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In which [WiZ] has Writer's Block

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:05 pm

I performed a certain action a few times during my wedding reception. I never do it otherwise, although performing this action is a frequent and habitual thing for many people around the world, especially those around my age.

What is it?

(it isn't 'Dancing')
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Postby Grip » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:11 am

I hate to ask about your age...but...are you in your 30s? 40s? 50s? younger?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Was this action related to food? drink?

Relevant how long ago this was?
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Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:22 am

I hate to ask about your age...but...are you in your 30s? 40s? 50s? younger? I'm 30 (It's in my profile). I'll take it as a compliment on my maturity that you started there and worked your way upwards :)

Do you suffer from shyness? yes (although irrelevant)

Was this action related to food? drink? neither

Relevant how long ago this was? No (6 years, if you enjoy detail)
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Postby Grip » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:48 am

I do enjoy detail...er...sometimes. Can't believe I forgot your profile. Oh, and I suffer from shyness too. :)

Is this action something you could right now? without leaving the room?

Was your wife involved directly in this? the whole wedding party? could you have done this by yourself?

Did you do this thing because you were excited? in the thrill of the moment?
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Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:59 am

Is this action something you could right now? without leaving the room? yes to both

Was your wife involved directly in this? the whole wedding party? no to both could you have done this by yourself? yes

Did you do this thing because you were excited? in the thrill of the moment? neither
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Postby Westing1992 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:01 am

Is this activity related to the body or its health? Hair? Teeth? Skin? Flexibility?
Wedding traditions relevant? (Tossing garter/bouquet, etc...)
Was it something necessary? Something done in carefree celebration?
I'm thinking of something silly like shaving your legs (though this would probably be more likely done at a stag party than a reception...)
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Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:12 am

Is this activity related to the body or its health? Hair? Teeth? Skin? Flexibility? no
Wedding traditions relevant? (Tossing garter/bouquet, etc...) no
Was it something necessary? yesish Something done in carefree celebration? no
I'm thinking of something silly like shaving your legs (though this would probably be more likely done at a stag party than a reception...) not this
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Postby GalFisk » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:11 am

Food relevant? Drink? Clothing? Guests?
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Postby rcb » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:58 am

Did you go out for a smoke?
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Postby peter365 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:26 am

Was the thing you did verbal? Had you been at another special occasion would you have done it ?

Am i right in saying that you've not done this since? External factors relevant? weather?

Do we need to establish the nature of your wedding day? Whether it was a church wedding ? the type of reception that you had? The number of guests? These feel like quite personal questions.

Did somebody advise you to do this? Did you plan to do it in advance or was it a spur of the moment thing? or somehow made necessary?
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Postby jumpingjacks » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:03 pm

Is technology relevant? Did you do something with your mobile phone?

I must admit, I thought you were older as well...
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Postby Twilightseeker » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:38 pm

Is spoken or written language involved? Did you say something? Write or read something?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:14 pm

Okay, back now. Busy weekend, featuring a family wedding and a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, both of which required no small amount of clean-up.

Galfisk

Food relevant? Drink? Clothing? yes to this Guests?

Rcb

Did you go out for a smoke? no

Peter

Was the thing you did verbal? no Had you been at another special occasion would you have done it ? no

Am i right in saying that you've not done this since? correct External factors relevant? no weather?

Do we need to establish the nature of your wedding day? there is one relevant aspect Whether it was a church wedding ? no the type of reception that you had? no The number of guests? no

These feel like quite personal questions. Never fear; if I considered any relevant detail too personal, I wouldn't have weaved a puzzle around it.

Did somebody advise you to do this? no Did you plan to do it in advance or was it a spur of the moment thing? the latter or somehow made necessary? the action did meet a need

Jumpingjacks

Is technology relevant? yes Did you do something with your mobile phone? no (I briefly contemplated expanding on this answer)

I must admit, I thought you were older as well... Gosh, after all those puzzles about farting near snakes and drawing naughty bits on your Principal's windshield... get off my front lawn.

