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Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why did I just ask my mum if she wanted to spend a weekend with friends of the family?

Questions on my two other puzzle are also greatly appreciated...
Paul1440 (Paul1440)
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Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were you planning on spending the weekend with the friends also? Were you hoping your mom said yes?
Were you planning a surprise party for your mom?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were you planning on spending the weekend with the friends also? no Were you hoping your mom said yes? somewhat
Were you planning a surprise party for your mom? no
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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there a misunderstanding of any kind? Did you have any suspicions about your mother's plans for the weekend before you asked the question?

Is it relevant where the friends of the family live, or would be visiting during the weekend? Would she be going to them or they be coming to her?

Did you have a vested interest in your mother being out of the house, even if for a short time?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:12 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there a misunderstanding of any kind? no Did you have any suspicions about your mother's plans for the weekend before you asked the question? no

Is it relevant where the friends of the family live, or would be visiting during the weekend? yes Would she be going to them or they be coming to her? she would be going to them

Did you have a vested interest in your mother being out of the house, even if for a short time? no
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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would she be going to her friends' home? Do they live in the same town/city as you? Another town/city within Germany? In another country?

Would you be able to use her being in that location to your advantage, such as buying you an item that is hard to find where you live, or photographing/reading up on an important monument or other cultural phenomena, or passing on a message to another friend of yours while she's there?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would she be going to her friends' home? yes Do they live in the same town/city as you? no Another town/city within Germany? In another country? this (Switzerland, but that's largely irrel)

Would you be able to use her being in that location to your advantage, such as buying you an item that is hard to find where you live, or photographing/reading up on an important monument or other cultural phenomena, or passing on a message to another friend of yours while she's there? no to all
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Is it relevant that she crosses a border in order to get there?

Are you asking this question primarily in your mother's best interest? In yours? Her friends'? Someone else's? A mixture?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant that she crosses a border in order to get there? no

Are you asking this question primarily in your mother's best interest? In yours? this Her friends'? Someone else's? A mixture?
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Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 12:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant by which means she would travel there? Car? Train? Plane? Other?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 5:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant by which means she would travel there? yes Car? Train? this Plane? Other?
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Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 8:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think it's not that you wanted to have the car for the weekend? i think i will stay out of this now since I have unfair home advantage = }
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think it's not that you wanted to have the car for the weekend? no. For the sake of the puzzle, it's easier to assume I live with my parents, but I actually I don't - no car or house issues relevant i think i will stay out of this now since I have unfair home advantage = } feel free to stay =)
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

HINT: I wanted her to go on a specific date.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 4:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Holiday relevant?
Birthday relevant?
Anniversary relevant?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 5:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Holiday relevant?
Birthday relevant?
Anniversary relevant?
no to all. Keep in mind that I asked the question primarily in my own benefit.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 12:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another HINT: I asked her the question half jokingly, half seriously.
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you want your mother to transport something to friends of family? Bring you something from them?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you want your mother to transport something to friends of family? Bring you something from them? no to both
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:14 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

RECAP (in the hope that this will bring some new action to the puzzle)

Some weeks ago, I half-jokingly, half-seriously asked my mother if she would like to spend a weekend with friends of a family on a specific date. She would have gone to their place by train. Although I asked the question mainly in my own benefit, transporting or buying objects is not relevant.
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 11:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were there relevant train discounts on that date? Do you collect train tickets and you needed a ticket from that specific date and route for your collection?
Are there any relevant train loyalty programs, in which you would get considerable benefit if your mum travelled this certain route?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 2:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were there relevant train discounts on that date? yes, but beware of FA Do you collect train tickets and you needed a ticket from that specific date and route for your collection? no
Are there any relevant train loyalty programs, in which you would get considerable benefit if your mum travelled this certain route? no

Thanks for finally asking question on this one. I was close to $poiling it.
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 2:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant that you wanted your mum to travel to certain location? Or would any location do, if the date remained the same?
Would you gain financially on her journey? Could you then buy cheaper tickets for yourself?
Was there any relevant action on that specific date, of which some charity organisation would profit?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 2:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it relevant that you wanted your mum to travel to certain location? yes Or would any location do, if the date remained the same? no
Would you gain financially on her journey? I wouldn't have gained money, but if she hadn't travelled, I would have lost money. Good q! Could you then buy cheaper tickets for yourself? no
Was there any relevant action on that specific date, of which some charity organisation would profit? no
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 2:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you buy ticket for yourself to that location and you could not go for some reason? Do you have some sort of long-term train pass that allows you to travel wherever you want?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 2:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you buy ticket for yourself to that location and you could not go for some reason? yes! Do you have some sort of long-term train pass that allows you to travel wherever you want? no
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 3:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Could you have returned your ticket and got your money back? Could someone else than your mother have used the ticket?
Is it relevant why you could not go to Switzerland?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 3:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Could you have returned your ticket and got your money back? no Could someone else than your mother have used the ticket? no
Is it relevant why you could not go to Switzerland? no

I think we have enough for the

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

In March, I worked as a counsellor at a day camp in France. In February, I bought a super cheap non-refundable and non-exchangable train ticket to a nearby Swiss city, only to notice that I bought it for the wrong day. Unfortunately, it was a kind of ticket that you cannot just sell on ebay because it's only valid in combination with the credit card you bought it with.
My mum has friends living in that city, so I asked her if she wanted to buy my ticket and spend a weekend with them - I would have lended her my credit card as well.


Thanks for playing =)

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