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Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Another one for the 'easy puzzles' section

A perfectly healthy young police officer is lying on his hospital bed waiting for the services of a firefighter. He is not particularly alarmed. What is going on?
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Is firefighter also perfectly healthy?
Police officer: H? A? M?
Firefighter: H? A? M?
Does the hospital treat patients with one certain type of illnesses/conditions?
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Is firefighter also perfectly healthy? yes
Police officer: H? A? M? yes to all
Firefighter: H? A? M? yes to all
Does the hospital treat patients with one certain type of illnesses/conditions? no
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Were the services the police officer waited for typical for firefighter? Was the hospital in fire?
Did the police officer need the services of firefighter? If yes: for himself? for someone else? for an animal?

Did the police officer do his job in that hospital? Did the firefighter?
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Were the services the police officer waited for typical for firefighter? Uncommon, but not terribly unusual Was the hospital in fire? no
Did the police officer need the services of firefighter? yes If yes: for himself? yes for someone else? for an animal? no to both

Did the police officer do his job in that hospital? no Did the firefighter? no - except in this instance
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Did the P.O. need a transfusion?an organ?
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Did the P.O. need a transfusion?an organ? no to either
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Was P.O. assisting in firefighter training?
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Was P.O. assisting in firefighter training? no
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Does the firefighter use a skill that he can do but the officer cannot?
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Was the hospital bed in a hospital? Was the police officer free to leave the bed if he wished? Handcuffed to it? Restrained in some other way? Had he been guarding a prisoner?
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Ba1in:

Does the firefighter use a skill that he can do but the officer cannot? yes

Sunshine:

Was the hospital bed in a hospital? yes Was the police officer free to leave the bed if he wished? yes Handcuffed to it? no Restrained in some other way? no Had he been guarding a prisoner? no
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Is the police officer on duty? Is the fireman?

Do they know each other?

Could the situation have occured if the police officer had a different profession?
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Is the police officer on duty? no Is the fireman? yes

Do they know each other? no

Could the situation have occured if the police officer had a different profession? yes
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Was the police officer in hospital for the treatment of some illness? or operation of some kind?

If so, were the fireman's skills required in relation to this treatment/operation? or completely unrelated?
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Was the police officer in hospital for the treatment of some illness? no or operation of some kind? yes. of some kind.

If so, were the fireman's skills required in relation to this treatment/operation? yes or completely unrelated? no
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Was the operation-of-some-kind being performed on the police officer?

Was the operation-of-some-kind being performed by...
...the fireman?
...one or more hospital staff?
...both?
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Was the police officer in the hospital in relation to some crime ? Was the firefighter a criminal ? Was the police a criminal himself ?

Was he waiting for a particular firefighter ? Would any firefighter have served the purpose ?
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Was the operation-of-some-kind being performed on the police officer? yes

Was the operation-of-some-kind being performed by...
...the fireman? yes
...one or more hospital staff? they tried, but failed
...both? yes, but not simultaneously

Amol:

Was the police officer in the hospital in relation to some crime ? no Was the firefighter a criminal ? no Was the police a criminal himself ? no

Was he waiting for a particular firefighter ? no Would any firefighter have served the purpose ? yes
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Was he stuck in something in some way? Like for instance, his hand stuck in a vase or his head in a bucket?
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Was he stuck in something in some way? yes, in some way Like for instance, his hand stuck in a vase or his head in a bucket? no to both
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Was the fireman required for:
...his equipment?
...his physical skill?
...his strength?
...his rugged good looks?
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Was the fireman required for:
...his equipment? yes, primarily
...his physical skill? yes
...his strength? no
...his rugged good looks? not relevantly
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Is the officer stuck to the bed?
Or stuck in the bed mechanism, e.g. in the bars?
Or stuck under the bed?
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Is the officer stuck to the bed? no
Or stuck in the bed mechanism, e.g. in the bars? no
Or stuck under the bed? no
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Is the police officer stuck in something or is something stuck to him? Is he glued to something? Is his situation embarassing? Is he clothed? Was he..ahem..enjoying himself when this occurred?

Sorry but I've a vivid imagination.
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Peter365 - I think he'd be 'alarmed' if he needed a fireman to rescue him from excess 'enjoyment' ! :-o


The fireman is using a specialist tool(s) to perform the operation-of-some-kind?

