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A Little to the Left Walkthrough Guide: Alternate Solutions, +DLC

Hints, explanations, and screenshots for every alternate solution in the game. Now updated with the Cupboards & Drawers DLC.

A Little to the Left Walkthrough Guide: Alternate Solutions +DLC

For each puzzle, I’ll give a hint, and then behind a spoiler, an explanation for the sorting logic, and then a screenshot of the solution.

This guide presumes that for each puzzle you already know the ‘standard’ solution provided by the in-game hint option, and thusly those won’t be covered. Some of my own hints will reference them.

Home Sweet Home

Books

Hint: Some of these books look like they’d take much longer to finish than others.
Explanation: Organize the books by ascending (or descending!) thickness.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Books, Again

Hint: The spines on these books are quite fancy.
Explanation: Arrange the books so the gold decoration on the spines makes its symmetrical pattern.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Coloured Pencils

Hint: The colors here would look pretty in the sky.
Explanation: Arrange the pencils in the order of the rainbow.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Someone really likes the color green.
Explanation: Organize the pencils by how worn-down the tip is.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Books, One More Time

Hint: The spines here all have one thing in common.
Explanation: Arrange the books so the horizontal bands across each gradually make an ascending (or descending) line.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Regular Pencils

Hint: The markings scribbled near the erasers look like a succession.
Explanation: Branching out from the pencil with the straight line in the middle, put the looping pencils and the jagged pencils in ascending length of symbol. (And clear away the pencil shavings.)
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

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Lost Recipe

Tomato Cans

Hint: Center every squiggle.
Explanation: Center the information label for the can on the right, the loop-de-loop in the blue band to the left of the tomato for the middle can, and the green squiggle above the tomato for the can on the right. The logic behind this still mostly misses me.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Vegetable Jars

Hint: None of these jars are topped out in fluid.
Explanation: Arrange the jars by ascending (or descending) fluid level.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Most of these jars are a mix of yellow and green.
Explanation: Organize the jars in a yellow-green gradient.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Spoons

Hint: Stacking spoons by size is nice, but retrieving any one from the pile must be a hassle.
Explanation: Arrange the spoons by size in a row.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Bowls

Hint: These bowls must have been dropped in their stack.
Explanation: Line up the fracture in the bowls.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Grain Jars

Hint: The levels of grain look like bits of a landscape.
Explanation: Arrange the jars so that the grain lines make one continuous line.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Fruit

Hint: Some of these fruit stickers look different from the rest.
Explanation: Remove all the grey fruit stickers and match the three remaining stickers to their fruit.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Nitty Gritty

Coins

Hint:“Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash stack.” – Billy Joel, probably
Explanation: Stack the coins by size, with the biggest coin on the bottom.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Some coins here are more chunky than the others.
Explanation: Organize the coins by the number of sides.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

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Paint Cans

Hint: What kind of person puts more than one color of paint in the same can?
Explanation: Rotate the cans so that the dripping paint lines up.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Button Box

Hint: More than by color, there’s a way of sorting that’s more tied to the practicality of thread.
Explanation: Organize buttons by the amount of holes.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Keys

Hint: Some of these keys look like they were built for a stupid amount of keyrings.
Explanation: Organize the keys by the amount of holes in the top.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: The teeth here are reminiscent of something.
Explanation: Organize the keys by the teeth – each key’s teeth is designed after a specific number from one to seven.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Coins, Again

Hint: These coins should look like they’ve gone through hell.
Explanation: Have a set of black, grimy coins. (You can do this by clicking on them to dirty them up.)
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Give it the rags-to-riches treatment.
Explanation: Make a clean-dirty gradient of coins.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Packing

Hint: If I were this person, I’d buy stuff in a few more colors. But I’m not.
Explanation: Pack the objects by color.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Moving Boxes

Hint: Do these boxes even need that much tape?
Explanation: Stack the boxes so the tape lines up.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Inner Nature

Leaves

Hint: These leaves have been visited by a very methodical caterpillar.
Explanation: Arrange the leaves for the hole(s) on the left of a leaf in front expose a ole on the right of a leaf behind it. This takes mostly trial and error, and it’s hard to describe, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Some of these leaves are rougher-edged than the rest.
Explanation: Organize the leaves by the number of jags.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Crystals

Hint: Even by crystal standards, these are oddly shaped.
Explanation: Order the crystals so that their edges match.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

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Hint: There’s something interesting about the facets.
Explanation: Order the crystals by their number of facets.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Rocks

Hint: Try a + instead of an X.
Explanation: Arrange the rocks in a manner similar to the standard solution, with the omnirock in the middle, but put the solid color rocks in the cardinal directions, and the mixed rocks in the corners.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Near Earth Organizer

Candles

Hint: Escalate.
Explanation: Burn and/or grow (?) the candles to make a gradation in height.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Cupboards & Drawers

Pens

Hint: Pens sure roll around a lot, don’t they?
Explanation: Arrange the pens so the cap-hooks rotate from he left side of the pen to the right.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Some of these caps look awfully stubby compared to their hooks.
Explanation: Arrange the pens by cap length.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: The owner of these pens has a broad taste in taper size.
Explanation: Arrange the pens by how stubby the bottoms (or tops) are.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Files

Hint: Someone’s scribbled over the tabs of some of these files.
Explanation: Arrange the files by color – the color of writing on the tabs indicate which color files go next to which.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: The papers have been filed rather haphazardously.
Explanation: Arrange the files so that the paper sticking out of them forms a symmetrical-ish twisting pattern.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Coins

Hint: These coins have quite the variation in hue.
Explanation: Group coins of the same color in sets of three.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

Hint: Some coins here have beautiful patterns – while the others…
Explanation: Group the coins along the rows based on whether they have a hole, a design with no hole, or no design or hole at all.
Solution:Alternate Solutions [Hints & Solutions] +DLC

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