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Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 - 2:35 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 be easy on me. Who knew having a sister could be so costly?
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Anything to do with ancient Rome?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Yope. I don't want to give too much away, but you're in the right country, wrong time period.
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Sister as in sibling? Nun?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Sister as in sibling? Yes. Nun? No.
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Mafia involved? ransom?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Mafia involved? ransom? Noish to both.
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Costly to whom? Sister? Brother? Parents? Other relatives? To the government?
Costly when born? When a child? When a teenager? When going to school? When getting married? Having a baby?
More costly compared to a brother?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Costly to whom? Sister? Yes. No to rest. Brother? Parents? Other relatives? To the government?
Costly when born? When a child? When a teenager? When going to school? When getting married? Having a baby?
More costly compared to a brother? Yes-ish to this one.
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Dowries relevant?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Dowries relevant? No, but good try.
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Anything to do with crime? Genetics? Did the sister in question have to pay cash? Did she pay with her life? Are any famous people involved in the puzz? True story? Set in Sicily? Italian mainland? Sardinia? The Vatican?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Anything to do with crime? Yes. Genetics? Yes, I believe so. Did the sister in question have to pay cash? She may. Did she pay with her life? No. Are any famous people involved in the puzz? No. True story? Yes. Set in Sicily? No. Italian mainland? I believe so. No to rest. Sardinia? The Vatican?
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Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 11:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she your sister?

Any of the following relevant:
...exact geographical location?
...general location?
...anyone's profession?
...anyone's health condition?
...time frame?

Did this story take place this year? In the last 5 / 10 / 50 / 100 / 500 / 1000 years? Relevant?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Is she your sister? Not mine, but the lady this happened to.

Any of the following relevant:
...exact geographical location? No.
...general location? Not really.
...anyone's profession? YES.
...anyone's health condition? No.
...time frame? No.

Did this story take place this year? This one. In the last 5 / 10 / 50 / 100 / 500 / 1000 years? Relevant? Not really. Good questions.
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So it is not really relevant that this story took place in Italy, right?

Can we call the ladies involved Concetta and Assunta?

If I understand correctly, Concetta might have to pay a large sum of money because of Assunta. Right? If so, is the reason something Assunta did? Did not? Said? Did not say? Same questions for Concetta, please :-)

Concetta's profession relevant? Assunta's? Someone else's?

The relevant profession(s):
Artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Criminal/Questionable Repute?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media?
Environmental/Outdoors/Nature?
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ?
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ?
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Other ?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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So it is not really relevant that this story took place in Italy, right? No, not really.

Can we call the ladies involved Concetta and Assunta? Sure!

If I understand correctly, Concetta might have to pay a large sum of money because of Assunta. Right? Yes. If so, is the reason something Assunta did? This one. Did not? Said? Did not say? Same questions for Concetta, please :-) As for Concetta, Assunta will also have to pay, but for something Concetta did not do.

Concetta's profession relevant? Yes. Assunta's? Not really. Someone else's? Not really.

The relevant profession(s):
Artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Criminal/Questionable Repute?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media?
Environmental/Outdoors/Nature?
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ? This one.
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ?
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Other ?

I feel like this may be spoiled rather quickly. Great questions!
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Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the sister accidentally break a law in Italy? On purpose? Because she didn't know she was breaking the law? And had to pay enormous fees for legal services so she wouldn't be detained/arrested her whole vacation? Did she have to borrow the money from her sibling to pay... the lawyer? bail?
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Is Concetta Assunta's lawyer?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 5:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dlcygnet:
Did the sister accidentally break a law in Italy? Nope. On purpose? Yesish. Because she didn't know she was breaking the law? She definitely knew she was doing something wrong. And had to pay enormous fees for legal services so she wouldn't be detained/arrested her whole vacation? Nope. There is a FA here. Did she have to borrow the money from her sibling to pay... the lawyer? Nope. bail? <b>Nope.</b?

Arek fu:
Is Concetta Assunta's lawyer? Maybe as a result of what they did, but for right now, irr.
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Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 10:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would the thing she did that was illegal in Italy be legal in most other countries? Are specific details of Italian law relevant?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Would the thing she did that was illegal in Italy be legal in most other countries? Yes. :-) Are specific details of Italian law relevant? No.
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 1:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't want this puzzle to be abandoned, so I'll give you guys a major hint.

HINT: Twins.

That may actually give it away :-(
Rcs (Rcs)
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So Concetta and Assunta are twins? Or one of them is twins with somebody else?

Identical twins? Fraternal? Conjoined? Relevant? Would the same thing have happened if the sisters weren't twins?

Mistaken identity relevant?

Religion relevant? Catholicism?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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So Concetta and Assunta are twins? This one. Or one of them is twins with somebody else?

Identical twins? This one. Fraternal? Conjoined? Relevant? Would the same thing have happened if the sisters weren't twins? Probably not.

Mistaken identity relevant? Yope! I say yope, only because if I say yes, it may lead to a FA.

Religion relevant? No to these. Catholicism?
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So was one of the twins mistaken for someone OTHER than the second twin?
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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So was one of the twins mistaken for someone OTHER than the second twin? There's a little bit of a FA here, as to the word "mistake."
Howardwoman (Howardwoman)
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Major hint: The twins were swapping places. That should get rid of the FA.
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Was the swapping part of a scheme to create an alibi for Assunta?

Was the crime theft? assault? murder? fraud? none of these?
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Was the swapping part of a scheme to create an alibi for Assunta? No.

Was the crime theft? assault? murder? fraud? This is closest. none of these?
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Did Assunta steal Concetta's identity in some manner? use her credit card for something? her bank account?
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Did Assunta steal Concetta's identity in some manner? Hmmm...steal wouldn't be the right word. use her credit card for something? her bank account? No to all. The profession is an avenue that you may want to explore.
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Hint: Think Parent Trap.
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Did one sister try to use the other one's documents/passport/ID? To travel to a foreign country? To do some other thing for which such documents/ID are legally required? And they got caught breaking the law by doing so?

Did only ONE of the sisters live in Italy?
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Did one sister try to use the other one's documents/passport/ID? To travel to a foreign country? To do some other thing for which such documents/ID are legally required? And they got caught breaking the law by doing so? No to all.

Did only ONE of the sisters live in Italy? No, both did.
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Is the answer Jamie Lynn Spears?
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Is the answer Jamie Lynn Spears? Lol, no.
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Did the sister without the legal background, go into a court of law and pretend to be the other woman? Was she found in contempt of court?
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Did the sister without the legal background, go into a court of law and pretend to be the other woman? Yes! Just put the pieces together and you've got it. Was she found in contempt of court? She probably could be, but I don't know if she was...
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Could it be that the family was too poor to send both children to law school? So they paid only one tuition, yet both girls studied the same courses. And since only one girl officially finished law school and could get a license - they pretended to be the same person? (Well, actually only one would be pretending...)

Now, if it ended up being costly, did they get caught?
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Could it be that the family was too poor to send both children to law school? So they paid only one tuition, yet both girls studied the same courses. And since only one girl officially finished law school and could get a license - they pretended to be the same person? (Well, actually only one would be pretending...)Lol I don't know if all this happened, but I guess it could be?

Now, if it ended up being costly, did they get caught?Yup.

This puzzle is very close to being spoiled. Shall I?
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Go for it! I've got nothin' else.
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SPOILER:

http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSTRE48P66N20080926

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