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Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 9:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

On the brink of making a great deal of money, Al spent a few dollars to purchase something similar to several hundred other things which had, until very recently, been at his disposal. Why?
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 9:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he make the money because of purchasing the thing (could we call it the Thing, just to distinguish it from the several hundred other things?)
miroac (Miroac)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 3:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he need this new thing? for a specific purpose? Could none of the other several hundred things have served that purpose?
Were these several hundred things still at his disposal?
This is a tangible/physical thing, correct?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 3:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he make the money because of purchasing the thing (could we call it the Thing, just to distinguish it from the several hundred other things?) No, he didn't make the money simply because of the purchase of Thing

Did he need this new thing? In his opinion he did, yes
for a specific purpose? Yes
Could none of the other several hundred things have served that purpose? Probably not - this is a good q, and I'll refer to it in the spoiler if the details don't come out in the exploration
Were these several hundred things still at his disposal? No
This is a tangible/physical thing, correct? Certainly
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 3:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WAs the Thing an oyster? with a pearl?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 3:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WAs the Thing an oyster? with a pearl? No to both
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 4:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lottery involved?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 4:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lottery involved? No
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 8:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So much for my great theory...

DId Al have to get rid of all the other things to be able to gain the money?

Were the other things all of the same kind? If so, were they completely similar to each other? Were they similar to the Thing? Was the Thing special in any way?

Were all the things (including the Thing) inexpensive?

Were they made of: paper/plastic/wood/fabric/metal? A different material?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 9:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DId Al have to get rid of all the other things to be able to gain the money? No

Were the other things all of the same kind? Yes
If so, were they completely similar to each other? Yes
Were they similar to the Thing? In some ways
Was the Thing special in any way? Yes

Were all the things (including the Thing) inexpensive? Hmm...other than the Thing, none of the other things would be described as expensive or inexpensive. As far as the Thing, Al would say that it was inexpensive

Were they made of: paper/plastic/wood/fabric/metal? None of these
A different material? Yes-ish
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 9:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al purchase just the Thing? or the other things as well?

Was the material of the things manmade? Natural?
Amol D. (Amol)
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 7:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al purchase this thing to get it out of circulation (temporarily) ?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 2:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al purchase just the Thing? Yes
or the other things as well? No, he didn't purchase these
Was the material of the things manmade? No
Natural? Yes

Did Al purchase this thing to get it out of circulation (temporarily)? Not exactly
Jens Weber (Sundowner)
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 3:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al purchase the several hundred similar items (or some of them)? receive them as gift? inherit? find? collect? steal? get in any other way hold of them? was he the owner of these things (if this makes sense)?
Did Al give away the several hundred things voluntarily? did he sell them? throw them away? destroy them? all at once? one after the other? Did he at this point already plan to purchase the Thing?
Did he have to get rid of these items in the first place before he could have the Thing?
Does the value of the Thing depend on the number of other similar Al has at his disposal?
Do the HSI (hundred similar items) still exist?
Is the Thing manufactured? tangible? can it be carried around? put aside?
Did Al buy the Thing way below its market value? Did he buy it at all in the usual sense? (=paid some money to some person in exchange for the Thing) if so: did the seller know about the value of the Thing for Al?
Does Al make money from reselling the Thing at higher price? from selling something else? does he inherit the money? win in gambling or betting? steal money?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 3:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al purchase the several hundred similar items (or some of them)? No
receive them as gift? No
inherit? No
find? Yes
collect? Yes, this too
steal? No
get in any other way hold of them? Well, I'd say 'find' and 'collect' sums it up
was he the owner of these things (if this makes sense)? No
Did Al give away the several hundred things voluntarily? FA
did he sell them? No
throw them away? No
destroy them? No
all at once? N/A
one after the other? N/A
Did he at this point already plan to purchase the Thing? No
Did he have to get rid of these items in the first place before he could have the Thing? No
Does the value of the Thing depend on the number of other similar Al has at his disposal? No
Do the HSI (hundred similar items) still exist? Sure
Is the Thing manufactured? No
tangible? Yes
can it be carried around? Yes, in fact this is a plus
put aside? I suppose
Did Al buy the Thing way below its market value? I doubt it had a market value
Did he buy it at all in the usual sense? (=paid some money to some person in exchange for the Thing) Yes
if so: did the seller know about the value of the Thing for Al? He came to realize it
Does Al make money from reselling the Thing at higher price? No, and he may have not planned to resell it
from selling something else? Yes, in a manner of thought
does he inherit the money? No
win in gambling or betting? No
steal money? No
miroac (Miroac)
Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 2:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al know he was going to be making a great deal of money? before/after buying the Thing?
or was he unaware it would happen?
Would he have made the money if he hadn't bought the Thing?
Rose (Tackybritish)
Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2005 - 2:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he make the money from inheritance?
Was the Thing he bought for sentimental purposes?
The many things at his disposal until recently were they day to day things that he could use?
Are they rocks? And he just bought I rock with huge crystals in it?
pretty random huh? :)
Jens Weber (Sundowner)
Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2005 - 1:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the Thing a living being? a plant? of organic material (at least partly)? of more than one sort of material?
Does the possession of the Thing entitle Al to something? prove something? Does Al need the Thing for earning this money? (or is it more relevant that somebody else does not have the Thing?) Does Al have to show or present the Thing to somebody in order to make the money?
Does Al split up the Thing into smaller pieces? modify it? extract something from it?
Were the Hundred Similar Items stolen? Were they later taken away from Al by the police?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 3:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Al know he was going to be making a great deal of money? He wasn't positive but likely was confident of it
before/after buying the Thing? Both
or was he unaware it would happen? No
Would he have made the money if he hadn't bought the Thing? Yes
Did he make the money from inheritance? No
Was the Thing he bought for sentimental purposes? No
The many things at his disposal until recently were they day to day things that he could use? Hmm, I'd say not
Are they rocks? No
And he just bought I rock with huge crystals in it? Uh, no
pretty random huh? Hey, nothing is too random
Is the Thing a living being? Yes
a plant? No
of organic material (at least partly)? of more than one sort of material? Technically, yes to both of these
Does the possession of the Thing entitle Al to something? Yes, in a way
prove something? No
Does Al need the Thing for earning this money? In his opinion it will help him earn the money, so yes
(or is it more relevant that somebody else does not have the Thing?) No, this doesn't apply
Does Al have to show or present the Thing to somebody YES
in order to make the money? He will make money anway, but he would say that presenting Thing is a necessary action
Does Al split up the Thing into smaller pieces? No
modify it? No
extract something from it? No

Were the Hundred Similar Items stolen? No
Were they later taken away from Al FA
by the police?
N/A
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 3:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WAG time...

Guide dog?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Guide dog? No
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 4:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the idea that he bought this Thing to stop anyone else buying it? I am a bit lost - is it actually a living Thing, an animal? If so, a mammal? an insect? a bird? a reptile? a marsupial? a... well, you get the picture :)