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[WiZ] A Sheikh's Ransom

Postby WiZ » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:40 pm

After his city is devastated by an earthquake, a man with a genetic disease makes a generous donation. His donation has nothing to do with medicine or research, but it is his condition that inspired it. What did he do?

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Postby Balin » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:58 am

Does the disease affect his heart? Brain?
Does he make the donation to his city? To an organization in his city? To provide relief for his city?
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Postby WiZ » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:00 am

Does the disease affect his heart? Brain? both
Does he make the donation to his city? yes To an organization in his city? To provide relief for his city? no to both
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Postby Hobbsicle » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:20 am

Huntingtons? Muscular dystrophy? Hemophilia?

Inspired by his condition: by his symptoms? By his treatment? By what he has to do in living with it?

Does his donation help alleviate the damage done? Help restore something? Help prevent further damage? Is it something that would be distributed to civilians? Something that would be built/installed? Something to be used by government workers?
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Postby Earnest » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:09 pm

did the "inspiration" for the donation, due to his condition, come thanks to the earthquake? I mean...had not the earthquake happened, would he have the opportunity to be "inspired" and make the donation? (a part from the fact that if his donation is in favor of the reconstruction of the city, he wouldn't have any reason to donate). Is there a connection between earthquake and ill? Did he need a machinery to survive? Had the earthquake somehow changed his condition? Was him on a wheelchair? Was him able to move?


Is the country of origin relevant? Japan? USA? was he dying? Did he make the donation because he knew he would have died soon?

Is the genetic disease degenerative? Can the man be considered terminally ill? Did he become after the earthquake (e.g. the machinery that let him live has been destroyed, there was no more electricity for a long period of time...)
Relevant where he was at the time of the earthquake? Was him in his city (the city devastated) Was him in an hospital?

Did he make the donation soon after the earthquake? Months later? Days later? Years later?

donation = money? buildings? clothing? precious objects? unique objects? If precious object...precious for their value? For how they can be used? Because they are rare? Because they are very specific for solving the damages done by the earthquake?
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Postby GalFisk » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:45 am

Would it work if the city was devastated by wind? Water? Fire? War? Crime?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:56 pm

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Huntingtons? Muscular dystrophy? Hemophilia? no to all

Inspired by his condition: by his symptoms? no By his treatment? no By what he has to do in living with it? noish

Does his donation help alleviate the damage done? Help restore something? this Help prevent further damage? Is it something that would be distributed to civilians? Something that would be built/installed? this Something to be used by government workers? this, although not exclusively

no to rest

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did the "inspiration" for the donation, due to his condition, come thanks to the earthquake? yes I mean...had not the earthquake happened, would he have the opportunity to be "inspired" and make the donation? (a part from the fact that if his donation is in favor of the reconstruction of the city, he wouldn't have any reason to donate) the opportunity would not have presented itself, although something else could have potentially triggered it . Is there a connection between earthquake and ill? no Did he need a machinery to survive? irrelevant Had the earthquake somehow changed his condition? no Was him on a wheelchair? Was him able to move? irrelevant to both


Is the country of origin relevant? it would work in several countries, but not all Japan? no USA? this is a possibility was he dying? no Did he make the donation because he knew he would have died soon? he is thinking of his own mortality when he made the donation, but he didn't necessarily think he would die soon

Is the genetic disease degenerative? yes Can the man be considered terminally ill? not relevantly Did he become after the earthquake (e.g. the machinery that let him live has been destroyed, there was no more electricity for a long period of time...) no
Relevant where he was at the time of the earthquake? no Was him in his city (the city devastated) assume yes Was him in an hospital? no

Did he make the donation soon after the earthquake? Months later? It probably took a month or two for the donation to 'go through', as it were Days later? Years later?

donation = money? buildings? clothing? precious objects? yesish unique objects? and yesish If precious object...precious for their value? For how they can be used? this Because they are rare? Because they are very specific for solving the damages done by the earthquake? and this

no to rest

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Would it work if the city was devastated by wind? possibly Water? unlikely Fire? yes War? possibly Crime? Unlikely, but would depend very much on the type of crime and certain specific instances of it
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Postby Earnest » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:48 am

Is the location of the city relevant? E.g. the city was in a desert (don't know if it is a reliable situation an earthquake in a desert...not an expert)? (Sheikh...)

