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Rbruma (Rbruma)
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So how many horses do I need for my men? I still don't get it!
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Based on real life?
Fictional source?
From your imagination?

I = You, Rbruma?

Is the puzzle statement implying that someone (you?) are saying this?

Horses = literal, living horses?
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Based on real life? Yes, no to the rest
Fictional source?
From your imagination?

I = You, Rbruma? Yours truly

Is the puzzle statement implying that someone (you?) are saying this? Yes, I

Horses = literal, living horses? Hard to answer. Let's try with Noish, as Yope might be too misleading
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Are the "horses" of genus Equus?
Are the Noish horses alive?
Were they ever alive and have become extinct?
Or are they representations of horses?
Sculptures?

Are games relevant?
Board? Video games?
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Is a mathematical exersice inolved? Or a LARP game?
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Are the "horses" of genus Equus? Yope. Beware FA

Are the Noish horses alive? See above
Were they ever alive and have become extinct? No, and FA lurking here also
Or are they representations of horses? No
Sculptures? No

Are games relevant?
Board? Video games? No to these
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Is a mathematical exersice inolved? No
Or a LARP game? No games involved
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When you said it to someone, was it in fact a metaphor of something else than real horses and men?
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When you said it to someone, was it in fact a metaphor of something else than real horses Yesish, I wouldn't call it a metaphor but something along these lines and men? No
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Are there images/pictures of horses relevant? Fictional horses? Otherwise imagined horses?

Men: HAM? Literal, living men?
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Are there images/pictures of horses relevant? Fictional horses? Otherwise imagined horses? No to all

Men: HAM? Literal, living men? HA, literal, living, gender irrelevant
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Does your statement reference a quote or other saying?

Is the FA using the plural of horses?
Is it a single horse in question?
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does it refer to horsepower?
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All the king's horses and all the king's men?
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does it refer to a brand name eg beer?
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Does your statement reference a quote or other saying? No

Is the FA using the plural of horses? No
Is it a single horse in question? No

does it refer to horsepower? No

All the king's horses and all the king's men? Nothing of the sort

does it refer to a brand name eg beer? No, but OTRT!
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An ad jingle?
Product slogan?

Songs relevant?

I now have Toby Keith and Willie Nelson singing "Whiskey for my Men, Beer for my Horses" in my head. :D
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*too* Thanks, Vesica kitteh...=D so is that song relevant, Rbruma?
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An ad jingle? No
Product slogan? Not a slogan but still OTRT. Might be helpful to determine the product

Songs relevant? Not at all

I now have Toby Keith and Willie Nelson singing "Whiskey for my Men, Beer for my Horses" in my head. :D Let beer and whiskey come for me and my men, however alcohol is not relevant either.. at least in this puzzle

*too* Thanks, Vesica kitteh...=D so is that song relevant, Rbruma? Not for this puzzle, but I'm going to listen to it. If that's another nice drinking song, you are in trouble. My wife is just waiting... :-)
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Damn tune, I'm listening it over and over...

SHORT RECAP

So how many horses do I need for my men? I still don't get it!

A product is relevant. It isn't beer, ads or songs. About the horses -- there are some yopes and maybe some FA's. The men are just men, gender irrelevant. All adults.
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Damn tune, I'm listening it over and over...

SHORT RECAP

So how many horses do I need for my men? I still don't get it!

A product is relevant. It isn't beer, ads or songs. About the horses -- there are some yopes and maybe some FA's. The men are just men, gender irrelevant. All adults.
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Are you organizing a trip? for a group of friends? and are in need of transportation?
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Would "horses" be a hyperbola rather than a metaphor?
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Are you organizing a trip? for a group of friends? and are in need of transportation? No trip involved

Would "horses" be a hyperbola rather than a metaphor? No, I think metaphor is closer
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the product - food? clothing? electronic devices? anything related to entertainment (books, CDs, games etc)? household items? toiletries? anything related to transportation? communication?
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the product - food? clothing? electronic devices? anything related to entertainment (books, CDs, games etc)? household items? toiletries? anything related to transportation? communication? No to all really, though communication can be involved
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Is the product a good?
A service?
An experience?

If it's not quite a metaphor, is it instead an analogy?

If it is a metaphor-type thing, is the issue that it is a specific kind of metaphor?
A simile?
A parable?
An allegory?
A metonym?
A synecdoche?
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Is the product a good?
A service? This one, related to a good
An experience?

If it's not quite a metaphor, is it instead an analogy?

Yes, according to the definition from wiki: a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target). I might add that it was humorous (in my opinion) and that something very relevant has not been yet discovered

No to the rest
If it is a metaphor-type thing, is the issue that it is a specific kind of metaphor?
A simile?
A parable?
An allegory?
A metonym?
A synecdoche?
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Customer service?
Tech support?
The Butterball Turkey Hotline?
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Customer service?
Tech support?
The Butterball Turkey Hotline?

