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Gregoryuconn (Gregoryuconn)
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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 8:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The spies blew their cover because they went to a bar. How did they manage this?
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The spies = the two in the title?

H/A/M?

True story? FYOI? FSEI?

LTPF list of continents? Centuries?
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The spies = the two in the title? yes

H/A/M? yes

True story? FYOI? FSEI? I heard it as a true story, but I believe it's an urban legend.

LTPF list of continents? Would most likely have happened in a certain part of Europe (explore this more). There are a few other places it could have happened. In the version I heard it was in Europe, though. Centuries? 20th
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*inserts LTPF list of European countries*

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan

Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria


Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland
France

Georgia
Germany
Greece

Hungary

Iceland
Republic of Ireland
Italy

Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg


Republic of Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro

Netherlands
Norway

Poland
Portugal

Romania
Russia


San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Turkey

Ukraine
United Kingdom

Vatican City
Gregoryuconn (Gregoryuconn)
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no to all of the following unless it says otherwise

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan

Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria


Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland
France

Georgia
Germany
Greece

Hungary

Iceland
Republic of Ireland possibly
Italy

Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg


Republic of Macedonia
Malta possibly, though highly doubtful, if only because Malta would not generally be a target of espionage
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro

Netherlands
Norway

Poland
Portugal

Romania
Russia


San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Turkey

Ukraine
United Kingdom this is the location of the original story. It is also the most probable location.

Vatican City

it is highly unlikely, though theoretically possible, to have happened in most of these other countries.
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Was this during WWI? WWII? Were they German spies?
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Was this during WWI? WWII? this one Were they German spies? Yes.
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Note: Theoretically this could have happened in WWI as well, but I heard it portrayed as during WWII. It really doesn't matter which one.
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Did they order beer? If so, was the sort of beer they ordered relevant? A German beer? A British beer, but they ordered it 'the wrong way'? Maybe there's a certain way Brits like their beer, and the Germans were ignorant of it?
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Did they order beer? yes If so, was the sort of beer they ordered relevant? no A German beer? A British beer, but they ordered it 'the wrong way'? the kind of beer is irrelevant, but they certainly ordered it "the wrong way". Explore this more. Maybe there's a certain way Brits like their beer, and the Germans were ignorant of it? Not really, but you're OTRT.
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Do Brits measure their beer differently than Germans? Or maybe British people put different stuff in their beer (if anything) than Germans do?

I don't know much about beer at all, but I did observe my dad's second cousins drinking beer with my dad when we were visiting them in England; they squeezed lime juice into his beer. I have no idea if this is common British practice or just our cousins' preference, but my dad has since adopted it on the rare occasions he consumes beer.
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Are 'zwei' and 'drei' relevant? If so, I will stay out.

Beer with lemon... As a beer drinker, only imagining poring lemon juice in a Westmalle trippel or in a Hefeweizen is giving me nightmares. But it seems that the habit is spreading, so who am I to judge? =)
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In the United Kingdom, "beer" usually means ale; the kind of "beer" they drink in other countries is generally called "lager" in Britain.

The technical distinction between ale and lager derives from the different kinds of yeast used to ferment the "wort", which is the liquid that comes from malted barley and is the basis for all beer. The practical distinction is that ale tastes like warm vomit, whereas lager tastes like cold vomit.

To render these drinks more palatable, ale is often mixed with lemonade (not lemon juice) in roughly equal proportions: the result is called "shandy" in Britain. Lager is often drunk with a measure of lime juice - usually a cordial, not the juice of an actual lime, which accompanies cocktails and other naff things that foreigners drink instead of beer.