Is there any other object involved, other than the fireman's tool(s) and the hospital bed?
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Is the police officer stuck in something this or is something stuck to him? not this Is he glued to something? no Is his situation embarassing? no Is he clothed? yes Was he..ahem..enjoying himself when this occurred? no

Sorry but I've a vivid imagination. Come now, you're a lateral thinker. Your statement reads like a tennis champion apologising for a strong backhand.

Psydklk:

Peter365 - I think he'd be 'alarmed' if he needed a fireman to rescue him from excess 'enjoyment' ! :-o For what it's worth, I agree with you. But let's leave the issue here; I would prefer that we didn't derail the puzzle by leaving this issue up for mass debate.


The fireman is using a specialist tool(s) to perform the operation-of-some-kind? yes

Is there any other object involved, other than the fireman's tool(s) and the hospital bed? yes
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Is the "something" the policeman is stuck in...
Something that would commonly be found in a hospital?
Something that came in with the officer?
Some piece of equipment? Connected to the medical profession? Connected to the police profession?
something alive?
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Is the "something" the policeman is stuck in...
Something that would commonly be found in a hospital? yes, to take a very literal interpretation of your question
Something that came in with the officer? yes
Some piece of equipment? no Connected to the medical profession? no Connected to the police profession? no
something alive? no
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Is he stuck in clothing?

Like, you know, when you get your head down the arm of your jumper and get lost and can't find your way out again. I didn't even realise you could call a fireman to help with that! Next time I'm getting dressed in the dark when half-asleep, I'm getting my phone out ready to dial 999. Do they rescue people out of duvet covers as well? :-)
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Is he stuck in clothing? no
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Is he stuck in handcuffs?

What part of his body is stuck:
- his head?
- a limb?
- his whole body?
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Is he stuck in handcuffs? no

What part of his body is stuck:
- his head? no
- a limb? no
- his whole body? no
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Is the thing the policeman is stuck in something tangible? or is he stuck in a rut, or a bad habit or something similar? Sorry if it's been asked before but are there other relevant people ? Any relevant females?
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Is the thing the policeman is stuck in something tangible? yes or is he stuck in a rut, or a bad habit or something similar? no Sorry if it's been asked before but are there other relevant people ? Any relevant females? no other people are involved over the course of the puzzle - but this particular set of circumstances would not be possible without a relevant female being involved at some point in time.
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Exploring more about which part of his body is stuck:

Is the body surface stuck ? If so, is the surface above the waist ? below ? His back ?

Is a volume of the body trapped somewhere ? If so, is it above the waist ? below ?

Since you specifically said a relevant female has to be involved: is it a maternity hospital ?

Is the policeman able to get up from the bed and move around ? Can he leave the room if he wanted ? Is his movement impeded because of whatever he is stuck to ?
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Is the fireman using some sort of cutting tool?

Is the policeman stuck in something predominantly made of metal? wood? plastic? fabric? mixture-of-materials-too-difficult-to-pin-down-to-just-one?

Is he stuck in something that would also usually be found in an office? in a home? in a shop?
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Amol:

Exploring more about which part of his body is stuck:

Is the body surface stuck ? no If so, is the surface above the waist ? below ? His back ? n/a to all

Is a volume of the body trapped somewhere ? yes If so, is it above the waist ? this below ?

Since you specifically said a relevant female has to be involved: is it a maternity hospital ? no

Is the policeman able to get up from the bed and move around ? yes Can he leave the room if he wanted ? yes Is his movement impeded because of whatever he is stuck to ? no

Psydkik:

Is the fireman using some sort of cutting tool? yes!

Is the policeman stuck in something predominantly made of metal? this wood? plastic? fabric? mixture-of-materials-too-difficult-to-pin-down-to-just-one? no, fortunately

Is he stuck in something that would also usually be found in an office? in a home? in a shop? it would be commonly found in all three, depending on the populousness of the building
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Is the policeman trapped in an ambulance that got in a car accident? And the fireman is using the Jaws of Life to cut open the smashed ambulance? To get the policeman out?
If not an ambulance, is he in a normal car? A police car?
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The 'something' that he's stuck in - if I had one at home, would I probably keep it in:
- the bedroom?
- the living room?
- the kitchen?
- the garage?
- could be anywhere depending on my personal choice?

