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People often disagree about what should be done about coma patients, but no one is likely to endorse Noreen's well-meaning suggestion. How come?
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Does Noreen want coma patients to continue living? To die? Is Noreen's political views relevant? Religious views? Personal beliefs? Does Noreen have a relative in a coma? A friend? Does her suggestion have a different meaning when taken literally? Or would her suggestion simply be implausible? Impossible? Financially irresponsible?
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Would doing what she suggests be: counterproductive? Dangerous? Pointless? Deadly? Stupid? Does she have a scrund about comatose people?
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Does Noreen want coma patients to continue living? noishTo die? yesish Is Noreen's political views relevant? only insofar as they might affect the answer to the previous questions Religious views? ditto Personal beliefs? yes Does Noreen have a relative in a coma? unlikely but possibleA friend? dittoDoes her suggestion have a different meaning when taken literally? see next answer but oneOr would her suggestion simply be implausible? see next answerImpossible?yes Financially irresponsible? no
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Would doing what she suggests be: counterproductive? it's impossible--see above Dangerous? see previous answer Pointless? see previous answerDeadly? see previous answer Stupid? see previous answer Does she have a scrund about comatose people? yes
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Is her scrund about the minds of comatose people? Whether they can think? Dream? Is her suggestion related to her scrund?
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Is her scrund about the minds of comatose people? no Whether they can think? no Dream? noIs her suggestion related to her scrund? yes
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Is her scrund about treatment for the comatose? About their care?
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Is her scrund about treatment for the comatose? yesish About their care? yesish
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Does her idea involve having nurses (or other hospital workers) watch the comatose? To see if they wake up?

Is her scrund related to how long people can remain comatose?
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Waking up from coma relevant? Or dying while in a coma? Relevant how long they have been in a coma? Organ donation relevant?
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Does her idea involve having nurses (or other hospital workers) watch the comatose? no To see if they wake up? no

Is her scrund related to how long people can remain comatose? no
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Waking up from coma relevant? yesish Or dying while in a coma? yesishRelevant how long they have been in a coma? noOrgan donation relevant? no
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Is her scrund about a way to figure out whether a coma patient will wake up or not? When they will wake up?
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Is her scrund about a way to figure out whether a coma patient will wake up or not? no When they will wake up? no
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Does she think the result of her suggestion will be that they: die? Wake up? Do something else? Does she want to communicate with them?
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Does she think the result of her suggestion will be that they: die? yes Wake up? no Do something else? noDoes she want to communicate with them? no
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Did she suggest taking them off life support? Euthanizing them?
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Did she suggest taking them off life support? yopeEuthanizing them? ditto, but. . . Most issues of end-of-life care are very contentious, but this one is not. Even the most death-loving hospice worker would not endorse Noreen's suggestion. Keep in mind that Noreen has a MAJOR SCRUND.
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Is her scrund about whether care can help comatose get better? About the lives of those who were formerly comatose?
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Is her scrund about whether care can help comatose get better? no About the lives of those who were formerly comatose? no
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Is her scrund about the needs of comatose people (food, water, breathing, etc.)? which functions their bodies do or don't retain? their level of responsiveness to stimuli?
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Is her scrund about whether care can help comatose get better? no About the lives of those who were formerly comatose? no
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Is her scrund about the needs of comatose people (food, water, breathing, etc.)? no which functions their bodies do or don't retain? notheir level of responsiveness to stimuli? no
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Is Noreen a child? i. e. would her suggestion be considered childish?

Noreen is human, right?

So after her idea is supposedly carried out, would the person be dead: due to an accident? intentionally? From: disease? pulling the plug? blunt injury? If not, LTPF list of causes of death. Or does it not matter?

Does she want the comatose person to die? If so, because: it's hopeless for him/her? he/she is annoying/boring in the coma? Noreen hates him/her? other?

If this were possible, would a mad, murderous rival be likely to do this to the comatose person?

This is impossible because of: lack of resources? lack of money? something that Noreen believes but doesn't actually exist (e. g. Santa)?

