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[Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:42 am

A man receives a letter from his local laundry. Because of this, a day or so later, he solves a murder. How?
Man = "his" = "he" = H/A/M
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby peter365 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:42 am

HI Balin

Is the man a detective? Had he requested something from the laundry? Did he ask them to write to him? Did the letter contain an enclosure or attachment? Does it contain a laundry receipt? Is the man a customer of the laundry? Is he trying to solve the murder before he receives the letter? If so has he interacted with the laundry during the course of his investigation?

Is blood stained clothing relevant? Did the murderer use the laundry? the victim?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:38 am

Was the murder committed by someone who works at the laundry? a customer?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:26 pm

Was the letter meant for the man? For the murderer? Victim? Someone else? Did the murderer have a Connection to the laundry? To the man? Did the victim have a Connection to the laundry? To the man? Did the man use the laundry? Are similar or identical names relevant? Had the murder been discovered, Before he received the letter? Had the body been found? Had anyone been accused?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:53 pm

HI Balin Hi Pete

Is the man a detective? Yes Had he requested something from the laundry? Nothing outside of usual laundry services Did he ask them to write to him? Irrel Did the letter contain an enclosure or attachment? No Does it contain a laundry receipt? Irrel Is the man a customer of the laundry? Yes Is he trying to solve the murder before he receives the letter? No If so has he interacted with the laundry during the course of his investigation? No

Is blood stained clothing relevant? No Did the murderer use the laundry? No the victim? No

Was the murder committed by someone who works at the laundry? No a customer? No

Was the letter meant for the man? Yes For the murderer? Victim? Someone else?
Did the murderer have a Connection to the laundry? No To the man? Noish
Did the victim have a Connection to the laundry? No To the man? Yesish
Did the man use the laundry? No
Are similar or identical names relevant? No
Had the murder been discovered, Before he received the letter? No Had the body been found? No Had anyone been accused? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Twilightseeker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:46 pm

Was the letter from the owner of the laundromat/laundry service? Its employee(s)? Another costumer? Was the letter from the murderer? The victim? Someone else? Was the letter from someone who had witnessed something relevant to the murder (e.g. maybe something suspicious)?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:33 am

Was the letter from the owner of the laundromat/laundry service? Yes but not really relevant Its employee(s)? Another costumer?
Was the letter from the murderer? No The victim? No Someone else? See above
Was the letter from someone who had witnessed something relevant to the murder (e.g. maybe something suspicious)? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:34 pm

Did the letter come unsolicited? was it sent to inform? make an inquiry? apologize for something?
did the letter establish an alibi? a motive?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:21 pm

Did the letter come unsolicited? was it sent to inform? make an inquiry? apologize for something? All irrel
did the letter establish an alibi? a motive? Neither
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:03 pm

Was the letter typed? Handwritten? Did the detective recognize something from the letter?
Is it relevant that it was a laundry? Could the same situation happen with a letter from a bookstore? School? Bank? Private person unrelated to business?
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Postby Balin » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:10 pm

Was the letter typed? Handwritten? Could be either Did the detective recognize something from the letter? No (tiny -ish)
Is it relevant that it was a laundry? Not really Could the same situation happen with a letter from a bookstore? School? Bank? Private person unrelated to business? It could
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:24 pm

Did the letter have any names on it?
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Postby Balin » Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:00 pm

Did the letter have any names on it? Only the detective's.
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:30 pm

Would any letter to him work? Would he not solve the murder if he got no letters that day? From that sender? Or mailbox? Any mail workers relevant? Is the stamp relevant? The time it took for the letter to arrive?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:08 pm

Would any letter to him work? Yes Would he not solve the murder if he got no letters that day? It would be much less likely From that sender? Sender is irrel Or mailbox? Mailbox also irrel Any mail workers relevant? No Is the stamp relevant? No The time it took for the letter to arrive? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:22 am

Are stamps relevant? envelopes?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:49 am

Is another letter relevant in the murder case? If yes, did the detective compare the two letters and find out something suspicious?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:21 pm

Are stamps relevant? envelopes? No to both

Is another letter relevant in the murder case? Yes If yes, did the detective compare the two letters and find out something suspicious? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Twilightseeker » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:33 pm

Is handwriting involved? Writing style? Word use? Language in general? Does it matter WHICH language the letter(s) were written in?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:42 pm

Is handwriting involved? Writing style? Word use? Language in general? No to all
Does it matter WHICH language the letter(s) were written in? They were both in English, but not really relevant
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Twilightseeker » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:46 pm

Was it the *content* of the letter that helped him solve the murder? Something about the letter physically?
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Postby Balin » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:47 pm

Was it the *content* of the letter that helped him solve the murder? Noish, but the content of the second letter is pretty relevant. Something about the letter physically? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby peter365 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:22 am

Does the letter from the laundry refer to the other letter? Was it also from the same sender?