Was the donation more to restore for inatance buildings/repair infrastrucrures or to assist evacuee/people in general? E.g. he donated water (could be precious for a city in the middle of desert as well as other goods)
Is the donation a well? Something that was destroyed by the earthquake but was presebt before?

Donation = food? Drink? Services? Basic necessities? Is his donation formed by the same type of object? By different types of the same object? By different objects?

It is the condition of the man which inspired his donation...it means his every day life? His routine/one of his habits? Something that he thought that injured evacuee needed as he need it having the generic disease? Is the donation mainly adressed to a category of people? To all the evacuees/people suffering the earthquake? Just to people with a disease?

Are difficulties in movenents/transportations relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:04 pm

Is the location of the city relevant? no E.g. the city was in a desert (don't know if it is a reliable situation an earthquake in a desert...not an expert)? (Sheikh...) Ah. It's just a pun on 'shake'. Don't read too much into it :)

Was the donation more to restore for inatance buildings/repair infrastrucrures this or to assist evacuee/people in general? E.g. he donated water (could be precious for a city in the middle of desert as well as other goods) no
Is the donation a well? no Something that was destroyed by the earthquake but was presebt before? yes

Donation = food? Drink? Services? Basic necessities? no to all Is his donation formed by the same type of object? yes By different types of the same object? this is also possible, but he would need more money By different objects? no

It is the condition of the man which inspired his donation...it means his every day life? His routine/one of his habits? no to these Something that he thought that injured evacuee needed as he need it having the generic disease? no Is the donation mainly adressed to a category of people? no To all the evacuees no /people suffering the earthquake? yes Just to people with a disease? no

Are difficulties in movenents/transportations relevant? no
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:48 am

Does the donation potentially affect the outcome of the next earthquake?
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Postby Earnest » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:15 am

To be sure...his city...was it a very poor city? A rich one? Where there houses for almost anyone? Were there lot of victims for a specific reason that was solved thanks to the donation? Was the city near the sea? Was there a tsunami?

Donation...Ok it is not a building right?...could it be a material? The access to a mine? The presence of qualified human capital?

Was the comparison he made the following: "the earthquake can be considered as my genetic disease...a solution to stem my genetic disease is this, so I can donate something similar to the city to solve earthquake's problems"?

Well...I know maybe the comparison is not so delicate but you know...flickering is a thing that earthquake has in common with Parkinson which I think is genetic...so genetic disease = Parkinson?
If not...is it Alzheimer? Obesity? Arthritis? Epilepsy? Diabete?

Is Marvel's world relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:18 pm

GalFisk

Does the donation potentially affect the outcome of the next earthquake? No

Earnest

To be sure...his city...was it a very poor city? A rich one? irrelevant, but probably not notably poor Where there houses for almost anyone? assume yes Were there lot of victims for a specific reason that was solved thanks to the donation? no Was the city near the sea? irrelevant Was there a tsunami? no

Donation...Ok it is not a building right? correct ...could it be a material? no The access to a mine? no The presence of qualified human capital? no

Was the comparison he made the following: "the earthquake can be considered as my genetic disease...a solution to stem my genetic disease is this, so I can donate something similar to the city to solve earthquake's problems"? no

Well...I know maybe the comparison is not so delicate but you know ...flickering is a thing that earthquake has in common with Parkinson which I think is genetic...so genetic disease = Parkinson? This is not the solution
If not...is it Alzheimer? Obesity? Arthritis? Epilepsy? Diabete? none of the above

Is Marvel's world relevant? no
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Postby Earnest » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:17 am

did he donate to the city the rights on something? On someone?
Is its genetic disease, as well as the treatment, known? His genetic disease inspired the donation...so the symptoms of the disease inspired it? the treatment? is him infirm? If so, his habits as infirm?

