[WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

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[WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:44 pm

A man is looking at himself, and only himself, in a mirror. He appears completely normal; indeed, his appearance is everything he expected it to be. However, he can scarcely believe what he is seeing. Why?

Title is a throwaway reference to a previous puzzle of mine.
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby KayleeArafinwiel » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:32 am

This puzzle is not about Jim?

Is this puzzle about James?

Is the man a H/A/M?

Is the mirror a normal mirror? Fun house mirror? Is the man a dwarf?

If he is looking at 'only himself', is he naked? Is the rest of the area invisible? Is the man alive? Is he dead? Is he asleep/dreaming? Is this a true story? FYOI? FSEI?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:36 am

This puzzle is not about Jim? Correct. The protagonist does not relevantly have a murdered identical twin.

Is this puzzle about James? We can call him James, sure.

Is the man a H/A/M? Yes on all counts

Is the mirror a normal mirror? yes Fun house mirror? no Is the man a dwarf? no

If he is looking at 'only himself', is he naked? Only underneath his clothes Is the rest of the area invisible? no Is the man alive? yes Is he dead? not yet Is he asleep/dreaming? no Is this a true story? Yes FYOI? FSEI? no
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby KayleeArafinwiel » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:49 am

is what kind of clothes James is wearing relevant?

does this take place in the 21st century? 20th? 19th? 18th? longer ago than that?

is James' nationality relevant? is he from Europe? Asia? Africa? Australia? North or South America? Antarctica? Is James dressed as a penguin? (just checking)

Is James a young man? Middle aged? An old man? Relevant?

Has James had eye surgery? Was he legally blind until recently? Has he had an eye transplant?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:02 am

is what kind of clothes James is wearing relevant? no

does this take place in the 21st century? 20th? I can say with certainty that both of these are possible 19th? 18th? Quite possibly; but confirming this would require more research than I am prepared to do longer ago than that? There is a limit to the era

is James' nationality relevant? no is he from Europe? Asia? Africa? Australia? North or South America? I'm fairly certain all of these are possible Antarctica? Is James dressed as a penguin? (just checking) no to both

Is James a young man? Middle aged? An old man? Relevant? He is relevantly not a child

Has James had eye surgery? no Was he legally blind until recently? no Has he had an eye transplant? no

I had anticipated that those would be early questions and initially wrote the puzzle question around that; but it was long and cumbersome and raised more questions than it asked :)
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby GalFisk » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:32 am

Can hardly believe = he sees something unexpected? Something with a very small chance of happening? Is he looking in a mirror he didn't expect to be looking in? Is he in a place he didn't expect to be in? Is the disbelief a positive one? Negative? Both? Neither? Is he happy to see himself the way he does? Any medical issues relevant? Medical procedures? Did he expect to be dead?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby Earnest » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:43 am

Ok maybe a strange question...when he looked at the mirror...was he looking for his appearence? Was him looking at his physical appearence? (A simple example which contradicts this question to make it more ubderstabdable is for instance when someone is looking at how a piece of clothing fits on him/her; ) Had Hames modified a relevant part of his body recently? Tattoos relevant?

Was him able to see his total body at the mirror? Only a part of it? (If so list of body parts)
Could he not believe to what he was doing more than what he is seeing? (E.g. he was hair cutting, lost a bet and looked at the mirror his hair cut which was what he expected to see but he realized that he looked good even with that "out of the schemes" hair cut)? Is what he was doing relevant? Was him surprised to look normal? To see what he expected to see? (E.g. he survived to death in a miracolous way?)
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby Zanreo » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:34 am

Anything else showing up in the mirror relevant? Did he expect to see something else in the room with him? Someone else?

Size of mirror relevant? Full-body mirror? Hanging on a wall?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:50 pm

GalFisk

Can hardly believe = he sees something unexpected? yes Something with a very small chance of happening? no Is he looking in a mirror he didn't expect to be looking in? yesish, explore Is he in a place he didn't expect to be in? no Is the disbelief a positive one? Negative? Both? Neither? Neither - it's a neutral/ambivalent feeling Is he happy to see himself the way he does? irrelevant Any medical issues relevant? no Medical procedures? no Did he expect to be dead? no

Earnest

Ok maybe a strange question...when he looked at the mirror...was he looking for his appearence? Was him looking at his physical appearence? (A simple example which contradicts this question to make it more ubderstabdable is for instance when someone is looking at how a piece of clothing fits on him/her; ) Your strange question has a stranger answer - he was not deliberately checking his appearance or physical appearance... Had Hames modified a relevant part of his body recently? Tattoos relevant? no to both

Was him able to see his total body at the mirror? Only a part of it? (If so list of body parts) He could see down to his waist or so - not strictly relevant, however
Could he not believe to what he was doing more than what he is seeing? (E.g. he was hair cutting, lost a bet and looked at the mirror his hair cut which was what he expected to see but he realized that he looked good even with that "out of the schemes" hair cut)? No - it is what he is seeing that he cannot believe Is what he was doing relevant? noish Was him surprised to look normal? no To see what he expected to see? (E.g. he survived to death in a miracolous way?) no