Does it involve clothes storage equipment and a stupid dare?
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Balin:

Is the policeman trapped in an ambulance that got in a car accident? no And the fireman is using the Jaws of Life to cut open the smashed ambulance? no To get the policeman out? no
If not an ambulance, is he in a normal car? no A police car? no

Psydkik:

The 'something' that he's stuck in - if I had one at home, would I probably keep it in:
- the bedroom?
- the living room?
- the kitchen?
- the garage?
- could be anywhere depending on my personal choice? this is closest

Does it involve clothes storage equipment and a stupid dare? No, and I'm not even going to ask.
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*looks around his house for inspiration for any metal object which someone could get their torso stuck in*

He got stuck in... erm...
...a table or trolley?
...a chair?
...a picture frame?
...a coil of wire?

As for the dare... see any of these, all basically variations on the same theme!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1sYwjI2kmc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q99zSETQfZQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_nyqQe5J8k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI6CzXGkBYo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcUz5OjL7qY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwkoGYtOvug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQm7QFc-vhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYp3UYZXkNk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MywD3Kr4NVE
Gosh, there are a lot of odd people in the world! ;-)
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Did the policeman put the metal construction on himself willingly? Accidentally?
Did he put it on himself easily? But could not take it off?
Is the item something man can wear? Sort of armor?
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Psydkik:

*looks around his house for inspiration for any metal object which someone could get their torso stuck in* There's an FA at play here. Also, I don't know enough about you to say whether you'll find this object in your house or not :P

He got stuck in... erm...
...a table or trolley?
...a chair?
...a picture frame?
...a coil of wire? none of the above

As for the dare... see any of these, all basically variations on the same theme! Well, these were more benign than I feared. Probably a good thing, since I'm at work. He wasn't stuck in a hanger.

Gosh, there are a lot of odd people in the world! ;-) If there weren't, this forum probably wouldn't exist. Different kind of oddness, I'll grant.

Red, red wine:

Did the policeman put the metal construction on himself willingly? yes Accidentally? no
Did he put it on himself easily? yes But could not take it off? correct
Is the item something man can wear? yes Sort of armor? no

Good questions.
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Psydkik:

*looks around his house for inspiration for any metal object which someone could get their torso stuck in* There's an FA at play here. Also, I don't know enough about you to say whether you'll find this object in your house or not :P

He got stuck in... erm...
...a table or trolley?
...a chair?
...a picture frame?
...a coil of wire? none of the above

As for the dare... see any of these, all basically variations on the same theme! Well, these were more benign than I feared. Probably a good thing, since I'm at work. He wasn't stuck in a hanger.

Gosh, there are a lot of odd people in the world! ;-) If there weren't, this forum probably wouldn't exist. Different kind of oddness, I'll grant

Red, red wine:

Did the policeman put the metal construction on himself willingly? yes Accidentally? no
Did he put it on himself easily? yes But could not take it off? correct
Is the item something man can wear? yes Sort of armor? no

Good questions.
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I liked your questions so much, I answered them twice.
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Gah, how did I FA there... let's see...

A 'volume of the body above the waist' of the policeman is stuck?...
...but not his head?...
...and not a limb?...
...which means his torso is stuck?...
...oh, or perhaps his neck, is that it?...
...in a single thing?...
...made of metal (or at least predominantly metal)?...
...which I would quite possibly find in my house, office or local shop?

Did he slip this something on over his head? Or over his feet? Or clip/tie it round him?
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Gah, how did I FA there... let's see...

A 'volume of the body above the waist' of the policeman is stuck?... correct so far
...but not his head?... still correct
...and not a limb?... Well. the part of his body that is stuck fits Wikipedia's brief description of a limb, but is specifically excluded by its elaboration on the definition. Make of that what you will. It certainly wouldn't be considered a limb according to the legal golden law.
...which means his torso is stuck?... not necessarily
...oh, or perhaps his neck, is that it?... no
...in a single thing?... yes
...made of metal (or at least predominantly metal)?... yes
...which I would quite possibly find in my house, office or local shop? yes

Did he slip this something on over his head? no Or over his feet? no Or clip/tie it round him? no
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A wedding ring?
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When is a limb not a limb... seems my FA is on the definition of limb, which I guess isn't surprising!; I shall resist the temptation to inspect wikipedia.

