Ah, a quickie, I see.
The pot the red skull key was found in was on the stove in the kitchen when the red skull key was dropped in it. The key was dropped in it only once.
That’s no good, though. You can just adjust the theory to have Battler drop it if he’s the culprit. So let’s just get rid of this angle:
Nobody on the island possesses the power to hypnotize someone or any other skill which would make someone act without them being fully consciously aware of it. Nobody on the island possesses the skill to implant ideas or images into someone’s head for the sake of getting them to act a certain way. Nobody lost their ability of free will during the course of the gameboard. (Minus dead people technically, but you get what I’m saying here.)
I’ve come up with an idea.
Given the fact that you happen to be stuck, and that we’ve already passed the two week mark, I’m proposing that after a certain amount of time with no progress (let’s say when it reaches three weeks, maybe?) this game is temporarily closed and a new one - with all the same characters and the exact same setup, rules and culprit, is formed.
It’d be a good way to start confirming your suspicions while at the same time letting your brain focus on something else. After all, looking at the same problem for too long could in itself be part of the problem keeping you from looking at it from a new perspective.
Xak, despite his surrender, would still be allowed to participate, provided he revealed nothing about the mystery revealed to him.
After the new gameboard is sufficiently solved, this game would be reopened for posting theories again.
Of course, if the majority of the players currently playing were to vote for this option themselves, then I could probably get on making it before the deadline would expire.
What do you think?