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Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man is sitting next to the window of a nice restaurant. He looks outside and sees a couple of police cars pull up next to the entrance outside and park. He gets up and bolts across the restaurant towards a back exit, but he trips and twists his ankle. Not long afterwards, the owner of the restaurant becomes several thousand dollars richer. Why?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:16 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had the man broken the law? stolen something? did he have the thing with him? in his shoe? was he running from the police? was there a bounty on his head?
Was he inside the restaurant to begin with? was he still inside when he tripped? did the owner trip him? an employee? a customer?
Not long afterwards: seconds? minutes? hours? days? weeks?
Was the man himself the owner? an employee? a customer?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had the man broken the law? no
stolen something? no
was he running from the police? yope
was there a bounty on his head? no
Was he inside the restaurant to begin with? yes
was he still inside when he tripped? yes
did the owner trip him? an employee? a customer? no to these
Not long afterwards: seconds? minutes? hours? days? this one, probably, but it's mostly irrelevant weeks?
Was the man himself the owner? no
an employee? no
a customer? yes
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he a policeman? was he supposed to be on duty?
Did the owner become richer because money was given to him?/her?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he a policeman? no
was he supposed to be on duty? no, but that is an interesting idea
Did the owner become richer because money was given to him?/her? yes
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was this money given by the man? by the police? by someone else?
Did the man think the police were pursuing him? did he think they might try to arrest him? did he want to avoid being seen by them? to avoid them doing something? arresting him?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was this money given by the man? no
by the police? no
by someone else? no
Did the man think the police were pursuing him? no...ish
did he think they might try to arrest him? no
did he want to avoid being seen by them? not particularly
to avoid them doing something? no
arresting him? no
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

***BLOOPER***

By someone else? yes
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 2:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he expect them to do something in the restaurant? such as search it? did he want to avoid being there while they did what they were doing?
Did he think they were pursuing someone he knew? someone who looked like him? were they?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 2:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he expect them to do something in the restaurant? yes
such as search it? yes-ish
did he want to avoid being there while they did what they were doing? no
Did he think they were pursuing someone he knew? no
someone who looked like him? no
were they? no

***Answer change***
Did the man think the police were pursuing him? yes-ish

Okay, now I've got every thing cleared away in my own head
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 2:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he think that the police had come to the restaurant with the explicit intention of searching for him specifically?
Did the police actually enter the restaurant? was he still there at the time? did they speak to him? did he speak to them?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 3:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he think that the police had come to the restaurant with the explicit intention of searching for him specifically? no
Did the police actually enter the restaurant? yes, but somewhat irrelevant
was he still there at the time? yes
did they speak to him? probably, but irrelevant
did he speak to them? probably, but irrelevant
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 7:37 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the money that the owner of the restaurant recieved directly related to:
the running man's presence in his restaurant?
the running man's injury?
the police's appearance at his restaurant?
neither of these occurances?
the combination of these occurances?

Was the money given by :
one individual?
several individuals together?
a formal group or organization?
a government agency?
a company?

Did the man see something else outside the window (in addition to the police car's arrival) that caused him to bolt?
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 12:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the money reward money? Was the man connected to any crime in any way?
Did he slip on the floor? Did something or someone trip him?
Was he trying to avoid the cops?
Did he run because he was afraid? Was he glad the police were there? Indifferent? If they were garbage men that pulled up to the restaurant in similar fashion, would he have run?
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 1:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would the restaurant owner still have become rich the way he did if the man had never entered the restaurant on that day?
Was the man related to the restaurant owner? the person who gave the restaurant owner the money?
Was the man trying to create a diversion of something by running away? was he hoping they would follow him?
Did the restaurnt owner suddenly win the lottery? Did he sell something which made him richer?
Was the running man famous? and the owner of the restaurant got his autograph and then sold it on Ebay for several thousands of dollars?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 3:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the money that the owner of the restaurant recieved directly related to:
the running man's presence in his restaurant? yes-ish
the running man's injury? no, this is more indirectly related
the police's appearance at his restaurant? yes-ish
neither of these occurances? no
the combination of these occurances? this, yes

Was the money given by :
one individual?
several individuals together? either this
a formal group or organization? or maybe this
a government agency?
a company?

Did the man see something else outside the window (in addition to the police car's arrival) that caused him to bolt? no

Was the money reward money? no
Was the man connected to any crime in any way? no
Did he slip on the floor? Did something or someone trip him? it's basically irrelevant how he tripped...probably slipped or hit a table or something
Was he trying to avoid the cops? no
Did he run because he was afraid? NO
Was he glad the police were there? Indifferent? somewhere between the two
If they were garbage men that pulled up to the restaurant in similar fashion, would he have run? no

Would the restaurant owner still have become rich the way he did if the man had never entered the restaurant on that day? no
Was the man related to the restaurant owner? no
the person who gave the restaurant owner the money? If by "releated", you mean "associated with", then yes
Was the man trying to create a diversion of something by running away? no
was he hoping they would follow him? yope, not really "hoping"
Did the restaurnt owner suddenly win the lottery? no
Did he sell something which made him richer? no
Was the running man famous? maybe, maybe not...but explore!
and the owner of the restaurant got his autograph and then sold it on Ebay for several thousands of dollars? no
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 3:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Running towards a back exit:

Was this a fire escape? Was he running away from the police? Towards them? Was there someone behind the exit who he wanted to warn?

Is it relevant that the man broke his ankle?

