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Smith didn't know why he was being given special treatment at work, until he was told about the rings.
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Rings = jewelry? Onion rings? Lord of the Rings? Olympic rings? Other round rings?

Smith = HAM? Is his specific job relevant?
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Rings: jewelry? Boxing rings? Circular objects? Phone signals? Dark shadows around the eyes? Coffee cup stains? Rings on printed paper? Rings above the nordic letter ? Rings as in the degree symbol? Special treatment: good? Bad? Just different? do the rigns signify something? Does he: wear them? Carry them? Own them? Number of rings relevant? If they are physical rings, are they made from: metal? Wood? Plastic? Glass? Fabric? Leather? Ceramics? Paper? Smoke?
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Rubber? Food? Hair? Fiber? Something living? something previously alive? Are they scars? Tattoos?
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Rings = jewelry? Onion rings? Lord of the Rings? Olympic rings? Other round rings? this

Smith = HAM? yes
Is his specific job relevant? yes

Rings: jewelry? Boxing rings? Circular objects? this Phone signals? Dark shadows around the eyes? Coffee cup stains? Rings on printed paper? Rings above the nordic letter ? Rings as in the degree symbol? Special treatment: good? yesish Bad? Just different? and some of this as well
do the rigns signify something? hm...not sure what you mean by "signify", not particularly symbolic if that's what you mean
Does he: wear them? Carry them? Own them? no to these
Number of rings relevant? not really
If they are physical rings, are they made from: metal? this
Wood? Plastic? Glass? Fabric? Leather? Ceramics? Paper? Smoke?
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Rubber? Food? Hair? Fiber? Something living? something previously alive? Are they scars? Tattoos? no to all these
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Are the rings bigger than: molecules? Bacteria? The point on this question mark? An engagement ring? A rubber band? A CD? An LP? A hula hoop? A tractor rear wheel? 5m in diameter? 10? 50? 100?
Did he discover the rings? Design them? Make them? Does he use them in his work?
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Are they magician's linking rings? Are they large enough to wear around the neck? Around the wrist?
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Are the rings bigger than: molecules? Bacteria? The point on this question mark? An engagement ring? A rubber band? A CD? My best guess is around this size An LP? A hula hoop? A tractor rear wheel? 5m in diameter? 10? 50? 100?
Did he discover the rings? No Design them? No Make them? No Does he use them in his work? No

Are they magician's linking rings? No
Are they large enough to wear around the neck? I don't think so Around the wrist? Probably
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Are they solid? Do they have a round cross-section? Or square? Or flat? Are they machine parts? Toys? Ornamental? Are they at the workplace? Do they make a sound? Do they spin? Are they attached to something? Are they made of iron/steel? Alu? Copper?
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Relevant how many rings? If so, 2? 3? 4? 5? 8? 10? 12? 15? 20? 50? 100? More?
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Are they solid? Yes
Do they have a round cross-section? yes Or square? Or flat?
Are they machine parts? no Toys? no Ornamental? no Are they at the workplace? yope Do they make a sound? No Do they spin? No Are they attached to something? Yes-ish Are they made of iron/steel? Iron, I believe Alu? Copper?
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Relevant how many rings? If so, 2? 3? 4? 5? 8? 10? 12? 15? 20? 50? 100? More? Not really relevant, I imagine 4 maybe
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Are the rings attached to each other? Linked? Do they form a chain? Are they CDs? DVDs? Other electronic-device disks? Do they have a hole in the middle?
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Are the rings attached to each other? No
Linked? Do they form a chain? No
Are they CDs? DVDs? Other electronic-device disks? No to these
Do they have a hole in the middle? Yes
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Are the rings thick? Thin? Is the hole larger than the thickness of the ring?
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Are the rings thick? Yes, generally Thin?
Is the hole larger than the thickness of the ring? Yes
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Do the rings serve a specific purpose?

