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Spoilers for 302, reels 1 and 2. Don't read if you haven't completed both and don't want to be spoiled.
Telltale is usually good at making sure you can't get to a later stage of a game without all the things you need from the earlier stage. However, it seems to me that you don't really have to talk to the Mole Woman about cucumbers sliced lengthwise or the meaning of the three hands after a spell in order to complete reel 1, and once you complete a reel, you can't go back into it. If you don't ask her about these things, are you unable to complete the puzzles in reel 2, making the game unsolvable, or do Sameth and Maximus know what to say/do without asking her?
I'd have to basically replay a large part of the game to find out, and I won't have time for that before 303 gets released, and by then I'll have other priorities. :rolleyes: However, I thought I'd put this out in case anyone wants to give it a try or knows what happens.