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Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: geg (---.15-2.cable.virginmedia.com)
Date: March 24, 2010 11:24PM

<Waits until MistyCat is looking the other way and hands question 4 over to Violetmoon.>

<Traditionally mineral was just used for anything that wasn't animal or vegetable, but I haven't a clue what it means in this version. Please don't let a hazy grasp of the rules worry you - it seems practically compulsory.>

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 06:20AM

What he said. :-)

It's all just for fun, no pressure at all. Since we installed the drainage channels to let the blood flow away there's hardly any mess left after a wrong answer.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: BibwitHart (---.VIC.netspace.net.au)
Date: March 25, 2010 06:29AM

Is it used for communication, such as a mobile phone?

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 07:45AM

18) Is it used for communication, such as a mobile phone? No.
17) Does it represent or carry a transferable monetary value? No.
16) Does it fit in a pocket? Yes.
15) An mp3 player? No.
14) Do people carry them about? Yes.
13) Do people buy them? Yes.
12) Used in the kitchen for culinary purposes? No.
11) Is it viewed positively? Yes.
10) Spherical? No.
09) Metal? No.
08) Is it useful? Yes.
07) Part of the landscape? No.
06) Underground usually? No.
05) Mineral? Yes.
04) Moving parts? No.
03) Physical? Yes.
02) A book? No.
01) Edible? No.
00) Shall we play Twenty questions? Yes.
-0) Negative numbers allowed? Yes.
-0.0) Reserve -0 for geg? Yes.
-0.0.0) Use numbers other than the integers 1-20? No.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: EgonSpengler (---.is.nottingham.ac.uk)
Date: March 25, 2010 08:34AM

It's a key?

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 08:49AM

Time for some hints.

19) It's a key? No.
18) Is it used for communication, such as a mobile phone? No.
17) Does it represent or carry a transferable monetary value? No.
16) Does it fit in a pocket? Yes.

A marshmallow, a small green frog and one scoop of vanilla icecream are all items which will fit in a pocket.

15) An mp3 player? No.
14) Do people carry them about? Yes.
13) Do people buy them? Yes.
12) Used in the kitchen for culinary purposes? No.
11) Is it viewed positively? Yes.
10) Spherical? No.
09) Metal? No.
08) Is it useful? Yes.
07) Part of the landscape? No.
06) Underground usually? No.
05) Mineral? Yes.

Indisputable, solely mineral.

04) Moving parts? No.
03) Physical? Yes.
02) A book? No.
01) Edible? No.
00) Shall we play Twenty questions? Yes.
-0) Negative numbers allowed? Yes.
-0.0) Reserve -0 for geg? Yes.
-0.0.0) Use numbers other than the integers 1-20? No.

I didn't say they'd be useful hints.

Although I'm thinking of one specific item (the one that I own) I intend to accept either the type of item or the general class.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: BibwitHart (---.VIC.netspace.net.au)
Date: March 25, 2010 09:06AM

This is not a guess, but now I'm thinking "what has it got in itss pocketsesss preciousss"

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 09:35AM

A small red herring would also fit into a pocket.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: geg (---.15-2.cable.virginmedia.com)
Date: March 25, 2010 09:41AM

Are you feeling generous enough to tell us if the "carry them about" is also a distraction, or if it is intrinsic?

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 09:51AM

"Carry them/it about" should be interpreted as though "Blue Jeans" were the answer. I feel that "Yes" is honest without being misleading.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: SkidMarks (---.manc.cable.ntl.com)
Date: March 25, 2010 10:11AM

Although your answer to question 11 precludes it, there is a slim possibility that someone doesn't consider the mobile phone as a blight on society, so I will guess that .

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 10:55AM

Hmmm. A mobile phone. Question 11 doesn't entirely rule it out, but perhaps you missed question 18?

I'm still feeling generous (read: perhaps someone else would like the Mantle) so I'll call that "discussion about Question 18" and add another clue by expanding an answer.

"Carry them about."
I've "carried mine about" on a daily basis for nearly 60 years, buying a replacement when necessary. I think I'd be right to say there hasn't been a single day when I haven't had mine with me, until late last year when not only did the carrying conditions change, but there were days when I didn't carry mine about. The actual date has no relevance.

One question remains. I shall then unlock the Pink Cardboard Box of Maximum Security, remove the golden envelope and read the contents.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: Violetmoon (---.asa.utk.edu)
Date: March 25, 2010 01:00PM

<Checks to see if MistyCat is looking, and admires the bestest question number> (Thanks geg!)

MC - Thank you for the mineral answer and the interesting read (barelybad). I don't bleed much, normally just bruise, but I'll try to stay near the drainage channels for a while.

With BibwitHart's "This is not a guess, but now I'm thinking 'what has it got in itss pocketsesss preciousss'"

combined with MC's "Indisputable, solely mineral", and there being conditions regarding when one would carry the item(s) about, I'm thinking jewelry, especially the type for fingers.

Wary of blood loss so early in the day (for me), I'll not make a guess, but just be thinking aloud...

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 02:02PM

Answer N IV

I'm going to give a really subtle hint in reply to the suggestion that the answer could be circular objects used for digit decoration.

It's not jewelry.

The drainage channels are really just for overflow from the sauna; there's not even the slightest chance of a bruise.

It's early in the morning here too (just after 3 am) and I'm retiring for the night. Goodnight all.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: delacuesta (---.g-star.com)
Date: March 25, 2010 03:57PM

I can think of only two items that I carry about and are not (fully) precluded by the answers and hints so far. Although in my case they both contain metal, they don't need to. They are sometimes in one of my pockets but usually not.

Both are "viewed positively" (question 11 by EgonSpengler) in more than one sense. Would he have guessed right in such an early stage?

I'm using both of them right now to see whether I can go home from work.

One is on my wrist and the other one is on my nose.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: SkidMarks (---.manc.cable.ntl.com)
Date: March 25, 2010 04:44PM

Sorry, you are correct: I missed Q18!

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 07:40PM

Some interesting speculation, with only one guess remaining.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: EgonSpengler (---.zone6.bethere.co.uk)
Date: March 25, 2010 08:28PM

I'm still holding out for the corked hat.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: MistyCat (---.dial.dyn.ihug.co.nz)
Date: March 25, 2010 10:27PM

If the hat is corked, ask the wine waiter to take it back.

Re: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Posted by: geg (---.15-2.cable.virginmedia.com)
Date: March 26, 2010 09:19AM

I keep wondering if we're running out of time in this game.

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