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Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How did a missing letter accidentally $poyle a book?

Should be quick.
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the missing letter in the text of the book? In something written about the book?

Did it give away the death of a character? a plot twist? a love story?
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Letter = character of the alphabet? If so, Western alphabet?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 8:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the missing letter in the text of the book? Yes In something written about the book? No

Did it give away the death of a character? No a plot twist? Yes(ish) a love story? No

Letter = character of the alphabet? Yes If so, Western alphabet? Yes
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the letter S?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 2:18 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the letter S? No. To avoid [LTPF list of letters], it was a T.
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the missing letter part of a word? Did its being missing change one word into another?

Did it spoyle the book in the sense of giving away an aspect of the plot? Or physically ruining it?

Would someone reading the book realise immediately that the book had been spoyled? Would they realise immediately that there was a letter missing?
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Was the missing letter part of a word? Yes Did its being missing change one word into another? Yes

Did it spoyle the book in the sense of giving away an aspect of the plot? This Or physically ruining it?

Would someone reading the book realise immediately that the book had been spoyled? Would they realise immediately that there was a letter missing? Either-or
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 2:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the missing letter just missing from one word? Was the letter missing from the title? Blurb? An early part of the book? A part shortly before the part that it spoyled? During the part that it spoyled?

Was the book a fiction novel? Would it help to find out more about the genre? The author? The exact aspect of the plot that was given away?

Was the missing letter a misprint? Deliberate? Was it a coincidence that the new word which resulted from the missing letter contributed to spoyling the book?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the missing letter just missing from one word? Yes Was the letter missing from the title? No Blurb? No An early part of the book? Yes A part shortly before the part that it spoyled? No During the part that it spoyled? No

Was the book a fiction novel? Yes Would it help to find out more about the genre? It's a mystery novel. To prevent any real-life $poylers, that's all you're getting about the identity of the book. The author? See previous The exact aspect of the plot that was given away? Yes

Was the missing letter a misprint? I assume so Deliberate? Presumably not Was it a coincidence that the new word which resulted from the missing letter contributed to spoyling the book? Yes
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a murder mystery? Did the missing letter reveal the culprit? How they did it?

Was the word that was missing the letter a name? Did it read as a name due to the letter being missing?
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a murder mystery? Yes Did the missing letter reveal the culprit? The exact identity of the culprit? No but OTRT How they did it? No

Was the word that was missing the letter a name? No Did it read as a name due to the letter being missing? No
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they reveal something about the culprit? Their age? Gender? Title? Job? Motive?

Was the narrator the murderer?
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 3:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they reveal something about the culprit? Yes Their age? Gender? This Title? Job? Motive?

Was the narrator the murderer? No - third-person narration
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the gender of the murderer a twist? Was the book set up to lead the reader to think that the murderer was one gender, when in fact it was another? Or did revealing the gender narrow down the possible suspects to the point where it would be easy to guess?

Was the culprit male? Female?

Did the missing letter turn 'the' into 'he'? Did it make a negative into a positive (eg 'can' where it should have said 'can't')?
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the gender of the murderer a twist? Was the book set up to lead the reader to think that the murderer was one gender, when in fact it was another? Or did revealing the gender narrow down the possible suspects to the point where it would be easy to guess? This-ish - there were more female suspects than male

Was the culprit male? This Female?

Did the missing letter turn 'the' into 'he'? No, but very very close Did it make a negative into a positive (eg 'can' where it should have said 'can't')? No
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did it turn 'this' into 'his'? Did it say something like 'the murderer left his glove behind'?

Was the relevant word spoken by a character? Part of the narration?
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 3:14 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did it turn 'this' into 'his'? Yes Did it say something like 'the murderer left his glove behind'? Sort of

Was the relevant word spoken by a character? Part of the narration? This
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 4:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the word following this/his referring to something of the murderer's? If so, something tangible? Something abstract? Was it intended to refer to something else, but the misprint of 'his' made it sound like it was referring to something belonging to the murderer?
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the word following this/his referring to something of the murderer's? Yes If so, something tangible? Something abstract? This - the phrase was "this plan" but it was written as "his plan" Was it intended to refer to something else, but the misprint of 'his' made it sound like it was referring to something belonging to the murderer? No

All you need now is something about the section of the book where the typo appeared.
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the section describing the murderer, or perhaps the murder itself taking place, but written in such a way as to obscure the identity of the murderer?

Did the section come before the murder took place? During? After? Was it a kind of 'summing up' of what had been discovered so far?
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the section describing the murderer, or perhaps the murder itself taking place, No but close but written in such a way as to obscure the identity of the murderer? Yes - how?

Did the section come before the murder took place? This During? After? Was it a kind of 'summing up' of what had been discovered so far? No
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Did it describe the murder being planned? The lead-up to the murder? Some kind of prediction of the murder? A description of a different crime? Did the scene in question feature the murderer?

Did the narration describe a person, but not give details about them? Did it talk about the murderer as 'the shadowy figure' or something?
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 1:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did it describe the murder being planned? This The lead-up to the murder? Some kind of prediction of the murder? A description of a different crime? Did the scene in question feature the murderer?

Did the narration describe a person, but not give details about them? Yes, more specifically... Did it talk about the murderer as 'the shadowy figure' or something? Or something
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Did the narration describe the murderer in terms of their job? Physical appearance? Size? Did it give a name? A nickname? Was it clear in the scene that the person was going to commit a murder?
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Did the narration describe the murderer in terms of their job? Physical appearance? Size? No to all Did it give a name? A nickname? No to both Was it clear in the scene that the person was going to commit a murder? Yes
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Was the murderer human? Adult?

Did the murderer actually feature in the section in question?
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Was the murderer human? Yes Adult? Yes Did the murderer actually feature in the section in question? Yes
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From the narration in this section, would the reader know anything about the person described other than that they existed and were going to commit a murder? Would they know their age? Their relationship to one of the other characters? Any of their thoughts or feelings? Any relevant actions they take? Would the reader know who the victim is going to be?
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From the narration in this section, would the reader know anything about the person described other than that they existed and were going to commit a murder? Yes, but it's more important what they would NOT know Would they know their age? No Their relationship to one of the other characters? No Any of their thoughts or feelings? Yes Any relevant actions they take? Yes Would the reader know who the victim is going to be? No
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In order to not reveal the gender of the murderer, did the author use a relevant kind of 'trick'? Did they describe the person as 'they'? Using a gender neutral word?

Was the narrator blocked in some way from seeing the murderer? Is the narrator hearing the murderer's voice without being able to see them? Are they 'seeing' them through some kind of imperfect medium, like a foggy window or a poor-quality video? Is the murderer in disguise? Hidden?
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Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In order to not reveal the gender of the murderer, did the author use a relevant kind of 'trick'? Did they describe the person as 'they'? Using a gender neutral word? Give or take.

****SPOILER****

This particular mystery novel has a page-long section describing the murderer planning the murder. The section does not use any pronouns, referring to the mind of the murderer rather than the person of the murderer, intending to conceal their gender. However, my copy of this book has a typo; where it should say "this plan" (I've checked another version of the book; this is the correct text), it says "his plan," and the murderer is indeed male.

Fortunately I assumed the word "his" was a typo given the context of the rest of the section, and so the solution wasn't spoiled.

Nice work Enjay - new puzzle when I come up with one.

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