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Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jenny (H/A/F) is annoyed and confused by the phone calls and text messages she received. After showing them to Edward (H/A/M), she suddenly feels angry and sorry.

This is based on a true story that I've wanted to turn into a puzzle for a while. However, I never quite found the perfect wording without giving too much away, so I hope it works like this. Please also check my other puzzle.
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were all the texts and calls from the same person? Different people? From Edward?

Did she receive the texts and calls over a long time period? Were there many calls and texts? Relevant exactly how many?

Was she annoyed and confused because she didn't know who they were from? Because they were threatening? Were they prank texts/calls? Were they intended for Jenny? Is a wrong number involved?

Does Edward tell her something about the texts and calls? Does she feel sorry for something she has done? For the person/people who sent the calls/messages? For Edward? Is she angry with herself? With the person/people who sent the calls/messages? With Edward?

Are Jenny and Edward related? Friends? Colleagues? Is Edward a police officer? Is either of their ages relevant? Their jobs?
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Is the exact wording of the texts/calls relevant?
Was Edward sending the texts/calls? One of them? Any of them? All of them?
Is Jenny's particular phone number relevant? 867-5309?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Were all the texts and calls from the same person? no Different people? yes From Edward? no

Did she receive the texts and calls over a long time period? assume several days Were there many calls and texts? yes Relevant exactly how many? very many, exact number unknown (to me)}

Was she annoyed and confused because she didn't know who they were from? yes Because they were threatening? no Were they prank texts/calls? no Were they intended for Jenny? no Is a wrong number involved? yes

Does Edward tell her something about the texts and calls? yes Does she feel sorry for something she has done? no For the person/people who sent the calls/messages? yes For Edward? no Is she angry with herself? With the person/people who sent the calls/messages? With Edward? no to all

Are Jenny and Edward related? Friends? Colleagues? thisish Is Edward a police officer? no Is either of their ages relevant? no Their jobs? no for Edward, yope for Jenny
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry, Balin, we cross-posted.

Is the exact wording of the texts/calls relevant? no, but beware of FA
Was Edward sending the texts/calls? One of them? Any of them? All of them? none of them
Is Jenny's particular phone number relevant? yope 867-5309? haha, no
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does 'she' in the puzzle statement refer to Jenny both times?

Is Jenny's number very similar to that of a relevant person? A business? Organisation? Did her number previously belong to a relevant person or organisation? Had somebody attempted to give out a particular number and given out Jenny's instead? Had somebody deliberately given out Jenny's number so that she would get a lot of calls and texts?
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does 'she' in the puzzle statement refer to Jenny both times? Yes. I never play those evil trick where a pronoun suddenly refers to someone else, I'm a good girl ;-)

Is Jenny's number very similar to that of a relevant person? A business? this Organisation? Did her number previously belong to a relevant person or organisation? no Had somebody attempted to give out a particular number and given out Jenny's instead? yes Had somebody deliberately given out Jenny's number so that she would get a lot of calls and texts? no
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Did the business print Jenny's number on their website? On paper? On something they sent out to their customers? In a directory like the Yellow Pages?

Was Jenny angry with the company for making the mistake? Was she sad because she realised the people that contacted her had not been able to get hold of the business? Was it a business that people would need to urgently contact? Was it a business that would make you sad that someone had to contact it, like a funeral home? Was it a retail business? A food business? A service business?

Had Jenny previously responded to any of the texts or calls? Had she been rude, and then regretted it when she realised the callers were not to blame?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Did the business print Jenny's number on their website? On paper? On something they sent out to their customers? In a directory like the Yellow Pages? no to all. Find out what type of business it is, and you'll know how they gave out the number

Was Jenny angry with the company for making the mistake? yes Was she sad because she realised the people that contacted her had not been able to get hold of the business? yes Was it a business that people would need to urgently contact? some of them, yes Was it a business that would make you sad that someone had to contact it, not the business itself, but a particular service they offered like a funeral home? but not this Was it a retail business? A food business? A service business? "service" is closest, although that's not the main thing they do

Had Jenny previously responded to any of the texts or calls? DOYD of "responded", and beware of FA Had she been rude, and then regretted it when she realised the callers were not to blame? no
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Was the business connected to health? Animals? Welfare? Was it a charitable organisation?

Did the texts and calls come to Jenny's personal mobile phone? To her work phone? To a landline? Did anyone else but Jenny receive the texts and calls?

Were the texts and the calls sent by broadly the same group of people (ie people trying to get hold of the business)? Is there a relevant difference between the people who called and those who texted?

