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Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 2:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Outstanding Lateral Thinking Puzzles is the latest book in the series by Paul Sloane and Des MacHale. It has just been released and here is a puzzle it contains:

The Detective arrived at the scene of the crime, turned to his assistant and said, 'We are looking for someone with the initials A and S.' How did he know?


The book contains some puzzles that first appeared on this forum and acknowledgement is made to Torgeir Apeland, Lynne Payne, Kate Fallon, Felicia Ackerman, Brian Hobbs, David Burn and Jason Burge. The book is available here:

Amazon.com

And in the UK on my website here:

Destination Innovation

It has some great puzzles and would make a marvellous present!
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 2:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The obvious questions first: did the initials A and S appear anywhere in the scene of the crime? Is it relevant what the crime was? If so: robbery? murder? Vandalism? Fraud?
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 3:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Acknowledgements

Of course everyone whose puzzle appears gave their permission first.
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 3:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jennifer,

The obvious questions first: did the initials A and S appear anywhere in the scene of the crime?
NO

Is it relevant what the crime was?
YES

If so: robbery? murder? Vandalism? Fraud?
YES, NO, YES, NO
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 3:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

relevant what was vandalized and robbed? a bank? a store? a business? someone's home? were any fingerprints left? a keyboard relevant? was this an isolated incident? or had there been a series of crimes?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 4:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a jewelry store? Were articles of jewelry stolen with those initials? Was SOMETHING stolen that would have been A and/or S specific? Like a custom bathrobe? A license plate key chain? The sort of thing you wouldn't want unless it carried your name or your initials?
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 6:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jennifer and Lisa,

relevant what was vandalized and robbed?
YES

a bank? a store? a business? someone's home? were any fingerprints left? a keyboard relevant?
NO

was this an isolated incident? or had there been a series of crimes?
YES, NO


Was it a jewelry store? Were articles of jewelry stolen with those initials?
NO


Was SOMETHING stolen that would have been A and/or S specific?
YES

Like a custom bathrobe? A license plate key chain? The sort of thing you wouldn't want unless it carried your name or your initials?
NO
Vae (Vaetrus)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 7:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Museum involved?
(Some weird inkling...)

Is the robbery involving a custom item? Something customable/custom-made, or rare?

Is it important who the dectective and/or the assistant is?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

were the initials on the stolen thing?
hmm, not a bank, store, business or a home... a hospital? a not-for-profit? a car?
Lauren (Lauren)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there only one thing stolen? Two things? Three things? More? Were the letters A and S stolen from a pile of letters? Something similar?
Lauren (Lauren)
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ooh, ooh wait, did the Detective do it? And his initials are A.S., and therefore he knew? :P Even if not, does the Detective know who it is?

The person they are looking for = the vandal?

Apologies for double posting...
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 7:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vae and Jennifer,

Museum involved?
(Some weird inkling...)
NO

Is the robbery involving a custom item? Something customable/custom-made, or rare?
NOT REALLY

Is it important who the dectective and/or the assistant is?
NO

were the initials on the stolen thing?
YES

hmm, not a bank, store, business or a home... a hospital? a not-for-profit? a car?
NO
Birgitta Ericsson (Brid)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 7:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What was robbed: a building? a vehicle? a single person?

Was one item stolen? If so, was it smaller than a computer mouse? smaller than a computer screen? smaller than a car?
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 8:18 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Birgitta,

What was robbed: a building? a vehicle? a single person?
YES, NO, NO

Was one item stolen?
NO

If so, was it smaller than a computer mouse? smaller than a computer screen? smaller than a car?
NO, NO, YES
Birgitta Ericsson (Brid)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 8:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A building that is not a home, bank, store, business or hospital... An empty house? A train station or similar? A school? A dog's kennel?
Was the stolen item one that you might expect to be stolen, once you heard something was stolen from the place? Was it, perchance, a computer?
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were there other items left behind with letters on them making it obvious that A and S were the ones stolen?
Vae (Vaetrus)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 12:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A building constructed to be an image of the initials?

A farmhouse? barn? silo? (farm or military?)

A town sign, like "Hollywood", where the initials A and S were missing, and therefore aren't at the scene?

Mississauga relevant? Zanibar?
Outta towns now, :S.
Haenlomal (Haenlomal)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 3:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Paul, you missed Lauren's questions on October 13th, 8:24pm and 8:27pm

Was the place robbed and vandalized a government building? A commercial building? A residential building? Did the robbery and vandalization take place at the same place?
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 4:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Birgetta and Lynne,

A building that is not a home, bank, store, business or hospital... An empty house? A train station or similar? A school? A dog's kennel?
NO TO THOSE

Was the stolen item one that you might expect to be stolen, once you heard something was stolen from the place? Was it, perchance, a computer?
NO, NO

Were there other items left behind with letters on them making it obvious that A and S were the ones stolen?
YES
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 4:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

VAE,

A building constructed to be an image of the initials?
NO

A farmhouse? barn? silo? (farm or military?)
NO

A town sign, like "Hollywood", where the initials A and S were missing, and therefore aren't at the scene?
NO

Mississauga relevant? Zanibar?
Outta towns now, :S.
NO
Paul Sloane (Admin)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 4:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

HAEN,

Was the place robbed and vandalized a government building? A commercial building? A residential building?
YES, NO, NO

Did the robbery and vandalization take place at the same place?
YES
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 5:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were pieces of paper taken in the robbery?

Were computers involved in the vandalism?