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[Westing1992] It's Not Real, You @#*$!

Postby Westing1992 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:20 pm

"Bruno" is not visiting his hometown. A crowd has gathered, and they are very happy when they hear him sing.
"Bruno" is furious.
What is going on?


(Although this puzzle's text is similar to LemonCurry's recent "Ain't No Sunshine, You @#*$!, the solution is very different.)
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Re: [Westing1992] It's Not Real, You @#*$!

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:30 pm

"Bruno" = H? A? M?
Is "Bruno" a singer? A professional singer? Is he singing live?
Is it relevant where "Bruno" is?
Has the crowd gathered at "Bruno's" hometown? Where "Bruno" is?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:29 am

"Bruno" = H? A? M? Yes to all.
Is "Bruno" a singer? A professional singer? Is he singing live? Yes to all.
Is it relevant where "Bruno" is? Yes.
Has the crowd gathered at "Bruno's" hometown? No. Where "Bruno" is? Yes.
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Postby Twilightseeker » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:26 am

Relevant what genre of music he is singing? Is he an opera singer?

Is he furious because of the group of people? Are they aware that he is furious? Do they care? Is he mad AT them?
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Postby jumpingjacks » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:32 am

Is there a reason why "Bruno" is in quotes? Is Bruno his real name? Nickname?
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Postby Zanreo » Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:50 am

Did he not want them to be happy? Did they misinterpret something about the song?
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Postby Balin » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:08 pm

Is "Bruno" furious because of the crowd? Because of what he's singing? Because he's singing at all? Because of where he is?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:43 pm

Relevant what genre of music he is singing? Is he an opera singer? No and no.

Is he furious because of the group of people? Not directly. Are they aware that he is furious? Do they care? Unknown/irrelevant. Is he mad AT them? No.

Is there a reason why "Bruno" is in quotes? Is Bruno his real name? Nickname? The puzzle text is copied almost exactly from "Ain't No Sunshine, You @#*$!"; the character in that was named Bruno. Since the singer in this scenario is more well known, I kept the name "Bruno" and simply placed it in quotes.

Did he not want them to be happy? No, he does. Did they misinterpret something about the song? The song he's singing is irrelevant.

Is "Bruno" furious because of the crowd? Not directly. Because of what he's singing? Because he's singing at all? No and no. Because of where he is? Not directly, but it's related to why he's furious.
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Postby irishelk » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:03 pm

Is he angry at a person? A group of people? A company or institution? At the place where he is?

Is he mad because he has to sing? Is he singing to try to solve the situation he is angry about? Is he singing to entertain the crowd, but is simultaneously mad about something else? Is he singing for money?

WAG 1: Is this a situation where a famous musician busks on the street, and no one recognizes their talent because city folks are so used to just ignoring street musicians?

WAG 2: Is he mad that he isn't recognized, and is singing to prove his identity?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:36 pm

Is he angry at a person? A group of people? A company or institution? A certain group of people; I don't think you could exactly call them an instituion, though. At the place where he is? Yes.

Is he mad because he has to sing? No. Is he singing to try to solve the situation he is angry about? No. Is he singing to entertain the crowd, but is simultaneously mad about something else? Yes. Is he singing for money? Yes, but irrelevant.

WAG 1: Is this a situation where a famous musician busks on the street, and no one recognizes their talent because city folks are so used to just ignoring street musicians? No.

