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*Hi, there!
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Oh hai!
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Lynne:
Oh hai! Hi! No, this is not a rulebreaker... ;-)
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I never do rulebreakers actually, that was just a lolperson greeting.

Looks more like a dingbat - 'a little greeting at the sign of the big blue star'.

Is that the puzzle statement then?
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Lynne:
I never do rulebreakers actually, that was just a lolperson greeting. My smiley was there to indicate I didn't think you believed it was a rulebreaker...

Looks more like a dingbat - 'a little greeting at the sign of the big blue star'. Looks more like that than a rulebreaker, for sure

Is that the puzzle statement then? Yes, indeed
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Chicken crossing the road relevant? Law enforcement? Emergency services? Traffic accident? Someone's life in danger? Crime relevant? Does someone say "hi there!" ? People involved? 1, 2+, 5+, 10+, 20+, 50+, 100+, 1000+?
Someone being or feeling small relevant?
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Galfisk:
Chicken crossing the road relevant? Law enforcement? Emergency services? Traffic accident? Someone's life in danger? Crime relevant? Does someone say "hi there!" ? No for all these
People involved? 1, This 2+, 5+, 10+, 20+, 50+, 100+, 1000+?
Someone being or feeling small relevant? No
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Is the title relevant at all?

Is the * an asterisk? If so, does it signify that more is written elsewhere? That there is some exception involved?
...is it a snowflake?
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Gourami:
Is the title relevant at all? It's a hint to what the puzzle is about, but the contents of it is of no relevance...

Is the * an asterisk? There is an asterisk there, but it's representing something else If so, does it signify that more is written elsewhere? So no That there is some exception involved? No
...is it a snowflake? No
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Does it represent something with similar shape? Something tangible? If so, bigger than: Photon? Atom? Virus? Bacteria? Asterisk? Mouse ball? Tennis ball? Bowling ball? Medicine ball? Car? House? Mall? Airport? City? Country? Planet? Star? Galaxy? Galaxy cluster? Universe?
does it represent a star? Person involved HAM? Animal(s) involved? Computers? Era/location relevant? Profession of person? Death relevant?
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Galfisk:
Does it represent something with similar shape? Yes, *roughly*
Something tangible? Yes If so, bigger than: Photon? Atom? Virus? Bacteria? Asterisk? Mouse ball? Tennis ball? Bowling ball? Medicine ball? Car? House? Mall? Airport? City? Country? (Much) bigger than this Planet? Not bigger than this Star? Galaxy? Galaxy cluster? Universe?
does it represent a star? No, but I agree that likeness is better Person involved HAM? Yes Animal(s) involved? Yes Computers? Era/location relevant? Yes, mostly for location Profession of person? No Death relevant? No, this puzzle isn't even PG-13 rated
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Size of: Moon? Asteroid? Is it a celestial body? Is it earth (since it's blue)? Aliens relevant? Location: on earth? If so: LTPF list of continents, please.
Is the person famous?
Space relevant? Earthrise on the moon?
Animals: wild? Domesticated? More than one? Vertebrate?
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Galfisk:
Size of: Moon? Asteroid? Is it a celestial body? Is it earth (since it's blue)? YES Aliens relevant? No Location: on earth? If so: LTPF list of continents, please. Do you want the whole list? No? Ok, Australia.
Is the person famous? Not at all
Space relevant? Earthrise on the moon? No to both
Animals: wild? This Domesticated? More than one? Yes Vertebrate? No
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"Hi there" in Australia = g'day or g'day mate. Relevant?

Is it one species of animal? One type/group of similar species of animals? All members of a certain major invertebrate group? All invertebrates?

