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[Enjay] Explain this

Postby Enjay » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:34 pm

Not sure if this kind of puzzle has been done before - your task is simple: explain the attached picture.

NB resist doing a reverse image search of the picture as it will lead you straight to the answer!
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:19 pm

Presumably it's in the stages of being built? As opposed to dismantled? Is it in a hot country? A third world country? 2nd world (such as India for example)? Is it for animals, or people? Are those chalets we can see to the left? Is it going to be a shop, a hotel, or some other dwelling? Is it relevant what's outside of the photo?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:26 pm

Presumably it's in the stages of being built? No, it's complete As opposed to dismantled? See previous answer

Is it in a hot country? A third world country? 2nd world (such as India for example)? It is in India
Is it for animals, or people? People
Are those chalets we can see to the left? Irrel
Is it going to be a shop, a hotel, or some other dwelling? No Is it relevant what's outside of the photo? Yes
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:33 pm

Would we expect people to queue inside it? Some kind of market? Would it be full of people? Is it for the public? Is it open yet? For adults or children? Relevant what kind of people? Is there a park outside? Some kind of transport place?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:08 pm

Is it part of a bigger picture? Is it usually full of people? Is it in order people to follow a specific path to reach a certain point? Is the main reason why people go there depucted by the picture? Is the picture done in a normal day where with normal I mean a usual moment of usage of the thing depicted? Is it for one person per time? Relevant the walls? Is it part of another building? A bigger one? A parking lot?
Is it mainly devoted to: agricolture? Religion? Food? Administrative reasons? Pray? Spirt? Entertainment?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby JenBurdoo » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:12 am

Is it an image of something real? A tromp'l'oeil (however that's spelled) image? A model? Is the person walking through it an ordinary person? Is it a maze? Part of a game? Is it from Google Earth?

Are the shadows or the time of day relevant?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby biograd » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:13 pm

Is it relevant that people in the "winding" part of the alley can't see where they're going? That they can't see the tin roof to the right? Is the other tin-roof shed in the inner rectangle relevant? Is it relevant that it's hidden/walled off from the alley?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Balin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:57 pm

WiZ did some puzzles like this a couple years ago; nice to see you bringing it back!

Are there any relevant walls behind the bush/tree?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby wwhere » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:21 am

Is it meant for queuing? Maybe it is usually full of people? For a tourist attraction? A religious site?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:40 am

Is whatever is outside of the picture relevant for scale, or something else? E.g. is this part of a model?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:50 pm

Would we expect people to queue inside it? No Some kind of market? No Would it be full of people? What are you referring to by "it"? The part where the person is visible in the picture would not normally by full of people Is it for the public? Yes Is it open yet? Yes For adults this or children? Relevant what kind of people? No Is there a park outside? No Some kind of transport place? Yes, depending on what you mean by transport place


Is it part of a bigger picture? I found the picture used in an article exactly as it is here - it is part of a larger picture in the sense that I suppose all photos are Is it usually full of people? As above, if you mean the part where the person is here, no Is it in order people to follow a specific path to reach a certain point? Yes Is the main reason why people go there depucted by the picture? Yes Is the picture done in a normal day where with normal I mean a usual moment of usage of the thing depicted? Assume yes Is it for one person per time? No Relevant the walls? Yes Is it part of another building? No A bigger one? A parking lot? No
Is it mainly devoted to: agricolture? Religion? Food? Administrative reasons? Pray? Spirt? Entertainment? This


Is it an image of something real? Yes A tromp'l'oeil (however that's spelled) image? No A model? No Is the person walking through it an ordinary person? Yes Is it a maze? Yope Part of a game? No Is it from Google Earth? Irrelevant

Are the shadows or the time of day relevant? No


Is it relevant that people in the "winding" part of the alley can't see where they're going? No That they can't see the tin roof to the right? No Is the other tin-roof shed in the inner rectangle relevant? Yes Is it relevant that it's hidden/walled off from the alley? Yes


WiZ did some puzzles like this a couple years ago; nice to see you bringing it back! Thought it might make a nice change!

Are there any relevant walls behind the bush/tree? No


Is it meant for queuing? No Maybe it is usually full of people? No For a tourist attraction? A religious site? No to both


Is whatever is outside of the picture relevant for scale, or something else? Something else E.g. is this part of a model? No - it is real, the person is a normal sized person, etc
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:54 pm

Is it meant for static or dynamic entertainment? (Dynamic = sports for instabce, static = conversation, shopping, gathering...)
Is a game being played? Is that type of entertainment common just in India? All over the world? Does it involve food? Playing with a ball? Hide and seek? Is it usually for sundays? Every day of the week? Knowing other people? Is the person depicted exiting from the main attraction? Is the main part of the picture (the walls...) depicting actually the main attraction or is the main attraction depicted on the top of the picture (by those buildings)? Is the part where the person is the exit? Relevant that the picture is taken from the above? Would the puzzle still work had the picture been taken from another perspective/point of view/angle?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:19 pm