WAG 2: Is he mad that he isn't recognized, and is singing to prove his identity? No.
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Postby GalFisk » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:55 pm

Is he singing well? Badly? Is his voice processed electronically? Is is supposed to be? Is he supposed to sing? Mime singing to a playback track? Is he furious in front of the crowd? Is he angry at technicians? Is his anger related to sound at all? Is he on a stage? Any instruments relevant? Lighting? Other stage effects? Is he seen by tens of people? Hundreds? Thousands? More?
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Postby Westing1992 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:31 pm

Is he singing well? Badly? Is his voice processed electronically? Is is supposed to be? Is he supposed to sing? Mime singing to a playback track? Irrelevant... but he's actually singing, and doing a decent job.
Is he furious in front of the crowd? Yes. Is he angry at technicians? They're not quite technicians... Is his anger related to sound at all? No. Is he on a stage? Yes. Any instruments relevant? Lighting? THIS. No to others. Other stage effects? Is he seen by tens of people? Hundreds? Thousands? More? Hundreds, but Irr.
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Postby LemonCurry » Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:54 pm

Did the lighting fail? Was it too strong? Too weak? The wrong colour? Was it flashing?
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Postby Westing1992 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:19 pm

Did the lighting fail? Was it too strong? Too weak? The wrong colour? Was it flashing? None of these.
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Postby jumpingjacks » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:00 am

Was the spotlight not on him? Was it on someone else?
From the stage, was he able to see people in the audience he did not want to see?
Was there a mistake regarding the lighting? Or was it deliberate? Did the lighting spell out a certain message?
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Postby jumpingjacks » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:00 am

Holograms relevant?
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Postby Westing1992 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:15 pm

Was the spotlight not on him? It was on him. Was it on someone else? It was also on someone else.
From the stage, was he able to see people in the audience he did not want to see? No one in particular, it that's what you mean.
Was there a mistake regarding the lighting? Or was it deliberate? This. Did the lighting spell out a certain message? No.
Holograms relevant? No.
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Postby Padoo » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:10 am

Is the someone else H/A/M?
H/A/F? Do they also sing? Or dance? Play an instrument? Any other sort of performer? Does "Bruno" know them? Does the lighting crew?

Are they on stage? In the audience? Were they supposed to be there? Are they angry as well?

WAG: Does the spotlight have romantic overtones? (such as being pink and heart-shaped) Because the press believes "Bruno" is in a relationship with that someone else, when he insists he isn't?
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Postby Westing1992 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:31 pm

Is the someone else H/A/M? H/A/F? H/Irr/Irr... and I may have been misleading. There were multiple others the spotlight was on--and they weren't anyone in particular.
Do they also sing? Or dance? Play an instrument? Any other sort of performer? No/Irrelevant.
Does "Bruno" know them? Does the lighting crew? Definitely not; probably not.

Are they on stage? In the audience? This. Were they supposed to be there? Yes. Are they angry as well? No--but they'd rather not have the spotlight on them just the same.

WAG: Does the spotlight have romantic overtones? (such as being pink and heart-shaped) Because the press believes "Bruno" is in a relationship with that someone else, when he insists he isn't? No to all.
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Re: [Westing1992] It's Not Real, You @#*$!

Postby Grip » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:26 pm

Did Bruno order the lighting crew to aim the spotlight on audience members?

is this based on an old urban legend?
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Postby jumpingjacks » Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:48 pm

Was the spotlight on the same audience members all the time? Or did it move around to focus on different audience members at different times? Did "Bruno" want the spotlight to be on him alone?
Were the spotlighted audience members doing anything out of the ordinary?
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Postby Westing1992 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:26 pm

Did Bruno order the lighting crew to aim the spotlight on audience members? No.

is this based on an old urban legend? You mean "In the Air Tonight" story? No.

Was the spotlight on the same audience members all the time? Or did it move around to focus on different audience members at different times? This. Did "Bruno" want the spotlight to be on him alone? He didn't want it to be on the audience.
Were the spotlighted audience members doing anything out of the ordinary? Not necessarily.
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Re: [Westing1992] It's Not Real, You @#*$!

Postby Grip » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:34 pm

Yup, I was thinking of the "In the Air Tonight" story. This really reminded me of it! I did a puzzle based on it waaay back.

