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[GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:52 pm

He scratched his back. Eventually they gave him a long wire.

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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Balin » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:31 pm

Did "he" scratch his own back? Someone else's? Is "he" the one who was given the wire?
He = H/A/M? Same for "his" and "him"? They = H/A/M?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:18 pm

Wire = relevant the material of the wire? A dental floss?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:16 pm

Did "he" scratch his own back? This. Someone else's? Is "he" the one who was given the wire? Yes.
He = H/A/M? Same for "his" and "him"? Yes to all. They = H/A/M? H/A/Irr.

Wire = relevant the material of the wire? Yes. A dental floss? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:39 pm

Metal wire? Wire of soft fabric? An iron wire? A gold wire? An elastic wire? Bungee jumping relevant?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:42 pm

Metal wire? Partially. Wire of soft fabric? An iron wire? A gold wire? An elastic wire? Sort of. Bungee jumping relevant? No to the others.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:39 am

Did he have sonething on his back? Was he naked, would he have scratched his back? (Like he had a physical disturbance?)
They = collegues? Their profession relevant? Friends? Relatives? Judges?

Did they give him the wire to scratch his back? Did he feel an itch? Was his skin irritated? Spots relevant? Someone tickling relevant? Was there something on his back? Were "they" and him on the same level and not separated by any physical mean? (I mean for instance was it a situation in which they and he were separated by a glass/protective wall/water or they were in an overhead position w.r.t. him?)

Thickness of the wire relevant? Lenght? Torture relevant? Was it an electroc wire? Did someone take the wire from one side and another one from the other?
Main utility of the wire: hang himself? Scratch? Wrap around it? Climb? Use it to construct a bow? Was the wire necessary to complete a weapon? To save him? When they gave him the wire, did he cling on it or use it? Did they pull the wire? If so with him clinging on it?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:23 am

Did he have sonething on his back? No. Was he naked, would he have scratched his back? (Like he had a physical disturbance?) Yes.
They = collegues? Yes. Their profession relevant? Yes. Friends? Relatives? Judges? No to all.

Did they give him the wire to scratch his back? Did he feel an itch? Was his skin irritated? Spots relevant? Someone tickling relevant? Was there something on his back? No to all. Were "they" and him on the same level and not separated by any physical mean? Sometimes. (I mean for instance was it a situation in which they and he were separated by a glass/protective wall/water or they were in an overhead position w.r.t. him?) Sometimes.

Thickness of the wire relevant? For context mostly. Lenght? A bit. Torture relevant? No. Was it an electroc wire? Yesish. Did someone take the wire from one side and another one from the other? No, only one wire was used.
Main utility of the wire: hang himself? Scratch? Wrap around it? Climb? Use it to construct a bow? Was the wire necessary to complete a weapon? To save him? When they gave him the wire, did he cling on it or use it? Did they pull the wire? If so with him clinging on it? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:32 am

Profession = a profession related to food? Electronic? Water? Sport? Was there something on the wire? (I imagine something like in swimming pools in which there are buoys on the wire)? Is the wire flexible? Relevant?

Physical disturbance on the back = prick? Did he perceive scratching as the main activity in which he is involved or just a secondary disturbances which he thoight was coming from an animal/something else? Did he feel pain?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:35 am

Profession = a profession related to food? Electronic? Water? Sport? No to all. Was there something on the wire? (I imagine something like in swimming pools in which there are buoys on the wire)? Yes, but not a buoy. Is the wire flexible? Yes. Relevant? A stiff wire would not be used in this way.

Physical disturbance on the back = prick? No. Did he perceive scratching as the main activity in which he is involved or just a secondary disturbances which he thoight was coming from an animal/something else? Hard to answer. Explore. Did he feel pain? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:05 pm

Were those kinds of wire usually used in that profession? Is the metal part of the wire covered by a plastic part? Is it a wire with lights on it? Like Christmas lights or something like that?

