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It's not much like religion or politics, but...
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Is it a taboo social topic? Is it a topic, period? Is it a thing? A person? A tangible object?
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Is it a taboo social topic? yope Is it a topic, period? yope Is it a thing? yes A person? no A tangible object? yope
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Is it controversial? Or just plain controversy? Is it a concept? Is it related to science?
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Is it controversial? no Or just plain controversy? no Is it a concept? no Is it related to science? no
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Is it an animal? A living thing? An inanimate object? A set or group of things?
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Is it imaginary? Superstition involved? Crime? Does it often lead to heated discussions? "Think of the children" relevant? Censorship? Technology?
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Is it an animal? no A living thing? yope An inanimate object? no A set or group of things? No, there's only one

Is it imaginary? yes Superstition involved? hmm...yes, but could mislead. Crime? no Does it often lead to heated discussions? yope "Think of the children" relevant? no Censorship? no Technology? no
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Are literary works relevant?
Films?
Stories?
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Are literary works relevant? DOYD of literary works
Films?yes
Stories?so yes
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A specific film?
If so, is it from [list of decades]?
One of those "you either love it or hate it" films?
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A specific film? yes, although CORRECTION to above. I should have said "Yesish" to "Films?" rather than "yes".
If so, is it from [list of decades]? 1960s
One of those "you either love it or hate it" films? no
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Nightmares relevant? Childhood fears? A film based on an existing story? A fairy tale? Is it a live action film? Is a dispute between what's best of the film version and the non-film version of a story relevant?
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Nightmares relevant? no Childhood fears? no A film based on an existing story? yes (with the same -ish to film as above A fairy tale? no Is it a live action film? no Is a dispute between what's best of the film version and the non-film version of a story relevant? no
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Is it a short film? A video? A full-length movie? A cartoon?
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Is it a short film? this is closer A video? no A full-length movie? no A cartoon? yes
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Looney Tunes relevant? Bugs Bunny? Or some other cartoon? Like Scooby-Doo?
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Looney Tunes relevant? Bugs Bunny? Or some other cartoon? it's not a regular, ongoing animated cartoon television series, if that's what you're asking. Like Scooby-Doo?

no to the rest
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So this was just an animated short? Was it only a few minutes long?
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So this was just an animated short? not exactly. Was it only a few minutes long? 25 minutes
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Was it animated? Stop-motion?
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Was it televised?
Was it part of an overall set of cartoons (e.g. a mickey mouse cartoon)?
Was it Disney?
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Was it animated? yes Stop-motion?no
Was it televised? yes.
Was it part of an overall set of cartoons (e.g. a mickey mouse cartoon)? yes
Was it Disney?no
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So was it an episode of a cartoon series?
Like Flinstones/Jetsons? Was it a Hannah Barbara cartoon? Tex Avery?
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So was it an episode of a cartoon series? not really. there were a small number of animated (short films is still the closest description) based on the same set of stories. I would NOT call it an episode or part of a series, though.
Like Flinstones/Jetsons? Was it a Hannah Barbara cartoon? Tex Avery? no to all

you might try forgetting about what the relevant film-ish thing is and attack the puzzle from a different angle. Some of the questions you asked before getting diverted by the film(ish) are a good start
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Alright, so subject of cartoon relevant?
You said it was based on another story?
Another work of fiction?
An actual event or time period?
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Alright, so subject of cartoon relevant? yes
You said it was based on another story? yes
Another work of fiction? yes
An actual event or time period? no
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A fairy tale? Is a fictional type of being relevant? A fictional animal? Unicorns? Fairies?
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A fairy tale? no Is a fictional type of being relevant? yes, as long as imaginary (as you've already figured out) counts as a type of being , as you have already identified} A fictional animal? no Unicorns? no Fairies? no
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Is sex (not gender) relevant?
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Is sex (not gender) relevant? neither sex nor gender is relevant
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Imaginary friend? Ghosts?
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Imaginary friend? no, but in the right neighborhood Ghosts? no
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Is the imaginary being a person?
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Is the imaginary being a person? no
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Talking to one's self, aka inner voice?
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Talking to one's self, aka inner voice? no
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Was it based on a medieval tale? Dragons?
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Was it based on a medieval tale? Dragons? no to both
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Is the imaginary being an (imaginary) animal?
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Is the imaginary being an (imaginary) animal? no
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Leprechauns?
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Blast-Ended Skrewts? *giggles*
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Leprechauns? Blast-Ended Skrewts? *giggles* no to both. Not only is it neither an imaginary person nor an imaginary animal, it is neither person-like nor animal-like.
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Is the imaginary thing alive?
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Is the imaginary thing alive? yes, it would be if it were real
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Is it plantlike?
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Is it plantlike? yes
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Is it an imaginary type of flower? Tree? Avatar relevant?
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Is it an imaginary type of flower? Tree? Avatar relevant? no to all
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Type of grass? Of landscape?
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The work of fiction the cartoon is based on:

