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Several people are sitting around a table with a stack of papers in the middle. All of a sudden, all but one of the people gets up and backs away in fear.
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number of people=
2?
3?
4?
5?
6+?

H?A?M? for each.

were they talking to eachother?
did they know eachother prior?
friends?
relatives?
business related?
were the stacks of paper contracts?
or legal papers of some sort?

the location of the table relevant?
inside?
outside?

did the person who remained threaten the others in some way?

was the person who remained also afraid?

fear=scared?

were they scared of..
the person remaning at the table?
the papers?
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couple ideas:

any type of game involved? cards? board?
fans involved?
explosions involved?

did one paper contain a note?
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number of people=
2?
3?
4?
5?
6+? About 6-10, exact number not relevant

H? Yes A? Yes M? Irrelevant for each.

were they talking to eachother? Yes
did they know eachother prior? Yes
friends? Noish-yope
relatives? No
business related? Noish
were the stacks of paper contracts? No
or legal papers of some sort? No

the location of the table relevant? No
inside?
outside?

did the person who remained threaten the others in some way? No

was the person who remained also afraid? No

fear=scared? Yes

were they scared of..
the person remaning at the table? No
the papers? Yes

any type of game involved? No cards? board?
fans involved? No
explosions involved? Noish

did one paper contain a note? No
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Correction: "Business related" should also be "Yesish, for svv of business"
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was the stack of papers money?

hmmm....if so, maybe money they stole? and they found a dyepack inside?

so one did not back away in fear--was he ignorant? did he not know what was going on? or did he know what was going on? was he scared? was he able bodied? was he able to get up?

were others jumping away in fear because of the stack of papers? because of the man left sitting? because of something the man sitting said? did?

was the man sitting holding something? a gun perhaps?
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Criminal activities involved?

Were they scared of the papers themselves? Or information on the papers?

Relevant text on the papers? If so, relevant whether it is typed? handwritten?

Relevant pictures on the papers? Printed? Hand-drawn?

Size of the papers:

Standard 8.5"x11"?
Legal size?
Larger?
Notecard size?
Business Card Size?
Smaller?

When did the people who backed away in fear learn the contents of the papers?

Before sitting at the table?
While sitting at the table but before backing away in fear?
Immediately before backing away in fear?
After backing away in fear?

When did the person who didn't back away in fear learn the contents of the papers:

Before sitting at the table?
While sitting at the table but before backing away in fear?
Immediately before backing away in fear?
After backing away in fear?

Did the man who didn't back away know something that the rest did not know? Did he not know something that the others did?

Is what triggered their fear something they saw? Somthing they heard? Something they were told?
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was the stack of papers money?No

hmmm....if so, maybe money they stole? No and they found a dyepack inside? No

so one did not back away in fear--was he ignorant? No did he not know what was going on? No or did he know what was going on? Yes was he scared? No was he able bodied? Yes was he able to get up? Yes

were others jumping away in fear because of the stack of papers? Yes, and... because of the man left sitting? See next answer because of something the man sitting said? Yes did? No

was the man sitting holding something? No a gun perhaps? No

Criminal activities involved? No

Were they scared of the papers themselves? Yes Or information on the papers? No

Relevant text on the papers? No If so, relevant whether it is typed? handwritten?

Relevant pictures on the papers? No Printed? Hand-drawn?

Size of the papers:

Standard 8.5"x11"? This one
Legal size?
Larger?
Notecard size?
Business Card Size?
Smaller?

When did the people who backed away in fear learn the contents of the papers?

Before sitting at the table? Yes
While sitting at the table but before backing away in fear?
Immediately before backing away in fear?
After backing away in fear?

When did the person who didn't back away in fear learn the contents of the papers:

Before sitting at the table? Yes
While sitting at the table but before backing away in fear?
Immediately before backing away in fear?
After backing away in fear?