Profession connected to: finance? Airplanes? Food? Services? Hotels? Architecture? Art? Building? Books? Music? Cleaning? Wire drawer? Supermarkets? Medicine? Hygene? Office work? Computer? Managers?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:24 pm

Were those kinds of wire usually used in that profession? Not specifically. Is the metal part of the wire covered by a plastic part? Yes. Is it a wire with lights on it? Like Christmas lights or something like that? No to both.

Profession connected to: finance? Airplanes? Food? Services? Hotels? Architecture? Art? Building? Books? Music? Cleaning? Wire drawer? Supermarkets? Medicine? Hygene? Office work? Computer? Managers? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Balin » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:28 pm

At any point in this puzzle, is there ever an electrical charge running through the wire?
Did he use the wire to scratch his back?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:55 pm

Electroshock relevant? Did he scratch his back with his hands? With a rough surface? With an object?
They gave = they threw it to him? They just made him find the wire?
Did he need the wire? Did he want it? Was the wire necessary to charge something? Was something out of charge? Wire to connect a device to something? To turn something on?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:42 pm

At any point in this puzzle, is there ever an electrical charge running through the wire? Yes.
Did he use the wire to scratch his back? No.

Electroshock relevant? No. Did he scratch his back with his hands? Yes. With a rough surface? With an object? No to both.
They gave = they threw it to him? They just made him find the wire? No to both.
Did he need the wire? Yesish. Did he want it? Noish. Was the wire necessary to charge something? No. Was something out of charge? No. Wire to connect a device to something? Yes. To turn something on? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:56 pm

Was the final aim of the men to scratch his back? Is the device connected ti the wire meant to scratch his back? Sonething making vibrations? A phone? A pc? A device usually used in offices? Kitchens? Houses?

Did he think the wire was connected to the device? Was the wire's metal part properly covered by plastic along all the wire?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby trebor » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:07 pm

Were they testing something? Inventing something? Punishing him? Does anybody wind up dead at the end of this puzzle?

Relevant how long after he scratched his back that they gave him the wire? If so, minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years?

Did the scratching reveal something? Give someone an idea?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:07 pm

Was the final aim of the men to scratch his back? No. Is the device connected ti the wire meant to scratch his back? Sonething making vibrations? A phone? This. A pc? A device usually used in offices? Kitchens? Houses?

Did he think the wire was connected to the device? Yes. Was the wire's metal part properly covered by plastic along all the wire? Yes.



Were they testing something? Inventing something? Punishing him? This. Does anybody wind up dead at the end of this puzzle? No.

Relevant how long after he scratched his back that they gave him the wire? If so, minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? Days to weeks. Months? Years?

Did the scratching reveal something? NO. Give someone an idea? Sort of.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:53 am

Did the phone belong to him? Was it a mobile phone? A landline phone? Was him able to receive phone calls without the wire? Relevant?

Was the wire entire or cut? If so in more than two pieces?

Scrtching his back due to something disturbing him? Something caused by the collegues? Something with which he was used to work?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:45 pm

Did the phone belong to him? No. Was it a mobile phone? A landline phone? This. Was him able to receive phone calls without the wire? No,
but...
Relevant? Yes, but...

Was the wire entire or cut? The wire was whole and intact. If so in more than two pieces?

Scrtching his back due to something disturbing him? Something caused by the collegues? Something with which he was used to work? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby JenBurdoo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:20 pm

Communication relevant? Is the military relevant?

At this point I'm imagining two wires, one wound around the other. OTRT?

Is the scratch a signal?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:22 pm

Communication relevant? Yes. Is the military relevant? No.

At this point I'm imagining two wires, one wound around the other. OTRT? No(ish).

Is the scratch a signal? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby JenBurdoo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:32 pm

Was the wire wound around something else (like a pole)?

Was he ill? Stranded? Lost? In need of something other than simple communication with others?

Did he scratch his back with a stick? Or something else? Did that give them an idea about how to get him the wire?

How far apart were they? A hundred yards? A mile?

Could they have dropped the wire to him from a plane or something?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:34 pm

Was the wire wound around something else (like a pole)? No.

Was he ill? Stranded? Lost? No to all. In need of something other than simple communication with others? Yesish, at least he thought so.

