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Yabblesmacker (Yabblesmacker)
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Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 7:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is called "procrastination" because it proves that I will do anything to get out of doing important work, including making up and posting a new puzzle. Anyway, the title is irrelevant to the solution.

One phone call caused her to leave her husband.
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Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 9:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she phone someone? Or was she phoned by someone?

Who was at the other end of the phone call? Her husband? A relative of her husband? Of herself? A friend of her husband? Of herself? The employee of some company? Of a governmental agency? A doctor? A lawyer?

Did she consider leaving her husband before she called or was called?

Does she leave her husband permanently?

Would most people agree that she had good reason to leave her husband?
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Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 10:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she phone someone? no. Or was she phoned by someone? yes.

Who was at the other end of the phone call? Her husband? A relative of her husband? Of herself? A friend of her husband? this is closest but still no Of herself? The employee of some company? Of a governmental agency? A doctor? A lawyer? no to rest

Did she consider leaving her husband before she called or was called? no

Does she leave her husband permanently? yes, though irrelevant

Would most people agree that she had good reason to leave her husband? yes.
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Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 11:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not really a friend. Her husband's ex-wife? Ex-lover? His current lover? A mere acquaintance?

her = her?

Does the phone call convince her that her husband is cheating on her? That he is deceiving her in some other way? That it would be dangerous to stay with her husband?
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 7:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not really a friend. Her husband's ex-wife? Ex-lover? this one His current lover? A mere acquaintance?

her = her? yep

Does the phone call convince her that her husband is cheating on her? this one That he is deceiving her in some other way? That it would be dangerous to stay with her husband?
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 1:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The ex-lover was a lover during the marriage? Is the ex-lover a woman? Does she(?) openly tell the wife she was the lover of her husband?
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 6:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The ex-lover was a lover during the marriage? yes Is the ex-lover a woman? yesish. I mean, it's not a man Does she(?) openly tell the wife she was the lover of her husband? noish
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Was the ex-lover a teenage girl? Did the wife know her (before she received the call)?
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Posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 8:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the ex-lover a teenage girl? yes. Did the wife know her (before she received the call)? no
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Posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 2:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the girl tell her about her relationship and mentions something from which the woman can conclude the partner was her husband?

Does the woman receive the phone call as part of her job? Does the girl call her to get some kind of advice?
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Does the girl tell her about her relationship and mentions something from which the woman can conclude the partner was her husband? yes

Does the woman receive the phone call as part of her job? Does the girl call her to get some kind of advice? noish to both but very much OTRT
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Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 - 9:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the girl know that the woman she phoned was his husband?
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Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the girl know that the woman she phoned was his husband? I think you mean wife? In which case no.
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Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 - 9:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she (the wife) a detective? a radio host that does prank calls to see if someone is cheating on their girlfriends?
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Is she (the wife) a detective? no a radio host that does prank calls to see if someone is cheating on their girlfriends? unfortunately not, good idea though!
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Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 - 11:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the girl specifically phone his wife, or was she ringing an agency, for example the samaritans?
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Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 - 12:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the girl pick up his cell phone and start dialing numbers to ask what gift her boyfriend would like? and one of the numbers she called happened to be the wife?
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Did the girl pick up his cell phone and start dialing numbers to ask what gift her boyfriend would like? and one of the numbers she called happened to be the wife? no

Did the girl specifically phone his wife no or was she ringing an agency, for example the samaritans? YES! And the correct agency too!

You're very close now, just have to work out exactly how the wife knew it was her husband.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 - 8:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the girl pregnant?

Does she mention some physical property of her ex-lover which is uncommon enough to lead his wife to the conclusion she is talking about her (the wife's) husband? Something about his occupation? About something he knows? About something in his possession?
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Posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 - 8:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the girl pregnant? yes.

Does she mention some physical property of her ex-lover which is uncommon enough to lead his wife to the conclusion she is talking about her (the wife's) husband? no Something about his occupation? yes About something he knows? no About something in his possession? no
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Is he the only "something" in his area? i.e. the only doctor in Wales.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he the only "something" in his area? i.e. the only doctor in Wales. yope. This is definitely the right idea, but the "something" is more specific than just his occupation. Is related to occupation though.
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Is his job relevant? If he and other members of his occupation were together would he be easily identifiable?
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Is his job relevant? yes If he and other members of his occupation were together would he be easily identifiable? not all the members of his occupation everywhere, but in a specific place, yes.
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Did she mention that the father/bf/husband was a survivor of something? Like the only firefighter in a famous 911 photograph who went on to become a veterinarian specializing in reptile surgery?
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Did she mention that the father/bf/husband was a survivor of something? no Like the only firefighter in a famous 911 photograph who went on to become a veterinarian specializing in reptile surgery?

Hint: the man's job is relevant to how he met the girl.
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Is the Husband hold some sort of position of power in a company where there is only one? (like a CEO) is the girl some sort of secretary?
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Is the Husband hold some sort of position of power in a company where there is only one? (like a CEO) is the girl some sort of secretary? no to all
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does the husband job provide a service? produce a physical good?
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does the husband job provide a service? this one produce a physical good?
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is the husband a teacher? works at a school?
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is the husband a teacher? yes! works at a school? yes
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girl is/was student?
only male teacher at school?
identified because husband only teaches particular group of students/subject?
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girl is/was student? yes
only male teacher at school? ooh, very very close
identified because husband only teaches particular group of students no subject? but this is relevant
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Husband does after hours 'tutoring'?
Husband involved in school trip? Only male teacher on trip?

Was the girl the husband's pupil when they were lovers?
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Husband does after hours 'tutoring'? irrelevant
Husband involved in school trip? Only male teacher on trip? no

Was the girl the husband's pupil when they were lovers? yes

Hint: he was the only male *something* at the school
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The only male teacher of a particular subject?
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The only male teacher of a particular subject? yep

*****SPOILER*****

A woman volunteers at the Samaritans, an organisation where you can ring up to talk about your problems. She got a phone call from a teenage girl who told the woman she was pregnant and that the father was her maths teacher. When she mentioned the name of her school, the woman knew there was only one male maths teacher there, and that was her husband!

Thanks to everyone who played along! Please check out my new puzzle!

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