Originally published prior to 1450? during the 1400s? 1500s? 1600s? 1700s? 1800s? 1900s?

In its original form, would it be considered a novel? short story? fable? fairy tale? play? poetry?

Is it a work of fiction that would be easily recognized by the average person? Is the cartoon a parody of it?
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Type of grass? no Of landscape?no

The work of fiction the cartoon is based on:

Originally published prior to 1450? during the 1400s? 1500s? 1600s? 1700s? 1800s? 1900s? this one

In its original form, would it be considered a novel? short story? fable? fairy tale? play? poetry? none of the above!

Is it a work of fiction that would be easily recognized by the average person? yes, definitely. Is the cartoon a parody of it? no
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Is music relevant to the original work?
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Is music relevant to the original work? no
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Fantasia?
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Fantasia? no
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In its original form, was it written word? A painting?
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In its original form, was it written word? yes, and... A painting? something similar to this
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Was it a form of art?
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Was it a form of art?hmm. some people would say yes, but most of the population does not think of it as such. It's probably most helpful to continue to think of it as a form of storytelling
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A monologue? Dialogue?
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Comic book?
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A monologue? Dialogue? no to both
Comic book? close enough. Comic strip
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Ooh, is it Peanuts? And the cartoon is one of the Charlie Brown movies?
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Is it A Charlie Brown Christmas?
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Ooh, is it Peanuts? yes And the cartoon is one of the Charlie Brown movies? yes! Is it A Charlie Brown Christmas? but not this one.
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Snoopy Come Home?
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Snoopy Come Home? no
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Is the relevant Charlie Brown movie related to a holiday? Maybe It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? I believe Linus mentioned the Great Pumpkin as something you're not supposed to discuss with adults/others...and the other two were religion and politics?
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the relevant Charlie Brown movie related to a holiday? yes Maybe It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? yes -- as far as I know, that's the only one with an imaginary plant in it...=) I believe Linus mentioned the Great Pumpkin as something you're not supposed to discuss with adults/others...and the other two were religion and politics? yes, exactly

Well, Balin has not only figured out the relevant television special, but also leaped ahead to put it together with the puzzle statement. Guess that means it's time for a ***SPOILER***

In the Peanuts comic strip and the tv special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," the Great Pumpkin is an imaginary being (from Linus's imagination) that supposedly brings presents on Halloween to the "most sincere" pumpkin patch. Linus (from Peanuts) spends every Halloween waiting in a Pumpkin patch, hoping that the Great Pumpkin chooses Linus's patch. While Linus occasionally manages to convince a friend to wait with him in the patch, no one else actually believes in the Great Pumpkin, so Linus endures considerable ridicule for his steadfast belief. The best-known quote regarding Linus and the Great Pumpkin is "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."

I misjudged the timing of this one a little, so
HAPPY (EARLY) HALLOWEEN!


I'm often amazed at just how differently puzzles play out on the forum than I imagine they will. For this one, you started out exactly as I expected, when the very first question was about things that are taboo to talk about. But then I expected you to struggle for a while with the taboo idea until you realized that it was only one person who wouldn't talk about the thing, then figure out who that person was, and then figure out what the thing was that he wouldn't talk about. I did NOT expect you to get to the answer by struggling to figure out a relevant film-ish thing and an imaginary plant! I guess I never cease to be utterly surprised by the path these puzzles can take!
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, I guess that's the LTPF for you =)

Any plans for the Spooky Day at the End of the Month? I've got none so far, but hopefully that'll change.

Bonus points for the puzzle title, statement, and use of the word "film-ish-thing" - I really enjoyed this one!
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Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balin, I've had a few friends say they were thinking about having a party, but nothing definite. I've got a costume, so now I've just got to figure out where I'm wearing it. =)

And thanks, Bonus points are always welcome.

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