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Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The United States government once instituted a policy. If you've heard of the policy, the reason for the policy would seem obvious. But in reality, they were actually concerned about a complete different problem.
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Is this policy still in effect?

Instituted: 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s?

Would the obvious reason be obvious to Americans and foreigners? Are Americans any more likely to know the real reason behind it?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Is this policy still in effect? No

Instituted: 1700s, 1800s, 1900s This, 2000s?

Would the obvious reason be obvious to Americans and foreigners? Yes Are Americans any more likely to know the real reason behind it? No
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Did the policy pertain to economy/finances? Roads/transportation? Food/drink? Health services? Education? Elections/government officials? Environment/wildlife?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Did the policy pertain to economy/finances? This Roads/transportation? And this Food/drink? Health services? Education? Elections/government officials? Environment/wildlife?
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Which decade did it go into effect?

1900s? 1910s? 1920s? 1930s? 1940s? 1950s? 1960s? 1970s? 1980s? 1990s?

For how many years was the policy in effect?
Less than 10? Under 20? Under 30? Under 50? 50+?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Which decade did it go into effect?

1900s? 1910s? 1920s? 1930s? 1940s? This 1950s? 1960s? 1970s? 1980s? 1990s?

For how many years was the policy in effect?
Less than 10? This Under 20? Under 30? Under 50? 50+?
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The "obvious reason"... anything to do with World War II?

The "completely different problem..." anything to do with WWII?

Did this go into effect before Pearl Harbor? less than 1 month after Pearl Harbor? less than a year after Pearl Harbor?

Did the policy end before the war ended? less than 1 month after the war ended? less than 1 year after the war ended?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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The "obvious reason"... anything to do with World War II? Yes

The "completely different problem..." anything to do with WWII? Yes

Did this go into effect before Pearl Harbor? less than 1 month after Pearl Harbor? less than a year after Pearl Harbor?

Did the policy end before the war ended? less than 1 month after the war ended? less than 1 year after the war ended? I'm unsure of the exact timeline. The only thing you really need to know is that it was a wartime measure.
Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alex, I have a hunch about this & sent you an e-mail.
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alex, I have a hunch about this & sent you an e-mail.
Your hunch was correct
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, I know the policy, but not the reasons behind it. Should I wait or guess?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Go ahead and guess, if you only have half of it.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Japanese internment camps? I'd assume the public belief is those were initiated in response to Pearl Harbor.
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Japanese internment camps? No, actually I'd assume the public belief is those were initiated in response to Pearl Harbor.
Balin (Balin)
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Poo. I thought that was it.

You say it had to do with economy/finances and roads/transportation? Anything to do with gasoline purchase? Prices? Rationing?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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You say it had to do with economy/finances and roads/transportation? Anything to do with gasoline purchase? Yes Prices? No Rationing? Yes
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So the policy was rationing of gasoline?
The apparent reason: to save gasoline for the army?
The actual concern of the government: people should travel less? and stay close to their home place? in case that an evacuation becomes necessary? or to make it easier to draw them for the army/for public services?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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So the policy was rationing of gasoline? Yes
The apparent reason: to save gasoline for the army? Yes, that's the apparent reason
The actual concern of the government: people should travel less? Yes, but why? and stay close to their home place? in case that an evacuation becomes necessary? or to make it easier to draw them for the army/for public services? No to all these.
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Reducing use of rubber tires so that the military would get more rubber? (Since SE Asia where we get most of it was under Japanese occupation.)

Great idea for a puzzle, btw.
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Reducing use of rubber tires so that the military would get more rubber? (Since SE Asia where we get most of it was under Japanese occupation.)

Great idea for a puzzle, btw.
Exactly right

*****SPOILER*****
During WWII, the United States instituted gasoline rationing on the home front. The obvious reason was to save gasoline for military purposes. But in reality, that wasn't the issue, considering how much gasoline the US produces. What was actually being rationed was tires, since the rubber came from Pacific areas under Japanese control. With only a certain amount of gas, people drove much less, and the US' rubber tire supply held out until the end of the war.

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