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Muchu Poochu

By Ian Stewart   July 2009

Colorado Smith and Brunnhilde heaved their weary bodies on to the top terrace of the lost city of Muchu Poochu and lay panting on the flagstones. The city was named for an ancient dog god—still worshipped there, according to the traditional bloody rituals of the Inctecayas—and its sacred temples were guarded by hundreds of fierce wolfhounds. The intrepid pair could hear them prowling in the darkness.

“That was a piece of cake,” said Smith. “Now, remind me how we secure the riches of the Treasury of Poochihuahua.”

“We have to answer the riddle of Muchu Poochu,” said Brunnhilde. “You wrote…

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