[Balin] In the grand scheme of things

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[Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:31 am

Gary was living alone, so he thanked Stephan for doing his job properly. Why?
Gary and Stephan are both H/A/M
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby WiZ » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:02 am

Is Gary living alone as a result of Stephan's doing his job? By 'doing his job', do you mean the performance of his professional obligations? Some other kind of obligations?

Is the thanks genuine? Sarcastic? Is Stephan somehow disincentivising people from living with Gary? Does Gary want to live alone?

Are they friends? Co-workers? Neighbours? Relatives? Other?

Is Gary's style of accommodation relevant?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby peter365 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:59 am

Long shot this but is Gary in prison? In solitary confinement?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:13 am

Is Gary living alone as a result of Stephan's doing his job? Yes and No By 'doing his job', do you mean the performance of his professional obligations? Yes Some other kind of obligations?

Is the thanks genuine? This Sarcastic?
Is Stephan somehow disincentivising people from living with Gary? No Does Gary want to live alone? Yes

Are they friends? Co-workers? Neighbours? Relatives? Other? Other

Is Gary's style of accommodation relevant? No

Long shot this but is Gary in prison? In solitary confinement? No but a clever guess
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:49 pm

Has anyone relevantly attempted to make Gary not live alone? If so: tried to move in with him? Make him move in with others? Has Gary had trouble being able to live alone? Cost of living relevant? Has Gary in the past not lived alone when he wanted to?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:24 pm

Has anyone relevantly attempted to make Gary not live alone? No and Yes If so: tried to move in with him? This Make him move in with others?
Has Gary had trouble being able to live alone? See above
Cost of living relevant? No
Has Gary in the past not lived alone when he wanted to? No
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby kalira » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:35 pm

Does Stephan interact with (living alone) Gary in a relevant way? that differs from how he would interact with (living with others) Gary? Would Stephan interact with Gary if Gary were living with others?

WAG: Is Gary a little person and Stephan an elevator operator? Or some other employee of the building Gary lives in?
(If Gary lived with others, they would be able to press elevator buttons on non-rainy days for him, but living alone, he requires assistance to do so.)
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:04 am

Does Stephan interact with (living alone) Gary in a relevant way? Yes that differs from how he would interact with (living with others) Gary? No, because... Would Stephan interact with Gary if Gary were living with others? ...tentative Yes, because...

WAG: Is Gary a little person and Stephan an elevator operator? Or some other employee of the building Gary lives in? (If Gary lived with others, they would be able to press elevator buttons on non-rainy days for him, but living alone, he requires assistance to do so.) I like this guess, but No
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:51 am

Does one person want to move in with Gary? More than one? One group? Family? Reason why Gary wants to live alone relevant?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:52 pm

Does one person want to move in with Gary? More than one? One group? Family? No to all Reason why Gary wants to live alone relevant? Yes
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:23 am

Does Gary dislike people? sharing a living space with people? had Gary just had a divorce? breakup with a girlfriend?

Is smoking or drinking relevant?

Does Gary have a relevant medical condition? is he very elderly?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:07 am

Does Gary dislike people? sharing a living space with people? Irrel to both, assume No
had Gary just had a divorce? breakup with a girlfriend? Irrel to both, assume No

Is smoking or drinking relevant? No

Does Gary have a relevant medical condition? Definitely is he very elderly? No
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:43 pm

Does Gary have a physical medical condition? mental? is he an invalid?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:30 pm

Does Gary have a physical medical condition? No mental? Yes is he an invalid? No
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Doriana » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:11 pm

Is Stephan a psychiatrist? a psychotherapist?

Does Gary have an intellectual disability? a learning disability? ADD? ADHD? an autism spectrum disorder? Depression? Anxiety? Schizophrenia? Psychosis? OCD?

WAG: Does Gary have multiple personality disorder? But with the help of Stephan, he was able to eliminate the other personalities, so he's now living alone (i.e. just the host personality) instead of with his other personality?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:48 am

Is Stephan a psychiatrist? a psychotherapist? Neither

Does Gary have an intellectual disability? a learning disability? ADD? ADHD? an autism spectrum disorder? Depression? Anxiety? Schizophrenia? I don't know the exact mental illness, but assume this Psychosis? OCD?

WAG: Does Gary have multiple personality disorder? But with the help of Stephan, he was able to eliminate the other personalities, so he's now living alone (i.e. just the host personality) instead of with his other personality? REALLY good guess, but No.
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:00 pm

Is Stephan another of Gary's personalities?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:03 pm

Is Stephan another of Gary's personalities? No, and Gary does not have multiple personalities
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:04 pm

I think schizophrenics sometimes have other personas/personalities.

Is Stephan a cop? does Gary sometimes become violent?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:21 pm

Is stephan some sort of health care worker? Symptoms of schizophrenia relevant? Does Gary suffer from paranoia? Delusions of grandeur? Hallucinating interactions with people? Does Stephan actually exist?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:06 am

I think schizophrenics sometimes have other personas/personalities. I didn't know that. In any case, Gary doesn't have multiple personalities.

