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Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010 - 8:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Because Alan was extra careful, he caused the very thing he feared.

Alan=he1=he2=HAM.

And yes, I stole the puzzle statement from Ohlala's "Good idea at the time..." in last month's archives. The answer is completely different, however.
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He caused: misunderstanding? Loss of money? Loss of smth else? embarassement? injure? death?

Other persons involved? 1, 2, 3, more? Age, sex relevant?
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He caused: misunderstanding? Loss of money? Loss of smth else? embarassement? injure? death? None of these, with an "ish" to "death".

Other persons involved? Yes 1, 2, 3, more? One Age, sex relevant? HAF
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So as a tribute to Ohlala's puzzle, let's call her Betty :-)

Did Alan caused something bad to Betty? Is Betty frightened, or sick, or injured, or dead as a consequence of Alan's "extra care"?

Are Alan and Betty related in anyway? Married? Relatives? Friends? Colleagues?
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So as a tribute to Ohlala's puzzle, let's call her Betty :-) Sounds good to me!

Did Alan caused something bad to Betty? Yope...explore. Is Betty frightened, Definitely or sick, No or injured, No, but... or dead No, but... as a consequence of Alan's "extra care"?

Are Alan and Betty related in anyway? No Married? Relatives? Friends? Colleagues? Hence no to all
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Did Alan cause Betty to think someone very close to her had been injured, or was dead?

What Alan did with extra care, was it involving an action? Spoken words? Written words?
Was it related to his job? To one of his hobbies? To his private life? To his car? His clothes?
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Did Alan cause Betty to think someone very close to her had been injured, or was dead? Neither

What Alan did with extra care, was it involving an action? This Spoken words? Written words?
Was it related to his job? Yes, DOYD of "job" To one of his hobbies? To his private life? To his car? His clothes?
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Did Alan perform this action while he was at work? On the road to work? Relevant his exact profession?

Is Betty frightened for something related to herself? Or to someone else?
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Did Alan perform this action while he was at work? Yes, with svv of "work" On the road to work? No Relevant his exact profession? Yes, with svv of "profession"

Is Betty frightened for something related to herself? Yes (tiny ish) Or to someone else? Noish to Yope
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Does Alan actually have a job? Or is he a student? Is he retired? Is he uncapable of working? Doing his military service?

If he has a job, is it a manual or an office job? Does he work outdoor or indoor? Does he have fixed or flexible working hours? Does he work on daytime or nighttime? Week days or weekends?
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Does Alan actually have a job? Technically no...explore. Or is he a student? Is he retired? Is he uncapable of working? Doing his military service? No to all

If he has a job, I will answer these related to what he does, although it is technically not a job is it a manual This or an office job? Does he work outdoor or indoor This ? Does he have fixed or flexible working hours This ? Does he work on daytime Typically this, but could be either or nighttime? Week days or weekends? Can be either
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Is he some sort of "healer"?
Does he practice his activity on request? Like people calling him and him going at their places?
Does he have some uncommon characteristics/ability/power?
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Is he some sort of "healer"?
Does he practice his activity on request? Like people calling him and him going at their places?
Does he have some uncommon characteristics/ability/power? No to all
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So, does he practice his activity home? Or in some dedicated place? If so, always the same place?
Is he alone when he practices it? Or there are other persons involved? Colleagues? Workers over/under him? Customers?
It is technically not a job because: he has no contract? He does not get paid for that?
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So, does he practice his activity home? No Or in some dedicated place? I don't understand what you mean by "dedicated"...please clarify If so, always the same place? No
Is he alone when he practices it? Yes Or there are other persons involved? Yope Colleagues? Workers over/under him? Customers? No to all these
It is technically not a job because: he has no contract? He does not get paid for that? Both are correct, with an "ish" to "paid"
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Sorry, my english may be good enough to write scientific papers, but not enough to write clear statements on the LTPF! :-)

By dedicated place I mean some specific place, where he goes on purpose to practice his activity. Like a gym hall for a trainer, a school for a teacher, etc.

He is not paid but: does he receive something in change? Food? Housing? Favours?

Is Betty related to any extent to Alan's activity?
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Sorry, my english may be good enough to write scientific papers, but not enough to write clear statements on the LTPF! :-)

By dedicated place I mean some specific place, where he goes on purpose to practice his activity. Like a gym hall for a trainer, a school for a teacher, etc. Ah, that makes sense. Yes to Yope

He is not paid but: does he receive something in change? Yes, DOYD of "receive" Food? Housing? Favours? But none of these

Is Betty related to any extent to Alan's activity? Yesish, but beware potential FA
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Does he always "receive" the same thing in change? Or it depends on his "customers"? Does he actually receive money, but not a fixed amount?

The place where he practices, is it: a public office? A private office? A factory? A workshop? An hospital? A school? A religious building? A shop/mall? A restaurant? A bar? A library? A museum?

