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[IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:42 pm

Those who participated in the live Skype puzzle session already know this one, but I thought I'd post it for everybody else. We should do another one of those.


The prey is better than the predator, but the solution is worse than the problem.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby SurfingPikachu » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:02 pm

Does the solution refer to the prey? The predator?
Does the problem refer to the prey? The predator?
Does the solution involve introducing a predator to an ecosystem to solve the problem of reducing the population numbers of the prey?
Is the predator a rabbit? A bird? An animal? A plant? A fungus? A microorganism?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Earnest » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:06 pm

solutio = solution to survive? solution for the prey to be better than the predator?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Balin » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:20 pm

Tacking onto the above:
Is the prey a rabbit? A bird? An animal? A plant? A fungus? A microorganism?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby peter365 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:22 pm

As a participant in the Skype session I can say that this puzzle is a really good one and worth sticking with folks.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby SurfingPikachu » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:23 pm

Further tacking onto Balin's tacking:
Is the predator or prey a human? *AHEM*
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:36 am

SurfingPikachu

Does the solution refer to the prey? Yes. The predator? No.
Does the problem refer to the prey? Yope to yesish.The predator? No.
Does the solution involve introducing a predator to an ecosystem to solve the problem of reducing the population numbers of the prey? No.
Is the predator a rabbit? A bird? This. An animal? A plant? A fungus? A microorganism?


Earnest

solutio = solution to survive? No. solution for the prey to be better than the predator? No.


Balin

Tacking onto the above:
Is the prey a rabbit? A bird? Yes. An animal? A plant? A fungus? A microorganism?

No to rest, though I'm taking this as a challenge to make a puzzle about fungi, and challenge accepted.


peter365

As a participant in the Skype session I can say that this puzzle is a really good one and worth sticking with folks. Thank you Peter!


SurfingPikachu

Further tacking onto Balin's tacking:
Is the predator or prey a human? *AHEM* :lol: No. I'm going to wait a bit before I pull that dirty trick again. :twisted:
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby SurfingPikachu » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:02 pm

The prey is a bird and the predator is also a bird? Is the prey in question the relevant prey of the predator in question, and the predator in question is the relevant predator of the prey in question?

When you say they are a bird, do you mean they are a particular bird, or a particular species of bird? Are they different species of birds?

The prey is a solution to... how to feed the predator?
The problem is... to find a use for the prey? To cull their numbers?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Earnest » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:47 am

so, if the prey is better than the predator, the problem is meant to be "the problem for the predator"? To somehow bridge the gap with the prey?

Prey = predator = bird? Do we refer to the same bird which can be both predator and prey depending on the situation? Are eggs involved? Bird = a wild bird? A "pet"?

solution worse than problem: meaning that applying the solution a greater problem than the original one is created? A greater risk? If so risk to die? Risk to be injured? Risk to be captured? Risk to become the prey? Is there a unique solution to the problem? Is the solution to be found referred to the prey?To the predator? To both?

prey better than the predator: supposing that prey is different than the predator...first of all...is the prey been chased by the predator? Been hunted? Can the predator be a prey as well? Are prey and predator here used to highlight that the prey is a "victim" of the predator? Or that usually one bird is considered a "predator" and the other a prey?

better = better in escaping a danger? Better for solving the specific problem they need to face? Are prey and predator actual real birds having to face a problem whose solution for one of the two is worse than the problem? Or the problem is for us to find a solution to the puzzle? Can the puzzle be rephrased as: why, even though the prey is better than the predator, the solution is worse than the problem?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:02 pm

SurfingPikachu

The prey is a bird and the predator is also a bird? Yes. Is the prey in question the relevant prey of the predator in question, and the predator in question is the relevant predator of the prey in question? Yes.

When you say they are a bird, do you mean they are a particular bird, or a particular species of bird? Species. Are they different species of birds? The predator and prey are, yes.

