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Two weeks after Olinda got fired, her former co-worker Clark encountered her in the supermarket. He asked her a practical question & realized a moment later that it had a painful & unexpected double meaning. What was it??
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Does one of the meanings refer to her firing?

Does the other meaning refer to... her physical appearance? her heatlth? her psychological state of mind? her social situation? her economic situation? her family situation?
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Does one of the meaning refer to the situation in the supermarket?
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Does one of the meanings refer to the situation in the supermarket?
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Does one of the meanings refer to her firing? yope

Does the other meaning refer to... her physical appearance? no her heatlth? no her psychological state of mind? possibly her social situation? yope her economic situation? yopeher family situation?unlikely
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Does one of the meanings refer to the situation in the supermarket? yes
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Does what he says refer to item(s) she bought?
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Does what he says refer to item(s) she bought? yes
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Was it one item? more?
Food? Drink?
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Was it one item?possibly more? ditto
Food? irrelDrink? ditto
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Hmm... so his comment is not specific to the actual item(s) she bought?
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Hmm... so his comment is not specific to the actual item(s) she bought?yope or noish, i.e., it IS yesishly specific
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Does it refer to an ingredient in the item(s)? The nutritional value of the items? Category of items? (such as diet/lo-cal items)?
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So his comment is somewhat specific to what she bought (in some way), yet it's irrelevant whether or not she bought food or drink...

Did she buy any non-food items?

Did his comment have to do with ..."staying home"? ..."keeping busy"? ..."working"?
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Does it refer to an ingredient in the item(s)? no The nutritional value of the items? no Category of items? no(such as diet/lo-cal items)? no
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So his comment is somewhat specific to what she bought (in some way), yet it's irrelevant whether or not she bought food or drink... yes

Did she buy any non-food items? irrel

Did his comment have to do with ..."staying home"? ..."keeping busy"? ..."working"? none of those
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Hmm... I have a hard time reconciling how what he says can be at all specific if it's irrelevant what she bought, but...

Is a play on words involved?
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Hmm... I have a hard time reconciling how what he says can be at all specific if it's irrelevant what she bought, but...Think of characteristics of her items other than the characteristics you mentioned

Is a play on words involved?yes or yesish
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Price? Was she buying all inexpensive items? All store brand items? Or some fancy, expensive items?
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Well that's just it, if it doesn't matter whether she bought food or non-food items, I'm not sure where to start with "characteristics" (if you had specific items or types of items in mind, I'd think you'd have said yes to either "food" or "non-food")...

Do the items she bought have a theme? If so, did he pick up on it? Was the theme deliberate on her part?

Are the items she bought... all the same color? ...all for the same purpose?
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Ah, good thinking Noel - although we only got a "yope" for whether or not it was about her economic situation...
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Price? Was she buying all inexpensive items? All store brand items? Or some fancy, expensive items?
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Well that's just it, if it doesn't matter whether she bought food or non-food items, I'm not sure where to start with "characteristics" (if you had specific items or types of items in mind, I'd think you'd have said yes to either "food" or "non-food")... I never said I had specific types or items in mind. There's another possibility. . .

Do the items she bought have a theme? irrelIf so, did he pick up on it? no Was the theme deliberate on her part? irrel

Are the items she bought... all the same color? irrel ...all for the same purpose? ditto
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Ah, good thinking Noel - although we only got a "yope" for whether or not it was about her economic situation...Think about another aspect of what she's buying that may be yopishly relevant to her economic situation
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Was she buying a rather large number of items? A rather small quantity of items?

Did he say something along the lines of...
"Woah! Can you afford all that?"
"Are you eating for two?"
"Light shopping day?"
"Don't spend it all in one place!"
"Wish I had your control."
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Was she buying a rather large number of items? no A rather small quantity of items? yes. GOOOOOOOOOOOD QUESTION!!

Did he say something along the lines of...
"Woah! Can you afford all that?" no
"Are you eating for two?" no
"Light shopping day?" no
"Don't spend it all in one place!" no
"Wish I had your control." no
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"Cutting back, huh?"
"Downsizing, huh?"
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"Cutting back, huh?" no
"Downsizing, huh?" no
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Are we on the right track in guessing that his comment was both an observation about the frugality of her purchases, and an unwitting reminder of her firing?
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Are we on the right track in guessing that his comment was both an observation about the frugality of her purchases, yope or noish and an unwitting reminder of her firing? yes
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Did the comment have anything to do with money? With the exact number of things she bought? With who she was buying for (just herself vs. several people)?

