=SDC= Q04: The Disappearance

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Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 17, 2011, 5:44:25 AM8/17/11
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Once, an Academy Award-winning director, who had at one point been
married to a Tony Award-winning actress, announced that he had had
enough and was setting out on a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, to study
under a Zen master. This, of course, attracted the attention of the
media. (Those who are acquainted with the ways of movie directors might
say that such attention was the point, but we won't go there.)
Reporters, excited by the story, gathered to interview him, but were
turned away and informed that he had changed his mind and was continuing
his work in movies. This entire story occurred on one day; when?

(Though nothing in this story is true, it contains - in a sense - the
information you need to answer the question.)

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James Hogg

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Aug 17, 2011, 5:25:22 PM8/17/11
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Are the questions all going to be as difficult as the first four? If so,
I haven't a chance, nor enough time to puzzle them out.

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Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 17, 2011, 6:25:19 PM8/17/11
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Something is missing from this analysis.

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R H Draney

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Aug 17, 2011, 6:32:12 PM8/17/11
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James Hogg filted:

Really?...I thought Q03 was a gimme, and if I'd dragged myself out of bed a
little earlier I probably would have nailed it....r


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Me? Sarcastic?
Yeah, right.

Jerry Friedman

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Aug 17, 2011, 6:53:39 PM8/17/11
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We have some easier ones. Wait, sorry, they're from you.

Anyway, I expect you to be okay with Q05.

> Something is missing from this analysis.

I would have said "comment" or "discussion".

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Jerry Friedman

Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 17, 2011, 6:57:38 PM8/17/11
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Much more apt.

One might perhaps stretch as far as 'description'.

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John Doe

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Aug 17, 2011, 9:37:56 PM8/17/11
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R H Draney <dadoctah spamcop.net> wrote:

> James Hogg filted:

...

>>Are the questions all going to be as difficult as the first
>>four? If so, I haven't a chance, nor enough time to puzzle them
>>out.
>
> Really?...I thought Q03 was a gimme, and if I'd dragged myself
> out of bed a little earlier I probably would have nailed it....r

Woulda coulda, but didn't.
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> Me? Sarcastic?
> Yeah, right.
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James Hogg

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Aug 18, 2011, 12:46:05 AM8/18/11
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I think it's called "lateral thinking".

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Evan Kirshenbaum

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Aug 18, 2011, 2:01:14 AM8/18/11
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James Hogg <Jas....@gOUTmail.com> writes:

If it turns out that this is the correct answer, I'm going to throw in
my towel right now.

Otherwise, I'd want to guess that the "who" is Noël Coward, but I
don't have a clue about the when. Unless it's Christmas day.

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msh210

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Aug 18, 2011, 2:12:44 AM8/18/11
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On Aug 18, 1:01 am, Evan Kirshenbaum wrote:
> don't have a clue about the when.  Unless it's Christmas day.

Thank you!

Michael Hamm
Totay Officia Paneist

LFS

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Aug 18, 2011, 2:28:29 AM8/18/11
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Phew, that's a relief. I was beginning to doubt my own cleverness.

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R H Draney

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Aug 18, 2011, 3:07:08 AM8/18/11
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John Doe filted:

>
>R H Draney <dadoctah spamcop.net> wrote:
>
>> James Hogg filted:
>
>...
>
>>>Are the questions all going to be as difficult as the first
>>>four? If so, I haven't a chance, nor enough time to puzzle them
>>>out.
>>
>> Really?...I thought Q03 was a gimme, and if I'd dragged myself
>> out of bed a little earlier I probably would have nailed it....r
>
>Woulda coulda, but didn't.

What do I have to do to get you to stay in a damn killfile where you belong?...r

Athel Cornish-Bowden

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Aug 18, 2011, 4:15:25 AM8/18/11
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Maybe change to another newsreader: it hasn't escaped from my killfile.


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Jerry Friedman

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Aug 18, 2011, 9:38:49 AM8/18/11
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Your Cormo is arriving a bit too soon for a Christmas present.

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Jerry Friedman, T. O. Sheeppresenter

Snidely

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Aug 19, 2011, 11:08:43 PM8/19/11
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msh210 <msh...@gmail.com> scribbled something like ...

> Totay Officia Paneist

Am I whooshed or pigeoned?

/dps

Reinhold {Rey} Aman

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Aug 20, 2011, 12:08:58 AM8/20/11
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No L = Noël.

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Snidely

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Aug 24, 2011, 4:23:31 AM8/24/11
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On Aug 19, 9:08 pm, Reinhold {Rey} Aman <a...@sonic.net> wrote:
> Snidely wrote:
>
> > msh210 <msh...@gmail.com> scribbled something like ...
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> >> Totay Officia Paneist
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> > Am I whooshed or pigeoned?
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> No L = Noël.

Ah.

/dps

Jerry Friedman

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Aug 29, 2011, 11:37:11 PM8/29/11
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On Aug 17, 3:44 am, Vinny Burgoo <hlu...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Once, an Academy Award-winning director, who had at one point been
> married to a Tony Award-winning actress, announced that he had had
> enough and was setting out on a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, to study
> under a Zen master.  This, of course, attracted the attention of the
> media.  (Those who are acquainted with the ways of movie directors might
> say that such attention was the point, but we won't go there.)
> Reporters, excited by the story, gathered to interview him, but were
> turned away and informed that he had changed his mind and was continuing
> his work in movies.  This entire story occurred on one day; when?
...

I noticed that that last sentence includes an example of self-
referential "this". There's another one in this competition that I
don't think people have fully appreciated yet.

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Jerry Friedman, T. O. Panelist

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