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Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Two men carry a heavy sack between them. It contains something very precious to both of them, and though they barely have the strength to lift it, the question of abandoning the sack does not even occour to them. Soon the men see a third man in the distance. The immediately bury the sack and join the new man, never to return to it.

What was in the sack?
D_gordon (D_gordon)
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ooh, classic style and I don't know it!

Men = human? adult? males? All three of them?

Heavy -- of great mass?

Could this occur on Earth? Could it occur anywhere on Earth?

Is the third man's occupation relevant?

Did they bury the sack because they no longer needed it? Or, perhaps, because it contained evidence for a heinous crime? That, in the absence of other men, they might also need to stay alive?

Were they in a desert? And they killed a man and took his water, etc. and were drinking that and eating him? (Or, perhaps, they were in a cold desert and could eat snow and the man?) And they saw a rescuer? So they quickly buried the evidence and rushed to the rescuer?
Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Damn. You're too good.

**************SPOILER**************
This puzzle is based on the story of the football team whose plane crashed in the Andes. Without food, the survivors had to resort to eating those who died in the crash. When it became obvious that they weren't going to be rescued, the two fittest men took a supply of meat and trekked over the mountains in search of civilisation, but buried the food in shame when they found rescue.
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 3:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome to the forum, Absinthe! Do enjoy your time with us!
Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 4:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(Er, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to reply to threads moved to this section, but...) Thank you! This place looks fun.
Noobdogg (Noobdogg)
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can post anywhere you like :-)
D_gordon (D_gordon)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguayan_Air_Force_Flight_571 -- here's the Wikipedia article about the basis of this puzzle.
Gourami (Gourami)
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 6:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is a wonderful puzzle for people less familiar with the concept of lateral puzzles. Takes 'em hours.
Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 7:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Haha, yeah. The first time I came across it I had to cheat and check the answers at the back of the book. ^^
D_gordon (D_gordon)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Book, you say? Was the book by any chance written by Paul Sloane? :-P
Absinthe (Absinthe)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't remember! It may have been, but I read it (and subsequently lost the book) a very long time ago.

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