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[GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:34 am

They all thought he was incredibly lucky to have survived, until they found the X.
(Another crime story puzzle - this time from a possibly more well-known author. If you recognize the story, send a PM)
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:44 am

Did he survive? Are both "they" the same group of people? Did X prove he did not survive? Did X prove he was not lucky?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:17 am

Did he survive? Yes. Are both "they" the same group of people? Yes. Did X prove he did not survive? No. Did X prove he was not lucky? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:08 am

Is X a tangible item? Does X bear a text or another written information? Are they related to him? Is he a H/A/M? Did he survive a natural disaster? A vehicle crash? Location relevant? Time relevant?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:20 am

Is X a tangible item? Yesish. Does X bear a text or another written information? No, slight FA, but OTRT. Are they related to him? No. Is he a H/A/M? Yes to all. Did he survive a natural disaster? No. A vehicle crash? No. Location relevant? Yes. Time relevant? Broadly.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Balin » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:31 pm

Is X an actual letter X?
Did he survive by cowardice? Did he cause the incident which he survived?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:36 pm

Is X an actual letter X? Yesish.
Did he survive by cowardice? No. Did he cause the incident which he survived? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:22 pm

Is X a tangible item in shape of letter "X"? Is X part of something bigger?
Edit: Does X stand for roman numeral 10?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:51 pm

Is X a tangible item in shape of letter "X"? No. Is X part of something bigger? Yope.
Edit: Does X stand for roman numeral 10? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Zanreo » Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:51 am

Did the X have a specific meaning that they knew about? Was this meaning specific to this group?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:06 am

Did the X have a specific meaning Yes. that they knew about? They figured it out. Was this meaning specific Yes. to this group? No, but OTRT.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:11 am

Is X a multiplication mark? An initial? Is it a mark on a map?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:12 am

Is X a multiplication mark? No. An initial? No. Is it a mark on a map? No, but OTRT.
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Postby RedWine » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:15 am

Is X a marking on a test? Or form of sorts?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:34 am

Is X a marking on a test? Or form of sorts? No to both.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:58 am

Is X written? Printed? Stamped? Engraved?
Location: Europe? Asia? Africa? America? Australia? Arctic? Antarctic? On sea? In air? Outer space?
Time: 21st century? 20th century? 19th century? Earlier? BC?
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Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:23 am

Is X written? This. Printed? Stamped? Engraved?
Location: Europe? Asia? Africa? America? This. Australia? Arctic? Antarctic? On sea? In air? Outer space?
Time: 21st century? 20th century? This. 19th century? Earlier? BC?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:45 am

Is X written on paper? On another movable object? Is technology relevant? Vehicles relevant? Movies relevant?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:27 pm

Is X written on paper? Yes. On another movable object? Yope. Is technology relevant? Yope. Vehicles relevant? No. Movies relevant? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:09 pm

Are there more symbols written on the same paper? If yes, letters? numbers? If there are letters, do they form words?
Is lack of technology relevant? Is X on billboard? On traffic sign?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:22 pm

Are there more symbols written on the same paper? Yope. If yes, letters? Probably. numbers? Possibly. If there are letters, do they form words? If they are there, they do.
Is lack of technology relevant? No or noish. Is X on billboard? No. On traffic sign? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Balin » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:41 am

Literacy relevant?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:01 pm

Literacy relevant? No, assume all involved are literate.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:10 am

Does X indicate a person? A location? A number? A signature? Is it meant to cross something out?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:26 pm

Does X indicate a person? Noish. A location? Yesish. A number? A signature? Is it meant to cross something out? No to the rest.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:05 pm

Is a location-ish a geographical point (like a mountain, a lake etc.)? An address? A building?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:13 pm

Is a location-ish a geographical point (like a mountain, a lake etc.)? An address? A building? No to all.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:17 am

Is X written on a map? Does it indicate a city? On a blueprint? Drawing? Floor plans of a building? Did he write the X?

Did the incident happened outdoors? Inside a relevant building?
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Postby JenBurdoo » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:27 pm

Does X represent a switch? A trap? A weapon, or part of one? Evidence admissible in court?

Did he commit murder?
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Postby GalFisk » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:58 am

Is X written on a map? No. Does it indicate a city? No. On a blueprint? Noish. Drawing? Yes. Floor plans of a building? No. Did he write the X? Yes.

Did the incident happened outdoors? Inside a relevant building? Both.

Does X represent a switch? No. A trap? No. A weapon, or part of one? No(ish), but OTRT. Evidence admissible in court? Possibly.

Did he commit murder? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:26 am

Can we name "he" Nick?

Is the incident an explosion? A building collapsing? Was a bomb or explosives used in the incident? Used by Nick?