Did he scratch his back with a stick? Or something else? No to both. Did that give them an idea about how to get him the wire? No, the connection is very lateral.

How far apart were they? A hundred yards? A mile? Less than both.

Could they have dropped the wire to him from a plane or something? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby invisiblemimsy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:06 pm

Film book or TV relevant? is This fictional? Therapeutic?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:19 pm

Ok so...did he think to be able to receive phone calls? Is a phone with glasses relevamt (you know the one used by children)? Os the landline phone substituted by this?
Did they listen what he was telling? See what he was doing? If so did he know that? Is their aim not to be discovered? Did they substitute the wire with something else? Did they make something in order to receive his phone calls? Did they eventually receive a phone call directed to him?
Is the movement he did to scratch his back relevant? Was he turning? Was it the right moment to give him back the wire when he scratched his back? Is scratching his back sonehow connected with the lost of communications? Did they know he will have soon made a phone call?

Did he see the telephone for the first time? Did he know that the phone had a wire? Has he ever made a phone call with that phone? Has he ever received one? Did he notice that both operations were not possible?
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Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:28 pm

Film book or TV relevant? It is based on an autobiography. is This fictional? Therapeutic? No to both.

Ok so...did he think to be able to receive phone calls? Yope. Is a phone with glasses relevamt (you know the one used by children)? No. Os the landline phone substituted by this? This is a landline phone, but...
Did they listen what he was telling? Yes. See what he was doing? Noish. If so did he know that? He did not know they listened. He knew they didn't-ish see what he was doing. Is their aim not to be discovered? No, but... Did they substitute the wire with something else? The wire was a substitute for something else. Did they make something in order to receive his phone calls? Yope. Did they eventually receive a phone call directed to him? No.
Is the movement he did to scratch his back relevant? Yes. Was he turning? Yesish. Was it the right moment to give him back the wire when he scratched his back? No (and it's not given back, just given). Is scratching his back sonehow connected with the lost of communications? It is not lost as such, but scratching is connected with communications. Did they know he will have soon made a phone call? Yes.

Did he see the telephone for the first time? The one with this wire, yes. Did he know that the phone had a wire? Yes. Has he ever made a phone call with that phone? Yope. Has he ever received one? Yope/noish.
Did he notice that both operations were not possible? Yesish.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:17 pm

Was he communicating with skratching? If so with them? Were they making a joke?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:55 pm

Was he communicating with skratching? Yope. If so with them? No. Were they making a joke? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Balin » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:51 am

Did the scratching conceal something? Cover something up?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:55 am

Did the scratching conceal something? See next.
Cover something up? Yes, absolutely.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Balin » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:40 pm

Were there other marks on his back? Marks of injury? Of writing? A tattoo?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:15 pm

Were there other marks on his back? Marks of injury? Of writing? A tattoo? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:06 pm

Did they understood from his scratching that he needed the phone? That he had a disease?

Did they see his back? Did he have something on his back? On the palm of hos hand? Is the something covered by the scratching the sonething that caused the scratching?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:00 pm

Did they understood from his scratching that he needed the phone? No. That he had a disease? No, FA.

Did they see his back? No. Did he have something on his back? No. On the palm of hos hand? No,
but ..
Is the something covered by the scratching the sonething that caused the scratching? Yes, but beware of potential FA.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:15 pm

Did he have something on his hand? Was the act of scratching covering something? That is...I suppose that to scratch his back he lifted up his arm and scratch the back, right? Or did he scratch for instance with two hands? Antway...did the arm cover something?

Did they give hime back the wire eventually in order to let him communicate through the landline phone?
Something = an object? An animal? A sign? Sonething suggesting he was in difficulty? In danger?

Did the scratching cover something they want to be covered? The wire? Something they did not expect to be there? Did the something led them to give him the wire?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:45 pm

Did he have something on his hand? No, but... Was the act of scratching covering something? No. That is...I suppose that to scratch his back he lifted up his arm and scratch the back, right? Yes. Or did he scratch for instance with two hands? No. Antway...did the arm cover something? Nothing relevant.

