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Jonathan Townsend
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Was the text on a sign?
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Sapient
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On 2005-08-07 18:49, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Was the text on a sign?


No
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Was the accident deadly?

should we be focusing on the accident?
or
should we be focusing on the confusion?
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On 2005-08-08 01:20, jstone wrote:
Was the accident deadly?

should we be focusing on the accident?
or
should we be focusing on the confusion?



No. And I think figuring out the accident would be far more useful.
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A recap might be helpful. So far you know that

There was some kind of accident that did not cause any injuries. There were people involved in this accident. Those people were me and some unknown number of people who were confused. There was a relevant conversation between me and the confused people. Typing on a keyboard is involved, as were spelling mistakes, and people did read that which was typed.
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Was the accident a computer crash?
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No computer crash. The accident is the spelling mistakes.
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Did people read the text on paper?
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On 2005-08-08 20:49, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Did people read the text on paper?


No
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Is it, "I saw three tapes that caused the confusion.", and the typing error is the misspelling of the word "tapes"?

Whatever the answer is, I suspect that lateral thinking only plays a minor role in obtaining the solution. This is more like the game Twenty Questions, only with preconditions and without the limit on the number of questions.
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Is it, "I saw three tapes that caused the confusion.", and the typing error is the misspelling of the word "tapes"?

No. But you are on the right track.

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Whatever the answer is, I suspect that lateral thinking only plays a minor role in obtaining the solution. This is more like the game Twenty Questions, only with preconditions and without the limit on the number of questions.

Perhaps.
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Did the accident occur while hte people were moving?
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The only movement was the typing.
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No idea, when will you post solution?
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You're advertising your car for sale, mentioning that it has only three tyres. However, when the copy came out, you saw that you had accidentally hit the wrong key and it came out as "three types". People reading the ad would ask in a confused tone, "three types of what?"
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No tyres involved.

"No idea, when will you post solution?"

How about a big hint instead. What would you call a spelling accident made while typing?
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Mistype? key slip? mis key?
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Typo. So there was in fact two typos where the second one was writing "three" instead of "two"?

/Tomas
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Typos is right. But "three" is not "two". But you are very close. The typos are of the same sort as types=typos. Kind of.

For your convienence here I is again.

"I saw three types that caused the confusion."
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Nice
I get where you are going with this
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