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Booklover (Booklover)
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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

it'll be just like we're in jail!
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related to your "memo" puzzle?

we = me and you?

we consists mainly of h? a? all males? females? a mix?

will "we" really be in jail?

"like" "jail" meaning imprisoned somehow? or sequestered somewhere? or handcuffed together?

is there a crime involved?

is Ashton Kutcher involved?
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related to your "memo" puzzle? no, I was just looking through puzzle ideas, and decided to run this one as well. That's funny--I didn't even realize the similarites in the puzzle statement until you mentioned it...

we = me and you? yes

we consists mainly of h? a? all males? females? a mix? the last, a mix

will "we" really be in jail? no

"like" "jail" meaning imprisoned somehow? or sequestered somewhere? or handcuffed together? none of these

is there a crime involved? no

is Ashton Kutcher involved? no
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are sleeping arrangements relevant? food? clothing?
are you making a comparison to being in prison?
relevant how many "we" are?
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are sleeping arrangements relevant? food? this clothing?
are you making a comparison to being in prison? yes
relevant how many "we" are? no
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Were they going to prepare food?
buy prpared food? go to a food service establishment?
sit at a big long table?
relevant whether anyone has aver had prison food?
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Were they going to prepare food?no
buy prpared food?no go to a food service establishment? no
sit at a big long table? no
relevant whether anyone has aver had prison food?
no
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is some type of food relevant? a menu?
some classification of food?
some presentation of food ?
the food channel ?
some dining ritual?
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is some type of food relevant?yes, and a drink... a menu?
some classification of food?
some presentation of food ?
the food channel ?
some dining ritual?no to the rest
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bread and water?
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bread and water?yes, this exactly!
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Were they on a picnic? Or outdoors with some food? And the bread got wet by accident? Or something that they had made with bread got wet? Did the wet bread then look like prison food?
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Were the cupboards getting empty?
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Were they on a picnic? Or outdoors with some food? And the bread got wet by accident? Or something that they had made with bread got wet? Did the wet bread then look like prison food? no to these

Were the cupboards getting empty? no
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So we have some situation in which people are going to eat bread and water... and we have to figure out what the situation is?
Will these people choose to eat bread and water? Could they have caviar and champagne if they preferred?
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is the type of bread relevant? is it plain old white bread? or something fancier?

are we talking tap water here? or is bottled water an option?
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So we have some situation in which people are going to eat bread and water... and we have to figure out what the situation is? it's actually a situation of having to eat bread and water--and why we would have to do this
Will these people choose to eat bread and water?no, they would have no choice Could they have caviar and champagne if they preferred?no

is the type of bread relevant? is it plain old white bread? or something fancier?

are we talking tap water here? or is bottled water an option? it's irr. the type of bread and water--just plain bread and water--let's say white bread and tap water...
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is it a matter of money available? ie they could only afford bread and water? If they had slightly more money, would they be able to buy some nicer stuff like soda and a sandwich?

Are they being isolated somewhere?
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is the title relevant? if so, is it relevant in the "one thing changes another" definition of "butterfly effect"? or more specific to a butterfly?
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is it a matter of money available? ie they could only afford bread and water? If they had slightly more money, would they be able to buy some nicer stuff like soda and a sandwich?

Are they being isolated somewhere?none of these

is the title relevant? yesif so, is it relevant in the "one thing changes another" definition of "butterfly effect"?it regards this, exactly or more specific to a butterfly?but not this
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Is there nothing else available to them? or would they be unable to eat anything else if it were available?
If I were to go to wherever they were and give them a nice roast chicken, would they eat it?
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Is there nothing else available to them?this is correct, there would be nothing else available to them or would they be unable to eat anything else if it were available?
If I were to go to wherever they were and give them a nice roast chicken, would they eat it?so no to these
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You said they were not isolated. But is there a reason why they can't simply walk off and get something else to eat?