Habitat of the animals: on land? in water? parasitic existance?
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Noel:
"Hi there" in Australia = g'day or g'day mate. Relevant? No

Is it one species of animal? Yes/Yesish One type/group of similar species of animals? Yes, one species or maybe a couple of similar species All members of a certain major invertebrate group? All invertebrates? Yes to both

Habitat of the animals: on land? This in water? parasitic existance? No/Noish
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Size of animal: bacteria? Insect? Mouse? Cat? Dog? Cow? Rhino? elephant? Whale?
Sea animal? Land? Lake? Flying? Insect? Squid/octopus?
Is it: Extinct? Threatened? Good for humans? Bad? Annoying? Newly discovered? Invasive?
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Galfisk:
Size of animal: bacteria? Insect? This Mouse? Cat? Dog? Cow? Rhino? elephant? Whale?
Sea animal? Land? Lake? Flying? This Insect? This Squid/octopus?
Is it: Extinct? Threatened? Good for humans? Bad? Annoying? Mostly this Newly discovered? Invasive?
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Flies? Mosquitos? Worms?

Is it a type of insect? Or a non-insect invertebrate?
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Noel:
Flies? THIS Mosquitos? Maybe on or two of these as well Worms?

Is it a type of insect? Or a non-insect invertebrate?
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Do the flies annoy the man? Does the man kill the flies? If not, does he want to? fly eggs/larvae/pupae relevant?
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Galfisk:
Do the flies annoy the man? Yes Does the man kill the flies? No If not, does he want to? No fly eggs/larvae/pupae relevant? No

Without you really knowing it, we are closing in on the solution to this little puzzle. The problem may be to know the characteristics of the solution, to which the title is a hint. And where Galfisk should have an advantage finding that out, I believe.
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Me? I'm flattered(:

Do the flies die any relevant deaths? Does the man do anything to keep them from annoying him? If so: does he chase them off? Lure them to somewhere else? Stop them from getting to him? Get away from them?
Skydiving relevant? ;-)
Does the blue star, and the word "hi there" below and to the right, simply represent Australia? Or is there more to it?
Is the headline a direct translation from swedish? Smoething like
"Det gäller att klara sej ur vägen med livet i behåll"? (It's important/the point is to get out of the way alive)
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Galfisk:
Me? I'm flattered(:

Do the flies die any relevant deaths? No, they don't even die any irrelevant deaths until they die of normal causes Does the man do anything to keep them from annoying him? Yes If so: does he chase them off? Yesish Lure them to somewhere else? Stop them from getting to him? Get away from them? No to rest
Skydiving relevant? ;-) Nope
Does the blue star, and the word "hi there" below and to the right, simply represent Australia? Or is there more to it? There is more to it

Is the headline a direct translation from swedish? Smoething like
"Det gäller att klara sej ur vägen med livet i behåll"? (It's important/the point is to get out of the way alive) Yes, it's a very direct machine translation, word for word from Swedish to English. I thought you might find that out. It's a saying that got obfuscated by the machine translation, but Googlable. The actual meaning of that proverb is of minor significance here, but...
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Is "Hi There" a translation of the fly's "buzz"?

Chase them off = shoo them away? use a fan to blow them away? Use insect repellent?
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Noel:
Is "Hi There" a translation of the fly's "buzz"? No, but "Hi There" is a relevant hint

Chase them off = shoo them away? use a fan to blow them away? Use insect repellent? No, nothing so "drastic"... ;-)
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"Hi, There" is an introduction. Is it an introduced species of fly? As in, one that isn't there in Australia naturally?

Also, does the red color of the text have any relevance? Is it a blood-drinking fly?
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Noel:
"Hi, There" is an introduction. Is it an introduced species of fly? As in, one that isn't there in Australia naturally? No. There's nothing relevant about the flies more than that there's a swarm of them buzzing around

Also, does the red color of the text have any relevance? Very minor Is it a blood-drinking fly? No, the red colour has nothing to do with the flies
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Is it the noise of the swarm of flies that's relevant?

Is someone being introduced to someone? Meeting someone? Is a person actually saying "Hi, There"?

Does the red color have to do with blood? Paint? A dead animal? The Australian flag? A person? A sports team?
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Noel:
Is it the noise of the swarm of flies that's relevant? No

Is someone being introduced to someone? Meeting someone? Is a person actually saying "Hi, There"? No, no-one is actually saying anything. It's just one person and a swarm of flies. Remember what we have found out about the title - it (helpfully) hints to a characteristic of the solution.)