Is it meant for static or dynamic entertainment? (Dynamic = sports for instabce, static = conversation, shopping, gathering...) Static

Is a game being played? No Is that type of entertainment common just in India? No All over the world? Yes Does it involve food? Possibly Playing with a ball? No Hide and seek? No Is it usually for sundays? No Every day of the week? Yes Knowing other people? I'm not sure what you mean - there would likely be more than one person present

Is the person depicted exiting from the main attraction? Yes Is the main part of the picture (the walls...) depicting actually the main attraction or is the main attraction depicted on the top of the picture (by those buildings)? The "main attraction" is either the shack with the blue roof or the buildings at the top, I'm not actually sure, and either would work. Let's say it's the blue building. Is the part where the person is the exit? Yope Relevant that the picture is taken from the above? No Would the puzzle still work had the picture been taken from another perspective/point of view/angle? Yes
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:46 pm

Bar, garage, go carts, bikes, dancing, going to see an expert, a guru or a fortune teller, drinking, queueing?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:11 am

Smoking all together relevant? Like a calumet?
Is the parh followed by the man who is going out from the main attraction like a symbolic path people have to follow to reach the main attraction? Like a redemption path? Is the relevant attraction done in group? One per time? (E.g. like it is a bathroom...) two per time? 3 per time? More than 10 per time? Is there a minimum amount of person for enjoying the relevant attraction? Telling stories relevant? Is the relevant attraction usually done during evenings? Afternoons? Nights? Mornings? All are possible? Movie watching relevant? Watching tvs? ...well ok the place is too small maybe but not all the picture is visible so...
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:14 pm

Bar This, no to all others, garage, go carts, bikes, dancing, going to see an expert, a guru or a fortune teller, drinking, queueing?

Smoking all together relevant? Like a calumet? No to both
Is the parh followed by the man who is going out from the main attraction like a symbolic path people have to follow to reach the main attraction? Not symbolic Like a redemption path? No

Is the relevant attraction done in group? One per time? (E.g. like it is a bathroom...) two per time? 3 per time? More than 10 per time? Is there a minimum amount of person for enjoying the relevant attraction? Telling stories relevant? Is the relevant attraction usually done during evenings? Afternoons? Nights? Mornings? All are possible? Movie watching relevant? Watching tvs? ...well ok the place is too small maybe but not all the picture is visible so... Invisiblemimsy's questions have now established it is a bar
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:56 pm

So why the massive maze-like path - is that what we’re trying to establish now? In India, a massive amount of the population is Muslim and don’t drink. In some areas it’s illegal. Is this designed the way it is to avoid offending Muslims, or to avoid the law finding out? To cause people to turn a blind eye?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:15 pm

Is the long path to discourage certain type of people to enter? To avoid something to happen? (E.g. if a child enters he need to follow up all the path before entering the bar and is it seen before entering?) Is it for safety reasons?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:29 pm

So why the massive maze-like path - is that what we’re trying to establish now? Yes In India, a massive amount of the population is Muslim and don’t drink. In some areas it’s illegal. Is this designed the way it is to avoid offending Muslims, no or to avoid the law finding out? No but OTRT To cause people to turn a blind eye? No

Is the long path to discourage certain type of people to enter? Yope To avoid something to happen? Yes, indirectly (E.g. if a child enters he need to follow up all the path before entering the bar and is it seen before entering?) Not this Is it for safety reasons? Yesish
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:47 pm

Is it to let people think is somthing else? To discourage policeman to enter? To give the alarm in case policemen enter? To allow people to escape? (...assuming that policeman are not able to enter the exit used by escaping people)

To let policeman think is a safe place where thibgs are done properly? Is some specific law here not respected? Laws concerning women? Alchol? Drugs?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:54 pm

Are they just selling drink or something else as well? Opium, hash? Exclude women? Exclude animals? So neighbours can't see? To stop it bringing down the 'tone' of the neighbourhood? To cut down noise levels? To stop bicycles, mopeds or other transport? To make people think it's a building site so no one comes who doesn't know it's there?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:38 pm

Is it to let people think is somthing else? No To discourage policeman to enter? No To give the alarm in case policemen enter? No To allow people to escape? No (...assuming that policeman are not able to enter the exit used by escaping people)

To let policeman think is a safe place where thibgs are done properly? Yope Is some specific law here not respected? No, but a specific law is relevant Laws concerning women? Alchol? This Drugs?