Is the paper relevant? is the paper headed?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:55 pm

Does the letter from the laundry refer to the other letter? No Was it also from the same sender? No

Is the paper relevant? No is the paper headed? Irrel
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:21 am

The letter of evidence: Was it considered as evidence before the man got the laundry letter? Or afterwards?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:50 pm

The letter of evidence: Was it considered as evidence before the man got the laundry letter? Or afterwards? This

It may be more productive to focus on the manner of the murder rather than the two letters.
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:55 pm

Was the murder done using a weapon? Improvised weapon? Chemical? Laundry equipment? Clothing? Water? Vehicle? Electricity? Explosives? Suffocation relevant? Strangulation?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:59 pm

Was the murder done using a weapon? Yes, and to spare the LTPF list of causes of deaths, it was a shooting with a revolver Improvised weapon? Chemical? Laundry equipment? Clothing? Water? Vehicle? Electricity? Explosives? Suffocation relevant? Strangulation? No to rest
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:12 pm

Just curious, but is your username based on the Balin from The Hobbit?

Was there some substance (i.e. blood) on either of the two letters? a hole from the bullet?
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Postby Balin » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:31 pm

Just curious, but is your username based on the Balin from The Hobbit? Yes – when I first joined the forum six years ago, I was trying to think of a new username, and one of the LOTR movies was on television, so I picked a LOTR-themed name.

Was there some substance (i.e. blood) on either of the two letters? No a hole from the bullet? No
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Postby Grip » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:47 pm

Not a bad choice, IMO.

If it had been some other gun rather than a revolver used would that make a difference to the puzzle? if the victim had been killed by defenestration (in other words thrown out of a window, yes they have a fancy name for that!) would that make a difference?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:56 pm

If it had been some other gun rather than a revolver used would that make a difference to the puzzle? No
if the victim had been killed by defenestration (in other words thrown out of a window, yes they have a fancy name for that!) would that make a difference? Given one other circumstance of the puzzle, Yes. Theoretically, though, it could work in this scenario.
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:36 pm

Did the detective know it was murder before Laundry Letter Day? Were there suspects before Laundry Letter Day? Relevant witnesses? Alibis involved?
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Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:01 am

Did the detective know it was murder before Laundry Letter Day? No; in fact... Were there suspects before Laundry Letter Day? No Relevant witnesses? Yope Alibis involved? No
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Postby LemonCurry » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:25 am

Did the murder happen at all before Laundry Letter Day? On the day? After it?
Was the mailman (m/f) involved in the murder? Had the mailman changed on Laundry Letter Day?
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Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:41 pm

Did the murder happen at all before Laundry Letter Day? On the day? After it? This
Was the mailman (m/f) involved in the murder? No Had the mailman changed on Laundry Letter Day? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:25 pm

Was the killer's motive relevant? If so, money? Jealousy? Vengeance? Silencing a witness?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:42 pm

Was the killer's motive relevant? Not to this puzzle If so, money? Jealousy? Vengeance? Silencing a witness?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:50 pm

The letter of evidence: did the detective have it before the murder? Found it at the crime scene? Got it later? Not at all?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:35 pm

The letter of evidence: did the detective have it before the murder? Yes Found it at the crime scene? Got it later? Not at all?
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Postby LemonCurry » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:31 am

Are details about the killer's person relevant? The victim's person? The killer-victim-relationship? The crime scene? How the killer acquired the gun?

Was the letter of evidence written by the killer? The victim? A witness? The detective? Was it addressed to the killer? The victim? A witness? The detective?
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Postby Balin » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:57 pm

Are details about the killer's person relevant? Yope The victim's person? Yope The killer-victim-relationship? Yes The crime scene? Yes How the killer acquired the gun? Yes

Was the letter of evidence written by the killer? This The victim? A witness? The detective?
Was it addressed to the killer? The victim? A witness? The detective? This
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:24 pm

Did the killer know the letter of evidence would convict him of the murder? Did he try to retrieve it? Did he confuse it with the laundry letter?
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Postby Balin » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:35 pm

Did the killer know the letter of evidence would convict him of the murder? No Did he try to retrieve it? Yes Did he confuse it with the laundry letter? Yes!
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:11 am

Relevant what the killer did with the laundry letter afterwards? Did he destroy it? Leave it at his place? At the crime scene? If he left it somewhere, intentionally? Accidentally?

