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Rebecca Kreisler (Beccaann)
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That he has only 9 and a half fingers isn't quite enough for them.

This might go quick, or might take forever. I'm curious to see!
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Fingers as in on a hand? Human hand? On his hands?
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They want him to be above average, but to do that he needs tan fingers?
He adult? Human? Male?
Them adult? Human? All Male? All female? Mix? Number relevent? Related to he by blood? Other relation?
Have they met him? Has he met them?
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Crime involved?
Is he going to get another finger? A half finger? More than one finger?
Title relevent?
If they are his fingers, was he born with only nine and a half?
Sorry for multiple posts. Ideas come in waves as soon as I hit post.
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Fingers as in on a hand? Human hand? On his hands? yes to all
They want him to be above average, but to do that he needs tan fingers? no
He adult? Human? Male? yes
Them adult?yes Human? yes All Male? All female? Mix? probably this, but irrel. Number relevent? yope Related to he by blood? no Other relation? yope
Have they met him?possibly Has he met them?possibly

Crime involved? yes
Is he going to get another finger? no A half finger? no More than one finger? no
Title relevent? yes
If they are his fingers, was he born with only nine and a half? no
Sorry for multiple posts. Ideas come in waves as soon as I hit post. no problem!
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Mafia methods of cutting off (part of) a finger relevant? Is he an (ex-) mafia-member who wants to prove his "profession" to the police?
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Mafia methods of cutting off (part of) a finger relevant? yesish Is he an (ex-) mafia-member who wants to prove his "profession" to the police?yope
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So it was a criminal group (was it actually mafia?) who took his finger?
Now he wants some people to believe his membership in this group, what they don't do just because of his missing finger?

Relevent why he lost part of his finger? Doing something wrong?

The group he tells the story: Police? Judges/Lawyers? Family? Selling guns in TV?
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So it was a criminal group yes(was it actually mafia?no) who took his finger? yes
Now he wants some people to believe his membership in this group, what they don't do just because of his missing finger? yes

Relevent why he lost part of his finger? noDoing something wrong?

The group he tells the story: Police?noJudges/Lawyers?no Family?no Selling guns in TV?no
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Is ransom involved in the story? Someone kidnapped? Blackmail?

Does half finger mean a finger cut at the middle?

Do they expect someone in particular who can be identified by the number of fingers on his hand?

Do they need someone with missing fingers to perfomr a task? Perhaps if he is missing a finger he can pick a lock easier or fit his hand somewhere a normal person would not be able to?
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Is ransom involved in the story? no Someone kidnapped? no Blackmail? no

Does half finger mean a finger cut at the middle?yeah, exact means of cutting off half a finger irrel.

Do they expect someone in particular who can be identified by the number of fingers on his hand? no

Do they need someone with missing fingers to perfomr a task?no Perhaps if he is missing a finger he can pick a lock easier or fit his hand somewhere a normal person would not be able to?no
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Fingerprint identification relevant? Was the missing finger a thumb? Relevant which finger was missing?
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Fingerprint identification relevant? Was the missing finger a thumb? Relevant which finger was missing? no to all
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Has anyone kept the missing finger part? Relevant?

Was the finger cut off as a form of pusnishment, revenge, identification, some special ritual. Relevant at all?
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Has anyone kept the missing finger part? Relevant? not relevant

Was the finger cut off as a form of pusnishment, revenge, identification, some special ritual. Relevant at all?not relevant
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What you need to find out is what type of criminal organization he is part of, and to whom and why he is trying to prove his involvement in that organization. The fact that he is missing the finger is only relevant in the fact that it is partial proof, but not quite enough to prove his involvement in the criminal group
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Is it an international organisation?
Could I expect to find that type of organisation in every large city?
Does the organisation's business involve:
-drugs
-prostitution
-smuggling
-murder
-protection money

The people he is talking to:
-part of an organisation?
-criminals?
-people investigating about his organisation?
Are the people paying him/ do they want to hire him?

Why he has to convince them:
Does he want to prove his experience in criminel business?
Will he get into trouble if the people don't believe him?