Did the man who didn't back away know something that the rest did not know? Yesish Did he not know something that the others did? No

Is what triggered their fear something they saw? No Somthing they heard? See next answer Something they were told? Yes
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did the guy who stayed (lets call him Stan) say the 'something they were told'? is there another person involved others than those seated including Stan? can we assume that Stan is as intelligent (no more, no less) then the average of the other people? did Stan understand what was said? did Stan interpret what was said differently then the others?

there some sort of mind control? or magic involved?

how long between the time they sat down did they stand up? 1min? 2min? 3-5min? 5-10min? 10-30min? more than 30min? relevant?

how log between the sat down did they hear the something they were told? 1min? 2min? 3-5min? 5-10min? 10-30min? more than 30min? relevant?

was anything written on the paper? was it relevant to why they were afraid at all? was the paper white? other color? relevant as to the color?

if someone not seated with them and not able to hear the conversation at the table but able to see what their reaction is know why there were afraid?
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did the guy who stayed (lets call him Stan) say the 'something they were told'? Yes is there another person involved others than those seated including Stan? No can we assume that Stan is as intelligent (no more, no less) then the average of the other people? I guess you can, this part is (mostly) irrelevant did Stan understand what was said? Yes did Stan interpret what was said differently then the others? Yes

there some sort of mind control? No or magic involved? No

how long between the time they sat down did they stand up? 1min? 2min? 3-5min? 5-10min? 10-30min? more than 30min? relevant? No

how log between the sat down did they hear the something they were told? 1min? 2min? 3-5min? 5-10min? 10-30min? more than 30min? relevant? No, other than that they stood up immediately after hearing the something they were told

was anything written on the paper? Yes was it relevant to why they were afraid at all? Noish was the paper white? other color? relevant as to the color? Color is irrelevant

if someone not seated with them and not able to hear the conversation at the table but able to see what their reaction is know why there were afraid? No
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Were they scared the papers would somehow caused them physical harm? really really bad papercuts? Anything supernatural involved?
When the man who said what he said said what he said did he say it with the express intention of scaring the other people? Did he know they'd be scared?
Are they right to be scared?

Immediately following the jumping away from the table is it likely that... the man who is seated will explain to the others that there's nothing to be scared of and they'll rejoin him? that they'll run away screaming never to be seen again?
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red backed playing cards relevent?
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Were they scared the papers would somehow caused them physical harm? Yes really really bad papercuts? No Anything supernatural involved? No
When the man who said what he said said what he said did he say it with the express intention of scaring the other people? No Did he know they'd be scared? No
Are they right to be scared? No

Immediately following the jumping away from the table is it likely that... the man who is seated will explain to the others that there's nothing to be scared of and they'll rejoin him? Yes that they'll run away screaming never to be seen again? No

Red backed playing cards relevant? No
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Do they think the papers are infected with some disease? are radioactive? poisonous? Would they have to come into contact with the paper to suffer this physical harm?
Did they misunderstand something the man said?
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did everyone have a good laugh after this was all over?
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did they misinterpret what Stan told them? to mean that some infectious agent was on the papers? radioactive, chemical, biological agent?

was a mix-up regarding homonyms or puns involved?
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Do they think the papers are infected with some disease? No are radioactive? Yes poisonous? No Would they have to come into contact with the paper to suffer this physical harm? No
Did they misunderstand something the man said? Yes

did everyone have a good laugh after this was all over? Yes

did they misinterpret what Stan told them? Yes to mean that some infectious agent was on the papers? No radioactive Yes, chemical, biological agent?

was a mix-up regarding homonyms or puns involved? Noish
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was something that looked like the radioactive symbol on the papers?
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ooops forgot to ask--did he say the word radioactive? if so, was he talking about something else? or did he say something that sounded like radioactive?

did he talk in a normal tone? urgent tone? menacing tone? excited tone?
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Did he fart?
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was something that looked like the radioactive symbol on the papers? No

ooops forgot to ask--did he say the word radioactive? No if so, was he talking about something else? or did he say something that sounded like radioactive? He did not say anything that sounded like the word "radioactive"

did he talk in a normal tone? This one urgent tone? menacing tone? excited tone?

