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Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 - 4:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

..to solve this puzzle.

Disclaimer: This puzzle is not original with me - I read it. But it is not listed among our Classics and I didn't find in in a search. So I assume it will be new to many forum members, and therefore legitimate.


Fr. Mulchaey claimed to be able to tell a Roman Catholic chaplain from one of any other faith at a glance, even though their uniforms were identical. How?
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M*A*S*H relevant? Being called "Padre"?
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Did Fr. Mulchaey recognise something in another RC chaplain that he knew about himself? Did he think that a Protestant chaplain wouldn't be able to tell?

Was it something visible on the outside, or more about a general demenour? Something they would be saying? Something missing? Like a wedding ring?
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Did he need the chaplain to speak?

Clothes relevant?
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When you say chaplain, are we talking about military chaplains? Prison chaplains? Hospital chaplains? Or is chaplain just being used as a generic term for clergy?

Would a Catholic's uniform undergo different wear-and-tear than a Protestant minister's uniform?

Clerical celibacy relevant? Mass? Some other Catholic sacrament?
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Tidyness?
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M*A*S*H relevant? Being called "Padre?" N.r. to both.
Did Fr. Mulchaey recognise something in another RC chaplain that he knew about himself? Yes Did he think that a Protestant chaplain wouldn't be able to tell? Yessish - a Protestant probably wouldn't even notice this.
Was it something visible on the outside,Yes or more about a general demenour? Something they would be saying? No Something missing? Like a wedding ring? No; a Protestant or Jewish chaplain wouldn't be wearing a wedding ring either, if single.
Did he need the chaplain to speak? No

Clothes relevant? Yes! OTRT.

When you say chaplain, are we talking about military chaplains?Yes, no to the others. Prison chaplains? Hospital chaplains? Or is chaplain just being used as a generic term for clergy?

Would a Catholic's uniform undergo different wear-and-tear than a Protestant minister's uniform?
YES! OTRT
Clerical celibacy relevant?No Mass? Yessish Some other Catholic sacrament?
Tidyness? No
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Would the Father pick out a Catholic by looking at his feet? His legs? His arms? His torso? His head?

Wild guess, but would a Catholic chaplain's knees be more worn out? Maybe because they kneel more often during services?
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I was about to guess what Hamilton did re: the knees. I think you're right Hamilton -- seems likely, plus it sounds like something Fr. Mulcahey would say (if this is actually from the show). Also more worn out from spending so much time on their knees praying for people's souls :-)
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Would the Father pick out a Catholic by looking at his feet? His legs?Yessish His arms? His torso? His head?

Wild guess, but would a Catholic chaplain's knees be more worn out? Maybe because they kneel more often during services?You're OTRT, but not quite there yet.
I was about to guess what Hamilton did re: the knees. I think you're right Hamilton -- seems likely, plus it sounds like something Fr. Mulcahey would say (if this is actually from the show). It's not actually from the show - at least not from any episode I remember. I just used Fr. Mulcahey's name for the hell of it. (eyeroll)
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Would there be patches on his clothes?
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Would there be patches on his clothes? No, OTWT
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would the rosary cause noticeable wear?
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would the rosary cause noticeable wear?Any wear from the rosary is n.r.
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Hint: Both my current puzzles have a religious theme, but they have something else in common.
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Is the common theme shoes? Is that the article of clothing that would undergo more wear if you were a RC chaplain? Kneeling relevant? Standing?

Is the fact that they're military chaplains relevant? Does it have to do with a religious practice or setting unique to the military? Or would this also be the case if clergymen in the civilian world wore the same uniform for whatever reason?
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Is the common theme shoes? Yes! Is that the article of clothing that would undergo more wear if you were a RC chaplain? Kneeling relevant? Yes to both.
Almost there!
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Are the toes scuffed?
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Are the toes scuffed? No, but OTRT. Think singular.
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OK, one knee and one toe more worn than the other? Referring to genuflection rather than kneeling on both knees?
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OK, one knee and one toe more worn than the other? Referring to genuflection rather than kneeling on both knees?YES

***************SPOILER*************
The RC priest's right shoe was more deeply creased from genuflection.


Now does anybody want to tackle my other puzzle? I'm beginning to think it doesn't have a prayer!

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