Is it relevant whether she bought multiples of the same item, or different ones? Should we figure out what her job was previous to being fired? Has she taken another relevant job?
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Did the comment have anything to do with money? yopeWith the exact number of things she bought? yopeWith who she was buying for (just herself vs. several people)? no

Is it relevant whether she bought multiples of the same item, or different ones? no Should we figure out what her job was previous to being fired? no Has she taken another relevant job? no
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is the 'express till' relevant (not sure if you have the same thing - the till that says '10 items or less' for instance)?

(Even though it should say, of course, '10 items or fewer - well done Marks and Spencer for getting the sign right)
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is the 'express till' relevant (not sure if you have the same thing - the till that says '10 items or less' for instance)? yes

(Even though it should say, of course, '10 items or fewer - well done Marks and Spencer for getting the sign right) And how!!
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Did she have more than the miminum # of items, and he asked if she was worried about getting kicked off the line?
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Any of the following terms especially relevant? "Fast lane"? "Express lane"? "Express till"? Or is what he said just related to the idea of the fast lane?

Did he inadvertently draw a comparison between the fast lane at the grocery store and another line? Such as the line at the unemployment office? A line at a soup kitchen?
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BLOOOOOPERRRRRALERTTTTTT!!!!
is the 'express till' relevant (not sure if you have the same thing - the till that says '10 items or less' for instance)? yes The answerv should be yesish


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Did she have more than the miminum # of items, and he asked if she was worried about getting kicked off the line?Noel (Noel) no
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Any of the following terms especially relevant? no"Fast lane"? no"Express lane"? no"Express till"? Or is what he said just related to the idea of the fast lane? yesish

Did he inadvertently draw a comparison between the fast lane at the grocery store and another line? no Such as the line at the unemployment office? noA line at a soup kitchen? no
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Did he let her go before him on the the checkout line because she had less stuff?

Was his question something along the lines of "Would you like to go before me"?

Did his question have anything to do with her leaving the store?
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Is it relevant where in the supermarket they were while this exchange took place? If so, was she in the express lane? Was he? Were they in another lane? Outside the store, still among the aisles?

Did he say something that seperated himself from her/ pointed out a difference between them? Did he ask what the maximum number of items was for the express lane?
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Did he let her go before him on the the checkout line because she had less stuff? yes

Was his question something along the lines of "Would you like to go before me"? That's precisely what he asked, and right after uttering that sentence, he made the remark with the double meaning.

Did his question have anything to do with her leaving the store? no
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Is it relevant where in the supermarket they were while this exchange took place? yesIf so, was she in the express lane?possibly {ditto} Were they in another lane? ditto Outside the store, still among the aisles? Huh? What aisles?

Did he say something that seperated himself from her/ pointed out a difference between them? yes Did he ask what the maximum number of items was for the express lane? no
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Did he say, 'I'm going to be around much longer than you'? or something which referred to how long he would be in the queue? how much stuff he had to put through?
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Did he say, 'I'm going to be around much longer than you'? no or something which referred to how long he would be in the queue? nohow much stuff he had to put through?yes
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The puzzle statement appears to suggest that it was a question he asked that had a double meaning - but you referred to it as a "remark" above. Is it indeed a question? Or a statement? Does that matter?

Did he mention his paycheck?
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The puzzle statement appears to suggest that it was a question he asked that had a double meaning - but you referred to it as a "remark" above. Is it indeed a question? yes Or a statement? yesDoes that matter? It was a question ("Would you like to go ahead of me?") followed by a statement & the statement is what has the double meaning. This is from a novel. It could have been in a different form.

Did he mention his paycheck? no
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Does Clark work at the Supermarket? Is that where Olinda worked before she got fired?
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Does Clark work at the Supermarket?no Is that where Olinda worked before she got fired? no
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Does his statement refer to the contents of her basket? Does his statement refer to the contents of his basket? More vague? I.e.
"I've got more than you."
"You've got less than me."
"You seem a bit short this week."
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Does his statement refer to the contents of her basket? yesDoes his statement refer to the contents of his basket? yes More vague? I.e.
"I've got more than you."That's so close that I'm going to SPOIL this puzzle.
"You've got less than me." ditto
"You seem a bit short this week." no

*******SPOILER ***************
Two weeks after Olinda got fired, she ran into her former co-worker Clark in the supermarket.They were about to get in line when, noticing the contents of her cart, he said,"Would you like to go ahead of me? You have so little." This comes from Disgrace, a novel by by Coetzee. Please check out my new puzzle!

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