[Grouffe] Another narrow escape

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[Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:52 am

Inspired from a true story, but not exactly the same:

You are on your own on a long boat trip expected to take several days. Then your boat hits a reef and sinks shortly after. By a narrow escape, you manage to swim to a small, naked island in the middle of the sea. There was no time for bringing anything along to rescue yourself except your the clothes you are wearing, which are, unluckily, all of the color grey. You managed to phone a friend on your mobile phone shortly before abandoning the boat and telling him that you were capsized, but had no time to tell him anything close to your position, and after the short swim in the salty waters, your phone was damaged.

There is absolutely no vegetation on the island, and besides, you have no matches. The island is of course uninhabited and obviously very seldomly approached by people.

It is cold in the air and the sea, and the sight is rather bad. There is no freshwater on this barren island. You expect to be able to stay alive maximum 24 hours if you do not manage to rescue yourself or be rescued. What do you do to save yourself?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby biograd » Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:05 pm

Is this a "lateral adventure" type puzzle, or more of a riddle?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:07 pm

I'd say it has lateral elements indeed
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby GalFisk » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:21 am

Does the island consist of sand? Rocks? Coral? Lava? Can we get anything useful from the wreck? Can we even go back into the water without risking death? Do we have anything except our clothing and the dead phone? Can we pierce the phone battery with a rock in order to make fire? If so, should we first find something to set fire to? Is there any wildlife? Driftwood? Guano?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:20 pm

Does the island consist of sand? Rocks? Only rocks Coral? Lava? Can we get anything useful from the wreck? No, it has sunk deep into the sea Can we even go back into the water without risking death? You could always risk dipping your toes in the water, but the water is cold, so you only diminishes your chance of survival if you try swimming or diving Do we have anything except our clothing and the dead phone? No Can we pierce the phone battery with a rock in order to make fire? You can try, but you will fail If so, should we first find something to set fire to? Obviously, that will be futile Is there any wildlife? You see some seagulls, but they flee immediately if you approach them. Apart from that, there are only small insects like gnats and maybe a flea or two. They are hard to catch too. Not that you really need them. Driftwood? No. It obviously drifts to other places. Guano? There are small patches of dry, old poop from the seagulls and other birds that nested or rested during the summer season, but it is now autumn and very little fresh poop. You could hardly have scraped much of the dry poop from the rock surface, even if you had had something useful to scrape with.
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Balin » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:14 pm

How far from the island is the wreck?
What is the extent of the damage to the phone?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:46 pm

How far from the island is the wreck? Hard to tell. It is deep down there somewhere, but since you managed to swim to the island, the distance to the spot where it sank is probably not more than some hundred meters
What is the extent of the damage to the phone? Irrepairable
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:46 pm

Even though the phone is broken, is there still power going to the phone (does the battery work)?
Exactly what clothes am I wearing?
Have the seagulls landed again? If so, would I be able to throw a rock at one of them to stun/kill it for food?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:03 pm

Even though the phone is broken, is there still power going to the phone (does the battery work)? Sadly, no. You're out of luck there.
Exactly what clothes am I wearing? Normal underwear and socks. A cotton shirt and a sweater. Windbreakers and water resistant hiking pants. Rubber yachting boots. Fleece gloves. No cap or hood. A standard type wristwatch.
Have the seagulls landed again? A few of them settle to rest for some minutes before they move on, but every time you try to approach them, they fly away. If so, would I be able to throw a rock at one of them to stun/kill it for food? This little island consists almost solely of slick rock, and no - you will only spend unnecessary energy trying to hit those seagulls.
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby CoffeeBean » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:49 pm

Have you seen any other boats in the area? What about aircraft?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:05 pm

Is the watch working? Is there sunlight? Is the watch glass convex so it can focus sunlight? Os it a wind-up watch? Battery-powered? Relevant? If it works, what time is it?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:25 pm

CoffeeBean:

Have you seen any other boats in the area? No, and this annoys you, since you managed to convey that you were in an emergency situation What about aircraft? Yes, you saw some aircraft circling around, but they obviously didn't see you, which annoys you even more.

Galfisk:
Is the watch working? No. I thought we already had stated that. Is there sunlight?During the day, there is a quite grey an dull sky, which fades into darkness when night arrives. Is the watch glass convex so it can focus sunlight? Maybe it would have, if the sky weren't that grey and dull Or it a wind-up watch? Battery-powered? This is 2017. You don't use a wind-up watch anymore. Relevant? No If it works, what time is it? The time ticks slowly towards your doom
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby GalFisk » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:55 am

Check the water: any fish? Plants? Other life? Loose rocks? Garbage? Floating stuff?
Check the horizon: any watercraft? Aircraft? Better islands to go be stranded on?
Is it safe to assume that a search and rescue effort is underway, and we need to get them to notice us somehow?
Do we carry anything in our pockets?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:04 am

Check the water: any fish? Some small fish swimming around every now and then Plants? There is some kelp growing near the shore Other life? You see some small crabs moving around near the shore. There are also some blue mussels and sea snails. Quite a few barnacles grow on the tidal rocks Loose rocks? Some small rocks, but very few Garbage? No Floating stuff? No

Check the horizon: any watercraft? No Aircraft? Not at the moment, but you spotted one far away some time back Better islands to go be stranded on? No
Is it safe to assume that a search and rescue effort is underway, and we need to get them to notice us somehow? Yes, since you managed to tell your friend that you were in trouble
Do we carry anything in our pockets? No
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Balin » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:21 am

After that week's nap...

Is the broken phone reflective? Is it a smartphone? Flip phone?
Can you tell which way the current is flowing? Which way is the wind blowing?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby GalFisk » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:07 pm

Would writing "help" on the island be helpful? Is there enough kelp to write with? If so, are we able to pick it? Is there enough room to write on? If so, does kelp contrast well enough with the ground that it could be seen at a distance?
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Acridian9 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:40 pm

Can you describe the wristwatch? (convex glass? leather strip? metal buttons?)
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:53 am

Balin:

After that week's nap... ..and some more...thought you had given this one up...

Is the broken phone reflective? No. Matted surface and more or less broken front pane Is it a smartphone? A Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone with gold color.

Just kidding. It doesn't matter. Probably a smart phone. So 'no' to the next question.
Flip phone?

Can you tell which way the current is flowing? Which way is the wind blowing? Both varies though the day. There are ebbs and tides.

Galfisk:

Would writing "help" on the island be helpful? Is there enough kelp to write with? If so, are we able to pick it? Is there enough room to write on? If so, does kelp contrast well enough with the ground that it could be seen at a distance? Yes, yes & yes to all. You have solved it!

Acridian:
Can you describe the wristwatch? (convex glass? leather strip? metal buttons?) As you can see, it didn't matter...
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:10 am

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

See the true story here:

https://www.rt.com/news/408396-russian- ... moss-help/

A 30 year old Russian sailor was shipwrecked at a lonely spot in a Swedish archipelago when attempting to sail solo from Sweden to Spain. He managed to reach a small island, and was found after two days by rescuers flying helicopters, who spotted that someone had used moss to spell the word 'Help'.

I decided to obfuscate this story even a bit more by removing the moss from the island.
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:21 pm

I feel bad now for not being able to come up with an appropriately humorous use for the phrase "kelp help."

Nice one!
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Grouffe » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:33 pm

No need to yelp because you didn't manage to create a kelp help pun. This one wasn't so good either.
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Re: [Grouffe] Another narrow escape

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:32 pm

Whelp...
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