The prey is a solution to... how to feed the predator? No.
The problem is... to find a use for the prey? No. To cull their numbers? Noish.


Earnest

so, if the prey is better than the predator, the problem is meant to be "the problem for the predator"? No. To somehow bridge the gap with the prey? No.

Prey = predator = bird? The predator is not the same as the prey, but both are birds. Do we refer to the same bird which can be both predator and prey depending on the situation? No. Are eggs involved? No. Bird = a wild bird? Yes to yesish. A "pet"? No.

solution worse than problem: meaning that applying the solution, a greater problem than the original one is created? Yes. A greater risk? No.. If so risk to die? Risk to be injured? Risk to be captured? Risk to become the prey? No to all. Is there a unique solution to the problem? Yes. Is the solution to be found referred to the prey? Yes. To the predator? Somewhat. To both?

prey better than the predator: supposing that prey is different than the predator...first of all...is the prey been chased by the predator? Not in the context of the puzzle. Been hunted? Same. Can the predator be a prey as well? Not relevantly. Are prey and predator here used to highlight that the prey is a "victim" of the predator? Yes. Or that usually one bird is considered a "predator" and the other a prey? Probably the former more than the latter.

better = better in escaping a danger? No. Better for solving the specific problem they need to face? Yes, but beware FA. Are prey and predator actual real birds having to face a problem whose solution for one of the two is worse than the problem? No on several counts. Or the problem is for us to find a solution to the puzzle? Yope, depends on what you mean by "us." Can the puzzle be rephrased as: why, even though the prey is better than the predator, the solution is worse than the problem? Yes, but more completely it would be, 'How is the prey better than the predator, and how/why is the solution worse than the problem?'
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Earnest » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:30 am

so, are the words "better" and "worse" with respect to predator and prey or with respect to human being? I mean...is it something like both predator and prey are at risk of extinction and the solution for saving both of them create an environmental disaster? Or again, one of the two species (e.g. the predator) is at risk of extinction (so that "prey" is better = can better adapt) and the solution to save it risk to compromise the existence of another species? Or the prey is at risk so one solution could be to reduce the number of predators damaging some other species?

Does the problem concern the existence of one of the two species? The cohabitation of the two? Does the problem refer to the whole species or just to some "elements" of both types of birds?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby SurfingPikachu » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:33 pm

Extreme times call for extreme measures, and someone had to do the dirty work, so, are the predator or prey in the following SurfingPikachu list of non-Pokemon birds that have fallen to my thundershock? :lol:

Albatross, blackbird, bluebird, budgie, buzzard, canary, cassowary, chicken, cockatoo, cormorant, crane, crow, cuckoo, dove, duck, eagle, egret, emu, falcon, finch, flamingo, goose, hawk, heron, hummingbird, ibis, jay, kingfisher, kite, kiwi, kookaburra, lark, lorikeet, magpie, mallard, macaw, mynah, nightingale, oriole, osprey, ostrich, owl, parrot, partridge, peacock, pelican, penguin, pheasant, pigeon, plover, puffin, quail, raven, rhea, robin, seagull, starling, stork, swallow, swan, swift, tern, thrush, toucan, turkey, vulture, warbler, woodpecker, wren
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:40 pm

Earnest

so, are the words "better" and "worse" with respect to predator and prey or with respect to human being? Humans. I mean...is it something like both predator and prey are at risk of extinction and the solution for saving both of them create an environmental disaster? No.
Or again, one of the two species (e.g. the predator) is at risk of extinction (so that "prey" is better = can better adapt) and the solution to save it risk to compromise the existence of another species? No. Or the prey is at risk so one solution could be to reduce the number of predators damaging some other species? No.

Does the problem concern the existence of one of the two species? Noish. The cohabitation of the two? No. Does the problem refer to the whole species or just to some "elements" of both types of birds? The latter.


