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Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 2:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They call me a first offender and a loser, and place me in the last position...yet I am happy about this. Why?

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Is sport relevant?
Did you actually lose anything?
Offender as someone who offended somebody else? Or as a game player with an offensive role?
Is the last position actually the worst?
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Is sport relevant? No
Did you actually lose anything? No
Offender as someone who offended somebody else? Noish Or as a game player with an offensive role? No
Is the last position actually the worst? Technically, the worst would be not having a position at all.
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They = H?A?M? F? Mixed?
They = an organisation? a group of people which can be described by a common name?
Relevant how many they are? Anything else about "they" releavant? If so: nationality? age? religion? political views? hobby?
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They = H?A?M? F? Mixed? HA-Mixed, but one HAF is more relevant than the rest
They = an organisation? Yope a group of people which can be described by a common name? Yes, with a slight exception to the one HAF
Relevant how many they are? No - assume in the hundreds Anything else about "they" releavant? Yes If so: nationality? age? religion? political views? hobby? This alone
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"First offender" is a term I associate with criminology. Is any crime relevant? Another breach of law? Of another rule? If any rule breaking is relevant: Did it occur in real life? Or only in imagination?
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Is the title relevant? If so, is Spanish relevant? Is Beck?
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"First offender" is a term I associate with criminology. Is any crime relevant? Another breach of law? Of another rule? No to all, but this is a true story If any rule breaking is relevant: Did it occur in real life? Or only in imagination?

Is the title relevant? Only in the sense of the term "Loser," which I also used in the puzzle statement If so, is Spanish relevant? Is Beck? So no to these
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Do you share the common hobby with Them?
You were placed in the last position = you were classified as last?
Last position in the list? in the competition?
School relevant?
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Do you share the common hobby with Them? Yes
You were placed in the last position = you were classified as last? Yes
Last position in the list? in the competition? This is close enough - in last place
School relevant? No
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Did you hope to get the last position? Was last position the best position overall? Or the best position avaiable to you? Offender: offensive relevant? First: being the first at doing something? Doing something for the first time?
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Did you hope to get the last position? Yes, but may mislead Was last position the best position overall? No Or the best position avaiable to you? Yes, at the time Offender: offensive relevant? No First: being the first at doing something? Doing something for the first time? This
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Were you restricted to last place, because you were doing something for the first time? Competing for the first time?
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Were you restricted to last place, because you were doing something for the first time? Competing for the first time? Yes to both
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Were you called a first offender because it was your first time competing? And a loser, because you got last place? But you were happy because it was the best you could get? And better than no place at all?
Were you competing in: doing something? Making something? Accomplishing something?
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Were you called a first offender because it was your first time competing? Yes, and then some. And a loser, because you got last place? Because I got a place at all But you were happy because it was the best you could get? Yes And better than no place at all? Yes
Were you competing in: doing something? Making something? Accomplishing something? None of these

Still, why was I called by those specific terms?

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Is the Biggest Loser relevant? If not, is it something similar, where being a Loser is actually good?
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Is the Biggest Loser relevant? No If not, is it something similar, where being a Loser is actually good? Yes
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Is this a kind of "lucky loser" thing? That somebody who doesn't qualify to something at first, get the chance to participate, because he/she is the best of those not qualified?
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Or is it a competition where you had to qualify (and did) and were happy just to qualify even though you finished last? Or is it something along the lines of the study which shows that Olympic competitors who finish in last place (that is, among those who actually finish and don't get DNF or DQ) are actually much happier than those who finish in fourth place (just off the medal stand) mainly because these people often have backstories that make just competing and finishing a great accomplishment, whereas whoever finished in fourth just missed winning a medal, which is probably the main reason they came. Is it something in a similar vein to this?
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Is this a kind of "lucky loser" thing? That somebody who doesn't qualify to something at first, get the chance to participate, because he/she is the best of those not qualified? No, not like this

Or is it a competition where you had to qualify (and did) and were happy just to qualify even though you finished last? Well, there's no real "qualifying" Or is it something along the lines of the study which shows that Olympic competitors who finish in last place (that is, among those who actually finish and don't get DNF or DQ) are actually much happier than those who finish in fourth place (just off the medal stand) mainly because these people often have backstories that make just competing and finishing a great accomplishment, whereas whoever finished in fourth just missed winning a medal, which is probably the main reason they came. Is it something in a similar vein to this? Noish - there's a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place; the rest are all Honorable Mentions.
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So did you come in 4th? And you were happy to have a place and not an honorable mention? And to clarify: Do all the competitors who don't place in top 4 get honorable mentions, or only the "winners" who finish above a certain benchmark?
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So did you come in 4th? No, I got an honorable mention And you were happy to have a place and not an honorable mention? So no

