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  • Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3 - Crying over Paper [solved]

    INTRODUCTION
    Lateral Thinking Puzzles, unlike most puzzles, are inexact. In a sense, they are a hybrid between puzzles and storytelling. In each puzzle, some clues to a scenario are given, but the clues do not tell the full story. Your job is to fill in the details and complete the story. There could be more than one solution to any given puzzle, but generally only one explanation is truly satisfying.

    RULES
    You fill in the details to complete the story by asking "Yes / No" questions about the story. My response to your "Yes and No" questions will be one of the following: yes, no, or irrelevant. Sometimes the response may be "simplify your question", if your question is too complicated to answer with a single yes or no.

    You will be tempted to use google. DO NOT. It will be unsatisfying for you and everyone else. Hints may be provided by me, if everyone seems to have hit a roadblock. Good luck and have fun!

    Warning: For some reason, these puzzles have a tendency to be rather morbid.

    The Puzzle

    A man is running down a hallway carrying a single piece of paper. Just then, the lights flicker; he stops running, drops to his knees and sobs.




    Hints


    Solution
    The man was carrying a stay of execution that would have saved an innocent man from execution by electric chair.
    Last edited by WhiskeySix; 03-20-2010, 09:05 AM. Reason: updated with new puzzle. (the last one, the guy had the hiccups)

  • #2
    Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

    (Hooray! A new one!)

    Is there anything on the paper?
    Yes

    Is the information on the page valuable?
    Yes

    Is the man afraid of the dark?
    No

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    • #3
      Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

      Is the ink some sort of glow-in-the-dark ink?
      No

      Is the information confidential?
      No

      Would revealing this information to others be a problem?
      No

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      • #4
        Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

        Is the piece of paper a stay of execution by electric chair?
        YES!


        wow, nicely done!
        Last edited by WhiskeySix; 03-20-2010, 08:54 AM.
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        • #5
          Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

          Originally posted by gunjunkie View Post
          Is the piece of paper a stay of execution by electric chair?
          Yes, and it was for his old cellmate (and lover). You see, they served time together back in the day, and our guy's cellmate saved his ass (sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively) many times in the big house. When our guy finished his time in prison, he vowed to find the evidence to reverse his cellie's conviction and death sentence. After 8 years and 4 months, he finally got the results of the DNA test that the prosecutors were no longer interested in.

          He took the results and the courtroom testimony that placed someone else at the scene of the crime to the governor. The governor wasn't swayed until he read the quotes from the court. The governor decided that he didn't know if Bubba was innocent, but that this new evidence needed to be looked at in a court of law. The governor signed a stay that had been sitting on his desk, just waiting for his pen to touch it. Our guy convinced the governor just in time, as he thought about tonight's scheduled slaying.

          Driving from the Capitol to the state prison was hell. A massive thunderstorm was pummeling the area. The winds were gusting so strong that it was pushing his car back and forth as he was driving. Cars were wrecked here and there, and tree limbs had to be dodged as they littered the road. He figured he'd get to the prison just in time to see Bubba as he's transferred from death row back to general population. Then our guy sees telephone lines laying across the road ahead of him. The only telephone lines that go out to the prison. He floors it and arrives at the prison with time to spare.

          He carefully slid his copy of the governor's stay up under his shirt as he dashed through the rain from his car to the imposing structure. He had hoped he would never have to enter this place again. But he took a deep breath and plunged into the lobby of the prison. He had one hour before the execution was scheduled. As he passed through security, the guard told him he had better hurry if he didn't want to miss it. He thought the guard was just making a cruel joke, then he realized that he forgot to adjust his wristwatch for daylight savings time, so he started running down the hall towards the last room on death row. That's when W6's story occurs.
          Last edited by CingularDuality; 03-20-2010, 08:12 AM.
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          • #6
            Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #3

            hahaha nice Guys!!

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