Is location relevant? Anything relevant about the group?
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You said they were not isolated. But is there a reason why they can't simply walk off and get something else to eat? I'm sure people could, but that's irr. to this situation--it's more of a hypothetical situtation--but with a real fear of something happenening that would reduce us to "eating bread and water". You have figured out that we would be reduced to bread and water (but seriously this couldn't get to that point), but you have to figure out what would happen to cause this. This part might be hard--so put on your lateral thinking caps!

Is location relevant?where this might happen, yes Anything relevant about the group?no
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Is it a geographical location? Or a type of place where it could happen?
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Is it a geographical location?this Or a type of place where it could happen?
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Is it in North America? South America? Europe? Asia? Africa? Australia? Antarctica?
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Is it in North America? South America? Europe? Asia? Africa? Australia? Antarctica?it is north america--this is where the "butterfly effect" could have occurred
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is any kind of catasrophe relevant? disaster? accident? something caused by nature?
is there something to do with farms? economy? depression?
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is any kind of catasrophe relevant?yes, or possible catastrophe disaster? noaccident?no something caused by nature? yes
is there something to do with farms?yes, this is part of it... economy?this would probably be affected, but not relevant to the puzzle depression?no
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A natural disaster? Global warming? Weather-related? Hurricane? Tornado? Volcano? Tsunami? Drought?

Would the catastrophe damage the food supply, making it so bread and water would be the only foods available? Would it damage food production? Or transportation?
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A natural disaster? Global warming? Weather-related? Hurricane? Tornado? Volcano? Tsunami? Drought? none of these--it's not a natural disaster, but something regarding nature...

Would the catastrophe damage the food supply, making it so bread and water would be the only foods available?yes, this exactly Would it damage food production?yesish, but closer to something else Or transportation?not this
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Would it be a disaster caused by humans? Pollution?

Would it be something else that would consume food, leaving less food for people to eat? Would food have to be exported out? Would animals or other non-humans eat the food? Would there be enough food, but people wouldn't be able to get access to it? Because they can't afford to buy it?
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Would it be a disaster caused by humans? noPollution? no

Would it be something else that would consume food, leaving less food for people to eat?no Would food have to be exported out? noWould animals or other non-humans eat the food?no Would there be enough food, but people wouldn't be able to get access to it?no Because they can't afford to buy it?see previous answer
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Would animals be killed? Extinction? Mass extinction? Asteroid impact? Could people be killed in this disaster (aside from indirectly due to the lack of food)?

Would the disaster be on a scale of...

...one person or family?
...a small neighborhood?
...a city?
...a state?
...a country?
...a continent?
...the whole world?
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Would animals be killed?yesish...maybe svv for animal--but close... Extinction?yes Mass extinction?probably this Asteroid impact?no Could people be killed in this disaster (aside from indirectly due to the lack of food)? no

Would the disaster be on a scale of...

...one person or family?
...a small neighborhood?
...a city?
...a state?
...a country?
...a continent?
...the whole world?hmmm...hard to tell--maybe a country, could be a continent--not really sure how many there are...
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Would the animals be killed by...

...Starvation?
...Lack of water?
...Loss of habitat?
...Flooding?
...Eaten by predators?
...A weather phenomenon?

Does it matter which animals are being killed? If so, are the animals...

...Insects?
...Mammals?
...Birds?
...Larger than humans?
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Would the animals be killed by...

...Starvation?
...Lack of water?
...Loss of habitat?
...Flooding?
...Eaten by predators?
...A weather phenomenon? none of these

Does it matter which animals are being killed?yes If so, are the animals...

...Insects? this
...Mammals?
...Birds?
...Larger than humans?
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a certain type of insect? or all insects in general?

butterflies? bees? ants? beetles?

Relevant how they were killed? or just that they no longer exist?
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a certain type of insect?yes or all insects in general?

butterflies? bees?this, but more specific ants? beetles?

Relevant how they were killed?they weren't all killed...but yes, it is important how or just that they no longer exist?
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honeybees? no honey-bread?
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honeybees?this no honey-bread?no, not this
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So, this is a chain of events? Is the killing of the bees the start of the chain?

