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Omega
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Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 430
Location: Utah

Puzzle Experiment #4
Happy Mother's Day!

Today, on Mother's Day, we should remember and cherish those that mean the most to us, especially our mothers. So this week, instead of solving puzzles, I think everyone at Unfiction should take some time away from the forums, get off of their computers, go outside, and spend some time with their families!

In an effort to be more active with my own family, I went and bought my mom a nice Mother's Day card. On the inside, I invited her to dinner at her favorite restaurant, all expenses paid. I haven't seen my mother for a month, so it'll be nice to spend the evening with her.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!
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Puzzle Experiments: #3, #4, #6

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 4:33 am
Last edited by Omega on Sun May 11, 2008 1:20 pm; edited 1 time in total
Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

I am banging my head repeatedly trying to get worm heads and owies to balance. They just won't! There's something wrong here, be it with the puzzle or my brain.

ETA: my thinking is as follows:
There are 6 positive worm heads total (3, 1, 1 and 1) , of which we need 5. So we definitely need the 3 worm heads, and two of the 1s. There are two basic ways to do this:

1. Take the fewest owies possible with the worm heads
We can take only 4 owies, if we include those from the 3-worm-head item. Now we can easily get -4 owies, but to do that, we need to take both -2 owies items, which gets us -1 worm head. To get back that worm head, we need to take 2 more owies, which we can't get rid of.

2. Take both sets of 2 owies with the worm heads
This way we have 5 owies total, which we can get rid of with all of the negative owies... but that gives us -1 worm head, leaving us with 4. To get that worm head back, we need to take an owie with it, which we can't get rid of.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:12 am
Tenchizard
Decorated

Joined: 22 Sep 2007
Posts: 254

So... is this really a puzzle or I'm just too bored?
Anyway, I'm down to -2 owies (whatever they may be) which I don't know how to get rid of. Here's my recipe for a monster mom:
1 silver necklace
3 assorrted cakes
4 picture frames
1 calliope vase
1 carnations
1 godiva chocolate

now add a mom and 2 owies, and you get a monster mom!

PD: it's not mother's day in my country. we have it fixed for the first sunday in may, so it was last week.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 6:00 am
catherwood
I Never Tire of My Own Voice

Joined: 25 Sep 2002
Posts: 3462
Location: Silicon Valley, CA

 Tenchizard wrote: So... is this really a puzzle or I'm just too bored?

Worms? Owies? Puzzle?? Where???
All I see is a flower. Where are you people?

edit:
OK, the image linked to in the first post isn't it, you've all wandered off to this other image, i see.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 1:10 pm
danteIL
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Joined: 08 May 2006
Posts: 1739

I have no idea what any of you are talking about.

I've seen the rest of the site, ( http://cheapgiftsformom.exofire.net/ ) and I see the spiders and owies and stuff, but I don't know what you mean by 'balancing' anything or whatnot.

If you want other people to follow along with what you're doing, it helps to clarify what's going on, please.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 2:55 pm
Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee

Joined: 01 Sep 2005
Posts: 4259
Location: Where the cheese is free.

When you look at the products, they all have properties. Some of which are negative values.

That said, I really feel like there's an error in the puzzle.
The easiest way to explain that is to say that there's no way you can use the Jewelry box (There aren't enough negative values in all the other items to offset the eight owies in its properties. But in order to get a total of eight Cat Tails, you need to order a Jewelry box.

Edit: Not paying enough attention. Technizard is way ahead of the curve on that point.
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Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:05 am
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Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

I just realised something that I don't have time to work on right now. Why not order more than 1 of the same item? Would probably fix most of the problems, though add another layer of complexity.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:41 am
Tenchizard
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Joined: 22 Sep 2007
Posts: 254

 danteIL wrote: I have no idea what any of you are talking about. I've seen the rest of the site, ( http://cheapgiftsformom.exofire.net/ ) and I see the spiders and owies and stuff, but I don't know what you mean by 'balancing' anything or whatnot. If you want other people to follow along with what you're doing, it helps to clarify what's going on, please.