Damages for which the object is useful and specific: collapses of buildings? save people under the ruins? help people who lost houses? Help people who lost relatives in collapses? help in evacuate and clear ruins?

Has the donation something to do directly and relevantly with: Hotels? tourism? Hygiene? Entertainment? Water supply network? Electricity grid? a specific product? a gas station? a statue? a natural park inside the city? environmental damages?
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Postby WiZ » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:31 pm

did he donate to the city the rights on something? On someone? no to both
Is its genetic disease, as well as the treatment, known? yes His genetic disease inspired the donation...so the symptoms of the disease inspired it? the treatment? no to both is him infirm? not relevantly If so, his habits as infirm? no

Strange as it might sound, all three of your guesses are about equally close :)

Damages for which the object is useful and specific: collapses of buildings? save people under the ruins? help people who lost houses? Help people who lost relatives in collapses? help in evacuate and clear ruins? no to all

Has the donation something to do directly and relevantly with: Hotels? tourism? thisish Hygiene? Entertainment? this Water supply network? Electricity grid? a specific product? a gas station? a statue? a natural park inside the city? environmental damages? no to rest
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Postby Earnest » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:15 am

Oh well...hope to collect other no of those kind so ;)

Inspired by his disease = something he would like to do but he could not? Something to which he was attached? Something he was attached because in the past, due to his disease, he was well treated (e.g. a sport player who gave him his shirt...);

So..entertainment = slot machines? amusement park? Carousel? Entertainment like a sport? Football? Car races? Entertainment like television/radio? Library? Games?
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Postby WiZ » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:54 pm

Inspired by his disease = something he would like to do but he could not? yes, great question Something to which he was attached? yope, DOYD of 'attached' Something he was attached because in the past, due to his disease, he was well treated (e.g. a sport player who gave him his shirt...); not this

So..entertainment = slot machines? amusement park? Carousel? no to these Entertainment like a sport? no Football? Car races? no to these Entertainment like television/radio? 'radio' is closest Library? Games? no to these
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Postby Earnest » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:16 pm

something he would like to do but he could not--> like he could not physically do? (E.g. driving a car, playing football, clearly speaking as a speaker on a radio...)

Radio is closest...radio waves relevant? Antenna relevant? Wi-fi? Electronic? Video? Screens? Phones? Devices? Communication services? Music? Stereos? Music systems? Discos?
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Postby WiZ » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:24 pm

something he would like to do but he could not--> like he could not physically do? Physically do? Yes. Actively physically do? No (E.g. driving a car, playing football, clearly speaking as a speaker on a radio...) no to these

Radio is closest...radio waves relevant? Antenna relevant? Wi-fi? Electronic? Video? Screens? Phones? Devices? no to all :)
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Postby Balin » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:42 pm

Radio is closest, so is the donation hearing-related? Was the man deaf (or partially so)?
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Postby biograd » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:43 pm

By "actively physically do" vs. merely "physically do" do you mean to distinguish whether he used his own muscle power to do it (for instance, like his leg was paralyzed so he couldn't kick a soccer goal, but with a prosthetic device his leg could be moved to kick the ball)? or whether he did it voluntarily (as opposed to due to a muscle tic or something like that)?
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Postby WiZ » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:57 pm

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Radio is closest, so is the donation hearing-related? yes Was the man deaf (or partially so)? no

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By "actively physically do" vs. merely "physically do" do you mean to distinguish whether he used his own muscle power to do it (for instance, like his leg was paralyzed so he couldn't kick a soccer goal, but with a prosthetic device his leg could be moved to kick the ball)? or whether he did it voluntarily (as opposed to due to a muscle tic or something like that)? based on your examples, neither; although the action would not be done under his own muscle power, nor voluntarily.
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:35 am

Did the man donate something that is listened to? Something that goes in the ear?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:01 am

Did the man donate something that is listened to? Yes! Something that goes in the ear? no (notwithstanding the soundwaves it produces)