Wild guesses as to her suggestion:
-haul the person to heaven and wake him/her up there?
-pull out the person's teeth so the tooth fairy funds the person's recovery?
-remove the lamb's blood from the hospital door so the Angel of Death comes? (see Exodus 12)
-extract the person's soul?
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Is Noreen a child? the real Noreen was a teenager{i. e. would her suggestion be considered childish? yope

Noreen is human, right? yes

So after her idea is supposedly carried out, would the person be dead: due to an accident? intentionally? From: disease? pulling the plug? blunt injury?See above: her suggestion is IMPOSSIBLE to carry out!
If not, LTPF list of causes of death. Or does it not matter?

Does she want the comatose person to die? yesIf so, because: it's hopeless for him/her? yes he/she is annoying/boring in the coma? noNoreen hates him/her? other? no

If this were possible, would a mad, murderous rival be likely to do this to the comatose person? yes

This is impossible because of: lack of resources? nolack of money? no something that Noreen believes but doesn't actually exist (e. g. Santa)? yes, but not Santa

Wild guesses as to her suggestion:
-haul the person to heaven and wake him/her up there? no
-pull out the person's teeth so the tooth fairy funds the person's recovery? no
-remove the lamb's blood from the hospital door so the Angel of Death comes? (see Exodus 12) no
-extract the person's soul? no
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Is her scrund that it is hopeless for coma patients? When in fact it's not? (I read a case about a guy who woke up after a 10-year coma.)
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With the causes of death, by "supposedly carried out" I meant "if it were possible and it were carried out."

Are any of the following relevant: Santa? Tooth fairy? Easter Bunny? Leprechauns? Some kind of legend? Myth? Any fiction? The kind of thing that parents teach their kids that isn't true? (e. g. storks, etc.) Is religion relevant?

Could any teen believe this? Or is it something about Noreen that makes her scrund-prone?
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Is her scrund that it is hopeless for coma patients? no When in fact it's not? (I read a case about a guy who woke up after a 10-year coma.) This scrund serves the inrterests of the cost cutters who want to pull the plug on coma patients, but Noreen's scrund has no political overtoines & is MUCH MORE PECULIAR.
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With the causes of death, by "supposedly carried out" I meant "if it were possible and it were carried out."Then the patients would die from pulling the plug

Are any of the following relevant: Santa? Tooth fairy? Easter Bunny? Leprechauns? Some kind of legend? Myth? Any fiction? The kind of thing that parents teach their kids that isn't true? (e. g. storks, etc.) Is religion relevant? None of those things is relevbnt

Could any teen believe this? yope Or is it something about Noreen that makes her scrund-prone? yesish or yope
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Does she want the comatose person to die? yesIf so, because: it's hopeless for him/her? yes

Is her scrund that it is hopeless for coma patients? no

This seems to conflict. If the scrund that it's hopeless is not "her scrund" (i. e. the really weird one), does she believe it in the first place?

The steps involve pulling the plug but are for some reason impossible overall, right?

This doesn't have anything to do with the unlucky bed, does it?

Does her suggestion involve harvesting the energy produced by coma patients?
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Does she want the comatose person to die? yesIf so, because: it's hopeless for him/her? yes

Is her scrund that it is hopeless for coma patients? no

This seems to conflict. If the scrund that it's hopeless is not "her scrund" (i. e. the really weird one), does she believe it in the first place? She believes that coma patients have no chance of recovery, but her suggestion that no one would endorse involves a very peculiar scrund about (HINT) how to pull the plug

The steps involve pulling the plug but are for some reason impossible overall, right? yes

This doesn't have anything to do with the unlucky bed, does it? no

Does her suggestion involve harvesting the energy produced by coma patients? no
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Does she take "pulling the plug" literally and suggest pulling it out slowly? Does she think there is a literal plug when there is none? Does her suggestion involves using some other object -- a gun or knife, perhaps?
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Does she take "pulling the plug" literally and suggest pulling it out slowly? no, but you're more ORT (on the right track) than any earlier questions have been Does she think there is a literal plug when there is none? ditto Does her suggestion involves using some other object -- a gun or knife, perhaps? no
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Does she want the coma patient to pull the plug? Which is obviously impossible?
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Does she want the coma patient to pull the plug? no Which is obviously impossible?
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Does the coma patient have to do anything besides be in a coma for her plan to work? Do the doctors have to do anything? Relatives?