SurfingPikachu

Extreme times call for extreme measures, and someone had to do the dirty work, so, are the predator or prey in the following SurfingPikachu list of non-Pokemon birds that have fallen to my thundershock? :lol:

Albatross, blackbird, bluebird, budgie, buzzard, canary, cassowary, chicken, cockatoo, cormorant, crane, crow, cuckoo, dove, duck, eagle, egret, emu, falcon, finch, flamingo, goose, hawk, Predator is this (eagle or osprey also work). heron, hummingbird, ibis, jay, kingfisher, kite, kiwi, kookaburra, lark, lorikeet, magpie, mallard, macaw, mynah, nightingale, oriole, osprey, ostrich, owl, parrot, partridge, peacock, pelican, penguin, pheasant, pigeon, Prey is this. plover, puffin, quail, raven, rhea, robin, seagull, starling, stork, swallow, swan, swift, tern, thrush, toucan, turkey, vulture, warbler, woodpecker, wren
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Earnest » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:07 pm

do predator and prey use to crowd a specific place? In a specific part of the year? If so, summer?
Is a particular common habit of pigeon and eagle (predator) relevant? A different habit? If an habit of the two is involved, is the habit referred to a situation in which the birds are flying or a situation in which the birds are "on the ground"? Can we assume that just two birds (a predator and a prey) are involved?

Eagles, as far as I know, don't have much contacts with human being...so are contacts with humans involved for both predator and prey?

Does the problem concern human being? If so, is the problem related to the fact that the prey is hunted by the predator? Is the problem related to the fact that pigeons often try to obtain food by humans in cities?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:27 pm

Earnest

do predator and prey use to crowd a specific place? The prey, yes. In a specific part of the year? No. If so, summer?
Is a particular common habit of pigeon and eagle (predator) relevant? Yope. A different habit? If an habit of the two is involved, is the habit referred to a situation in which the birds are flying or a situation in which the birds are "on the ground"? Both could be involved, not really relevant. Can we assume that just two birds (a predator and a prey) are involved? You mean the individual birds? No, more than two involved.

Eagles, as far as I know, don't have much contacts with human being...so are contacts with humans involved for both predator and prey? Yes, in different ways for each.

Does the problem concern human being? Yes. If so, is the problem related to the fact that the prey is hunted by the predator? No. Is the problem related to the fact that pigeons often try to obtain food by humans in cities? Yesish.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:44 pm

So the problem is related to the pigeons in some way? Where they are? What they are doing? How many there are? A reaction they cause? Is the problem experienced exclusively by humans? By the pigeons? By the predators?

Are the predators part of the problem? A result of the problem? Part of the solution? A result of the solution?

Is the solution enacted by humans? Directly to/with the pigeons? Are the pigeons themselves the solution? Or what they did with the pigeons?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:11 am

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So the problem is related to the pigeons in some way? Yes. Where they are? Yes, primarily. What they are doing? How many there are? A reaction they cause? All of these can be involved. Is the problem experienced exclusively by humans? Yes. By the pigeons? No. By the predators? No.

Are the predators part of the problem? No. A result of the problem? Yope. Part of the solution? Yope to yesish. A result of the solution? No.

Is the solution enacted by humans? Yes. Directly to/with the pigeons? It is done to the pigeons in a way, DOYD of "directly." Are the pigeons themselves the solution? Yesish, explore. Or what they did with the pigeons? Yesish, but not in the way you mean.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Acridian9 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:30 pm

Is the problem driving away pigeons from a town?
Is the solution frightening the pigeons in some way? by the screech of an hawk?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:08 pm

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Is the problem driving away pigeons from a town? Yes, or any particular area.
Is the solution frightening the pigeons in some way? Yes! by the screech of an hawk? Yope, explore!
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:02 am

Does the solution include real, flesh and blood, hawks? If yes, more than one?
Does it include loudspeakers? A kite? A drone?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:24 pm

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Does the solution include real, flesh and blood, hawks? No, good question. If yes, more than one?
Does it include loudspeakers? Yes! A kite? No. A drone? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:55 pm

So, the solution was to frighten the pigeons by playing the screech of an hawk? All day? During the night? Which is annoying for humans?

