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Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 2:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I currently live in a single room in a student hostel/dormitory/hall of residence (tick which appropriate to your local bastardisation of English). This room has a fundamental quality that makes it unique among any room in my hostel, or any hostel in Wellington, for that matter, and possibly in the whole of New Zealand. What is that quality? (It has nothing to do with the particular resident who lives there :P)
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 4:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is it a physical quality? something to do w dimensions/size/shape? its construction? covering of walls/floor/ceiling? decorations? furniture? other contents of the room? its location? its cost? something about the history of the room? is it the only single room? (there were none in mine)
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 7:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it lacking a window or other source of natural lighting?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 12:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is there evidence of a particular event that happened there? of a particular person having been there?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 9:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the quality of your room which gives it it's uniqueness immmediately apparent to a person who enters it? (I mean, if I walked in, would I say "Oh. I've never seen in a dorm room before."?)

Is it at all apparent? Or is it something that you discovered only by living there?
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 9:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it have no door?
Lauri Ahonen (Klaivu)
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 10:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it something you see? In the room? Outside the room?
Moderator Feenwelt (Dietmar)
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve, please answer the questions in your puzzle in the limbo.
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By dryman (Dryman) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 04:19 am:

is it a physical quality? yes something to do w dimensions/size/shape? no its construction? no covering of walls/floor/ceiling? no decorations? no furniture? no other contents of the room? no its location? no its cost? no something about the history of the room? The room's history is involved is it the only single room? In the country? I don't quite have that amount of luck, I'm afraid.(there were none in mine)

By Lynne (Lynne) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 07:49 am:

Is it lacking a window or other source of natural lighting? no

By Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 12:47 pm:

is there evidence of a particular event that happened there? Innnnteresting. Strictly speaking, yes, but that may mislead of a particular person having been there? see above answer

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 09:57 pm:

Is the quality of your room which gives it it's uniqueness immmediately apparent to a person who enters it? (I mean, if I walked in, would I say "Oh. I've never seen in a dorm room before."?) no

Is it at all apparent? no Or is it something that you discovered only by living there? yes

By Larry Troxler (Quackscience) on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 09:54 pm:

Does it have no door? hehe. no

By Lauri Ahonen (Klaivu) on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 10:32 pm:

Is it something you see? no In the room? Outside the room?

By Moderator Feenwelt (Dietmar) on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:46 am:

Steve, please answer the questions in your puzzle in the limbo. Well, since you asked so nicely...
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is sound involved? Do you think it's haunted?
(We had a classroom like that - the school was George Stephenson's (invented the Rocket) country home and he was said to haunt his old bedroom)
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 1:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is sight involved? something that a casual observer wouldn't notice, but someone who lives there would eventually discover?

smell involved?

touch involved? (secret wall panel, etc.?)

taste involved? i doubt it, but just covering all tracks to avoid derailing the train of thought... :O

time period of the <event?> <insert LTPF list of DD/MM/YYYY> <person/action/etc?>
timeframe relevant?
was it a one-time occurrence, or was it spread out over a time period? minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, ... ?
If a person involved, identity relevant?

does this "uniqueness" improve your stay there? hamper it? ... or is it simply a curiosity?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 11:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Lynne (Lynne) on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 08:51 am:


Is sound involved? no Do you think it's haunted? Irrelevant... although given the presence of the gilded crucifix above my doorway I doubt too many of the undead are willing to go there. The crucifix is irrelevant to the solution, incidentally.
(We had a classroom like that - the school was George Stephenson's (invented the Rocket) country home and he was said to haunt his old bedroom) Rough. Doesn't get much worse than a ghost who was fabled for blowing stuff up.

By Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters) on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 01:17 pm:


is sight involved? yes something that a casual observer wouldn't notice, correct but someone who lives there would eventually discover?yes...ish.

smell involved? Only for one day, when the washing machine broke down and I had to put my wet dirty socks somewhere, but I digress.

touch involved? (secret wall panel, etc.?)

taste involved? doubt it, but just covering all tracks to avoid derailing the train of thought...

time period as of today, roughly 4 months ago
timeframe relevant? yes
was it a one-time occurrence, or was it spread out over a time period? minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, ... ? one-time occurance
If a person involved, identity relevant? yes and yes

does this "uniqueness" improve your stay there? no hamper it? YES ... or is it simply a curiosity? no
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 12:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For Wiz, 3 things in life are certain. Death, taxes, and the Discus BB system screwing up my answers. Touch and taste are irrelevant.

4 things in life are certain: Death, taxes, a sensible Discus system and a mod in the forum to rectify answers. :)
btw: Did you get my mail, Steve?
(Mod Dietmar)
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 6:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So you were in a single room yet had to have a roommate?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 12:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters) on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 06:20 pm:


So you were in a single room yet had to have a roommate? incorrect
Nikos (Nik_The_Greek)
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 5:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it the room in which a famous person lived? a man? a woman? a singer? an actor? actress? a historical person?
Did someone died in there??
If it is about a person....
Does the person have to do with Wellington? New Zealand?
Should we know about him/her? His/her name?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 2:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Nikos (Nik_The_Greek) on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 05:42 pm:

Was it the room in which a famous person lived? irrelevant a man? a woman? a singer? an actor? actress? a historical person?
Did someone died in there?? no, it just sometimes smells that way...
If it is about a person.... Yes. I should probably mention that the relevance of the room's history is more of a backstory than the actual key to solving the puzzle
Does the person have to do with Wellington? New Zealand? yes to both
Should we know about him/her? His/her name? no to both
Ally McCabe (Strongplacebo)
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 11:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was somebody born in this room?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 1:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Ally McCabe (Strongplacebo) on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 11:23 am:

Was somebody born in this room? no. Actually, I'm going to say irrelevant.
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 6:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

********** OPTIMISTIC RECAP **********

This unique attribute is a physical quality which is not immediately apparent. It can be discovered primarily by the sense of sight. A casual observer wouldn't notice it but someone who lived there would yesishly discover it eventually. The room has a backstory which is practically irrelevant, but explains why the difference is there.

I strongly suggest trying to work out what the quality is and avoiding the history of the room... for now.
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 6:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anything to do with sunlight? shadows?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 12:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

with the walls? with the flooring? with being able to eavesdrop on a different room?