Is there a literal plug? Does "how to pull the plug" mean how to literally pull it? how to kill the person?

If possible, would the person die from lack of food? water? failure to breathe? the loss of an involuntary function? the loss/damage of an organ?

For example, does she suggest the coma patient be killed by tying a belt around him/her so tight that he/she cannot breathe / his/her heart cannot beat?

If the method were possible, would it work on all coma patients?
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Does the coma patient have to do anything besides be in a coma for her plan to work? Do the doctors have to do anything? Relatives? Doctors or other medical personnel would have to do something

Is there a literal plug? irrel Does "how to pull the plug" mean how to literally pull it? irrel how to kill the person? irrel

If possible, would the person die from lack of food? water? failure to breathe? the loss of an involuntary function? the loss/damage of an organ?because it's not possible, there's no determinate answer, but failure to breathe might be the best possibility

For example, does she suggest the coma patient be killed by tying a belt around him/her so tight that he/she cannot breathe / his/her heart cannot beat? no

If the method were possible, would it work on all coma patients? not necessarily
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Would it work on all/some/no:

males? females?
older patients? younger patients?
patients with a certain disease/disorder?
patients with a certain occupation?
patients with a certain opinion?
patients with some other special property?

Or is it more general?
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Would it work on all/some/no:

males? females?
older patients? younger patients?
patients with a certain disease/disorder?
patients with a certain occupation?
patients with a certain opinion?
patients with some other special property? yesish--& no to all others

Or is it more general? HINT: Try a different line of questioning: Exactly what is Noreen's scrund?
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is her scrund to do with what is keeping the coma patient alive?
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Does it involve: the patient? the doctors? the method of death?

Does Noreen fall under the category of people who think euthanasia is wrong? who support it? or neither? does it matter?

Does her scrund involve: checking on the comatose patient? making the decision for or against euthanasia? Could a euthanasia supporter have this scrund? A person against euthanasia? A young child? An adult? A person with a comatose relative? A person with a previously comatose relative? A person who has recovered from a coma?

Is this a passive scrund? or an active one?
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is her scrund to do with what is keeping the coma patient alive? yes
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Does it involve: the patient? yesish the doctors? noish the method of death? yesish

Does Noreen fall under the category of people who think euthanasia is wrong? no who support it? yesor neither? nodoes it matter? yes, but this is a totally non-ideological puzzle. As I mentioned earlier, even the most ardent cost-cutter & "death with dignity" enthusiast would not endorse Noreen;s suggestion--unless he also has her purely factual scrund.

Does her scrund involve: checking on the comatose patient? no making the decision for or against euthanasia? \b no}Could a euthanasia supporter have this scrund? yes A person against euthanasia? yes A young child? yes An adult? yes, but it's less likely A person with a comatose relative? yes, but it's less likely A person with a previously comatose relative? ditto A person who has recovered from a coma? ditto

Is this a passive scrund? or an active one? Could be either, but is more likely active
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Would children be more likely to have this scrund? Do most children have it? At about what age would this scrund be cured? [LTPF list of ages]

Does this scrund involve pain? Whether a comatose patient experiences pain? Other feelings such a patient would experience?

Would this puzzle work if Noreen were against euthanasia?
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Would children be more likely to have this scrund? yesDo most children have it? no At about what age would this scrund be cured? [LTPF list of ages] No particular age, since adults could have it, too, The real Noreen was a college student.

