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Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 12:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It was a flash of inspiration that saved him
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 12:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

oops I forgot to add my name in the puzzle header - can somebody kindly do this for me
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 12:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Him = adult? huma? male?
Flash of inspiration from him? from someone else?
Saved = saved from harm? death? saved from embarrassment? saved his social status?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 1:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Him = adult? yeshumayes? male? yes
Flash of inspiration from him? yesfrom someone else? no
Saved = saved from harm? yes death?yes saved from embarrassment?no
saved his social status? yes
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 1:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he a real person? alive? famous? FYOI?
Does he have a relevant occupation?
Did he know he was in danger? that he might die?
Relevant how he would have died?
Is there anyone else involved in this puzzle?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 1:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he a real person? yes
alive?yes
famous?for fifteen minutes in the Andy Warhol sense !!!
FYOI? what does this mean
Does he have a relevant occupation? no
Did he know he was in danger? yes
that he might die?yes
Relevant how he would have died? YES
Is there anyone else involved in this puzzle? yopish
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 2:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FYOI = From your own imagination

Is this a true story? from a film? book?

Is his only fame due to the fact he appears in this puzzle? Is 'him' you?, someone you know?
Relevant where he was at the time the situation occured?

Would heave died as a result of murder? an accident?

Are there any non-human animals involved?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 2:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FYOI = From your own imagination no

Is this a true story? yesfrom a film? nobook? no

Is his only fame due to the fact he appears in this puzzle? no - this is a real event

Is 'him' you?no and boy am I glad !!!
someone you know?no
Relevant where he was at the time the situation occured? not really

Would heave died as a result of murder?no
an accident?yes

Are there any non-human animals involved?yes
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 2:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there one animal involved? more than one?
Animal = mammal? reptile? bird? fish? amphibian? invertebrate?
Did he kill an animal/s? by using an object?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 2:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there one animal involved? yes
more than one? no
Animal = mammal?\ reptile? bird? fish? amphibian? invertebrate? spider
Did he kill an animal/s? noby using an object? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 2:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the spider poisinous? likely to have bitten him? type of spider relevant? was the spider the cause of his inspiration? is there an object relevant to this puzzle?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the spider poisinous? yes
likely to have bitten him?yes - it did
type of spider relevant? no
was the spider the cause of his inspiration? no
is there an object relevant to this puzzle? yes
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant where the spider bit him? For example did a spider bite his foot and he chopped it off to stop the poisin from spreading any further?
Did he use somthing on the bite? a liquid? Did he find something useful nearby? something he already had on him?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant where the spider bit him?no
For example did a spider bite his foot and he chopped it off to stop the poisin from spreading any further? no
Did he use somthing on the bite? no
a liquid?no
Did he find something useful nearby? yopishsomething he already had on him? Yes - much more this
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he do anything to the spider bite? the spider? to another part of his body? Did he use an item of clothing? a body part? an item from his wallet? something else? a cigarette lighter?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he do anything to the spider bite? no
the spider? yopish
to another part of his body? no
Did he use an item of clothing? no
a body part? no
an item from his wallet? no
something else?yes
a cigarette lighter? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 3:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he injure the spider? scare it away? would he likely have died from one spider bite? did he know he could have died? is there another human relevant to this puzzle?
The object he had on him = something in a pocket? in a bag?
Was he inspired by something he had seen? heard? about spiders?
Was he inspired by something he had seen? heard? about spider bites?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he injure the spider? no
scare it away? no
would he likely have died from one spider bite?yes
did he know he could have died?yes
is there another human relevant to this puzzle?no

The object he had on him = something in a pocket?yes
in a bag?lets assume that it was in his pocket but it might have been in a bag
Was he inspired by something he had seen?no heard? noabout spiders? no
Was he inspired by something he had seen?no heard? no about spider bites? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he inspired by what he had in his pocket? Is this an object most men have on them? a pocket knife? money? a set of keys? a comb?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he inspired by what he had in his pocket?yes
Is this an object most men have on them?yes
a pocket knife? no
money?no
a set of keys?no
a comb? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A handkerchief? a tissue? mobile phone? pair of glasses? chewing gum?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A handkerchief? no
a tissue? no
mobile phone?YES
pair of glasses?no
chewing gum? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he call for an ambulence? a doctor? someone else?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he call for an ambulence?no
a doctor? no
someone else? no
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he make a phone call? send a text message? use another function on the phone
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he make a phone call? no
send a text message?no
use another function on the phone yes
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

something intangible =
calculator? calander? ring tone? alarm? radio? games? stopwatch? voicemail? pager? camera? video?
Something tangible =
The battery? the simcard? the fascia?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

something intangible =
calculator? calander? ring tone? alarm? radio? games? stopwatch? voicemail? pager? camera? THIS ONE video?
Something tangible =
The battery? the simcard? the fascia?
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he photograph the spider? his bite? so that when he got help someone could identify the spider the correct anti-venom could be used?
Did he photograph something else?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 5:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he photograph the spider? yes
his bite? so that when he got help someone could identify the spider the correct anti-venom could be used? yes - you've cracked it - spoiler to follow
Did he photograph something else?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 5:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

************Spoiler***********

A chef was bitten by an extremley dangerous spider. The syptoms swelling etc appeared in seconds.

Quick thinking, he took a picture of the spider and passed it onto the medical authorities to identify it. They were able to determine the appropriate remedy.

The details can be found below:-

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1179804,00.html

Thanks to Sam for cracking this.


The title "Flash" was also a clue - i.e camera flash !!!

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