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Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man walked up the stairs. Seconds later, he was dead.

Man = H/A/M
FMOI
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Was his death an accident?

Or murder?

Did he know he was going to die?

If he had not walked up the stairs would he have lived?

Is the man a criminal?

Is war involved?
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Did he fall to his death? Was he electrocuted? Died of trauma? Of natural causes? Poisoned? Strangeled? Suffocated? Heart attack?

Is the time period relevant? The man's age? The type of building he was inside? (or was he outside?)
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Was he still walking up the stairs when he died?
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Was his death an accident? Or murder? This

Did he know he was going to die? No

If he had not walked up the stairs would he have lived? Yes

Is the man a criminal? No

Is war involved? No

Did he fall to his death? Was he electrocuted? Died of trauma? A type of trauma was involved. No to the rest Of natural causes? Poisoned? Strangeled? Suffocated? Heart attack?

Is the time period relevant? Yes The man's age? Somewhat The type of building he was inside? Yes (or was he outside?) No

Was he still walking up the stairs when he died? No
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Did this take place in the 1500s? 1600s? 1700s? 1800s? 1900s? 2000s? Earlier than 1500?
In the daytime? At night?

Is the man less than 20 years old? 20-40? 40-60? 60-80? More than 80?

Was he alone in the building? Or were there other relevant people there? In the stairs?

Did people live in the building he was in? Did he? Did people work there? Did he?
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Was this an execution?

Was he killed by a criminal?

Did he know the person who killed him?

Was he killed because of who he was or where he was?
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Was the murder premeditiated? Was the victim the intended target? Was the killer lying in wait? Did the man believe he was in any danger?

Assuming there was one, was the motive for the murder ... Revenge? Greed? Jealous husband/wife/lover or something similar?

Was he stabbed? Shot? hit with a blunt object?

Anything relevant about the stairs themselves? were they carpeted? any creaking floorboards? was there a bannister? were they straight ? spiral ? Did he just walk up one flight of stairs?
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Did this take place in the 1500s? 1600s? 1700s? 1800s? 1900s? 2000s? Earlier than 1500? Medieval times
In the daytime? At night? Irrel

Is the man less than 20 years old? 20-40? This 40-60? 60-80? More than 80?

Was he alone in the building? No Or were there other relevant people there? Yes In the stairs? No

Did people live in the building he was in? Yes Did he? No Did people work there? Yes Did he? Yope

Was this an execution? No

Was he killed by a criminal? Yes

Did he know the person who killed him? No, but he knew of him

Was he killed because of who he was Noish or where he was? Yes

Was the murder premeditiated? Yope Was the victim the intended target? Not particularly Was the killer lying in wait? Yes Did the man believe he was in any danger? Yes and No

Assuming there was one, was the motive for the murder ... Revenge? Greed? Jealous husband/wife/lover or something similar? None of these

Was he stabbed? This Shot? hit with a blunt object?

Anything relevant about the stairs themselves? Yes were they carpeted? any creaking floorboards? was there a bannister? were they straight ? spiral ? Yes Did he just walk up one flight of stairs? Yes (No to unanswered)
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Was the victim also a criminal? was he armed? Did a relevant conversation occur? Would anyone walking up the stairs at that time have met with the same fate?
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Was the victim also a criminal? No was he armed? Yes Did a relevant conversation occur? No Would anyone walking up the stairs at that time have met with the same fate? Yes
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was the building a castle? a church? a cathedral?

was he a knight? a warrior?
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Is he famous? Is this story from a movie? a book? a song? FYOI?
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was the building a castle? This a church? a cathedral?

was he a knight? This a warrior?

Is he famous? Irrel Is this story from a movie? a book? a song? FYOI? I made it up
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Is this to do with being right-handed or left handed?

Is the spiral staircase the key?

Would he have died if it had been a straight up set of steps?
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Was the killer lying in wait for someone else in particular? Was it a case of mistaken identity? Could the killer not see who was coming up due to the curve of the stairs? Did he simply hear someone coming up, and stabbed before getting a good look?

Is the reason for the knight's walking up the stairs relevant? Had he been sent for? Was he on his way to protect someone? He didn't know that the criminal would be lying in wait at the top of the stairs, right? But did he know that the criminal was in the castle? Did he recognise his presence as a threat?