Did the killer write in the letter of evidence something along "i hate X, and sometimes I wish I had a gun"?
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Postby Balin » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:10 pm

Relevant what the killer did with the laundry letter afterwards? Yope
Did he destroy it? Leave it at his place? At the crime scene? No to all If he left it somewhere, intentionally? Accidentally?

Did the killer write in the letter of evidence something along "i hate X, and sometimes I wish I had a gun"? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:54 am

Did the killer "succeed" in retrieving the laundry letter? Did he get it from the detective's home? Out of his pockets?
Did he lose it? If yes, relevant where? Was he caught in the act by the detective?
Did the detective find the laundry letter in an unexpected place? Notice that it was missing? See the killer trespassing on his property?
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Postby Balin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:38 pm

Did the killer "succeed" in retrieving the laundry letter? I wouldn't call it "retrieving," but it was in his possession at one point Did he get it from the detective's home? No Out of his pockets? Yope
Did he lose it? No If yes, relevant where? Was he caught in the act by the detective? No
Did the detective find the laundry letter in an unexpected place? No Notice that it was missing? No See the killer trespassing on his property? No, and the killer never did
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Postby LemonCurry » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:27 pm

Had the detective lost the laundry letter? dropped it? Did the killer pick it up? Has the detective seen the killer with the laundry letter at some point? Has he talked with the killer about the laundry letter?
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Postby Balin » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:13 pm

Had the detective lost the laundry letter? No, but... dropped it? No Did the killer pick it up? Yes, at one point Has the detective seen the killer with the laundry letter at some point? Yes Has he talked with the killer about the laundry letter? Yes, but...
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:37 pm

Did the detective hand over the laundry letter to the killer? Did he pretend it was the letter of evidence?
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Postby Balin » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:01 pm

Did the detective hand over the laundry letter to the killer? Yes Did he pretend it was the letter of evidence? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:29 pm

RECAP:

A man receives a letter from his local laundry. Because of this, a day or so later, he solves a murder. How?

Here's what's been discovered so far, along with an approximate timeline:

There are two relevant letters the man (a detective) receives: the one from the laundry, and one written by the killer. He receives both letters sometime before meeting the killer. During this meeting, he hands over the laundry letter, which the killer mistakes for the letter he wrote. He then briefly talks about the laundry letter with the killer. A short time (a week, but not really relevant) later, the killer commits his murder.
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:09 pm

Relevant why the detective met the killer? did he initiate the meeting? was the meeting at a home? the laundry?

Did the detective deliberately hand the perp the laundry letter?
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Postby Balin » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:36 pm

Relevant why the detective met the killer? Yes did he initiate the meeting? No
was the meeting at a home? Yes, at the victim's home the laundry?

Did the detective deliberately hand the perp the laundry letter? No. Very good q
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:20 pm

Did the detective accidentally leave the laundry letter with the perp? And take the killer's letter?
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Postby Balin » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:26 pm

Did the detective accidentally leave the laundry letter with the perp? And take the killer's letter? Briefly, yes
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Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:28 pm

He took the killer's letter briefly? Did he then put it back?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:32 pm

He took the killer's letter briefly? I should clarify: He had the killer's letter with him, but he briefly gave the killer the laundry letter instead. Did he then put it back?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:12 pm

Did the detective meet the killer to give him back his laundry letter?

Did the detective read the killers letter when he briefly had it?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:31 pm

Did the detective meet the killer to give him back his laundry letter? YES/YOPE

Did the detective read the killers letter when he briefly had it? Yes, but I wouldn't say he had it "briefly"
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:59 pm

Oops, sorry, was confusing him briefly giving the killer the laundry letter with the time he had the killer letter.

Was the detective already suspicious of the killer before he met him? just as soon as he met him? had the detective ever seen the killer before?

