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Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 2:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, after some days away, let's try a new one... :-)

I'm in my office. Suddenly I shout out something. Explain please...
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Is it a shout of surprise? Frustration? Anger? Joy? Sadness?
Are you trying to get someone's attention?
Did a large insect suddenly appear?
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Is it a shout of surprise? Frustration? Anger? This is closest, but still uncorrect Joy? Sadness? No to rest
Are you trying to get someone's attention? No
Did a large insect suddenly appear? No
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Is it a shout of fear? Annoyance? Impatience? Are you upset? Happy? Did you shout out specific words? Or just shout in general?
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Is it a shout of fear? Annoyance? This, mainly. There's something else, but the puzzle can be solved without knowing the exact feeling Impatience? No to rest Are you upset? Slightly... Happy? No Did you shout out specific words? This Or just shout in general?
Balin (Balin)
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Were you shouting to someone? At someone? At something? At your computer? At another inanimate object?
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Were you shouting to someone? Yope At someone? Yope At something? Yes At your computer? No At another inanimate object? Yes
Balin (Balin)
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Did you need help with something? Was the shouted-at object electronic?
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Did you need help with something? No Was the shouted-at object electronic? Hmmm I guess we can say so, though it's not strictly correct
Balin (Balin)
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Do you work in an office in your building? In a cubicle? Were you yelling at something in your workplace?
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Do you work in an office in your building? Yes In a cubicle? No Were you yelling at something in your workplace? Not exactly
Balin (Balin)
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Is the object related to your work? Or is it something like a vending machine? Or coffee pot?
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Is the object related to your work? Yope Or is it something like a vending machine? Or coffee pot? No to rest
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Is it a cell phone? PDA? Pager? Other form of communication?
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Is it something you brought to work with you? Or something that stays at the office?
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Is it a cell phone? No but... PDA? Pager? No to rest Other form of communication? Yes

Is it something you brought to work with you? Or something that stays at the office? This
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Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 2:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A telephone?
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Is it a fax machine?
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A telephone? This!

Is it a fax machine? So no to this
Balin (Balin)
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Voice recognition relevant? Were you using the phone? Trying to use it? To reach someone else? In the office? Outside the office?
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Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 11:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Voice recognition relevant? Were you using the phone? Trying to use it? To reach someone else? In the office? Outside the office? I'm afraid but no to all
Balin (Balin)
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Were you expecting a call? Was the phone working?
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Were you expecting a call? No Was the phone working? Yes. And I suspect a FA lurking around here...
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Did you have any intention of using the phone? Did you receive any relevant calls? One? More than one? Were you getting bombarded with calls? From telemarketers? Or other annoying people? Does the phone have caller ID? Relevant?
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Is it a portable phone? A rotary phone? Relevant? Did you think you were talking to someone? Was it your phone? Was it being used by someone else?
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Did you have any intention of using the phone? Did you receive any relevant calls? One? More than one? Were you getting bombarded with calls? From telemarketers? No to all these Or other annoying people? Yesish Does the phone have caller ID? Relevant? Irrel.

Is it a portable phone? A rotary phone? Relevant? Did you think you were talking to someone? No to all these Was it your phone? NO! Good point! Was it being used by someone else? No
Balin (Balin)
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Was the phone being used by anyone? At the time you yelled at it?
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Was the phone ringing? And you were annoyed that it: rang? Rang again? Had a stupid/loud/annoying ringtone? That you couldn't make it stop? That you couldn't find it?
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Was the phone being used by anyone? At the time you yelled at it? Yope to both

Was the phone ringing? Definitely And you were annoyed that it: rang? Rang again? THIS! Had a stupid/loud A lil bit of this too /annoying ringtone? That you couldn't make it stop? That you couldn't find it? No to rest