No to all
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are the horses required in a work environment? leisure? sport? worship?
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are the horses required in a work environment? YES leisure? sport? worship?
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Are the horses needed for the work environment in the analogy?
Or by you, in your work environment?
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Are the horses needed for the work environment in the analogy? I don't understand, please rephrase
Or by you, in your work environment? YES. I need the "horses"
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do the horses refer to training? as in horses for courses? aargh this pun thing is catching!

is the working environment an office? a shop? a factory? indoors? outdoors?
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You said there was an analogy involved...I was asking if you needed literal horses for your work?
OR if the "horses" were in the analogy and you need the analog item that is being compared to horses.

As in Horses are to X as (what you need) is to (Your work).

Cavalry relevant?
Armies?
Cowboys?
Knights?

Century relevant?
Country relevant?
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do the horses refer to training? No as in horses for courses? No aargh this pun thing is catching! Hopefully!

is the working environment an office? Yes a shop? a factory? indoors? Yes outdoors? The rest are a no

You said there was an analogy involved...I was asking if you needed literal horses for your work? I see. No literal horses are needed
OR if the "horses" were in the analogy and you need the analog item that is being compared to horses. This one

As in Horses are to X as (what you need) is to (Your work). In a sense, but beware FA. It's not like I need horsepower or something like that. A few more questions will clear everything up, a vital question has not yet come forward

Cavalry relevant?
Armies?
Cowboys?
Knights?
Century relevant?
Country relevant? YES, with a very tiny ish. No to the rest
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phone line? computer? desk? chair? heating? air con?
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phone line? computer? If you ask if this is relevant, YES! If not please rephrase desk? chair? heating? air con?
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Country: US?
UK?
Somewhere in Europe?
Africa?
Asia?
South America?
Canada?

Are the metaphorical horses being ridden?
Herded?
Are they pulling plows?

Is the saying "my kingdom for a horse" relevant?
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Country: US?
UK?
Somewhere in Europe? This one, no to the rest
Africa?
Asia?
South America?
Canada?

Are the metaphorical horses being ridden?
Herded?
Are they pulling plows?

Is the saying "my kingdom for a horse" relevant?

****** RECAP ******

Puzzle statement: So how many horses do I need for my men? I still don't get it!

Established so far:

1. I need the "horses" for my job, which happens in an office and has to do with computers
2. The "horses" are a sort of analogy, metaphor, or a pun. There's a better word than these but it will prematurely end the puzzle.
3. I do not need real horses for anything. Only one thing is related to the horses, but it does not relate to the way a horse looks like, is raised or used.
4. A certain country is relevant, that it is to be found in Europe. Only one aspect -- that I guess is evident -- should be known about that country to ask the relevant question. I will fill in the rest.
5. The "horses" that I need can be likened to a brand name, but it's really a (trade?) name that one producer calls some services related to some of his products.

Remaining:

What is the link between the real horses and the ones that I need?

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Is it Pegasus? I believe its a financial software package, so maybe you need to know how many licences to buy?
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Is it Pegasus? No I believe its a financial software package, so maybe you need to know how many licences to buy? Indeed we are talking about software licenses, and how many to buy! So what's the link?

Very well done, we're almost there!
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do we need to guess the name of the package? is the name of the package horse related? (I'm so-o disappointed it's not Pegasus) or is the name of the manufacturer? or the supplier?

is the word "horse" in the name?

is the package financial? stock control? logistics? CAD?
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do we need to guess the name of the package? No. It's not a package, actually, only some way of licensing said package is the name of the package horse related? In my mind (I'm so-o disappointed it's not Pegasus That would have been an even better puzzle :-)) or is the name of the manufacturer? or the supplier? No to these two

is the word "horse" in the name? Of the pachage? No. Of the licensing option? Yes! How?

is the package financial? stock control? logistics? CAD? None of these
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Trojan Horse relevant?
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Trojan Horse relevant? No. I think there's an underlying FA about the word "horse" that keeps staying around
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Any phonetic equivalent of "horse" relevant? or a different word for "horse"? maybe "mount"?
Is the relevant country in North? East? South? West? Central Europe? Does it still exist?
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Is "horse" an acronym?
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Any phonetic equivalent of "horse" relevant? or a different word for "horse"? YES, explore, good q! maybe "mount"? Not this kind of equivalence

Is the relevant country in North? East? South? West? Central Europe? Does it still exist? It's Romania, to save you the trouble. However, you need to know only one single aspect of the country -- one shared with many other countries -- to ask the relevant question. I'll fill in the rest

Is "horse" an acronym? YOPE! -- very good q
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Is the different word an acronym?
Pony?
Nag?
Mare?
Stallion?
Colt?
Foal?
Steed?
Bronco?
Filly?

