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Logician (Logician)
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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 2:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My first puzzle in quite a while. I may end up staying on, I may end up (like the last few false starts) fading back into the ether of the internet. Let's find out! This may be a quickie, but either way - should be fun!

I've just done something. I can absolutely guarantee that, fairly soon, all of you will do exactly the same thing. This is true regardless of where you live, what property you own, your occupation or lack thereof, or how much money you earn.

Explain.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 7:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would all of us do it even if you didn't do it yourself?
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You've just clicked your mouse?

"fairly soon" = soon after you posted the puzzle? soon after we read the puzzle?
"all of you" = everyone in the world? everyone who participates in the LTPF at all? everyone who reads your particular puzzle?
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Would all of us do it even if you didn't do it yourself? maybe...

You've just clicked your mouse? no

"fairly soon" = soon after you posted the puzzle? soon after we read the puzzle? perhaps, but not necessarily
"all of you" = everyone in the world? everyone who participates in the LTPF at all? no so far everyone who reads your particular puzzle? this one
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Will we click on your profile to see who you are (I remember when you were 12!)
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Is Rachel relevant?
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Is it thinking about this puzzle? For the same reason that the phrase "Don't think about a pink elephant" puts the idea in your head?
Logician (Logician)
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Will we click on your profile to see who you are no (I remember when you were 12!)That long ago? Good grief...!

Is Rachel relevant? Not as far as I know. Who's Rachel?

Is it thinking about this puzzle? For the same reason that the phrase "Don't think about a pink elephant" puts the idea in your head? good idea, but no.
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Would we do this thing had we not seen this puzzle? Is it something essential to living? Breathing? Drinking? Eating? Sleeping? Waking up from sleep?
Logician (Logician)
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Would we do this thing had we not seen this puzzle? perhaps... Is it something essential to living? Breathing? Drinking? Eating? Sleeping? Waking up from sleep? none of these
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Rachel's the chick who always yells, "Let's do it!" before a dangerous mission.
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Rachel's the chick who always yells, "Let's do it!" before a dangerous mission. OK... still don't know who/what that is, but no - she isn't relevant
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Paying bills (internet, electric, etc.) relevant?
Logician (Logician)
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Paying bills (internet, electric, etc.) relevant? No. I can't absolutely guarantee that everyone who reads my puzzle is old enough to pay bills (:
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Did you check the time?
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thinking of the answer to your puzzle?
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move your eyes?

get up from the computer?
Logician (Logician)
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Did you check the time? no

thinking of the answer to your puzzle? YES! - but there's slightly more to it than this...

move your eyes?
get up from the computer? no to these

Hint: This doesn't have anything to do with computers - in fact, yesterday, I was with some friends in the pub...and we all, in fairly quick succession, did the "something". It might be helpful to explore how/why we did it...
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but it has to do with regards to this puzzle but not relevant to computers

And it can't be speaking or facial expression since not everyone who can type can do those things


Laughter? though i'm not sure its true to say that everyone can and will laugh

realize this isn't really a puzzle but just an attempt to get us to ask you questions?

Were you in the pub for entertainment? work? reading relevant?
Logician (Logician)
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Sorry for not answering quicker - I could've sworn I'd already answered these...

but it has to do with regards to this puzzle but not relevant to computers yes

And it can't be speaking or facial expression since not everyone who can type can do those things correct

Laughter? no though i'm not sure its true to say that everyone can and will laugh

realize this isn't really a puzzle but just an attempt to get us to ask you questions? lol - that is a good idea! That isn't it, unfortunately...

Were you in the pub for entertainment? work? reading relevant? irr.
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If I had been watching you closely as you typed the statement for the puzzle, would I have been able to see you do this thing? Could I have heard it?
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yawn?
Logician (Logician)
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If I had been watching you closely as you typed the statement for the puzzle, would I have been able to see you do this thing? NO! Could I have heard it? yope-ish

yawn? not this
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Thinking about words to say/type?
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Thinking about words to say/type? no
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Ask some questions? :P
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Ask some questions? :P not this either.

I've noticed that this has slowed down to a game of example-tennis, rather than lateral thinking. Probably my fault, and attributable to my being out of practice when I thought up the puzzle statement.

So I will give what may end up being a massive hint. Either someone will get this, or no-one will - and thus, too much specific knowledge is needed and I'll $poil.

HINT: We are all doing this action ("playing") right now, even if we don't realise it.
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So let me get this straight--this is something you might not realize you are doing, yet you observed your friends in the pub doing it, and with sufficient time precision to say that it happened in rapid succession?
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Playing...The Game?

Are you so sure we're all doing it because it's a biologically necessary for human life?
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Playing...The Game?

Are you so sure we're all doing it because it's biologically necessary for human life?
Logician (Logician)
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Oh yes. D_gordon has got it!

***** SPOILER *****

We are all playing The Game. See Lose The Game for reference, if you don't already know about it.

So, I can absolutely guarantee that all of you, right now reading this puzzle, have lost the game :-)


Sorry if that was a bit too difficult and non-lateral - I was out of practice. See my latest, better puzzle: "What kind of madness is this?", for more lateral fun!
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I lost.
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I was looking through the forum, and I have to tell you all that I lost again.
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Why the fizzle do I keep looking at this thread? I keep forgetting about it... I lose!
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I hope somebody moves this to "Recently Solved..." soon, because I am getting tired of losing.
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OK. Whoever decided that every time one loses, he or she must tell someone... Let's just say I don't really appreciate what he or she has done. I feel like I'll be forced to spend the rest of my life telling people how I have lost, lest I cheat at "The Game". And I wouldn't want to do something like that.

I LOSE!
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http://xkcd.com/391/
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I don't know what the point of that was, but it just made me lose.

I lost.
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I won.
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Dag flab it! You made me lose!


I lost.
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Some moderator was nice enough to move this here, yet I still keep losing. Hopefully, if I mention that fact here, no one will actually read it (although it still counts as telling someone, eh?) and they will stop reminding me about the game so I will stop losing, and, therefore, stop having to tell someone that I lost. I don't mind losing, you see, but it's a lot of trouble trying to tell someone that I lost, particularly when you are all alone and you don't want other people to lose as well. Altruism is no fun.

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