IF there is a puzzle in there, wich is something I'm not really sure, some of us have thought you have to make a selection of items with enough attributes as to make that "monster mom" recipe in that webpage.

@Agent Lex: I thought of that too, as you can see in my first try at a shopping list... but it's difficult too, because when you are finishing you find yourself with one of the "ingredients" imbalanced, and you have to touch everything again to try to balance them all...

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:48 am
Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

So you did. Silly me.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:55 am
SuperSlug
Veteran

Joined: 29 May 2007
Posts: 74

I have an order that adds up if someone wants to e-mail it in. (Sorry Omega, I don't know you well enough to share my e-mail.)

The Order:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): 2 - Gift Basket 2 - Silver Necklace 1 - Gift Card Holder 1 - Picture Frame 1 - Calliope Flowers w/Vase 1 - Flower Basket 1 - Godiva Chocolates Includes all the ingredients to make MishMash except 1 Mom

The Properties:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): MishMash = 3 Frog Eyes, 8 Cat Tails, 5 Worm Heads, 2 Beatle Legs, 3 Snake Teeth, 4 Spider Hairs, 0 Owies, 1 Mom 2 Gift Basket = 2(+1) Worm Head, 2(+1) Owie 2 Silver Necklace = 2(+1) Cat Tail, 2(+1) Spider Hair Gift Card Holder = +5 Cat Tails, +2 Beatle Legs, +1 Spider Hair, -2 Owies Picture Frame = +1 Spider Hair, -1 Owie Calliope Flowers w/Vase = +1 Frog Eye, +3 Worm Heads, +1 Snake Tooth, +1 Owie Flower Basket = +1 Cat Tail, +1 Snake Tooth Godiva Chocolates = +2 Frog Eyes, +1 Snake Tooth

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Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:27 am
Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

Email sent. Thanks, slug!

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:39 am
Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

Received reply, will post once I get to work and can c/p (I'm using the phone right now).

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 11:52 pm
SuperSlug
Veteran

Joined: 29 May 2007
Posts: 74

 Agent Lex wrote: Received reply, will post once I get to work and can c/p (I'm using the phone right now).

Yay! Thank you, Lex!
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Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 2:12 am
Agent Lex
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Joined: 11 May 2006
Posts: 1188
Location: No longer London, still in England

Quote:
Mr. Lex,

Welcome back to Cheap Gifts For Mom! Our records show that you have shopped with us before. We hope you were satisfied with your purchase!

Below is a list of items you recently requested from our store. Please confirm the amount:

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): \$20.00 - Gift Basket x 2 \$10.00 - Silver Necklace x 2 \$1.00 - Gift Card Holder x 1 \$2.00 - Picture Frame x 1 \$7.00 - Calliope Flowers w/Vase x 1 \$3.00 - Flower Basket x 1 \$6.00 - Godiva Chocolates x 1

--------------------
Total: \$49.00
--------------------

Because you have shopped with us before, the credit card we have on record for your account will be automatically charged, and the requested items will be shipped directly to your address!

WANT TO SAVE MORE?
Mr. Lex, our records show that you have 1 unclaimed gift receipt valued at \$25.00, redeemable on any purchase of more than \$40.00. Your gift receipt id is: 1806-1802:BC. Would you like to redeem your gift receipt with this purchase?

IMPORTANT!

Here at Cheap Gifts For Mom, we value our customer's feedback and support. If you've experienced any troubles in placing an order or receiving purchased items, let us know! Your satisfaction is our satisfaction!

Thank you for shopping with Cheap Gifts For Mom!

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I'm guessing we're to guess the password based on the dates 1806-1802 BC...

ETA: Googling for 1802 BC comes up with this thread as the 5th result. Haha!

ETA 2: Reigned 1806-1802 BC. I'd say we have a match. I'm-a try sending that as the password, since it matches so well. Also, the guy's name seems to be Egyptian, which gives another hint to this.

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 2:46 am
Tenchizard
Decorated

Joined: 22 Sep 2007
Posts: 254

So, this was a puzzle after all!

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 4:01 pm
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