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Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Tristan works two part-time jobs to help with his college fees. In both the jobs, his main activity is blarping.

However, while his blarping usually results in appreciation in one job, it's quite the opposite in the other!

What the blarp is blarping!?
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Are any of these relevant:
computers?
books?
conversation?
sleeping?
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Are any of these relevant:
computers?
books?
conversation?
sleeping? All possibly indirectly involved but IRR to solving the puzzle.
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Tristan - H?A?M?
Is blarping the official job activity in both jobs? Or official only in one and considered illegal in the other?
Is blarping - illegal? irritating for co-workers? drug testing? alcohol testing? food testing?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Tristan - H?A?M? Yes to all
Is blarping the official job activity in both jobs? Or official only in one and considered illegal in the other? The word official is a little misleading. I would say that blarping is an integral and required part of doing each job
Is blarping - illegal? irritating for co-workers? drug testing? alcohol testing? food testing? No,No to all (Job1, Job2)
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You used "blarp" as an expletive -- is this a clue?

Does his role involve interaction with customers? Does he only see his coworkers? Does he work in isolation? For both or only one job?
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Are we allowed to invoke the LTPF list of professions?
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You used "blarp" as an expletive -- is this a clue? No, ignore that

Does his role involve interaction with customers? Yes,Yes Does he only see his coworkers? No,No Does he work in isolation? No,No For both or only one job? Answers are for in the format Job1,Job2 - this will be followed throughout the puzzle.

Are we allowed to invoke the LTPF list of professions? Finding out what the two jobs are is the only lateral thinking involved here, so no list, sorry.
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Does he ever see his coworkers?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Does he ever see his coworkers? Yes,Possibly
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Is blarping related to customer interaction, coworker interaction, or a mixture of the two?

Does blarping require physical interaction with customers? Is he specifically responsible for making customers happy, or does he merely provide a service to them?

Does either job involve children? Animals? Is it specific to human adults? Is the gender of customer relevant?
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Is blarping related to customer interaction Just this. Good question!, coworker interaction, or a mixture of the two?

Does blarping require physical interaction with customers? Yes,Yes Is he specifically responsible for making customers happy Yes,No , or does he merely provide a service to them? No, Yope

Does either job involve children? No Animals? No Is it specific to human adults? Generally speaking, Yes Is the gender of customer relevant? IRR
Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Is it the physical interaction that makes blarping good in one job and bad in the other? Is job 1 the "good blarp" job?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Is it the physical interaction that makes blarping good in one job and bad in the other? Yes! Good question!...but beware FA Is job 1 the "good blarp" job? In a way, yes.
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Are Tristan's jobs the kind you'd reasonably expect an 18-25 year-old college kid to have? Do his jobs somehow reflect the classes he's taking? If yes, is he a student in: Economics/Business? Religion? Teaching? Engineering? Maths? Sciences? Medicine? History? Arts? Psychology/Sociology? Language? IT? Law?

Is the physical interaction exactly the same for both jobs, or do they merely share a common theme?
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Are Tristan's jobs the kind you'd reasonably expect an 18-25 year-old college kid to have? Yes,Yesish Do his jobs somehow reflect the classes he's taking? No,No If yes, is he a student in: Economics/Business? Religion? Teaching? Engineering? Maths? Sciences? Medicine? History? Arts? Psychology/Sociology? Language? IT? Law?

Is the physical interaction exactly the same for both jobs No, or do they merely share a common theme? No with a teeny tiny ish.
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Does blarping involve clothing? Skin? Hair?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Does blarping involve clothing? Skin? Hair? I don't really know what to say here, but no seems appropriate.
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Hmm. Does that mean they are connected to it somehow, if distantly?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Hmm. Does that mean they are connected to it somehow, if distantly? Well no more than any other action that involves any physical interaction. No direct relation at all so get off this track ASAP :-)
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Haha, ok. Is he an assistant of some kind -- say, he holds people down while a dentist does his evil work?
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Haha, ok. Is he an assistant of some kind -- say, he holds people down while a dentist does his evil work? Lol, no.

Again remember he has two separate jobs. Each majorly involves blarping. In one job, a good blarping would lead to appreciation, while in the other, a good blarping would lead to him being disliked or even cursed.
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Does blarping involve asking customers questions?
Does he have to physically touch the customer in order to blarp?
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Does blarping involve asking customers questions? Yes,No...tiny ish
Does he have to physically touch the customer in order to blarp? No, Yope
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Is blarping asking personal questions? Trying to get certain information from a customer? Getting a customer to do something? Helping a customer do something? Does blarping directly involve any product?

In job 2, he yopishly touches the customer...is it the case that he might touch the customer, but it isn't necessary? Maybe that he touches the customer somewhere covered in clothing, like their shoulder?
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Could the main verb in the definition of blarp be 'determine' or 'find out'?

Is there anything special that we might want to determine about the customers in either of his jobs? If so, is either set of customers blind? deaf? especially old? or young? physically disabled? mentally disabled? in pain? sick? accused of committing a crime? part of a specific culture (e.g. they are all X culture with no possibility of a non-X culture person being a customer)?
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How many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forev'r banned?
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Is blarping asking personal questions? Very good thought! But this isn't what I have in mind. So No,No Trying to get certain information from a customer? Yesish, Yope Getting a customer to do something? No,Yesish Helping a customer do something? Yesish, No Does blarping directly involve any product? Depends on your definition of product, but Yesish, No

In job 2, he yopishly touches the customer...is it the case that he might touch the customer, but it isn't necessary? Maybe that he touches the customer somewhere covered in clothing, like their shoulder? HE doesn't touch the customer directly, but...

