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Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2010 - 9:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hugs all round
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Is the puzzle about hugs? i. e. two people touching breasts and arms?
Is the "free hugs" campaign relevant?
Is the puzzle about 1, 2 (or more?) particular people? About a group of people (the individuals being irrelevant)?
Time relevant? place relevant?
Animals relevant?
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Is the puzzle about hugs? i. e. two people touching breasts and arms? it could be, but there's a more lateral context

Is the "free hugs" campaign relevant? no

Is the puzzle about 1, 2 (or more?) particular people? yes, more than 2 About a group of people (the individuals being irrelevant)? groups of people are certainly important, but individual identities are not totally irrelevant

Time relevant? very much so place relevant? yes
Animals relevant? only hoomins
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Are the hugs typical one-on-one hugs? Group hugs? Are they friendly in nature? Romantic? Is this occurring in the daytime? At night? In the afternoon?
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Are the hugs typical one-on-one hugs? Group hugs? there may be group hugs all round ... but this may mislead Are they friendly in nature? Romantic? not really these

Is this occurring in the daytime? At night? in the evening In the afternoon? and this too
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Do the people share something particular? say the same profession?
Is there a single event we are supposed to find out? a number of events? did this happpen in this century? last century before? relevant?
Did it happen at one particular place? in Europe? North America?
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Do the people share something particular? yes say the same profession? let's say yes, though many more people are relevant too

Is there a single event we are supposed to find out? yes a number of events? several events within a larger event did this happpen in this century? yes last century before? relevant? yes
Did it happen at one particular place? hmmm, it has to be a yope, I suppose in Europe? noNorth America? no
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Was it a scheduled event? That happened in several places?
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Was it a scheduled event? That happened in several places? yes indeed
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Something like the "Hands Across America" event back in the 80s?
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Something like the "Hands Across America" event back in the 80s? no, nothing like that
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Did it happen in several places on one continent? On multiple continents? All at the same time? World's Fair relevant?
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Did it happen in several places on one continent? this ... On multiple continents? ...rather than this All at the same time? no World's Fair relevant? no, but not a million miles away
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Olympics?
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Are the hugs congratulatory? Celebratory? Comforting? Obligatory? Tradition? The whole point of the event? Or a major point?
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Olympics? no

Are the hugs congratulatory? possibly Celebratory? possibly this too Comforting? and this, too Obligatory? no Tradition? yes ... but there's a lateral step still to perform

The whole point of the event? Or a major point? neither, really: it's just something interesting that happened during the event
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Did the hugs follow some sort of pattern? Rule? Was something given in addition to a hug? Was something relevant said? Was there a "giver" and a "receiver" of the hug? Or was it reciprocal?
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Did the hugs follow some sort of pattern? the hugs themselves didn't form a pattern, but a pattern of sorts is certainly formed Rule? not a rule, though

Was something given in addition to a hug? irrel Was something relevant said? no Was there a "giver" and a "receiver" of the hug? Or was it reciprocal? irrel
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Was it a sporting event? Concert? Festival? Holiday? Charity event? Fair? Were the hugs done among visitors/spectators? Did they start spontaneously? Or did someone intentionally start the whole thing? Relevant how many people participated in the hugging? Was it a record attempt?
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Was it a sporting event? yes, this one Concert? Festival? Holiday? Charity event? Fair? no to rest

Were the hugs done among visitors/spectators? Did they start spontaneously? Or did someone intentionally start the whole thing? all possible but irrelevant

Relevant how many people participated in the hugging? no, and beware a possible FA

Was it a record attempt? no
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HINT

For more authenticity, go nude!
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Relevant that many sports were done in the nude in ancient Greece? Or specifically Sparta? Relevant which sport it is? Is it a team sport? Is it done in water? On a field? With a ball?
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Relevant that many sports were done in the nude in ancient Greece? not at all

Or specifically Sparta? no

Relevant which sport it is? yes indeed

Is it a team sport? yes

Is it done in water? no On a field? yes With a ball? yes
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Soccer? Football? Baseball? Cricket? Rugby? Lacrosse? Handball? Field hockey? Are they actually playing in the nude?
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Soccer? yes! Football? and yes to this, too: Association Football

Baseball? Cricket? Rugby? Lacrosse? Handball? Field hockey? and no to these

Are they actually playing in the nude? hehe, that would be amusing, but no
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Are the hugs between/among fans? players? refs? Are any of the groups of people I mentioned naked at any time? Does "nude" refer to nudity? Or the color? Is there just one relevant game? If so, does the hugging occur before the game? During play? During halftime? Overtime? PKs? After the game? Or is this about a whole tournament? A whole league? A whole season? Any particular position relevant? Could this have happened in any country with a soccer league? Or just in [LTPF list of continents]?
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Are the hugs between/among fans? literal hugs, perhaps, but not the 'lateral' hugs I have in mind, no

players? likewise, no refs? noAre any of the groups of people I mentioned naked at any time? well, in the showers, I guess. But this isn't relevant, I'm afraid.