Is Stephan a cop? No does Gary sometimes become violent? No

Is Stephan some sort of health care worker? No Symptoms of schizophrenia relevant? Yes Does Gary suffer from paranoia? No Delusions of grandeur? No Hallucinating interactions with people? ...Yes Does Stephan actually exist? Yes
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:05 am

Does Stephan help Gary control or suppress hallucinations? Does living alone mean living without hallucinating the presence of other people in his home? Without actual, existing other people?
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Postby Grip » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:20 pm

Does Gary think he sees ghosts?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:27 pm

Does Stephan help Gary control or suppress hallucinations? YOPE
Does living alone mean living without hallucinating the presence of other people in his home? This, see below Without actual, existing other people?

Does Gary think he sees ghosts? YES, he thinks there is a ghost that is living in his house
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:39 pm

Does Gary now think the ghost is gone? Has moved to somewhere else? Did Stephan do what Gary thinks he did?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:17 pm

Thanks, Balin! Finally someone else does a puzzle with a ghost! (Even if it is not a real one.)

is Stephan a paranormal investigator? psychic? parapsychologist?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:12 pm

Does Gary now think the ghost is gone? Yes Has moved to somewhere else? Yes Did Stephan do what Gary thinks he did? Yes

Thanks, Balin! Finally someone else does a puzzle with a ghost! (Even if it is not a real one.) Glad you're enjoying!

is Stephan a paranormal investigator? psychic? parapsychologist? None of these
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:06 am

Is Stephan involved with the supernatural at all? is he a bug exterminator?

Is Stephan a priest? rabbi? minister? an exorcist?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:17 am

Is Stephan involved with the supernatural at all? NO, good q is he a bug exterminator? No

Is Stephan a priest? rabbi? minister? an exorcist? None of these
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:19 pm

Did Stephan pretend to be in a profession involved with the paranormal? pretend to be the ghost?

Did Stephan try to move in with Gary? and succeeded?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:23 pm

Did Stephan pretend to be in a profession involved with the paranormal? pretend to be the ghost?
Did Stephan try to move in with Gary? and succeeded?
No to all
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby GalFisk » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:19 am

Did Stephan do his job at Gary's home? Did he do it once? More than once? Regularly? Did he do it with the intention to help Gary with his ghost hallucination? To help Gary with an actual ghost? To do something completely different? Did he know about Gary's disease? About the ghost?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:21 am

Did Stephan do his job at Gary's home? Yes
Did he do it once? This More than once? Regularly?
Did he do it with the intention to help Gary with his ghost hallucination? This To help Gary with an actual ghost? To do something completely different?
Did he know about Gary's disease? About the ghost? Yes to both
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:33 pm

Is Stephan involved in cleaning services? construction? house sitter?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:44 pm

Is Stephan involved in cleaning services? construction? house sitter? None of these
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Thu May 04, 2017 11:08 pm

HINT: Gary believed that, specifically, the ghost was living in his house.
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Sat May 06, 2017 1:39 pm

Is Stephan a landlord? owner of the building? did he "evict" the ghost?
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Re: [Balin] In the grand scheme of things

Postby Balin » Sun May 07, 2017 11:49 am

Is Stephan a landlord? owner of the building? Neither, but I can tell you that he is a lawyer, because...
did he "evict" the ghost? Yes.

****SPOILER****

As seen on Reddit (full story in link, relevant part to puzzle copy-pasted below):


A call from the local police was my tip off. An older officer, one I was familiar with, called to advise they had responded to a disturbance at my client's home. He apparently had been screaming in an empty room loud enough that the neighbors were concerned and called the police. The police officer, a friendly sort, gauged the situation and decided my client wasn't a threat, but asked what the situation was.
"The ghost," my client had responded, "The ghost won't get out and it won't leave me alone."
"Well," said the officer, "I can tell it to leave."
So he did. He told the ghost to leave. And then, apparently for sh*ts and giggles, told him that it was a "civil matter" if the ghost refused to leave, and therefore an attorney would need to be contacted. At which point my client dropped my name....which resulted in the cop giving me a heads up.
So, I call my client...who is inconsolable at the concept of sharing his home with the ghost. Keep in mind, I've been to this guy's house. This is the first I've heard of a ghost. But there is a competency hearing on the horizon, and this will not play well in front of the judge.
"The cop said it's a civil matter," my client repeated about the 18th time after I told him I was not, in fact, a priest, but was a lawyer and didn't know how to perform an exorcism.
"What do you want me to do," I snapped a bit, "Evict it?"
There are moments in time when you should keep your mouth shut. This is one of them, because the immediate response was "CAN YOU? THAT'D BE GREAT!"
Well sh*t.
So, long story short, I ended up driving out there with a "Mock Up" Notice to Quit addressed to "Any spirits in possession of the property located at [1313 Mockingbird Lane] without any authority under color of law" advising them that their possession was "unlawful in nature" and ordering them to "quit and surrender the premises, or any portion thereof, within fifteen (15) days of the date of this notice."
As I was obviously unable to obtain personal service via hand delivery, I had my client direct me to the portion of the premises the Ghost occupied, an empty spare bedroom, and made service by posting the Notice to the door of the room. I then announced that the ghost "HAD BEEN SERVED A VALID NOTICE TO QUIT AND SURRENDER POSSESSION" and went home.
A week later, as we're preparing to enter the Court for my client's competency hearing, I ask about the status.
"Oh Mr. [Lawyer], it worked great!" my client announced. "He moved out the same night and took all his stuff with him."
The ghost apparently had "stuff."


Well done.
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Re: [Balin] (*DEPARTED*) In the grand scheme of things

Postby Grip » Sun May 07, 2017 2:00 pm

Heh, love it!
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