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Anna embarrassed Steve by asking him how his recent holiday was, even though Steve had not done anything on that holiday that he wouldn't want Anna to know about. Why?

Anna = HAF, Steve = him = his = he = HAM
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Is it relevant when Steve was on holiday? Is it relevant where?
Was it a one-day holiday?
Are Anna and Steve related? Are they coworkers? Friends?
Was Steve embarassed that Anna knew about his holiday at the first place?
Holiday - time off from work? Family holiday? Country holiday? Religious holiday?
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Is it relevant when Steve was on holiday? Is it relevant where? No to both
Was it a one-day holiday? Irrel
Are Anna and Steve related? Are they coworkers? This Friends?
Was Steve embarassed that Anna knew about his holiday at the first place? Yesish
Holiday - time off from work? Family holiday? Country holiday? Religious holiday? Could actually be any but I was thinking of a trip away somewhere, whether his family were there is irrel
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Did Steve want to keep his time off secret to Anna? Did Steve want Anna to know about his time off but not the fact that he went for holiday?
Did Steve tell Anna something that contradicted going on holiday? If yes: that he was ill? about some family duties?
Is it relevant how Anna learn about Steve's holiday?
Is Anna Steve's boss?
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Is Steve embarassed to admit that he stayed home rather than go anywhere?
Or did he say that he went to a (family?) occasion that didn't happen?
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Did Steve want to keep his time off secret to Anna? Noish Did Steve want Anna to know about his time off but not the fact that he went for holiday? No
Did Steve tell Anna something that contradicted going on holiday? No If yes: that he was ill? about some family duties?
Is it relevant how Anna learn about Steve's holiday? Yes
Is Anna Steve's boss? No
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Is Steve embarassed to admit that he stayed home rather than go anywhere? No
Or did he say that he went to a (family?) occasion that didn't happen? No
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Did Anna ask him in front of other people? If so, did he get embarrassed because of these other people?
Relevant to know where she asked him? At work?
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Did Anna ask him in front of other people? Yes If so, did he get embarrassed because of these other people? Partly
Relevant to know where she asked him? Yes At work? Yes
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Any other people relevant in the puzzle? If so, 1? 2? 3-5? 5-10? H/A/M? F?
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did Anna know he had been on holiday simply because he hadn't appeared at work? did Anna work in HR? had Anna found out he was on holiday through some non-work connection?

did the other people preent not know he'd been on holiday?
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Any other people relevant in the puzzle? Yes If so, 1? 2? 3-5? 5-10? At least 1 but could be any number (the more there were the more Steve would probably have been embarrassed) H/A/M? F? H/A/gender irrel

did Anna know he had been on holiday simply because he hadn't appeared at work? No did Anna work in HR? No had Anna found out he was on holiday through some non-work connection? No

did the other people preent not know he'd been on holiday? They did know
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Did they know what he did on his holiday? Did they know that she didn't know? Had he lied to anyone present? Or otherwise deceived them? Or withheld relevant information? Did he pretend that he spent it with her? Or that they were closer than they really were? So that her question showed that he had lied?
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Did they know what he did on his holiday? Irrel Did they know that she didn't know? Yes Had he lied to anyone present? Or otherwise deceived them? Or withheld relevant information? No to all
Did he pretend that he spent it with her? No Or that they were closer than they really were? No So that her question showed that he had lied?
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Would he had been embarrassed if she had: asked about anything else? Put the question differently? Asked at a different time? Or a different place (both assuming the same people were present)? Was he embarrassed as soon as the question was uttered? Had he said anything relevant earlier? Had the other person(s) said anything relevant? Would he have been embarrassed if a different person had asked? If any other of the present people had asked?
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Would he had been embarrassed if she had: asked about anything else? Possibly Put the question differently? Yes Asked at a different time? Hard to answer, depends on the situation Or a different place (both assuming the same people were present)? Yes Was he embarrassed as soon as the question was uttered? Yes Had he said anything relevant earlier? Yes Had the other person(s) said anything relevant? No Would he have been embarrassed if a different person had asked? No If any other of the present people had asked? No

