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Balin (Balin)
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Because he was unfamiliar with American customs, his evil plan failed.

he = H/A/M
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Did the customs mentioned exist in other continents? Asia? Europe?

Was the plan likely to be a crime?
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Anything to do with the Rocky Horror Picture Show? The Time Warp?
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Did the customs mentioned exist in other continents? Yes Asia? Europe? Both

Was the plan likely to be a crime? Yes

Anything to do with the Rocky Horror Picture Show? No The Time Warp? No
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Did the plan involve smuggling? Are cars relevant in the plan?
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Telephones relevant?
Balin (Balin)
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Did the plan involve smuggling? No Are cars relevant in the plan? No
Telephones relevant? No
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H/A/M never used quite to cut it even when I was a young puzzler.

Real story? Fictional story? FYOI story?

[LTPF List of Decades]?

First "he" same as second "he"? "American customs" = "USian customs" (if not, what)? Now I come to think of it, "customs" as in "traditional practices"? as in "customs and excise"?

"He" was from [LTPF List of Countries]?

Twenty one schmenty one -
Balin Fundinul, it's
Good to see you and the
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Kayleetonkslupin, keep
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Make sure they scan.
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Was he pretending to be American as part of his evil plan? Or otherwise trying to fit in with Americans?

Did he fail to follow an American custom? Did he incorrectly predict what would happen in a certain situation because he was unfamiliar with the customs?

Was the crime theft? Murder? Fraud? Espionage? Terrorism? Drug related?
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Customs as in: stuff you do/don't? Or the people stopping you from smuggling?
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Working on a theory here.... Are boats or ships relevant?
Balin (Balin)
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H/A/M never used quite to cut it even when I was a young puzzler.

Real story? Fictional story? This, from a TV show FYOI story?

[LTPF List of Decades]? 2010s

First "he" same as second "he"? Yes "American customs" = "USian customs" (if not, what)? Yes Now I come to think of it, "customs" as in "traditional practices"? This as in "customs and excise"?

"He" was from [LTPF List of Countries]? A fictional European country

Twenty one schmenty one -
Balin Fundinul, it's
Good to see you and the
Rest of the clan.
Kayleetonkslupin, keep
Striving for epithets
Polysyllabical -
Make sure they scan.


Dactylly shmactilly,
woubit the puzzler has
Gladly returned, and we
Cheer in loud voice.
Now, in this season of
Conviviality,
Much merry Christmas, or
Holiday of choice.


Was he pretending to be American as part of his evil plan? Irrel Or otherwise trying to fit in with Americans? Noish

Did he fail to follow an American custom? No Did he incorrectly predict what would happen in a certain situation because he was unfamiliar with the customs? Yes

Was the crime theft? Murder? Fraud? Espionage? Terrorism? Drug related? None of these -- this is a humorous puzzle

Customs as in: stuff you do/don't? This Or the people stopping you from smuggling?

Working on a theory here.... Are boats or ships relevant? No
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is this custom something people don't say? don't do?

in response to something that's said? done? something seen?
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is this custom something people don't say? don't do? This

in response to something that's said? done? This something seen?
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The plan was likely to be a crime like obscenity?

Our hero expected someone would take off their clothes? in public?

Did he expect someone to send something dirty through the Internet?
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The plan was likely to be a crime like obscenity? No, and No to all. This is a silly puzzle Our hero expected someone would take off their clothes? in public? Did he expect someone to send something dirty through the Internet?
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The plan was likely to be a crime like obscenity? No, and No to all. This is a silly puzzle Our hero expected someone would take off their clothes? in public? Did he expect someone to send something dirty through the Internet?
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did he think if he did a particular thing he would be ignored?
Balin (Balin)
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did he think if he did a particular thing he would be ignored? No
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 - 4:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BLOOPER-ish:

is this custom something people don't say? don't do?
in response to something that's said? done? something seen?

It's something people do, then don't do. (That's about as close as I can get it to clarity without giving the actual action away.)
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HINT: The time of year is relevant.
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Christmas? Easter? Thanksgiving? Halloween? Is a costume relevant? Is it something that's done before, but not after, a certain day?
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Christmas? Easter? Thanksgiving? Halloween? No to all Is a costume relevant? No Is it something that's done before, but not after, a certain day? Usually. It's sometimes done on or just after that day.
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Labour Day? white shoes?
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Memorial Day? 4th of July?

