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Old 04-02-2019, 08:33 AM
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lateral thinking puzzle


I was running along a street which runs north-south. I was headed north. There were some parked cars on my left (west side of the road) that were facing north and some parked cars facing south. If the north facing cars parked facing south, they could be ticketed. If the south facing cars were parked facing north, they could be ticketed. Parking is not allowed on the east side of the road, but that doesn't have anything to do with this.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:38 AM
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Is there a question?
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:39 AM
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Is there something about the cars themselves that determine if they can be parked north or south?
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:41 AM
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Cars are in a parking lot and in this city it is illegal to park "backwards" i.e. nose out.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:46 AM
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Are all of the parked cars parked on the side of the road, as opposed to being parked off of the road (for example, as Saint Cad said, in parking lots, and/or in driveways)?

Are all of the cars between two particular intersections? Maybe the road is one way headed north up to a certain point, and then switches to one way headed south?
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:50 AM
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Is there something about the cars themselves that determine if they can be parked north or south?
No.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:51 AM
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Cars are in a parking lot and in this city it is illegal to park "backwards" i.e. nose out.
No, the cars on the the road. A very typical suburban road. Sidewalks, houses, regular neighborhood.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:53 AM
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Are all of the parked cars parked on the side of the road, as opposed to being parked off of the road (for example, as Saint Cad said, in parking lots, and/or in driveways)?

Are all of the cars between two particular intersections? Maybe the road is one way headed north up to a certain point, and then switches to one way headed south?
I wondered how long that would take. That's the answer.

The first section of the road is oneway north until the next intersection. At that intersection the road becomes two-way. Cars parked south of the intersection have to park facing north, cars parked north of the intersection park facing south.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:54 AM
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Since this is a game played in the thread, not about a game elsewhere, I'll move this to Thread Games.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:02 AM
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Oooh, maybe we should resurrect this game and do these again.
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I think we've exhausted all the scenarios before, which is why that thread eventually faded away.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:54 PM
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I think we've exhausted all the scenarios before, which is why that thread eventually faded away.
My grandpa had several books full of them. I don't think there's any way the idea was exhausted.

I just think people kinda got tired of it for a while. Maybe they just needed a break.
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Old 04-11-2019, 01:03 PM
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Eat the car?


Bob went to an auto parts store to get a specific auto part. They didn't have it and sent him to the dealership. The dealership was out of stock so they sent him to the supermarket. Bob was able to get the part and he and his friends then ate the part for dinner. What was the part?
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:25 AM
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Hmm. No mechanics here, huh? Then how about some help?



Ok. So we know that Bob is working to restore a 1967 21-window Deluxe Volkswagon Bus. He has three friends who come over to help because it is a big and fun project and Bob always rewards his friends with a special dinner after they finish their evening work. Bob likes to use only official VW parts (accept no substitutes!) and figures maybe there is a chance that the small auto parts dealer down the street could have the part of which he now seeks. No such luck. Bob knows the nearby big Volkswagon dealership has a popular service garage that often has the part he needs in stock. But when Bob goes there alas, no luck either. The part is also OOS. If Bob has the part number then they promise they can immediately order the part and get the part in by next week, but Bob needs it for tonight. An old-timer covered in grease appears from the back of the building and tells Bob if he truly wants the part, he should try visiting the large full-service grocery store nearby. So Bob does. Bob heads there and finds he can get the exact part he needs. His friends have a fun evening capped off by all the friends eating the very VW part Bob sought. It was is served alongside a very nice local wine.


What was the part?

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Old 04-12-2019, 09:04 PM
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Is the part suitable for vegetarians? Vegans?

By the way, Googling for hints I found these cute cake decorations. Just thought I'd share.

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Old 04-12-2019, 09:22 PM
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- Does the puzzle only work if it's a 1967 21-window Deluxe Volkswagon Bus?
- Is Volkswagon meant to be Volkswagen?
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:22 PM
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Is the part suitable for vegetarians? Vegans?

By the way, Googling for hints I found these cute cake decorations. Just thought I'd share.
No to suitability for vegans and vegetarians
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Does the puzzle only work if it's a 1967 21-window Deluxe Volkswagon Bus? No
- Is Volkswagon meant to be Volkswagen?Yes. That's why I drive a Honda. Easy to maneuver and to spell.
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- Is the VW "part of which he now seeks" something related to the bus?

- If so, would this "part" have come with the bus when purchased?
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:05 AM
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Is the VW "part of which he now seeks" something related to the bus? No

- If so, would this "part" have come with the bus when purchased?...possibly, if he bought it used.
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- Is this something specific to Volkswagen, or could it work with other vehicle manufacturers?
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:40 PM
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Is the part typically eaten?
Is the part necessary for the normal operation of any motor vehicle?
Is the part necessary for the normal operation of this specific vehicle?
Is the part typically consumed, when used in connection with a motor vehicle?
Is the part solid at room temperature and pressure?
Is the part solid under the typical conditions under which it is used?
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:47 PM
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- Is this something specific to Volkswagen, or could it work with other vehicle manufacturers?
Yes. Specific to VW.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:50 PM
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Is the part typically eaten? Yes
Is the part necessary for the normal operation of any motor vehicle? No
Is the part necessary for the normal operation of this specific vehicle? No
Is the part typically consumed, when used in connection with a motor vehicle? No
Is the part solid at room temperature and pressure? Yes
Is the part solid under the typical conditions under which it is used? Yes
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:57 PM
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Is the part a container for food - like an aluminum cake tray or a cheese box?
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:58 PM
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Is it a lubricant? A coolant?

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Is the part a container for food - like an aluminum cake tray or a cheese box?
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:23 PM
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Is it a lubricant? A coolant?
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Is the bus a red herring - does it have any relevance to the "part" that Bob was seeking, other than it being Volkswagen-related?
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Is the bus a red herring - does it have any relevance to the "part" that Bob was seeking, other than it being Volkswagen-related?
Yes to red herring
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You are the wurst.
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You are the wurst.
You got it Isamu! VW part 199 398 500A. Now that folks know what to look for, here is one of the (Heh heh) links to prove it.

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You are the wurst.
I thought this was a pun you'd meant to post in the "I like bananas a bunch" thread!.

Good puzzle.
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You got it Isamu! VW part 199 398 500A. Now that folks know what to look for, here is one of the (Heh heh) links to prove it.
Nice puzzle!
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:53 PM
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Isamu, you get to post the next puzzle. If you don't have one, I've got one I'd like to post.
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Please go ahead! I will try and think of one in the meantime..
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:23 AM
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Is it braille?
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:44 AM
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Or the sentence "Is she 5?" In Morse code.
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Are the dots supposed to represents an image?

A rebus?

Is it a code of some kind?

A zipper?
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:59 AM
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No hints, you've got enough information to solve it.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:00 AM
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Does it spell out a word or sentence in some form of code or writing system?
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Is it (and if not I still like my answer)...

SPOILER:
a colon?

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It's a colonnade.
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Is it (and if not I still like my answer)...

SPOILER:
a colon?
Explain your answer. You might be on the right lines.

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It's a colonnade.
Nice, but not correct.
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An Otocolobus?
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I mean an Octocolobus?
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