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Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 2:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A pair of sicknesses cost Homer thousands of dollars.
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Homer = H/A/M? Alive? Real person?

True story? FYOI? FSEI?

Sicknesses: Homer got ill? Somebody Homer knew got ill? Somebody Homer didn't know got ill? Or a completely different meaning of the word?
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Homer = H/A/M? Yes Alive? Yes Real person? No, I made this up

True story? FYOI? This FSEI?

Sicknesses: Homer got ill? Somebody Homer knew got ill? This, both times Somebody Homer didn't know got ill? Or a completely different meaning of the word?
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Were either of the victims of sickness in Homer's immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, kids)? Or in his extended family? Friends of his? Co-workers?
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Were either of the victims of sickness in Homer's immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, kids)? Or in his extended family? Friends of his? Co-workers? They were both friends
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Is Homer's profession relevant? Where he lives? His age? Social status?
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did Homer pay for their treatment?

did they claim on his insurance and the fraud was discovered?

did they work with Homer?

did it cost him a lot to visit them?
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Is Homer's profession relevant? No Where he lives? No His age? No Social status? No

did Homer pay for their treatment? No and irrel

did they claim on his insurance and the fraud was discovered? No

did they work with Homer? Irrel, could be Yes or No

did it cost him a lot to visit them? No
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Homer lost money because...
...he had to buy something?
...he lost money on an investment?
...his money were stolen?
...he was the victim of fraud?
...something valuable he owned lost its value?
...a profitable deal he had made went fown the drain?
...he was fined?
...he was sued?
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Homer lost money because...
...he had to buy something?
...he lost money on an investment?
...his money were stolen?
...he was the victim of fraud?
...something valuable he owned lost its value?
...a profitable deal he had made went fown the drain?
...he was fined?
...he was sued?
No to all, somewhat of an FA
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did he fail to make a lot of money he was expecting to make? or fail to inherit? marry into money?

fail to buy a winning lottery ticket? or place a bet he intended to make?

was Homer responible for these two people getting sick?

did Homer own a restaurant? did Homer own any business which went under?
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did he fail to make a lot of money he was expecting to make? or fail to inherit? marry into money? No to these

fail to buy a winning lottery ticket? No, but this is the closest to the actual "loss of money" or place a bet he intended to make?

was Homer responible for these two people getting sick? No

did Homer own a restaurant? Irrel did Homer own any business which went under? No
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If it hadn't been for these sickensses, Homer would have made thousands of dollars?

Did the two people get the same sickness? Relevant exactly what kind of sickness(es)? Are they both H/A/M? Is their gender relevant? Their age?
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If it hadn't been for these sickensses, Homer would have made thousands of dollars? Yesish/Yope

Did the two people get the same sickness? No Relevant exactly what kind of sickness(es)? Yes to the second one, No to the first one Are they both H/A/M? Yes Is their gender relevant? Not really Their age? Not really
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If only one of these people got sick, would Homer still have made the money?
Did Homer take care for any of his sick friends?
Did Homer plan a joint enterprise with any of these two friends?
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The sickness that is relevant to work out:
is it a medical sickness/disease?
a mental illness?
an allergy or similar?
a rare condition?
a very common condition?
a syndrome?

Can we name his friends?
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had he invented something that was supposed to prevent or cure a particular sickness?
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If only one of these people got sick, would Homer still have made the money? Yes
Did Homer take care for any of his sick friends? Yope to the second one, No to the first
Did Homer plan a joint enterprise with any of these two friends? No

The sickness that is relevant to work out:
is it a medical sickness/disease? This
a mental illness?
an allergy or similar?
a rare condition?
a very common condition? And this (but I wouldn't call it a "condition")
a syndrome?

Can we name his friends? Please do!

had he invented something that was supposed to prevent or cure a particular sickness? No
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Okay, can we call the friend with the "relevant" disease William, and the one with the "irrelevant" one Oscar?

Did Homer make a bet of some kind? Or participate in some competition? Are sports involved?

Are William and Oscar's professions, hobbies or habits relevant?
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Okay, can we call the friend with the "relevant" disease William, and the one with the "irrelevant" one Oscar? Sounds good.

Did Homer make a bet of some kind? No Or participate in some competition? No Are sports involved? Yes

Are William and Oscar's professions, hobbies or habits relevant? No
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Did the sicknesses strike suddenly? Or gradually? Did they both get sick at the same time? Or did William get sick first? Oscar? If so, how much time between them?

Was Homer with William and Oscar when he learned of the sicknesses? Did he learn of them at all?

Does William and Oscar know each other? Relevant?

Did Homer realise that he had lost money the instant he learned that William and Oscar were sick? Or did some events follow that he couldn't necessarily foresee, that eventually led to his loss of money?
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was a bet involved? a tantime?
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was a bet involved? a tantime?
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Did the sicknesses strike suddenly? This Or gradually? Did they both get sick at the same time? Or did William get sick first? Oscar? This If so, how much time between them? About a day

Was Homer with William and Oscar when he learned of the sicknesses? William yes, Oscar no Did he learn of them at all? Yes

Does William and Oscar know each other? Yes Relevant? Not really

Did Homer realise that he had lost money the instant he learned that William and Oscar were sick? No Or did some events follow that he couldn't necessarily foresee, that eventually led to his loss of money? Yes

was a bet involved? No a tantime? No
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Is William's profession relevant? Is Oskar's? Is it relevant how long did the sicknesses persist?
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Did William have a cold? The flu? Pneumonia? A viral infection? Bacterial?

