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Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Sunday, July 04, 2010 - 11:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My first try. Here goes:

A man comes home and finds his wife in their bedroom with another man. He does nothing. The next night he finds his wife at home with a different man in the bedroom. He shoots the man, and then kills himself.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 2:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome to the forum!

Is the wife cheating on him with Man 1? With Man 2? Or is Man 1, say, repairing their bedroom phone?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 8:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the wife cheating on him with Man 1? Yope. They are having sex, but the man in question doesn't have a problem with it. With Man 2? No. Or is Man 1, say, repairing their bedroom phone? No. As stated before, they are having sex.
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Welcome to the forum, Brtd! Please read the user guide at the top of the "Active puzzles" page to get acquainted. For starters, always include your name in the title of your puzzles. Thanks!

Surrogates involved?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Surrogates involved? No.
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 4:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the man have just the one wife? Same spouse in each case?

Does he kill himself for the obvious reason (i.e. remorse and/or fear of retribution/justice)? Or does he kill himself for a different reason?

Does he kill himself immediately after shooting the second man? Or is there a time-lag? Does he shoot the man dead? Or merely wound him? Or perhaps merely take a picture of him?

Does he expect to see Man A in his bedroom?
Does he expect to see Man B in his bedroom?

Does he mistake Man A for Man B?
Is Man B also having sex with our hero's wife?

Is our hero a swinger? A pimp? A fetishist of some sort?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 7:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the man have just the one wife? yes Same spouse in each case? yes

Does he kill himself for the obvious reason (i.e. remorse and/or fear of retribution/justice)? Or does he kill himself for a different reason?the "obvious reason"

Does he kill himself immediately after shooting the second man? yes Or is there a time-lag? no Does he shoot the man dead?irrel Or merely wound him?irrel Or perhaps merely take a picture of him? no

Does he expect to see Man A in his bedroom? yopish. He is not surprised to see him, though he doesn't expect this specific man to be here.
Does he expect to see Man B in his bedroom? no

Does he mistake Man A for Man B? no
Is Man B also having sex with our hero's wife? no

Is our hero a swinger? no A pimp? yes A fetishist of some sort? irrel
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 7:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So our hero (or antihero) is a pimp, married to a prostitute? On the first occasion, she is entertaining a client, so it's business as usual?

But the second man is:

a police officer?
some sort of law enforcer?
a friend of his?
a relative of his? of hers?
another client?
someone he knows? or a stranger?
a journalist?
someone likely to expose his crimes?

Is any relevant information exchanged between the two men (OH & Man B) before the shooting?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 8:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So our hero (or antihero) is a pimp, married to a prostitute? yes On the first occasion, she is entertaining a client, so it's business as usual? yes

But the second man is:

a police officer? yes
some sort of law enforcer? no
a friend of his? no
a relative of his? no of hers? no
another client? no
someone he knows? yope, doesn't really "know" him or a stranger? yope, see before
a journalist? no
someone likely to expose his crimes? yes

Is any relevant information exchanged between the two men (OH & Man B) before the shooting? no
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 12:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has the officer arrested the prostitute? And the pimp is worried that she'll tell about what he does? So he doesn't want to get arrested, and shoots the cop?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the second man something our antihero knows OF?
Brtd (Brtd)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 1:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balin has almost nailed this one so I'll spoil:

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

The man is a pimp who is prostituting his wife. The second night he recognizes the man as a cop he has unpleasant dealings with in the past. He panics and shoots him upon seeing him, then realizes this makes matters even worse for him, so shoots himself.

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