Did the restaurant owner get the money legally? Was s/he involved in any crime? Were the police there for her/him?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were the people in the police car actually police?
Was this an act of some sort that had been set up in advance? was the running man in on it? was the owner?
Was the money given by customers at the restaurant?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Running towards a back exit:

Was this a fire escape? it's irrelevant, really
Was he running away from the police? yes
Towards them? no
Was there someone behind the exit who he wanted to warn? no

Is it relevant that the man broke his ankle? yes

Did the restaurant owner get the money legally? yes
Was s/he involved in any crime? no
Were the police there for her/him? no
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were the people in the police car actually police? NO
Was this an act of some sort that had been set up in advance? YES
was the running man in on it? yes
was the owner? yes
Was the money given by customers at the restaurant? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did someone pay the owner for the tape of the incident made by the restaurant's surveillance camera?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were the police coming into the restaurant on a call? or were they just coming in to eat? Were they pursuing someone else (other than the running man?) Did they know that the running man was there? Did he run simply because he didn't want it known that he had been in that restaurant?

The running man wasn't trying to avoid the cops but he was running away from them: you mean that he was running in the direction opposite to the police, but that he wasn't fleeing from them, right?


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Was the running man famous? maybe, maybe not...but explore!



Was the running man notorious, rather than famous? Was his "fame" limited to a specific group of people and he was unknown to the general public?
Was his "fame" limited in some way, for example, the general public would recognize his voice but not his face? his name but not his face? something he'd done/made/created, but not his name, face, or voice?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did someone pay the owner for the tape of the incident made by the restaurant's surveillance camera? another interesting idea, but no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the event staged for the benefit of the customers who were there at the time?
Was it staged in order to make a video recording?
Was a film being made? did the filmmakers pay the restaurant owner for the use of the place?
Was the restaurant actually a restaurant? or just part of the set?
Did he really break his ankle? by accident? or was this staged too?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 11:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were the police coming into the restaurant on a call? no (they weren't really police)
or were they just coming in to eat? no
Were they pursuing someone else (other than the running man?) no
Did they know that the running man was there? yes
Did he run simply because he didn't want it known that he had been in that restaurant? no

The running man wasn't trying to avoid the cops but he was running away from them: you mean that he was running in the direction opposite to the police, but that he wasn't fleeing from them, right? correct


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Was the running man famous? maybe, maybe not...but explore!


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Was the running man notorious, rather than famous? Was his "fame" limited to a specific group of people and he was unknown to the general public?
Was his "fame" limited in some way, for example, the general public would recognize his voice but not his face? his name but not his face? something he'd done/made/created, but not his name, face, or voice? Basically, the point I was getting at in my, I admit, rather ambiguous statement, was that his actual fame is irrelevant to the puzzle, but keeping the idea of fame in mind might help you solve it.
Ian (Image)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 12:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the man an actor in a movie? The company filming it or the director or whatever payed the restarant owner to use his restaraunt as a set? The man was a criminal in the movie, and it was meant to be a chase seen? :P Just a stab in the dark....

He broke his ankle... accidentally? on purpose? due to some one else's deliberate actions? due to some one else's accidental actions? Did he just brake it as he fell? Did he land on something? sharp? a table? blunt? heavy? big? small? Did something land on him? sharp? blunt? heavy? big? small? a table?
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 12:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he actually break his ankle? Or was it a fake break, put on for a reconstruction / movie / TV show?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 12:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And to complete the repetition of my 11:37 questions:
Was the event staged for the benefit of the customers who were there at the time?
Was the restaurant actually a restaurant? or just part of the set?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 1:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oops! Sorry, Wunderland! I missed your questions! I'll start with those first.

Was the event staged for the benefit of the customers who were there at the time? no
Was it staged in order to make a video recording? yes
Was a film being made? YES
did the filmmakers pay the restaurant owner for the use of the place? yes
Was the restaurant actually a restaurant? yes
or just part of the set? it was a real restaurant
Did he really break his ankle? yes
by accident? yes
or was this staged too? nope

Was the man an actor in a movie? The company filming it or the director or whatever payed the restarant owner to use his restaraunt as a set? The man was a criminal in the movie, and it was meant to be a chase seen? :P Just a stab in the dark.... all this is correct...but, the owner of the restaurant had already been payed for use of it as a set. How did this incident make him even richer?

He broke his ankle... accidentally? yes
on purpose? no
due to some one else's deliberate actions? no
due to some one else's accidental actions? no
Did he just brake it as he fell? Did he land on something? sharp? a table? blunt? heavy? big? small? Did something land on him? sharp? blunt? heavy? big? small? a table? all this pretty much irrelevant

Did he actually break his ankle? Or was it a fake break, put on for a reconstruction / movie / TV show? no, he really broke it, and it was an accident
Benjamin Moore (Zenith)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 2:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the actor then incapable of completing his role that day? and shooting for this scene needed to be done that day also? Did the director, in desperation, ask the owner of the resteraunt to fill in the part for the one scene, for a couple of thousand dollars more?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 3:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the actor then incapable of completing his role that day? yes
and shooting for this scene needed to be done that day also? they had hoped that it would
Did the director, in desperation, ask the owner of the resteraunt to fill in the part for the one scene, for a couple of thousand dollars more? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 3:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they need to hire the restaurant for an extra day?
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 4:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they need to hire the restaurant for an extra day? Why yes, of course

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

The incident happened at the shooting of a scene of a movie. The restaurant had been rented out for the day, which had cost several thousand dollars. The police cars and the man running through the restaurant were all part of the scene, but the actor tripping and breaking his ankle was unplanned. When this happened, they could no longer shoot that day, so they later had to re-rent the restaurant, after his ankle had healed, giving the owner more money.


Yet another quickie, but good job everyone.

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