When Smith was told about the rings, did he realize something bad was about to happen to him? That he would be fired? Killed?
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Do the rings serve a specific purpose? Yes

When Smith was told about the rings, did he realize something bad was about to happen to him? hm, yope That he would be fired? no
Killed? yope to noish

/i{some of these questions are harder to answer than I expected!}
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Was Smith going to be tortured? Is he a soldier? A POW? In a concentration camp?
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Was Smith going to be tortured? no
Is he a soldier? A POW? In a concentration camp? no to these
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Will Smith interact with the rings? Touch them? Pull them?
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Has he seen the rings before? Are the rings hollow? Are they heavy? Is something attached to them? Are they attached to each other?
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Will Smith interact with the rings? Touch them? Pull them? No!

Has he seen the rings before? No! Are the rings hollow? No Are they heavy? maybe, irrel Is something attached to them? Again, yope Are they attached to each other? No
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Is something attached to them sometimes? Or has it been in the past? Or will it be in the future? Are the rings attachment points? Can someone pick up a ring and walk away with it? Is his profession relevant? Is someone else being treated differently because of these rings? Is something relevant placed on top of the rings? Are the rings on top of something relevant? Or inside? Does something relevant pass through the holes in the rings? Do the rings carry a magnetic field? Are they radioactive? Or otherwise dangerous?
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Is something attached to them sometimes? yesish Or has it been in the past? yes!
Or will it be in the future? no
Are the rings attachment points? If I understand what you mean, yes
Can someone pick up a ring and walk away with it? no
Is his profession relevant? yes
Is someone else being treated differently because of these rings? at the moment, he is the only one, but...
Is something relevant placed on top of the rings? yesish
Are the rings on top of something relevant? also yesish
Or inside? no
Does something relevant pass through the holes in the rings? yes to yesish...basically there are things relevant that come into contact with the rings in some way Do the rings carry a magnetic field? no
Are they radioactive? no
Or otherwise dangerous? not of themselves, but danger is involved
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Are the rings hanging down from a ceiling? Against a wall?

Would Smith's job be considered dangerous?
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Is the special treatment good for Smith, or bad?

Is he a soldier in training?

If not, LTPF list of industries, please.
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Are the rings hanging down from a ceiling? No
Against a wall? Yesish, DOYD of "wall"
Would Smith's job be considered dangerous? Maybe somewhat, but not especially life-threatening

Is the special treatment good for Smith, or bad? It's good
Is he a soldier in training? No
If not, LTPF list of industries, please. Government, Armed Forces (not soldier, though)
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Is he a medic? Pilot?

Do the rings hang from something that moves?
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Is he a medic? Pilot? no to both
Do the rings hang from something that moves? no
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Is he a chaplain?
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Is he a chaplain? no