Did they give hime back the wire eventually in order to let him communicate through the landline phone? It was not given back, but the purpose was to communicate through a landline phone. There's more to this though.
Something = an object? Yes. An animal? No. A sign? No. Sonething suggesting he was in difficulty? No - but he was. In danger? No.

Did the scratching cover something they want to be covered? Definitely not. The wire? No. Something they did not expect to be there? The scratching covered up something they didn't expect. Did the something led them to give him the wire? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:43 am

So let's start from scratch...I suppose he was wearing clothes when scratching right? And he was in his office right? When scratching he was covering something...so...was him sit when scratching his back? Standing? Near a wall (e.g. he scratched helping with the wall and thus covering something with his presence)? Relevant?
By scratching himself did he want to reach something else without being noticed?

Was the something covered connected to technology (phone/a connection/ a hole in the wall?)? Something connected with the lack of the wire?
Was him in danger = he risked his lofe? His carreer? Did he see the sonething he was covering? Was him aware of it? Was his purpose to cover it?
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Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:46 am

So let's start from scratch...I suppose he was wearing clothes when scratching right? Yes. And he was in his office right? No. When scratching he was covering something...so...was him sit when scratching his back? No. Standing? Yes. Near a wall Yes. (e.g. he scratched helping with the wall No. and thus covering something with his presence)? Yesish. Relevant? Yes.
By scratching himself did he want to reach something else without being noticed? Yes!

Was the something covered connected to technology (phone/a connection/ a hole in the wall?)? A phone. Something connected with the lack of the wire? This phone was connected with another wire, not the one they gave him.
Was him in danger = he risked his lofe? No. His carreer? Yope. Did he see the sonething he was covering? Yesish/when? Was him aware of it? Was his purpose to cover it? Yes to both.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:50 am

He was not in gis office but he was in his place of work right? Outside? Inside a building?

So they gave him the wire because they've noticed he had another phone right? Do we need to figure out the reason why he did not want to be noticed?

Did he want to communicate with someone? Was it urgent? Was he trying to reach the phone to call someone with it?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:38 am

He was not in gis office but he was in his place of work right? No. Outside? Inside a building? This.

So they gave him the wire because they've noticed he had another phone right? No. Do we need to figure out the reason why he did not want to be noticed? Yes.

Did he want to communicate with someone? Yes.
Was it urgent? DOYD. It was pretty important to him, but he had time. Was he trying to reach the phone to call someone with it? Yope' explore.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:02 am

Tip: find out where he was, and why.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:25 pm

Was him in a public place? Like an hospital? Because he was going to have children?

Was it evident who he would have called with the phone? Was him in prison? Was him allowed to use the phone? Were there cameras? Did he want to make a phone ring? The phone whose wire was "broken"? did he want to call his lover?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:36 pm

Was him in a public place? Like an hospital? Because he was going to have children? No to all

Was it evident who he would have called with the phone? No. Was him in prison? Yes. Was him allowed to use the phone? Yope, explore. Were there cameras? No. Did he want to make a phone ring? Yes. The phone whose wire was "broken"? No, FA. did he want to call his lover? No, but irr.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby invisiblemimsy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:09 pm

Him/he = Prisoner? Staff? Visitor?
Was he hiding the phone somewhere? Was someone else hiding the phone somewhere? Relevant where? Was there more than one phone relevantly in this puzzle? 2, 3, more? Was it a mobile phone? A landline? Public phone? Private?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:11 pm

Him/he = Prisoner? This. Staff? Visitor?
Was he hiding the phone somewhere? Was someone else hiding the phone somewhere? Relevant where? No to all. Was there more than one phone relevantly in this puzzle? 2 This., 3, more? Was it a mobile phone? A landline? This. Public phone? Private? They belonged to the prison.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby trebor » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:22 am

Is this connected to the one phone call inmates are supposed to get? Was he going to do something violent with the phone he was reaching for? Was he going to take it away from someone? Over the course of this puzzle are new charges paid against him?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:15 am

Is this connected to the one phone call inmates are supposed to get? No. Was he going to do something violent with the phone he was reaching for? Was he going to take it away from someone? No to both. Over the course of this puzzle are new charges paid against him? I don't think so.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:26 am

The one with the wire were prisoners as well? Staff members? Was him allowed to do one phone call? Was it his first phone call?

