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Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 3:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man lies dead ... what happened ?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 7:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was it murder? suicide? accident? natural causes? natural disaster? execution? act of war? supernatural causes?
he was stabbed? shot? drowned? crushed? burned? blown up? suffocated? decapitated? dismembered? electrocuted? eaten? poisoned?
he died of spontaneous combustion? disease? virus? bacteria? old age? bleeding? heart attack? shock? starvation? radiation poisoning? anaphylactic shock? hypothermia?
he swallowed a sharp object?
he was killed by a biological weapon? chemical weapon? nuclear weapon? plane crash? road accident?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 7:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

almost forgot:
man = human adult male? real?
lies = oriented horizontally?
dead = not alive?
how long has he been dead: seconds? minutes? hours? days? weeks? months? years?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 10:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was it murder?
suicide?
accident? This one
natural causes?
natural disaster?
execution?
act of war?
supernatural causes?
he was stabbed?
shot? yopish
drowned?
crushed?
burned?
blown up?
suffocated?
decapitated?
dismembered?
electrocuted?
eaten?
poisoned?
he died of spontaneous combustion? disease? virus? bacteria? old age? bleeding? heart attack? shock? starvation? radiation poisoning? anaphylactic shock? hypothermia?
he swallowed a sharp object?
he was killed by a biological weapon? chemical weapon? nuclear weapon? plane crash? road accident?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

almost forgot:
man = human adult male? yes
real? {yes}
lies = oriented horizontally? yes but not relevant
dead = not alive?yes definitely dead !!!
how long has he been dead: seconds? minutes? hours? days? weeks? months? years? irrelevant - just try and work out how he died
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 11:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

An accident involving a gun? crossbow? other shooting weapon?
If so, was he holding the weapon? was someone else holding the weapon?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

An accident involving a gun? yopish
crossbow?
other shooting weapon?

If so, was he holding the weapon? no
was someone else holding the weapon? yes
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 1:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it involve something like a gun but not? Does it involve a gun that doesn't use conventional bullets? Or is the gun involved indirectly (ie, he doesn't die of a bullet wound)? One other person involved? More?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 2:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it involve something like a gun but not? yopish
Does it involve a gun that doesn't use conventional bullets? no
Or is the gun involved indirectly (ie, he doesn't die of a bullet wound)? yopish
One other person involved? More? two
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 4:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

any virtual reality/fiction elements relevant?
Was he mainly responsible for his accidental death? Was Other Person Holding Weapon mainly responsible? Was Other Person Not Holding Weapon mainly responsible?
Was the gunlike thing ever fired?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 6:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there more than one gun involved?
Is it technically a gun, but not what one would normally think of as a gun?
Is there no gun involved, but one or more bullets?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 7:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

any virtual reality/fiction elements relevant? no
Was he mainly responsible for his accidental death? This is true
Was Other Person Holding Weapon mainly responsible? This is true
Was Other Person Not Holding Weapon mainly responsible? no - they were not responsible
Was the gunlike thing ever fired? The gun was fired
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 7:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there more than one gun involved? no - just one gun
Is it technically a gun, but not what one would normally think of as a gun? no
Is there no gun involved, but one or more bullets? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 7:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the person holding the gun fire it? intentionally? was it loaded? with normal bullets? did it fire a bullet? did the bullet hit the victim? shortly after being fired? did it cause an injury? was it a fatal injury?
Person holding gun: human? adult? male or female?
Third person: human? adult? male or female?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 9:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the person holding the gun fire it? yesintentionally? yes
was it loaded? yes
with normal bullets? yes
did it fire a bullet? yes
did the bullet hit the victim? yopish
shortly after being fired? yes and no - and a VERY interesting question
did it cause an injury? yes
was it a fatal injury? yopish
Person holding gun: human? adult? male or female? Adult male human
Third person: human? adult? male or female? adult female human
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this happening on the planet Earth?
Is a tree involved?

