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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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... 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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Game No c2: Another guessing game.

In this game there is no chance to cheat, whereas in the previous game cheating was possible and indeed permissible.

You are required to answer this question directly (not via exploratory questions):

What do the three words Michael, Thomas, Edward have in common?

Read my mind. By now you know how it works. Post your answer (just one per player), as soon as I've answered it in the negative you can post another.

Nail this one and I will be impressed!
 

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Sorry, Serge, I didn't understand your answer, the two games combined in your reply confused me. I should have done better to start a new thread for the new game, and let the old thread continue for the old game. Next time...

But no, to your question. That's not it.

And no, Chris. You are getting colder out there. No knowledge of literature is required, junior school English will be more than enough. And it's another non-complex property: no AND / OR / NOT needed to define it.
 

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Seems the difficulty of this problem has paralysed everybody's brains. That happened on another forum too - nobody could do this one. I don't know why. It's really very easy, easier than the last one i think.
For every day that passes without a sensible guess, I'm going to lengthen the list. Let's see how long it can get!

Michael Thomas Edward Owen
 

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Cryptic Crossword Clues

While I try and think up a worthy successor to Game #c3, here are a couple of Cryptic Crossword Clues for solvers of Crossword puzzles to tackle.

Instead of posting solutions here, I suggest you email them to me at [email protected] , that will give more people a chance to solve it. I will report emails received after 3-4 days.

1. Able to produce successive kings for the country (7)
2. Unfinished game (3)
 

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Unfair Game #c7

This game gives you more to do.

Each player submits 6 words per round - all words must be 5-letter words in an English dictionary, in my POD preferably. There will be 4 - 8 rounds.

Words are either correct or incorrect. But this can change with changing circumstances. Each correct word scores 1 point. But you are not told which words are scoring the points, only the number of points per round. What makes a word correct or incorrect? That's for you to try and figure out. It's very simple, a large child could do it.

To make the game more interesting, I am going to participate as an entrant, and you'll be able to see how my score progresses. Having knowledge too grossly unfair, I will be disqualified at the end.

Words may be repeated, and you may use and/or repeat the words of other players.

Please start now, submit your list for Round 1: I'll leave a few days for the round. :tiphat:
 
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