[WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

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[WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:35 pm

A man is cooking a meal at home. Nobody else is around. After the meal is cooked, he immediately picks it up and holds it up to the kitchen window for a few minutes. Why?

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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Enjay » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:47 pm

Is it relevant what the meal is?

Is the meal for himself? Does he eat it after holding it to the window? Does someone else?

Is the window open? Are the curtains open? Is it relevant what the man can see out of the window? Does he want someone to see the meal through the window? Does he want the heat or the smell of the meal to go out of the window?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:50 pm

Is it relevant what the meal is? One aspect of it is

Is the meal for himself? yes Does he eat it after holding it to the window? yes (for the most part) Does someone else? no

Is the window open? no Are the curtains open? yes Is it relevant what the man can see out of the window? yes Does he want someone to see the meal through the window? no Does he want the heat or the smell of the meal to go out of the window? no
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby trebor » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:12 am

Is he trying to follow instructions by doing this, either from a recipe or a package?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:18 am

Is he trying to follow instructions by doing this, either from a recipe or a package? no
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby trebor » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:00 am

When you say nobody else is around, are you including animals? (As far as is reasonable? Presumably there must be insects and things nearby, I know...)

Is the man's home a house? Apartment/condo? Townhouse? A motorhome? Is there anything unusual about the man's home? Is its geographical location significant? Does this occur in modern times?

Is the relevant part of the meal the same part that he doesn't eat? Is the relevant part edible to him? To most people? Is it a grain? Dairy product? Meat? Vegetable? Fruit? Pasta? Is he trying to communicate something by holding the meal up to the window? Is his holding the meal up to the window part of a ritual?

Is his profession relevant? Does he think he sees something outside the window that isn't there? Does he see something that poses a danger to him? Does he sees something man-made? A relevant weather phenomenon? Something geographical?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Balin » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:11 pm

Is the meal emitting steam? Is he steaming the window? To reveal a message?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:42 pm

Trebor

When you say nobody else is around, are you including animals? No! (As far as is reasonable? Presumably there must be insects and things nearby, I know...) My answer takes this assumption into account

Is the man's home a house? yes Apartment/condo? unlikely Townhouse? possibly A motorhome? unlikely Is there anything unusual about the man's home? no Is its geographical location significant? no Does this occur in modern times? yes

Is the relevant part of the meal the same part that he doesn't eat? yes Is the relevant part edible to him? yes To most people? yes, physiologically speaking Is it a grain? Dairy product? Meat? this; no to rest Vegetable? Fruit? Pasta? Is he trying to communicate something by holding the meal up to the window? Hard to answer; he is not trying to convey any complex message or show something that isn't immediately self-evident Is his holding the meal up to the window part of a ritual? no

Is his profession relevant? no Does he think he sees something outside the window that isn't there? no Does he see something that poses a danger to him? no Does he sees something man-made? no A relevant weather phenomenon? no Something geographical? no

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Is the meal emitting steam? Yes, but irrelevant Is he steaming the window? To reveal a message? no to both
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby trebor » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:50 am

Is there one relevant animal? More than one? Assuming the singular, is the animal a pet of his? A wild animal? A dog? Cat? Rodent? Snake? Is it four-legged?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:54 am

Is there one relevant animal? yes More than one? no Assuming the singular, is the animal a pet of his? yes A wild animal? A dog? arf Cat? mew Rodent? squeak Snake? hiss Is it four-legged? good

Edit: On the off-chance you're colourblind, 'yes' to dog and 'no' to other animal types
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby invisiblemimsy » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:36 am

Is the man trying to get the dog inside by holding up the food? Is it his pet? Is it a stray? Is he going to feed the dog? Is he going to throw the food out of the window? Is the man religious? It it relevant which direction he's facing? It it Ramadan? Is the food halal? Is the man Paul Newman himself? A Newman fan? Does "Window dressing" mean decorating the window? Does it mean getting dressed? Does it mean a dressing on the food, e.g. sauce on the meat? Salad on the side with dressing on?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:46 pm

Is the man trying to get the dog inside by holding up the food? no, but very much ORT Is it his pet? yes Is it a stray? no Is he going to feed the dog? yes Is he going to throw the food out of the window? no Is the man religious? Irrelevant It it relevant which direction he's facing? no, in absolute terms (he is facing towards the window) It it Ramadan? irrelevant Is the food halal? irrelevant Is the man Paul Newman himself? no A Newman fan? irrelevant

Does "Window dressing" mean decorating the window? Does it mean getting dressed? Does it mean a dressing on the food, e.g. sauce on the meat? Salad on the side with dressing on?

