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After they headed over to the line, he looked but couldn't find his parents anywhere.

This one might be a bit hard so i hope you all suffer greatly from it. (and by suffer i mean enjoy it immensely and spend countless sleepless nights trying to figure it out)
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40?
is the line a state line?
is he H/A/M?
did his parents leave him?
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I will say for the sake out everyone's wit...think out there, way out there...

40? Hahahahahahaha...No.
is the line a state line? No.
is he H/A/M? Yes. No. Yes.
did his parents leave him? Define 'leave him'.
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They: his parents? "He" plus others? A third party?

Line: A literal line, drawn in chalk or tape or some other physical marker? Some other physical line that isn't marked, such a country border? A metaphorical line, as in "you've crossed the line with that remark, mister"?

Looked: Glanced? Scanned? Searched? Is he looking at a room? Something outside? The internet or a newspaper?

Is he expecting to find his parents? Are they alive? Does he think they're alive?
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I would like to apologise for forgetting to tag the title with my name.

They: his parents? Yes. "He" plus others? No. A third party? No.

Line: A literal line, drawn in chalk or tape or some other physical marker? No. Some other physical line that isn't marked, Yes. such a country border? Not this though. A metaphorical line, as in "you've crossed the line with that remark, mister"? No.

Looked: Glanced? Scanned? Searched? <-This one. Is he looking at a room? Yes. Something outside? No. The internet or a newspaper? No.

Is he expecting to find his parents? Yes. Are they alive? No. Does he think they're alive? Yes.
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How long after they headed to the line is he looking? A few seconds? A few minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years? Decades?

Is he specifically looking for his parents? Is his search a purely visual one, or is he also opening doors, rooting through papers, etc.? Is he expecting to find them in person, or merely evidence of them? Is he looking for them because he fears something has happened to them?

Is the manner in which they died relevant? If so: Suicide? Murder? Accident? Old age? Is anyone other than "him" and his parents relevant If he can't find them anywhere, then does that mean their bodies have been moved? Or he's just looking in the wrong place?
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Whoops, I missed a question mark in this sentence: Is anyone other than "him" and his parents relevant? If he can't find them anywhere, then does that mean their bodies have been moved?
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Hey there, Flemmmmy.

Did they 'passing the line' mean they died?
Do we require any special knowledge for this puzzle?
Is the number 40 relevant to the puzzle at all?
I keep thinking about Moses in the basket. Is he relevant?
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Forget the first question, I mis-read it. ***
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Absinthe

How long after they headed to the line is he looking? A few seconds? A few minutes? This. Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years? Decades?

I would like to hereby instate the LTPF List of "times". I propose this list run as follows: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, other large variations of years (ex. centuries). I know i have used this same list several times in the last day or so and absinthe just used it again. Your thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea?

Is he specifically looking for his parents? Yes. Is his search a purely visual one, <-This. or is he also opening doors, rooting through papers, etc.? No on these others. Is he expecting to find them in person, <-This. or merely evidence of them? <-This as well though. Is he looking for them because he fears something has happened to them? Not initially

Is the manner in which they died relevant? Yes. If so: Suicide? Murder? This. Accident? Old age? Is anyone other than "him" and his parents relevant? Yes. If he can't find them anywhere, then does that mean their bodies have been moved? In a way, Yes. Or he's just looking in the wrong place? No.

Pikachizzle

Did they 'passing the line' mean they died? Ummm...not sure what your asking. Try rephrasing and possibly defining some things.
Do we require any special knowledge for this puzzle? It would be helpful once all the appropriate information has been gathered but one could answer this to an acceptable level without the knowledge. It however can't be solved in its entirety without it. I do truly believe it is knowledge you all have thought.
Is the number 40 relevant to the puzzle at all? It's a lot like your titles, while the #40 has no relevance to the puzzle, the question that it is the answer for is.
I keep thinking about Moses in the basket. Is he relevant? Not at all.
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[morbid questions ahead]
Is the Holocaust relevant?
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Are their bodies missing because their death was caused by something which would, in killing them, move or destroy their bodies -- say, walking into a car-crusher, or drowning at sea?

Are their bodies intact or destroyed?
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Is the Holocaust relevant? Not at all.

I'm going to throw a stone out there and see if i can kill any birds by saying that it is not related to any real life events from history.
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Are their bodies missing because their death was caused by something which would, in killing them, move or destroy their bodies Yes. -- say, walking into a car-crusher, or drowning at sea? None of these.

Are their bodies intact or destroyed? Indeterminable
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Hmm. It's only been a few minutes since their son saw them, (I'm assuming the son witnessed them move to the line?) so they didn't burn to death, correct? Were they blown to bits by a bomb?

