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[WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:17 am

Because she had one steel leg, she now has two steel balls. Explain.

FMOI, extrapolated from falsifiable truthiness. Caveat Earlispoilor.
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby LemonCurry » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:39 am

She = H/A/F? (I haven‘t asked this question for ages)

Is the steel leg a prosthetic? Are the steel balls? Are the leg and/or the balls physically made of steel?

Are pinball machines relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Earnest » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:14 am

Steel leg = her own leg? Two balls = bigger than a basketball ball? Bigger than a baseball ball?

Leg = section of a race? A table/chair leg? A clothing part? A person's lower limb?

Are the steel balls a consequence of having a steel leg? Like if you have a steel leg than it must be that you have two steel balls?
Is it a temporary situation?(e.g. she went somewhere where a steel leg is given to her?) A permanent one?

Could she have more than one steel legs? More than two?
Table games relevant?

Are the steel balls connected one to the other somehow? Are them separated? Are the sterl balls considered an advantage for her? A disadvantage? Are they used by her?

Use of verbs...so she had in the past a steel leg and she now has two steel balls? Is the steel of the balls the same steel of the leg? Are the balls given to her by soneone? Is it a natural process?

Are the balls precious? Like a prize?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby peter365 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:16 am

Wild thought alert!

Are the two steel balls a 'Newton's Cradle'?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:11 pm

LemonCurry

She = H/A/F? correct (I haven‘t asked this question for ages) Incredible. It's practically a verbal tic for LTPFers.

Is the steel leg a prosthetic? yes Are the steel balls? no Are the leg and/or the balls physically made of steel? yes

Are pinball machines relevant? no

Earnest

Steel leg = her own leg? yes Two balls = bigger than a basketball ball? Bigger than a baseball ball? no to both

I promise I will stop smirking soon.

Leg = section of a race? A table/chair leg? A clothing part? A person's lower limb? this; no to rest

Are the steel balls a consequence of having a steel leg? Like if you have a steel leg than it must be that you have two steel balls? they're not a *necessary* consequence, which your example seems to suggest
Is it a temporary situation?(e.g. she went somewhere where a steel leg is given to her?) no A permanent one? yes (until limb-regeneration technology is developed)

Could she have more than one steel legs? yes More than two? I imagine it's *possible*, but nobody would ever choose to
Table games relevant? no

Are the steel balls connected one to the other somehow? no Are them separated? yes Are the sterl balls considered an advantage for her? A disadvantage? neither Are they used by her? yesish

Use of verbs...so she had in the past a steel leg and she now has two steel balls? the balls did not replace the leg, as such - but this is the order in which she obtained them Is the steel of the balls the same steel of the leg? not exactly Are the balls given to her by soneone? yes Is it a natural process? no

Are the balls precious? per se? No, but... Like a prize? per se? No, but...

Peter

Wild thought alert! I'll grab my Pokeball

Are the two steel balls a 'Newton's Cradle'? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:39 pm

Did she stop having a steel leg at some point? If so, before she received the steel balls? At the same time?

Are the balls closest to the size of a pea? A ping-pong ball? An orange? Are they both the same size? Are they solid steel? Hollow? Do they contain other materials? Any moving parts?

Are the balls used for a medical purpose? Are they attached to her body?

Is it relevant why she needed a prosthetic leg?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:57 pm

Did she stop having a steel leg at some point? no/not relevantly If so, before she received the steel balls? At the same time? n/a

Are the balls closest to the size of a pea? yes A ping-pong ball? An orange? no to these Are they both the same size? yes Are they solid steel? yes Hollow? no Do they contain other materials? no Any moving parts? no

Are the balls used for a medical purpose? no Are they attached to her body? no

Is it relevant why she needed a prosthetic leg? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Earnest » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Were they meant to support the steel leg?
Is medicime relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:06 pm

Were they meant to support the steel leg? no
Is medicime relevant? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:27 pm

Are they ball bearings? Marbles?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:32 pm

Are they ball bearings? [color=#008000]more or less, yes[/color] Marbles? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:55 pm

Is it relevant who gave her the balls? Did she buy them? Did she want the balls prior to being given them? Did the person who gave them to her know she had a steel leg?

Does she keep the balls somewhere? Carry them around with her?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:18 pm

Is it relevant who gave her the balls? Yes, for great context Did she buy them? Did she want the balls prior to being given them? yes Did the person who gave them to her know she had a steel leg? yes

Does she keep the balls somewhere? yes Carry them around with her? no (most of the time)
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby peter365 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:11 am

This puzzle has a lot of 'Oooh matron' about it!

Are the balls inside some other object e.g a whistle?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Earnest » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:19 am

Is passing a control relevant?
E.g. she was at the airport and need to go through the metal detector? And simply they gave her a wheelchair (I think the wheels of the wheel chair have a steel ball each inside...like the very center of the wheelchair)
Or maybe the two balls are referred to a model of a wheelchair (e.g. a prize...)

Is she the only one who is given the two balls? E.g. a parlympic marathon for people who cannot walk/run
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:39 pm

Peter

This puzzle has a lot of 'Oooh matron' about it! It does, but we should carry on regardless.