Relevant the reason why he was arrested? Because of sonething related with phones? Phone calls? Wiretaps? Were "they" above him? Did he see them? In scratching his back not to be noticed, did he see what he was going to bring? I mean...he was sure to catch the phone right? My idea is that at the end he caught the wire that the others made fall from above of him...

Did the wire belong to the phone he was going to use? Another phone? Were there many phones in the prison? Without the wire were communications possible at all? Did he want to communicate with someone outside the prison? Inside the prison? Someone related with him? An accomplice? A lover? Was it his last call? Was him condamned to death?
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Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:06 am

The one with the wire were prisoners as well? Staff members? This. Was him allowed to do one phone call? No, but restrictions on phone calls are relevant.Was it his first phone call? No.

Relevant the reason why he was arrested? Because of sonething related with phones? Phone calls? Yes to all.Wiretaps? Yope.Were "they" above him? No. Did he see them? Yes. In scratching his back not to be noticed, did he see what he was going to bring?See next. I mean...he was sure to catch the phone right? He didn't catch a phone, and did not bring anything, but he knew what he was doing, and he did not see what he was doing. My idea is that at the end he caught the wire that the others made fall from above of him... No, OTWT.

Did the wire belong to the phone he was going to use? When?Another phone? He used the phone with the wire, but also another phone. Were there many phones in the prison? Yes. Without the wire were communications possible at all? At first yes, but when he was given the wire, it was the only way. Did he want to communicate with someone outside the prison? This. Inside the prison? Someone related with him? An accomplice? This, several. A lover? Was it his last call? Was him condamned to death? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:44 pm

So maybe the staff members introduced a new way to communicate with the outside of the prison so that they can check every communication? So the wire was braught to any prisoner?

Was the prisoner in question an expert of communication? Previous methods of communication = landline phone?
Were all phones been taken out from the prison and a new system of communications was introduced?

Was his crime connected to: mafia? Violation of privacy? Gain money by phone calling someone random?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:12 pm

So maybe the staff members introduced a new way to communicate with the outside of the prison so that they can check every communication? Not exactly,
but OTRT.
So the wire was braught to any prisoner? No, just to him.

Was the prisoner in question an expert of communication? Yes. Previous methods of communication = landline phone? Yes.
Were all phones been taken out from the prison and a new system of communications was introduced? No, but explore.

Was his crime connected to: mafia? No. Violation of privacy? Yes, but this was not the main thing. Gain money by phone calling someone random? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby trebor » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:35 pm

Is his profession prior to his arrest relevant? Was he involved in any political issues/scandals? Was his crime murder? Theft? Arson? Assault? A white collar crime?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:18 am

Is his profession prior to his arrest relevant? No. Was he involved in any political issues/scandals? Noish. Was his crime murder? No. Theft? Yes. Arson? Assault? No to both. A white collar crime? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:54 pm

Caller ID relevant?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby trebor » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:47 am

By giving him he wire were they wire-tapping him?

With the scratching was he trying to conceal something on his wrist? A temporary marking? A permanent mark? A bruise? Some other evidence of injury? Was he trying to wipe something off of him I’m or his clothing?

Did this occur this century? If it was in he 20th century, relevant what decade?

Relevant from whom he stole? Was he guilty of identity theft?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:02 pm

Caller ID relevant? No.

By giving him he wire were they wire-tapping him? No.

With the scratching was he trying to conceal something on his wrist? A temporary marking? A permanent mark? A bruise? Some other evidence of injury? Was he trying to wipe something off of him I’m or his clothing? No to all.

Did this occur this century? No. If it was in he 20th century, relevant what decade? Yesish.

Relevant from whom he stole? No. Was he guilty of identity theft? This among other things. Not the most relevant crime to the puzzle.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:46 pm

So the scratching was a ruse intended to distract from something else that he was doing with the other hand? Other body part(s)? Was he "defacing property" in order to gain access to a phone line?