Is there something important that happens that causes the bees to be killed?

Are the bees the animals which will become extinct? are there other species which become extinct? as a result of the bees being killed?

Is a lack of honey production a relevant factor in the events which would occur?
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So, this is a chain of events? yes--the butterfly effect...Is the killing of the bees the start of the chain? yes

Is there something important that happens that causes the bees to be killed? yes

Are the bees the animals which will become extinct?yes are there other species which become extinct?no as a result of the bees being killed? so no

Is a lack of honey production a relevant factor in the events which would occur?no
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A lack of pollination? A lack of nectar collection?
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A lack of pollination?this A lack of nectar collection?
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Will flowers die? Will other plants die? Plants that people eat for food?

Is the plot of the recent movie "Bee Movie" relevant at all?

Is the cause of the bees' deaths the only remaining piece of information we have to find out?
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Will flowers die?no Will other plants die?no Plants that people eat for food? close, but it's not actually that the plants will die, but something else...

Is the plot of the recent movie "Bee Movie" relevant at all? I don't think so, but I've never seen it...just checked the plot--no, honey not relevant...

Is the cause of the bees' deaths the only remaining piece of information we have to find out?you need to find out this, but you also need to find out why we could possibly end up on a "bread and water" diet because of their deaths--which you basically stated in your 11/16 post.
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The plants will not bear fruit?
Relevant what type of plant(s)?
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The plants will not bear fruit? yes
Relevant what type of plant(s)?yesish, but there is also one "statistic" that is more important...
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Would wheat survive? Would hops die off so there would be no beer? Ditto fruits for juices or wine? Would the coffee bean die off? Or tea leaves? Or is that irrelevant as you could still import them? Would the effect only affect one continent?
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The water will, be plain, or the bread? Relevant what you were going to have?
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Would wheat survive?yes, wheat would survive, but honeybees don't pollinate wheat. Would hops die off so there would be no beer?so no... Ditto fruits for juices or wine?certain fruits would be effected, but not relevant to drinking Would the coffee bean die off?no, but I don't think honey bees have anything to do with coffe beans Or tea leaves? same for thisOr is that irrelevant as you could still import them?I'm sure you could import, but not relevant for this situation Would the effect only affect one continent? i'm sure it might effect another continent at some point, but it's not relevant to this situation

The water will, be plain, or the bread? Relevant what you were going to have?no, this is not relevant...the only thing that is relevant is how we get to this situation

hint: we already know it has to do with honeybees in north america and pollination...all the rest is to fill in the gaps--like what is happening to these honeybees and why they are so imporant
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Happening to the honeybees - are you talking about the mass hive collapse? For some unknown reason colonies of bees are dying out (maybe from non-indigenous parasites)... it's a world wide effect that has the environmental types freaked out. Farmers have even been forced to import bees because there just aren't enough pollinators out there - however, they're having the same problem everywhere in the world. This is important because, in theory, if the bees became extinct it would only take 4 years before humanity became extinct with them.
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Colony Collapse Disorder (found the title) and all the problems associated with it?
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Happening to the honeybees - are you talking about the mass hive collapse? For some unknown reason colonies of bees are dying out (maybe from non-indigenous parasites)... it's a world wide effect that has the environmental types freaked out. Farmers have even been forced to import bees because there just aren't enough pollinators out there - however, they're having the same problem everywhere in the world. This is important because, in theory, if the bees became extinct it would only take 4 years before humanity became extinct with them.

Colony Collapse Disorder (found the title) and all the problems associated with it?

That's it, exactly! (Though I didn't even notice the title "colony collapse disorder" myself until I scanned the article on which I based my puzzle.) The article I had first noticed was http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18442426/ which stated that "Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet." Apparently honeybees "pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have" including "apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons."

Good job to dlcygnet for spoiling and to everyone else for asking some pertinent questions! Hope they can find this "mysterious killer" soon; I like bread, but not to live on!

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