Hint: It's not a position you would normally think belongs to the armed forces...
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Is he in a uniformed but unarmed service such as the Surgeon General's Office or NOAA?
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Is he in a uniformed not uniformed but unarmed and yes, unarmed service such as the Surgeon General's Office or NOAA? not these
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Does he work in an office?
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Does he work in an office? no
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Would I expect the position to be in the government? But not the armed forces? Is he a commander of some sort? Does he have an official title? Does it include the word "General"?
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Would I expect the position to be in the government? But not the armed forces? I don't exactly know what one would expect, but I suppose I could say that you would expect government, but possibly not armed forces (because he is neither uniformed nor armed)
Is he a commander of some sort? no
Does he have an official title? not sure what this means exactly. He may have an official title of some sort (but I don't know what it is). There is a general job title that you would certainly know, though.
Does it include the word "General"? no
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Does he work in a specific branch of government? If so, legislative? Executive? Judicial? Or does he have a lower government job (like a postal worker)?
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Does he work in a specific branch of government? he works for the military, but for a specific branch of the military...
If so, legislative? Executive? Judicial? Or does he have a lower government job (like a postal worker)? not a postal worker, but you're starting to think along the right lines
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Does he work for the Army? Navy? Marines? Air Force? Coast Guard? National Guard? Special OPS?
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Does he work for the Army? Navy? Marines? Air Force? Coast Guard? This one National Guard? Special OPS?
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Does he work on a boat? Are the rings on a boat? Relevant where on a boat (for both the previous questions)?
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Does he work on a boat? Are the rings on a boat? Relevant where on a boat (for both the previous questions)? no to all
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Is he the leader of the Coast Guard? Is he a volunteer?
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Is he the leader of the Coast Guard? no
Is he a volunteer? He is full-time employed. But he is not in a position of much authority.
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Does he typically go on the water at all during the course of his job? Under water? In the air over water?
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Does he typically go on the water at all during the course of his job? Hm...possibly, but for the most part I'd say no
Under water? no In the air over water? no
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So he works for the Coast Guard, but remains on land? Is he on an island? The continental US?
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So he works for the Coast Guard, but remains on land? exactly!
Is he on an island? I believe so, yes
The continental US? this as well
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So he works for the Coast Guard, but remains on land? exactly!
Is he on an island? I believe so, yes
The continental US? this as well
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So he works for the Coast Guard, but remains on land? exactly!
Is he on an island? I believe so, yes
The continental US? this as well
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wow, my comp is being fun
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Does he work on Guantanamo Bay? Is he a prison guard? Something close?
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Does he work on Guantanamo Bay? Is he a prison guard? Something close to that?
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Sorry for the double post. And your comp being fun...is that a good thing or a bad thing?
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Does he work on Guantanamo Bay? no
Is he a prison guard? no
Something close to that? no, not really
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If triple posting is a good thing, then yes ;)
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Does he work on an island which is a US territory? A foreign country? Cuba? Haiti? Is he an aid worker?
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Does he work on an island which is a US territory? A foreign country? Cuba? Haiti? Is he an aid worker? no to all. I suppose "island" might have been misleading. He works, either on, or just off the coast of the mainland US (not exactly sure which)
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Does he build things? Repair them? Does his job involve communication?
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Does he build things? no
Repair them? no
Does his job involve communication? yes!
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Does he communicate orders? Directions? Does he work at a lighthouse?
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Does he communicate orders? Directions? Does he work at a lighthouse? YES! Good job!
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Is he a lighthouse keeper? Communicating with ships? Alerting them to the island? By manning the light? Sending radio messages?
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Is he a lighthouse keeper? Communicating with ships? Alerting them to the island? By manning the light? Yes to all these. He is a lighthouse keeper who generally does whatever lighthouse keepers do.
Sending radio messages? Probably not this, though
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Are the rings all that's left of something? Did something bad happen at that place? If so, is the special treatment supposed to keep it from happening again? Or to prepare him for when it will happen again? Are the rings underwater? Are they attached to rock?
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Are the rings all that's left of something? noish to yope
Did something bad happen at that place? yes!
If so, is the special treatment supposed to keep it from happening again? no
Or to prepare him for when it will happen again? no
Are the rings underwater? no
Are they attached to rock? yes! (although, remember, "were" is the operative tense here. They are no longer there)
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Was the "special treatment" given because he had done something wrong? Allowing a ship to crash? Were the rings part of the ship's anchor? And they'd gotten fused to the rock somehow?
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Is a ship involved? In the dark? Does it sink?

Anything to do with the rings worn around the sleeves of officers to indicate rank?
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Did the rings go away when the bad thing happened? Was it a disaster? Did someone die? Bad weather relevant? Was something anchored to the rings? A dock? a building? Something floating? Relevant where the rings are now?
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Was the "special treatment" given because he had done something wrong? no
Allowing a ship to crash? no
Were the rings part of the ship's anchor? no
And they'd gotten fused to the rock somehow? thus no

Is a ship involved? no In the dark? Does it sink? no to rest
Anything to do with the rings worn around the sleeves of officers to indicate rank? no