The bullet yopishly hit the victim: did it come in physical contact with his body? his hair? his teeth? something he was wearing? something he was holding? was it moving? at normal bullet speed?
Did the bullet yopishly hit the victim within one second of being fired? within ten seconds? within a minute?
Was it constantly moving between being fired and yopishly hitting the victim? in approximately the same direction? was the gun aimed at the victim when it was fired?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 1:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this happening on the planet Earth? yes
Is a tree involved? YES !!!

The bullet yopishly hit the victim: did it come in physical contact with his body?this will do
his hair? his teeth? something he was wearing? something he was holding?
was it moving? yes at normal bullet speed?
Did the bullet yopishly hit the victim within one second of being fired?yes
within ten seconds?
within a minute?

Was it constantly moving between being fired and yopishly hitting the victim?yes
in approximately the same direction? yes
was the gun aimed at the victim when it was fired? yes
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 10:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

emailed
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2005 - 9:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

emailed - yes - you got it
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 9:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is one of the people in the tree?
Is it the dead man?
The other man?
Does the bullet pass through the tree?
Is some strange law of physics involved?
Was the gun only fired once?
Was the person shooting aiming at the dead man?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 5:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the bullet hit the person more than once?
Did both persons die?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 1:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is one of the people in the tree? no
Is it the dead man? no
The other man? no
Does the bullet pass through the tree? {sort of}
Is some strange law of physics involved? no
Was the gun only fired once? yes
Was the person shooting aiming at the dead man? yes
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 1:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the bullet hit the person more than once? b{no}
Did both persons die? explore
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 2:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the dead man obviously died, right?
did the other person holding gun (i think this was the man) die?
other person not holding gun (the woman?) die?
was everyone who died meant to die?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 3:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the dead man obviously died, right? yes
did the other person holding gun (i think this was the man) die? yes - he didn't die
other person not holding gun (the woman?) die? yes
was everyone who died meant to die? yopish
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was the dead man meant to die? was the woman meant to die?
did the same bullet kill the dead man and the woman?
was it meant to?
did it hit the dead man first? the woman?
were either of them in the tree?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 6:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was the dead man meant to die? yes
was the woman meant to die? yes
did the same bullet kill the dead man and the woman? no
was it meant to? no
did it hit the dead man first? yes the woman? no
were either of them in the tree? no
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 7:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did the woman die from a bullet? did the bullet hit anything else after or before the first dead man? did the woman die by being crushed?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 10:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did the woman die from a bullet?no
did the bullet hit anything else after or before the first dead man?before
did the woman die by being crushed? no - it is important to work out WHY she died - not HOW she died
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 2:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did it hit a tree? the woman? did she die because she was a witness? was she the person the man really wanted dead?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 9:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did it hit a tree? YES
the woman? no
did she die because she was a witness? no
was she the person the man really wanted dead? no
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the woman have an attachment or connection to the tree? was the tree okay? did she die before the dead man? Did the bullet ricochet off the tree to hit the dead man? Or pass through it?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 4:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the woman have an attachment or connection to the tree? no
was the tree okay? explore
did she die before the dead man? yes
Did the bullet ricochet off the tree to hit the dead man? bit of this Or pass through it? and a bit of this
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 4:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was the trunk okay? was the tree alive and standing upright to begin with? was it alive and standing upright after the bullet? did the bullet pass through the trunk? bounce off it? pass through a branch? the leaves? did the tree lose branches? leaves? was the woman chained to the tree? is this a normal tree? is the variety of tree important?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've been having a nightmare at work and won't have to do this puzzle justice. So I'm posting the SPOILER now ...


******SPOILER********************************

Three people Janet, John and James.

Janet and John were lovers.

James was Janet's brother.

One day John decided he didn't really love Janet and finished the relationship. Janet was very upset and comiitted suicide.

James was angry with John over Janet's demise.

So he took a gun and shot John. But the bullet missed John and lodged into a tree.

Twenty years later, John decided that he wanted to get rid of the tree as it was extremely large.

So he blew the tree up with dynamite. The lodged bullet flew out and killed John instantly.

This is a true story - I can't remember the actual names

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