Good round of questions!
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Are they television personalities? Did she ask on air?
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Are they television personalities? Did she ask on air? No to both
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So Steve was embarrassed that others should know he went on holiday? Did they think he was at work during that time? Did they think he was somewhere else? relevant where?
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So Steve was embarrassed that others should know he went on holiday? Not 'others'... Did they think he was at work during that time? No Did they think he was somewhere else? No relevant where?
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Was he embarrassed that she knew? That the other person(s) there now knew? That the other person(s) knew that she knew? Did he say the relevant thing to: her? the other person(s)? All?
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Did her question counteract something he had said? Or done?
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Did she intend to embarrass him? Did she know he would be embarrassed? Did she know he was embarrassed, once it had happened?
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Was he embarrassed that she knew? Yes That the other person(s) there now knew? No That the other person(s) knew that she knew? This may have been a small part of it Did he say the relevant thing to: her? Noish the other person(s)? Yes All?

Did her question counteract something he had said? Yope Or done? No

Did she intend to embarrass him? Yes Did she know he would be embarrassed? Yes Did she know he was embarrassed, once it had happened? Assume yes
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Did he say something negative? Against holidays? Against taking holidays? Against a place? Did he go somewhere relevant on his holiday? Are the other person(s) his colleagues as well? Is he a superior to any of them?
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Did he say something negative? Yes Against holidays? No Against taking holidays? No Against a place? No Did he go somewhere relevant on his holiday? No Are the other person(s) his colleagues as well? Irrel, assume yes Is he a superior to any of them? Irrel
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Something negative: about himself? Her? The other person(s) present? Some other person(s) at work? some person(s) not related to work? About work?
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Something negative: about himself? Her? This, no to rest The other person(s) present? Some other person(s) at work? some person(s) not related to work? About work?
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Did she hear him? Did he know she heard him? did she intend for her to hear him? Did she ask the question in direct response to what he said? did he say something about her: appearance? work duties? work performance? spare time? holidays? days off? time off? something related to vacations? Family?
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Did she hear him? Yes Did he know she heard him? Yope did she intend for her to hear him? Well she couldn't really help hearing him Did she ask the question in direct response to what he said? Noish did he say something about her: appearance? work duties? work performance? spare time? holidays? days off? time off? something related to vacations? Family? Irrel, the main point is that it was negative
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Ah, I meant: did HE intend that she should hear him? So the thing she said about his recent holiday was unrelated to what he had said before? But she said it in order to get back on him, when he said something negative about her?
So he's embarrassed simply because she knows he's been on holiday recently, correct? Do we need to know more about:
How she knew?
How recent the holiday was?
How long it lasted?

Did he first speak about his holiday, and then said something negative about her? So then she asked about his holiday, in order to indicate to everyone present that she had overheard everything?
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Ah, I meant: did HE intend that she should hear him? Yope So the thing she said about his recent holiday was unrelated to what he had said before? Correct But she said it in order to get back on him, when he said something negative about her? Correct, see below
So he's embarrassed simply because she knows he's been on holiday recently, correct? No Do we need to know more about:
How she knew? Yes, see below
How recent the holiday was? No
How long it lasted? No

