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Topic: Doors, part one
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 22, 2005 04:42PM)
Here is a three part puzzle, with a tenuous link of doors. This first part should cause you no problems...


Most weekends you'll see me out and about doing magic or making balloon animals for kids. One such instance had me in town, near a building which had a sign on the door that indicated that it was available for renting. During the course of the day, I saw a number of people enter, but they didn't stay long. In fact, they actually looked relieved when leaving.

When I finished my work, I went into this building, and saw the reason for this was because something was missing. What was it?

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Parts two and three will come along over the next few days or so
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 22, 2005 07:09PM)
Didn't stay long? Perhaps there wasn't much to see. Perhaps it was an
empty shell of a building.

Relieved when leaving? Perhaps they feared they might not be able to
get out. Was the other side of the door missing a door knob?
Message: Posted by: mike paris (Jun 23, 2005 04:20AM)
I reckon it was a portable toilet that are hired out for functions,mike
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 23, 2005 08:44AM)
Perhaps what was missing was the facilities appropriate paper?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 23, 2005 12:44PM)
It is a toilet (not a portable one), which is why they are relieved. I still need to know what was missing - not paper or door handles, though...
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 23, 2005 12:55PM)
No partitions separating the commodes? Or no doors on the stalls?
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 23, 2005 01:02PM)
Was it a pay toilet?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 23, 2005 01:14PM)
Nice ideas, not right though. Remember - the sign indicated that the building was available for rent. Yet this is a toilet???
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 23, 2005 01:18PM)
A broken glass warehouse, but not broken glass for anyone to get hurt by? Or an old fireworks plant?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 23, 2005 01:31PM)
Sorry, no. Have a think about what the sign might actually have said
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 23, 2005 02:30PM)
Looks like you'll have to let us work on this one a bit
longer, Stephen. I've been so distracted thinking about
this puzzle, I've lost an important letter and my boss
is going to kill me.

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Jun 23, 2005 07:31PM)
Missing: toilet
Short stay: Can only do #1 into the exposed 4" drain pipe
Relieved when left: Confined in a small space with an uncapped sewer pipe.
For rent: As mentioned before, pay toilet or Magic Zone location.

Rick
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 23, 2005 09:59PM)
XXX video and adult toystore.
This space for rent.

No leftovers?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 24, 2005 08:05AM)
Interesting guesses from Jonathan and The Cardfather. Stan Alger, as usual, has solved it - so look to his post for a clue
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 24, 2005 08:25AM)
A post office! Good lateral thinking.

Greg
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 08:28AM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-24 09:25, Greg Arce wrote:
A post office! Good lateral thinking.

Greg
[/quote]

Oh man I'm lost on this one. Would you explain it for us Greg?
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 24, 2005 08:49AM)
I thought from Stan's answer that it was a post office... people were going in to drop letters so they came and went... and the reason for the rent sign is that they rent post office boxes there.
I guess I could be wrong, but I thought that was what Stan was alluding to.

Hmm?

Greg
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 09:01AM)
Greg,

You may be right, it's the toilet part that's confuses me. Stephen said that the place is a toilet. Stephen?
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 24, 2005 09:06AM)
Oh, I didn't read that part... I'm wrong... my bad.
Oh, wait... I know... paper is missing...that's why Stan's boss is mad... he used a letter to... well, to clean up.

Greg
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 09:09AM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-24 10:06, Greg Arce wrote:
Oh, I didn't read that part... I'm wrong... my bad.
Oh, wait... I know... paper is missing...that's why Stan's boss is mad... he used a letter to... well, to clean up.

Greg
[/quote]

LOL, that may be true in Stans case...but Stephen says that it's not paper or door handles that are missing in the this puzzle. I'm lost, maybe the sign to the post office just says P-Off.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 24, 2005 10:15AM)
Ah... they went in to drop off the mail and were releived to have gotten out without a long wait.
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 24, 2005 11:12AM)
Looks like my silly post is only leading
folks astray. It [b]does[/b] contain
two clues, but Stephen's hint (June 23 2:31 p.m.)
is what turned on the light for me.

(So that I don't further lead folks astray,
"turned on the light" is only a figure of
speech and has nothing to do with Stephen's
puzzle.)

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 24, 2005 12:39PM)
Did you manage to sort out your ego problem, Stan? I know you were without it for a while...
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 24, 2005 02:16PM)
I think that we should change some rules so stan can get to this forum. He's to smart for his own good. Just Kidding stan
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 24, 2005 03:32PM)
Mike Paris was the one who first mentioned toilet.

Stephen confirmed that the building was indeed
a toilet.

Now, two posts up, Stephen drops another clue.

I'm tempted to offer a clue of my own, an anagram
of my name, but my last clue(s) only served to
muddy the waters, so it's probably best that
I butt out.

("Muddy the waters" and "butt out"
are only figures of speech
and should not be construed to have anything
to do with this puzzle or with toilets.)


Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 24, 2005 03:34PM)
You say that, Stan, but the phrase "I butt out" is a good description of the answer...
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 03:41PM)
Did the sign say "To let out"? Or "To let"? Was it the "i" that was missing?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jun 24, 2005 03:51PM)
Spot on!

The sign actually said "To let", and was missing the letter "i"

Now have a try at part two...
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 03:54PM)
Thanks for the clues guys. On to number two(no, that's not a toilet reference either)
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 24, 2005 04:14PM)
Vandy Grift,

Yes! Here's the clue (that's an anagram of my name)
that I decided not to post (until now):

ALTER A S GN

I think you noticed my other two "clues":

"Looks like you'll have TO LET us work on this one a bit
longer, Stephen. I've been so distracted thinking about
this puzzle, I've LOST AN IMPORTANT LETTER and my boss
is going to kill me."

...and Stephen's missing ego (I) reference together with
his spotting of my (unintentional) "I butt out."

Looks like Stephen isn't giving us any rest. On to part two!

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 24, 2005 04:24PM)
Stan,

Yes, it was Stephens clue from 2:31 pm that got me thinking about what the sign might have said coupled with your post about the lost letter that finally made it click in my head. When I finally hit on "to let" as a way of saying for rent I had it.

You guys are good, I enjoy playing along. This one really had me thinking.

Vandy
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 24, 2005 04:57PM)
Nice!

Greg
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 24, 2005 05:25PM)
So the letter I is gone from to let which would make toilet. so add an I to stan's anagram "Alter a s gn" becomes "alter a sign". the missing thing indicated was the letter I that someone took off or it fell off. "To Let" must be wat was on the sign. but it's not a very good indicator of "for rent". unless it was a "port-o-potty" in which case the sign might say "vacant".
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jun 26, 2005 08:21AM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-24 18:25, blazes816 wrote:
"To Let" must be wat was on the sign. but it's not a very good indicator of "for rent".
[/quote]

"To Let" is actually an excellent indicator of "for rent", that exactly what "to let" means.
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 26, 2005 02:11PM)
Oh. ok sorry.