Zanreo

Anything else showing up in the mirror relevant? no Did he expect to see something else in the room with him? no Someone else? no

Size of mirror relevant? noish Full-body mirror? Large enough that he can see the top half of his body - again, not strictly relevant Hanging on a wall? yes
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby JenBurdoo » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:40 pm

Does he disbelieve something about himself? The mirror? Anything behind him? Are the opposing properties of reflection relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby Jane The Awesome » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:49 pm

Was he attempting to examine or look at the mirror itself? Does his surprise have to do with the quality of the mirror? The quality of the mirror's reflection? Did he know he was looking at a mirror?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:31 pm

JenBurdoo

Does he disbelieve something about himself? no The mirror? yope to yesish! Anything behind him? no Are the opposing properties of reflection relevant? no

Jane the Awesome

Hi, Jane the Awesome!

Was he attempting to examine or look at the mirror itself? no, but you're on the right track Does his surprise have to do with the quality of the mirror? no The quality of the mirror's reflection? no Did he know he was looking at a mirror? yes
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby invisiblemimsy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:54 pm

Was James previously blind? Is he losing his sight? Does he recognise/not recognise himself in the mirror? Is there something abnormal about him? Was there something abnormal previously which is now not there? Has he seen himself in a mirror before? Or, not for a long time? Recently?

Is James relevantly going to die soon? (not in the sense that we are all going to die...) perhaps he has an illness, perhaps he sees something in the mirror and realises he will die, perhaps he has the black spot? Timescale relevant?

Could James be you, in theory? Me? A relative, friend or public figure?

Was the mirror really a mirror, a picture, photograph, something else? Is it faulty, or does he think it's faulty? Is it a normal mirror, or black glass? Is there another mirror in the room?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:24 pm

Was James previously blind? Is he losing his sight? no to these Does he recognise/not recognise himself in the mirror? he recognises himself Is there something abnormal about him? he is physically and mentally normal Was there something abnormal previously which is now not there? no Has he seen himself in a mirror before? yes Or, not for a long time? correct! Recently? no!

Is James relevantly going to die soon? no (not in the sense that we are all going to die...) perhaps he has an illness, perhaps he sees something in the mirror and realises he will die, perhaps he has the black spot? no to these Timescale relevant? somewhat

Could James be you, in theory?

There is a relevant difference between he and I. However, this is due to an aspect of my life that the average forum member wouldn't know. To put it another way, James could be a 32-year-old male New Zealander living in Wellington, although he probably wouldn't be in my line of work - at least, not at the time the puzzle takes place.


Me?

Again, going by your public profile, yes - This puzzle could work if James were a Scottish woman of your age. But the same relevant difference possibly exists between you and he.

A relative, friend or public figure? Yes to all, in theory

Was the mirror really a mirror, a picture, photograph, something else? It is a genuine mirror, as we would normally conceive of one Is it faulty, or does he think it's faulty? no Is it a normal mirror, or black glass? A normal mirror, although this puzzle would work either way Is there another mirror in the room? Irrelevant, assume no
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:09 am

Height, facial hair, grey hair, fat/thin?
Has he been away, in a concentration camp, prison, somewhere with no mirror? He used to be handsome, now he's ugly, or vice versa? Ill/well?
Relevant how much time has passed - was he a child and now an adult? 5 years, 10, 20 etc etc?
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim

Postby WiZ » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:20 am

Height, facial hair, grey hair, fat/thin? None of these have relevantly changed
Has he been away, in a concentration camp, prison yes, no to rest , somewhere with no mirror? yes (see above) He used to be handsome, now he's ugly, or vice versa? Ill/well? no to these
Relevant how much time has passed - was he a child and now an adult? 5 years, 10, 20 etc etc? This scenario is more likely with a greater passage of time.

I think this is solved, in essence.

***** SPOILER *****

James was recently released from prison after a lengthy sentence. One of the adjustments he must make is seeing mirrors again - he is amazed to see what, to him, is a potential stockpile of edged weapons hanging on the wall of a public bathroom!


Congratulations, InvisibleMimsy, and thank you everyone for playing!
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim [REFLECTED UPON]

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:28 am

Cool :-D
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim [REFLECTED UPON]

Postby biograd » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:24 pm

I wasn't even aware that there are no mirrors allowed in a prison, but now that I think about it I can see that it makes sense.
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Re: [WiZ] This puzzle is not about Jim [REFLECTED UPON]

Postby JenBurdoo » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:01 am

There are mirrors; they are considered a privilege and can be provided for good behavior or taken away. They are typically made of polished metal and stuck to the wall so that they cannot be removed or broken.
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