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"Don't shoot if you don't know what it is!"
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Speaker: H/A?

Shoot with a gun? Bow? Something else?

Are they (addressee(s) and/or speaker(s)) hunting animals? In a war? Doing target practice? Carrying weapons for safety purposes? Assassins?
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Speaker: H/A? If this stands for Human/Adult, then yes/no, respectively.

Shoot with a gun? Bow? Something else? This.

Are they (addressee(s) and/or speaker(s)) hunting animals? In a war? Doing target practice? Carrying weapons for safety purposes? Assassins? None of the above.
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Shoot with a camera?
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Shoot with a camera? No.
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Are they playing a game?

So, speaker is human and a child, correct? Male, female? Irrelevant?
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Are they playing a game? Yes.

So, speaker is human and a child, correct? Correct. Male, female? Irrelevant? Irr, but assume male.
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Is it a video game? An arcade game? Paintball? Is this considered a sport? Is it laser-tag? Are the children (presuming there's more than one involved shooting each other?
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Is it a video game? An arcade game? Paintball? Is this considered a sport? Is it laser-tag? No to all. Are the children (presuming there's more than one involved Correct. shooting each other? Yope.
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Is this a cowboys and indians or cops and robbers type game?
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Is this a cowboys and indians or cops and robbers type game? Neither.
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Sorry Peter, I just realised you were asking about a type of game. The answer is still no, however.
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Is it a video game? In which you get points for shooting the bad guys but lose points for shooting innocent civilians, perhaps?
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Water pistols?
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Is it a video game? No. In which you get points for shooting the bad guys but lose points for shooting innocent civilians, perhaps? No.

Water pistols? No.
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Are they yopishly shooting each other with a childrens toy? pea shooter? spud gun? catapault? Are they playing some sort of target game with bottles or soft drink cans?
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Are they yopishly shooting each other with a childrens toy? pea shooter? spud gun? catapault? None of the above. Are they playing some sort of target game with bottles or soft drink cans? No.
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Hmm this is proving tough....

Are they being naughty at all? I mean would their parents approve of this game? Is what they're doing potentially dangerous? are these very young children i.e. under 5 ?

Are any animals involved? Does the game have the potential to cause damage to an object(s)? Are they playing indoors ? in a garden? in a playground? Are they using props to represent guns or weapons e.g. sticks or something similar?
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Hmm this is proving tough.... Thanks. ;)

Are they being naughty at all? No. I mean would their parents approve of this game? Their parents would be fine with it. Is what they're doing potentially dangerous? No. are these very young children i.e. under 5? No.

Are any animals involved? No live animals involved. Does the game have the potential to cause damage to an object(s)? Could you reword this please? Are they playing indoors ? in a garden? in a playground? Location is irr. Are they using props to represent guns or weapons e.g. sticks or something similar? Irr, but assume yes. Beware minor FA, though.
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Does the game involve dressing up at all? By causing damage i was thinking of breaking windonws or smashing vases and such like .

Any dead animals involved :p

Is the puzzle title relevant in a cryptic way?

Does the game involve some system of scoring points?

Wild guess : Are calvin & hobbes relevant at all? calvinball?
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Does the game involve dressing up at all? No. By causing damage i was thinking of breaking windonws or smashing vases and such like. Ah, no.

Any dead animals involved :p No. :p

Is the puzzle title relevant in a cryptic way? Not to the solution, and it won't help you solve it. It's just a reference to where I got the idea for the puzzle.

Does the game involve some system of scoring points? No.

Wild guess : Are calvin & hobbes relevant at all? calvinball? Good guess! You're right, this is from Calvin and Hobbes. (I'll link the specific strip once the puzzle's been solved.) It's not Calvinball, however, and the identity of the players is irrelevant. But we'll call the speaker Calvin and the shooter Hobbes. ;)
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Note: to avoid confusion, we will consider Hobbes to be a human child for the purposes of this puzzle.
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Cool a Calvin & Hobbes inspired puzzle...

I imagine there's some sort of make believe going on, yes? I'll throw in a few themes.. Dinosaurs? Time Travel? Fighter Planes? Super Heroes? Explorers? Any transmogrification going on? Space Exploration?
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I imagine there's some sort of make believe going on, yes? Correct. I'll throw in a few themes.. Dinosaurs? Time Travel? Fighter Planes? Super Heroes? Explorers? Any transmogrification going on? This. Space Exploration?
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LOL this just gets better & better

Ok so am i right in saying the kids are playing with a cardboard box and pretending to transmogrify into other creatures (the grosser the better)?