Is it true that the people want to be sure that he was in exaclty this organisation and not in an other comparable one?
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Is it an international organisation? no
Could I expect to find that type of organisation in every large city? no
Does the organisation's business involve:
-drugs
-prostitution
-smuggling
-murder
-protection money
I'm not sure of specifics, all are probably involved to some extent!
The people he is talking to:
-part of an organisation? yes, but not HIS organization
-criminals? no
-people investigating about his organisation? no
Are the people paying himpossibly...explore/ do they want to hire him? no

Why he has to convince them:
Does he want to prove his experience in criminel business? yope
Will he get into trouble if the people don't believe him? no

Is it true that the people want to be sure that he was in exaclty this organisation and not in an other comparable one? noish
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Correction, and I'm sorry for not having my info all together earlier:
The group he is part of could be called mafia, but is not the mafia you'd think of if I had just said yes. It's a mafia-ish organization specific to one region/location. It is that detail that is relevant about the group he belongs to
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Yakuza?
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Yakuza? yes indeed
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The people he is talking to - are they the police? other crimefighters? the media?
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The people he is talking to - are they the police? other crimefighters? the media?none of these
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The people he's talking to: another Yakuza family?
another organized crime group? A tong? La Cosa Nostra?
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The people he's talking to: another Yakuza family? no
another organized crime group? A tong? La Cosa Nostra?no
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Title relevant?
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Title relevant?very much so
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Will the people he is talking to cause him harm if he can't prove that he's a Yakuza?
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Will the people he is talking to cause him harm if he can't prove that he's a Yakuza?no
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Are the people he is talking to:
artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media ?
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ?
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ?
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Other ?

So I pinched the list from other puzzles. Bite me!
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Are the people he is talking to:
artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media ?
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ?
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ? this
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Other ?

So I pinched the list from other puzzles. Bite me!whatever, I think I was the 1st pincher of the list anyway.
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Will he gain financially if he can prove his membership?
Will he be offered protection?
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Will he gain financially if he can prove his membership? YES
Will he be offered protection? no, but irrelevant. He won't be prosecuted either
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Is the financial aspect his main motive? His only motive?
Will he gain as much, or at all, if he can't prove his membership?
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Is the financial aspect his main motive?yes His only motive? yes
Will he gain as much, or at all, if he can't prove his membership?no, he will gain nothing if he can't prove it.
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i am thinking that this is some guy who commited some kind of serious crime, but when the police found a fingerpring at the crimescene, he cut that finger off so that they would have nothing against him, but that made them very suspicious since the fingerprint they found was from the same finger he was missing, making him a major suspect
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i am thinking that this is some guy who commited some kind of serious crime, but when the police found a fingerpring at the crimescene, he cut that finger off so that they would have nothing against him, but that made them very suspicious since the fingerprint they found was from the same finger he was missing, making him a major suspect no
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Is the missing finger relevant other than to partially prove to the gang that he's a member?
Is he actually a member of this gang? Or is he attempting to gain access to the gang by pretending to be a member?
Is the man a policeman?
Are the gang he's talking to Yazuka? Police?
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Is the missing finger relevant other than to partially prove to the gang that he's a member?no
Is he actually a member of this gang?yesish Or is he attempting to gain access to the gang by pretending to be a member? no
Is the man a policeman? no
Are the gang he's talking to Yazuka?no, FA Police?no
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Just noticed your yes to politics/government/military... was it to the whole line? or specifically to the military?
If government, are they part of some government agency eg immigration, CIA, FBI?
If military, are they the US army or a foreign military group?
Does this even take place in the US?
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Just noticed your yes to politics/government/military... was it to the whole line?yes or specifically to the military? no
If government, are they part of some government agency eg immigration, CIA, FBI? a government agency, but none of these
If military, are they the US army or a foreign military group? not military
Does this even take place in the US?no
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Are the government men going to pay him for gang-related information if he can prove his membership? Or offer him a job?
Given the Yakuza connection, does this take place in Japan?
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Are the government men going to pay himyes for gang-related informationbut no if he can prove his membership? Or offer him a job? no
Given the Yakuza connection, does this take place in Japan?yes
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Is this a true story? From a movie? FYOI?
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Is this a true story? From a movie? FYOI?Based on a true story, but the specifics of this Yakuza member are FMOI
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guess my fine collection of martial arts movies isn;t going to be useful after all!
Are the government people interested in the Yakuza generally? Or in one of their activities specifically?
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Are the government people interested in the Yakuza generally?not really Or in one of their activities specifically?no
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Do they want him to act?/look? like a gang?/yakuza? member?
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is he trying to prove loyalty?
is he an informant?
hitman?
bounty hunter?
doctor?
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Do they want him to act?/look? like a gang?/yakuza? member?not really
is he trying to prove loyalty? no
is he an informant? no
hitman? no
bounty hunter? no
doctor?no
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Hint: The government agency involved would not normally be expected to deal with crime or criminal organizations, or the members thereof. Find out what they DO deal with, and you've as good as solved this puzzle!
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fire brigade?
ambulance/medical?
forrestry?
animal welfare?
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fire brigade?
ambulance/medical?
forrestry?
animal welfare?
none of these
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is this government agency specific to japan?
or could it be found in ,say the US or UK?
is it something this person(the one with 9 and a half fingers) wants to do, or a group he wants to join but cannot as his deformity will prevent him from being good at it or an acceptable member if people assume hid deformity is due to some former involvement with a criminal organisation?

