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Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 1:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Predict a quick solve for this one, but I've been proven wrong twice so far

After a major earthquake, a doctor enters his office to find tens of thousands of dollars' worth of his property lying among twisted metal and broken glass. Although he is uninsured, he is not particularly upset. Why?
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Is he a medical doctor? a vet? a "phony doctor" (PhD)?
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Has some evidence of wrongdoing on his part been destroyed?
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Did the earthquake destroy something he wanted gone? I presume what exactly was destroyed is relevant? Was it something he couldn't practically destroy? Something it'd be illegal to destroy?

Era or country relevant? Medical waste or embryos relevant? Anything else we should learn about the doctor?
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Was the broken glass and twisted metal a result of the earthquake?

Was he not upset about the structure of the building being damaged? If so, was it because someone else would be responsible for it?

Was his other property actually damaged?

Or is he a messy person and it didn't look any different to what his office normally looked like?
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Was the "twisted metal and broken glass" not of much value in the first place (or alternatively was it designed to be twisted and broken, like some sort of glassy-metallic modern art sculpture)?

And was his valuable property (his house, perhaps) that was lying amidst this twisted stuff actually itself in perfectly good condition?
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This seems familiar...

Is the tens of thousands of dollars of property actually destroyed? Or does it just happen to be lying unbroken among the other broken stuff?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Solo1

Is he a medical doctor? a vet? a "phony doctor" (PhD)? a PhD makes for the most elegant puzzle/solution, but he could just as easily have been an MD or a veterinarian.

Peter365:

Has some evidence of wrongdoing on his part been destroyed? no

Hamilton:

Did the earthquake destroy something he wanted gone? no I presume what exactly was destroyed is relevant? yes Was it something he couldn't practically destroy? no Something it'd be illegal to destroy? no

Era or country relevant? no Medical waste or embryos relevant? no Anything else we should learn about the doctor? no

Lynne:

Was the broken glass and twisted metal a result of the earthquake? yes

Was he not upset about the structure of the building being damaged? any structural damage to the building is irrelevant to the solution If so, was it because someone else would be responsible for it? n/a

Was his other property actually damaged? no, for the most part

Or is he a messy person and it didn't look any different to what his office normally looked like? no, let us assume for the sake of this puzzle that he typically doesn't have wreckage strewn across his office floor

Psymann:

Was the "twisted metal and broken glass" not of much value in the first place correct! (or alternatively was it designed to be twisted and broken, like some sort of glassy-metallic modern art sculpture)? no

And was his valuable property (his house, perhaps) no, not his house that was lying amidst this twisted stuff actually itself in perfectly good condition? yes. but how?

Balin:

This seems familiar... My apologies if it is - I haven't gone through more than a month of archived puzzles

Is the tens of thousands of dollars of property actually destroyed? no! Or does it just happen to be lying unbroken among the other broken stuff? yes
Lynne (Lynne)
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Diamonds or something else indestructible?
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Did the earthquake actually bring the doctor closer to the wanted result of his research? (example: he tried to invent material which is not destroyed during earthquakes)?
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Could he see on the spot that his property wasn't destroyed?
Was he concerned that his property might be destroyed before he entered the office?
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Lynne:

Diamonds no or something else indestructible? no

Redwing:

Did the earthquake actually bring the doctor closer to the wanted result of his research? (example: he tried to invent material which is not destroyed during earthquakes)? no
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Could he see on the spot that his property wasn't destroyed? yes, more or less
Was he concerned that his property might be destroyed before he entered the office? generally speaking, yes
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Was the valuable property actually the data with his research results? Was he concerned that they had been stolen after the earthquake insted of destroyed? Were they not "destroyed" just because he had a backup?

Could the properties just be destroyed by water? Or fire? So he was just concerned that there had been a fire/burst pipes in his office?

Were the properties specially protected?
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Was the valuable property actually the data with his research results? no Was he concerned that they had been stolen after the earthquake insted of destroyed? no Were they not "destroyed" just because he had a backup? no

Could the properties just be destroyed by water? Or fire? vulnerable to both, among other things So he was just concerned that there had been a fire/burst pipes in his office? no

Were the properties specially protected? they had a form of protection - but not one designed specifically to make them impervious to damage in such a scenario
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Is the material of the properties relevant? The form? Size? The way it was stored?
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Is the material of the properties relevant? The form? Size? these are relevant in terms of identifying what it is The way it was stored? and this is relevant in terms of identifying how the scenario came about
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Were the valuable objects protected by something falling on top of them before the real damage happened?

The valuable properties: One object? Few? Many?
unique? rare? common?
Were they valuable to everyone? Or just the doctor?
Were they related to his work?
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Were the valuable objects protected by something falling on top of them before the real damage happened? no

The valuable properties: One object? yes Few? Many? no
unique? no rare? yes common? no
Were they valuable to everyone? Or just the doctor? define 'valuable'
Were they related to his work? yes!
Sleepingbeaver (Sleepingbeaver)
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Was the valuable object something printed on paper?
His thesis? Diploma? Current research? Important documents?
Is him being a doctor absolutely necessary for this to happen?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Was the valuable object something printed on paper? yes!
His thesis? Diploma? this Current research? Important documents?
Is him being a doctor absolutely necessary for this to happen? he could have held another degree, I suppose - but it wouldn't have been as expensive.

You've essentially covered the material facts, so it's time for a

***** SPOILER *****

His framed doctorate degree (from a private university) fell from the wall during the earthquake. The cost of reparations would have been equal to that of a new frame and an enclosed picture hook.


I could have made it slightly more difficult by insisting the degree was damaged, but a replacement was available at a cost of $100. Thank you all for playing - while short, this one lasted longer than I anticipated.

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