So the part of him that is stuck, is it:
- finger(s)?
- thumb(s)?
- wrist(s)?
- arm(s)?
- elbow(s)?
- shoulder(s)?
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Redwine

A wedding ring? yes!

Final piece of the puzzle: Hospitals are usually equipped for this, though. Why was the FD necessary?


Psydkik:
When is a limb not a limb... seems my FA is on the definition of limb, which I guess isn't surprising!; I shall resist the temptation to inspect wikipedia.

So the part of him that is stuck, is it:
- finger(s)? Yes. Ring finger specifically.
- thumb(s)?
- wrist(s)?
- arm(s)?
- elbow(s)?
- shoulder(s)? no to rest

Regarding Wikipedia, the definition breaks down as follows:

A limb (from the Old English lim), or extremity, is a jointed, or prehensile (as octopus tentacles or new world monkey tails), appendage of the human or other animal body. OK, so far so good

In the human body, the upper and lower limbs are commonly called the arms and the legs. Human legs and feet are specialized for two-legged locomotion most other mammals walk and run on all four limbs. Human arms are weaker, but very mobile allowing us to reach at a wide range of distances and angles, and end in specialized hands capable of grasping and fine manipulation of objects. Hmm. It appears a distinction is being made between the limb and the hand. Let's check the definition of upper limbs:

The upper limb or upper extremity is the region in an animal extending from the deltoid region to the hand, including the arm, axilla and shoulder. OK, so the finger's out.
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Is it relevant why the wedding ring had to be taken off? Did the police officer want to get rid of it?
If he was perfectly healthy, I exclude preparations for surgeries and having been biten by insects... correct?
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Redwine:

Is it relevant why the wedding ring had to be taken off? not really - it was stuck and unable to be removed by normal means Did the police officer want to get rid of it? no
If he was perfectly healthy, I exclude preparations for surgeries and having been biten by insects... correct? correct
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Was it during holidays? Other time when there are less staff in hospitals than usually? Was the hospital short on means/tools to remove the wedding ring?
Is it relevant where was the hospital located?
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Were the policeman and the firefighter related?
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Was the ring made from gold? silver?

Was the chief doctor at the hospital the policeman's wife, and he didn't dare let her know he was having to get his ring cut off? ;-)
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Could the policeman have gone to the Fire Station directly to get the ring removed ? Was it essential that the ring removal be done in the hospital itself ?

Is the material of the ring relevant ?
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Redwine

Was it during holidays? no Other time when there are less staff in hospitals than usually? no Was the hospital short on means/tools to remove the wedding ring? in this particular case, yes, although they were usually well-equipped to deal with such a situation
Is it relevant where was the hospital located? no

Plebeian:

Were the policeman and the firefighter related? no

Psydkik:

Was the ring made from gold? silver? no to both, relevantly

Was the chief doctor at the hospital the policeman's wife, and he didn't dare let her know he was having to get his ring cut off? ;-) Haha, nice. Not the solution I had in mind, though

Amol:

Could the policeman have gone to the Fire Station directly to get the ring removed ? yes, but only because hindsight is 20/20 Was it essential that the ring removal be done in the hospital itself ? no, but it would have been much more convenient in this scenario.

Is the material of the ring relevant ? very
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Wood?
Platinum?
Tungsten?
Something not normally that would be used to make a wedding ring?
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Was the material of the ring particularly hard to cut? Was the material of the ring particularly expensive, so that it needed to be removed with least damage possible?
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Plebeian:

Wood?
Platinum?
Tungsten? none of these
Something not normally that would be used to make a wedding ring? Less common than gold or silver, but by no means uncommon

Redwine:

Was the material of the ring particularly hard to cut? yes! Was the material of the ring particularly expensive, so that it needed to be removed with least damage possible? no

You have solved the puzzle, in essence. Any other details are irrelevant and distracting.

***** SPOILER *****

The police officer's finger had become swollen and stuck in his wedding ring. He went to the hospital to have the ring cut off, but it was made of titanium and the hospital was not equipped to cut through such a subtance. A member of the local fire department was called in to cut through it instead.


Thanks for playing. This one's autobiographical, apart from the bit about being a police officer. I just wanted to throw all the emergency services in there.
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See, that's what you get for calling this an "easy puzzle." 62 posts later...

Nice one.
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Ah the old easy/quickie paradox.

Nice puzzle Wiz.

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