Was he stabbed with a sword? Was the criminal operating alone? Or was there a fellow criminal up the stairs? A group of them, maybe?
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Is this to do with being right-handed or left handed? No

Is the spiral staircase the key? No, but this puzzle has to take place at this setting

Would he have died if it had been a straight up set of steps? See prev

Was the killer lying in wait for someone else in particular? No Was it a case of mistaken identity? No Could the killer not see who was coming up due to the curve of the stairs? No Did he simply hear someone coming up, and stabbed before getting a good look? No

Is the reason for the knight's walking up the stairs relevant? Yes Had he been sent for? Noish Was he on his way to protect someone? No He didn't know that the criminal would be lying in wait at the top of the stairs, right? Yes But did he know that the criminal was in the castle? No Did he recognise his presence as a threat? The criminal's? Yes

Was he stabbed with a sword? Yes Was the criminal operating alone? Yes Or was there a fellow criminal up the stairs? So No A group of them, maybe? And No

Welcome back, Jackie!
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Is the particular crime relevant? Is the knight going up the stairs to investigate a noise? something he saw?
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Thanks! It's good to be back.

Is the country relevant? Any wars or events going on that are integral to the puzzle?

Did the criminal live in the castle? work there? If someone who lived in the castle had seen the criminal, would they have found it strange? would they have raised the alarm? or at least felt that they should?
Was he a known criminal? Had he escaped from prison? Did he have some other identity marker? eg. was he a criminal who was also king?

Was our knight in the habit of visiting the castle? Do we need to find out who lives in the castle and their relationship to Knighty?
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Is the particular crime relevant? Yes Is the knight going up the stairs to investigate a noise? No something he saw? Yes

Is the country relevant? Sort of. Assume England (remember, this is a medieval times puzzle) Any wars or events going on that are integral to the puzzle? Events yes. Wars noish

Did the criminal live in the castle? Yes work there? Yope If someone who lived in the castle had seen the criminal, would they have found it strange? No would they have raised the alarm? No or at least felt that they should?
Was he a known criminal? Yes Had he escaped from prison? Irrel Did he have some other identity marker? Irrel, assume No eg. was he a criminal who was also king?

Was our knight in the habit of visiting the castle? No Do we need to find out who lives in the castle Yes/Yope and their relationship to Knighty? No

BLOOPER:
But did he know that the criminal was in the castle? He assumed so
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Was anyone else in the castle when the knight entered? A king? Queen? Prince? Princess?
Was the knight on a mission to rescue someone? To talk to someone?
Had the knight seen any person inside the castle prior to climbing the stairs?
Had he intentionally come to this castle? Was it a destination on a journey? A stopover point?
Or had he not planned to visit the castle until he noticed something about it?
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Does this involve a children's story?

A adult story?

A real incident?
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Was anyone else in the castle when the knight entered? Nobody relevant to the story was in the castle A king? Queen? Prince? Princess?
Was the knight on a mission to rescue someone? Yes To talk to someone?
Had the knight seen any person inside the castle prior to climbing the stairs? Yes
Had he intentionally come to this castle? Yes Was it a destination on a journey? Yes A stopover point?
Or had he not planned to visit the castle until he noticed something about it? No

Does this involve a children's story? A adult story? A real incident? No to all
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Did the knight know there was noone besides the criminal in the castle? Is it relevant whom he wanted to rescue? Did anyone try to complete this mission before?
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Was it the criminal that the knight was going to rescue?
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Was the criminal human? Adult? Male?
Did the criminal benefit in any way other than saving his/her own life by killing the knight?
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Did the knight know there was noone besides the criminal in the castle? Is it relevant whom he wanted to rescue? NO! Did anyone try to complete this mission before? Yes