Puzzle is now 90% complete, you may want to find what I say, but I suspect it to be very quickly found :-)
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Did you expect the phone to ring? Because it was ringing, did you know who was calling? Or was it just ringing at an inconvenient time? e.g. right before you got off work? Did you yell at the phone? Did you use an expletive? Were you alone when you yelled at the phone? Did anyone hear you? Did you answer the phone? Did anyone? Was the phone supposed to be on silent? Or did you know someone was calling again? Someone whom you did not want to talk to? Or deal with?
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Did you expect the phone to ring? Because it was ringing, did you know who was calling? Or was it just ringing at an inconvenient time? e.g. right before you got off work? No to these Did you yell at the phone? Yes :-) Did you use an expletive? No, but I could Were you alone when you yelled at the phone? Actually not, but quite irrel. Did anyone hear you? Same as previous Did you answer the phone? No Did anyone? NO! Was the phone supposed to be on silent? Or did you know someone was calling again? Someone whom you did not want to talk to? Or deal with? No to rest.
Balin (Balin)
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Did you yell at the phone because no one answered? Because no one was answering?
Mattiel (Mattiel)
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Did you yell at the phone because no one answered? Because no one was answering? Not strictly correct... I yelled because of a consequence of the fact that no one was answering...
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Were you able to answer? Were you allowed to? Did the fact that no one was answering mean that no one was working? Was working hard? Was doing their job?
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Were you able to answer? Were you allowed to? Technically yes to both, it's just not the habit to answer on someone else's phone Did the fact that no one was answering mean that no one was working? Was working hard? Was doing their job? None of these, much simpler.

Actually I think I will recap, as I fear the progresses made till now are not very clear:

I'm sitting in my office, then a phone (not mine) rings, and rings, and rings, and then I yell at it, because I'm annoyed by the situation.

You should get it quickier now
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Was the person supposed to be answering the phone? But wasn't? Were you simply annoyed that the owner of the phone wasn't answering it, even though it was ringing, and ringing, and ringing, AND RINGING, AND (I'll stop now) ?
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Was the person supposed to be answering the phone? No. Why? But wasn't? Were you simply annoyed that the owner of the phone wasn't answering it, even though it was ringing, and ringing, and ringing, AND RINGING, AND (I'll stop now) ? Kinda. I was annoyed because of the phone ringing, but not against the phone owner...
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Was that particular phone supposed to be out of service? Unplugged?
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Was that particular phone supposed to be out of service? Unplugged? No. The phone was working correctly. There's another, simple reason why the owner did not answer
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Was the owner not in the office?
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Was the owner not in the office? Exactly! Now you got all the elements to try and guess what I was shouting :-)
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What you were shouting: did it refer to the owner? The phone? Something like "Why don't you just ring when your owner's around"?
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What you were shouting: did it refer to the owner? The phone? Actually not to both, but OTRT Something like "Why don't you just ring when your owner's around"? Very much along these lines, but it's not referred to the phone
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Did you shout "Stop ringing"? "Someone PLEASE answer that"?
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Did you shout "Stop ringing"? "Someone PLEASE answer that"? No to both. Try to focus on whom I'm yelling at ;-)
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Did you address the owner? Some other machine? (Other than the phone, I mean) That made noise so the owner was incapable to hear the ringing? To some other people operating said machine?
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Did you address the owner? Some other machine? (Other than the phone, I mean) That made noise so the owner was incapable to hear the ringing? To some other people operating said machine? No to all. Think simple, really...
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Did you yell at the person ringing? ("Okay, that's enough, can't you see nobody is answering?!")
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Did you yell at the person ringing? ("Okay, that's enough, can't you see nobody is answering?!") Very much so! Time for

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

I share my office with 4 other guys, which are often away from their workplaces, so it happens now and then that they receive calls while they are away. Since our ringtones are particularly loud and annoying, and above all since callers are able to let the phone ring 10-12 times before understanding that nobody's there (and they should know that if someone is at his workplace, he answers in few seconds), I often shout out "HE'S NOT HERE!!!", annoyed by the number of rings...

Silly situation, I know, but still I hope you enjoyed the puzzle! Thanks everybody for playing, and special mentions to Balin for the 90% of the ground work :-) and to Rbruma for the final solving!
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Good one! It would be nice if the callers could hear you shouting, and would hang up. Maybe someday they'll invent something that lets you do that.

Again, nice puzzle!

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