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Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 1:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have in mind a specific activity. In France, this activity is acceptable all year round, but in England it is only permissible for three months of the year.

What is the activity?


PS I am new to this forum so please be gentle with me. It might be much too easy, in which case please don't give the game away too soon.
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 2:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A sport?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 2:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A sport? yope ... some might call it a sport
Hannah Kinghern (Kdoc)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 2:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Woodworm - welcome to the forum :)

is it hunting of some sort?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 2:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thankyou!

is it hunting of some sort? no
Alice Black (Tink)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 4:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

with it only being 'permissable' three months of the year:
is it impossible to do at any other times?
is it organised (like a tournament would be) for a specific 3 months?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is it impossible to do at any other times? no, just not permissible

is it organised (like a tournament would be) for a specific 3 months? no
B. Johnson (Sycorax)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 3:37 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this activity forbidden the other nine months by:
the government?
the C of E?
culture/tradition?

Would someone performing the activity during the other nine months be subject to imprisonment? A fine? Ostracization?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 12:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this activity forbidden the other nine months by:
the government? no
the C of E? no
culture/tradition? yes-ish but to say yes might lead you to a FA

Would someone performing the activity during the other nine months be subject to imprisonment? no
A fine? no
Ostracization? no!
Stephen (Stevish)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 8:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the activity affected by weather?
Is it a religious activity?
Is it related to fashion?
Does any royalty factor in?

Is the number of people required to participate in the activity relevent? 1? 2? 3? 4? 5?... 100? more?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 8:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Three consecutive months? spring? summer? autumn? winter?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 8:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the activity affected by weather? no
Is it a religious activity? no
Is it related to fashion? no
Does any royalty factor in? no

Is the number of people required to participate in the activity relevent? not really

1? 2? tricky one to answer, because it's a specific action within a more general activity: only one person need perform the specific action, but the more general pursuit needs 2 or more
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 8:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Three consecutive months? no
spring? yope summer? yope autumn? no winter? no
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 9:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it political in nature?
Is it a physical activity?
Does it require additional equipment aside from the person doing it?
Does it require additional people? Additional animals? vegetables? Minerals?
Does it involve eating something? I.e. blueberries have an extremely short season and they won't import more.
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 10:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it political in nature? no
Is it a physical activity? no
Does it require additional equipment aside from the person doing it? yes
Does it require additional people? yes
Additional animals? vegetables? Minerals? no to all, aside from the equipment
Does it involve eating something? no

I.e. blueberries have an extremely short season and they won't import more. they are delicious, but no
Stephen (Stevish)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it three full months (from the 1st to 30th/31st)?

Is it permissable in March? April? May? June? July? August? September?

Is it any kind of performance? A concert? A play? A musical?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 1:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it three full months (from the 1st to 30th/31st)?
yes

Is it permissable in March? yes
April? no May? yes June? no July? no August? yes September? no

Is it any kind of performance? A concert? A play? A musical? no to all
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it done outside? Does it involve vehicles?
Does it involve food?
Does it take minutes to do it? hours? a day? more than one day? the whole month?
Do the months March, May and August have anything relevant in common?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it done outside? not usually
Does it involve vehicles? no
Does it involve food? no
Does it take minutes to do it? yes/yope-ish hours? a day? more than one day? the whole month? no to rest
Do the months March, May and August have anything relevant in common? yes
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it usually done at home? in the living room? kitchen? bedroom? bathroom? hobby room? study? cellar? attic?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it usually done at home? more often than not in the living room? if done at home, it would usually be this one

kitchen? bedroom? bathroom? hobby room? study? cellar? attic? the rest possible but unlikely
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The equipment involved - does it need electricity? Is it made of wood? metal? plastic?
Does it consist of one piece? 2? 3? ... (insert list of integers)?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The equipment involved - does it need electricity? no

Is it made of wood? rarely metal? no
plastic? yes, more usually
Does it consist of one piece? 2? 3? ... (insert list of integers)? Tricky one. The specific action described in the answer will need at least four pieces of equipment and anything up to ten; the general activity normally requires between ... let's see ... 104 and 110: rarely more than this.
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi and welcome

Does the activity revolve around the recognition of any holiday(s)? Birthdays? National personalities or celebrities? Historical figures?
Is singing involved in the activity? Reading? Reciting a memorized verse?
Is the activity typically done while standing? sitting? lying down? walking? remaining still?
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Could the equipment be made of paper? cardboard?
Does the activity involve playing cards?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Could the equipment be made of paper? cardboard? some of it, yes

Does the activity involve playing cards? no, but warm
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi and welcome

Thank you!

Does the activity revolve around the recognition of any holiday(s)? no

Birthdays? no National personalities or celebrities? no Historical figures? no
Is singing involved in the activity? no Reading? vaguely yope-ish but not in the normal sense Reciting a memorized verse? no
Is the activity typically done while standing? sitting? this one

lying down? walking? remaining still? no to rest
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it a game? are bets involved? money?
Are cards involved? a normal French hand of cards (hmm... French hand - is this a clue?)? Tarot cards?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it a game? yes
are bets involved? no money? no
Are cards involved? no a normal French hand of cards (hmm... French hand - is this a clue?)? no Tarot cards? brilliant idea, but no
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 4:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it a well-known game? Is it a board game?
How old is this game: thousands of years? centuries? decades? years?
Is it usually played by adults? children?
Is it played in other countries? Is England the only country where it is only played at a certain time of year? If no - is it played in the same months as in England in other countries?
Does the game involve letters? numbers? If yes to either - are the letters/numbers on little pieces of plastic? on the game board? Is it scrabble? ouija?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 4:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hehe I'll cut to the chase:

If yes to either - are the letters/numbers on little pieces of plastic? on the game board? Is it scrabble? yes! keep going
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 4:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are scrabble championships only held 3 times a year? And it's considered too nerdy to play at any other time of the year? So out of embarassment, training for these championships is only done during the months of championships or tournaments?
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 4:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does this have to do something with the letters of the words March, May and August? Is it that names of months aren't allowed in scrabble? but these three words all have a second meaning (the troops march, may I..., the august emperor)? So the activity would be laying these words on the board?
This would work for the England part... let's see for France:
Are you allowed to use names of months in French scrabble? Do I have to read the statement literally, i.e., you are allowed to lay down the French word for "year" (an)? Are they still playing English scrabble so that "an" again is according to the rules?
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Christiane:

A beautiful job!

Official spoyler on its way :-)
Howard Wilde (Woodworm)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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

Good enough!

The answer is:

Playing the current month of the year as a word in a scrabble tournament.

Months of the year are proper nouns in English, and so are not allowed, with the exception of March, May and August, which have other meanings. In French, the names of months are not capitalised, and so are allowed in Scrabble.

How nerdy was that?

:)
Stephen (Stevish)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the fact that March, May, and August each have 31 days relevant?
Stephen (Stevish)
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Whoops... maybe I should refresh more often :)
Hannah Kinghern (Kdoc)
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 6:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nice puzzle :)
Haenlomal (Haenlomal)
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 2:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I agree...nice one. If I didn't already know about this, I would definitely participate. :)
Christiane Scharf (0815)
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 10:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Indeed, nice puzzle!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 8:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Excellent!
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 3:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Very lateral!

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