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Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"After work, do they clean the windows?"

Explain this thought of mine.
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Are the windows assumed to be dirty after work?
Are they normally accessible?

Ireland relevant?
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Windows: Office building, vehicle, manufacturing location, confinement center, Day care, other?
They: HAM, HAF, Children?
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Was this thought provoked by a sign? An advertisement?
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This wouldn't have anything to do with a peek show, would it? anything similar?
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Are the windows assumed to be dirty after work? No
Are they normally accessible? Yes

Ireland relevant? Somewhat, as this is where I had my random thought

Windows: Office building, vehicle, manufacturing location, confinement center, Day care, other? Other business
They: HAM, HAF, Children? HAM/HAF

Was this thought provoked by a sign? An advertisement? No to both

This wouldn't have anything to do with a peek show, would it? anything similar? No, nothing like this
Balin (Balin)
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Minor blooper:

Are the windows assumed to be dirty after work? Irrel
Are they normally accessible? Yes and irrel
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"They" = the employees?

The windows of a shop? supermarket? restaurant? pub? school? official building?
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Balin (hi! I've missed you, though after a year you probably don't remember me - no worries),

I too have Ireland on the brain, because my Dublin father-in-law was a window-washer, but he jokingly referred to himself as a "diamond polisher," diamond being = glass = window. (He sometimes got away in quite snobby society this way.)

Should we be looking for a pun, or secondary meaning, then?
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Wait, Balin, does your subject heading (smiling Irish eyes) have a lot to do with this?
- Fiona
Balin (Balin)
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"They" = the employees? Yes

The windows of a shop? supermarket? restaurant? This pub? school? official building?

Balin (hi! I've missed you, though after a year you probably don't remember me - no worries), Hi! I do remember you

I too have Ireland on the brain, because my Dublin father-in-law was a window-washer, but he jokingly referred to himself as a "diamond polisher," diamond being = glass = window. (He sometimes got away in quite snobby society this way.) Clever!

Should we be looking for a pun, or secondary meaning, then? No, this is fairly straightforward

Wait, Balin, does your subject heading (smiling Irish eyes) have a lot to do with this? No, it was just a reference to Ireland
- Fiona
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Are the windows to clean at their work?
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Is the cleaning weather related?
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Is it relevant what type of restaurant it is? What do they serve? Is the name of the restaurant relevant?
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Is the restaurant open 24/7?
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does a lot of food get thrown around?
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Are the windows to clean at their work? Yes
Is the cleaning weather related? No
Is it relevant what type of restaurant it is? Yes What do they serve? Yes Is the name of the restaurant relevant? No
Is the restaurant open 24/7? No
does a lot of food get thrown around? No
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is a pun involved?
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Do they serve national cuisine? If yes: italian? mexican? indian?
Is it a fast-food restaurant?
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is a pun involved? No, but you're getting there

Do they serve national cuisine? Not exactly, but it's more common in certain places If yes: italian? mexican? indian? No to these
Is it a fast-food restaurant? No
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Is it part of a restaurant chain? Relevant?

Is it a fast food restaurant? An upscale restaurant?

Is a certain dish that they serve particularly relevant? Do they serve "smoked [something]" and you were wondering if the smoke made it necessary to clean the windows?
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Are the windows on the outside walls of the building? between customers and the food?
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is it a fish and chip shop?
Balin (Balin)
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Is it part of a restaurant chain? I don't think so Relevant? Not really

Is it a fast food restaurant? Not exactly... although thinking back, it might be considered this. But irrelevant An upscale restaurant? No

Is a certain dish that they serve particularly relevant? Yes Do they serve "smoked [something]" and you were wondering if the smoke made it necessary to clean the windows? No

Are the windows on the outside walls of the building? Yes between customers and the food? No

is it a fish and chip shop? No
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Oops, sorry for the double question about the fast-food restaurant...

Is the name of the dish relevant? the ingredients? how it's prepared?
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Is the name of the dish relevant? the ingredients? how it's prepared? This
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Religion-related food? Halal? Kasher?
"To clean" = to get a cloth and wipe / wash the surface of the window?
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Religion-related food? No, so No to both Halal? Kasher?
"To clean" = to get a cloth No and wipe / wash the surface of the window? Yes
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Did you think they would clean them with their hands? their sleeves? napkins? towels? newspapers? toilet paper? leather? fur?

Are the supplies that are used to prepare the dish relevant?

Is the dish cooked? fried? baked? steamed? frozen? chilled? flambéd?
Would it help to find out the exact dish? Or only the method of preparation?

Does any step in its preparation actually produce anything that could get the windows dirty?
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Did you think they would clean them with their hands? their sleeves? napkins? towels? newspapers? toilet paper? leather? fur? No to all =)

Are the supplies that are used to prepare the dish relevant? Yes

Is the dish cooked? fried? This baked? steamed? frozen? chilled? flambéd?
Would it help to find out the exact dish? Yes Or only the method of preparation? Yes

Does any step in its preparation actually produce anything that could get the windows dirty? No
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Is it fried in a pan? or deep-fried?

Does the dish contain meat? fish? vegetables? grain products? potatoes? dairy products? eggs? Are all the ingredients relevant? just one?

Does anything relevant happen to it before it is fried? After it has been fried?
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Is it fried in a pan? It can be, but usually isn't or deep-fried? No

Does the dish contain meat? fish? vegetables? grain products? This potatoes? dairy products? And this eggs? And this Are all the ingredients relevant? Only in the sense that the dish is relevant just one? No

Does anything relevant happen to it before it is fried? No After it has been fried? No
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French toast?
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French toast? No, but getting there
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Pancakes? Did you think they would wipe the windows with them?
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Pancakes? So close... Did you think they would wipe the windows with them? No
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Crêpes?
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Crêpes would have been my next guess, too. If not, waffles?
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Crêpes? Yes, complete with funky accent.

Crêpes would have been my next guess, too. If not, waffles? Well, GMTA. It is indeed crêpes.
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Are those special spatulas relevant that are used to distribute the batter? Did you think they could as well use them instead of those things (I have no idea what they're called, neither in German nor in English!) to clean the windows?
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(Squeegee. That's what they're called.)
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Are those special spatulas relevant that are used to distribute the batter? Yes Did you think they could as well use them instead of those things (I have no idea what they're called, neither in German nor in English!) We call them "squeegees" to clean the windows? Yes

****SPOILER****

I was at a crêpe shop near Sligo and noticed the woman cooking them using a small spatula resembling a squeegee to spread the batter on the griddle. I decided that when they had closed up shop for the night, they could use them to clean the windows as well.

Good work everyone, and nice solve Doriana. New puzzle right away.
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Hehe, nice puzzle! Whenever I see someone make a crêpe like that, I have to think of the scene in "Amélie" where she imagines that vinyl records are made in the same way.

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