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Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This one should be a piece of cake.

One December day, a lady walks into a cake shop, and announces that she would like to buy a cake. "Sorry, madam", says the shop assistant, "but we will not sell it to you. Nor will we sell you a cake next February".

What's going on?


It's meant to be a quickie, but as ever, please email if you know it already.
Kaygee (Kaygee)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she a H? A? F?

Did she ask for a specific type of cake?
Is this type of cake not found in cake shops?
Logician (Logician)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 1:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would she be sold the cake in January?

Would it be correct to assume "announcing that she would like to buy a cake" to be the same as "asking to buy a cake, from your shop, right now"?

Is it worth finding out which day (apart from: in December) she asks to buy a cake? (If FA, do substitute with phrase implied from previous question.)

Is there a crime being committed here? By the lady? By the shop assistant? By someone else?

By "cake" are you referring to the everyday food substance? Is it, by any chance, a reference to the fake drug popularised in "Brass Eye"?
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 2:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would I have been sold a cake in December or February? Was there any other customers in the shop? relevant?

Is the ladies appearance relevant? what she was wearing? her profession?

Does the shop assistant know the lady ? Is this the first time she has visited the shop? If not has she successfully bought a cake there before?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 9:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she a H? A? F? yes, all of these

Did she ask for a specific type of cake? yes or yes-ish, depending on what you mean by "specific type". It would work equally for a fruitcake or a Victoria sponge, for instance
Is this type of cake not found in cake shops? no, it IS found in cake shops

Would she be sold the cake in January? it's more likely, yes

Would it be correct to assume "announcing that she would like to buy a cake" to be the same as "asking to buy a cake, from your shop, right now"? yes, for all practical purposes

Is it worth finding out which day (apart from: in December) she asks to buy a cake? not really: discovering the exact date will not help you (If FA, do substitute with phrase implied from previous question.)

Is there a crime being committed here? no By the lady? By the shop assistant? By someone else?
not by anyone

By "cake" are you referring to the everyday food substance? a delicious fruity confection, yes Is it, by any chance, a reference to the fake drug popularised in "Brass Eye"? Hahah, I'd forgotten that beauty. No, not that.

Would I have been sold a cake in December or February? I would have thought so, yes Was there any other customers in the shop? possibly but ... relevant? ... no

Is the ladies appearance relevant? no what she was wearing? no her profession? no

Does the shop assistant know the lady ? irrel Is this the first time she has visited the shop? again, not relevant If not has she successfully bought a cake there before? again, possible but not relevant
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 10:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they out of cakes? Would the assistant do the same to any other person wanting a cake? Is this particular kind of cakes not produced in certain periods?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 11:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they out of cakes? no, they have lots in stock Would the assistant do the same to any other person wanting a cake? no Is this particular kind of cakes not produced in certain periods? no: these cakes are produced all the time
Qwike (Qwike)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it involve Adolph Hitler Campbell?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:14 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there anything special about the lady which makes the shop assistant refuse to sell her the cake?

Religion relevant?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it involve Adolph Hitler Campbell? It does indeed: see my first post. Care to spoil?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*** SPOILER ***

The fruitcake in question, a Mrs Campbell, wanted to buy birthday cakes for her children, with their names in icing. Unfortunately, her children's names were Adolf Hitler and Aryan Nation.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/12/16/2008-12-16_happy_birthday_adolf_hitler_boy_with_naz.html

Congrats to Oisin for solving this one, and for reading my initial post. I thought it could have made a puzzle of sorts.
Qwike (Qwike)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*that part wasn't in bold like the puzzle was, so I didn't read it - it looked like the extra stuff, like "posted on saturday..."


but they didn't refuse to sell the cake. They offered to sell a cake with enough blank space for the parents to write their own name on, as they would have done in february
Qwike (Qwike)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*that part wasn't in bold like the puzzle was, and the puzzle was over at the end of the boldd, so I didn't read it - it looked like the extra stuff, like "posted on saturday..."


but they didn't refuse to sell the cake. They offered to sell a cake with enough blank space for the parents to write their own name on, as they would have done in february
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 7:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sky news reported during the week that those kids were taken into care. Bout 3 years too late if you ask me.

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