Does "better" refers to the fact that the preys are real while the predators aren't?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:52 pm

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So, the solution was to frighten the pigeons by playing the screech of an hawk? Yope: that was a solution...All day? During the night? Timing irr. Which is annoying for humans? Not exactly, but this is relevant.

Does "better" refers to the fact that the preys are real while the predators aren't? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Acridian9 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:39 pm

Was the solution "worse" in the sense that pigeons got used to whatever was frightening them?

In the solution part there are no real predators involved....and in the "better" part? Are there real preys/predators involved? Specific ones?
Guano relevant to the "better" part?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:35 pm

Acridian9

Was the solution "worse" in the sense that pigeons got used to whatever was frightening them? No with a slight ish.

In the solution part there are no real predators involved....and in the "better" part? Correct. Are there real preys/predators involved? There are real prey, fake predators, and fake prey. Specific ones? No more specific than what you've already discovered.
Guano relevant to the "better" part? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:53 pm

**********************RECAP to keep this one moving along

The prey is better than the predator, but the solution is worse than the problem.


The prey is pigeons, the predator is hawks. The problem is that the pigeons congregate in an unwanted place, and the solution is to scare them away somehow.

There are no real live hawks involved in this story. There is, at one point, the call of a hawk being played over a loudspeaker to frighten the pigeons. This is a solution, however, it's not the one referred to in the puzzle statement.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby GalFisk » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:14 pm

Does the solution scare the birds away? Hurt them? Kill them? Is the solution dangerous to humans? Annoying? Does the solution involve animals? Noise? Odor? Dead pigeons? Does it involve attracting them to someplace else? Relevant why they want to keep pigeons away from this place? Is something specific that pigeons do relevant? If so: eat? Crap? Flap? Scream? Fly? Walk? Flock? Nest? Attack?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:10 pm

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Does the solution scare the birds away? Yes. Hurt them? Kill them? Not to rest.
Is the solution dangerous to humans? No. Annoying? Yes.
Does the solution involve animals? Yope. Noise? Yes. Odor? Dead pigeons? Does it involve attracting them to someplace else? No. Relevant why they want to keep pigeons away from this place? No.
Is something specific that pigeons do relevant? Yesish. If so: eat? Crap? Flap? Scream? This! Fly? Walk? Flock? Nest? Attack?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby GalFisk » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:08 am

Does the solution involve pigeon screams? Do they have a warning scream that makes them fly away? If so, is that what's being played?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby Acridian9 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Are pigeons better because they can make more sounds than hawks?
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures

Postby irishelk » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:23 pm

GalFisk

Does the solution involve pigeon screams? Do they have a warning scream that makes them fly away? If so, is that what's being played? Nice one. Entirely close enough for a

**************************SPOILER

To keep pigeons away from certain buildings or public areas, you will sometimes hear the calls of hawks and falcons being periodically played over the PA. Apparently, though, this doesn't have much effect on the pigeons, who continue strutting around, stealing fries and pooping. Some places, instead, use the sound a pigeon itself makes when it is wounded. This seems to be more of a deterrent--apparently they have a stronger instinct to avoid a place if another bird has just been injured there.

The prey as worse than the predator in creating a sound that will scare other prey birds away. But the solution is worse than the problem, because now any visitor to the area must endure the screaming sounds of an animal dying in pain. I'd prefer a few pigeons, honestly.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures {SOLUTION PROBLEMATIZED}

Postby peter365 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:56 pm

Nice to hear this one again , it was really entertaining in our skype session.

Hee Hee I like the word Problematized.
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Re: [IrishElk] Extreme Measures {SOLUTION PROBLEMATIZED}

Postby irishelk » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:44 am

Thank you!

As someone who studies literature, I get to hear people use it all the time with completely straight faces.
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