And to clarify: Do all the competitors who don't place in top 4 get honorable mentions, or only the "winners" who finish above a certain benchmark? This, DOYD of "benchmark"
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Is it relevant what event you got an honorable mention in? Was it a sporting competition? A game competition (like chess or Halo 4)? An academic event? (Like Model UN, for instance), where one delegation/team gets first, second... and some other good ones get honorable mentions? Was it a competition where there is a clear method for choosing winners (like baseball, or soccer, or chess, or Quiz Bowl)? Something where the judges have to choose? (Like Model UN, or a Who Can Give the Best Motivational Speech Competition?) Something sort of in between involving the judges choosing based on a strict set of guidelines? (Like Olympic gymnastics, or a debate team competetition?)

Oh, and were you the "worst" honorable mention?
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Is the honorable mention benchmark related to being a loser? Like maybe only those who actually lost got honorable mention?
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Is it relevant what event you got an honorable mention in? Yes Was it a sporting competition? A game competition (like chess or Halo 4)? An academic event? (Like Model UN, for instance), where one delegation/team gets first, second... and some other good ones get honorable mentions? No to these Was it a competition where there is a clear method for choosing winners (like baseball, or soccer, or chess, or Quiz Bowl)? Yope Something where the judges have to choose? (Like Model UN, or a Who Can Give the Best Motivational Speech Competition?) One judge, and Yes Something sort of in between involving the judges choosing based on a strict set of guidelines? (Like Olympic gymnastics, or a debate team competetition?) Noish/Yope

Oh, and were you the "worst" honorable mention? Assume no

Is the honorable mention benchmark related to being a loser? Yes Like maybe only those who actually lost got honorable mention? No
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Does the relevant competition involve: speaking a lot? writing a lot? moving a lot? thinking a lot? singing? dancing?

During the competition, one uses mostly: brain? hands? legs? voice?
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Does the relevant competition involve: speaking a lot? writing a lot? Writing moving a lot? thinking a lot? singing? dancing?

During the competition, one uses mostly: brain? This hands? legs? voice?

You have another FA, I think.
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Does the competition involve:
writing poetry? writing fiction? If so, novels? short stories? writing nonfiction? writing an essay? Writing drama?
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Sorry, thought of a couple more...

Writing a diary? journal? news article?

Or is it more about physical writing: handwriting? typing?

LPTF relevant?
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Does the competition involve:
writing poetry? writing fiction? If so, novels? short stories? writing nonfiction? writing an essay? Writing drama? It varies, but it's usually shorter than these.

Writing a diary? journal? news article? None of these, but it's for a newspaper.

Or is it more about physical writing: handwriting? typing? Neither, but a high majority of the entries are typed (HINT).

LTPF relevant? No
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Writing an editorial? A regular column? a puzzle? a comic strip?
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Writing an editorial? A regular column? A regular contest a puzzle? a comic strip?

You're really close; I just want the specific contest. So to help, here's a HINT: The terms "First Offender" and "Loser" would have given you a much bigger hint had I capitalized them.
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Is it a parody/humorous contest?
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Is it a parody/humorous contest? Absolutely!
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Ok, so the contest is to prepare a parodistic/humorous piece of writing, correct? Does "first offender" refer to the fact that the contest is to laugh at people/things?

I don't know how to make any step further in this puzzle...
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Ok, so the contest is to prepare a parodistic/humorous piece of writing, correct? Yes Does "first offender" refer to the fact that the contest is to laugh at people/things? No

I don't know how to make any step further in this puzzle... Come to think of it, the rest is just Google, so...

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

A few weeks ago, I entered the Washington Post's weekly Style Invitational humor contest, and recently found out that I got an honorable mention. When you get your first Ink in the contest (aka "when you first get an entry published"), you are labelled a First Offender. All entrants are considered Losers, and since I (currently) only have one Ink, I am tied for last in the all-time standings. But I am happy about all this, since I actually got Ink at all.

Nice job to everyone who worked on this, especially Redwine. And here's the week where I was published - my entry is on page 2.
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Lol, that's funny. I'm now reading this week's losers and submitting some for next week. Maybe I'll win (lose?)
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Well, "next week" will technically be in four weeks, and results come out online on Fridays. Good luck!
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I know. Thanks! And this is a pretty good topic. I submitted some pretty good ones. By the way, according to the fan/loser club website, your Anagram nickname is "Man Tit Motto".

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