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Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 7:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He was a girl for awhile.
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 11:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He = Male human?
Girl = Young female human?

Is paperwork/administration/documentation involved in the solution? Acting in any capacity? Computer games or other mass media activities?

Was any physical transformation involved in the course of this puzzle?
Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 12:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wizardofnz
He = Male human? no
Girl = Young female human? no

Is paperwork/administration/documentation involved in the solution? no; as you'll eventually see, the prospect of that is funny. Acting in any capacity? good guess, but no. Computer games or other mass media activities? no

Was any physical transformation involved in the course of this puzzle? yes
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 12:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he/the girl an animal of some sort? Any biological/developmental quirks relevant?

Is he/the girl a physical being, as we would normally perceive of one? A personification (such as a country or a ship)? A linguistic oddity?
Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 1:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wizardofnz
Is he/the girl an animal of some sort? this Any biological/developmental quirks relevant? he wouldn't have thought so, but we humans likely would.

Is he/the girl a physical being, as we would normally perceive of one? he/she is. A personification (such as a country or a ship)? n/a A linguistic oddity? n/a
Amol (Amol)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 2:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I vaguely remember there are creatures that change their gender during their lifetime. Is it one of those ? (I a not a biologist, and am too bad at remembering names of creatures).
Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 4:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Amol
I vaguely remember there are creatures that change their gender during their lifetime. Is it one of those ? it is -- care to guess which? (I a not a biologist, and am too bad at remembering names of creatures).
Psydkik (Psydkik)
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Posted on Monday, October 07, 2013 - 5:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Isn't there some sort of fish that does that?

*is not a biologist either so may have made that up*
Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 1:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Psydkik
Isn't there some sort of fish that does that? there might be, but that's not the case here. To narrow things down and make this go briskly -- $poiler is surely imminent -- this is another of my beloved Pacific NW seafood puzzles.

*is not a biologist either so may have made that up*
*neither am I a biologist, but I surely am a piscaphile*
Yojimbo (Yojimbo)
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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The puzzle's lost the lateral element, and would devolve into a silly guessing game -- or invoked lists, and let's not have that -- so here's the

*******SPOILER*******

The fellow who “was a girl for a while” is an Alaskan spot shrimp [Pandalus platyceros], which are one of several species that experience sequential hermaphroditism, changing gender during their lives. In this case, the spot shrimp is “protandrous,” starting as a male, and at some point, becoming a female, and if he/she lives long enough, going back and forth a number of times [protygynous species begin as females]. Not only are they biologically interesting in that way, they’re also super-tasty, but live about 300 feet deep [over 90 meters], so shrimpers need pots and lots of long line.

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