Did Edward inform her of the business with a similar number to hers?
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the business connected to health? yesish for the relevant part of the business Animals? no Welfare? no Was it a charitable organisation? the business per se wasn't, but the relevant part could be considered charity work

Did the texts and calls come to Jenny's personal mobile phone? yes To her work phone? To a landline? Did anyone else but Jenny receive the texts and calls? no to rest

Were the texts and the calls sent by broadly the same group of people (ie people trying to get hold of the business)? yes Is there a relevant difference between the people who called and those who texted? no

Did Edward inform her of the business with a similar number to hers? yes, but there's more to it
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Jenny's number resemble an emergency number of sorts?
Did Jenny reject the calls? Answer the calls? Inform that the caller called wrong number?
Did Jenny read text messages? Did she cancel them? Could she learn from the text messages what type of business people try to reach? Did she think that text messages really concern her?
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Did Jenny's number resemble an emergency number of sorts? yes for SVV of "emergency"
Did Jenny reject the calls? some of them Answer the calls? yope, investigate Inform that the caller called wrong number? no
Did Jenny read text messages? yope, investigate Did she cancel them? some of them Could she learn from the text messages what type of business people try to reach? no Did she think that text messages really concern her? probably not
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When this started, I assumed it was the old "rejection hotline" trick.

Were the messages/calls she answered/read in the language she spoke? Did Edward speak the language and thus understand them?

Were the callers trying to get a translation or a service in a different language?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Were the messages/calls she answered/read in the language she spoke? no! Good question! Did Edward speak the language and thus understand them? yes!

Were the callers trying to get a translation or a service in a different language? different from what?

One crucial part is solved, thanks Konnie. What's left to find out is where the people got the number from, and possibly what service they were trying to reach.
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Was the number given out by a government body?

Was the language the texts were in the main language of the country? If not, had it been given out by some kind of immigrant support/advice organisation? Were the callers/texters trying to get hold of the x-language version of an existing service?
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Was the number given out by a government body? no

Was the language the texts were in the main language of the country? yes If not, had it been given out by some kind of immigrant support/advice organisation? Were the callers/texters trying to get hold of the x-language version of an existing service? no to rest
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Are country telephone number prefixes relevant? Was Jenny's number exactly the same as the business's, but with different country prefix?
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Are country telephone number prefixes relevant? no Was Jenny's number exactly the same as the business's, but with different country prefix? no. Just to clarify: Jenny is in the same country the business is in, but she does not speak the local language (reason is irrel). Edward does.
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HINT: This happened in a rather poor and under-developed country.
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Is disaster relief relevant? Famine? Homelessness? Violence? War? Healthcare?

Were the callers and texters hoping that someone would provide them with some help? With something material? With advice?
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Are the callers and texters literate? Can they recognize numbers properly?
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Is disaster relief relevant? no Famine? no Homelessness? no Violence? yes, a specific type War? no Healthcare? yesish

Were the callers and texters hoping that someone would provide them with some help? With something material? With advice? all are possible

Are the callers and texters literate? irrel, see next question Can they recognize numbers properly? assume yes, DOYD of "recognize" - possible FA
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Is it relevant what exactly the language of the country is? What alphabet it uses?

Is domestic violence relevant? Sexual violence? Violence against children? Against women? Men? Animals? Religiously-motivated violence? Racially-motivated violence?
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Is it relevant what exactly the language of the country is? no What alphabet it uses? no, possible FA

Is domestic violence relevant? possibly Sexual violence? yes Violence against children? Against women? yes Men? Animals? Religiously-motivated violence? Racially-motivated violence? unanswered are no
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Did the texts contain messages? Did they consist of a set word or phrase that one was supposed to text in order to get a certain response (like "text HELP to 123456")?

Were the callers/texters women who had been victims of violence? Who were afraid that they would become victims?
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Did the texts contain messages? yes Did they consist of a set word or phrase that one was supposed to text in order to get a certain response (like "text HELP to 123456")? no

Were the callers/texters women who had been victims of violence? possibly Who were afraid that they would become victims? possibly
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Do the callers/texters see the number written? Are told the number? Get it from someone? Have to find it by themselves?
Was it a local number? Relevant?
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Do the callers/texters see the number written? no Are told the number? yes - where? Get it from someone? DOYD of someone Have to find it by themselves? no
Was it a local number? Relevant? I don't know, therefore irrel
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Are they told the number in TV? In the radio? Do the police tell them the number? Do the doctors tell them the number?
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Are they told the number in TV? In the radio? this! Time for the... Do the police tell them the number? Do the doctors tell them the number?

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

Jenny is a German volunteer in Tanzania. At the beginning of her stay, she purchases a Tanzanian sim card, but after a while, she starts receiving numerous calls and texts in Swahili (which she does not understand). She's annoyed and confused and shows the texts to her college Edward, a native speaker.
Edwards sees that the texts are from women who have experienced sexual violence and who are looking for help. It turns out that a local radio station is running helpline for women, but they have given out the wrong phone number - Jenny's.
Now Jenny feels sorry for the women and is angry at the radio station for making such a stupid mistake.


Thanks for playing, RedWine, Enjay, et al., and please also have a look at my other puzzles.

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