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Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 9:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The cancer saved his life.

Could be another quick one.
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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 9:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

because when they operated/did tests for the cancer they discovered something life threatening that otherwise would have been overlooked?

a doctor who was out of money until he treated a cancer patient?

Does cancer = constellation? a person born under the astrological sign cancer? tumor? something that effects ones blood cells? something evil?
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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this cancer as in the disease? the astrological sign? something else?

Saved his life = prevented his death?

his = H/A/M?

his cancer? someone else's?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 9:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

because when they operated/did tests for the cancer they discovered something life threatening that otherwise would have been overlooked? No.

a doctor who was out of money until he treated a cancer patient? No.

Does cancer = constellation? Yes. a person born under the astrological sign cancer? Yep! You got that one fast. tumor? something that effects ones blood cells? something evil? No to rest.

Is this cancer as in the disease? the astrological sign? Yep. It's the astrological sign Cancer. I thought I might be able to fool you guys a LITTLE longer with that one. something else?

Saved his life = prevented his death? Yes.

his = H/A/M? Yes.

his cancer? someone else's? This is closest.
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Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 11:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there superstition involved?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there superstition involved? Yes.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 5:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does "the cancer" refer to a person? who saved him? Did they do something because their star sign was cancer which saved him? Because their horoscope told them to?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 5:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does "the cancer" refer to a person? Yes. who saved him? Yes. Did they do something because their star sign was cancer which saved him? Because their horoscope told them to? Essentially.
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Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 12:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By horoscope do you mean the horoscope for that day that would typically be present in a source such as a newspaper? Or as a result of the description of traits that people born under the cancer sign are supposed to have?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By horoscope do you mean the horoscope for that day that would typically be present in a source such as a newspaper? This one. Or as a result of the description of traits that people born under the cancer sign are supposed to have? I only chose Cancer for the birth sign (along with the title "Strange Medicine" to try to mislead you into thinking the puzzle was about a medical condition rather than astrology.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 5:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does this involve encouraging the saved person to do something?

Engaging in a certain action that indirectly saved another persons life?

Taking a new route that enabled the cancer to see someone was in dire need?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 7:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does this involve encouraging the saved person to do something? This one.

Engaging in a certain action that indirectly saved another persons life?

Taking a new route that enabled the cancer to see someone was in dire need? No to rest.
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I read an article in the newspaper about someone on death row whose horoscope said "Never admit guilt when you are innocent no matter how much pressure you come under in the next 24 hours". That day, he was released from prison after it was found that he was innocent. Is this story relevant here? Is it the solution?
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Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 10:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I read an article in the newspaper about someone on death row whose horoscope said "Never admit guilt when you are innocent no matter how much pressure you come under in the next 24 hours". That day, he was released from prison after it was found that he was innocent. Is this story relevant here? Is it the solution? No, this is not the solution, but very interesting story. I've never heard it before. But this puzzle is completely made up.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So we have two people involved here: a man who would have died but didn't, and someone else whose star sign is cancer and who saved him becuase of something they read in their horoscope. Right so far? Any other people involved?
If the man had died, would it have been from murder? Suicide? Accident? Natural causes?

Did the cancer convince the saved man to go somewhere? Not go somewhere? Not do something he would otherwise have done?
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 7:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

food relevant?

An event relevant? circus? parade? traffic jam?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 12:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So we have two people involved here: a man who would have died but didn't, and someone else whose star sign is cancer and who saved him becuase of something they read in their horoscope. Right so far? Yes. Any other people involved? Only peripherally.
If the man had died, would it have been from murder? Suicide? Accident? This one. Natural causes?

Did the cancer convince the saved man to go somewhere? Not go somewhere? This is closest. Not do something he would otherwise have done? And this, by extension.

food relevant? No.

An event relevant? What kind of event? Clarify. circus? parade? traffic jam? None of these
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 3:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll give then names, if that's OK? So Chris would have died from an accident, but Sam, who is a cancer, saved him by convincing him not to go somewhere. Right? Is it relevantwhether Sam i a man or a woman?

Woul it be accurate to say that had Sam not intervened, Chris's path would have led him to a site where a fatal accident would have befallen him?
Did Sam believe that Chris had been mentioned in his/her horoscope? Did they wish to form a romantic involvement with Chris? Did they take him somewhere? Distract him from something? Cause him to change his plans for the day?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 9:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll give then names, if that's OK? So Chris would have died from an accident, but Sam, who is a cancer, saved him by convincing him not to go somewhere. Right? Yes. Is it relevant whether Sam is a man or a woman? She's a woman. In fact, she's Chris's wife.

Would it be accurate to say that had Sam not intervened, Chris's path would have led him to a site where a fatal accident would have befallen him? Yesish.
Did Sam believe that Chris had been mentioned in his/her horoscope? Yesish. Did they wish to form a romantic involvement with Chris? Did they take him somewhere? Distract him from something? Cause him to change his plans for the day? This one.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the horoscope mention something about a romantic relationship? A significant other? Did it advise cancers to do something with their partner? Did it lead Sam to believe something about Chris? To trust him less?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 9:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the horoscope mention something about a romantic relationship? A significant other? Did it advise cancers to do something with their partner? This is probably closest. Did it lead Sam to believe something about Chris? To trust him less?
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Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It said spend time with your partner? And Sam saved Chris's life while they were together? Maybe Chris had a heart attack and Sam gave him CPR or something?
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It said spend time with your partner? Yesish. And Sam saved Chris's life while they were together? Maybe Chris had a heart attack and Sam gave him CPR or something? But not this. Remember, the death that was prevented would have been an accident.

Actually, this part of the puzzle is not that interesting. The key point was the part you guys figured out in the first post, that "the cancer" referred to the astrological sign rather than the disease. From this point, there are a lot of possible endings, and I just picked one arbitrarily to use for this puzzle. You've really done most of the work already, and if people want me to $poil now, I'll be happy to.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Go ahead.
Rcs (Rcs)
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 5:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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

Chris and his wife Sam were on vacation in Florida. The day they planning to fly home, Sam, whose birth sign is Cancer, read a horoscope that said "Don't cut your fun short just yet. Take today to spend some extra-special time with someone you love." Based on this horoscope, Sam, who is a firm believer in astrology, convinced Chris to extend the vacation by one day, so they canceled their flight for the day and scheduled one for the following day instead. That very same day, the plane they would have been on if they hadn't changed their plans crashed with no survivors.

It really wasn't that great of a puzzle; I really just wanted to do a puzzle playing on two different meanings of "cancer" and see how long it would take you to figure out I was talking about the star sign rather than the disease. All of one post, as it turned out.

Thanks for playing, anyway! I'm off to go work on some new ones now, as two of my puzzles just finished. Oh, and please check out my puzzle "Sense of Humor." It's been going for a while, but it still needs some finishing up.

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