We are within Coup de Grace distance, I believe.
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:09 am

Did he donate music? Songs? Audio recordings?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:11 am

Did he donate music? Songs? Audio recordings? yes to all, but only indirectly
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:28 am

Did he play music for them? Was he physically able to play music?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:29 am

Did he play music for them? no Was he physically able to play music? yes
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:38 am

Hmmm.... did he donate something that made it possible for everyone to hear something?
Was the man genetically deprived of one of his senses? Blind?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:41 am

Hmmm.... did he donate something that made it possible for everyone to hear something? Yes, under particular circumstances
Was the man genetically deprived of one of his senses? Blind? no to both
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:41 am

Were lots of people gathered together when the man made his donation?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:44 am

Were lots of people gathered together when the man made his donation? not relevantly
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Postby Earnest » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:39 am

Well...so concerts, CDs, music instruments are just indirectly relevant too?...(e.g. not just music can be listened with it?...)

Has the something that can be listened to, to be turned on voluntarily by the person who want to listened to it? (...I mean...e.g. a radio or a stereo need to be turned on voluntarily in ordere to be listened to it) And if so, the person can turn it on whenever he/she wants (again e.g. a stereo/radio) or is it something which for instance you can listened to also when you are in the streets but you cannot choose to listened to it or not?

Is it simply that for instance the device that made it possible for TVs to have audio was destroyed and he donated it or created it somehow?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:43 pm

Well...so concerts, a little indirectly CDs, indirectly music instruments directly! are just indirectly relevant too?...(e.g. not just music can be listened with it?...) see above

Has the something that can be listened to, to be turned on voluntarily by the person who want to listened to it? (...I mean...e.g. a radio or a stereo need to be turned on voluntarily in ordere to be listened to it) no And if so, the person can turn it on whenever he/she wants (again e.g. a stereo/radio) or is it something which for instance you can listened to also when you are in the streets but you cannot choose to listened to it or not? this is closer, although it would have to be played quite loudly to hear it in the street

Is it simply that for instance the device that made it possible for TVs to have audio was destroyed and he donated it or created it somehow? no
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Postby Earnest » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:57 am

So...is the music played in a building? Like in a theatre? Is it usually played live? did he donate music instruments to an orchestra? To a band? is it usually played in order to be performed? E.g. he donated to a music school who was closed because all the instruments were lost in the earthquake?
Or did he donate the instruments to an hospital?

The thing that makes me think is ...were the music instruments in the same building when the eartquake happens? Or they were in different buildings belonging to different people and they were all destroyed?

Did he donate the same kind of instrument? (E.g. I am thinking of pipe organs to churches for instance) Different instruments to different people/associations? To restaurants/pubs?

Well...to be sure...music instruments meant to be played right?(not pieces of archotecture/design or pieces of museum...right?)
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Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:14 pm

So...is the music played in a building? Yes! Like in a theatre? but not this Is it usually played live? yes did he donate music instruments to an orchestra? To a band? no to these is it usually played in order to be performed? E.g. he donated to a music school who was closed because all the instruments were lost in the earthquake? I don't understand your question 100% - his donation remedied the loss of an instrument in the earthquake, however
Or did he donate the instruments to an hospital? no

The thing that makes me think is ...were the music instruments in the same building when the eartquake happens? yes Or they were in different buildings belonging to different people and they were all destroyed? no

Did he donate the same kind of instrument? (E.g. I am thinking of pipe organs this is what he donated to churches I was thinking of the town hall, but a prominent church would also work for instance) Different instruments to different people/associations? no To restaurants/pubs? no

Well...to be sure...music instruments meant to be played right? yes (not pieces of archotecture/design to be fair, the aesthetics are quite important or pieces of museum no ...right?)
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Postby Earnest » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:22 am

Is the movie "The Pianist" relevant? Was him inspired by movie?
Is it relevant to be able to play pipe organ? The music that accompanies pipe organ? Gospel music?