Is the licensing option on that allows a limited number of concurrent users?
A limited number of installs?
A limited number of user IDs?
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Is the different word an acronym? YES!, and FA to all listed below
Pony?
Nag?
Mare?
Stallion?
Colt?
Foal?
Steed?
Bronco?
Filly?

Is the licensing option on that allows a limited number of concurrent users? Not necessarily concurrent, it is required for every user that connects to that particular software package. Some products do use concurrent user licenses.
A limited number of installs?
A limited number of user IDs?
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horsepower? - HP - Hewlett Packard?
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I'm confused...you said "or a different word for "horse"? YES, explore, good q!

And I asked is the different word (for "horse") an acronym..to which you said yes.

Perhaps Shez is right...

Also - Are the specifics of the licensing relevant (since you didn't actually answer my questions about that)??
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Based on your answers re: licensing options..
So it's an option (the option that has something about "horse" in the name) that requires a license to be purchased for each user?

Concurrent user options do not require licenses for EACH user, rather it's a server install that has a maximum number of users that can be "in" at any one time. Say you have 20 employees and they all need to use the program sometimes, but most don't use it daily. A licensing option that allows 4 users to be in the program at a time might work fine for that situtation and would be much cheaper than 20 licenses.
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horsepower? - HP - Hewlett Packard? No

I'm confused...you said "or a different word for "horse"? YES, explore, good q!

And I asked is the different word (for "horse") an acronym..to which you said yes. It is

Perhaps Shez is right... No

Also - Are the specifics of the licensing relevant (since you didn't actually answer my questions about that)?? No, only the name -- or rather the acronym -- of it

Based on your answers re: licensing options..
So it's an option (the option that has something about "horse" in the name) that requires a license to be purchased for each user? I don't know if I follow this correctly, but it's not an option -- you have to do that in order to legally use the software

Concurrent user options do not require licenses for EACH user, rather it's a server install that has a maximum number of users that can be "in" at any one time. Say you have 20 employees and they all need to use the program sometimes, but most don't use it daily. A licensing option that allows 4 users to be in the program at a time might work fine for that situtation and would be much cheaper than 20 licenses. Thanks :-) I work in IT & Telco for 11 years so I have the big picture that you describe, but some options still confuse me

SHORT RECAP

I need "horses" for my men. The "horses" are of course not natural horses, since they are software licenses.

A connection exists between the word "horse" and the acronym of that computer license.

The country is relevant for the puzzle. In order to ask for the type of connection, one single obvious thing you need to know about the country, a thing that it shares with many other countries of the world, though the puzzle in itself will not work in any other -- but we shouldn't get so far. Discovering the connection will require me to $poil.

A FA has been present in all attempts to discover the connection, thus far.

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Ah, I see. Also, cool - because not knowing you profession, I didn't want to be percieved as being insulting if I was explaining something in too much detail.

Is the country in:
North America?
South America?
Europe?
Asia?
Africa?
The Middle East?

Do they use English?
Is this relevant?

Is the acronym made of English Words?
Is the acronym itself an English word?
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Is the country in:
North America?
South America?
Europe? This one, as we've already established that is Romania
Asia?
Africa?
The Middle East?

Do they use English? NO!
Is this relevant?YES!!

Is the acronym made of English Words? Yes
Is the acronym itself an English word? NO, but more importantly...

Very good questions. We're almost there
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Are these Client Access Licenses (CAL)?
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is it a Romanian word? Latin? Equus?
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Balan?
Minz?

I think Sundowner's got it. CALs - very clever!
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Are these Client Access Licenses (CAL)? Indeed they are, well done!

is it a Romanian word? It is Latin? No Equus? No

Balan? I don't even know myself what this is
Minz? No

I think Sundowner's got it. He did a wonderful job, twice in a row CALs - very clever!


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

I work in IT, but mainly in Telco and H/W business. I had a few weeks ago to evaluate some licensing options for MS SQL server for some customers, and I was seemingly unable to understand the various licensing options that the MS dealer presented to me, especially related to those Client Access Licenses (CALs).

Exhausted, I asked him (in Romanian): "Spare me the details, so how many horses do I need for my men?"

A "CAL" is a "HORSE" in Romanian. My word was the plural "CAI" that would be translated as "HORSES".

Thanks to all who participated and especially to Sundowner for the final solve.
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The internet tells me "balan" is a Romanian word for a "paint" pony or a white horse dappled with another color.

VERY VERY clever! Loved this one.
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Glad you liked it.

About the "balan" thing, all the authoritative dictionaries of the language that I can find give it as a folk word for "blonde", or a human or animal with a "blonde" / white hair. So you must have different sources.
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On second look, the Interet points to "balan" as a loan word from further north than Romania and indicates it as the possible source for the usage "Blond/white haired". Tee hee. Ignore me. :D

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