It's a deliberate play on the double meaning of 'dressing' in the contexts you describe, and nothing else. Puzzle titles used on this forum may or may not contain clues or even be relevant to the puzzle at all :)
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Balin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:18 am

Is he trying to prevent anyone from outside from seeing in? Is the man's attire relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:23 am

Is he trying to prevent anyone from outside from seeing in? no Is the man's attire relevant? no
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Balin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:24 am

Is the temperature of the meat relevant?
Is the meat in a bowl? On a plate? Between bread?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:30 am

Is the temperature of the meat relevant? no
Is the meat in a bowl? no On a plate? no Between bread? no

Answering in the temporal context of the relevant action
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Balin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:35 am

Is the meat beef? Is it a steak? A stew? A burger? A loin? A chop?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:38 am

Is the meat beef? Is it a steak? A stew? A burger? A loin? A chop? As this is a true story, the meat is chicken. I'm not sure this distinction is meainingful.
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:42 am

Is he going to give the dog a bone (or otherwise leftovers)? Or is he simply going to give the dog its regular food? Is he trying to get the dog's attention so he will come to the window? Will he be bringing any food outside? Will the dog come inside? Is there already something outside that he is trying to lure the dog to?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:08 pm

Is he going to give the dog a bone (or otherwise leftovers)? yes Or is he simply going to give the dog its regular food? No, this is a 'special' offering Is he trying to get the dog's attention so he will come to the window? yes! Will he be bringing any food outside? no/FA Will the dog come inside? no Is there already something outside that he is trying to lure the dog to? yes!
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby invisiblemimsy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:16 pm

Is he trying to get the dog away from something? Like a cat?
Is there a lady dog nearby?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:18 pm

Is he trying to get the dog away from something? Like a cat? no
Is there a lady dog nearby? no
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Enjay » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:12 pm

Does the window look from the kitchen to the outside? To another room?

Is the man inside? Outside? Is the dog inside? Outside? In the kitchen?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:18 am

Does the window look from the kitchen to the outside? Yes, FA lurking To another room? no

Is the man inside? Outside? This! Is the dog inside? This! Outside? In the kitchen? And this!

Threat of FA hopefully now extinguished.
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:42 am

Is the dog running amok in the kitchen?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:44 am

Is the dog running amok in the kitchen? no
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Hobbsicle » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:09 am

So the man cooked the chicken, took it outside, and held the chicken up to the kitchen window? So that the dog would come outside? So he could give him the bone or whatever?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:14 am

So the man cooked the chicken, took it outside, and held the chicken up to the kitchen window? Correct so far So that the dog would come outside? Yes, he wanted this very much So he could give him the bone or whatever? But not to this end.
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby trebor » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:15 am

Is the man locked out? Is he trying to get the dog to smash through the window?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby Enjay » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:05 pm

Does the dog have a key round its neck?

If the dog were to come outside would it go through the door? Window? A dog flap?

Did the man take his food outside to eat it? When he left the house, was he planning to hold it up to the dog?
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Re: [WiZ] Paul Newman window dressing

Postby WiZ » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:48 pm

Is the man locked out? Yes! Is he trying to get the dog to smash through the window? Not quite as destructively, but this is, in essence, what he's hoping to achieve..

***** SPOILER *****

The man is cooking on a barbecue outside his kitchen. The kitchen door (a glass door beneath a window) locks automatically when closed. The man finds himself locked out of the house. Knowing that his wife will return later in the evening, he gets on with the task of cooking the evening meal.

He then sees his dog in the kitchen. Taking a leap of faith, he holds up some of the chicken he has cooked high above the handle of the door. His excitable dog leaps at it repeatedly. Eventually, it leaps at the handle and falls with enough pressure to depress the handle and open the door.

The man, stunned that his plan has worked, gives his good boy a nice big piece of chicken as a reward.


Congratulations, Trebor, on the solution, and thank you everyone for playing!
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