Are the balls inside some other object yes e.g a whistle? no

Earnest

Is passing a control relevant? not a 'control', no
E.g. she was at the airport and need to go through the metal detector? no (running concurrent puzzles about airport security would be a risky move on my part :)) And simply they gave her a wheelchair (I think the wheels of the wheel chair have a steel ball each inside...like the very center of the wheelchair) this is not the solution
Or maybe the two balls are referred to a model of a wheelchair (e.g. a prize...) no

Is she the only one who is given the two balls? no E.g. a parlympic marathon for people who cannot walk/run Shazam! She is a paralympic athlete.
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:17 pm

Does she use the balls in her sport? Are they part of some kind of sporting equipment? Are they bullets for Olympic shooting? Part of a bike?
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Postby WiZ » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:33 pm

Does she use the balls in her sport? Are they part of some kind of sporting equipment? Are they bullets for Olympic shooting? Part of a bike? no to all
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:34 pm

Did she receive them from someone involved in the Paralympics? Were they a prize?

Is it relevant what sport she did in the Paralympics?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:39 pm

Did she receive them from someone involved in the Paralympics? yes Were they a prize? yes

Is it relevant what sport she did in the Paralympics? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:39 am

So the balls were the prize? Were in the prize? Did they make the prize (medals?) rattle?
Is it just relevant that she only received the balls because she was a Paralympian? Whereas a fully able-bodied Olympian would have received a normal medal?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:31 am

So the balls were the prize? Oooh, matron! Were in the prize? Yes, this Did they make the prize (medals?) rattle? Indeed they did
Is it just relevant that she only received the balls because she was a Paralympian? yes Whereas a fully able-bodied Olympian would have received a normal medal? yes

But why on earth would you want a paralympic medal to rattle?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Earnest » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:29 am

Ok so...were the two balls originally glued together? Or were they originally meant to be rattling? Were the two balls simply two different medals?
did she win the prize while partecipating to a paralyimpic game?

Did she win the rattling medal because of the leg? I mean, if she were paralympic for anther reason (e.g. a missing arm...) would she receive the rattling medal as well?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:03 pm

Do they rattle so that blind athletes can hear them? Do they get rattled when presented so that the athletes know when the medals are being placed?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby peter365 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:02 pm

looks like the lads have it.

it's almost as if the metal balls help her find her bearings :lol: I'll get my coat.
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 pm

I think Enjay has it - I know there are blind sports with rattling balls so that blind athletes know where the ball is.
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:43 pm

[/b]Earnest[/b]

Ok so...were the two balls originally glued together? Or were they originally meant to be rattling? This; They are rattling by design Were the two balls simply two different medals? no
did she win the prize while partecipating to a paralyimpic game? yes

Did she win the rattling medal because of the leg? I mean, if she were paralympic for anther reason (e.g. a missing arm...) would she receive the rattling medal as well? yes, provided she performed equally well

Enjay

Do they rattle so that blind athletes can hear them? yes, very good Do they get rattled when presented so that the athletes know when the medals are being placed? no

Peter

looks like the lads have it. Almost :)

it's almost as if the metal balls help her find her bearings :lol: I'll get my coat. At the risk of accentuating the true word spoken in jest, the rattling isn't about finding or locating anything.

Balin

I think Enjay has it - I know there are blind sports with rattling balls so that blind athletes know where the ball is. All soccer balls are blind soccer balls, really. Once they develop a sighted soccer ball, we'll have moved into interesting ethical territory.
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Enjay » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:14 pm

Is the idea that since non-sighted athletes can admire the designs of their medals and feel proud, blind athletes will be able to get a similar experience with the rattling?

Are the athletes expected to rattle their medals at any particular time?

Do the medals rattle in a different way for each sport? Do the medals for all events rattle? Do they all have 2 steel balls in?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:21 pm

Is the idea that since non-sighted athletes can admire the designs of their medals and feel proud, blind athletes will be able to get a similar experience with the rattling? no, but we're ORT

Are the athletes expected to rattle their medals at any particular time? no

Do the medals rattle in a different way for each sport? no, but again, ORT Do the medals for all events rattle? yes Do they all have 2 steel balls in? no
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby Balin » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:23 am

Are there different rattling for the different ranked medals (gold/silver/bronze)?
EDIT: Are the people who hand out the medals blind? Or otherwise disabled?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby GalFisk » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:01 am

Do different medals have balls of different material? Different number of balls? Different shape of rattlers? Different rattling sound? Different sound altogether? Such as bells? Whistles?
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Re: [WiZ] Daft puzzle, but we're in a lull #2

Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:00 pm

Balin

Are there different rattling for the different ranked medals (gold/silver/bronze)? yes *snip*

GalFisk

Do different medals have *snip* Different number of balls? yes *snip* Different rattling sound? yes *snip*

***** SPOILER *****

In the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the medals contained a different quantity of steel balls inside them (based on the medal's class), so blind competitors could determine the type of medal by its sound.

Our protagonist was an athlete who won one such medal.


Congratulations to Balin and GalFisk, and thanks everyone else for playing. Turns out I didn't research this too thoroughly, and the bronze medal in fact contains 16 balls (the silver 22 and the Gold 28), but that wouldn't have provided quite the same 'oooh matron' opportunities.
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