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Three men from a remote region of Africa are standing together when a sudden loud noise is heard and the ground shakes beneath them. When the tremors die down, it is discovered that one of the men is dead. How?
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Was his death natural? Accident? Homicide? Suicide?

Tremors=earthquake? Natural? Man-caused?

Loud noise=explosion?
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Was his death natural? Accident? Homicide? This is closest Suicide?
Tremors=earthquake? Natural? Man-caused? This one
Loud noise=explosion? No
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Were the tremors directly related to his death? The noise? Was he killed by one of the other men? Both of them?
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Were the tremors directly related to his death? No
The noise? No
Was he killed by one of the other men? Both of them? No to both
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Did the noise cause the tremors? Vice versa? Neither?
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Did the noise cause the tremors? Vice versa? Neither? I wouldn't say one caused the other so much as they were both from the same source
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Did the source kill him? The tremors? The noise?
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Did the source kill him? Yes
The tremors? The noise? Neither of these
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Did he die by:

impact?
electric shock?
the other kind of shock?
laceration?
suffocation or asphyxiation?
burning?
freezing?
heart attack?
allergies?
drowning?
explosion?
radiation?
poison?
a psionic death ray?
laughing to death?
other?
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Is their African origin relevant?
Is the dead person one of the three African men? Or other group of men?
Are all of them H/A/M?

Is the source some kind of machine? Vehicle?
Are they inside of the source? Standing on it? Next to it? Further from it?
Just a wild guess: Is he inside of starting shuttle?
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Did he die by:

impact?
electric shock?
the other kind of shock?
laceration?
suffocation or asphyxiation?
burning?
freezing?
heart attack?
allergies?
drowning?
explosion?
radiation?
poison?
a psionic death ray?
laughing to death?
other? Other, indeed!

Is their African origin relevant? Not really
Is the dead person one of the three African men? Yes
Or other group of men? No
Are all of them H/A/M? NO!
Is the source some kind of machine? Vehicle? Nope
Are they inside of the source? Standing on it? Next to it? Further from it? Maybe somewhere between next to it and further
Just a wild guess: Is he inside of starting shuttle? No
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Man 1: H? A? M? The dead guy?
Man 2: H? A? M? Dead?
Man 3: H? A? M? Dead?

And can we give them names?
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Man 1: H? A? M? The dead guy?
Man 2: H? A? M? Dead?
Man 3: H? A? M? Dead? None of them are human, in fact!

And can we give them names? If you want, you can say X, Y, and Z (X being dead)
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So they're not human? Are they animal? Plant? Alien?
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So they're not human? Are they animal? Plant? Alien? /b{None of these!}
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Are/were they alive? Statues? Bacteria? Fungi?
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Are/were they alive? Yope, DOYD of "alive"
Statues? Yes-ish
Bacteria? Fungi? No
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Were they "alive" in that they were standing up? And then one fell down and maybe broke?
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Were they "alive" in that they were standing up? And then one fell down and maybe broke? No to these, but OTRT
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Location relevant?
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Location relevant?
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Location relevant? Yope, not specific region of Africa, if that's what you mean
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OK, then...

Are they in the desert? Village? Oasis? Near water? Near wildlife? Near wild plant life?
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Are they in the desert? Village? This is closest, but that might be misleading.
Oasis? Near water? Near wildlife? Near wild plant life?
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Are they totem poles? Tribal?
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Are they totem poles? Tribal? No to both
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Are there images of men in any way involved? Are they near people? A town? An airport? A museum?
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Are there images of men in any way involved? Yes
Are they near people? Yes!
A town? Could be here, not terribly relevant... An airport? A museum?
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The three "men" are not people though, correct? Are they trees? Are they made of wood? Glass? Metal? Solid? Liquid? Gas? Plasma?
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The three "men" are not people though, correct? Correct
Are they trees? No
Are they made of wood? Could be this Glass? Metal? Solid? But most likely another form of this Liquid? Gas? Plasma?
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Are the "men" made of:
Plastic? Plaster? Soap? Soft material? Hard material? Foam? Ice?

Are they carvings?
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Are they made of cloth? Voodoo dolls?
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Are the "men" made of:
Plastic? YES!
Plaster? Soap? Soft material? Hard material? Foam? Ice?

Are they carvings? I don't suppose plastic is carved
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I'll ask again: were they voodoo dolls? Dolls of a sort?
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Whoops! Missed it!

I'll ask again: were they voodoo dolls? Dolls of a sort? No to both. I mean, not doll in any usual sense I guess
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Were the "men" images of men? Sculptures? Were they on a wall? In a building? Out in the open?
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Were the "men" images of men? Yes
Sculptures? no-ish
Were they on a wall? no
In a building? probably this
Out in the open? not as likely
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Were the images on plastic plates?
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Were the images on plastic plates? No

I should probably clarify, they were sculptures in the sense that they were formed in the shape of men, but they were not sculptures in either the process or the art.
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What height were they: 1 cm? 5 cm? 10 cm? 50 cm? 1 m? 2 m? 3 m? 5 m? 10 m? Taller?
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Oh, and did someone shatter the one who 'died'?
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What height were they: 1 cm? 5 cm? Around this, I imagine! 10 cm? 50 cm? 1 m? 2 m? 3 m? 5 m? 10 m? Taller?
Oh, and did someone shatter the one who 'died'? No
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Were they pieces for a game? Did the "dead" one fall down?
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Were they pieces for a game? YES!!!
Did the "dead" one fall down? No, not this
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Men...is it chess? And the dead one was captured?
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Men...is it chess? And the dead one was captured?
No, but you are getting quite close.
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So the pieces actually look like men, right? Is it a board game? Well-known? Are they "army men"?
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So the pieces actually look like men, right? Yes, well, some of them anyway
Is it a board game? Yes
Well-known? Yes
Are they "army men"? Not per se, but not far from the truth...
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Is it Risk? And the men were in the Africa part of the board? And the tremor is caused by the dice rolling?
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Is it Risk? And the men were in the Africa part of the board? And the tremor is caused by the dice rolling? Bingo

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

The "men" are pieces on an African region of a Risk game board. The sound and tremor are caused by the dice rolling. When the dice stop, it is discovered from the resulting roll that one of the men is dead and must be taken off the board.

Thanks, Balin, for getting the puzzle so far along, and Vadron for the final blow.
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Nice puzzle! And thanks a ton, Vadron, for solving this - I've never played Risk and would probably never have guessed that.
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Just so you know, Risk pieces are only about 1 cm tall.
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Drat I'm disgusted I didn't take part in this puzzle as I love RISK. According to my family I have a natural flair for the game yet I am a hopeless chess player. Very well phrased puzzle ISH.
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Just so you know, Risk pieces are only about 1 cm tall. Blasted metric system. Always getting the best of me ;)

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