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Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Post Number: 930
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

But what sorcery is this, Wizardofnz? You've been here for over a decade; surely this cannot be your first puzzle?

Well, actually, it is. This is the very first puzzle I came up with, having read an anthology or two of them as a pre-teen. I never posted it in these forums. Looking back on it now, it still makes at least as much logical sense as albatross soup, so I present it to you now:


Pat enters a restaurant and waits to be seated. 'Table for one?' asks the hostess. Pat, wanting a table for two, replies in the negative. The hostess rushes to the phone and dials 111*. Why?

* Or 911, or 999, or 112 etc., depending on where the puzzle is set...
Doriana (Doriana)
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Post Number: 291
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat = H/A/M? F?

Did Pat enter the restaurant alone?

Is it relevant how exactly Pat words his/her negative response?

Did the hostess think anyone's life was in immediate danger?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat = H/A/ yes M? F? this

Did Pat enter the restaurant alone? yope

Is it relevant how exactly Pat words his/her negative response? yes

Did the hostess think anyone's life was in immediate danger? noish
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she pregnant?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she pregnant? yes
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Pat going into labor?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Pat going into labor? no
Gregoryuconn (Gregoryuconn)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does Pat have a mental illness that causes her to think she's two people? Like schizophrenia? Is the "two" her baby? Her alternate personality? Her husband? Her stalker?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does Pat have a mental illness that causes her to think she's two people? no Like schizophrenia? Is the "two" her baby? Her alternate personality? Her husband? Her stalker? n/a to the rest
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she visibly pregnant?

Does the hostess think she's about to go into labour? If so, did she think so because of Pat's choice of words?

Does she call an ambulance? the police? firefighters?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she visibly pregnant? yes

Does the hostess think she's about to go into labour? yes If so, did she think so because of Pat's choice of words? yes

Does she call an ambulance? this the police? firefighters?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Because Pat signified a dinner for 2, but came in by herself, did the hostess think she was about to go into labor?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Because Pat signified a dinner for 2, but came in by herself, did the hostess think she was about to go into labor? not by this alone
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does she say something along the lines of "He should arrive any second now"? "I'll just wait for him to arrive"? And the hostess thinks she is talking about the baby when in fact she's talking about her dinner date?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does she say something along the lines of "He should arrive any second now"? "I'll just wait for him to arrive"? And the hostess thinks she is talking about the baby when in fact she's talking about her dinner date? correct!

***** SPOILER *****

Pat is more than eight months pregnant, and looks it. When the hostess asks if she will be dining alone, Pat replies 'No, there'll be two of us in a minute', or either of Doriana's suggestions. The waitress, thinking she was referring to the imminent birth of her child, panicked and called for an ambulance.


Not too hard, was it? Well done to all, especially Doriana.

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