Does the red color have to do with blood? Paint? A dead animal? The Australian flag? A person? The red colour and the placement of the text "down under" the blue Earth vaguely hinted at an Australian person. No Aborigine, but a descendant from British heritage and their characeristic skin colour when out in the sun... ;-) A sports team?
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Ok, I'll have to ask about the title because it is complete nonsense to me...

We've established that it's a Swedish saying, right? But one that has been badly translated into English? Does it matter what the saying actually means? Or just that its translation has been mangled? That it has been translated from one language to another? That it has been brought from one place to another? Is it relevant that it is Swedish? Or would a mangled French saying have worked as well?
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Noel:
Ok, I'll have to ask about the title because it is complete nonsense to me... It is complete nonsense, not only to you...

We've established that it's a Swedish saying, right? Yes But one that has been badly translated into English? Badly is a mild word, it's (probably) intentionally translated word-for-word using the wrong meaning when the same spelling can mean several different things. This particular saying was probably done to be funny for Swedes who do know English, but I have seen examples unintentionally becoming just as bad. Like our Korean Steam Bath at home, manual is machine-assisted translated from Korean to English by someone neither knowing English nor anything about steam baths, then again translated from English to Swedish by someone knowing just as little about anything...

Does it matter what the saying actually means? Or just that its translation has been mangled? That it has been translated from one language to another? That it has been brought from one place to another? Is it relevant that it is Swedish? Or would a mangled French saying have worked as well? The actual meaning, which Galfisk gave us, can has a minuscule relevance but might also mislead so you can skip the meaning of it if you want. What language it is in or has been in, or that it is translated is of no relevance at all. So what do we have left from the title...? ;-)
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Is there a saying involved? Killing two birds with one stone? (Which in swedish is more like "killing two flies in one swat" - we're nice to birds ;-)
Something repulsive to flies relevant? Something scary to flies? Or are the flies moved away against their will (as fas ar they have will)?
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Galfisk:
Is there a saying involved? YES, the title - being an idiom/saying, indicates that the solution also should be that. Killing two birds with one stone? (Which in swedish is more like "killing two flies in one swat" - we're nice to birds ;-) No, as already stated, children are allowed to read this puzzle and no killing is taking place. And it's no idiom with a complicated moral or anything like that.

Something repulsive to flies relevant? For svv of repulsive Something scary to flies? Probably more this Or are the flies moved away against their will (as fas ar they have will)? Could be a little bit of this
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Were they scared away by something that eats flies? Like spiders? Or birds? Or a cat?
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Galfisk:
Were they scared away by something that eats flies? Like spiders? Or birds? Or a cat? No, and I don't think the were that scared...
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Were they scared by: light? Noise? Smell? Movement? Other?
Wind relevant? Other animals? were they scared bya device? If so, did the man operate the device? Was it electrical?
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Galfisk:
Were they scared by: light? Noise? Smell? Movement? This Other?
Wind relevant? Other animals? were they scared bya device? If so, did the man operate the device? Was it electrical? No to all these
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Does the man produce the movement? The flies themselves? Something else? Something alive? Is the moving thing: (part of)the man? An object? A shadow?
Is the man wearing a cork hat, which is what keeps the flies away?
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Galfisk:
Does the man produce the movement? YES The flies themselves? Something else? Something alive? Is the moving thing: (part of)the man? YES An object? A shadow?
Is the man wearing a cork hat, which is what keeps the flies away? No
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Is he waving his hand?
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Noel:
Is he waving his hand? YES
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Ok, we have a non-native Australian person (sunburned) on Earth. There are flies. He waves his hand. The flies fly away.
Summary ok?