Were the prison authorities aware of what he was doing, enough to let him accomplish his goal, but intercepting his signal before it got to its outside-the-prison destination? Was this intended to gather information and/or identify who he was trying to contact and perhaps what message he was trying to send?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:26 am

So the scratching was a ruse intended to distract from something else that he was doing with the other hand? It disguised something he did with the scratching hand.Other body part(s)? No. Was he "defacing property" in order to gain access to a phone line? No.

Were the prison authorities aware of what he was doing, enough to let him accomplish his goal, but intercepting his signal before it got to its outside-the-prison destination? No. Was this intended to gather information and/or identify who he was trying to contact and perhaps what message he was trying to send? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:27 am

Did they give him a long wire so that he could use the landline phone but they were able to see him? (Like a long wire would have allowed he to communicate being distant from the phone and maybe in a room were he could be checked by guards?)

Was him able to commit the crime just because the phone number of the caller did not appear to the receiver of the phone call? Did he mainly exploit this fact? In committing the crime did he mainly called strangers? Accomplices? Did he convince people to do something? To give him something?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:18 am

Did they give him a long wire so that he could use the landline phone but they were able to see him? (Like a long wire would have allowed he to communicate being distant from the phone and maybe in a room were he could be checked by guards?) They wanted him to be distant from the phone, the rest is irr.

Was him able to commit the crime just because the phone number of the caller did not appear to the receiver of the phone call? Did he mainly exploit this fact? No to both. In committing the crime did he mainly called strangers? This. Accomplices? Did he convince people to do something? To give him something? Yes to both.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:17 pm

The strangers he convinced -- were they prison staff?
Did they know they were aiding him, or did they think they were doing these things for someone else? For prison staff?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:09 am

The strangers he convinced -- were they prison staff? No.
Did they know they were aiding him, No. or did they think they were doing these things for someone else? Yes. For prison staff? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:27 am

Did they think they were doing things for another prisoner? Was this someone else's jailbreak plan that he was trying to hijack? (hence, the identity theft?)
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:57 am

Did they think they were doing things for another prisoner? Was this someone else's jailbreak plan that he was trying to hijack? (hence, the identity theft?) No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby Earnest » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:42 pm

To give him a number? A password? A certain answer to a question? If so a positive answer? Did he record what strangers told him? Did he fake to be someone else? Someone the stranger knew? Like a relative? Someoen workubg for a bank? For an institution? A priest? Did he require offers for poor people? What he obtained = money? If so directly? Indirectly? Power? The key of somwone's house? The permission to do something?

Was what he asked to give him something tangible? Something that people use to tell by phone? Did he called random strangers or strangers accurately selected? Was him near the victim? Relevant? Did he pretend to have something that the victim would pay for? E.g. he fake to be a private investigator and to be in possession of nude pics of the stranger?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:22 pm

To give him a number? A password? A certain answer to a question? Yes to all. If so a positive answer? Possibly. Did he record what strangers told him? No. Did he fake to be someone else? Yes. Someone the stranger knew? Sometimes. Like a relative? Rarely. Someoen workubg for a bank? Not sure if he did this. For an institution? Yes. A priest? No. Did he require offers for poor people No.? What he obtained = money? If so directly? Indirectly? No money. Power? Sort of. The key of somwone's house? No. The permission to do something? Yesish.

Was what he asked to give him something tangible? Sometimes, but not that often. Something that people use to tell by phone? No. Did he called random strangers No. or strangers accurately selected? Yes. Was him near the victim? Very seldom. Relevant? Yes. Did he pretend to have something that the victim would pay for? No. E.g. he fake to be a private investigator and to be in possession of nude pics of the stranger? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:14 am

Was the scratching manipulating some sort of device under his skin on his back?
Was the sound/movement of the scratching covering some other activity (like dialing a phone)?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:05 am

Was the scratching manipulating some sort of device under his skin on his back? No.
Was the sound/movement of the scratching covering some other activity (like dialing a phone) Yes, he is sort of dialing a phone. Explore.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:40 pm

Anything unusual/relevant about his scratching hand?
Was his scratching doing the dialing?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:14 pm