How many people did Nick kill: one? more than 2? more than 5? more than 10?

Did he write only that X on the drawing? Other X's? Is the drawing intact? Was it supposed to be destroyed in the incident?
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Postby GalFisk » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:28 am

Can we name "he" Nick? Sure. Nick will be his name.

Is the incident an explosion? A building collapsing? Was a bomb or explosives used in the incident? No to all. Used by Nick? Something relevant was used by Nick..

How many people did Nick kill: one? more than 2? more than 5? 4. more than 10?

Did he write only that X on the drawing? Yes. Other X's? No. Is the drawing intact? Yes. Was it supposed to be destroyed in the incident? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:49 pm

Is the incident a fire?
Relevant how "they" found the drawing? Was it in a public place? a place accessible to "they"? a privately owned by Nick?
Didi Nick draw the drawong? Did he want "they" to see it? Did he write the before the incident? Did he try to hide it?
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Postby GalFisk » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:11 am

Is the incident a fire? No.
Relevant how "they" found the drawing? Noish. Was it in a public place? Yes. a place accessible to "they"? Yes. a privately owned by Nick? No.
Didi Nick draw the drawong? No. Did he want "they" to see it? No. Did he write the before the incident? Yes. Did he try to hide it? Noish.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:16 pm

Did Nick, by having drawn the X, relevantly change the information the drawing conducted? Did the four people killed trust the drawing? Did they act accordingly to the information conducted by drawing?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:59 pm

Did Nick, by having drawn the X, relevantly change the information the drawing conducted? No. Did the four people killed trust the drawing? FA. Did they act accordingly to the information conducted by drawing? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:13 pm

Was the puropse of the incident to kill the 4 people? To hide their death? To pretend their death was accidental? To give an alibi to Nick?
Does the X marks the spot where Nick was during the incident? Where he was supposed to be by "they"?

Is "they" referred to general people or to a pecific group? Policemen? Firemen?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:09 am

Was the puropse of the incident to kill the 4 people? Yes. To hide their death? No, but... To pretend their death was accidental? No. To give an alibi to Nick? YES.
Does the X marks the spot where Nick was during the incident? No. Where he was supposed to be by "they"? No.

Is "they" referred to general people A bit of this, but... or to a pecific group? Policemen? ...this, mostly. Firemen? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:25 am

Did the victims see the drawing? Was the drawing supposed to be seen by anyone else than Nick? Was the drawing a murderous plan?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:50 am

Did the victims see the drawing? No. Was the drawing supposed to be seen by anyone else than Nick? Yope/noish. Was the drawing a murderous plan? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:44 am

Was the drawing attached to something? glued onto something? drawn on a sigle paper sheet? a page of a (note)book?
The 4 victimes died for: severe injuries? heat? cold? water? poison? gas?
Any other people involved apart Nick, "they" and the 4 victims?
The relevant thing used by Nick: is it a solid object? a liquid? a gas? was it used to cause the incident? or to help Nick survive the incident?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:06 am

Was the drawing attached to something? glued onto something? drawn on a sigle paper sheet? a page of a (note)book? It was in a book.
The 4 victimes died for: severe injuries? This, no to the rest. heat? cold? water? poison? gas?
Any other people involved apart Nick, "they" and the 4 victims? Assume no.
The relevant thing used by Nick: is it a solid object? Yes. a liquid? No. a gas? Yope. was it used to cause the incident? Yes. or to help Nick survive the incident? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:36 am

Is the content of the book relevant? Did the book give Nick murder idea? Did it instruct Nick how to provoke the incident? How to survive the incident?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:56 am

Is the content of the book relevant? Yes. Did the book give Nick murder idea? No. Did it instruct Nick how to provoke the incident? No. How to survive the incident? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:45 am

Is the object a container? Did it contain a gas?
is it larger than: a coin? a tennis ball? a football? a chair? a table? a car?
Did Nick use the object to hide himself inside it? behind it? under it? over it?
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Postby RedWine » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:45 am

Did Nick mark some important content with the X? Was the incident related to poison? fear? building collapse?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:51 pm

Is the object a container? No. Did it contain a gas? No(ish).
is it larger than: a coin? a tennis ball? a football? Yes to the left, no to the right. a chair? a table? a car?
Did Nick use the object to hide himself inside it? behind it? under it? over it? No to all.

Did Nick mark some important content with the X? Yesish. Was the incident related to poison? No. fear? Not directly. building collapse? No.
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Postby RedWine » Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:57 pm

Is the object commonly found in households? Do most people have this kind of object? Do people wear the object? Is the object electrically powered? Does the object emit light? Sound?
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Postby Acridian9 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:01 pm

Did the 4 people die in the same moment? Were they killed directly by Nick? Or Nick just caused the incident which then killed the 4?
Is the object made of: wood? metal? plastic? glass? paper? A chemical relavant?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:11 pm

Is the object commonly found in households? Noish. Do most people have this kind of object? No. Do people wear the object? No. Is the object electrically powered? No. Does the object emit light? Sound? Both.

