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Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

M.Torres
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8/14/2012 3:58:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 9:27:14 AM, drafterman wrote:
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 writer, whose work was read and admired by thousands of people, was firmly adamant that he must never be interrupted whilst doing his craft. Following the day that he was actually interrupted, he never wrote again.

Notes: If you know the solution prior to investigations, DO NOT SPOIL.

GO!
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:03:15 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Was he a writer of words?
Was he human?
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 4:03:52 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:03:15 PM, caveat wrote:
Was he a writer of words?

Yes.

Was he human?

Yes.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:04:03 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:03:32 PM, Lickdafoot wrote:
did the interruption cause a hand injury?

No.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:05:05 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Does talking to him qualify as an interruption?
Does interruption mean physically stop him from writing?
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 4:06:40 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:05:14 PM, Ren wrote:
Was the interruption rule self-imposed, or a physical limitation?

I don't understand.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:07:11 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:05:05 PM, caveat wrote:
Does talking to him qualify as an interruption?

Not necessarily. Try rephrasing if you don't like that answer.

Does interruption mean physically stop him from writing?

It can.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:08:08 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:07:12 PM, Lickdafoot wrote:
did the interruption scare him?

Not necessarily. Not exactly relevant.


did the interruption result in his death?

Yes.


was he interruptd by a person?

Yes.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:09:25 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The fact that the man couldn't be interrupted... was that a self-imposed rule, or was that something that occurred outside of the man's capacity?

And example of a self-imposed rule is refusing to eat something, because you're on a diet.

An example of something that occurs outside of one's capacity is the inability to eat something, because there's no food.
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8/14/2012 4:10:05 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:09:25 PM, Ren wrote:
The fact that the man couldn't be interrupted... was that a self-imposed rule, or was that something that occurred outside of the man's capacity?

And example of a self-imposed rule is refusing to eat something, because you're on a diet.

An example of something that occurs outside of one's capacity is the inability to eat something, because there's no food.

The only response I think I can give is both. It was self-imposed, and out of his capacity.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:10:22 PM
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He was obviously a man-shark who wrote by swimming through squid ink and smearing it onto coastal rocks. Interrupting him means stopping him from swimming, meaning the flow of water that comes into contact with his bloodstream through his gills is gone and oxygen no longer enters his system. Thus, he dies.
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 4:10:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:10:22 PM, caveat wrote:
He was obviously a man-shark who wrote by swimming through squid ink and smearing it onto coastal rocks. Interrupting him means stopping him from swimming, meaning the flow of water that comes into contact with his bloodstream through his gills is gone and oxygen no longer enters his system. Thus, he dies.

VERY CLOSE.

But no.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:11:00 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:10:36 PM, Viper-King wrote:
Was the writer plagarizing?

Not important.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:11:10 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:10:53 PM, Ren wrote:
Did he impose it on himself for inspiration?

No.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:11:58 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:11:07 PM, Lickdafoot wrote:
was he being held against his will?
No.

Were any devices set up that permitted him from remaining still?
Permitted? Rephrase please.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:12:06 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:11:11 PM, Viper-King wrote:
Did he suffer from any medical condition?

No.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:12:46 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/14/2012 4:11:42 PM, Viper-King wrote:
Was he killed?
I said yes to the question, "Did he die?"
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:12:56 PM
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Has he ever stopped writing?
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 4:13:37 PM
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At 8/14/2012 4:12:56 PM, caveat wrote:
Has he ever stopped writing?

Yes.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.
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8/14/2012 4:14:46 PM
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Does the man die directly from the act of stopping his writing?
Or is there an external force that causes his death after the fact?
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 4:14:47 PM
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At 8/14/2012 4:14:18 PM, Ren wrote:
Does his craft refer to writing books?
Rephrase.
: At 11/28/2011 1:28:24 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
: M. Torres said it, so it must be right.

I'm an Apatheistic Ignostic. ... problem? ;D

I believe in the heart of the cards. .:DDO Duelist:.