Was it the criminal that the knight was going to rescue? NoISH

Was the criminal human? Adult? Male? Yes
Did the criminal benefit in any way other than saving his/her own life by killing the knight? Yes
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Was the person who the knight was going to rescue not who the knight thought it was? Does this person even exist?
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Was the person who the knight was going to rescue not who the knight thought it was? Yes Does this person even exist? Yes
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Was the knight somehow lured to the castle? Had someone asked him to go there? Was he hoping to benefit somehow by going there? If so, was he hoping for fame? Financial gain? The chance to prove he was brave? The chance to save someone's life?
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Was the knight somehow lured to the castle? Yes Had someone asked him to go there? Noish Was he hoping to benefit somehow by going there? Yes If so, was he hoping for fame? Financial gain? The chance to prove he was brave? The chance to save someone's life? Mostly this, but the others were all involved too
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Was it the criminal who had lured him to the castle? Indirectly? Had the criminal started a rumour?
Person who knight thought he was going to rescue: HAM? Is this person related to the knight? By blood? Is this person his love interest? someone of prominence in the kingdom?
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Was it the criminal who had lured him to the castle? Yes Indirectly? No Had the criminal started a rumour? No
Person who knight thought he was going to rescue: HAM? HAF Is this person related to the knight? No By blood? Is this person his love interest? Yope someone of prominence in the kingdom? Yes
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kaylee kitteh humbly requests recat. *iz lost*
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kaylee kitteh humbly requests recat. *iz lost* You got it.

RECAP:

A man walked up the stairs. Seconds later, he was dead.

The man is a knight in medieval times. He was killed by a known criminal at the top of a castle's tower. He went to the castle in order to rescue someone, but the criminal had "lured" him there in order to kill him.
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thankz yuo balin cat =)

So, we're talking about a medieval knight here. Googlepedia reliably informs me that the medieval era (aka the Middle Ages) encompasses the 5th to the 15th centuries - quite a period. Did this happen in the Early Middle Ages (5th-10th century?) High Middle Ages (c. 1001-1300) or Late Middle Ages (1300-1500)? I presumed not before 1100 IMO, as the word 'knight' had not received its usual connotation by then - but then, this is the LTPF, and as I recently told Ciaokitteh, I believe, 'never assume anything'. He could have been a knight without being called one at the time, after all... Is it a true historical event? FYOI? FSEI?

Was the knight of a military-monastic order?
Knights Hospitaller, founded during the First Crusade, 1099
Order of Saint Lazarus established about 1100
Knights Templar, founded 1118, disbanded 1307
Teutonic Knights, established about 1190, and ruled the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia until 1525
Other orders were established in the Iberian peninsula, under the influence of the orders in the Holy Land and the Crusader movement of the Reconquista:
the Order of Aviz, established in Avis in 1143
the Order of Alcántara, established in Alcántara in 1156
the Order of Calatrava, established in Calatrava in 1158
the Order of Santiago, established in Santiago in 1164.

Was the knight of a chivalric order?
the Order of Saint George, founded by Charles I of Hungary in 1325/6
the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, founded by count Amadeus VI in 1346
the Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III of England around 1348
the Order of the Dragon, founded by King Sigismund of Luxemburg in 1408
the Order of the Golden Fleece, founded by Philip III, Duke of Burgundy in 1430
the Order of Saint Michael, founded by Louis XI of France in 1469
the Order of the Thistle, founded by King James VII of Scotland (also known as James II of England) in 1687
the Order of the Elephant, which may have been first founded by Christian I of Denmark, but was founded in its current form by King Christian V in 1693
the Order of the Bath, founded by George I in 1725

Was the knight from England? Scotland? Ireland? Wales?
Spain?
The Low Countries?
France?
Germany?
Other?
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[cut for space]

This is a fictional story. Exact year/decade is not relevant; assume location is England. Just assume your typical medieval story, with castles and knights and dragons and...
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Was the criminal from England? Scotland? Ireland? Wales?
Spain?
The Low Countries?
France?
Germany?
Other?