Did the 4 people die in the same moment? No. Were they killed directly by Nick? Yes. Or Nick just caused the incident which then killed the 4? No.
Is the object made of: wood? Possibly. metal? Yes. plastic? Possibly. glass? No. paper? No. A chemical relavant? Yes.
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Postby Balin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:35 pm

Did the 4 people die of blunt injury? Sharp injury?
Did Nick inflict the same injuries upon himself?
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:53 pm

Did the 4 people die of blunt injury? Sharp injury? Not sure how to classify it exactly, but blunt may be closer.
Did Nick inflict the same injuries upon himself? Yesish, OTRT.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby Acridian9 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:45 am

Were the 4 victims killed outdoors? inside a building? were their corpses moved? if yes, into a building? outdoors? Did they bleed when killed? After the incident? Did they die for internal injuries? Did they have broken bones?
An acid relevant? A chemical reaction relevant? A fire extinguisher relevant? a solidified gas relevant?
Is the object burning?
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Postby GalFisk » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:22 am

Were the 4 victims killed outdoors? inside a building? This. were their corpses moved? No. if yes, into a building? outdoors? Did they bleed when killed? Yes. After the incident? Did they die for internal injuries? You could put it that way. Did they have broken bones? Very likely.
An acid relevant? No. A chemical reaction relevant? Yesish. A fire extinguisher relevant? No. a solidified gas relevant? No.
Is the object burning? Noish, but fire is involved.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:30 am

Did Nick survive because his injuries were less severe than other victims'? Was he found/rescued earlier? Did he have something that enabled him to protect himself from injuries? Or treat these injuries?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:43 am

Did Nick survive because his injuries were less severe than other victims'? Yes. Was he found/rescued earlier? No. Did he have something that enabled him to protect himself from injuries? No. Or treat these injuries? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:20 am

Did Nick get his injuries in the same incident that the victims? Did he inflict all his injuries on himself? Did he participate in the incident that killed the victims? Did he use the object to provoke the incident? To grant himself safety?
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Postby GalFisk » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:36 am

Did Nick get his injuries in the same incident that the victims? Yesish. Did he inflict all his injuries on himself? Yes! Did he participate in the incident that killed the victims? Yes. Did he use the object to provoke the incident? Yes. To grant himself safety? No.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:36 am

Was the incident an explosion? A shooting? Were the victims in a building when the incident happened?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby GalFisk » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:42 am

Was the incident an explosion? No. A shooting? Yes! Were the victims in a building when the incident happened? Yes.
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby RedWine » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:04 am

Did the drawing show a human body? Did X mark the place on the body where one can fairly safely shoot oneself? Is the type of the gun relevant? Was Nick shot directly? By ricochet?
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Re: [GalFisk] X marks the despot

Postby kalira » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:19 pm

The original final post of this thread was accidentally purged when deleting a large number of spam posts that had infested the thread. It has been recreated here thanks to cache functioning.

Original post by GalFisk, Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:45 am:

Did the drawing show a human body? Yes! Did X mark the place on the body where one can fairly safely shoot oneself? YES! Is the type of the gun relevant? Yes. Was Nick shot directly? Yes. By ricochet? No.
*** SPOILER ***
The priest was found outside, strung up on the washing line and shot through the stomach with a small caliber rifle. His family was found inside, all dead from shotgun wounds.
He was very lucky that the bullet had missed all vital organs.

There was some evidence pointing to the violent town drunkard, who had been in conflict with the priest before. Mostly circumstantial, and a lot of it based on the witness account of the priest himself, but enough to make a court case. The priest meanwhile was recovering in the hospital.

But to one investigator in particular, things did not quite fit right. One part was the personality of the drunk - this was not the kind of trouble he was likely to cause, despite his reputation. Another part was the use of different weapons. And the more he dug, the more suspicious he became.

During his investigations, he got a list from the local library of the books the priest had loaned. In one of them, he found a tiny pencil x on an anatomical drawing, exactly where the priest had been shot.
When confronted with this, the "victim" confessed. He had fallen hopelessly in love with a young woman in the congregation, a nurse at the hospital. He knew he would be ostracized if he divorced and left his family, and that would ruin his chances forever. So he murdered his entire family, buried the shotgun in their garden, shot himself with a much less lethal weapon, hid it (it was found inside one of the tubular washing line posts) and hung himself up in a way that helped minimize the bleeding.

Fortunately, this is from a crime novel, and not a true story.
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