Twilightseeker

Is spoken or written yes language yesish involved? Did you say something? Write or read this something?
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Postby Grip » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:48 pm

WiZ, hope you and your loved ones are alright!

Clothing is relevant...type of clothing relevant? what you wore relevant? was it typical groom suit and tie?

Is texting relevant?

Are pagers relevant? tablets? laptops? desktops? abacuses?

Was there some emergency that compelled you to do this dark deed?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:10 pm

WiZ, hope you and your loved ones are alright! We are all fine, thank you. I'm back in the office, as Civil Defence has given both the CBD and the building I work in the all-clear. However, the previous office I worked in is closed for a year or more as at least one of the floors has collapsed. There but for the grace of God etc...

Clothing is relevant...type of clothing relevant? yes what you wore relevant? Yes (slight DOYD of 'wear') was it typical groom suit and tie? yes

Is texting relevant? no

Are pagers relevant? tablets? laptops? desktops? abacuses? none of these

Was there some emergency that compelled you to do this dark deed? no (and FA if you were serious about that dark thing)
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Postby Grip » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:46 pm

Good to hear! And yes, the dark deed thing was a (lame) joke.

Did you lose something?

Did you have something relevant in a pocket? did you have something clipped on you? attached to you in some other way? flowers relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:52 pm

Did you lose something? Other than my single status, no.

Did you have something relevant in a pocket? yes! did you have something clipped on you? attached to you in some other way? flowers relevant? no to the rest
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Postby Grip » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:03 pm

Was it a beeper? a pen? pencil?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:04 pm

Was it a beeper? a pen? pencil? none of these
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Postby Grip » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:14 pm

Is using shorthand like LOL or ROTFL relevant?

Did you have to write something?

was the technology which you said was relevant the something that was in your pocket?
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Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:36 pm

Is using shorthand like LOL or ROTFL relevant? omg,no

Did you have to write something? no

was the technology which you said was relevant the something that was in your pocket? it is, but there is a much more relevant technology that wasn't.
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Postby Grip » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:36 am

Was what was in your pocket taken out of your pocket to do this? was it a remote of some kind? a fax machine? (Is that a fax machine in your pocket or are you...)

Are computers relevant?

Was this much more relevant tech supposed to be in your pocket?

Is non-English languages relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:48 am

Was what was in your pocket taken out of your pocket to do this? yes was it a remote of some kind? a fax machine? no to these (Is that a fax machine in your pocket or are you...) Now is not the time to discuss the Fax of life!

Are computers relevant? yope

Was this much more relevant tech supposed to be in your pocket? no

Is non-English languages relevant? nyet
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Postby Twilightseeker » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:40 am

Did it have to do with reading of vows? Was it a paper in your pocket? something that you read?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:20 pm

Did it have to do with reading of vows? no Was it a paper in your pocket? no something that you read? out loud? no
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Postby Grip » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:58 pm

Did you have a walkie-talkie on you?

Had you fallen ill? hurt yourself?

Is music relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:03 pm

Did you have a walkie-talkie on you? *no. over*

Had you fallen ill? hurt yourself? neither

Is music relevant? no
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Postby Grip » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:29 pm

Was this action done with a flashlight?

Was this reception at a persons home? a rental hall? relevant even?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:34 pm

Was this action done with a flashlight? no

Was this reception at a persons home? a rental hall? relevant even? It was at a hotel; this ties in with the relevant aspect of the wedding
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Postby Grip » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:55 pm

Ah, I see...anything to do with WiFi? the amenities at the hotel?