Did he first speak about his holiday, and then said something negative about her? Yes! So then she asked about his holiday, in order to indicate to everyone present that she had overheard everything? Yesish, there is a bit more
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Did he intend that anyone should hear him? Was he speaking only to people present? To someone over the phone? Was he speaking loudly? Quietly? Was he speaking to himself? Relevant who he was speaking to?
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Did he intend that anyone should hear him? Yes Was he speaking only to people present? Yes To someone over the phone? No Was he speaking loudly? Quietly? At a normal speaking volume Was he speaking to himself? No Relevant who he was speaking to? Yes
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Was he speaking to: Anna? One other person? All other people present? Is the general mood: joking/humorous? Serious? Angry? Did he pretend to speak so that she should not hear, but knowing that she heard anyway? Such as fake-whispering to someone? Or did he pretend she would not hear, but know she would? Or did he not care if she heard or not? Or did he want her to know what he said, but not to hear it that that moment?
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Was he speaking to: Anna? One other person? All other people present? This Is the general mood: joking/humorous? Probably this Serious? Could be this Angry? Did he pretend to speak so that she should not hear, but knowing that she heard anyway? No Such as fake-whispering to someone? Or did he pretend she would not hear, but know she would? No Or did he not care if she heard or not? No Or did he want her to know what he said, but not to hear it that that moment? No
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Relevant why he said something negative about her? relevant why he was speaking about being on holiday? did he say anything else relevant? If so: before he mentioned the holiday? Between the holiday and the negative thing? After the negative thing but before she said something?
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Relevant why he said something negative about her? Yesish relevant why he was speaking about being on holiday? No did he say anything else relevant? No If so: before he mentioned the holiday? Between the holiday and the negative thing? After the negative thing but before she said something?
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Were they on the same holiday? Did he see her there?
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Were they on the same holiday? Did he see her there? No to both
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Did anyone else say anything relevant, except for her asking the question? If so: did they say anything about her? Him? something negative? Positive? Neutral?
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Did anyone else say anything relevant, except for her asking the question? No If so: did they say anything about her? Him? something negative? Positive? Neutral?
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so did it go something like this:

he said "I've just come back off holiday and Anna is a moron" and then she said "Hey Steve, how was your holiday?"?

or better: he said "It was wonderful being on holiday just to get a break from Anna"?
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so did it go something like this:

he said "I've just come back off holiday and Anna is a moron" and then she said "Hey Steve, how was your holiday?"? Yes pretty much - but why was Steve embarrassed when he realised that Anna knew about it?

or better: he said "It was wonderful being on holiday just to get a break from Anna"? Could also have been this but not necessarily
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Did Anna know about his holiday before? Or did she only get to know about it when he mentioned it? If so: Did everyone present know that Anna didn't know about his holiday? Or was it common knowledge that Anna didn't know about his holiday? Was he embarrassed because her question clearly indicated that she had heard the insult? (Can we call the negative thing he said about her an insult?) Was her question heard by: only him? All people present? Relevant? Was he embarrassed only by the fact that she had heard? Or by the fact that now everyone present knew she had heard? (Is the assumption about everyone knowing correct?)
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Did Anna know about his holiday before? No Or did she only get to know about it when he mentioned it? Yes If so: Did everyone present know that Anna didn't know about his holiday? Yes Or was it common knowledge that Anna didn't know about his holiday? Assume yes Was he embarrassed because her question clearly indicated that she had heard the insult? Yesish (Can we call the negative thing he said about her an insult?) Sure, it could have been an insult or just any negative comment Was her question heard by: only him? All people present? This Relevant? Not really but it was more embarrassing because everyone heard Was he embarrassed only by the fact that she had heard? Or by the fact that now everyone present knew she had heard? This increased the embarrassment, see above (Is the assumption about everyone knowing correct?) Yes
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Do we need to find out more about: Anna? Steve? The other people present? The insult? What exactly Anna said? Or how she said it? How embarrassed Steve was? How he expressed his embarrassment? How Anna reacted to it? How the other(s) reacted? Something I've not mentioned?
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Do we need to find out more about: Anna? Yes Steve? No The other people present? No The insult? Yope What exactly Anna said? No Or how she said it? Yes How embarrassed Steve was? No How he expressed his embarrassment? No How Anna reacted to it? No How the other(s) reacted? No Something I've not mentioned? Nothing not covered by the above, I believe
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About Anna: her job? Relation to Steve? Relation to other people present? Why Steve would say negative things about her? Did she say it: condescendingly? Excessively sweetly? Angrily? Faux-innocently? Seemingly genuinely innocently? If-looks-could-kill-he'd-be-dead-ly?
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Is Anna Steve's boss? co-worker? relative? adversary? Do they have a history of conflict?
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About Anna: her job? No Relation to Steve? No Relation to other people present? No Why Steve would say negative things about her? Yope Did she say it: condescendingly? Excessively sweetly? This Angrily? Faux-innocently? And this Seemingly genuinely innocently? If-looks-could-kill-he'd-be-dead-ly? No to rest, but there is something else relevant about how she said it unconnected to her emotion or tone of voice

