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Someone Is Going to Die at the Dive Bar Tonight

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Tonight's puzzle is scripted to take place at a bar in a paradise resort. Cole picked it because, located a stone's throw from the beach, The Dive Bar is just that -- almost. Some of the characters include the resort's owner, a movie star, and a champion surfer.

Beforehand, no one knows anything about the murderous plot that will occur. Characters are only told the names of their part and a brief history that suggests what they should wear. Regular folks looking to participate are not assigned a role. However, they can still rock up to the festivities in their brightest floral shirt and wear socks with their sandals if they'd like although there is no dress code.

Once the characters and guests interact, asking basic questions about each person's history, the lights will suddenly shut off. And when they turn back on, someone will be lying on the ground, dead.

A batch of sealed envelopes will be passed to all the characters, informing them of tasks to do, certain phrases to say, but most importantly whether or not he or she is the killer. The killer then must evade suspicion as guests and characters investigate for clues.

"It's crucial that everyone pays attention [during this part]," Cole advises. "Turning a napkin with writing over, or finding the eight-ball down a certain pool table socket, everything is a clue."

After each character has performed the actions of their sealed envelopes, the evidence will be displayed on a table and the guests will vote who they think is the killer. The winners will then split the cash prize evenly.

"I don't really have fears [about tonight] I'm just concerned that the killer might tip off a friend that might need money, you know for rent or something, so they win," Cole said earnestly. "But I'm the only person who has all the information so I'll be sure to assign the killer to someone that I can trust, that behaves."

The murderous affair begins at 8 p.m. at The Dive Bar located at 3233 North Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. $10 admission. Call 954-565-9264 or visit

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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