hang on, just got another thought whilst re reading previous answers, although not really government agencies.........
are 'them' journalists, or reporters? film makers?
is he at an audition?
is someone offering him money to do a biography/life story/inside look at the life of a/of a ex yakuza member/yakuza?
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is this government agency specific to japan?
or could it be found in ,say the US or UK? this, although maybe not by the same name
is it something this person(the one with 9 and a half fingers) wants to do wants, yes, but not to do, or a group he wants to join but cannot as his deformity will prevent him from being good at it or an acceptable member if people assume hid deformity is due to some former involvement with a criminal organisation? but no to this part

hang on, just got another thought whilst re reading previous answers, although not really government agencies.........
are 'them' journalists, or reporters? film makers? no
is he at an audition? no
is someone offering him money to do a biography/life story/inside look at the life of a/of a ex yakuza member/yakuza? no
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hmmm another random thought has occurred.......
could this be an xfiles-esque puzzle?
nine and a half fingers? trying to prove he was an alien?
had seen an alien?
are the government agency involved anything to do with extraterrestials?
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hmmm another random thought has occurred.......
could this be an xfiles-esque puzzle? no
nine and a half fingers? trying to prove he was an alien? no
had seen an alien? no
are the government agency involved anything to do with extraterrestials?no
all good thoughts though. I LOVE X-Files
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Ok, I REALLY want this puzzle solved, so another HINT!
In what capacity would a person benefit monetarily from a government without being employed by that government?
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victims compensation fund?
(victims of crime etc)
an amnesty of some sort?
some sort of pension?
grant?
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victims compensation fund? no
(victims of crime etc)
an amnesty of some sort? no
some sort of pension? aha! now we're getting somewhere!!!
grant? no
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The government gives pensions to ex-Yakuza members to help them start afresh?
And the fact that he has 9 and a half fingers isn't enough to prove that he was one, and so he isn't eligible for the benefit?
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The government gives pensions to ex-Yakuza members to help them start afresh? close, but not quite
And the fact that he has 9 and a half fingers isn't enough to prove that he was one, and so he isn't eligible for the benefit? yes to this part
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Are ex-Yakuza members unable to get a job? Will no one hire them? Or does the government want to help those who, upon leaving the Yakuza, are beaten up so badly that they are physically incapable of working?
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Are ex-Yakuza members unable to get a job?unable? no. Will no one hire them?irrel Or does the government want to help those who, upon leaving the Yakuza, are beaten up so badly that they are physically incapable of working?no, they are choosing not to work.
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a pension to encourage them back into functional society?
stable employment>?
some sort of incentive to encourage them to want to work?
witness relocation program?
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a pension to encourage them back into functional society?
stable employment>?
some sort of incentive to encourage them to want to work?
witness relocation program? no to all
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this puzzle is so close to solved that unless anyone has an objection, I'm going to go ahead and post a spoyler later tonight!
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nope, no objection, i'm actually very curious to see the solution!
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Ok then....

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

Because perhaps hundreds of Japanese Yakuza gangsters are nearing retirement age, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has drafted rules for the former gambling, loan shark, and protection workers to qualify for benefits, according to a March dispatch from Tokyo in The Times of London. Since organized crime leaves no employment paper trail, ex-mobsters must supply a letter of retirement from their crime boss in order to sign up, although local governments are expected to accept as partial proof gang tattoos, criminal records, demonstrations of missing finger tips (the sign of traditional Yakuza punishment for mistakes). [The Times (London), 3-3-06]

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