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Old 06-22-2010, 10:32 AM   #1
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20 Questions

20 Questions is a game where a person: "A" thinks of a person, place, or thing, (in this case an Indiana Jones person, place or thing): "IT", and others: "Q" ask questions that can be answered by a yes or a no until they guess/discover the answer, (20 Questions is the name of the game, and not a limit).

Part of the fun is in trying to guess what "IT" is in as few questions as possible, and part of the fun is that this game inherently lends itself to being silly.

There are only two fundamental rules, one for "Q" and one for "A".

Rule 1: "Q" may only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no.

Rule 2: "A" may only respond with a yes or a no, whichever is more helpful to "A".

Ideally, these two basic rules will sustain a complete and competitive game of 20 Questions, but the ideal is rarely achieved, especially when some of the players are novices. There is a learning curve (albeit a quick and easy one) to jump on and ride, and there are exceptional situations that, once recognized and categorized, can be responded to by convention.

Rule 2 is impossible to follow all the time. This exception is an acceptable answer that "A" (and "Q") should keep in mind:

"I DON'T KNOW." Sometimes "A" simply will not know the answer. In such cases "A" may respond with "I don't know." An example: consider that "A" has chosen Marshall College as "IT" and "Q" asks, "Is it closer to New Jersey or New York?"
If "A" doesn't know then he should not merely guess, because "Q" might know, and if "A" guesses wrong he will certainly mislead "Q", which is a more serious violation of Rule 2. So, A should say he doesn't know and let "Q" take it from there.

The format to answer should become apparent, for the winner who will, if they wish become "A". When a new player becomes "A" they must PM me the new "IT" for (hopefully) obvious reasons. Please PM me if you have questions reagring the rules so the game thread remains as clean as possible.

Shall we play a game?

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Old 06-22-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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...There are only two fundamental rules, one for "Q" and one for "A"....



'Q': Shall we play a game?

'A': No.

Only 19 left to go...
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:56 AM   #3
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'A': No.

Only 19 left to go...

I answer the questions here pally!
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:09 AM   #4
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oh cool! we played this in physics mathematics today, with a different theme of course.

have we started playing?.well here's a question anyway:

is it a character?
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:10 AM   #5
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At the risk of derailing this thread before it starts, it's counter productive to ask a question, and then answer it. LOL.

That's called rhetoric. (and I guess by all accounts in D.C. it would be a game too).
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:18 AM   #6
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is it a character?
No

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At the risk of derailing this thread before it starts...
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:19 AM   #7
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Is it an artifact?
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:21 AM   #8
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Is it an artifact?
No..."IT" is not.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:23 AM   #9
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Is it a location?
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:29 AM   #10
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Is it a location?
No..."IT" is not.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #11
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can it be used to help find an artifact?
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:15 AM   #12
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Well, while it doesn't follow the rules as they were initially presented here, 20 Questions typically starts with the Q:

Is it a person, place, or thing?


RS has already noted that "IT" is not a location, artifact, or character. He's obviously dropping a hint there.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:42 PM   #13
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Well, while it doesn't follow the rules as they were initially presented here, 20 Questions typically starts with the Q: Is it a person, place, or thing?
Really?

When does someone declare they are thinking of said person place or thing? AFTER someone asks the "typical" question?

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can it be used to help find an artifact?
No, "IT" cannot.

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:28 PM   #14
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Is it a person?
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is it an article of clothing?
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:21 AM   #16
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Is it a person?
No
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is it an article of clothing?
No
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:25 AM   #17
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can it be a weapon?
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Is IT Indy's wry sense of humour?
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Really?
When does someone declare they are thinking of said person place or thing? AFTER someone asks the "typical" question?

Well, the "typical" start of the game is usually
Q: "Is it a person, place or thing?"
A: "It's a thing." (or a person, or a place)

It's kind of the modern variant of the older "typical" start:
Q: "Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?"

Follow me?

Geez, just trying to play along.
I would have thought you'd leave your "typical" bilious attitude at the door when entering the game room.

Fun game!
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Well, the "typical" start of the game is usually
Q: "Is it a person, place or thing?"
A: "It's a thing." (or a person, or a place)

It's kind of the modern variant of the older "typical" start:
Q: "Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?"

Follow me?

Geez, just trying to play along.
I would have thought you'd leave your "typical" bilious attitude at the door when entering the game room.

Fun game!
Cheers!
Guess what? This is being conducted on a message board so it's NOT typical.
Why bother repeating yourself? I read you right the first time, you're not adding ANYTHING, (in anyway).
Follow me?

If you're playing along, drop the martyr crap and play, (and don't gum up the works with your self indulgence).
Geez, just play then will ya?

It's not like you've even tried to ask a question...

Regarding my bile: if you simply asked a pertinent question and let your oh so important observation go, we would be well on the way to the entertaining part of the Q and A process instead of discussing your clever and necessary insights into the game and it's structure.

Fun? Not with your input it isn't...

Jeers!
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can it be a weapon?
Yes...

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Is IT Indy's wry sense of humour?
No, It's not...
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:13 AM   #22
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does indy carry it everywhere he goes
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does indy carry it everywhere he goes
No he doesn't...
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:20 AM   #24
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This thread got messy!

So far, I think we're looking for an object that could be used as a weapon, but Indy doesn't carry it everywhere he goes. It can't be used to find an artifact, and it isn't an item of clothing.

I'm presuming it's associated with Indy himself. I'm also presuming it's from ROTLA.

I would say it was Indy's semi-automatic. (But I'm also tempted to say it's Toht's folding coat-hanger!)
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Does it belong to Indy?
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