Are they police officers investigating a crime scene?
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Hmm. It's only been a few minutes since their son saw them, Correct. (I'm assuming the son witnessed them move to the line?) He last saw them moving toward the line. so they didn't burn to death, correct? Correct. Were they blown to bits by a bomb? No.

Are they police officers investigating a crime scene? No.
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You worded it as "moved towards" the line: is their method of transport relevant? Did they walk? Run? Ride? Drive? Were carried? By conveyor belt?

Are they in a slaughter house?
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Damn TMI. I need to be more careful.

You worded it as "moved towards" the line: is their method of transport relevant? Yes. Did they walk? This. Run? Ride? Drive? Were carried? By conveyor belt?

Are they in a slaughter house? No.
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Do they know that they're going to die?
Are the parents murdered by someone they know?
Someone 'he' knows?
'Him'?
Did they fall down a well / deep hole?
Were they dragged by a moving vehicle?
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Do they know that they're going to die? No.
Are the parents murdered by someone they know? No.
Someone 'he' knows? No.
'Him'? <-who is this referring to
Did they fall down a well / deep hole? No.
Were they dragged by a moving vehicle? No.
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Is the boy the murderer?
Is a body of water relevant?
Did they tell him not to follow them to the line?
Did they know that they were moving to the line?
Did the boy know?
Is the line something that one would normally associate with danger or death?
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They're walking: because they're indoors? Because they're nervous? Because they're relaxed? Because they're carrying something? Because they're injured? Because the mother is pregnant? Because it would be socially inappropriate to run or jog?
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Pikachizzle

Is the boy the murderer? No.
Is a body of water relevant? No.
Did they tell him not to follow them to the line? Yes.
Did they know that they were moving to the line? Yes.
Did the boy know? Yes.
Is the line something that one would normally associate with danger or death? No.

Absinthe

They're walking: because they're indoors? Yes.
Because they're nervous? No.
Because they're relaxed? Yes.
Because they're carrying something? Yes.
Because they're injured? No.
Because the mother is pregnant? No.
Because it would be socially inappropriate to run or jog? Yes.
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Are they in a museum? A hospital? A school? Visiting a friend?

Is it relevant what they're carrying?
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Are they in a museum? A hospital? A school? Visiting a friend? None of these.

Is it relevant what they're carrying? Yes
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Do the parents think that they're in any sort of danger?
Are they allowed to bring their child with them toward the line?
Would bringing the child with them put him at risk?
Are any of them imprisoned?
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Do they consider the line to be a line or border, or are you simply describing it as a line for the purposes of the puzzle?
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Do the parents think that they're in any sort of danger? No.
Are they allowed to bring their child with them toward the line? Yes.
Would bringing the child with them put him at risk? Not normally but in this instance he would have met the same fate as his parents.
Are any of them imprisoned? No.
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Do they consider the line to be a line This. or border, or are you simply describing it as a line for the purposes of the puzzle? See above.
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Are there other adults moving toward the line?
Children?
Were they also murdered?
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Are there other adults moving toward the line? Yes.
Children? Yes.
Were they also murdered? Yes.
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Are there other adults moving toward the line?
Children?
Were they also murdered?
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Woops.
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Any plays on the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything going on in the title?

Were his parents killed during their move toward the line? as they reached the line? after they reached the line? Did they ever reach the line? Did they know that they were going to be murdered?

Did the person/people/entity that killed the people moving toward the line plan to kill people? Would any people have sufficed? Would any people who were in that place have sufficed? Or were these people chosen specifically? Were any of the people killed "collateral damage"? That is, were some of them being targetted by the murderer(s) and others were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

The line: You said it is not marked, correct? Is it a line as in what those speaking British English term a queue (that thing you wait in before you can go somewhere or do something)?

The thing the parents are carrying: Is it living? dead? never alive? Are any of the other people moving toward the line carrying something similar? Are all of them? Is it a requirement for those moving toward the line?
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Any plays on the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything going on in the title? No.

Were his parents killed during their move toward the line? No. as they reached the line? No. after they reached the line? <-This. Did they ever reach the line? Yes. Did they know that they were going to be murdered? No.

Did the person/people/entity that killed the people moving toward the line plan to kill people? No. Would any people have sufficed? Yes. Would any people who were in that place have sufficed? Yes. Or were these people chosen specifically? No. Were any of the people killed "collateral damage"? All of them were. That is, were some of them being targeted by the murderer(s) None were being targeted. and others were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Essentially all of them were this.

The line: You said it is not marked, correct? Correct. Is it a line as in what those speaking British English term a queue (that thing you wait in before you can go somewhere or do something)? This would be it.