Does he wave the hand to get rid of the flies? Or does he wave hello (or goodbye) to someone and scare the flies incidentally?
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Noel:
Ok, we have a non-native Australian person (sunburned) on Earth. There are flies. He waves his hand. The flies fly away.
Summary ok? Perfect

Does he wave the hand to get rid of the flies? Yes. You have all data necessary now about the situation. Now it's just to specify the solution, using your summary, the title and the puzzle statement. Or does he wave hello (or goodbye) to someone and scare the flies incidentally? No
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It may or may not help to know that the title is a possible (but nonsensical) literal translation of a Swedish phrase meaning roughly "the important thing is to escape alive". I mention this only as part of the service customarily provided by woubits inc, pedants to the gentry since 1903 and possibly earlier still.
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Yes, that's correct. The meaning/non-meaning of the title is irrelevant, relevant is that it is a phrase
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RECAP/HINT: Everything, but the solution, is now found out in this puzzle.

The puzzle "statement": The * symbolizes the blue Earth, Hi there! hints to "down under" and the red colour gives an (unimportant) hint that the relevant person is of British heritage rather than Aboriginal.

During the puzzling we have learned that the man is (pretty calmly) scaring off a swarm of irritating flies by winking/brushing them aside with his hand. The man doesn't say anything, there's no-one more around.

The silly title is a Swedish idiom/saying/phrase translated word-for-word to English, by which it's loosing it's meaning. The meaning of the phrase or that it's translated is irrelevant, the hint it gives is the fact that it is an idiom/saying/phrase.

Now there's just one step left, the solution! All facts are uncovered, but what "character" should the solution have? And what contents?
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Does the solution's idiom mention flies? Does it mention living another day? Does it have anything to do with letting things live rather than killing them? Is it an Australian saying? Is it used in other parts of the world, too? Is the saying from the point of view of the flies? or of the person?
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 12:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Noel:
Does the solution's idiom mention flies? Does it mention living another day? Does it have anything to do with letting things live rather than killing them? No, it's a very simple-minded phrase
Is it an Australian saying? Yes Is it used in other parts of the world, too? Perhaps New Zealand, I'm not really sure. If I were a New Zealander I believe I'd use it... Is the saying from the point of view of the flies? or of the person? This
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Hi there = G'day mate? Relevant?
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Galfisk:
Hi there = G'day mate? Relevant? No, no-one says anything...
Noel (Noel)
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Is the saying about not letting things bother you? About moving on? about dealing with things in the simplest way?
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Noel:
Is the saying about not letting things bother you? About moving on? about dealing with things in the simplest way? None of the above, it's a very short phrase with no moral or lessons to learn - it's just describing facts you have already discovered. You may also have noticed that I, as a hint, have "represented" the puzzle with a smiley...?
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 3:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is waving relevant to the phrase?
Tommyp (Tommyp)
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Noel:
Is waving relevant to the phrase? Yes, the waving to scare away the flies/brushing away of the flies with the hand is relevant
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 6:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was able to google the answer. I was looking for hints and unexpectedly stumbled upon an expression that was translated directly as "swatting flies away from the face." Do you want me to go ahead and $poil, or give it a few more days to see if anyone else can decipher it without googling?
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Noel:
I was able to google the answer. I was looking for hints and unexpectedly stumbled upon an expression that was translated directly as "swatting flies away from the face." Do you want me to go ahead and $poil, or give it a few more days to see if anyone else can decipher it without googling? Since Galfisk has been in recently we better give him one more day before $poilage...
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 6:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm okay with spoiling it, can't think of anything and I'm not that familiar with Australian slang.
I still think the guy ought to get a cork hat (;
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 6:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Galfisk:
I'm okay with spoiling it, can't think of anything and I'm not that familiar with Australian slang.
I still think the guy ought to get a cork hat (;

OK, then I put up a sign saying...

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

As we have found out earlier, what is needed is a phrase that describes when an Australian person brushes away flies from his face.
That phrase is...


Aussie Salute

Well played, everyone - especially Noel and Galfisk!
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 6:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Haha! thanks for a fun puzzle (:
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 7:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh! The one I found online was
"Great Australian Wave"

Tells you something about Australia that they have two slang expressions for brushing flies away from the face!

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