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Lateral Thinking Puzzle

drafterman
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8/14/2012 9:27:14 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I used to do these games on another site, and they were pretty popular and somewhat fun to do.

I'm sure most of you have heard of these kinds of puzzles, they start with some bizzare scenario like:

"A man is dead in a field, wearing a backpack. How did he die?"

The answer is: "He was parachuting and his parachute failed to open."

Now, the point isn't to guess the answer in one shot, but ask Yes/No questions to discover enough information to determine what the answer is. After all, given only the information in the initial scenario, there are a number of possible answers, but only one correct answer.

In the above example, you may ask about various ways of dying (Murder, Suicide, Dehydration, Blunt Force Trama), you may try and figure out what is in the back pack, yada yada.

The game doesn't have sign-ups and isn't restricted to any closed set of players. It is available to anyone who wishes to join in. Now, many of these are very popular (For example: albatross soup), so I'll try and modify the details to inhibit discovering the answer via Google Searching. I ask that, if you are going to participate, please do so in the spirit of the game and: A) don't try and Google Search the answer; and B) if you recognize the problem, please sit it out and let others try and figure it out.

On to the puzzle!

Scenario: A man lies on the ground, dead. He is next to a bike and many ball bearings. How did he die and why?

Notes: This puzzle requires a bit of detail. For example "He was shot" wouldn't be an acceptable answer, even if he was shot. You must determine the events of his death, to sufficient detail. I will reveal any part of the answer that is correct, so you don't have to get the whole answer before guessing.

GO!
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8/14/2012 9:28:50 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I love these.

Plus it's another boring day at work.
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:29:39 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Did the bike or ball bearings directly cause his death?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
drafterman
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8/14/2012 9:29:49 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Oh, you don't have to bold or anything, though it'll help make sure any questions don't get missed. Questions must be of the Yes/No type, though they may not illicit Yes/No answers. For example, I'll note if the answer to the question would be irrelevant, to help keep things on track.
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8/14/2012 9:30:26 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:28:50 AM, caveat wrote:
I love these.

Plus it's another boring day at work.

I figured. Anyone who used to be a member of TotalFark might remember these as well.
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8/14/2012 9:32:52 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Is it a motorcycle or a bicycle?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:33:23 AM
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Also, where possible, I will simply give Yes/No/Irrelevant answers, without expounding. So beware of vaguely worded questions.
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8/14/2012 9:34:18 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:32:52 AM, caveat wrote:
Is it a motorcycle or a bicycle?

While not a yes/no question, any binary question can be treated as such:
Is it a motorcycle? No.
Is it a bicycle? Yes.
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8/14/2012 9:37:13 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Is the bicycle damaged or non-functioning in some way?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:40:32 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:38:29 AM, Ren wrote:
Are the bike's wheels intact?

In the sense that they are damaged: they are damaged.
In the sense of together vs. broken apart: that is not particularly relevant.
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8/14/2012 9:43:36 AM
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Did the ball bearings come from the bicycle wheel hubs?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:44:50 AM
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Did the ball bearings come from the bicycle at all?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:47:15 AM
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Did the man die from a projectile?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:50:44 AM
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Did the ball bearings come from a bomb?
Did the ball bearings come from another vehicle?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:52:33 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:50:44 AM, caveat wrote:
Did the ball bearings come from a bomb?

No.

Did the ball bearings come from another vehicle?

No.
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8/14/2012 9:54:38 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:53:02 AM, drafterman wrote:
At 8/14/2012 9:51:32 AM, medic0506 wrote:
Any notable injuries to the body??

Yes.

Teehee.

Did the man suffocate or bleed to death or die of head trauma or internal organ damage?
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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8/14/2012 9:55:36 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:54:38 AM, caveat wrote:
At 8/14/2012 9:53:02 AM, drafterman wrote:
At 8/14/2012 9:51:32 AM, medic0506 wrote:
Any notable injuries to the body??

Yes.

Teehee.

Did the man suffocate or bleed to death or die of head trauma or internal organ damage?

Yes.