Did the rings go away when the bad thing happened? not when, but later
Was it a disaster? no
Did someone die? yes
Bad weather relevant? no
Was something anchored to the rings? yes!
A dock? a building? Something floating? none of these
Relevant where the rings are now? no
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Were the rings simply removed when they were no longer useful? Was the object anchored to the rings: blown away? Swept away? Destroyed? Rotten? Was the event intentional? Was the death intentional? Suicide? Was the dead person in it when it happened? On it? Under it? Did the person drown? Was the person HAM? A lighthouse keeper? Relevant? Or did more than one person die?
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Were the rings simply removed when they were no longer useful? I guess. Honestly, I don't know if they would have been removed or perhaps they eroded away. Their absence is actually somewhat irrelevant.
Was the object anchored to the rings: blown away? no Swept away? yope Destroyed? yes-ish Rotten? yes-ish
Was the event intentional? yes! And small FA
Was the death intentional? yes! Again, small FA
Suicide? no
Was the dead person in it when it happened? On it? Under it? it = the object? hm, no-ish to all
Did the person drown? yes!
Was the person HAM? yope, FA still present
A lighthouse keeper? probably not
Relevant? no
Or did more than one person die? yes! that was the FA
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Did a rope or cable pass through the rings (back when they were still used of course)? Were the people who died themselves anchored to the rings somehow? or were they killed by an object that was anchored to the rings?

Were the rings attached to rocks along the shore? near the base of the lighthouse? or to pieces of stone that were in fact part of the construction of the lighthouse itself?
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Were the rings only attached to rock at one end? Were they anchoring something to the island? Was that something floating in the water? Was it a buoy? Beacon? Did the people die by [LTPF list of ways to die]?
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Did a rope or cable pass through the rings (back when they were still used of course)? yes-ish. more of a cable, but not that, I don't think.
Were the people who died themselves anchored to the rings somehow? yes!
or were they killed by an object that was anchored to the rings? no

Were the rings attached to rocks along the shore? yes-ish
near the base of the lighthouse? yes
or to pieces of stone that were in fact part of the construction of the lighthouse itself? no

Were the rings only attached to rock at one end? yes
Were they anchoring something to the island? yes, see above
Was that something floating in the water? no
Was it a buoy? Beacon? no, again, see above
Did the people die by [LTPF list of ways to die]? they all drowned
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Were the people tied to the rings? Holding on to them? Holding the cable? Were they attached to the rings at the hands? Neck? Legs? Feet? Torso? Head? Arms? Were they anchored to the rings for a long time before they drowned? Were they attached to the rings themselved? The cable? To the rings by the cable? Were the people in the water while attached to the rings?
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Were the people tied to the rings? yes!
Holding on to them? Holding the cable? no to others
Were they attached to the rings at the hands? Neck? Legs? Feet? Torso? Head? Arms? irrelevant, I guess
Were they anchored to the rings for a long time before they drowned? yes!
Were they attached to the rings themselved? The cable? To the rings by the cable? this, but again, not a cable, not that it's terribly relevant
Were the people in the water while attached to the rings? yope
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Were they partially in the water? Did they drown as the tide came in? Were they tied to the rings with the intent of their deaths?
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Were they partially in the water? yes-ish
Did they drown as the tide came in? YES!
Were they tied to the rings with the intent of their deaths? YES!
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Was the killing an execution? Murder? Other? are they trating him differently because of these killings? Superstition relevant?
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Was Smith the killer? Did he know the victims? Were they his family? Piracy relevant?
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Was the killing an execution? this Murder? Other?
are they trating him differently because of these killings? yes
Superstition relevant? Yes!
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Was Smith the killer? Did he know the victims? Were they his family? Piracy relevant? no to all
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Were the dead people executed for a crime? Were they executed by the other people whom Smith worked with?
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Were the dead people executed for a crime? yes-ish, but somewhat irrel
Were they executed by the other people whom Smith worked with? no
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Did the people giving him special treatment know about the rings? And what had happened there? Were they worried Smith had been involved?
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Did the people giving him special treatment know about the rings? yes
And what had happened there? yes
Were they worried Smith had been involved? no
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Were they worried Smith would find out? I'm assuming Smith had no prior knowledge of the rings; is that correct?
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Were they worried Smith would find out? no
I'm assuming Smith had no prior knowledge of the rings; is that correct? yes, although that in itself is irrel; he would have gotten the "special treatment" either way.

