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January 3rd, 2014

January 3rd, 2014 published on 38 Comments on January 3rd, 2014

Aaaand we’re back.

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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    …covering yourself as food to be allowed entrance ? With Gluttony inside ? That sounds…. risky

  • Eyefish

    Dust explosion?

    • Not sure if she could actually generate one that would do any good – and not kill/severely injure her at the same time, since it would have to be an air-burst in the hallway, and a powerful one at that for enough of the force to hit those ig doors and knock ’em down.

      But that’s here in the Real Word (as we laughingly describe it).


      There are grain elevator explosions not-infrequently in the US Grain Belt every year; the fewest in a single year, 1976 – 2011 was 3. the most 23.

      • Weird Oregonian

        I had a friend who threw handfuls of flour into campfires for fun. She singed her eyebrows pretty good. Don’t try it at home.

        • Indeed. However, aside from a flare-up, did she ever manage to create an explosion?

          • Weird Oregonian

            She got some really good sized fireballs going..

      • Use a pot or something to direct the blast towards the door

        • The flour wouldn’t be dispersed enough to make an explosive mixture … or it it was, the quantity wouldn’t be enough to do the job.

          • This is a hotel kitchen. They’ve got some big pots.

            • This is also not reality, as i noted.

              I once actually knew where to go to find the formulae for calculating the yield of various kinds of explosions.

              Not any more.

              • I hope nothing happened to it…

                • It sneaked quietly away while i wasn’t watching.

            • Dud

              Not that big. A flour- fuelled explosion is really just a fast burn, it depends on the volume of air available, converting O2 into HOT CO2 – the blast is just the result of the hot gas expanding. So: if you could use up all the oxygen in the corridor for a threefold expansion of the oxygen component then you’d have about a half atmosphere push – should do a bit of damage, certainly blow out the glass, maybe damage the frame/hinges but most of the blast would follow the unresisting path outwards from the ends of the corridor.

    • Truewolves

      Wait… could some enchantment somehow better create/control such an explosion…?

  • =Tamar

    Throwing the flour so as to reveal the presence of an invisible manifestation of Gluttony?

    • hariman

      The current theory is enchanted flour tossed into the air to make an explosion.

      Which is possible, as sawdust, grain and flour are all explosive in the right concentrations in air.

      And given that magic is involved, it’s much more likely than if regular flour were involved in a mundane universe.

      Although… I’m not the only one who expects burnt eyebrows and singed clothes.

      • Dud

        Even if she used magic to make a shaped fuel cloud there would be an awful lot of bang going everywhere else, she’d want to be at least two corridors away. Then her attack is through sooty smoke in air completely devoid of oxygen.

        • hariman

          Well, true. But this is a universe where spirits can run a train as fast as an electric train, and a Gluttony Spirit can reach through time to pull people into some kind of alternate spirit version of a hotel.

          So surviving a flour explosion and not passing out in the smoke that remains afterwards isn’t all that big compared to the premise itself.

          Plus, I generally don’t worry too much about a comic or show maintaining complete realism as it goes on, so long as it’s consistent in all the events that happened.

          • I thought the older trains/the train to Widdershins were steam locomotives.

            • hariman

              The older trains, yes.

              The newer trains are powered by rails imbued with haste.

              And the person who gave the advice on how to use the flour here is from even further in the future than that.

              • John

                I’m pretty sure that the advice came from the baker who is actually from the distant past…

                • hariman

                  Huh. So it was. I’m still not too worried about the realism.

                • Well, actually…

              • If trains running elsewhere are magically driven, why can’t they be used in Widdershins?

  • Bobismeisbob

    whoops the title and URL says 2013

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I am very confused on what she’s planning on doing. That sack of flour doesn’t look large enough to be a useful bludgeon against a door that can take a kick like that and I dunno what else you would do with it….

    • Me-me

      Why are you assuming it’s a sack of flour? Just because it looks like a sack, and has the word flour written on it?

      • Sessine

        My first thought was that it could be a hard, heavy object of some sort (a bowling ball? What have we seen that might be used this way?) slung in a flour sack for easy swinging. In other words, an improvised hammer.

        But that’s probably completely wrong.

    • Dud

      Fuel-air explosions are very hard to manage safely so, er, instead smash the glass, throw a flour bomb in to cause confusion while reaching through the broken pane to unlock the door which she then pulls open..?

  • Mrs Sykes is frighteningly strong for a little old lady. And trying to kick in doors that open outwards often doesn’t work very well.

  • pingo1387

    Hello! I’ve recently started reading this comic, and I think it’s awesome :D I was wondering, what day(s) does it update on?

    • Hi, glad you like it! It updates Monday, Wednesday and Friday, not at any fixed hour though!

  • Del

    I once saw MacGyver blow a jail cell door with a bottle of chloroform.

    I used to work in a chemistry lab, and I couldn’t get chloroform to burn, much less explode. Ether will take your eyebrows, but chloroform is pretty inert.

    Anyhow, Alexis is a lot more clever than MacGyver. Let’s see what she has in that bag.

    • I think a lot of people confuse chloroform and ether.

  • BTW: Who’s Sam?

    • KaReN

      Sam is the bread baker. The big silent guy.

      • Duh. This is me looking dumb.

        • KaReN

          Hehehe. I cheat. I’m currently reading several online comics. In order to keep track of everyone, I keep notes. =) .. Other than this wonderful, exciting webcomic, I’m hooked on Gunnerkrigg Court and Daughter of the Lillies. But this Sleight of Hand is my current obsession. Still trying to catch up….

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