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David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Then how do they type?
Birgitta Ericsson (Brid)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought it was Etaoin Shrdlu - but perhaps times they are a-changing.

Are they
a number of people?
a number of non-human animals?
a number of inanimate objects?
two?
three?
a smallish group?
a biggish group?
Is this a Friday afternoon puzzle? (My watch claims it's Friday 28th. Maybe I should start looking for new batteries.)
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought it was Etaoin Shrdlu - but perhaps times they are a-changing. They aren't. However...

Are they
a number of people? this one
a number of non-human animals?
a number of inanimate objects?
two?
three?
a smallish group? this one
a biggish group?
Is this a Friday afternoon puzzle? it has some of the characteristics of one, yes (My watch claims it's Friday 28th. Maybe I should start looking for new batteries.) For your watch? Or for your time machine?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are they normal people ?
do they have eyes ?
can they see with these eyes ?
do they have hands ?
do they have artifical limbs ?
can they use these hands / artificial limbs ?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:37 pm:

are they normal people ? yes, for svv of "normal"
do they have eyes ? yes
can they see with these eyes ? yes
do they have hands ? yes
do they have artifical limbs ? no
can they use these hands / this one, but... artificial limbs ?
Birgitta Ericsson (Brid)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe I should start looking for new batteries. For your watch? Or for your time machine? Either would do, probably...

Do they choose not to use their hands?
Do they type as part of their work?
Should they type as part of their work?
Do they have keyboards different from most?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they dyslexic?
Is food relevant?
Did they drink too much coffee? and their hands are shaking?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 1:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Birgitta Ericsson (Brid) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:58 pm:


Do they choose not to use their hands? no, but...
Do they type as part of their work? most of them do
Should they type as part of their work? yes
Do they have keyboards different from most? no

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 01:13 pm:

Are they dyslexic? no
Is food relevant? no
Did they drink too much coffee? and their hands are shaking? nothing like this
Birgitta Ericsson (Brid)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 1:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do they have extra long nails? sores on their fingertips? gloves at all times? rings with great big stones in them?
Do they typically type with 10 fingers? 9?...1?
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 1:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Have some people have keyboards taken away from them? does this group of people work in the same place? Do they have a relevant occupation in common?
Are they prevented from typing? with their hands? by someone? something?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are we talking about people in the western world ?
or some bizarre tribe in the middle of somewhere obscure ?
do they have NORMAL hands i.e two hands
each hand with with 4 fingers and 1 thumb ?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are they cross eyed ?
is the puzzle title an anagram of a clue ?Eatoin Shrdlu
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Birgitta Ericsson (Brid) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 01:32 pm:

Do they have extra long nails? one of them does, but this is not relevant sores on their fingertips? no gloves at all times? no rings with great big stones in them? th eone with the extra-long fingernails does, but again, this is not relevant
Do they typically type with 10 fingers? I imagine most of them type with the same four that I do, but others may be more or less skilled 9?...1?

By Sam Greene (Pandora) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 01:34 pm:

Have some people have keyboards taken away from them? no does this group of people work in the same place? no Do they have a relevant occupation in common? no
Are they prevented from typing? by implication, yes with their hands? by someone? something? this again is the implication, but...

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:01 pm:

are we talking about people in the western world ? yes
or some bizarre tribe in the middle of somewhere obscure ? no
do they have NORMAL hands i.e two hands
each hand with with 4 fingers and 1 thumb ? yes

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:02 pm:

are they cross eyed ? no
is the puzzle title an anagram of a clue ?Eatoin Shrdlu It is an anagram of "etaoin shrdlu", the twelve most common letters in English text (though authorities differ on this matter). It is not an anagram of anything relevant, although a small prize will be awarded to the most ingenious anagram provided by LTPF members
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

excellent title, i used to have two fish (tetras) i named Etaoin and Shrdlu.
Letter frequencies relevant?
On the 'no but'.. do these people use their hands in an unconventional way?
If yes, do they do this involving all activities done with the hands? Does something force them to do this, or do they simply choose to?
Are these people found around the world, or in one general or specific location?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By (Stuccosalt) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:16 pm:

Letter frequencies relevant? no
On the 'no but'.. do these people use their hands in an unconventional way? not in this context - which is confusing, but it may become clear
If yes, do they do this involving all activities done with the hands? no Does something force them to do this, or do they simply choose to? the implication is simply that they "cannot" type, whether through choice or through coercion is not explicit
Are these people found around the world, or in one general or specific location? they are found in a small number of specific locations in various parts of the world
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ThunderSail! (Thor's boat, maybe...)
Or perhaps a more useful term could be used to describe sites of certain historical pillagings: 'A Hun-trod Isle"
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the soul drain
oil under hats


Are they doing something else with their hands?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 2:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:43 pm:

Are they doing something else with their hands? no - good question :)

A shipwrecked yachtsman to his colleague when discussing how to collect drinking water during a heavy storm:

"The round sail should retain the loud rains.
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 3:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

South Ireland
Does it seem as if they should be doing something else with their hands? but they found another way to do it so they could use their hands for typing?
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 3:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they unable to use hand-eye co-ordination? are these people children? do they have any mental/physical disability? Do they suffer from any illness?
Are they unable to do other things too? that a 'normal' person could do easily?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 3:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 03:09 pm:

Does it seem as if they should be doing something else with their hands? no but they found another way to do it so they could use their hands for typing? not this kind of thing

By Sam Greene (Pandora) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 03:09 pm:

Are they unable to use hand-eye co-ordination? yesish are these people children? one of them is, but this does not matter do they have any mental/physical disability? no Do they suffer from any illness? no
Are they unable to do other things too? for the duration, yes that a 'normal' person could do easily? yes - good question :)
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 3:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do the people in this group know each other?
Are they partaking in some kind of test or experiment? Do they suffer from a condition rather than in illness? Do their brains function as well as a 'normal' persons' would?
Do these people have the physical ability to type?