My puzzles, Balin? *kitteh eyes ala Puss In Boots*
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Was the criminal from [cut for space] Irrelevant and completely OTWT
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And princesses!
Was the knight off to rescue a princess? If so, is it a princess-gets-locked-in-tower, and-will-be-rescued-by-her-true-love type scenario? Is the knight hoping to win her hand by rescuing her?
And if all this is true, has the princess actually been captured somewhere? Is she in a predicament? Or is it all a cruel lie invented by the criminal?
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And princesses! Yes!
Was the knight off to rescue a princess? If so, is it a princess-gets-locked-in-tower, and-will-be-rescued-by-her-true-love type scenario? Is the knight hoping to win her hand by rescuing her? Yes to all these!
And if all this is true, has the princess actually been captured somewhere? Yes Is she in a predicament? Yes Or is it all a cruel lie invented by the criminal? But NOISH/YOPE!
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So, while the knight is heroically running into the castle, the princess is actually trapped somewhere, just not in the castle, right? Was the criminal responsible for her being locked up? Has she been locked up for a short period of time (ie. just so that she's out of the way when the knight comes into the castle) or has she already been there for quite some time?
Is a dragon involved by the way? I hope so. I like dragons.
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So, while the knight is heroically running into the castle, the princess is actually trapped somewhere, just not in the castle, right? Yes Was the criminal responsible for her being locked up? Yes Has she been locked up for a short period of time (ie. just so that she's out of the way when the knight comes into the castle) or has she already been there for quite some time? The latter
Is a dragon involved by the way? I hope so. I like dragons. Sorry, but No. Maybe next puzzle ;-)
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Does the criminal want to marry the princess himself? Is it important to know exactly how long the princess has been locked up for? Did the entire kingdom know that their princess was trapped? Did they know that the one to rescue her would win her hand? Are the king and queen relevant at all?
This castle: did the princess ever live there? the queen? the king?
Is our knight the first one to come running into the castle on this rescue mission? Have there been others before him? Did they also die at the hands of the criminal? Will there be others after him? Will they also die in the same way?
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Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 5:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the criminal want to marry the princess himself? Irrel Is it important to know exactly how long the princess has been locked up for? No Did the entire kingdom know that their princess was trapped? Yes Did they know that the one to rescue her would win her hand? Yes Are the king and queen relevant at all? Only in awarding the princess' hand
This castle: did the princess ever live there? the queen? the king? No to all
Is our knight the first one to come running into the castle on this rescue mission? No Have there been others before him? Yes Did they also die at the hands of the criminal? Yes Will there be others after him? Probably and irrel Will they also die in the same way? Yes

Hmm... maybe this puzzle will get a sequel.
Jumpingjack (Jumpingjack)
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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, so this criminal is in the business of killing off would-be princes.

Please correct any bits where I've gone wrong, but here's what I've got so far:

In a kingdom far, far away, there lives a king, queen, and princess. There also lives a nasty criminal who works in a castle. However, this castle is not owned by the aforementioned king, queen and princess and they do not spend their time there. Now the nasty criminal kidnaps the princess and locks her up in a mysterious place. The king and queen are distraught. They give out that their daughter has been kidnapped, and, viewing her as property, decide that any knight who rescues her will be rewarded with her hand. For reasons unknown, the knights believe that the princess is trapped in the criminal's castle. They come in droves, only to be killed by the sly criminal. What we need to find out is where the princess really is, what the criminal intends to do with her, how the criminal benefits from the killing of all these knights, and why the knights believe that the princess is in this particular castle. Is this all correct?

A question: do the king and queen know where the princess really is? Do they also think that she is in this castle?

Also, will there be a dragon in the sequel?
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 1:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And will the dragon marry a donkey?

...Sorry. *facepalm* Evidently the wrong story, but it sounded kind've similar...
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 1:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, so this criminal is in the business of killing off would-be princes.

Please correct any bits where I've gone wrong, but here's what I've got so far:

In a kingdom far, far away, there lives a king, queen, and princess. There also lives a nasty criminal who works in a castle. However, this castle is not owned by the aforementioned king, queen and princess and they do not spend their time there. Now the nasty criminal kidnaps the princess and locks her up in a mysterious place. The king and queen are distraught. They give out that their daughter has been kidnapped, and, viewing her as property, decide that any knight who rescues her will be rewarded with her hand. For reasons unknown, the knights believe that the princess is trapped in the criminal's castle. They come in droves, only to be killed by the sly criminal. What we need to find out is where the princess really is, You don't need to know this, what the criminal intends to do with her, Or this, how the criminal benefits from the killing of all these knights, Or even this... and why the knights believe that the princess is in this particular castle. ...But you do need to know THIS. Is this all correct? Your recap, however, was spot-on.

