Nine-Pipe Problem

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That was doctor-assisted homicide!
The Medic solving a murder

The Nine-Pipe Problem is a community-created cosmetic item for the Medic. It is an old-fashioned smoking pipe, complete with a "Genteel Smoke" particle effect, and the first style has dark glasses that replace the Medic's usual clear pair. The pipe sways in motion.

The Nine-Pipe Problem has two different styles, "Afternoon" and "Evening." The second style, "Evening," maintains the Medic's usual glasses.

The Nine-Pipe Problem was contributed to the game via the Steam Workshop, under the name "The Baskerville Case."

Item set

Eliminating The Impossible
Item icon Nine-Pipe Problem.png
Nine-Pipe Problem
Nine-Pipe Problem
Effect

Reduces mystery solving time by up to 88%

Note: The attributes are hidden until both items are equipped.
This set does not affect gameplay, as its description is meant to be a joke.

Painted variants

Main article: Paint Can
Mouseover cells to preview the images on a dark background.
Afternoon
Single colors
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E6E6E6.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem D8BED8.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem C5AF91.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7E7E7E.png
An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge Color No. 216-190-216 Peculiarly Drab Tincture Aged Moustache Grey
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 141414.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 2D2D24.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 694D3A.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7C6C57.png
A Distinctive Lack of Hue After Eight Radigan Conagher Brown Ye Olde Rustic Colour
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem A57545.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem CF7336.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E7B53B.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem F0E68C.png
Muskelmannbraun Mann Co. Orange Australium Gold The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E9967A.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem FF69B4.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7D4071.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 51384A.png
Dark Salmon Injustice Pink as Hell A Deep Commitment to Purple Noble Hatter's Violet
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 2F4F4F.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 424F3B.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 808000.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 729E42.png
A Color Similar to Slate Zepheniah's Greed Drably Olive Indubitably Green
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 32CD32.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem BCDDB3.png
The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime A Mann's Mint
Team colors
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem A89A8C.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 839FA3.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 3B1F23.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 18233D.png
Waterlogged Lab Coat (RED) Waterlogged Lab Coat (BLU) Balaclavas Are Forever (RED) Balaclavas Are Forever (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem B8383B.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 5885A2.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 483838.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 384248.png
Team Spirit (RED) Team Spirit (BLU) Operator's Overalls (RED) Operator's Overalls (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 803020.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 256D8D.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 654740.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 28394D.png
The Value of Teamwork (RED) The Value of Teamwork (BLU) An Air of Debonair (RED) An Air of Debonair (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem C36C2D.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem B88035.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem UNPAINTED.png
Cream Spirit (RED) Cream Spirit (BLU) Unpainted
Main article: Styles
Mouseover cells to preview the images on a dark background.
Evening
Single colors
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E6E6E6 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem D8BED8 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem C5AF91 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7E7E7E Evening.png
An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge Color No. 216-190-216 Peculiarly Drab Tincture Aged Moustache Grey
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 141414 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 2D2D24 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 694D3A Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7C6C57 Evening.png
A Distinctive Lack of Hue After Eight Radigan Conagher Brown Ye Olde Rustic Colour
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem A57545 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem CF7336 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E7B53B Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem F0E68C Evening.png
Muskelmannbraun Mann Co. Orange Australium Gold The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem E9967A Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem FF69B4 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 7D4071 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 51384A Evening.png
Dark Salmon Injustice Pink as Hell A Deep Commitment to Purple Noble Hatter's Violet
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 2F4F4F Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 424F3B Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 808000 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 729E42 Evening.png
A Color Similar to Slate Zepheniah's Greed Drably Olive Indubitably Green
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 32CD32 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem BCDDB3 Evening.png
The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime A Mann's Mint
Team colors
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem A89A8C Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 839FA3 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 3B1F23 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 18233D Evening.png
Waterlogged Lab Coat (RED) Waterlogged Lab Coat (BLU) Balaclavas Are Forever (RED) Balaclavas Are Forever (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem B8383B Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 5885A2 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 483838 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 384248 Evening.png
Team Spirit (RED) Team Spirit (BLU) Operator's Overalls (RED) Operator's Overalls (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 803020 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 256D8D Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 654740 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem 28394D Evening.png
The Value of Teamwork (RED) The Value of Teamwork (BLU) An Air of Debonair (RED) An Air of Debonair (BLU)
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem C36C2D Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem B88035 Evening.png Painted Nine-Pipe Problem UNPAINTED Evening.png
Cream Spirit (RED) Cream Spirit (BLU) Unpainted

Styles

Main article: Styles
Styles
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem UNPAINTED.png
Painted Nine-Pipe Problem UNPAINTED Evening.png
AfternoonEvening

Update history

March 8, 2012 Patch

  • The Nine-Pipe Problem was added to the game.

March 26, 2012 [Item schema update]

  • The Nine-Pipe Problem can now be found in random drops.

July 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Lowered the price of the Nine-Pipe Problem in the Mann Co. Store.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • Loosened equip region restrictions for the Nine-Pipe Problem.

Trivia

  • The item is a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Specifically, it alludes to the phrase "three pipe problem" introduced in the short story The Red-Headed League, and refers to the amount of tobacco needed to ponder over and deduce the solution to a particular puzzle.

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See also