Is his activity related to one of the following fields: music? sports? multimedia? movies? theater? religion? education? health? security? public services? culture? art? internet?
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Does he always "receive" the same thing in change? Or it depends on his "customers"? This, FA Does he actually receive money, but not a fixed amount? Yes, but he receives other things too. And FA.

The place where he practices, is it: a public office? A private office? A factory? A workshop? An hospital? A school? A religious building? A shop/mall? A restaurant? A bar? A library? A museum? None of these

Is his activity related to one of the following fields: music? sports? multimedia? movies? theater? religion? education? health? security? Pretty much the opposite of this... public services? culture? art? internet? None of these
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Is he a thief? A criminal? A killer? A terrorist? Is his activity illegal?
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Is he a thief? Yes A criminal? Yes A killer? Yes A terrorist? No Is his activity illegal? Very
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"the very thing he feared" = being caught? By the police? By Betty? Triggering an alarm? Did he cause "it" (the thing he feared) while doing the illegal activity? Was he breaking in Betty's house? Car?
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Now there... being a thief, or being a killer, I can easily imagine... but being both a thief AND a killer...

Is he part of some criminal organization (mafia or similar)?

Is he stealing something from Betty? Is he planning to kill Betty?

Relevant Betty's profession? Social status?
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"the very thing he feared" = being caught? This By the police? This By Betty? No (slight ish) Triggering an alarm? No Did he cause "it" (the thing he feared) while doing the illegal activity? Yes Was he breaking in Betty's house? This Car?

Now there... being a thief, or being a killer, I can easily imagine... but being both a thief AND a killer...

Is he part of some criminal organization (mafia or similar)? No

Is he stealing something from Betty? Yes Is he planning to kill Betty? Yes

Relevant Betty's profession? No - assume a typical 9-to-5 office job. Social status? Yes, in that she lives alone.
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So, to recap: Alan was breaking into Bety's house trying to steal something and to kill her. Correct? Was the murder premeditated? (i.e., would he kill her anyway, even though he found the item to be stolen and could get away without involving murder?) Did he want to steal a specific item? Or was it just plain robbery? (Break in, see later what's of worth there?) Did he eventually killed Betty? Because she happened to be there?

The "being too careful part" -- was he planning the act with care to the details but overlooked something of importance? The thing that she might be home at that period of time?
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So, to recap: Alan was breaking into Bety's house trying to steal something and to kill her. Correct? Yes Was the murder premeditated? (i.e., would he kill her anyway, even though he found the item to be stolen and could get away without involving murder?) Yes Did he want to steal a specific item? No Or was it just plain robbery? (Break in, see later what's of worth there?) Yes Did he eventually killed Betty? No, but he would have... Because she happened to be there? See previous answer

The "being too careful part" -- was he planning the act with care to the details but overlooked something of importance? Yes The thing that she might be home at that period of time? Not this though
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Was the thing he overlooked to take into consideration about to happen: before he entered the premises (police car outdoors? neighbour's dog barking?); while in the house? (Betty's friend, who once beated Bruce Lee, in for a coffee? Something related to Betty herself? Something related to the house? Alarms involved?) ; after he left the house? Did he leave the house? Did he die in the attempt?
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Was the thing he overlooked to take into consideration about to happen: before he entered the premises This is the "overlooked" thing... (police car outdoors? neighbour's dog barking?) ...but neither of these. ; while in the house? The mistake was made here... (Betty's friend, who once beated Bruce Lee, in for a coffee? ...but neither of these. Something related to Betty herself? Yes Something related to the house? Yes Alarms involved? No ) ; after he left the house? See next answer Did he leave the house? No: he was arrested while still inside the house. Did he die in the attempt? No
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Did he follow his plans? And found afterwards they were faulty? Did he go to Betty's place by mistake?
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Did he follow his plans? Yes And found afterwards they were faulty? No (tiny ish) Did he go to Betty's place by mistake? No
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Were the murder and the theft both equally important to him? Or his primary objective was to kill Betty, and then, since he could have access to Betty's wealth, he would decide to steal something?

Relevant why he wants to kill Betty?

I suppose his plans are not to make Betty aware of his presence in her house. Did he do something wrong which caused Betty to notice him? Was she in a certain room while he thought she would be in another? Did he make any noise that could warn Betty? Did he conceal in a certain room and then remain locked in it? Was anyone else present in the house in that moment?
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Were the murder and the theft both equally important to him? Yes Or his primary objective was to kill Betty, and then, since he could have access to Betty's wealth, he would decide to steal something? No

Relevant why he wants to kill Betty? No

I suppose his plans are not to make Betty aware of his presence in her house. Yes Did he do something wrong which caused Betty to notice him? She didn't notice him, per se, but she realized someone was in the house. Was she in a certain room while he thought she would be in another? Did he make any noise that could warn Betty? Did he conceal in a certain room and then remain locked in it? VERY close, but not quite. Was anyone else present in the house in that moment? No to rest
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Is the "overlooked" thing related to the geometry of the house? Relevant how he planned to enter the house? If so, through a window? A balcony? Air vent? From the roof? Main door?
Is Alan's "mistake" related to: an internal door? the floor? a cabinet? Some other piece of furniture?