Is what the audience was wearing relevant? are cell phones relevant?

did the lighting crew know what they did would tick off Bruno?

is the puzzle title something Bruno said? might have said? wrote? might have been thinking?

is the weather relevant?
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Postby Westing1992 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:16 pm

Is what the audience was wearing relevant? are cell phones relevant? No to both.

did the lighting crew know what they did would tick off Bruno? No; and I should probably clear up that they weren't technically (or at least, not fully) a lighting crew.

is the puzzle title something Bruno said? might have said? wrote? might have been thinking? It's based off the song he was singing at the time (this is based on a real incident) but otherwise it has nothing to do with puzzle.

is the weather relevant? No/
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Postby Grip » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:36 pm

Was the crew officially part of Bruno's technical team? were they professional? just locals hired for the show?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:46 pm

Was the crew officially part of Bruno's technical team? No. were they professional? just locals hired for the show? Neither; Lighting wasn't their specialty/profession, but they weren't just random volunteers either.
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Postby Grip » Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:32 pm

Are Christmas trees relevant?

I have no idea where I'm going with that.
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Postby jumpingjacks » Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:40 pm

Was the "lighting crew" "Bruno"'s family? friends?
Were they police? Were they looking for someone? or something?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:27 pm

Are Christmas trees relevant? I have no idea where I'm going with that. I have no idea either; no.

Was the "lighting crew" "Bruno"'s family? friends? No.
Were they police? YES! Were they looking for someone? or something? No one in particular, but they WERE on the lookout for certain behavior.

You're incredibly close. Could you find out a little more context?
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Postby Grip » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:01 pm

Were the police looking for scalpers? public displays of affection? drinking? smoking?
a particular person or group?

is the light(s) the cops using flashlights? a police searchlight(s)? the regular lighting equipment?

is this indoors? out of doors? in a stadium? concert hall? on a stage?
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Postby Westing1992 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:58 pm

Were the police looking for scalpers? No. public displays of affection? drinking? smoking? Perhaps.
a particular person or group? No.

is the light(s) the cops using flashlights? a police searchlight(s)? the regular lighting equipment? Regular lighting equipment.

is this indoors? out of doors? in a stadium? concert hall? on a stage? Indoors, on a stage.

Hint: Why does this anger "Bruno" so? Why would he be more upset at this happening in this venue than, say, his hometown?
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Postby Grip » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:05 pm

Is Bruno mad because the lights blind the audience? because he does not get to go to this venue much and the audience experience is being hampered? because he expects this to happen in his hometown but not in this other venue?
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Postby jumpingjacks » Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:38 pm

Are the police looking for drugs? Individuals involved in selling(?) or consuming(?) drugs? Is "Bruno" angry because the police suspicion of his fans is insulting to him? Does "Bruno" think that the police are being unfair? Do the police have good reason to carry out their spotlight search?
Are the concert goers at that venue of a particular race? Particularly poor? Does "Bruno" feel that the police are being discriminatory?
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Postby Westing1992 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:28 am

Are the police looking for drugs? Individuals involved in selling(?) or consuming(?) drugs? Is "Bruno" angry because the police suspicion of his fans is insulting to him? Does "Bruno" think that the police are being unfair? This. Do the police have good reason to carry out their spotlight search?
Are the concert goers at that venue of a particular race? Particularly poor? Does "Bruno" feel that the police are being discriminatory?

Is Bruno mad because the lights blind the audience? because he does not get to go to this venue much and the audience experience is being hampered? This. because he expects this to happen in his hometown but not in this other venue?

And since you've gotten the basic idea, I won't press for more details, and instead give you a
***SPOILER***
In 1987, thanks to glasnot policies, Billy Joel (our "Bruno") became one of the first American musicians to be able to perform in the Soviet Union. However, during a performance of "Sometimes a Fantasy" (the lyrics of which partially inspired this puzzle's name), he noticed that the police were shining a spotlight over the crowd, making them unable to enjoy themselves. This resulted in a rather amusing reaction from Joel.
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Postby Grip » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:51 am

Nice puzzle.
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