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[Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement

Postby Hobbsicle » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:02 pm

Greta wakes up in the middle of the night feeling thirsty. On her way to the kitchen for a glass of water, she notices a door slightly ajar that she was sure was closed before she went to bed last night. She opens it more fully to discover, to her surprise, that the room inside is completely empty. She begins opening other nearby doors to the same result: emptiness. She suddenly hears a noise coming from behind another door further down the hall. She approaches it quietly, then opens the door to find all of the missing contents inside, completely destroyed and scattered about the room. What is going on?

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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Balin » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:11 pm

Has a natural disaster occurred?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Doriana » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:13 pm

Is Greta at home? in a hospital? in a school/university dorm? on a ship? on a space station?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby WiZ » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:38 pm

She begins opening other nearby doors to the same result: emptiness.


Oof, relatable.

Were the missing contents destroyed and/or scattered by a person/people? An animal? An act of God? A mechanical mishap?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:32 am

Balin

Has a natural disaster occurred? No

Doriana

Is Greta at home? This in a hospital? in a school/university dorm? on a ship? on a space station? I like thinking about these other ideas and their implications, though

WiZ

"She begins opening other nearby doors to the same result: emptiness." Oof, relatable. ****Fake Spoyler**** She then realized that it wasn't the rooms that were empty at all, but the cavernous echo of her hollow heart. She moved to the last room, her art room, where she surveyed the scattered remnants of her broken dreams. She breathed an eternal sigh. ... Merry Christmas, everyone!

Were the missing contents destroyed and/or scattered by a person/people? Person, yes An animal? An act of God? A mechanical mishap?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby AlbatrossLover » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:01 am

Was the person responsible Greta's relative? Partner? Roommate? Friend? Coworker? A stranger? Greta herself?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby GalFisk » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:58 am

Was the movement and destruction: intentional? Accidental? Malicious? Helpful? Necessary? Pointless?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Doriana » Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:20 am

When she finds the missing contents, is she angry? sad? disappointed? shocked? surprised? happy? relieved? in panic?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:01 pm

AlbatrossLover

Was the person responsible Greta's relative? This Partner? Roommate? Friend? Coworker? A stranger? Greta herself?

GalFisk

Was the movement and destruction: intentional? Yes Accidental? Malicious? Helpful? Necessary? Pointless? I wouldn't really say any of the rest of them.

Doriana

When she finds the missing contents, is she angry? Somewhat sad? disappointed? shocked? surprised? Maybe, but by the time she finds it, not much happy? relieved? in panic? No to rest
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Doriana » Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:15 pm

WAG: Are the doors on an advent calendar, and her relative has raided it?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (OAATP)

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:25 pm

WAG: Are the doors on an advent calendar, and her relative has raided it? Your G is not so WA

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

Greta passes the advent calendar, noticing that a door for a future date appears to be open. Investigating, she finds it empty. There are other compartments that have been emptied as well. Hearing a noise in her child's room, she opens the door to find the child awake, and chocolate and wrappers strewn about the room.


Not exactly autobiographical, but drawing heavily from my experience as the father of a recovering candy thief. I remember one time when my child entered from the backyard covered head to toe in small pieces of candy. It's hard to be mad at someone when they're coated in candy cane shards.

Good lateral leap, Doriana, and thanks for playing!
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (DISPLACED)

Postby irishelk » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:36 pm

Great one! Will definitely use it at a Christmas party...we'll probably have those again, eventually, right? 2022?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (DISPLACED)

Postby Doriana » Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:02 pm

Good puzzle - goes to show once again that wording is key for lateral puzzles!
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Re: [Hobbsicle] This Place Displays Displacement (DISPLACED)

Postby WiZ » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:47 pm

A good one, and appropriatel seasonal.
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