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I'm not looking for the answer to this puzzle.

I just want to know whether or not it is possible to reach the protoplasm in this puzzle in the factory with just the two first nozzles you get, or whether I have to come back here at a later moment in the game.

I've attempted placing several seeds on the floor already, but my impression is that isn't really the way to go. Even when I almost neared the end the water still wouldn't go up to the container at the end.

Protoplasm puzzle in the factory

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Is there a more descriptive way to describe the puzzle than "This puzzle?" Like, "The puzzle with the <distinctive feature>" or "The puzzle after boss XYZ?" Currently, this question is not easily searchable for people looking for a solution to the same puzzle. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Oct 9 '12 at 22:05
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft Good point, I improved the title. – Steven Jeuris Oct 9 '12 at 22:12
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I just tried again, and was able to solve it myself! The answer is yes, it is possible! You don't need any items from later in the game.

I'll provide a hint underneath here:

You need to find a way to attract the water and guide it along its path to the container.

And the answer underneath here:

First fill the basin with water, then use the suction of your nozzle, aiming it at the floor to drag the water to the left side and up.

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