Anything unusual/relevant about his scratching hand? No.
Was his scratching doing the dialing? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby biograd » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:44 pm

Did he communicate in an unauthorized manner with others outside the prison through an unmonitored phone line that he somehow passed over/through a wall/fence? so the prison officials replaced it with a phone connected to the "long wire" in the puzzle statement, but where the other end was (unbeknownst to him) connected to a listening device?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:19 pm

Did he communicate in an unauthorized manner Yes. with others outside the prison through an unmonitored phone line Yope. that he somehow passed over/through a wall/fence? No. so the prison officials replaced it with a phone connected to the "long wire" in the puzzle statement, but where the other end was (unbeknownst to him) connected to a listening device? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:16 am

Hint: knowing more about his crimes and the phone will help.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby KingLouie » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:14 am

Was the phone a traditional voice transmission phone?
Rotary dial relevant?
Morse Code related?
A handmade Rube Goldberg device that could do the job?
Radio relevant?

It was mentioned earlier that he was trying to pass himself of as someone else - a prison employee? Guard? Someone with authority to grant privileges, etc.?

His crimes:
communications-related?
Cryptography, hacking, codebreaking relevant?

Was there anything else implanted into any portion of his body, perhaps electronic or telecommunications-related? If so, while scratching his back, was that motion activating said device? Signaling someone else to initiate a passive transmission?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:37 am

Was the phone a traditional voice transmission phone? Yes.
Rotary dial relevant? Yes.
Morse Code related? No.
A handmade Rube Goldberg device that could do the job? No.
Radio relevant? No.

It was mentioned earlier that he was trying to pass himself of as someone else - a prison employee? Guard? No to both. Someone with authority to grant privileges, etc.? Yes. Hint: this was before he was imprisoned.

His crimes:
communications-related? Yes.
Cryptography, No. hacking, Yes. codebreaking relevant? No.

Was there anything else implanted into any portion of his body, perhaps electronic or telecommunications-related? No. If so, while scratching his back, was that motion activating said device? So no. Signaling someone else to initiate a passive transmission? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby biograd » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:22 pm

So was he a phone phreak then? Did he scratch something rough that vibrated and made a specific sound?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:19 pm

So was he a phone phreak then? Yes. Did he scratch something rough that vibrated and made a specific sound? No.
A phone phreak is someone who hacks phone systems.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:13 am

Hint: you don't need to find out more about what he did while pretending to just scratch his back. It's technical.
Consider instead what precautions the gaurds took before letting a known phreaker near the phone.
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby biograd » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:04 pm

Did the guards make sure that one of them was standing near him to listen to the sounds he was making? make sure that he had nothing on his person that could make certain sounds? ask him whom he wanted to call and then route the call for him rather than letting him dial?
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:46 pm

Did the guards make sure that one of them was standing near him to listen to the sounds he was making? No. make sure that he had nothing on his person that could make certain sounds? Irr. ask him whom he wanted to call and then route the call for him rather than letting him dial? Yes, and then...
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Re: [GalFisk] Salt and a battery

Postby GalFisk » Tue May 22, 2018 5:13 am

I'm spoiling this one since you've gotten pretty close, and I have a new puzzle I want to run.

Our hero is Kevin Mitnick, phone and computer hacker and social engineer, and one of FBI's most wanted. He was in prison for stealing top secret projects some of the world's biggest computer companies, which he did just for the challenge.

This was the last detail I originally wanted you to roughly figure out before spoiling:
The guards dialed the number of a person he was authorized to speak to, and then put a special padlock on the rotary dial of the phone. They gloated that this would keep him from doing any mischief.


It didn't.
He got into the habit of scratching his back, so that he could stand with his back against the phone and manipulate the phone hook without looking suspicious. In the old pulse dialing systems, you could dial numbers just by pressing the phone hook multiple times in rapid succession. So he would hang up, while pretending to keep talking with the first person, and then dial another number while pretending to scratch his back.

The gaurds never figured out how he did it, but they knew they had to keep him away from the phone itself. So they mounted a phone a fair distance from his cell, and gave him the handset on a long wire.
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