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The aware guy is answering his unaware friends questions about a lateral puzzle, that doesn't even have a question, but just starts "there are two guys who meet in a bar....", he hopes this puzzle will help him realise he is dead and that the puzzle is what he is going through.


If this isn't the answer it should be.
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Do the questions being asked pertain to their lives before their deaths?
Do the questions being asked pertain to their lives after their deaths?
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Muggy wrote:

'The aware guy is answering his unaware friends questions about a lateral puzzle, that doesn't even have a question, but just starts "there are two guys who meet in a bar....", he hopes this puzzle will help him realise he is dead and that the puzzle is what he is going through.'


THAT'S IT Smile! Pretty much the last piece of the puzzle. Well done everyone! Here's the whole story:


Two old friends met in a bar, and both of them were dead. Yet only one of them realised this; the other, as is so often the case with the dead, did not.

Now the unaware guy was trapped in a murky twilight state - a scratchy, deteriorating loop of a fond, but now incomplete memory. And so deluded was he, that he had not only forgotten that his good friend had died twenty years previously, but he had also managed to put aside the painful details of his own, more recent passing. All he could remember, all he would let himself remember, was this bar: this place where he had been happy - so many Friday nights spent drinking with his buddy, and playing these darn intriguing lateral thinking games.

Now, the aware guy, saddened by his friend's amnaesiac condition, had woven himself into his friend's delusion - at no small risk to himself, I might add. For he had a plan, and the plan was this: he would tell (indeed, had already told a thousand times) a story, the details of which reflected very closely to his friend's desperate condition. And his hope, his prayer, was that one day his friend would come to recognise himself described there in the story, and finally come to understand his dreadful plight. (The Afghans call this 'Talking to the wall, so that the door can hear'.)

And so, with great cunning, the aware guy fashioned a container for this story - one he felt could best communicate this essential truth, and one very familiar to them both. He would tell the story in the form of a lateral thinking puzzle, so as to let the details be teased out slowly. (Truth, after all, can only ever be tasted, never told.) And so, into his friend's memory he went, for the thousand and first time, and the game began again.

So there he is in the bar, sitting down on his stool, next to his friend. There is Bobby Darin on the jukebox, and a swirl of froth in his glass, like a question mark. He drains the last of his beer, and with a fox's smile he says:

'Two old friends met in a bar...'



I hope you enjoyed this game. I had originally planned to post the story in the Bizarre forum, but I figured that it would be best told in this (experimental) form. Of course, some of the story's details are incidental - locating these strange events in a bar, for instance.

I suppose I could've just as easily set this story in a Café...

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Caleb Strange.
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Roy McIlwee
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Caleb, Great lateral thinking story!! I really enjoyed the game. If you start another one, count me in. Roy McIlwee.
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Roy,

Great to hear you enjoyed it Smile.

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Caleb Strange.
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ARH! Am I dead now? Smile
No, honestly. Great one. I enjoyed it Smile
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Alekz,

That's great to hear!

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Caleb Strange.
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Wait Wait! I've got it! I've solved the puzzle:

Two old friends met in a bar, and both of them were dead...

8^D

I actually really enjoyed this. I never participated (I'm just a happy lurker!) but I've been following the story over the past week or whatever it's been.

Ugh...my brain hurts.
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Andini,

'Brain-pain' was one of the reasons that I decided to try and tell the story in this format. When I tried to describe the story originally, I kept finding myself falling into the trap that lurks here - that darn enticing, infinitely repeating loop.

Having the puzzle actually solved made things so much more simple - well for me, at least.

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Caleb Strange.
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