HINT: The "special treatment" given is very specific
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Does the treatment involve his payment? Hours? Comforts of the lighthouse? Residence? Does the "special treatment" involve his job at all?
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Do they think the place is haunted? Dangerous? Is the treatment meant to keep him safe from ghosts/angry spirits? Is a ceremony relevant? An amulet? Religion?
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Does the treatment involve his payment? no
Hours? no-ish
Comforts of the lighthouse? no
Residence? yope
Does the "special treatment" involve his job at all? yes

Do they think the place is haunted? yes-ish
Dangerous? if that's what "haunted" implies, then yes-ish
Is the treatment meant to keep him safe from ghosts/angry spirits? no-ish
Is a ceremony relevant? An amulet? Religion? no to these
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Is the treatment meant to protect someone else from spirits? from his presence angering them more?
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Is the story of the people killed at the rings a legend? At that lighthouse? So the ones giving the treatment believe the lighthouse is cursed?
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Is the treatment meant to protect someone else from spirits? from his presence angering them more? no-ish to all. some insight below

Is the story of the people killed at the rings a legend? yes!
At that lighthouse? excatly
So the ones giving the treatment believe the lighthouse is cursed? possibly, but not necessarily! (This is based off a true story, and I don't know what the employers themselves believed, but they definitely knew about the legend)
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Are they worried that Smith will die because of the legend? So they give him special treatment so he doesn't?
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Is the "special treatment" a press interview? visits from the public? a book deal? a biographical TV show? Are these OTRT?
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Are they worried that Smith will die because of the legend? no, or probably not
So they give him special treatment so he doesn't? no

Is the "special treatment" a press interview? visits from the public? a book deal? a biographical TV show? Are these OTRT? no to all, but I like the thought
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Are the ones giving Smith special treatment his supervisors? Other people he works for? Does Smith live at the lighthouse (as well as working there)? Is the treatment related to his residence?
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Are the ones giving Smith special treatment his supervisors? Other people he works for? I'm not sure of the overall hierarchy. Just the people above him.
Does Smith live at the lighthouse (as well as working there)? yes
Is the treatment related to his residence? in a sense, yes
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Is part of the legend that the dead people's ghosts are haunting the lighthouse? And the people are worried that Smith might fall victim to them?
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Is part of the legend that the dead people's ghosts are haunting the lighthouse? yes
And the people are worried that Smith might fall victim to them? The more superstitious ones might be...
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Are the people trying to appease the ghosts, so they won't harm/haunt Smith?
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Are the people trying to appease the ghosts, so they won't harm/haunt Smith? nope. Keep in mind the fact that whether or not his employers believe in the ghosts is irrelevant
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Is the special treatment intended to make Smith stay there? In case he learns about the legend?
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Is the special treatment intended to make Smith stay there? in a sense, yes. explore
In case he learns about the legend? again, sort of...they assumed he either knew or would soon find out
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Is he given ghost insurance? (that's mostly a joke, though it would be cool if that existed)
Does the treatment make him less likely to face an evil spirit? more able to defend himself if he saw one? or just have a greater incentive to work there, as opposed to another lighthouse?
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Is he given ghost insurance? haha, nice, but no...although...you could almost call it that(that's mostly a joke, though it would be cool if that existed)
Does the treatment make him less likely to face an evil spirit? no
more able to defend himself if he saw one? no
or just have a greater incentive to work there, as opposed to another lighthouse? not necessarily "opposed" to other lighthouses, but OTRT
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Did Smith choose to work there? Does he have a chance at working somewhere else? A possible promotion, maybe? But "they" want him to stay working there, so they tell him about the rings? Did "they" invent the legend about the rings?
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Did Smith choose to work there? Yes
Does he have a chance at working somewhere else? Perhaps, yes
A possible promotion, maybe? no
But "they" want him to stay working there, so they tell him about the rings? no
Did "they" invent the legend about the rings? no