Does Calvin go into the box leaving Hobbes with a standing order to shoot anything dangerous that he might turn into but not to shoot if he doesn't know what the creature is?
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Ok so am i right in saying the kids are playing with a cardboard box and pretending to transmogrify into other creatures (the grosser the better)? No. Ha!

Does Calvin go into the box leaving Hobbes with a standing order to shoot anything dangerous that he might turn into but not to shoot if he doesn't know what the creature is? No.
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Television relevant? remote controls? Does Calvin have to dress up?

Hearing a burglar in the chimney/outside the window on christmmas/Easter? And he's worried that Hobbe's will accidently shoot Santa or the Easter bunny?
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Television relevant? remote controls? Does Calvin have to dress up? None of these.

Hearing a burglar in the chimney/outside the window on christmmas/Easter? And he's worried that Hobbe's will accidently shoot Santa or the Easter bunny? None of these, either.
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dinner relevant?
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dinner relevant? No.

I'd like to make a clarification to an earlier question:
Ok so am i right in saying the kids are playing with a cardboard box and pretending to transmogrify into other creatures (the grosser the better)? Yope.
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Calvin clones?
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Calvin clones? No.
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Oh, i think i know what it is, if it deals with clavin and hobbes.

Does it deal with the new smaller transmorgifier Calvin makes, or however you spell it, and when he shows it to Hobbes (The Tiger) Hobbes randomly points it around almost depressing the trigger, which then Calvin shouts "Don't shoot if you don't know what it is!".

The the reference armed tiger deals with the fact that Hobbes (The Tiger) is holding a gun-like weapon?
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Does it deal with the new smaller transmorgifier Calvin makes, Yes. or however you spell it, and when he shows it to Hobbes (The Tiger) Hobbes randomly points it around almost depressing the trigger, which then Calvin shouts "Don't shoot if you don't know what it is!". Yope.

The the reference armed tiger deals with the fact that Hobbes (The Tiger) is holding a gun-like weapon? Haha, yes, but it wasn't meant to be a clue. XD
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Is "it" Calvin's mother? other family member?
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Is "it" Calvin's mother? other family member? No.
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well it been a while since i read the comic, but doesn't Hobbes point it at Calvin, wondering what it does, while at the same time mentioning
he is hungry or something?

btw it1 = it2 = transmorgifier ?
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well it been a while since i read the comic, but doesn't Hobbes point it at Calvin, wondering what it does, while at the same time mentioning he is hungry or something? No. (Don't try to remember the strip -- I want you to figure it out. :p)

btw it1 = it2 = transmorgifier ? Good question! No. Also note there's only one "it" in the puzzle statement.
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Is the gun designed to hurt something?
Is the gun designed to do something else?
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Is the gun designed to hurt something? No.
Is the gun designed to do something else? Yes.
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I remember this one now, so I won't give it away. Good luck to the rest of you.
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something beside transfigure things?
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Is "it" what Hobbes is thinking when he shoots?
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something beside transfigure things? Could you clarify what you mean by "something"?

Is "it" what Hobbes is thinking when he shoots? Yes.
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Is Hobbe's shooting at Calvin? Trying to change Calvin back to Calvin? To something Calvin wants to be?
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Hobbes was thinking about a slab of tuna?
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Is Calvin telling Hobbes not to change him into something unless he is sure he knows what the something is?
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Is Hobbe's shooting at Calvin? Trying to change Calvin back to Calvin? To something Calvin wants to be? This.

Hobbes was thinking about a slab of tuna? No, but you're on the right kind of concept.

Is Calvin telling Hobbes not to change him into something unless he is sure he knows what the something is? Yes!


*****************SPOILER******************
Calvin has invented a transmogrifier gun which will turn a person into whatever the shooter is thinking of, and wants Hobbes to turn him into a pterodactyl (so he can terrorise the neighbourhood). Hobbes, holding the gun roughly in Calvin's direction, says, "What's a pterodactyl? Some kind of bug?" To which Calvin responds, "No no! It's a big flying dinosaur! Don't shoot if you don't know what it is!!"

Here's the actual strip: http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2009/03/25/

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