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What trick does Odysseus devise to get past Cyclops? After, he is blinded, Cyclops sits in the doorway of his cave to catch anyone who tries to escape.

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Prior to Odysseus's cunning plan to sneak his men out of Polyphemus's cave by tying them underneath sheep so that the Cyclops cannot feel them, he first needs to blind the Cyclops so that the monster will not be able to see them.  Odysseus knows that if he simply kills Polyphemus, he and his men will never be able to move the stone away from the door to the cave and that they will all perish in the cave together.  Thus, he knows he must injure the Cyclops in a way that will make it more difficult for the monster to catch them but so he can still move the stone. 

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He disguises his men and himself as sheep using sheep from the Cyclops' own herd. They strap the sheep to their backs and exit the Cyclops' cave. The blinded Cyclops is searching for Odysseus and his men, but feels the "sheep" as they go by and so they get away.