Does this scrund involve pain? noWhether a comatose patient experiences pain? no Other feelings such a patient would experience? no

Would this puzzle work if Noreen were against euthanasia? no. She could still have the scrund, but she would not make the suggestion.
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Do machines keep a coma patient alive? Or are the patients kept alive through normal body functions (excepting their consciousness, of course)? Does her scrund involve this?
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Is the situation something like this...
There is a coma patient, the healthcare staff/relatives are saying/thinking 'what a shame, it would better if she just died', and Noreen says,'well why don't you just unplug the ventilator?' or 'why don't you just do X?' or 'why don't you stop doing X?'

so she has a scrund about what is keeping the patient alive? does she think the patient is being kept alive through some action of the healthcare staff? action of anyone else? inaction of anyone else? through some inaction of their's? because of a particular machine? because of where the bed is? because of a particular medicine that is being given?
any of these relevant to the scrund - the type of healthcare staff? the number? the appearance of HC staff? what they do the the patient? what they say to the patient? the machinery supporting the patient? the ventilator? tubes? feeding of the patient? getting oxygen to the patient? taking blood from the patient? the patient's bed? bedclothes? the cost of healthcare? the other patients?

are we right in assuming the setting for this puzzle is a hospital? some sort of ICU or high dependency unit? staffed by professional healthcare staff? relevant?

does Noreen's scrund relate to the way the patient is supplied with oxygen? food? fluids? drugs? emotional support?
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Does Noreen think that the 'plug' is a part of the human body?

Does she suggest replacing the plug with something more watertight?

Does she completely misunderstand the meaning of 'plug'?
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Do machines keep a coma patient alive? sometimes yes, sometimes, no Or are the patients kept alive through normal body functions ditto(excepting their consciousness, of course)? Does her scrund involve this? yesish or yope
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Is the situation something like this...
There is a coma patient, the healthcare staff/relatives are saying/thinking 'what a shame, it would better if she just died', and Noreen says,'well why don't you just unplug the ventilator?' no or 'why don't you just do X?' yesor 'why don't you stop doing X?'possibly, but the previous formulation is more likely

so she has a scrund about what is keeping the patient alive? yes does she think the patient is being kept alive through some action of the healthcare staff? yes action of anyone else? no inaction of anyone else? previous formulation is more likely through some inaction of their's? ditto because of a particular machine? yes because of where the bed is? nobecause of a particular medicine that is being given? no
any of these relevant to the scrund - the type of healthcare staff? nothe number? no the appearance of HC staff? no what they do the the patient? yesishwhat they say to the patient? no the machinery supporting the patient? yes the ventilator? no tubes? no feeding of the patient? no getting oxygen to the patient? no taking blood from the patient?no the patient's bed? nobedclothes? nothe cost of healthcare? yesish the other patients? yes

are we right in assuming the setting for this puzzle is a hospital? yes some sort of ICU or high dependency unit? yes staffed by professional healthcare staff? yesrelevant? yes

does Noreen's scrund relate to the way the patient is supplied with oxygen? possibly food? ditto fluids? dittodrugs? ditto emotional support? No--how do you supply a patient with "emotional support"?
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you supply a patient with emotional support by speaking to them kindly, acknowledging their fears, reasurring them you are trying to help them, explaining what you are doing etc etc Even someone in a coma I believe..

does Noreen's scrund involve the beeping noise that the machines tend to make? the visual displays on the monitors? some other incidental output of the machines?does she think that the patient is somehow affecting the machines? determining what they do?
does she think the staff should turn a machine off? on? alter what a machine does? get a different machine?
is she mistaking the function of a particular machine? or thinking something is a machine when it isn't?

is the relevant machine actually something not involved with life support? a tv? radio?
is music relevant?

is the relevant machine actually something to do with the other patients?
are there other patients nearby? relevant? in comas? relevant?
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you supply a patient with emotional support by speaking to them kindly, acknowledging their fears, reasurring them you are trying to help them, explaining what you are doing etc etc Even someone in a coma I believe.. But can someone in a full coma hear you?

does Noreen's scrund involve the beeping noise that the machines tend to make? no the visual displays on the monitors? no some other incidental output of the machines? nodoes she think that the patient is somehow affecting the machines? no determining what they do? no
does she think the staff should turn a machine off? yes on? noalter what a machine does? yes get a different machine? no
is she mistaking the function of a particular machine? no or thinking something is a machine when it isn't? yes

is the relevant machine actually something not involved with life support? yopea tv? noradio? no
is music relevant? no

is the relevant machine actually something to do with the other patients? yope
are there other patients nearby? yes relevant? yes in comas? yesrelevant? yes
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I think the thought about kind words to coma patients is that the message will get through to their subconscious, encouraging a recovery. I don't know if this works, though, and I've never tried it: never known someone in a coma.