The kind of sports involved:
Ball game? Football? Basket?
Fighting sport? Boxing?
Racing?
Running?
Water sports? Swimming? Diving?
Riding?
Shooting?
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Is William's profession relevant? Is Oskar's? Neither Is it relevant how long did the sicknesses persist? Somewhat, but not all that much

Did William have a cold? The flu? Pneumonia? A viral infection? Bacterial? None of these

The kind of sports involved:
Ball game? Yes, but No to rest Football? Basket?
Fighting sport? Boxing?
Racing?
Running?
Water sports? Swimming? Diving?
Riding?
Shooting?
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tennis? golf? baseball? volleyball? hockey? lacrosse? bowling? cricket? soccer?
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tennis? golf? baseball? This volleyball? hockey? lacrosse? bowling? cricket? soccer?
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RECAP:

William and Oscar got sick a day apart. These sicknesses prevented Homer from getting thousands of dollars. Baseball is relevant.
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Was any of the man going to play baseball? To watch baseball game? Did playing baseball cause any of the infections?
Did Homer have to be in a certain place on a certain time to get the money?
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did Homer bet on a game?

was the game cancelled?
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Was any of the man going to play baseball? No To watch baseball game? Yes Did playing baseball cause any of the infections? No
Did Homer have to be in a certain place on a certain time to get the money? Yesish


did Homer bet on a game? No was the game cancelled? No
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RECAP and the least important part of the story:

Homer lost out on gaining a lot of money because William and Oscar got sick. Part of what happened is this: Oscar was supposed to go with Homer to a baseball game, but he got sick, so William went with him instead.

That should get you started.
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Did Oscar get sick before William? At the same time?
Did Oscar not go to the game because he was sick? Was William sick at the game? is any of that relevant?

Did Homer lose out on the money because Oscar wasn't there? Because William was?
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Did Oscar get sick before William? Yes At the same time?
Did Oscar not go to the game because he was sick? Yes Was William sick at the game? Yes is any of that relevant? Yes

Did Homer lose out on the money because Oscar wasn't there? Yes, indirectly... Because William was? Yes, directly
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Did the money have anything to do with the baseball game? With anything that happened at the stadium (aside from sickness)? With something that happened outside the stadium?

Was Oscar sicker than William? Was his sickness more apparent? Was there some reason why William could go while Oscar was too sick to go? Did William not know he was sick until he was already at the game?

Did Homer catch the illness from William?

Is Homer's mode of transportation relevant? Was Oscar supposed to drive him somewhere? To the ball park?

More generally, did the change in companion cause Homer's mode of transportation change? If so, was he expecting to go in a car? public transportation? taxi? human-powered transit (walk, bike, etc)? Did he actually go in a car? public transportation? taxi? human-powered transit?
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Did the money have anything to do with the baseball game? Yes With anything that happened at the stadium (aside from sickness)? Yes With something that happened outside the stadium? No

Was Oscar sicker than William? Yes -- see next answer Was his sickness more apparent? Was there some reason why William could go while Oscar was too sick to go? Did William not know he was sick until he was already at the game? Yope -- he did not get sick until he was at the game

Did Homer catch the illness from William? No

Is Homer's mode of transportation relevant? No Was Oscar supposed to drive him somewhere? To the ball park?

More generally, did the change in companion cause Homer's mode of transportation change? Irrel If so, was he expecting to go in a car? public transportation? taxi? human-powered transit (walk, bike, etc)? Did he actually go in a car? public transportation? taxi? human-powered transit?
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Did William's illness cause them to have to leave the game early?
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Did William's illness cause them to have to leave the game early? Yes
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Had they not left the game early, would Oscar have gotten the money?

Did the money have something to do with his seat number? His ticket stub? A contest at the stadium?
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Had they not left the game early, would Oscar have gotten the money? Yes

Did the money have something to do with his seat number? Yopish His ticket stub? No A contest at the stadium? No
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Did it have to do with his section number? row number? With launching some item into the air that randomly landed in his seat?

Did someone have plans/instructions to meet him at his seat?
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Did it have to do with his section number? row number? With launching some item into the air that randomly landed in his seat? YOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (technically YES)

Did someone have plans/instructions to meet him at his seat? No
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Did the item originate from inside the stadium (e.g. from a t-shirt launcher)? From outside the stadium, overhead? From outside the stadium, at ground level?

Would he have been injured by the item if he had been there?
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Did the item originate from inside the stadium Yes (e.g. from a t-shirt launcher) But not this ? From outside the stadium, overhead? From outside the stadium, at ground level?

Would he have been injured by the item if he had been there? No
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the ball?
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the ball? Yes!
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is there a prize for catching the ball? or can you keep it and sell it?
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Was it the ball from an important hit? Like, a game winning homer during the World Series? Or a certain player breaking a record?
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is there a prize for catching the ball? No or can you keep it and sell it? Yes

Was it the ball from an important hit? Yes Like, a game winning homer during the World Series? Or a certain player breaking a record? This.

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

Homer (did you catch the hint from his name?) was going to go to a baseball game with his friend Oscar, but Oscar got sick the day before, so he went with his other friend William instead. At the game, William got sick and he and Homer had to leave. Later in the game, a player hit a record-breaking home run right to the seat Homer had been sitting in. If either of his friends had not gotten sick, Homer would have caught the ball and sold it for a large sum.

The title referred to the phrase "tape-measure home run," and Homer's name, as mentioned, was also a hint.

Nice solve, Shez and Noel. New puzzle right now.
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No, I completely missed the Homer reference, even at the end. Whoops! Isn't it funny when you're a host and you put what you think is a huge hint in the title and no one notices it?

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