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Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man is lying dead in the desert, alone. He is clutching a match. What happened?

NOT the classic - no airplanes/hot air balloons/etc. are involved.
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he die of natural causes? Was he killed? Did he commit suicide?

Is it relevant what desert it was? If so, [LTPF list of deserts], please.
Is it relevant when it happened?

Is he naked? Does he have anything on him except for the match? Is the match broken? used?

May we call him Ben?
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he die of natural causes? No Was he killed? Yesish Did he commit suicide? No

Is it relevant what desert it was? Yope If so, [LTPF list of deserts], please. Assume somewhere in the American Southwest.
Is it relevant when it happened? Yesish - assume modern-day. This is FMOI, but based on stories I've read.

Is he naked? No Does he have anything on him except for the match? Yes Is the match broken? No used? Yes

May we call him Ben? Sure
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Inventory of Ben's current possessions?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Inventory of Ben's current possessions? Besides the match, the only other object on him is a matchbox. Yes/No questions please.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there anything relevant about these: Ben's family? friends? looks? clothing? age? gender? race? religion? education?
Weather? climate? Season? Time of day?

Was he killed by another human? An animal? A natural disaster?

Did he try to light something with the match?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there anything relevant about these: Ben's family? friends? looks? clothing? age? gender? race? religion? education? No to all of these
Weather? climate? Season? Time of day? Noish - assume summer, daytime, warm.

Was he killed by another human? An animal? A natural disaster? No to all

Did he try to light something with the match? Yes (tiny ish)
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

sorry!

Is it relevant what Ben is wearing, since he's not naked?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Could it have been a cornfield instead of a desert? An island in a lake? A mall parking lot? My backyard?

Is it important how he got there?

Did he try to light something in order to protect himself? Did he actually light something? If yes, is this thing still there?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant what Ben is wearing, since he's not naked? No

Could it have been a cornfield instead of a desert? An island in a lake? A mall parking lot? My backyard? No to all - good q

Is it important how he got there? Not really - he drove

Did he try to light something in order to protect himself? No Did he actually light something? Yes If yes, is this thing still there? No - another good q
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The thing that he lit - did it burn down so that it's not there anymore? Was one match enough to set it on fire? Was it something animate? inanimate? Something that he had brought there? Something he found there? Something he wanted to destroy?

Is there something desert-specific that we have to find out (since the whole scenario wouldn't work somewhere else)? Does it have to do with plants? animals? the soil?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The thing that he lit - did it burn down Yope so that it's not there anymore? Yes Was one match enough to set it on fire? Yes Was it something animate? No inanimate? So yes Something that he had brought there? Yes Something he found there? No Something he wanted to destroy? Yes...

Is there something desert-specific that we have to find out (since the whole scenario wouldn't work somewhere else)? Yes Does it have to do with plants? This, none of the rest animals? the soil?
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Did he want to destroy pieces of evidence because he had committed a crime?

The plants... cactuses? Or that there are no plants at all?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he want to destroy pieces of evidence because he had committed a crime? No

The plants... cactuses? YES Or that there are no plants at all?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he killed by a cactus?

Would it be helpful to find out what kind of object he brought there? If so, [LTPF list of materials] please. Did he bring one single object?

Is his occupation/job relevant?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he killed by a cactus? Yes!

Would it be helpful to find out what kind of object he brought there? Yes If so, [LTPF list of materials] please. Answering this might give it away, so I cannot do so. Did he bring one single object? Well, he brought the match, matchbox, and this other object.

Is his occupation/job relevant? No
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he burn a cactus?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 1:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he burn a cactus? No, but close...
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 1:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

cook a cactus? eat a cactus?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 2:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

cook a cactus? eat a cactus? No - "burn" was closer.
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 3:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

explode?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 3:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

explode? Yep!

I think you have all the pieces - want to put it together?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 4:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so he set a cactus on fire, and it exploded, stabbing him to death with its needles?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 5:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so he set a cactus on fire, No and it exploded, Yes stabbing him to death with its needles? Well, it fell on him.

Close...
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 5:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so it exploded, fell on him, and...the water inside it drowned him?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 6:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so it exploded, fell on him, and...the water inside it drowned him? No - the cactus crushed him to death.

Now what caused the explosion? And what was the other item he had brought?
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 7:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

an explosive? as an answer to both questions?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 7:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

an explosive? as an answer to both questions? Yep, and that's the last of it.

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

The man decided to have some fun and blow up a cactus. He brought a match, matchbox, and homemade explosive to the desert with him, lit the fuse, and tossed the explosive at the base of a cactus. Unfortunately for him, the explosion caused the cactus to topple and crush him to death; thus, he died still holding the (burnt) match.

Nice solve again, Kaylee. Points also go to Doriana for some good questions.

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