Are they just selling drink or something else as well? Just drink Opium, hash?
Exclude women? Exclude animals? So neighbours can't see? To stop it bringing down the 'tone' of the neighbourhood? To cut down noise levels? To stop bicycles, mopeds or other transport? To make people think it's a building site so no one comes who doesn't know it's there? No to all
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:33 pm

Is selling alchol legal? If so under certain conditions? Does the law concern those conditions? Is it for drunk people? To discourage people to be drunk in order to exit the bar? Or not to exit so that policeman can catch them?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:45 pm

Is selling alchol legal? Yes If so under certain conditions? Yes Does the law concern those conditions? Yes Is it for drunk people? No To discourage people to be drunk in order to exit the bar? No Or not to exit so that policeman can catch them? No
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Acridian9 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:57 pm

Is the relevant law limiting/regulating selling alcoholics? If so, at certain hours? at certain places? to certain people? Age of the customers relevent? their caste?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:12 pm

Is the relevant law limiting/regulating selling alcoholics? Selling alcohol? Yes If so, at certain hours? No at certain places? Yes to certain people? No Age of the customers relevent? No their caste? No
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby invisiblemimsy » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:31 pm

So... they can't sell alcohol at this place because of the law? Or can they? How about other places in the vicinity?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:28 am

Does the relevant law apply to the bar now (with the labyrinth)? Would it apply without the labyrinth?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby peter365 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:35 am

Cool idea for a puzzle Enjay.

Is there a law preventing consumption of alcohol in a public place? Does the height of the walls exempt this area from the definition of drinking in public as they cant' be seen from the outside?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:40 pm

So... they can't sell alcohol at this place because of the law? Or can they? They can How about other places in the vicinity? No, almost certainly not, good question
Does the relevant law apply to the bar now (with the labyrinth)? No Would it apply without the labyrinth? Yes, good q
Is there a law preventing consumption of alcohol in a public place? No Does the height of the walls exempt this area from the definition of drinking in public as they cant' be seen from the outside? No
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Earnest » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Consequences of alchol relevant? Laud music relevant? So the law is applied withouth the labyrinth right? Is the labyrinth due to keep a certain distance? If so a certain distance from the streets? To hide somethig? Is alchol just drink in the bar? Or is it sold also to other uses? Is the labyrinth per se illegal or is it illegal because it prevents something to happen? It allows for illegalities? Is the illegal activity conducted inside the bar or in the labyrinth? Selling alchol to teens relevant?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Acridian9 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:57 pm

If a place in the vicinity had a similar labyrinth, could they sell alchool?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:07 pm

Consequences of alchol relevant? Yes Laud music relevant? No So the law is applied withouth the labyrinth right? Well the law applies to everyone, but without the labyrinth the bar would be breaking the law Is the labyrinth due to keep a certain distance? Yes If so a certain distance from the streets? Yesish To hide somethig? No Is alchol just drink in the bar? Or is it sold also to other uses? It can be taken away Is the labyrinth per se illegal or is it illegal because it prevents something to happen? The labyrinth is not illegal It allows for illegalities? Is the illegal activity conducted inside the bar or in the labyrinth? FA, see previous answer Selling alchol to teens relevant? No

If a place in the vicinity had a similar labyrinth, could they sell alchool? Yes
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Acridian9 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:14 am

People go through the labyrinth to enter the bar? exit? both?
A street relevant? the one in the picture? more than one street?
Distance from the bar to a street relevant? if yes, to a generic one? or a particular street?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby biograd » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:56 am

Is there a law that "there must not be a bar within X distance of Y", and counting the length of the winding passage, the distance to the bar is X distance? If not, is it however the total length of the passage that is relevant? or is the actual shape of it relevant too?
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Re: [Enjay] Explain this (experimental)

Postby Enjay » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:33 pm

People go through the labyrinth to enter the bar? exit? both?
A street relevant? the one in the picture? more than one street?
Distance from the bar to a street relevant? if yes, to a generic one? or a particular street?

Is there a law that "there must not be a bar within X distance of Y", and counting the length of the winding passage, the distance to the bar is X distance? If not, is it however the total length of the passage that is relevant? or is the actual shape of it relevant too?

I think between the two of you you've got all the important information

*****SPOILER*****
In December 2016, the Indian state of Kerala passed a law forbidding the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of any public highway in an attempt to cut down on drunk driving. This caused problems for lots of bars which were situated less than 500m from a highway. The bar in the picture was only 25m from a highway so would have had to close under the law. Instead, they built the labyrinth seen in the picture, meaning that customers have to walk more than 500m to get from the road to the bar. The authorities ruled that the bar could stay open, since the intended aim of making it harder for people to grab a drink and get back on the road was achieved. They did get fined however for modifying their entrance without the proper authorisation.

Link to the story here - incidentally the website that is drawn from has a great email newsletter with an interesting story every day, which has given me quite a lot of puzzle ideas!

Thanks everyone for playing, hope you enjoyed it. I might do another picture puzzle if I come across a good picture.
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