Could the main verb in the definition of blarp be 'determine' or 'find out'? No,No

Is there anything special that we might want to determine about the customers in either of his jobs? Job 1: Not really, Job 2: The word 'customer' isn't at all the right word for the targets of his blarping. If so, is either set of customers blind? deaf? especially old? or young? physically disabled? mentally disabled? in pain? sick? No,No to all accused of committing a crime? No, Very possibly! GOOD QUESTION part of a specific culture (e.g. they are all X culture with no possibility of a non-X culture person being a customer)? No,No

How many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forev'r banned? 42
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For each job, is he interacting with someone who wishes to purchase something from the company he works for? Or someone who wants to purchase a service? Is he interacting with someone else who works for the same company? With someone who works for a different company? With a random person/people on the street? With potential customers?

Better question, is he interacting with a single other person when he blarps? If so, does this person touch him? Does a third party touch this person?
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Does blarping have anything to do with campus security? Can blarping be only done by someone going to college? Can blarping be part of a full-time job?
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For each job, is he interacting with someone who wishes to purchase something from the company he works for? Yesish,No Or someone who wants to purchase a service? Yesish,No Is he interacting with someone else who works for the same company? Probably, Probably With someone who works for a different company? IRR,IRR With a random person/people on the street? No,No With potential customers? No,No

Better question, is he interacting with a single other person when he blarps? Possibly, YesIf so, does this person touch him? Not necessarily, Noish Does a third party touch this person? No,No
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Does blarping have anything to do with campus security? No,No Can blarping be only done by someone going to college? No,No Can blarping be part of a full-time job? Yes,Yes

Please note, blarping is not a job, it is an action involved in each job.
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Can he be fired for blarping in job 2? Are his employers in both cases aware that he blarps? Do they expect him to blarp? Is blarping part of his job description? If his supervisors were present at job 2, would they approve of his blarping despite the "customer's" disapproval?

How do the "customers" (for lack of a better word) in Job 2 react when Tristan blarps in their presence? Are they:

- Sad?
- Angry?
- Frightened?
- Surprised?
- Confused?
- Disappointed?

Is blarping a violent action? Does it involve touching something? That someone else has touched? For example, handing them something?
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Can he be fired for blarping in job 2? No, as I said, his job requires him to blarp. Are his employers in both cases aware that he blarps? Yes Do they expect him to blarp? Yes Is blarping part of his job description? YesIf his supervisors were present at job 2, would they approve of his blarping despite the "customer's" disapproval? Very much so. Excellent question!

How do the "customers" (for lack of a better word) in Job 2 react when Tristan blarps in their presence? Are they:

- Sad? Perhaps
- Angry? Probably
- Frightened? Not really
- Surprised? This probably as well
- Confused? Possibly this
- Disappointed? Not really

Is blarping a violent action? Job 1: No, Job 2: Noish Does it involve touching something? That someone else has touched? For example, handing them something? Job1: Yes, and also other things. Job2: YES! Exactly this. VERY good leap there :-)

I think you've almost cracked it now :-)
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Would blarping be something like handing someone a ticket? giving someone a citation?

Blarping in job 2 have anything to do with legal documents?
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Would blarping be something like handing someone a ticket? Not this... giving someone a citation? This is very very close

Blarping in job 2 have anything to do with legal documents? YES! Good job!

So who's going to wrap this up? :-D
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Is job two serving subpoenas? Or some other summons that people generally run from?
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Is job two serving subpoenas? Or some other summons that people generally run from? YES! That's about it I suppose, but before I spoil, who's going to lay job 1 out for us as well now that it is pretty obvious what blarping is?
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Would job 1 be serving (as in being a waiter/server)?
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Would job 1 be serving (as in being a waiter/server)? EUREKALIRA :-D

*****SPOILER*****

Tristan works as a waiter for a restaurant and also occasionally serves suits for a lawfirm.

So while serving well as a waiter gets him good tips, successfully serving lawsuit documents doesn't exactly leave the unsuspecting person jumping with joy.

After making the puzzle I also realised it could have been a lot more fun if I had thought about a situation where Tristan served someone papers while serving them food :-)

Hope you enjoyed this puzzle! Thanks for playing along! :-D
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That was a good one, particularly because I assumed that his blarping in the second job was disapproved of by his employer.
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Aah, never intended to add that ambiguity but glad that it made the puzzle a little more cryptic :-)
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I assumed the same thing at first. Great puzzle. By the way, we need a name for the type of puzzle where you try to come up with the definition for a made-up word, like my "flazzing" and "blirring" puzzles and this one.
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Perhaps something along the lines of "neologism" or "coining a word" might work, or some reworking of those concepts. Not sure if this puzzle exactly fits in with that definition though, since "blarp" simply stood in for one word that already existed, "serve." I did think for a while that this puzzle was something like your "one word stands in for a whole phrase" puzzles, though, which explains my guesses in my post 86. Yet another reason I found this puzzle harder. Perhaps not intentional on your part, Noobdogg, but it ended up making it more interesting :-)

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