The thing the parents are carrying: Is it living? Yope. dead? Yope. never alive? Yope. Are any of the other people moving toward the line carrying something similar? Yes. Are all of them? Yes. Is it a requirement for those moving toward the line? Pretty much.
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Are they carrying food?
Is this a line for food?
Thansgiving?
Line for the bathroom?
Whatever they're carrying-- part living, part dead?
They were killed accidentally, correct?

Let me give you an example.
We have have murderer A. Targeting [group of] people B. The boy's parents and the other people killed were in group C. So Group B was left unharmed. Is this relevant to the situation?
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Are they carrying food? Yes.
Is this a line for food? Rephrase.
Thanksgiving? No.
Line for the bathroom? No.
Whatever they're carrying-- part living, part dead? Some living, some dead.
They were killed accidentally, correct? Yes.

Let me give you an example.
We have have murderer A. Yes. Targeting [group of] people B. No. FA. The boy's parents and the other people killed were in group C. So Group B was left unharmed. See above and I suggest rephrasing. Is this relevant to the situation? Yes it is relevant so i do suggest you continue to try and figure out how this pieces together.
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So the murderer was not intending to kill ANYBODY, correct? It was a complete accident, not anything like, they had bad aim, or anything.

OR he was targeting 'person' A?
Was the main boy-subject of the puzzle a target for murder?
Are they on a line holding plates and receiving food?
Or did they bring food to share with everyone else?
Or are they just transporting the food to somewhere else?
Are they at a buffet?
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So the murderer was not intending to kill ANYBODY, correct? Correct. It was a complete accident, Yope. not anything like, they had bad aim, or anything. Not like these, No.

OR he was targeting 'person' A? No.
Was the main boy-subject of the puzzle a target for murder? No.
Are they on a line holding plates and receiving food? No.
Or did they bring food to share with everyone else? No.
Or are they just transporting the food to somewhere else? Yes.
Are they at a buffet? No.
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Does the occupation of the parents matter?
If so,
{Insert LPTF list of occupations} if it won't give away the puzzle.
Would it help to figure out how they died?
Time period relevant?
Time of day relevant?
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Does the occupation of the parents matter? Nope.
If so,
{Insert LPTF list of occupations} if it won't give away the puzzle. So this is unnecessary, but I'm feeling descriptive so the Dad is gas station attendant and the Mom is a nuclear physicist, and yes i just pulled both of those out of my ass just now.
Would it help to figure out how they died? I am going to say yes then brace myself for the wild goose chase you will go on to figure this out.
Time period relevant? No.
Time of day relevant? No.
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;___;

Would it help to figure out what kind of food they're carrying?
Or why they're carrying it?

Are they about to eat dinner?
Are they going on a picnic?
Is it a holiday or special occasion?
Were they killed by physical injury?
Chemicals?
Organ failure?
Electric shock?
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;___; Heh.

Would it help to figure out what kind of food they're carrying? Nope.
Or why they're carrying it? Yes.

Are they about to eat dinner? Nope.
Are they going on a picnic? Nope.
Is it a holiday or special occasion? Nope.
Were they killed by physical injury? Nope.
Chemicals? Nope.
Organ failure? Nope.
Electric shock? Nope.
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Did they just vanish and are assumed dead?
Are they fictional characters?
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Did they just vanish and are assumed dead? Damn that was fast, Yes.
Are they fictional characters? Yes.
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Okay. Long shot:
They are characters in a story and lines are either:
The lines on a ruled-sheet of paper, or they are on paper on a typewriter. Once the author got to the next line, he didn't write about them again.
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if it was an acident was the accident preventable?
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Summary: Ma the nuclear physicist and Pa the gas station attendant are in a line of people holding food, as are the others in the line. The boy, who's name is now Peter, saw them go to the line, but they (along with everyone else in the line) have now been instantaneously and accidentally annihilated without a trace by someone. Peter is now unable to find his parents.

Is the destination of the line relevant? The number of people in it? How much food they are carrying?
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Pikachizzle

Okay. Long shot:
They are characters in a story and lines are either:
The lines on a ruled-sheet of paper, or they are on paper on a typewriter. Once the author got to the next line, he didn't write about them again. That is so awesome i kinda wish it were the answer, but alas...No.

Anneja

if it was an accident was the accident preventable? Yes.

Caesarachilles

Summary: Ma the nuclear physicist and Pa the gas station attendant are in a line of people holding food, as are the others in the line. The boy, who's name is now Peter, saw them go to the line, but they (along with everyone else in the line) have now been instantaneously and accidentally annihilated without a trace by someone. Peter is now unable to find his parents. Yes, that is the short of it. Now figure out the long of it.