Was this a highrise hotel? if so, what floor you were on relevant?
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Postby Balin » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:19 pm

Did you have your room key in your pocket? Manual vs electronic keys relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:21 pm

Ah, I see...anything to do with WiFi? the amenities at the hotel? no to these

Was this a highrise hotel? yes, but irrelevant if so, what floor you were on relevant? no
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Postby GalFisk » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:58 pm

Did you have a phone? If so: smart? Dumb? Some othe eöectronic device? A communication device?
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Postby WiZ » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:07 pm

Did you have a phone? no! If so: smart? Dumb? Some othe eöectronic device? A communication device? no
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Postby Balin » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:14 am

Repeating my earlier questions:
Did you have your room key in your pocket? Manual vs electronic keys relevant?

And now for some new ones:
Is it relevant that you did not have a phone? Did anyone else relevantly have a phone? Relevantly not have a phone?
Is the wedding ceremony relevant? The distance between the reception and the ceremony? Was the ceremony at the same hotel as the reception?
Is there a pun involved on the word "reception"? Phone signal reception/wedding reception?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:48 am

Repeating my earlier questions: Sorry, missed the X-post.
Did you have your room key in your pocket? no Manual vs electronic keys relevant? no

And now for some new ones:
Is it relevant that you did not have a phone? yes Did anyone else relevantly have a phone? no Relevantly not have a phone? no
Is the wedding ceremony relevant? One aspect of it is (it shares this aspect with the reception) The distance between the reception and the ceremony? no Was the ceremony at the same hotel as the reception? no
Is there a pun involved on the word "reception"? no Phone signal reception/wedding reception? no
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Postby GalFisk » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:47 am

Did you do something speficifally because you didn't have a phone?
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Postby rcb » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:03 am

Did you find yourself trapped behind a door that could only be opened from the other side?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:53 pm

GalFisk

Did you do something speficifally because you didn't have a phone? no

Rcb

Did you find yourself trapped behind a door that could only be opened from the other side? no (intrigued to know where this came from)
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Postby Grip » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:38 pm

Is the bathroom relevant?

Is what you had in your pocket used by you as a substitute for a phone in this situation?

Did anyone else have what you had in their pocket in theirs?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:27 pm

Is the bathroom relevant? no

Is what you had in your pocket used by you as a substitute for a phone in this situation? It was used for a purpose for which one often uses a phone

Did anyone else have what you had in their pocket in theirs? no
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Postby Grip » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:36 pm

Is what you had in your pocket unique to grooms?

Is what you had electrical? does it make noise? is it a toy? can it loosely be called a computer? is it a watch? does it need batteries to work?

Is there a reason you couldn't just use a phone in the hotel? no time for that? didn't want to leave the area? no spare change?

Used for a purpose for which one often uses a phone = a regular 'ole phone either landline or mobile? or a purpose that can only be done on one of them newfangled smart phones?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:50 pm

Is what you had in your pocket unique to grooms? no (although the rate of prevalence is much higher)

Is what you had electrical? no does it make noise? a very faint one is it a toy? no can it loosely be called a computer? no, this would greatly mislead is it a watch? yes!! does it need batteries to work? no

Is there a reason you couldn't just use a phone in the hotel? no no time for that? no didn't want to leave the area? no no spare change? no

Used for a purpose for which one often uses a phone = a regular 'ole phone either landline or mobile? mobile, specifically or a purpose that can only be done on one of them newfangled smart phones? Some more modern landlines could serve this purpose, but I could not perform this action with them.
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Postby Grip » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:24 pm

Ah...a watch, was it a digital watch? analog? Rolex? antique? Mickey Mouse?

Is what you were doing checking the time?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:29 pm

Ah...a watch, was it a digital watch? analog? this Rolex? antique? in design, perhaps Mickey Mouse? no to the rest

Is what you were doing checking the time? It was. But I do this regularly to this day. What more is there to it?
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Postby Grip » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:41 pm

So is the faint sound mentioned above a tick...tick...tick?

Were you, like Inigo Montoya, in a terrible rush? did you need to be somewhere else at a certain time?

Honeymoon relevant? bookings of some kind?

