written her age down every year without fail since she was 8. Except she skipped a year at the end, and ended the vertical column of numbers with: “21 23 24”. The key to this for me, weak in the “detecting patterns in numbers” exercise (I suck at those: “what are the next numbers in a sequence” tests), I noticed that written vertically, my eye was distracted by the symmetry of the “2” in the tens column, which when ignored revealed another pattern: “1 2 4”.

Clara missed the year 23, and this clue presented itself twice in the movie: once in her recollection, and once in his.

One of the forms of the clue instructs him to de-ass the area and get to when she is 23, and find out why she is missing that year.

Tool Definitions

    A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted vertical stabilizer which you had carefully set in the corner, where nothing could get to it.
    Cleans paint off bolts and then throws the bolts somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, “Oh ****…”
    A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
    Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
    An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
    One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
    Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
    Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
    Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.
    A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
    A tool ten times harder than any known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby ending any possible future use.
    A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.
    A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
    A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle.
    Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
    A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws.
    A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip on bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
    A tool used to make hoses too short.
    Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.
    Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling ‘DAMMIT!’ at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

– Source unknown

Shorter flight seemed worse

The flight back from Madrid to Calgary seemed harder than some of the marathon flights back to Australia. You’d think a (relatively) short flight would be easier, but a 5am start in Madrid (yawn), a 4 hour stopover in Frankfurt (blerg…) and a 9 hour flight on AirCanada (groan) all add up.

Frankfurt is a dismal airport. Nowhere to sit, a bad smell seemingly everywhere, and unless you want to go through security a hundred times, nothing to eat.

AirCanada – well, I guess they are trying, but really, I ran out of movies to watch, the flight tracking has never worked, there are no games to play, the TV selection is a joke. Not the mention the general rudeness of the staff.