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Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is my first puzzle so criticism is welcome.

Why can't the one-legged man read?
Hominid (Hominid)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The one-legged man=HAM? Was he born one-legged? Did he lose it later? Is he blind? Can he read signs? Books? Computer displays?
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The one-legged man=HAM? yes Was he born one-legged? no Did he lose it later? yes Is he blind? yes Can he read signs? Books? Computer displays? no to all
Biograd (Biograd)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he lose his sight at the same time he lost his second leg? earlier? later? Was either loss (or both losses) due to an accidental injury? by an assault by another person?

Or am I making a FA, and he was born blind? but could somehow use his legs to read anyway?
Hominid (Hominid)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is braille relevant? Some other way of blind people reading?
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he lose his sight at the same time he lost his second leg? No earlier? later? Irrelevant; let's say he lost his sight first.

Was either loss (or both losses) due to an accidental injury? No by an assault by another person? No

Or am I making a FA, (What's that, faulty assumption??) and he was born blind? He was not born blind. but could somehow use his legs to read anyway? He never used his leg[s] to read.
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is braille relevant? Yes, it's relevant in that he can't read it. Some other way of blind people reading? No, I don't know of any other way...
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he lose his hands as well?
Or were his hands otherwise harmed in a way that made them unable to feel the braille?
If so, are they
...burnt?
...paralyzed?
...numb?
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he lose his hands as well? No
Or were his hands otherwise harmed in a way that made them unable to feel the braille? yes
If so, are they
...burnt? no
...paralyzed? no...
...numb? yes.
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Relevant when his hands went numb?
If so, did it happen
...before he lost his sight?
...at about the time when he lost his sight?
...between losing his sight and losing his leg?
...at about the time when he lost his leg?
...after he lost his leg?

Has he had an illness?
If so, were his impairments (or either of them) caused by the illness?
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Relevant when his hands went numb?
If so, did it happen
...before he lost his sight?
...at about the time when he lost his sight?
...between losing his sight and losing his leg?
...at about the time when he lost his leg?
...after he lost his leg? Irrelevant, any of the above.

Has he had an illness? yes
If so, were his impairments (or either of them) caused by the illness? Yes! Almost there...
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does his illness impact his blood circulation?
Is it diabetes?
Dbw (Dbw)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yay, Potato got it!

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

The man has Type 1 diabetes; this caused him to lose his sight (retinopathy) and the feeling in his fingers (neuropathy), rendering him unable to read even in Braille. He lost the leg due to diabetes (ulcers) as well.


The moral of the story is, Type 1 diabetes totally sucks. Too easy? :-)
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 2:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome and sorry I missed this one!

I don't think it was too easy. Nice bit of lateral thought required to get that his blindness and one-legged-ness were connected. Sometimes puzzles go fast around here not because they are too easy, but because the members here are tenacious and quite clever!
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I agree with Vesica . I think that this was a very neat little puzzle and I'm surprised by how quickly this went.

Don't get to down about puzzles getting solved quickly on this forum . Some of my ones that I thought were most fiendish were solved in jig time whilest others which I thought would be quickies took ages to solve.

A big welcome to the forum. You'll like it here.
Fionakelleghan (Fionakelleghan)
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Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2011 - 4:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Aw, and here I was sure it would be leprosy.

Dbw, it looks as though you and I registered within the same day or so. Nice to meet you! And this was a really good problem, so I'm sure everyone will be happy to welcome you.

I'm tempted to throw a few problems out there, myself, but I'm going to keep reading for a week or so before I find the courage. Or maybe the cussedness.

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