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Game No c1:

This is a 20 Questions sort of game.
The question here is "What do the 3 words 'the', 'an' and 'director' have in common?"

How to play: Submit any yes/no type of question you like (the usual type of question in 20 Questions). At 1 - 2 pm (South African time) tomorrow, i.e. 24 hours from NOW, I will choose what I think is the most helpful question (for you!) as 1st question and answer it.

The non-chosen questions will be forgotten, but there is no rule against resubmitting them on future days.

Only one question per player per day, please. Have fun!
 

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Chris and emiellucifuge,

Both your questions are good enough to demand answers, if I aim to be helpful as I do.
So the state-of-the-game is:

Q1: Is the director of the entertainment (film/theatre) sort? -Chris
A: I don't know or care (this reply could be a big help!)

Q2: Is it a mathematical relationship? -emiellucifuge
A: No.


Polednice,

You don't have to take 20 questions: it is permissible (and possible) to do it in one.
If you are in a hurry. It might be more fun to spin it out, however. That's if this is your sort of game, which appears doubtful as you have not hazarded a participatory question.
 

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For reasons that will become apparent, I'll have to take that as two questions, both so important I'll have to answer them both.
Q3: Are the meanings of the three words relevant? -Chris
A: No.


And now it's emiellucifuge's turn.
 

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Unfortunately there are some hidden rules in this game, which I thought too obvious to spell out.
One doesn't want to clutter up the place with needless garbage, but well, you asked for it.

Such as that you have to find out what *I* see them as having in common. There are literally millions, no zillions of other things they have in common, but you won't win anything for those.

But it's not as hard as choosing from millions of possibilities. As it is I who am setting the puzzle, the solution will probably be an elegant one, maybe even much more than that, and will give much satisfaction to the honest solver.
 

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The question here is "What do the 3 words 'the', 'an' and 'director' have in common?"
I don't know… could be many things. For instance, along the line taken by Mr. Weston above, they all appear to be the English language words, and they all are in lowercase, and none of them are verbs or adjectives, etc… But, I must say, with all this crazy anticipation build-up, I'd be very disappointed if the actual answer didn't blow my socks off. :)
 

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... and now it's Chris's turn again, for the second part of his question, yes it wasn't really an either/or question, because the answer to both halves is No...

Recap: What do the three words 'the', 'an' and 'director' have in common?

Q1: Is the director of the entertainment (film/theatre) sort? -Chris
A: I don't know or care (this reply could be a big help!)

Q2: Is it a mathematical relationship? -emiellucifuge
A: No.

Q3: Are the meanings of the three words relevant? -Chris
A: No.

Q4: ...or is the important thing the letters that constitute them?
A: No. The letters that constitute the words are not important, the words themselves have properties, other than their meaning. Of course the words depend on their letters to be what they are, but the qualities of the individual letters in the three words are not important. Only the combination of letters as a whole in each word is important. And that combination does Not depend on the qualities of the individual letters in the word.


- and now it's anybody's turn again.
 

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I'm relaxing some of the rules a bit, people may ask questions, and I might take more than one per player per day...

Huilunsoittaja, sorry I didn't accept your question, it might have been on the right track, but it wasn't, so I let it go.

Recap: What do the three words 'the', 'an' and 'director' have in common?

Q1: Is the director of the entertainment (film/theatre) sort? -Chris
A: I don't know or care (this reply could be a big help!)

Q2: Is it a mathematical relationship? -emiellucifuge
A: No.

Q3: Are the meanings of the three words relevant? -Chris
A: No.

Q4: ...or is the important thing the letters that constitute them?
A: No. The letters that constitute the words are not important, the words themselves have properties, other than their meaning. Of course the words depend on their letters to be what they are, but the qualities of the individual letters in the three words are not important. Only the combination of letters as a whole in each word is important. And that combination does Not depend on the qualities of the individual letters in the word.

Q5: Is the answer related to some property or characteristic that these words *do not* have? -Almaviva
A: No. You are looking for a simple property shared by all three words. By 'simple' I mean that the property can be defined without using the concepts AND, OR or NOT.

Q6: Does it still work if the words are translated into a different language?
A: No, definitely not, not for any different language. A junior school knowledge of English should be enough though.


- and now it's anybody's turn again.
 

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Huilunsoittaja, sorry I didn't accept your question, it might have been on the right track, but it wasn't, so I let it go.
lol :D I know, it was just a distracter.

Here's a real question: has it something to do with "an," "the," and "director" as all articles that come before a noun(person/place/thing)?
 
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