Hint/Recap: In years past, the Coast Guard would hire civilians to man lighthouses. However, because of the legend at this particular lighthouse in the US, which involved people being tied to rings embedded in the rocks and left there until the tide came in and they drowned, many people thought it was haunted and were wary of working there, and thus it was hard to find people for the job. So the Coast Guard worked up a "special treatment" that made it easier to find people for the lighthouse. What was it?
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Was the "special treatment" a test of some sort? Did they just pay more than at other lighthouses? Give extra benefits? Residential? Work-related?
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Was the "special treatment" a test of some sort? no
Did they just pay more than at other lighthouses? no
Give extra benefits? yope
Residential? Work-related? yes to both
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Is the "special treatment" related to the fact that people thought it was haunted?
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Is the "special treatment" related to the fact that people thought it was haunted? yes, if I understand what you mean. It wouldn't have necessarily been all that much of a perk if it hadn't been supposedly haunted.
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Did they provide "ghost insurance" or something?
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Did they provide "ghost insurance" or something? no, but it in a sense it almost worked like that, as it did provide them a similar peace of mind...
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Did they send in "ghost exterminators"? Did they hang up items that were supposed to repel ghosts? Place items around to do so?
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Was the ambience of the lighthouse friendlier after the "special treatment"? More "ghost-friendly"?
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Did they send in "ghost exterminators"? Did they hang up items that were supposed to repel ghosts? Place items around to do so?
Was the ambience of the lighthouse friendlier after the "special treatment"? More "ghost-friendly"? no to all, in fact there was nothing physically present or different about the lighthouse. In a sense, it's a lot simpler than that.
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Did they call Smith constantly? Did they reassure him that the ghosts weren't going to come after him? Did someone else? Did they let him take his wife with him?
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Or did they let him take something else with him? Or give him something? That other lighthouse keepers were not allowed to have?
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I had a good vacation in the Adirondack mountains. Now back to puzzling.

Did they call Smith constantly? Did they reassure him that the ghosts weren't going to come after him? Did someone else? no to these
Did they let him take his wife with him? I imagine they would have, but irrelevant

Or did they let him take something else with him? no
Or give him something? yes-ish
That other lighthouse keepers were not allowed to have? yes-ish, explore these lines
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Sounds like a great vacation!

Did he wear something relevant? Keep something? Carry something? Is the "something" a physical object? A living thing? An animal? A pet? Or is the "something" a talisman of a sort?
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Did he wear something relevant? Keep something? Carry something? Is the "something" a physical object? no! A living thing? An animal? A pet? Or is the "something" a talisman of a sort? and thus no to rest
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Is the "something" an intangible object? A sound? Music? Light? Company? Advice?
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Is the "something" an intangible object? no, not really an "object" at all
A sound? Music? Light? Company? Advice? no to these
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Is the "something" an action? A color? Brightness of the workplace?
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Is the "something" an action? this is closest
A color? Brightness of the workplace?
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Did Smith get to do something that others having the same job could not? Something at work? At home?
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Did Smith get to do something that others having the same job could not? yes!
Something at work? this, I guess
At home?
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Are his work hours relevant? Work conditions? Did he get extra vacation time? To leave early? To come in later?
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Are his work hours relevant? no
Work conditions? yope
Did he get extra vacation time? no
To leave early? well, yes, actually, but probably not how you're thinking
To come in later? no

You're close. Just a little more to $poyle
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Did he work the same number of days per week as other lighthouse workers? The same length of tiem for each day?
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Did he work the same number of days per week as other lighthouse workers? The same length of tiem for each day? yes, think longer term...
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Ok then...

Did he work the same length of time per...

day
week
month
year

...as other lighthouse workers? Is retirement relevant?
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Ok then...

Did he work the same length of time per...

day
week
month
year

...as other lighthouse workers? Yes or yes-ish
Is retirement relevant? Not retirement, but definitely OTRT
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Is sick leave relevant? Paternity leave? Is his pay relevant? Benefits? Did he get better health, dental, etc. benefits?
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Is sick leave relevant? Paternity leave? Is his pay relevant? Benefits? Did he get better health, dental, etc. benefits? No to all

I will recap by saying that he gets a certain permission that other lighthouse workers don't, which relates to his being able to leave the lighthouse. It's not related to hours or days off (remember that lighthouse workers would generally live on the premises, therefore didn't really come to work and go home). And, as was stated before, it could serve as a "ghost insurance", to use a tongue-in-cheek phrase.
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Does he have a residence off the lighthouse grounds? A discount rate at a hotel? Is a discounted rate involved?
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Does he have a residence off the lighthouse grounds? Not while he's working there, no
A discount rate at a hotel? Is a discounted rate involved? No
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Is the benefit mainly related to the fact that Smith lives at the lighthouse? Works there? Does the benefit save Smith money? Time?
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Is the benefit mainly related to the fact that Smith lives at the lighthouse? Works there? Both actually. More just the fact that he is there.
Does the benefit save Smith money? Time? Neither, really.

