[Solong] Another family tradition

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[Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:55 pm

Some of Grandpa Williams' children and grandchildren took him on a road trip to the small town where he had spent much of his childhood, visiting his grandparents. It was something of a disappointment. Grandpa looked around, and complained: "I can't see anything I remember. There are too many _________!"
Well, whose fault was that?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby invisiblemimsy » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:23 pm

Was it Grandpa's fault? Too many: trees, flowers, animals, minerals/mines, buildings, foods or drinks, cars, roads?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby GalFisk » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:43 pm

Too many: humans? Something living? Something man-made? Something annoying? Does Grandpa Williams relevantly have vision problems? Glasses? Is he looking around from: a car? Sidewalk? Building? Square? Bus? Other vehicle?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby jumpingjacks » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:15 pm

Was grandpa an inventor of something? an entrepreneur? Had he started a chain of shops/restaurants or something similar?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby trebor » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:45 pm

Too many tourists?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:58 pm

Was it Grandpa's fault? No.Too many: trees,this flowers, also this, but less so. animals, minerals/mines, buildings, foods or drinks, cars, roads? n.r. to the rest.
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:02 pm

Too many: humans? Something living?See previous answers. Something man-made? Something annoying? Not really, just different. Does Grandpa Williams relevantly have vision problems? Glasses? He wears glasses, but his long-distance vision is still good. Is he looking around from: a car? This, no to the rest.Sidewalk? Building? Square? Bus? Other vehicle?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:04 pm

Was grandpa an inventor of something? an entrepreneur? Had he started a chain of shops/restaurants or something similar?No to all. Somebody had instituted a change, but not Grandpa W., and shops, etc., n.r.
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:07 pm

Too many tourists? No.
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby trebor » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:43 pm

Does Grandpa know the person whose fault it is? Is it the fault of a human? Several humans? Related to him? In the car with him?

Is it relevant what Grandpa was trying to see? Buildings? His former home? Something small? Something easily hidden?

Is it relevant that there are generations of grandparents and grandchildren involved? (His grandchildren are taking him to where he visited his grandparents when he was a grandkid...)
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:17 pm

Does Grandpa know the person whose fault it is? He did know that person.Is it the fault of a human? To a large degree. Several humans? Related to him? Yes.In the car with him? No.

Is it relevant what Grandpa was trying to see? Buildings? His former home? The family home mostly, but also any building he remembered. Something small? Something easily hidden? No to these.

Is it relevant that there are generations of grandparents and grandchildren involved? (His grandchildren are taking him to where he visited his grandparents when he was a grandkid...) Good q. Yes, although he had revisited the place after he grew up, that was about 50 years ago, more or less.



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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby invisiblemimsy » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:33 pm

Is the person (who Grandpa knew) famous? Are they dead now? Are they 'a legend in their own lifetime'? Did they do something good, bad, indifferent? Was the person older/younger than Grandpa (number) of years? Was it a family tradition?

Are his children and grandchildren going to do something as a result of this trip? Is Grandpa?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:51 pm

Is the person (who Grandpa knew) famous? No.Are they dead now? Yes. Are they 'a legend in their own lifetime'? Perhaps only to the current Grandpa W.Did they do something good,What they did to give rise to this puzzle could be considered good. bad, indifferent? Was the person older/younger than Grandpa (number) of years? Older by a couple of generations. Was it a family tradition? Maybe the start of one.

Are his children and grandchildren going to do something as a result of this trip? Is Grandpa? Probably not.

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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:25 pm

Recap:
Grandpa Williams, returning to the haunts of his childhood, was disappointed - he couldn't see them because of the trees that had grown up. Of course, someone or something is to "blame" for that. Who or what?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Enjay » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:26 am

Did the person to blame plant the trees?Help th trees to grow? Help to bring about the planting of the trees?

Were the trees there at all when Grandpa W was younger? Were they there but smaller?

Is the person to blame related to Grandpa W? One of his grandparents? Did the person to blame intent to end up with lots of trees?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:27 am

Did the person to blame plant the trees?Help th trees to grow? Help to bring about the planting of the trees? Any or all of these.

Were the trees there at all when Grandpa W was younger? Were they there but smaller? This, also not so spread out.

Is the person to blame related to Grandpa W? One of his grandparents? Both of them, no doubt. Did the person to blame intent to end up with lots of trees? No, he just wanted to cultivate his own garden.

Grandpa Williams' grandparents, Great-great grandpa and grandma Williams were garden-proud, and kept a tight fence around gtheir yard. (That part of Texas was open range until 1935, and cattle would have overrun their place if they didn't.) So the great-great grandparents were partly responsible for the proliferation of trees in the town today. Who or what else was responsible?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby trebor » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:10 am

Was the wind responsible? Were the cattle? Do his grandkids have any further role to play? Do his children? Are either of hose groups responsible? Does he (or did he?) have any relevant siblings?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:43 pm

Was the wind responsible? To some degree, yope.Were the cattle? No, but sort of OTRT.Do his grandkids have any further role to play? Do his children? Are either of hose groups responsible? No to all.Does he (or did he?) have any relevant siblings? None relevant.
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Enjay » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:24 pm

Are we looking for how the seeds of the trees were spread? Were they spread by birds? Animals? Weather? People? Something manmade?
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Re: [Solong] Another family tradition

Postby Solong » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:16 pm

Are we looking for how the seeds of the trees were spread? Yes.Were they spread by birds? Animals? Yes to both.Weather? People? Something manmade?

**********************SPOILER *******************
In spite of great-grandpa and -grandma Williams' efforts to keep their yard cordoned off, birds and squirrels sneaked seeds out, and over more than 50+ years, an entire grove of trees has grown up. So Grandpa's own grandpa was to 'blame.'!
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