Also, you missed Woodworm's questions on a crosspost.


Does Noreen think one machine is keeping all the coma patients alive? That one machine is causing all the other machines to run?
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Does Noreen think that the 'plug' is a part of the human body? no

Does she suggest replacing the plug with something more watertight? no

Does she completely misunderstand the meaning of 'plug'? no, but you're very ORT
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I think the thought about kind words to coma patients is that the message will get through to their subconscious, encouraging a recovery. I don't know if this works, though, and I've never tried it: never known someone in a coma. Actually, you may be right, since recent evidence suggests that coma patients may have some perception

Also, you missed Woodworm's questions on a crosspost.\bRectified, with my apologies}

Does Noreen think one machine is keeping all the coma patients alive? noThat one machine is causing all the other machines to run? no
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Does Noreen thing "plug" = electrical thing which pulls power from the sockets? Is that what it actually means?
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Does Noreen thing "plug" = electrical thing which pulls power from the sockets? irrelIs that what it actually means? Yes, but the term 'pull the plug' is also often used metaphorically to mean discontinuing life support, regardless of whether electricity is involved (as I gather it would not be in a feeding tube).
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Is a specific piece of life-support equipment relevant? Life-support equipment in general?
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are the patients connected in some way? does she think they are keeping each other alive? that someone else is keeping this patient alive?
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Is a specific piece of life-support equipment relevant? yesish Life-support equipment in general? no
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are the patients connected in some way? no does she think they are keeping each other alive? no that someone else is keeping this patient alive? no
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Is the piece of equipment a monitor? A tube? Something going into the patient? A power supply?
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Is the piece of equipment a monitor? A tube? Something going into the patient? A power supply? none of those!! Keep in mind thazt I answered 'yesISH' to the question of whether a specific piece of life-support equipment was relevant}
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Is a piece of equipment relevant? Is something used for life-support relevant? Like whatever they send through a feeding tube (i.e. food)?
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Is a piece of equipment relevant? yope Is something used for life-support relevant?yope Like whatever they send through a feeding tube (i.e. food)? that's not it
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Is the relevant thing a tangible item? Something used in a hospital? A person?
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Is the relevant thing a tangible item? noish or yope Something used in a hospital? noish or yopeA person? no
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Is the thing an action? A sound?
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Is the thing an action? noish or yopeA sound? no
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does noreen's plan include all the coma patients? or just one amongst them?

is she referring to the heating? lighting? air conditioning? drug trolley? medical charts? diagnostic instruments?
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does noreen's plan include all the coma patients? no or just one amongst them? no

is she referring to the heating? lighting? air conditioning? drug trolley? medical charts? diagnostic instruments? no to all!
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Is she referring to a part of the building? A specific room?
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Is she referring to a part of the building? no A specific room? no
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Would her plan involve killing all of the coma patients at once? Gradually? One after the other? Or just killing one of them? Some?
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Would her plan involve killing all of the coma patients at once? noGradually? no One after the other? no Or just killing one of them?probably not Some? probably
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Does her scrund involve a drug at all?
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Does her scrund involve a drug at all? no
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Is the brain of the coma patient relevant? Does the machine exist? Is her scrund about the machine? About the human body?
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Is the brain of the coma patient relevant? noishDoes the machine exist? No. GOOOOOOOD QUESTION!! Is her scrund about the machine? yesAbout the human body? noish
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Is her scrund simply that this machine does exist? And she suggests unplugging it? But you can't unplug a machine that doesn't exist?
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Is her scrund simply that this machine does exist? No, her scrund is much moire specific than that And she suggests unplugging it? see previous answer But you can't unplug a machine that doesn't exist? ditto
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Is her scrund about a certain aspect of the fictional machine? How it works? Its function?
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Is her scrund about a certain aspect of the fictional machine? yes How it works?yope Its function? yesish
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Is the scrund that this machine is the only thing keeping the patient alive? Is a specific body function relevant?
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Is the scrund that this machine is the only thing keeping the patient alive? noIs a specific body function relevant? no
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Does this fictional machine take over a normal bodily function (in her "scrunded" imagination)? If so, blood circulation? breathing? "lower" brain functions? liver function? relevant?

