[WiZ] The Welder

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[WiZ] The Welder

Postby WiZ » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:16 pm

A man employed as a welder draws an unusually high salary for his job, although he has no exceptional training or skills. His contract also allows him to refuse much of the work available to him, even though he is qualified to do it. How come?

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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby wolfier » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:35 pm

Lemme start - is it relevant what he is asked to weld? transportation devices?
trains? aircrafts? weapons? power generation relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby WiZ » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:41 pm

Lemme start yes

- is it relevant what he is asked to weld? no - he works on a range of projects transportation devices? possibly but irrel
trains? aircrafts? weapons? all possible but irrel power generation relevant? no
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:49 am

Does he take advantage of the right to refusal often? Relevant? If he rrfuses a job, does he: do another one instead? Do nothing? Does someone else relevantly do the job he refuses? Does he have any relevant training or skills in other professions? Nepotism relevant? Cronyism? Espionage? Does he know relevant secrets? Relevant who his employer is? Did the welder negotiate the salary and contract terms? Do any other welders have similar contracts? Other employees?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:15 am

Does he take advantage of the right to refusal often? yes Relevant? for context If he rrfuses a job, does he: do another one instead? no Do nothing? yes, all other things being equal Does someone else relevantly do the job he refuses? yes Does he have any relevant training or skills in other professions? no Nepotism relevant? Cronyism? Espionage? no to these Does he know relevant secrets? no Relevant who his employer is? No, although some parameters of his employer are Did the welder negotiate the salary and contract terms? yes Do any other welders have similar contracts? Potentially, but they would number very few Other employees? Yes, there are other occupations which would allow for this scenario
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:58 am

Does he refuse jobs that he deem: dangerous? Difficult? Too big? Too small? Annoying? Pointless? In conflict with his interests? Low priority? Is he paid for being idle? Is he paid for being available in a crisis? If he accepts a job, is it because he deems it: important? Challenging? Fun? Interesting? Educational? Easy?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby invisiblemimsy » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:40 pm

Does he refuse jobs due to something which isn't to do with the actual jobs? Something personal? E.g. illness, family matters, having another job, simply cba? Religion relevant? Does his job involve NOT doing something? Would this work in a job other than welding?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby wolfier » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:47 pm

any of the following relevant? illness, disability, geographical distance, citizenship, licensing, professional membership.
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:56 pm

[/b]GalFisk

Does he refuse jobs that he deem: dangerous? no Difficult? yes Too big? Too small? Please rephrase (in both cases) Annoying? not really Pointless? no In conflict with his interests? no Low priority? no Is he paid for being idle? no Is he paid for being available in a crisis? no If he accepts a job, is it because he deems it: important? Challenging? Fun? Interesting? Educational? Easy? no to all

Mimsy

Does he refuse jobs due to something which isn't to do with the actual jobs? no Something personal? yes E.g. illness noish, family matters, having another job, simply cba? no to rest Religion relevant? not to this puzzleDoes his job involve NOT doing something? no Would this work in a job other than welding? Yes (although not all jobs)

Wolfier

any of the following relevant? illness noish, disability yesish, geographical distance, citizenship, licensing, no to these professional membership. yes (although in a secondary sort of way)
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:06 pm

Is the welder injured? Unable to perform certain work? Is this contract some type of compensation? Does he have this contract until he retires?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby biograd » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:53 pm

Is he unusually short, so he can reach welds in small spaces? or unusually tall, so he can reach ones that are high off the ground?
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder

Postby WiZ » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:56 pm

GalFisk

Is the welder injured? no Unable to perform certain work? yes Is this contract some type of compensation? no Does he have this contract until he retires? yes (or perhaps slight variations thereof)

BioGrad

Is he unusually short, so he can reach welds in small spaces? yes

***** SPOILER *****

The welder is a dwarf, who could crawl into machines and similar to do welds that would be dangerous or simply impossible for most welders. He had a union agreement that he would send the other welders jobs he couldn't do in exchange for them passing him all the tight jobs. He was able to charge a high price for his specialised servcices.


Congratulations to Biograd for the solve, and congratulations to WiZ for managing to host a Lateral Puzzle in which the answer was 'he was a dwarf' that ran for over 10 posts.
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder [CASE WELDED CLOSED]

Postby irishelk » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Very well done, although I'm afraid LTPFers are going to start asking HAMD?

Maybe HAMDA for euphony's sake (Human? Adult? Male? Dwarf? Albatross?)
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Re: [WiZ] The Welder [CASE WELDED CLOSED]

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:23 pm

Lovely!

Was his name Hwel Hweldersson?
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