Was your watch working normally?
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Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:44 pm

o is the faint sound mentioned above a tick...tick...tick? 'twas

Were you, like Inigo Montoya, in a terrible rush? no did you need to be somewhere else at a certain time? no

Honeymoon relevant? no bookings of some kind? no

Was your watch working normally? yes
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Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:40 am

Did you set an alarm on your watch? Were you checking the time on your watch more than you usually do? Were you keeping it in your pocket rather than on your arm for a reason that's relevant?

Are time zones relevant? Daylight savings? Scheduling?

Was it particularly difficult for you to read the time?

Is it relevant whether your watch has Arabic or Roman numerals? Did you read just the time on your watch or the date as well?

Is turning your wrist in a manner to look at your watch relevant?
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Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:53 am

Did you set an alarm on your watch? Were you checking the time on your watch more than you usually do? no to these Were you keeping it in your pocket rather than on your arm for a reason that's relevant? yes to this - and we're very close to determining the action now

Are time zones relevant? Daylight savings? Scheduling? no to all

Was it particularly difficult for you to read the time? marginally more than usual; irrelevant

Is it relevant whether your watch has Arabic or Roman numerals? no Did you read just the time on your watch or the date as well? just the time

Is turning your wrist in a manner to look at your watch relevant? no, but ORT (remember that the answer hinges on an action performed)
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Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:57 am

Did you remove the watch from your pocket several times to read it? Were you keeping it in your pocket because you didn't want to wear it during your wedding? For reasons of style or formality? For a practical reason? Relevant at all?

Was your watch kept in the pocket of your pants? Of your coat/tuxedo (I don't know how men's suits work, sorry)? Another pocket? Did you have to unfasten this pocket? With buttons, snaps, a zipper, another type of closure?

was the action related to your pocket? Was it removing or putting your hands in your pockets? Was it an action performed with your hands?
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Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:03 am

Did you remove the watch from your pocket several times to read it? yes Were you keeping it in your pocket because you didn't want to wear it during your wedding? For reasons of style or formality? both of these For a practical reason? Relevant at all? yes

Was your watch kept in the pocket of your pants? no Of your coat/tuxedo yes (I don't know how men's suits work, sorry)? Another pocket? no Did you have to unfasten this pocket? no With buttons, snaps, a zipper, another type of closure? n/a to all

was the action related to your pocket? yes Was it removing this, relevantly or putting your hands in your pockets? Was it an action performed with your hands? they were involved, yes.

I think we're there.

***** SPOILER *****

Removing an item from my pocket in the interest of checking the time.

My wedding was a very formal affair, and I wore a pocket watch for the first and only time. I typically wear a wristwatch, and check the time on that. It is more popular among millennials to pull out one's cellphone from one's pocket in the interest of checking the time. But I never do that.


Well done, Twilightseeker, for the solution, Grip for a lot of the legwork, and everyone else for their contributions.
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Re: In which [WiZ] has Writer's Block [SOLVED]

Postby Grip » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:05 am

Fun puzzle!
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Re: In which [WiZ] has Writer's Block [SOLVED]

Postby Zanreo » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:14 am

Haha, I'm the same way - it's more convenient to just look at my wrist rather than having to get out my phone every time!
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Postby rcb » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:33 am

Nice puzzle!
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Did you find yourself trapped behind a door that could only be opened from the other side? no (intrigued to know where this came from)
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Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, while on a work - related trip to another country and working in a large and somehow heavily militarised precinct, I excused myself and went out for a smoke. After indulging in my vice, I tried to re-enter the building, only to find out that the doors could only be opened from the inside. If you were out - you were out. Unless you had a magnetic badge. As a visitor, I didn't. I tried to call some of the people working inside, but could not get any, as they were in a basement and had no network coverage. In about half an hour I managed to get back in, going again through the security at the main gates and being looked at as a would-be terrorist (coming from the garden, going over fences, etc.). :D

That was what triggered the question.
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