Was the killer challenging the detective in some way?
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Postby Balin » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:39 pm

Was the detective already suspicious of the killer before he met him? No just as soon as he met him? No had the detective ever seen the killer before? No

Was the killer challenging the detective in some way? Noish
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:25 pm

Did the killer know that the man was a detective when he met him? did the killer invite the detective to his home?
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Postby Balin » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:31 pm

Did the killer know that the man was a detective when he met him? Yes did the killer invite the detective to his home? I don't remember if it was his home, but assume Yes
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:38 am

Did the killer make any attempt on the detectives life?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:01 am

Did the killer try to make an alibi for himself? Did the killer plan to kill before meeting the detective? Relevant how the killer mistook the laundry letter for his own?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:01 pm

Did the killer make any attempt on the detectives life? No

Did the killer try to make an alibi for himself? Not exactly Did the killer plan to kill before meeting the detective? Yes Relevant how the killer mistook the laundry letter for his own? Very
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:20 am

Handwriting relevant? Paper type? Paper color? Envelope? Were the letters handwritten? Typed? Printed or photocopied? Impaired vision relevant?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:30 am

Handwriting relevant? No Paper type? No Paper color? No Envelope? No
Were the letters handwritten? Assume this, but I don't remember Typed? Printed or photocopied?
Impaired vision relevant? Yes
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:15 am

Does the killer have bad eyes? Does he relevantly use glasses? Contacts? Does he get a relevant operation? Cause of impaired vision relevant? Symptoms?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:55 pm

Does the killer have bad eyes? No Does he relevantly use glasses? No, but also Yes Contacts? No Does he get a relevant operation? No Cause of impaired vision relevant? ...technically Yes Symptoms? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:06 pm

Is the killer far-sighted?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:58 pm

Is the killer far-sighted? No
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:17 am

Does the killer pretend to have bad eyes? Does he sometimes wear unsuitable glasses?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:00 pm

Does the killer pretend to have bad eyes? Yes! Does he sometimes wear unsuitable glasses? Yes
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Zanreo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:10 pm

Does he have regular vision but wears prescription glasses? To put blame on someone else? Or remove it from himself?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:08 pm

Does he have regular vision but wears prescription glasses? Yes To put blame on someone else? This Or remove it from himself?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Zanreo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:26 pm

Putting the blame on someone else who uses glasses? Were one of the letters relevant regarding the glasses?

Also, could I get a recap?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:00 pm

Putting the blame on someone else who uses glasses? Yes Were one of the letters relevant regarding the glasses? Only that he mistook the two letters

Also, could I get a recap? You got it.

RECAP:
A man receives a letter from his local laundry. Because of this, a day or so later, he solves a murder. How?
(Actually, the "solves a murder" is a week later – I re-read the story – but that's not really relevant.)


The detective received two letters: one from his laundry, and one from the killer. The detective met with the killer before the murder; during the meeting, the killer mistook the laundry letter for his own letter. The mistake came because the killer was wearing glasses that he did not need; he was doing so because he wanted to put the blame for the death on someone else, who did wear glasses.
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:28 pm

Was the person to take the blame related to the killer? brother? twin brother?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:54 pm

Was the person to take the blame related to the killer? No brother? twin brother? Neither
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Grip » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:11 pm

Did the killer look like the person he was trying to frame?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:38 am

Did the killer look like the person he was trying to frame? Yes, and I'll add that he disguised himself as that person
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby LemonCurry » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:29 am

Was the real glasses-wearer the victim? Did the killer try to feign a suicide?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:07 pm

Was the real glasses-wearer the victim? Did the killer try to feign a suicide? Yes to both!
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby GalFisk » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:03 am

Was the killer posing as the victim when meeting the detective? If so, was the detective fooled at first? Did the killer want to portray the victim as suicidal?
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Re: [Balin] And you had a letter, and you had a letter...

Postby Balin » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:35 pm

Was the killer posing as the victim when meeting the detective? If so, was the detective fooled at first? Did the killer want to portray the victim as suicidal? Yes to all, and I think that's everything.

****SPOILER****

This is from the Agatha Christie short story "The Dream."

In the story, Hercule Poirot receives a letter from a millionaire's secretary, asking for a meeting and for Poirot to bring the letter with him. However, the secretary is planning to murder the millionaire and is posing as him when meeting Poirot, saying that he is having a recurring dream where he kills himself. At the meeting, Poirot accidentally hands over a different letter to the secretary, one from his laundress, and only realizes his mistake a minute later. A week later, the millionaire has died in an apparent suicide echoing his "dream." However, Poirot realizes that the reason the millionaire (who needed glasses to read) hadn't noticed the wrong letter was that it was someone of normal sight wearing glasses, which screwed up his vision, and the secretary had both posed as the millionaire and murdered him to make it look like a suicide.

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