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dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emilia decided to bake a cake one evening. She stopped on her way to work in the morning to buy flour and sugar, and made a second trip to buy milk and eggs on her way home in the afternoon. The cake was delicious, but she would agree making two separate trips was quite inconvenient. Why did she do this?
Ian (Image)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 3:14 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So that the milk and eggs wouldn't go bad during the day?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Her fridge was broken?
They were out of milk and eggs?
They would have been out of flour and sugar if she'd waited till after work to buy them?
She needed the sugar anyway for her morning coffee?
If she'd kept the milk and eggs in the fridge at work, her co-workers would have mooched them?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 1:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So that the milk and eggs wouldn't go bad during the day? yes
Her fridge was broken? no
They were out of milk and eggs? no
They would have been out of flour and sugar if she'd waited till after work to buy them? no
She needed the sugar anyway for her morning coffee? no
If she'd kept the milk and eggs in the fridge at work, her co-workers would have mooched them? no
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, so the real question is... why didn't she just get the flour and sugar AFTER work as well?

Did she need the flour and sugar for something else? Was there a portion of the recipe that she had to start earlier that didn't involve the eggs and milk? Did she simply not have enough time to do both without hitting awful 6 hour rush hour traffic (Can you tell I had a bad day yesterday?)?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

go to the same store each time?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, so the real question is... why didn't she just get the flour and sugar AFTER work as well? yes, exactly

Did she need the flour and sugar for something else? no
Was there a portion of the recipe that she had to start earlier that didn't involve the eggs and milk? no
Did she simply not have enough time to do both without hitting awful 6 hour rush hour traffic no
(Can you tell I had a bad day yesterday?)? yes

go to the same store each time? irrel (but it could have been the same store)
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did it have to do with how much she could carry? did it have to do with how much time she was in the store?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did it have to do with how much she could carry? no
did it have to do with how much time she was in the store? no
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She forgot her shopping list and thus couldn't remember what to get at the store?

Did she WANT to get the flour and sugar that morning?
Did she want to use the flour and sugar that morning?
Did she actually pay for all the products listed?
Did she have a chance to get some of them for free?
Did she have a coupon that would have expired if she hadn't used it in the morning? A gift certificate?
Does this puzzle involve time zones? Work shifts?
Does she live in New Zealand or someplace else that's on the international dateline?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She forgot her shopping list and thus couldn't remember what to get at the store? no

Did she WANT to get the flour and sugar that morning? she intentionally got them, though she thought it was inconvenient
Did she want to use the flour and sugar that morning? no
Did she actually pay for all the products listed? yes
Did she have a chance to get some of them for free? no
Did she have a coupon that would have expired if she hadn't used it in the morning? no
A gift certificate? no
Does this puzzle involve time zones? no
Work shifts? no
Does she live in New Zealand or someplace else that's on the international dateline? no
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

would it have been more inconvenient for her to get the flour and sugar after work? would it have been impossible? was anyone else with her?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Uh, the express lane at the store only allows two items at a time?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

would it have been more inconvenient for her to get the flour and sugar after work? no
would it have been impossible? no
was anyone else with her? no
Uh, the express lane at the store only allows two items at a time? no :)
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she ONLY purchase flour and sugar on that trip to the store? Something she DID need? Like... did she get something else like tampons that she was too embarassed to purchase them without something else to hide them behind.
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did she ONLY purchase flour and sugar on that trip to the store? yes
Something she DID need? no
Like... did she get something else like tampons that she was too embarassed to purchase them without something else to hide them behind. no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emilia, human adult female?
Had she planned to use the eggs and milk that she had left at work, but when she got there they were gone?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emilia, human adult female? yes on all three counts
Had she planned to use the eggs and milk that she had left at work, but when she got there they were gone? no
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is her mode of transport relevant? Her work?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is her mode of transport relevant? no
Her work? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She decided in the morning, to bake a cake in the evening, correct?
Was she trying to get better flour and sugar that was only available in the morning?
Did she change her plans at any point during the day?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She decided in the morning, to bake a cake in the evening, correct? correct
Was she trying to get better flour and sugar that was only available in the morning? no
Did she change her plans at any point during the day? no