Is the precise manner of death (e.g. suffocation) following the loss of assistance of this machine (again in her imagination) important?
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Does this fictional machine take over a normal bodily function (in her "scrunded" imagination)?presumablyIf so, blood circulation? irrel breathing? irrel"lower" brain functions? irrel liver function? irrel relevant?

Is the precise manner of death (e.g. suffocation) following the loss of assistance of this machine (again in her imagination) important? no
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HINT: There's a question that people often ask about my puzzles that has not yet been asked about this one and should be.
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Is any part of Noreen's life related to her scrund? Relevant how she got the scrund? Is her profession relevant? Upbringing? Marital status? Social status? Are you Noreen? If not, is Noreen a real person?
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Is any part of Noreen's life related to her scrund? yes Relevant how she got the scrund yes Is her profession relevant? some professions are precluded Upbringing? yopeMarital status? noSocial status? yope Are you Noreen? no If not, is Noreen a real person? yes but irrel
By the way, there are all good questions but none is the really helpful background question I had in mind when giving my HINT
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Is any relative of Noreen's related to the scrund? Blood relative? Was she taught the scrund as fact?
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Is any relative of Noreen's related to the scrund?no Blood relative? no Was she taught the scrund as fact? no
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Is Noreen HAF? Or is she only a child? Is her living situation relevant? Her environment growing up? Did Noreen develop the scrund as a child? Relevant?
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does this happen in the US? relevant which country this is in? Could it be the UK? healthcare system relevant?

is Noreen american? relevant? is the language she speaks relevant? is the scrund to do with misunderstaning language? the name of something? t he purpose of something?
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Is Noreen HAF?The real Noreen is a college student. But she could be a child or adult Or is she only a child? possibly, but she'd have to be old enough to grasp the concepts involved Is her living situation relevant? no Her environment growing up? no Did Noreen develop the scrund as a child? possibly Relevant? no
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does this happen in the US? yesrelevant which country this is in? somewhat Could it be the UK? yes healthcare system relevant? yes

is Noreen american? possibly relevant?yesish is the language she speaks relevant? see next answer is the scrund to do with misunderstaning language? YES!!! GOOD QUESTION!!!!!!!the name of something? yesish the purpose of something?yesish
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does she speak English? well? is she mixing up two similar words? ventilation and ventilator? does she suggest they turn the ventilation off?

has she heard the name of something and misunderstands it's purpose?
is it relevant which language she speaks? is there a relevant translation of a particular word we need to find out?
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is the actual word 'coma' relevant here? does she think it means something else?
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does she speak English? yes well? see below is she mixing up two similar words? no ventilation and ventilator? no does she suggest they turn the ventilation off?/b{ no}


has she heard the name of something and misunderstands it's purpose? yes
is it relevant which language she speaks?possibly, although a similar problem could arise in many languages is there a relevant translation of a particular word we need to find out? no
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is the actual word 'coma' relevant here? yes does she think it means something else? yes


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

Did you hear the one about the student who wrote in a term paper, "If a patient is in a coma and has no hope of recovery, the coma should be taken from him and given to someone it has a chance of helping"? This was not one of my students--I wouldn't ridicule my own students publicly, even with their identity masked--but it's supposed to be a true story. This is also another example of what a lousy judge I am of puzzle difficulty--I thought it would be a snap. I hope my next one won't be. Check it out you know where.
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That's funny. Scrundy test answers are always fun to read about. For instance, a student supposedly once wrote on an exam "a myth is a female moth". I'm sure I can recall more if I try, but even if I could now, I'd want to hold some of the more interesting ones for future puzzles...
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I love your example!!
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