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Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 3:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does one of the cashiers at the store not pay attention to what kind of money they are handed (or they just don't care), so she was able to get rid of a bunch of canadian money? And thus had enough dollars later for the milk and eggs?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 5:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does one of the cashiers at the store not pay attention to what kind of money they are handed (or they just don't care), so she was able to get rid of a bunch of canadian money? no And thus had enough dollars later for the milk and eggs? no. but that would've been a good puzzle too :)
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 2:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there a change in the currency between morning and afternoon (e. g. they went on the Euro in between)?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 2:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there a change in the currency between morning and afternoon (e. g. they went on the Euro in between)? no
Ian (Image)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 9:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she cross any border at any time during this puzzle? Relevant which border? Canada and US?
The Undertaker (Undertaker)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 9:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does she work in another country to the one she lives in?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she cross any border at any time during this puzzle? no
Does she work in another country to the one she lives in? no

I think this is bound to be a difficult puzzle! Maybe finding out more about what consequence she was avoiding would help.
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was she avoiding taxes? is the consequence monetary? was it a consequence at work?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was she avoiding taxes? no is the consequence monetary? yes was it a consequence at work? no
Tony (E20)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she save money by buying the goods in the morning rather than the afternoon?
The Undertaker (Undertaker)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are we talking about a situation where the supply of the goods, and therefore price, could dramatically alter in the course of a day?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

would this have been true on any day of the week? of the year? did the goods cost different amounts? was the monetary consequence at the grocery store? at her place of work? along the road? did she need money for tolls?
The Undertaker (Undertaker)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

sorry if this covers old ground - i tend to skim over the history if it's long

are the eggs and milk available for purchase at the time she buys the flour and sugar? for a reasonable price?

Any offers on any of the goods?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tony (E20) on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:58 pm:
Did she save money by buying the goods in the morning rather than the afternoon? YES

By The Undertaker (Undertaker) on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:59 pm:
are we talking about a situation where the supply of the goods, and therefore price, could dramatically alter in the course of a day? no but very close

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:00 pm:
would this have been true on any day of the week? yes of the year? probably did the goods cost different amounts? can you rephrase this question? was the monetary consequence at the grocery store? yes at her place of work? no along the road? no did she need money for tolls? no
The Undertaker (Undertaker)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the shop always run out of flour and sugar before the time she finished work?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are the eggs and milk available for purchase at the time she buys the flour and sugar? yes for a reasonable price? yes. she bought them later only so they wouldn't go bad during the day
Any offers on any of the goods? no special offers/discounts involved
Did the shop always run out of flour and sugar before the time she finished work? no
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is rationing involved in any way?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is the price on the flour the same in the morning as it is in the evening? the sugar?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 12:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is rationing involved in any way? no
is the price on the flour the same in the morning as it is in the evening? NO the sugar? NO
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 1:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there an impending event anticipated that would cause food items to be more expensive in the evening?

Such as a storm or hurricane?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 4:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there an impending event anticipated that would cause food items to be more expensive in the evening? no
Such as a storm or hurricane? no

Semi-hint: her situation was a remarkably extreme example of something most people experience much less severely
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 12:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

does the store do their daily markups at a particular time in between when she got the flour and when she got the milk? was she living in a country with really bad inflation? like germany post-war where the money changed almost every minute?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 2:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

does the store do their daily markups at a particular time in between when she got the flour and when she got the milk? was she living in a country with really bad inflation like germany post-war where the money changed almost every minute? yes exactly!

***** SPOILER *****
She was living during a period of hyperinflation, experienced severly in places like post-WW2 Hungary, 1993 Yugoslavia, 1920s Germany, and much of South America at various times in the 20th century, when the rate of inflation has become so high that prices can sometimes rise significantly from dawn to dusk. Often, people increasingly had to rush to spend their money before it lost value, with this accelerated spending further exacerbating the inflationary trend.


Two hyperinflation links - apparently the worst ever experienced was an astonishing 41.9 quadrillion percent per month!

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