Does "nude" refer to nudity? no Or the color? no Is there just one relevant game? no: good question If so, does the hugging occur before the game? a lurking FA here

During play? During halftime? Overtime? PKs? After the game? this, but beware the FA

Or is this about a whole tournament? yesish A whole league? no A whole season? no Any particular position relevant? no Could this have happened in any country with a soccer league? no Or just in [LTPF list of continents]? The puzzle scenario could have happened in any continent. But it so happens that the event is in Africa. Now then ...
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Noticing something, could the puzzle statement also read "Hugs all around"? Or does it mean all the hugs are round? Or there are round numbers of hugs? Or there's a round of hugs in counterpoint, much like singing a round of Row Row Row Your Boat?
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Noticing something, could the puzzle statement also read "Hugs all around"? yes, hugs being the operative word

Or does it mean all the hugs are round? no

Or there are round numbers of hugs? Or there's a round of hugs in counterpoint, much like singing a round of Row Row Row Your Boat? a wonderful idea! You're very right to be thinking cryptically, but not along these lines, I'm afraid.
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I have to say, I don't know another meaning for "hugs," unless you mean Hershey's hugs? Ah well, hopefully all will become clear in time.

So, there's a soccer tournament. The World Cup? A pan-African tournament? A national tournament in some African country? There are hugs all around, mostly occurring after the games. Your "lateral hugs," are they still an interaction between people? an object? a living thing? a concept? an acronym for something? Would it still be accurate to say they "occur" after the game?

nude /nud, nyud/ Show Spelled [nood, nyood] Show IPA adjective, nud·er, nud·est, noun
–adjective
1. naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.
2. without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare: a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.
3. (of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.
4. Law . made without a consideration or other legal essential: a nude contract.
5. having the color nude.
–noun
6. a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.
7. an unclothed human figure.
8. the condition of being unclothed: to sleep in the nude.
9. a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.

Any of these meanings relevant?
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I have to say, I don't know another meaning for "hugs," unless you mean Hershey's hugs? haha, I don't Ah well, hopefully all will become clear in time. It most certainly will! See below.

So, there's a soccer tournament. The World Cup? Yes indeed! A pan-African tournament? A national tournament in some African country?

There are hugs all around, mostly occurring after the games. Only after certain games, yes

Your "lateral hugs," are they still an interaction between people? no an object? no a living thing? no a concept? no an acronym for something? Yes! Now we've got kick-off.

Would it still be accurate to say they "occur" after the game? 'Occur', yes; 'they', perhaps less so: see above

nude /nud, nyud/ Show Spelled [nood, nyood] Show IPA adjective, nud·er, nud·est, noun
–adjective
1. naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.
2. without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare: a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.
3. (of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.
4. Law . made without a consideration or other legal essential: a nude contract.
5. having the color nude.
–noun
6. a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.
7. an unclothed human figure.
8. the condition of being unclothed: to sleep in the nude.
9. a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.

Any of these meanings relevant? nope
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Is "NUDE" also an acronym for the same thing? a more accurate one?
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Is it an acronym for teams? Maybe your four favorites (i.e. Netherlands, Uruguay, Denmark, England)? Or your prediction for who will win?
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Teams advanced to semifinals, meaning Holland, Uruguay, Germany, Spain?
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Nude would be Netherlands, Uruguay, Deutschland, Espana?
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*** SPOILER ***


BeccaAnn has it on the nose ...

Yes, the four teams reaching the semifinals of the World Cup 2010, in the order they qualified, spell out HUGS in English, or NUDE in the native language of each country. What are the chances of that?

For puzzlers in the UK: I just hope no-one tells Gary Lineker about this, as his puns are quite atrocious enough as it is.

Well played everyone.
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Nice!

I used "GUNS" for my prediction of who I thought was most likely to win (once the semis were determined, of course). Since Uruguay's been KO'd, my hopes are on Germany now.
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I suppose your hopes are dashed now, huh.
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Yeah...I guess I'm stuck with the Netherlands. (Not that that's a bad thing.) If Spain wins it all, I may have to kick myself.

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