Initiatives eith pipe organ relevant? E.g. with a pipe organ people with his same disease was able to do something?
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Postby WiZ » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:26 pm

Is the movie "The Pianist" relevant? no Was him inspired by movie? no
Is it relevant to be able to play pipe organ? no The music that accompanies pipe organ? Gospel music? no, genre is irrelevant

Initiatives eith pipe organ relevant? E.g. with a pipe organ people with his same disease was able to do something? no
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Postby Enjay » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:27 pm

Could he play the pipe organ? Did he enjoy pipe organ music? Did either of those two things change because of his genetic condition?

Should we find out anything more about the building he donated the organ to?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:37 pm

Could he play the pipe organ? Did he enjoy pipe organ music? irrelevant to both Did either of those two things change because of his genetic condition? no

Should we find out anything more about the building he donated the organ to? no - I had the Town Hall in mind when I wrote the puzzle, but a prominent church would work just as well.
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Postby Earnest » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:39 am

so was he able to hear all the sounds emitted by the organ? (I was thinking about a genetic disease that caused him to be gradually deaf to some key...)


is the something he is physically unable to do due to his disease related to his capacity to play the pipe organ (e.g. difficulties in pressing the pedal)? Or more to his incapability in hearing the music? If the latter, due to the distance? Due to the genetic disease?

to be sure...was the pipe organ present in the building before the Earthquake? If so was it damaged? Was the building damaged?
If not, are there more than one pipe organs? And maybe the other one was transported in a lace that was inaccessible to him because of his disease? Or to a place where he was unable to hear it?
is it something like he would like to hear the pipe organ but he was physically unable to go were the pipe organ has been transported?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:27 pm

Where did everybody go, Earnest? I think we're the only ones here.

HELLO-O-O-o-o-o-.-.-.


so was he able to hear all the sounds emitted by the organ? yes, after it was replaced, of course (I was thinking about a genetic disease that caused him to be gradually deaf to some key...)


is the something he is physically unable to do due to his disease related to his capacity to play the pipe organ (e.g. difficulties in pressing the pedal)? no Or more to his incapability in hearing the music? no If the latter, due to the distance? Due to the genetic disease?

Not to give too much away, but the restriction his disease places on him has nothing to do with sound...

to be sure...was the pipe organ present in the building before the Earthquake? yes If so was it damaged? yes Was the building damaged? irrelevant; assume yes
If not, are there more than one pipe organs? irrelevant and unlikely - for this puzzle to work, he would have to have paid to replace at least one organ And maybe the other one was transported in a lace that was inaccessible to him because of his disease? Or to a place where he was unable to hear it? this is not it
is it something like he would like to hear the pipe organ but he was physically unable to go were the pipe organ has been transported? no
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Postby Enjay » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:56 pm

I'm here tooooooooooooo

Is the fact that the word organ also means a part of the human body relevant? Is he unable to be an organ donor in the usual sense due to his condition so decides that at least he can donate a pipe organ instead?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:08 pm

Is the fact that the word organ also means a part of the human body relevant? Is he unable to be an organ donor in the usual sense due to his condition so decides that at least he can donate a pipe organ instead?

***** SPOILER *****

The man had a degenerative genetic condition which meant that his internal organs were unsuitable for donation upon his death. After the pipe organ in the town hall was destroyed during the earthquake, he paid over a million dollars to restore/replace it, thus fulfilling a lifetime desire to be an organ donor.


Congratulations (again!) to Enjay, and thank you, Earnest for your tenacity. I'm aware that this wasn't fair to you, with the solution hinging on a double meaning in what I presume is not your first language.
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Re: [WiZ] A Sheikh's Ransom

Postby Enjay » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:11 pm

When I read the phrase in your last answer "replace at least one organ" I misread it as meaning he had had a transplant initially which tipped me off! Well done Earnest who did almost all of the work.
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Re: [WiZ] A Sheikh's Ransom [SOLVED BY A# FORUM MEMBER]

Postby Earnest » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:49 am

Oh wow...so yes also in italian there is the double meaning...simply I disn't think about it!

Thanks WiZ!!!
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