I have heard that in trendy places, they stick a wedge of an actual lime into bottles of South American beer, doubtless to ensure that the drinkers thereof die from cirrhosis and not from scurvy. I have no practical experience of this, preferring as usual to rely on the words of the bard:

Feast on wine or fast on water
And your honour will stand sure;
God Almighty's son and daughter -
He the valiant, she the pure.
If an angel out of Heaven
Bring you other things to drink,
Thank him for his kind attentions;
Go and pour them down the sink.
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Do Brits measure their beer differently than Germans? Or maybe British people put different stuff in their beer (if anything) than Germans do? no to all
In the United Kingdom, "beer" usually means ale; the kind of "beer" they drink in other countries is generally called "lager" in Britain. I'm not a beer expert. So just assume "beer" = what Americans call beer since it doesn't particularly matter what they meant, and I'm American so let's go with that.
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Did they not realize that the word for "beer" is spelled differently in English and German, even though it is pronounced very similarly?
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Did they not realize that the word for "beer" is spelled differently in English and German, even though it is pronounced very similarly? they ordered verbally; they had no need to spell it.
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You missed my question...
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You missed my question... But then again I saw your email. So case closed, I'll just be watching this puzzle unfold
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Is the word 'bitte' relevant?
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Did they make any relevant gestures while ordering the beers? I'm working on a thoery here so I'll ask if something similar happened in a Tarantino movie?
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Did they ask for a stein?
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Assuming Rbruma's question was indeed correct, I know this one as well, and will stay out.
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Is the word 'bitte' relevant? no Did they make any relevant gestures while ordering the beers? no I'm working on a thoery here so I'll ask if something similar happened in a Tarantino movie? Not that I've seen, but it's possible I just haven't seen the movie
Did they ask for a stein? what's a stein?
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Our young Mr. Woubit -- I know you'll be offended by this -- coined a very wrong description of beer, together with fine poetry. I dissaprove the former, acknowledge the latter and ask both the host and Mr. Woubit to pardon their prodigal son and his untimely intervention. It has only been made for the sake of beer
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Our young Mr. Woubit -- I know you'll be offended by this -- coined a very wrong description of beer, together with fine poetry. I dissaprove the former, acknowledge the latter and ask both the host and Mr. Woubit to pardon their prodigal son and his untimely intervention. It has only been made for the sake of beer Wait... What? I'm confused. And I know nothing about beer, so that doesn't help either.
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The Tarantino scene I was referring to was in the movie Inglourious Basterds where a british spy dressed as a german officer gives himself away when ordering three drinks by raising his second third and fourth finger, apparently in Germany they would use the thumb , first & second finger

German beer drinkers tend to like a large head on their beer whereas British & Irish people feel cheated if their pint has a big head on it, is this relevant?
Is the price of the beer relevant? did they act surprised when told of the cost of their drinks?

I too disagree with woubit's opinion of beer but strongly agree that putting slices of citrus in beer bottles is ridiculous. My understanding is that this practice originated in Mexico and South America and is done in order to keep flies away from your beer. Unless trendy bars have particularly high numbers of flies and other pests why bother? If it's to make the beer more palatable then here's a tip: DON'T DRINK BEER IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE TASTE.

There endeth the rant.
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Emailed to confirm possible $poyler.
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If not 'bitter', how about 'dry'?
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If not 'bitter', how about 'dry'? precisely, you're close now.
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oops, sorry, missed these.
German beer drinkers tend to like a large head on their beer whereas British & Irish people feel cheated if their pint has a big head on it, is this relevant? no
Is the price of the beer relevant? did they act surprised when told of the cost of their drinks? no to all
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Did the Germans say the word "dry"? Or did the bartender? Did the germans misunderstand it as "drei" (German for "three"), try to correct the mistake, and give themselves away?
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Did the Germans say the word "dry"? Or did the bartender? Did the germans misunderstand it as "drei" (German for "three"), try to correct the mistake, and give themselves away? Close enough

******SPOILER*******
The Germans (two of them) were in the bar and said (in English) "We'd like some beer". The bartender said "dry?" and the spies, instinctively hearing "drei?" replied:
"Nein, Zwei" thus giving away their German-ness.

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