Is the destination of the line relevant? only for the purpose of developing a setting, so not particularly relevant but if you could figure it out it might help you find out other setting related information. The number of people in it? Yes. How much food they are carrying? Not at all.
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Did their creator cause them to disappear?
Did he do it for a reason?
Are they characters in:
a movie?
a book?
any sort of text that isn't a book?
a TV show?
a comic?
something else?
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Did their creator cause them to disappear? Not sure what you mean, rephrase.
Did he do it for a reason? See above.
Are they characters in:
a movie? This. Watch out for FA.
a book?
any sort of text that isn't a book?
a TV show?
a comic?
something else?
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A roll of film perhaps?
Did the film stop rolling?
Is popcorn relevant?
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A roll of film perhaps? No.
Did the film stop rolling? No.
Is popcorn relevant? No.
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Can I replace the word 'line' in the puzzle with the word 'stripe'?
'Streak'?
'Stroke'?
'Border'?

Whoever created these fictional characters-- did he make them disappear? For example, a writer can kill off characters when he chooses.
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Can I replace the word 'line' in the puzzle with the word 'stripe'? no.
'Streak'? no.
'Stroke'? no.
'Border'? no, and you won't be able to. It is a "line".

Whoever created these fictional characters-- did he make them disappear? For example, a writer can kill off characters when he chooses. This is a Yes. The Creator did want to kill off these characters but that is not relevant to the puzzle. I'm looking for the reasoning within the story not outside of it. Be careful not to drift too far off track.
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Could the line be called a column?

Was it the killer's intention to kill somebody, anybody, and the kid's parents just happened to be the ones he targeted?

A line of people? Objects? A power line?

Did the boy see his parents die? Or did he turn away for a minute and they were gone? Did they disintegrate? Were they beamed away a la Star Trek? Is this fiction set in the modern day? Science fiction? Fantasy?

Did the parents expect to return to the boy? Did they leave him in someone's care? How far away from him were they when they died? Inches? Feet? Tens of feet? Hundreds? Thousands? Miles? More?

Could their deaths be considered a crime? If so, manslaughter? 1st degree murder? 2nd degree? Are their deaths the result of an experiment? Did the killer expect someone to die at some point?
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How many people were in the line: 2+? 5+? 10+? 20+? 50+? 100+? 200+? 500+? 1000+?
Was the lines destination inside? Outside? Was its origin inside? Outside?

Was the object that destroyed the line of people an actual weapon? Not intended to be a weapon? Originally non-weapon but then weaponized (as with nuclear fission)?
Is it possible to create this device IRL? Or is it only possible within the fictional setting of the plot? If it is feasible, has it been created?
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Jenburdoo

Could the line be called a column? No.

Was it the killer's intention to kill somebody, No. anybody, No. and the kid's parents just happened to be the ones he targeted? No.

A line of people? <-This. Objects? A power line?

Did the boy see his parents die? No. Or did he turn away for a minute and they were gone? Yes. Did they disintegrate? No. Were they beamed away a la Star Trek? No. Is this fiction set in the modern day? Yes. Science fiction? This as well kind of. Fantasy? No.

Did the parents expect to return to the boy? Other way around, parent expected boy to return to them. Did they leave him in someone's care? No. How far away from him were they when they died? Inches? Feet? Tens of feet? <-This. Hundreds? Thousands? Miles? More?

Could their deaths be considered a crime? I am not familiar with the definitions of these or their requirements, but i will say that the means by which they died is fictional and thus would be difficult to categorize as any of these. If so, manslaughter? 1st degree murder? 2nd degree? Are their deaths the result of an experiment? No. Did the killer expect someone to die at some point? This was not a consideration of the killer, No.

Caesarachilles

How many people were in the line: 2+? 5+? 10+? <-This. 20+? 50+? 100+? 200+? 500+? 1000+?
Was the lines destination inside? Yes. Outside? Was its origin inside? Yes. Outside?

Was the object that destroyed the line of people an actual weapon? FA. Not intended to be a weapon? /b{See above.} Originally non-weapon but then weaponized (as with nuclear fission)? /b{See above.}
Is it possible to create this device IRL? /b{See above.} Or is it only possible within the fictional setting of the plot? /b{See above.} If it is feasible, has it been created? /b{See above.}
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Was it a physical object that destroyed them? A force of some kind? Magic? Psychic/psionic? Some other unsubstantial means?

...Did a wizard do it? XD

Were the people in the line previously associated with each other in some way? Were any of them known to the boy besides his parents? Did any of them know him?
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Was it a physical object that destroyed them? No. A force of some kind? This would be closest. Magic? Psychic/psionic?