It seems to me you didn't answer to this question in the previous post :-)
Did he make any noise that could warn Betty?
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Is the "overlooked" thing related to the geometry of the house? What do you mean be "geometry"? Relevant how he planned to enter the house? Yes If so, through a window? A balcony? Air vent? From the roof? Main door? This
Is Alan's "mistake" related to: an internal door? No, but... the floor? a cabinet? Some other piece of furniture? No to rest

It seems to me you didn't answer to this question in the previous post :-)
Did he make any noise that could warn Betty? No - I'd grouped that in with the "no to rest". Sorry for the confusion.
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Geometry = Layout, position of the rooms.

So did Alan plan to silently open in some way the main door? Did he have a copy of the key? Or was he using some other device?

Is the mistake related to this same main door?

PS and sorry, I understood it afterwards, you actually had answered
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Geometry = Layout, position of the rooms. Ah. In that case, no.

So did Alan plan to silently open in some way the main door? Yes, FA Did he have a copy of the key? No Or was he using some other device? Yes, FA

Is the mistake related to this same main door? Yes

PS and sorry, I understood it afterwards, you actually had answered Not a problem - don't worry about it.
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Does the FA mean that the door was already open? If so, did Betty leave it open on purpose? Or by mistake? And in this last case, did Alan try to open a door which was already open, causing Betty to notice something wrong was going on?
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Does the FA mean that the door was already open? No If so, did Betty leave it open on purpose? Not "open," but OTRT Or by mistake? And in this last case, did Alan try to open a door which was already open, causing Betty to notice something wrong was going on? Again, not "open," but OTRT
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CLARIFICATION: "If so, did Betty leave it open on purpose?" should be "Yope: not 'open," but OTRT"
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Hmmm... Did Betty leave the key inside the keyhole?
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Hmmm... Did Betty leave the key inside the keyhole? No, but more OTRT
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Ok, maybe open is not the right word, so I'll ask it differently:

Did Betty leave the door unlocked? If so, did she do that by mistake? On purpose?
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Ok, maybe open is not the right word, so I'll ask it differently:

Did Betty leave the door unlocked? YES!! If so, did she do that by mistake? On purpose? This

I think you have everything...care to put it together?
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Ehm... I'm not sure I have everything, will ask few more questions before...

Does Betty fear, or suspect Alan's plans to come and kill her? Does she leave the door unlocked to set a trap for Alan?

Does Alan notice the door is unlocked? If not, does he try to unlock it using some device? And almost "falls" inside the house while trying to unlock the door, as the door was unlocked and offered no resistance?
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Ehm... I'm not sure I have everything, will ask few more questions before...

Does Betty fear, or suspect Alan's plans to come and kill her? No Does she leave the door unlocked to set a trap for Alan? No

Does Alan notice the door is unlocked? No If not, does he try to unlock it using some device? Yes And almost "falls" inside the house while trying to unlock the door, as the door was unlocked and offered no resistance? No

You have an underlying FA in all of these, which is that Alan made the mistake while entering the house.
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Ok, so let me go one step back.

Does Alan manage to enter the house? Does he lock the main door once inside? Does Betty notice the locked door, and, knowing that she had left it unlocked, does she understand that someone entered her house?

So Alan was extra careful in locking the door, and by doing this he caused Betty to notice his presence, which he of course wanted to avoid?
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Ok, so let me go one step back.

Does Alan manage to enter the house? Does he lock the main door once inside? Does Betty notice the locked door, and, knowing that she had left it unlocked, does she understand that someone entered her house?

So Alan was extra careful in locking the door, and by doing this he caused Betty to notice his presence, which he of course wanted to avoid? This is all absolutely correct!

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Alan is a serial robber and killer who targets women living alone. His MO is to break into the house by picking the lock on the main door, rob the place, then wait for his victim to return home (he cases the house for a time beforehand). Having been careful to leave no external signs of a break-in (i.e. no skewed curtains, unlocked doors, etc.), he waits by the front door. When the woman opens the door, Alan kills her with an item that is near the door (could be a lamp, knife, scarf, etc.), so it appears she surprised him in the course of the robbery. He then continues robbing the house, and leaves. The crime is typically not discovered until the next day.

This time, Alan is robbing Betty's house. He is waiting by the door, weapon in hand. Betty comes up to the door and tries to open it; she finds it locked, as Alan had, in his extreme careful nature, locked it after entering the house. However, Betty habitually leaves her door unlocked, so she realizes that there's someone in her house. She goes back to her car, drives a short distance away, and calls the police, who catch Alan red-handed.

Congratulations are in order for Mattiel, who did most of the work and solved this, and Rbruma, who asked some good questions.

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