A question: do the king and queen know where the princess really is? No and irrel Do they also think that she is in this castle? Ditto

Also, will there be a dragon in the sequel? Hmmm... maybe...
Jumpingjack (Jumpingjack)
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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 8:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When you say the criminal works at the castle, do you mean that he carries out his dirty killing work there? Or does he have a proper job that he does in the castle? Does the criminal own the castle?

Were the knights informed by someone that the princess was in this particular castle? Did they see a sign? Or some other visual cue? A letter maybe? Or did they perhaps gain this false information through their ears?
Does the castle have a name?
Shez (Shez)
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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is the criminal human? a relative of the princess?

was he a troll? a wizard? an ogre? a monster?

is this castle his home?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 1:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When you say the criminal works at the castle, do you mean that he carries out his dirty killing work there? Yes Or does he have a proper job that he does in the castle? Possibly but irrel, see later questions Does the criminal own the castle? Yes

Were the knights informed by someone that the princess was in this particular castle? No Did they see a sign? No Or some other visual cue? Yes A letter maybe? No Or did they perhaps gain this false information through their ears? No
Does the castle have a name? Irrel

is the criminal human? Yes, No to rest a relative of the princess? was he a troll? a wizard? an ogre? a monster?

is this castle his home? Yes
Jumpingjack (Jumpingjack)
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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 1:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This misleading thing that the knights saw:
Did they see it near the castle? Did they see it as they were making their way to rescue the princess? Was it writing of any sort? A picture? A living thing? A person? An animal? vegetation? Did the criminal fire up his jet, and write a message in the sky - "Sir Knight, the princess is to e found at 91 Castle Road"?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This misleading thing that the knights saw:
Did they see it near the castle? They saw it at the castle Did they see it as they were making their way to rescue the princess? Yes Was it writing of any sort? A picture? A living thing? A person? This-ish An animal? vegetation? Did the criminal fire up his jet, and write a message in the sky - "Sir Knight, the princess is to e found at 91 Castle Road"? No =)
Jumpingjack (Jumpingjack)
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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 4:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As the knights were setting out to rescue the princess, did they have a destination in mind? The right one? And this this-ish person they saw made them change their minds and believe her to be in the castle? Or did they just ride out randomly, relying on their innate princess-sniffing-out abilities?

Was the this-ish person a corpse?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 11:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As the knights were setting out to rescue the princess, did they have a destination in mind? Yes The right one? No And this this-ish person they saw made them change their minds No and believe her to be in the castle? Yes Or did they just ride out randomly, relying on their innate princess-sniffing-out abilities? No. It was the villain's castle, so it was an obvious first investigation point.

Was the this-ish person a corpse? No. It was a person, but there is still an -ish attached.
Jumpingjack (Jumpingjack)
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Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2012 - 1:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the knights think that they recognised the person? Did they think they saw the princess? Looking forlornly out of a tower window? Was it the criminal disguised as the princess? Someone else who looked like her?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2012 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the knights think that they recognised the person? Did they think they saw the princess? Looking forlornly out of a tower window? Was it the criminal disguised as the princess? Yes to all of these, which means... Someone else who looked like her?

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

In medieval times, there was once a kingdom, with a king and princess and knights... you know, like you read in stories. One day, the beautiful princess was kidnapped by a wicked man who lived in another castle. The king offered his daughter's hand in marriage to whoever could rescue her. Several knights went out to try and save her, but none returned.

Finally, one brave knight decided that he must do his duty and rescue the princess. He decided a good place to look would be the villain's castle. As he approached, he saw the unmistakable golden hair of the princess fluttering out the tower's window. He knew where to go now.

After gaining entrance to the castle, he walked up the spiral staircase to the tower door. He opened the door to reveal... the criminal, wearing a golden wig so as to imitate the princess, who was locked up somewhere else. Caught off guard, the knight was promptly run through with the criminal's sword.

So...

A man walked up the stairs. Seconds later, he was dead.


What happened to the princess? Well... that's for another puzzle. ;-)

Excellent work everyone, especially Jumpingjack, who solved it. New puzzle in a bit (maybe the sequel, if I can think it up).
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Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2012 - 12:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Balin! I am now eagerly awaiting part 2, The Princess and her Dragon Friend. Yeah!
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, September 03, 2012 - 1:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have released the sequel!

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