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Gourami (Gourami)
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Post Number: 66
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought they were trying to sell me sports equipment, and I had no idea why. Then I realized what they really wanted to make me buy, and I understood why they were selling it to me, although I had expressed no interest in it.

Rather silly little puzzle.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Post Number: 1047
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They: a company? Advertisers? Salespeople? General unspecifiable "they"?

Did you see an advertisement? Receive a cold call? Get visited by a salesperson? Go to a shop?

Were they selling the thing to you because they thought you were interested? Because you looked like they might be? Because you had been interested in something similar?
Gourami (Gourami)
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Post Number: 67
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 8:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:44 pm:

They: a company? yesish. Advertisers? Yes. Salespeople? No. General unspecifiable "they"? No.

Did you see an advertisement? Yes. Receive a cold call? Get visited by a salesperson? Go to a shop? No to rest.

Were they selling the thing to you because they thought you were interested? Yes. Because you looked like they might be? No. Because you had been interested in something similar? Yesish...
Enjay (Enjay)
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Post Number: 1061
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 9:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

TV advert? Radio? Print advert?
Was the advert targeted directly at you? Like sent to your address? Or targeted at your general market, like printed in a specialist magazine or shown during a specialist TV programme? If so, wuld other members of this group have been interested in the thing they were selling?
Or generally aimed at everyone, like a billboard?
Gourami (Gourami)
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 12:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Enjay (Enjay)

TV advert? Radio? Print advert? None.
Was the advert targeted directly at you? Yes, good q. Like sent to your address? But no.Or targeted at your general market, like printed in a specialist magazine or shown during a specialist TV programme? No. If so, wuld other members of this group have been interested in the thing they were selling?
Or generally aimed at everyone, like a billboard? No.
Eli (Eli)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 10:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

E-mails? or spam? relevant?
Gourami (Gourami)
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Post Number: 72
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 3:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Eli (Eli)

E-mails? or spam? relevant? No, but you're getting close.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Post Number: 1066
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 4:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the advert sent to you in some way? By post? Given to you by hand? Did you receive a telephone call?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 7:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is a pun or mistaken impression involved? A word with two meanings (one sports-related and the other something else)? Is how they thought you would be interested relevant? Your name? Profession? Location?
Gourami (Gourami)
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Post Number: 75
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 2:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Enjay (Enjay)

Was the advert sent to you in some way? No.By post? No. Given to you by hand? No.Did you receive a telephone call? No.

Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)

Is a pun or mistaken impression involved? Yes. A word with two meanings (one sports-related and the other something else)? Yes.Is how they thought you would be interested relevant? Yes. Your name? YESISH. Profession? Location? No to rest.
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 1:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Your name, as in Gourami? I think I know this: if so, I ran something very very similar a while back.

(It's called 'Goodbye, gals' in the archive for 22 July 2007 if you want to check. I'm 99% certain it's the same puzzle, more or less. I won't reveal it here, so people can play on if they wish. It's good fun and you've added a neat new dimension to it.)
Gourami (Gourami)
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Username: Gourami

Post Number: 78
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 3:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, wow, that's a strange coincidence. I'll go ahead and spoil, since its a repeating puzzle anyway.

**********SPOILER

On any website where I use the username "Gourami," the Google ads associated with that page always offer discounts on Discus. At first I wondered why they were trying to sell me a discus, since I had no interest in the sport, but eventually I realized that they were referring to the fish (gouramis and discus are similar freshwater fishes).

What I didn't even realize was, on lateralpuzzles.com the discus ads come up no matter what your username is, because the word "discus" is in the url. I think that that's a rather bizarre coincidence. Thanks, Woodworm, for pointing it out.

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