[WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

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[WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby WiZ » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:19 pm

A man buys an old, torn copy of War and Peace at a charity book fair. The next day, he is found dead. How did he die?

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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby GalFisk » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:44 am

Relevant where he is found? By whom? In what circumstances? Did he die because he had the book? Because he bought it? Because he read it? Did something else with it? Did he die from murder? Accident? Disease? Suicide? Shock? Age? Relevant that the book was old? Torn? Was it valuable? Worthless? Did he relevantly attempt to restore it?
Did he die from poison? Venom? Heat? Cold? Fire? Electrocution? Explosion? Projectile? Suffocation? Strangulation? Drowning? Hypoxia? Inhalation? Organ failure? Decapitation? Impact? Fall? Crash? Blood loss? Brain injury? Animal attack? Infection?
Did he want to die? Know he might die? Did anyone else want him to die? Is his age relevant? Is what he paid for the book relevant? If he had bought another book, would he die? If he had bought a different copy of War and Peace, would he die? If he had bought this book from a different place, would he die? Did he read the book? Was anything in the book relevantly hard or impossible to read? Is it torn because it has been read a lot? Because it has been neglected? Abused?
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby peter365 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:50 am

Is it relevant that War and Peace is synonymous with length? Does he purchase the book for a reason other than a desire to read it? Does he intend to prop something up with it? Does he intend to increase the height or reach of something or someone?
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:53 pm

Is the book fair held outdoors? Indoors? In a library? In a relevant building?
Setting of this puzzle relevant (time period? country?)
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby Earnest » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:14 am

Try to avoid repeating...relevant that the book was old and torn? That it was War and Peace? That he bought it at a charity fair? Dust/mold relevant? If he did not die for natural reasons, was there behind the pages of the book? Relevant the previous owner of the book (had it got a previous owner?)? Relevant the age of the man?
Did he have relevantly other book in his house? (I was thinking of something like he put War and Peace on a shelf already fool of books. War and Peace was too heavy and the shelf felt on his head)
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby trebor » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:16 pm

Is it relevant to whom the money goes from the fair? Did he encounter any other relevant people at the fair? Or on his way to or from? Did he read any of the book? Relevant? Was the book the straw that broke the camel’s back of his overworked bookcase, which collapsed and killed him? Did he intend to read the book? To use it for something else? To prop something up? Hold something in place? To clean up a thousand or so tiny spills?
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby WiZ » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:02 pm

GalFisk

Relevant where he is found? yes By whom? no In what circumstances? yesish Did he die because he had the book? no Because he bought it? no Because he read it? no Did something else with it? please rephrase Did he die from murder? Accident? Disease? Suicide? no to all Shock? yope Age? no Relevant that the book was old? Torn? somewhat to both Was it valuable? no Worthless? almost Did he relevantly attempt to restore it? no
Did he die from poison? Venom? Heat? Cold? this; no to rest Fire? Electrocution? Explosion? Projectile? Suffocation? Strangulation? Drowning? Hypoxia? Inhalation? Organ failure? Decapitation? Impact? Fall? Crash? Blood loss? Brain injury? Animal attack? Infection?
Did he want to die? no Know he might die? yes Did anyone else want him to die? probably, but irrelevant Is his age relevant? no Is what he paid for the book relevant? somewhat If he had bought another book, would he die? yes, and more likely If he had bought a different copy of War and Peace, would he die? yes If he had bought this book from a different place, would he die? yes Did he read the book? no Was anything in the book relevantly hard or impossible to read? no Is it torn because it has been read a lot? Because it has been neglected? Abused? irrelevant to all

Peter

Is it relevant that War and Peace is synonymous with length? yes Does he purchase the book for a reason other than a desire to read it? yes Does he intend to prop something up with it? Does he intend to increase the height or reach of something or someone? no to these

Balin

Is the book fair held outdoors? no Indoors? yes In a library? no In a relevant building? No; assume an easily-accessible public hall
Setting of this puzzle relevant (time period? country?) No; this puzzle could be set at any time after the publication of War and Peace (or a year later, to give people the chance to read it) and would work in the majority of countries

Earnest

Try to avoid repeating...relevant that the book was old and torn? somewhat That it was War and Peace? Yes, for reasons outlined above That he bought it at a charity fair? somewhat Dust/mold relevant? no If he did not die for natural reasons, was there behind the pages of the book? no (he died of natural causes) Relevant the previous owner of the book (had it got a previous owner?)? irrelevant Relevant the age of the man? no
Did he have relevantly other book in his house? no (I was thinking of something like he put War and Peace on a shelf already fool of books. War and Peace was too heavy and the shelf felt on his head) This isn't the solution (although it would give St. Peter something to chuckle about)

Trebor

Is it relevant to whom the money goes from the fair? no Did he encounter any other relevant people at the fair? no Or on his way to or from? no Did he read any of the book? no Relevant? yes Was the book the straw that broke the camel’s back of his overworked bookcase, which collapsed and killed him? no Did he intend to read the book? no To use it for something else? yes To prop something up? Hold something in place? To clean up a thousand or so tiny spills? no to all
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:12 pm

Did he tear out the pages and try to use them for warmth?
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space

Postby WiZ » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:32 pm

Did he tear out the pages and try to use them for warmth? Yep.

***** SPOILER *****

It was winter, and the man was homeless. He used the few coins he had to buy a battered old copy of the longest book he could find. He tore the book apart and stuffed his clothing with the pages as insulation against the cold sky he slept under. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.


Congratulations, Balin, on the solution, and thank you everyone for playing. While there were not a lot of posts, there were a lot of questions.
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space [PEACE OUT]

Postby Balin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:04 pm

Now I'm sad... mostly at the scenario, but also a little at killing a WiZ puzzle so quickly.
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space [PEACE OUT]

Postby WiZ » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:25 pm

I'm not offended. Lately, much of my inspiration has been in the classic style. Man lies dead, one lateral twist. Great for newcomers and 1-on-1 sessions, but destined for an early grave in the LTPF :)
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space [PEACE OUT]

Postby invisiblemimsy » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:30 pm

He had a metaphorical icicle.
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Re: [WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space [PEACE OUT]

Postby Earnest » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:37 pm

Oh God :(((( very sad story. But very nice puzzle
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