[WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham [KEPT MUM]

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[WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham [KEPT MUM]

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:37 pm

Adrian is a teenage boy. One of his parents is from Birmingham, Alabama. The other is from Birmingham, England. This conveys Adrian a simple but very practical advantage which is almost unique to him. What is it?

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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby AlbatrossLover » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:57 pm

Relevant where Adrian was born? Where he currently lives? Could he use this advantage anywhere in the world?

Is the advantage something he could use in school? Work? Social situations? Official documents relevant?

Would this advantage work with anyone else who had parents from both Birminghams? Someone with parents from Memphis, Tennessee and Memphis, Egypt? Any other identically named cities in the US/UK? If one of his parents was from a place called Birmingham in a different country altogether? Do his parents need to do something relevant besides being from said places?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:13 pm

Relevant where Adrian was born? Where he currently lives? no to both Could he use this advantage anywhere in the world? yes

Is the advantage something he could use in school? Work? yes to both, to a small extent Social situations? yes, to a greater extent Official documents relevant? no

Would this advantage work with anyone else who had parents from both Birminghams? no Someone with parents from Memphis, Tennessee and Memphis, Egypt? difficult to answer as I would be deep in speculative territory WRT Egypt Any other identically named cities in the US/UK? yes If one of his parents was from a place called Birmingham in a different country altogether? yope Do his parents need to do something relevant besides being from said places? no
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:40 pm

Language relevant? Accents?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:49 pm

Language relevant? yes Accents? yesish
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:01 pm

Is Adrian a native speaker of English? Does he have a British accent? American accent? (Broadly speaking - I realize that English accents are more fine-grained than this)
Does he relevantly speak languages other than English? Does he have any relevant speech impediments?
Any stereotypes associated with specific accents relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:22 pm

Is Adrian a native speaker of English? yes Does he have a British accent? American accent? irrelevant (Broadly speaking - I realize that English accents are more fine-grained than this) And we haven't even touched on the Commonwealth accents...
Does he relevantly speak languages other than English? no Does he have any relevant speech impediments? no
Any stereotypes associated with specific accents relevant? no
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Enjay » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:34 pm

Does the advantage come from the fact that his parents are both from a city with the same name? From the fact that one is from the US and one from the UK? Would he have the same advantage if they were from two identically named towns within the UK? Within the US?

Does the advantage save him time? Allow him to gain something material? Make something easier for him?

Is there a relevant occasion on which Adrian would state where his parents are from? Write where they are from? Does the advantage involve him misleading people in any way?

Would people meeting Adrian assume he is from a certain place? If so, the US? The UK?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:37 pm

Would Adrian still have the advantage if he was H/C/M? H/A/M? female? Is his name relevant?

Is the advantage something he could use when interacting with family? friends? classmates? strangers? people on the internet? Is the advantage related to how other people perceive him? treat him? Making friends relevant? Relationships relevant? Money relevant? Any of Adrian's hobbies or interests relevant?

Is the question "Where are you from?" relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Balin » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:38 pm

Is it relevant which of Adrian's parents is from Alabama? Which is from England? Is his mother from Alabama? From England? Is his father from Alabama? From England?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:42 pm

Enjay

Does the advantage come from the fact that his parents are both from a city with the same name? no From the fact that one is from the US and one from the UK? yes Would he have the same advantage if they were from two identically named towns within the UK? no Within the US? no

Does the advantage save him time? yes, but this is something of a by-product Allow him to gain something material? no Make something easier for him? this, primarily

Is there a relevant occasion on which Adrian would state where his parents are from? no Write where they are from? no Does the advantage involve him misleading people in any way? no

Would people meeting Adrian assume he is from a certain place? no (assume he has the broad accent of wherever he lives) If so, the US? The UK? n/a to both - the puzzle could work in either country, and then some


Doriana

Would Adrian still have the advantage if he was H/C/M? H/A/M? female? yes to all Is his name relevant? No, other than my having already used Alex, Adam and Andrew - see the Chatroom

Is the advantage something he could use when interacting with family? yes, primarily friends? classmates? strangers? people on the internet? yes to an increasingly smaller degree Is the advantage related to how other people perceive him? treat him? no to both Making friends relevant? no Relationships relevant? yes Money relevant? Any of Adrian's hobbies or interests relevant? no to these

Is the question "Where are you from?" relevant? no

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Is it relevant which of Adrian's parents is from Alabama? Which is from England? no to both Is his mother from Alabama? yes From England? and yes (you wily scoundrel) Is his father from Alabama? From England? FA to both
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:45 pm

So, I take it that he has two mothers, correct? Mom/mum relevant? Does he call his American mother mom and his British mother mum, thereby avoiding the potential awkwardness of always having to clarify which mother he's talking about?
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham

Postby WiZ » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:48 pm

So, I take it that he has two mothers, correct? Correct Mom/mum relevant? Does he call his American mother mom and his British mother mum, thereby avoiding the potential awkwardness of always having to clarify which mother he's talking about?

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Exactly that. It also comes in handy when saving names in his phone.


Congratulations, Doriana, on a very well-put solution, and Balin on asking the right question. I hope you enjoyed the very slight distraction in the two Birminghams. Thank you all for playing!
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Re: [WiZ] Boulder to Birmingham [KEPT MUM]

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:00 pm

Good one, and yes, nice red herring with the two Birminghams!
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