Is Anna Steve's boss? co-worker? This relative? adversary? Do they have a history of conflict? No or irrel to rest

Hint: ask some of the fairly basic questions that are usually asked in puzzles to gather more information about a person
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Is anna older than steve? younger? same age?
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Is any of the coworkers specifically relevant?
When Steve made a negative comment about Anna, did he comment Anna's look? The way she does her job? Her skills? Her financial status? Her family life? Is it relevant what the comment was about?
Was his comment connected to the issue of holidays?

Is it relevant when Anna asked Steve about his holiday?
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Is anna older than steve? younger? same age? Irrel

Is any of the coworkers specifically relevant? No
When Steve made a negative comment about Anna, did he comment Anna's look? The way she does her job? Her skills? Her financial status? Her family life? Could have been any Is it relevant what the comment was about? No
Was his comment connected to the issue of holidays? No

Is it relevant when Anna asked Steve about his holiday? Yes, it was at the end of the conversation in which Steve mentioned his holiday and made the negative comment.

This is close to being solved. To finish it, focus on why Steve made the negative comment even though Anna was right there.
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recap?
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Did he not see Anna? Did he mistake her for someone else? Does she have a twin sister? Or someone else that looks like her? Did he think she was not listening? Did he make the comment in order to embarrass her?
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recap? Certainly

Did he not see Anna? He did Did he mistake her for someone else? No Does she have a twin sister? No Or someone else that looks like her? No Did he think she was not listening? Yope Did he make the comment in order to embarrass her? No

Recap:
Steve was with Anna (his coworker) and a group of other coworkers. Steve was chatting to the coworkers and during the conversation mentioned his recent holiday and also made some negative comments about Anna. At the end of the conversation, Anna pointedly asked how his holiday had been, deliberately embarrassing him because the fact that she knew he had been discussing his holiday meant she was also aware he had insulted her. The last part is, why did Steve originally think he could get away with insulting Anna when he knew she was within earshot?
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Did Anna work with earphones on? Was Anna in the same room as Steve?
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Did Anna work with earphones on? No Was Anna in the same room as Steve? Yes
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Did Anna previously have troubles with hearing? If yes, did her hearing improve?
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Did Anna previously have troubles with hearing? If yes, did her hearing improve? No to both
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Did Anna and Steve speak the same native language? Did Steve think that Anna cannot understand what he said?
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was Anna involved in a conversation with someone else?
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Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did Anna and Steve speak the same native language? NO Did Steve think that Anna cannot understand what he said? Exactly

was Anna involved in a conversation with someone else? No

*****SPOILER*****
I'm currently living in a foreign country, and one of the most annoying things is the way that some people will happily talk about me in my presence, seemingly unable to believe that living in their country I might perhaps have taken the time to learn their language.

In this puzzle, English Anna is working in France. During their lunchbreak, her coworker Steve is involved in a conversation in French about his holiday, and also gets in a few jibes at Anna. When he's finished, Anna asks sweetly and in perfect French "so do tell me, how was your holiday?", leaving Steve embarrassed as he realises she understood everything.

Thanks everyone and Redwine for the solve!
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Very nice! Seen a bunch of NotAlwaysRights like that.
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Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 - 2:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Haha, great!

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