Did he fart? No
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Did he use the word 'nuclear'? in a context other than big-mushroom-cloud-pew-pew?
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Did he use the word 'nuclear'? No in a context other than big-mushroom-cloud-pew-pew? N/A, see previous answer
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are any jobs relevant?

had they been discussing radio activity?

did it come up anywhere in the general conversation?(ie. they were discussing radioactivity and stan said"speaking of, I meant to tell you about these papers..."
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are any jobs relevant? Noish

had they been discussing radio activity? No

did it come up anywhere in the general conversation?(ie. they were discussing radioactivity and stan said"speaking of, I meant to tell you about these papers...") Noish
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how talking about radiation as a treatment for cancer?
cancer in general?
sickness of some sort?
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how talking about radiation as a treatment for cancer?
cancer in general?
sickness of some sort?
No to all
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Did he say something like "these papers are really explosive"? "dynamite"?
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Did he say something like "these papers are really explosive"? "dynamite"? No
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The papers stacked there... were they designed for testing for/measuring if there's some dangerous agent in the area? Radioactive agent? (When I was in the military we had something akin to litmus paper that could test for various toxic items.)

Did the papers have a symbol on them to aid the confusion?

Anthrax involved?

Did the words spoken include... atomic? biohazard? Caustic? fallout? fission? fusion? bomb? hydrogen? isotope? I brought my work home? My wife is gonna go nuclear when she sees this? Divorce papers? Warrents for your arrest?
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The papers stacked there... were they designed for testing for/measuring if there's some dangerous agent in the area? Radioactive agent? (When I was in the military we had something akin to litmus paper that could test for various toxic items.) No

Did the papers have a symbol on them to aid the confusion? No

Anthrax involved? No

Did the words spoken include... atomic? biohazard? Caustic? fallout? fission? fusion? bomb? hydrogen? isotope? I brought my work home? My wife is gonna go nuclear when she sees this? Divorce papers? Warrents for your arrest? None of them

Hint: Although the papers were ordinary papers and what, specifically, was on them was not relevant, it may help to determine what the purpose of the papers was.
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RECAP:

Several people are sitting around a table with a stack of papers in the middle. All of a sudden, all but one of the people gets up and backs away in fear.

One of them inadvertently says something that makes the others think the pieces of paper are radioactive. However, what he says does not include the words "nuclear" or "radioactive" (or any of the words listed in Dlcygnet's post) and the topic of the discussion had nothing to do with radioactivity.

HINT:

You are on the right track with trying to figure out what particular word was misinterpreted.

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Maybe something about "glowing" recommendations?
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No

Hint: The pieces of papers were advertising flyers that were being posted up to advertise their group. The type of group is irrelevant - only that they were posting flyers.
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Hint: The misinterpreted word is also the name of a popular video game.
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Half-life?
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Half-life? Yes! The only thing left to figure out is what he was trying to say.
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just jumping in here, haven't really read the rest of peoples questions so sorry if I repeat anything :o)

was he trying to say something that sounded like half life? or was he trying to think of the correct word and half-life was the closest he could think? something like middle aged?
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was he trying to say something that sounded like half life? No or was he trying to think of the correct word and half-life was the closest he could think? Yope something like middle aged? No

Hint: "What he was trying to say" could better be interpreted as "what he meant".
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was he referring to something like the flyers were going to be destroyed? that he thought people would throw them away? tear them up?
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was he referring to something like the flyers were going to be destroyed? Yes that he thought people would throw them away? tear them up?

Spoiler: They were discussing the flyers, and he was saying how a lot of the flyers were being destroyed (due to other people taking them down to put up their own flyers, being destroyed by rain, etc.) and said that the flyers "had a short half-life". This puzzle is based on something that almost happened at my LARP group (see my puzzle "Refused Romantic Rotation") - I almost said "half-life" in this context, but stopped myself.

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