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I wonder if there is a badge for that.


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was the man a reporter, or someone else related to the news?

No to being a reporter.  Can you clarify what you mean by "related to the news?"
 
Trajector wrote:

By "hangs himself," you do mean suicide, correct?

Yes
 
Ameena wrote:

Was he a fireman who failed to save the rest of his family in a fire or something, and then came home and saw it on the news and decided to give up?

No
 
Pydro wrote:

Was the fact that the electricity was on inportant? Not significant because of the show, just that it was on, and that he turned the light on.

The electricity being on, no.  That he turned the light on, yes.
 
Pydro wrote:

Wss his decision to hang himself (assuming it was suicide) made after seeing the TV? After going upstairs and turning the light on?

No, and no
 
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I may not be tricksey enough to work out the answer but I can keep track of the questions!

And your efforts in doing so are much appreciated.
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Did he realise he'd gone blind after turning the TV on? Turned on the light switch and nothing, then when he could hear the TV he knew the electricity was still on therefore his eyes weren't?


Just assume I'm always doing that.

Damn it, Ronway!

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Silverleaf wrote:

Did he realise he'd gone blind after turning the TV on? Turned on the light switch and nothing, then when he could hear the TV he knew the electricity was still on therefore his eyes weren't?

No

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afgncaap wrote:

 Can you clarify what you mean by "related to the news?" 

Was his job to help facilitate the spread of recent information?  For example, working for a newspaper, TV news station, or radio news station in any capacity?  (This would include everyone down to the person who delivers the newspapers)


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Was the room he chose to hang himself significant?

If yes...

Was it his room?

A family members?


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was his job to help facilitate the spread of recent information?  For example, working for a newspaper, TV news station, or radio news station in any capacity?  (This would include everyone down to the person who delivers the newspapers)

No

Pydro wrote:

Was the room he chose to hang himself significant?

If yes...

Was it his room?

A family members?

No

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Let's see.  We know he was in the public services.

Was he a Cop? Firefighter? Politician? Teacher?


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Did his family die?


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Were the TV and the light distractions to keep other people from knowing what he was doing?

EDIT: reread the original question and remembered that he turned OFF the TV. So never mind, better questions are:

Was someone else in the house watching the TV when he came in?

Was his house on TV?

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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Let's see.  We know he was in the public services.Was he a Cop? Firefighter? Politician? Teacher?

No

Donner wrote:

Did his family die?

No

Trajector wrote:

Was someone else in the house watching the TV when he came in?

Was his house on TV?

No, Yes

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Was he in danger?  In other words, had he not committed suicide was he in danger of being killed or seriously injured?


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was he in danger?  In other words, had he not committed suicide was he in danger of being killed or seriously injured?

No

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Did he intend that other people will see it as a suicide?


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Pydro wrote:

Did he intend that other people will see it as a suicide?

Irrelevent

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Was the news report live?

Does the time of day matter?


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Pydro wrote:

Was the news report live?

Does the time of day matter?

Yes, Yes

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This story has been bugging me.  I'm pretty sure that I've heard it before, but I don't remember anything about it.

 

Well, let's get the time of day questions out of the way.

Was it morning? noon? afternoon? evening? night?


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was it morning? noon? afternoon? evening? night?

No,no,no,no,yes

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Was his house about to be raided by the police or a government agency?


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Nielzabub wrote:

Was his house about to be raided by the police or a government agency?

No

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Had he arranged for his house to be on the news? Did he turn on the light so people would know he was inside?


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Nielzabub wrote:

Had he arranged for his house to be on the news?

Did he turn on the light so people would know he was inside?

No, no

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Was someone else supposed to turn off the TV?

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grysqrl wrote:

Was someone else supposed to turn off the TV?

No

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Was his house on the news because of something he had done?


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Nielzabub wrote:

Was his house on the news because of something he had done?

No

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Did he know his house was going to be shown on the news before he actually saw it on TV?


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Ameena wrote:

Did he know his house was going to be shown on the news before he actually saw it on TV?

Yes

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Was he famous?


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was he famous?

No

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Was he infamous?


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Was he being evicted?

Was his house on the news because it was on the market?

Was his source the source of attention of the news program or was it merely in the background?


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Pydro wrote:

Was he infamous?

No, nor was he so famous that he was in-famous.

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Was he being evicted?

Was his house on the news because it was on the market?

Was his source the source of attention of the news program or was it merely in the background?

No, no.  Can you clarify what you mean by "his source?" 

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Was he a white-collar worker?  If not, was he a blue-collar worker?


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Sorry, I don't know why I wrote source twice. The first source should be house.


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Was he a white-collar worker?  If not, was he a blue-collar worker?

No, I don't know (I'm not terribly clear on what constitutes "manual labor" for the definition of blue-collar, and google was no help, so don't dwell on this)

Nielzabub wrote:

Sorry, I don't know why I wrote source twice. The first source should be house.

That makes more sense, so I too the liberty of rewriting your question into the required yes/no question format (I hope you don't mind).

Nielzabub wrote:

Was his source the source of attention of the news program?

Can you clarify what you mean by "source of attention?"

Nielzabub wrote:

Was it merely in the background?

No

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I think the "source of attention" question is asking "Was his house the specific focus of the news article on the TV, or did it just happen to be in the background?".

Had he spoken to any of the news people outside his house (that he presumably noticed en route) before he came indoors?


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Does his job involve transportation of people in any way? (directing traffic, monitoring traffic, driving a train, selling bus tickets, etc)


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Ameena wrote:

Was his house the specific focus of the news article on the TV?

Had he spoken to any of the news people outside his house (that he presumably noticed en route) before he came indoors?

How specific is a "specific focus" for a news report?

What news people?

Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Does his job involve transportation of people in any way? (directing traffic, monitoring traffic, driving a train, selling bus tickets, etc)

Yes

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Did his job involve trains? buses? airplanes? cars? boats?

 

Was he a driver/pilot/captain?


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Did his job involve trains?

buses?

airplanes?

cars?

boats? 

Was he a driver/pilot/captain?

No, no, no, no, yes, no

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Boats, huh?  I did not expect that.

 

Did the people die because they were on a boat that sank?


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Oh god.

Lighthouse Keeper, his light was off=boat crash.

 

I had a light bulb moment!


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Did the people die because they were on a boat that sank?

Yes

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Lighthouse Keeper, his light was off=boat crash.

And we have a winner! *loud cheering, followed by a wolf-whistle* Congradulations!

Someone else can start another, if they like.

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Oh! I got one!

A man riding a train looks out the window and sees a hand playing in the wind a couple compartments ahead of him. He recognizes the hand from a long time ago and immediately gets up. Less than a minute later he shoots the owner of the hand, killing them. Naturally he was arrested, however, upon further investigation, he was freed with no charges. How?

This one is somewhat convoluted but not very misleading. Have fun!


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Is the hand attached to a living person?

Did the person with the hand have reason to believe that if the man saw them, they would be killed or seriously injured?

Is Baron Blade involved in this?


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Is Thing involved with this?


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Was it a hand of cards?


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Donner wrote:

Is the hand attached to a living person?

Did the person with the hand have reason to believe that if the man saw them, they would be killed or seriously injured?

Is Baron Blade involved in this?

Yes, Yes, No


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