Hint: He can only use the benefit once.
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Does the benefit allow him to leave the lighthouse? To sail around the coast where the lighthouse is? Is the benefit otherwise related to the rings?
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Does the benefit allow him to leave the lighthouse? Yes, I'm sure he's always allowed to leave the premises at times, but...
To sail around the coast where the lighthouse is? Is the benefit otherwise related to the rings? No to these
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Does it allow him extended leave? For a personal reason?
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Is he allowed paid leave for a certain period of time if he is forced to evacuate because of a ghost?
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Does it allow him extended leave? yope
For a personal reason? see below

Is he allowed paid leave for a certain period of time if he is forced to evacuate because of a ghost? again, yope. You're basically right on the reason for leaving, but "paid leave" and "certain period of time" are somewhat innaccurate

You guys are crazy close.
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Does he have "ghost insurance" in case of damages? In case the lighthouse is damaged? Burns down?
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Does he have "ghost insurance" in case of damages? In case the lighthouse is damaged? Burns down? No, nothing physical like that
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Just to be certain, the benefit is related to him leaving, right? Does it give him a place to stay? Does it allow for payment for damages? Is any pay involved in the benefit?
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Just to be certain, the benefit is related to him leaving, right? right
Does it give him a place to stay? yes, that's part of it
Does it allow for payment for damages? no
Is any pay involved in the benefit? yes-ish
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Does he get free residence at a certain place? A hotel? A house? Is the "certain place" on the lighthouse grounds? Is the lighthouse on an island? A coast? If the former, is the "certain place" off the island?
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Does he get free residence at a certain place? yes...ish
A hotel? A house? this, to a degree
Is the "certain place" on the lighthouse grounds? No, but remove one word from this question and it becomes a yes.
Is the lighthouse on an island? A coast? this, butt irrel
If the former, is the "certain place" off the island?
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Is the "certain place" on the lighthouse?
Is the "certain place" on the grounds?
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Is the "certain place" the lighthouse grounds?
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Is the "certain place" on the lighthouse?
Is the "certain place" on the grounds?
Is the "certain place" the lighthouse grounds? no to all, the same word has been left in on all of these ;)
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Is the place on the lighthouse grounds?
Is the "certain place" on lighthouse grounds?

If it's that last one, does he get to go to another lighthouse in case of a ghost?
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Is the place on the lighthouse grounds?
Is the "certain place" on lighthouse grounds?

If it's that last one, does he get to go to another lighthouse in case of a ghost? And there it is!

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

This is a true story of the Execution Rocks lighthouse in New York. The story is:

"Execution Rocks, sitting at the west end of Long Island Sound in New York since 1851, lends itself to grisly tales just due to its name. According to folklore, the British avoided public executions in Colonial times because they would inflame the revolutionary spirit of the American people. Instead, they would carry the condemned to these reefs at low tide, chain them to rings embedded in the rock, and wait for high tide to carry out the death sentence. Some say the skeletons were left to torture the minds of the newly condemned as they faced certain death.

The legend of the executions had such hold, that when lightkeepers were assigned to Execution Rocks, they were under a unique contract. No lightkeeper was to ever feel chained to the reef. Instead of stating a set length of duty, their contract read that their length of service was for as long as they were willing. If for any reason, they requested a transfer, it was instantly granted."

The story of the chainings has been disputed by historians, but an interesting story, nonetheless.


Thanks to all who participated, especially Balin, who showed great endurance in unveiling the puzzle's final, annoying detail.

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