Is this taken from Phineas & Ferb?
Balin (Balin)
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Labour Day? white shoes? No to both

Memorial Day? 4th of July? No to both

Is this taken from Phineas & Ferb? Yep! I bet you know this one now.
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I actually don't - I haven't watched many episodes of Phineas & Ferb, just the key words 'evil plan' and 'fictional European country' made me think of it.

Does this happen in winter? spring? autumn? winter?

New Year's Eve relevant? Daylight saving time?
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Phineas and Ferb just happens to be one of the few TV shows I watch, and I think I know the answer. Can I $poil?
Balin (Balin)
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I actually don't - I haven't watched many episodes of Phineas & Ferb, just the key words 'evil plan' and 'fictional European country' made me think of it. Ah.

Does this happen in winter? spring? autumn? winter? Winter twice -- and yes, it's winter

New Year's Eve relevant? YES Daylight saving time? No

Phineas and Ferb just happens to be one of the few TV shows I watch, and I think I know the answer. Can I $poil? It's one of the few I watch too. Don't $poyle yet, but email me to confirm.
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"Winter twice" - well, winter's at the beginning and the end of every year, isn't it? =D

Fireworks relevant?
Balin (Balin)
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"Winter twice" - well, winter's at the beginning and the end of every year, isn't it? =D Touché =)

Fireworks relevant? No
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Wishing someone a Happy New Year relevant? Parties relevant? Food? Drink?

Would it be considered impolite to do this thing after New Year's Eve? Offensive? Odd?
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first-footing?
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Wishing someone a Happy New Year relevant? Parties relevant? Only in that the scenario takes place at one, otherwise No. And No to.rest Food? Drink?

Would it be considered impolite to do this after New Year's Eve? No Offensive? No Odd? Possibly

first-footing? No
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Ball Drop relevant?
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Resolutions relevant?

Stupid forum, cutting off half of my questions...
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Ball Drop relevant? No, but...
Resolutions relevant? YES
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So should we take it, that the custom mentioned is New Year resolutions? Or is there more to it?

Did he make a plan based on someone's resolution?
Balin (Balin)
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So should we take it, that the custom mentioned is New Year resolutions? Yes, this is the custom Or is there more to it?

Did he make a plan based on someone's resolution? Yope. He made it based on the fact that people make resolutions.

Good progress. And remember that this is silly.
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Did he plan to influence their resolutions?
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Did he plan to influence their resolutions? Yes, but more than just influence...
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Just a little omission: The relevant custom is indeed making New Year's resolutions, but there's a little bit more to it.
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Did he try to change their resolutions? To make resolutions for them?

Is keeping resolutions also relevant?
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Did he try to change their resolutions? YES To make resolutions for them?

Is keeping resolutions also relevant? And YES

Next post or two should finish this.
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Did he put something into people's drinks / food to make them change resolutions? Did he construct some kind of device that would change people's resolutions?

Did he think that once their resolutions were changed, people would keep them during the next year?
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Did he put something into people's drinks / food to make them change resolutions? No Did he construct some kind of device that would change people's resolutions? Yes

Did he think that once their resolutions were changed, people would keep them during the next year? Yes

You've got everything except what he wanted to change their resolutions to. Figure that out and I'll $poyle.
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As far as I know, Doofenshmirtz or whatever his name is always tries to take over the world... So... did he want people to support/follow him as their leader?
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As far as I know, Doofenshmirtz or whatever his name is always tries to take over the world... Well, just the Tri-State Area!!!! So... did he want people to support/follow him as their leader? Yes.

****SPOILER****

This is the B-plot from one of the most recent Phineas and Ferb episodes, "Happy New Year!": Dr. Doofenshmirtz creates a Resolution Changer-inator to change everyone's resolution to "Obey Heinz Doofenshmirtz, our new leader," and at the critical moment, Perry the Platypus allows him to do so instead of defeating him. The -inator works and everyone's resolution is changed; however, nobody follows Doofenshmirtz because "no one ever keeps their New Year's resolution" (which Perry knew would happen).

Nice work everyone, especially Doriana for a lot of the work (Kyeann also figured it out, presumably - I never did get a confirming email). New puzzle right now, and Happy New Year everyone.
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Oops, sorry Balin. Been very very busy lately, but yes, that was what I was thinking of.
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No problem, Kyeann. I figured you probably had figured it out.

By the way, did you (or anyone else) notice the puzzle title is a line from the episode's song?
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I didn't, actually. Then again, I only saw the episode once, and it was a couple weeks ago. Then again (again), it was only a couple days ago at the time I posted, so shame on me :P.

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