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When starting the game, I found myself in town standing in front of a panel with a shovel attached.

I tried to take the shovel but the game tries to get the panel and tells me it is impossible.

Is there a way to take the shovel?

Having already played Monkey Island 2 (a long time ago), I remember that the shovel might be useful.

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Don't pick up the shovel, the sign is surely too heavy. Pick up the sign instead. It will get you the shovel. :)

You can do that either before or after encountering Largo. He won't take the shovel away from you.

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+1 for the edit. I do believe you have to encounter Largo before you can pick up anything useful. IIRC, after encountering Largo, you can pick up the shovel directly. – John Rudy Sep 18 '10 at 5:00
Yes, encountering Largo did it. Looks like having already played the game is not that much of an advantage :-) – Vincent Robert Sep 18 '10 at 9:59

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