[Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

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[Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Hobbsicle » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:29 pm

Puzzle three of four in the “Driver” series on the subject of car travel. Other than theme, the puzzles are unrelated.

A man is taking a car trip through a big city, but before he arrives, he drives aimlessly through an empty field before returning to the road. Why?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby trebor » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:01 pm

GPS relevant? Does it matter what city it is? Whether they drive on the left or right? Is it modern day? Time of day relevant? Is his profession relevant? Is anyone else in the vehicle with him? Is his vehicle hijacked somehow? Does it matter what type of field it is? (Athletics field, grass/weed, abandoned lot?) Does he do this on purpose? To add mileage to the vehicle? To get the vehicle dirty? Or to damage it? Is the vehicle his? A rental? A work car? Does his journey start and end in the same city? Is the field in the city?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:31 am

GPS relevant? No Does it matter what city it is? Many larger cities in the US would do, don't know as much about other countries, but maybe there, too Whether they drive on the left or right? irrel Is it modern day? Yes Time of day relevant? No Is his profession relevant? No Is anyone else in the vehicle with him? Assume no Is his vehicle hijacked somehow? No Does it matter what type of field it is? Not highly relevant (Athletics field, No grass/weed, abandoned lot? But these would work) Does he do this on purpose? Yes To add mileage to the vehicle? No To get the vehicle dirty? Yes Or to damage it? No Is the vehicle his? Yes A rental? A work car? Does his journey start and end in the same city? Somewhat irrel, it could be Is the field in the city? Perhaps, or just outside
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby GalFisk » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:59 am

Would anything that got it dirty work? Does he want it to shed dirt in the city? Look dirty? Look less attractive to thieves or carjackers?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Earnest » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:03 pm

did he relevantly transport people? Did he want to try his car? Did he want to see the city from distance? Relevant how far he was from the city? i.e. --> before he arrives = long before? Near to the city? was the city relevantly in sight? Did he lose himself? Did he stay long in the field before returning to the road? Relevant the vehicle he was driving? a normal car? a new car? A new 4x4 car? Was he forced to do so? e.g. the road was interrupted? Police was chasing him? Police invited him to do so? Maybe the street was too monotonous and he wanted to make some curves? Would it have worked had the city been small? was something relevantly curried underground? Did he want to create a dust cloud?

an empty field --> grain field? field with grass? crop circles relevant (i.e. he was making a joke to a friend who own an helicopter)? can we assume a field with nothing (i.e. no grass, no trees, no animals, no buildings, no natural beauties, no panoramas/views) but land on it?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Hobbsicle » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:50 am

Galfisk

Would anything that got it dirty work? More or less Does he want it to shed dirt in the city? No Look dirty? Yope Look less attractive to thieves or carjackers? No

Earnest

did he relevantly transport people? No Did he want to try his car? Not sure what you mean Did he want to see the city from distance? No Relevant how far he was from the city? i.e. --> before he arrives = long before? Near to the city? was the city relevantly in sight? He could have done it from any distance to the city, or even in the city Did he lose himself? No Did he stay long in the field before returning to the road? Maybe only a couple of minutes Relevant the vehicle he was driving? a normal car? Assume this, exact type irrel a new car? A new 4x4 car? Was he forced to do so? No e.g. the road was interrupted? Police was chasing him? No Police invited him to do so? No Maybe the street was too monotonous and he wanted to make some curves? No Would it have worked had the city been small? Probably not, or at least he would have been less likely to do it was something relevantly curried underground? No Did he want to create a dust cloud? No

an empty field --> grain field? field with grass? crop circles relevant (i.e. he was making a joke to a friend who own an helicopter)? can we assume a field with nothing (i.e. no grass, no trees, no animals, no buildings, no natural beauties, no panoramas/views) but land on it? You could assume this, yes
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Earnest » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:16 am

Did he want to lose time? Can we assume that he drive on a straight line? Did he throw something from the car?

Is it a rally car? Was he a pilot? Was the car stolen? His own?
Did he want to hide something? To make it look like a normal car? Did he want to take the car to the car wash? (E.g. he made something criminal which has dirtied his car with footprints or maybe blood traces. By making the car dirty he could justify a deep cleaning to it)
Relevant how long he would have stayed in the city? Registration plate relevant? Writings on the side of the car? Was the car completely clean before he made it dirty? Incognito mode relevant?

Would he relevantly park the car in the city? Go somewhere in the city? Would the car get dirty anyway? Color of the car relevant? Would he have written something on the dust above the car? (E.g. he was a seller but forgot the blacboard to write the prices on. Hence he dirtied his car and wrote down the menu on the dirty car)
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby trebor » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:29 am

Is the weather relevant? Does he do this only one time? Has he done something criminal prior to this? Will he after? Or same questions for something unethical? Is he giving himself an alibi? Or establishing proof of something?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:44 am

Earnest

Did he want to lose time? No, in fact... Can we assume that he drive on a straight line? Probably not,but maybe Did he throw something from the car? No

Is it a rally car? Was he a pilot? Was the car stolen? No to these His own? Yes
Did he want to hide something? Yes To make it look like a normal car? It was already Did he want to take the car to the car wash? No (E.g. he made something criminal which has dirtied his car with footprints or maybe blood traces. By making the car dirty he could justify a deep cleaning to it)
Relevant how long he would have stayed in the city? No Registration plate relevant? Yes Writings on the side of the car? No Was the car completely clean before he made it dirty? irrel Incognito mode relevant? No

Would he relevantly park the car in the city? No Go somewhere in the city? Yope Would the car get dirty anyway? No, or not this dirty Color of the car relevant? No Would he have written something on the dust above the car? No (E.g. he was a seller but forgot the blacboard to write the prices on. Hence he dirtied his car and wrote down the menu on the dirty car) Like the idea though

trebor

Is the weather relevant? Not exactly, but somewhat relevant Does he do this only one time? He might do it again Has he done something criminal prior to this? Will he after? Or same questions for something unethical? He will do something unethical afterwards, I'm not sure if criminal would be the right word, but sort of Is he giving himself an alibi? Or establishing proof of something? No
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Earnest » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:11 pm

color of the plate relevant? numbers/letters on the plate relevant? Did the car have a plate?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby trebor » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:41 pm

Is he trying to get the plates dirty enough that they won’t be detectable on speed cameras?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Driver: Field Trip

Postby Hobbsicle » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:05 am

Earnest

color of the plate relevant? No numbers/letters on the plate relevant? Only that it had them Did the car have a plate? Yes

trebor

Is he trying to get the plates dirty enough that they won’t be detectable on speed cameras? Not exactly, but close enough, I think

****************SPOILER*********************

The man was going through a major city at a time of heavy traffic, and wanted to take a quicker toll route equipped with cameras. Being rather a cheapskate, he drove his car into a field, smeared mud onto the plates enough to be unreadable, and otherwise drove around to get the rest of the car muddy, so that if the police stopped him, he could feign ignorance.


This kind of thing apparently happens somewhat frequently, although many attempts are more extreme. I almost regret not doing one of these. Such as, "A man is driving his car with his friend in the passenger seat. At a certain point, the friend gets out, crawls into the trunk, and they continue on. After several miles, he stops the car, and the friend returns to the passenger seat for the remainder of the journey. Why?"

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