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Vadron (Vadron)
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 8:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man was reading. Shortly afterwards, he died.

Explain.
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 9:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm afraid this is a classic, so I'll sit out for now, but welcome to the forum!
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 9:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Taken from a famous historical novel?
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 9:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Taken from a famous historical novel? No

Also, I just made this up, so it probably isn't a classic, unless I replicated one accidentally.

Also, how do you make your text bold?
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 10:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he reading a book? a sign? an advertisement? A magazine? A poem? News? Instructions?
Does the "he" refer to the reading man, or another male?
Was he a fictional character you made up? a "real-life" character you made up? An existing fictional character? An existing real life character?
Did he die by accidental causes? Murder? Natural causes? Suicide?
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Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 10:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, good. I'm in then. =)

You can bold text by putting markers around it \b(like this), but with {s instead of (s. Read the documents at the top of the main page and on the side bar for more useful hints!
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Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 6:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he die as a result of reading?
Was he a real person? A famous one?
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Was he reading a book? a sign? an advertisement? A magazine? A poem? News? Instructions? None of these
Does the "he" refer to the reading man, or another male? The former
Was he a fictional character you made up? This a "real-life" character you made up? Huh? An existing fictional character? An existing real life character?
Did he die by accidental causes? This Murder? Natural causes? Suicide?

Did he die as a result of reading? Yes
Was he a real person? No A famous one?
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Did he die as a result of reading? The answer to this should probably be yesish, actually.
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Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 10:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he do something as a result of reading?
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Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 4:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What I mean is, if the puzzle were to actually play out in our universe, would the man be an actual human being, or a character in a story? I was thinking maybe he died because the thing being read was written to have him die.
Did he die from poisoned or infected papercuts lol? Was he "reading" someone`s facial expression or body language? Was he reading a website? A transcript of some sort? a schedule? Relevant what language he was reading in?
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Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 8:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he do something as a result of reading? Yes

What I mean is, if the puzzle were to actually play out in our universe, would the man be an actual human being, or a character in a story? I was thinking maybe he died because the thing being read was written to have him die. In that case, he's real-life.

Did he die from poisoned or infected papercuts lol? Funny, but no Was he "reading" someone`s facial expression or body language? No Was he reading a website? No A transcript of some sort? No a schedule? No Relevant what language he was reading in? No, assume English.

Just so you don't get the wrong idea, he was reading something on paper.
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Did he read fiction? Some top-secret information?
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Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 9:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he murdered? Did he commit suicide? Did he die of a disease? Was he killed in an accident? (Car accident, etc.)

Are other people relevant?

Was he a criminal? Was he acting illegally? Was he reading a book that was banned in his location? Was he reading a book? Newspaper? Magazine? A piece of paper? Is he HAM (human, adult, male)? If someone else read this book, would they have died?

Was he reading it for fun? For necessity? Had he written the thing that he was reading? Was he reading lateral thinking puzzles? Did he understand what he was reading? Was he afraid that he would die?

This is just one of the puzzles that for me generates a lot of questions, for some reason. =)
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Did he read fiction? No Some top-secret information? Yes

Was he murdered? Did he commit suicide? Did he die of a disease? Was he killed in an accident? This (Car accident, etc.)

Are other people relevant? No

Was he a criminal? No Was he acting illegally? No Was he reading a book that was banned in his location? No Was he reading a book? Newspaper? Magazine? A piece of paper? This is closest Is he HAM (human, adult, male)? Yes If someone else read this book, would they have died? Probably not

Was he reading it for fun? For necessity? This Had he written the thing that he was reading? No Was he reading lateral thinking puzzles? No Did he understand what he was reading? Yes Was he afraid that he would die? No
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Was the top-secret info related to politics? Technology? Medicine? Military?

So nobody killed him, right?
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Was the top-secret info related to politics? Technology? Medicine? Military? Irrelevant

So nobody killed him, right? Right
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Was he reading a letter? A memo?

Was he reading while driving? The sales manual for the car, maybe? Or something else similar?
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Was he reading a letter? Quite likely A memo?

Was he reading while driving? No The sales manual for the car, maybe? It's top-secret information, remember? Or something else similar?
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Was the accident: car-related? something falling on him? drowning?
Did anyone want him dead? Did the writer of the letter want him dead?
Did he die withing 5 minutes after reading? While he was reading?
Was he working for the government? Could we assume this is in the US? Did he already know the info on the letter? Did anyone know he was reading it? Was he a spy? Was he trying to do something for his own purposes using the letter? Did he steal the letter? Did he find it? Did he know it was top-secret? Is his gender relevant? Is he old? Are other people relevant?
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Was the accident: car-related? something falling on him? drowning? None of these
Did anyone want him dead? No Did the writer of the letter want him dead?
Did he die withing 5 minutes after reading? Yes While he was reading? No
Was he working for the government? Irrel. Could we assume this is in the US? Yes Did he already know the info on the letter? No Did anyone know he was reading it? Irr. Was he a spy? Irr. Was he trying to do something for his own purposes using the letter? No Did he steal the letter? No Did he find it? No Did he know it was top-secret? Yes Is his gender relevant? No Is he old? Irr. Are other people relevant? No

HINT: What the info actually was is irrelevant.
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Was he trying to destroy the message? Did the mode of destruction cause his death?

On a related note, was it a self-destructing message?
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Was it written on ordinary paper? On a computer screen? Was it sort of a countdown message?
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Was he trying to destroy the message? Yes Did the mode of destruction cause his death? Yesish

On a related note, was it a self-destructing message? No

Was it written on ordinary paper? This On a computer screen? Was it sort of a countdown message? No
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Was the paper poisoned in some way?
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Was the ink poisoned?
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Was the paper poisoned in some way? No

Was the ink poisoned? No
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Is it relevant how he tried to destroy the message?

Did he try to burn it?
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Is it relevant how he tried to destroy the message? Yes

Did he try to burn it? No
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Did he try to: tear it up? Throw it away? Run it through a shredder? Soak it? Bury it? Eat it? Did he choke to death on it?
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Did he try to: tear it up? Throw it away? Run it through a shredder? This Soak it? Bury it? Eat it? Did he choke to death on it?
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Did he catch his tie in the shredder? And suffocate?
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Did he catch his tie in the shredder? And suffocate? Yes!

Okay, it looks like it's time for a

*****SPOILER*****
The man was reading important information which he needed to dispose of. He took it to the shredder, however, while feeding the document in, his tie got caught, and he was strangled.

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