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 Puzzle ID: #19104 Fun: (3.03) Difficulty: (1.98) Category: Mystery Submitted By: dumbell Corrected By: absy

Two old friends, Fred and Ted, had managed to work a party piece that no one could figure out. Fred would go out of the room, and Ted would invite the guests to select an item. They were then asked to continue to think of it so that Fred could read their minds. Fred would be blindfolded so that there could be no possibility of visual clues. Ted would then start to ask Fred questions:

"Did we think of the word sock?"
"Absolutely not." replied Fred.
"Well, was it an ashtray?"
"No."
"OK, is it the word plate?"
"So, are we thinking of the word china?"
"No." replied Fred.
"Are we thinking of the word carpet?"
"No," replied Fred, " the word you are thinking of is chair."

Everyone gasped. He was right.

How did Fred and Ted work their party piece?

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 Therulerofthem Oct 11, 2004 Great teaser, I got it though pretty_ponyz Oct 11, 2004 cool teaser i love it!!! I_am_the_Omega Oct 17, 2004 whatever dumbell Oct 22, 2004 Question 1: If it was too easy, why did you need to look at the hint? Question 2: If the hint was useless, does that indicate that you did you not understand the ‘you can count..’ part of the hint to indicate a need to ‘count’ to solve this? eyecue Nov 22, 2004 I know this comment is way after the fact, but does platinum ever have anything nice to say. Dumbell, if you read these again don't sweat him or her. Platinum would have been one of the people at the party you could have toyed with for hours with that piece. SamNikki Nov 26, 2004 It was too easy next time try something a lil harder dumbell Nov 26, 2004 If you check the site you will find that I have submitted a number of teaser, with a wide range of levels, from quite simple for the younger members, to more complex for the more advanced. This is a family site and as such should cater for all abilities and age ranges. doggyxp Dec 05, 2004 Couldn't have put it better myself. Nicky101 Dec 12, 2004 Can you guess what I'm thinking of? Cool teaser! Mine was lame Misty Dec 16, 2004 Once you got the hint, it was sorta easy if u thought about it. but its a really cool teaser! BookladyOH Dec 17, 2004 Great comment, dumbell! Since the hint used the word, "count", I thought answer was Fred counted and prearranged to agree to the 6th question! alicewashere13 Jan 03, 2005 what if they chose different objects???? nunya Jan 07, 2005 i read the comments.i agree i thought it was easy,but clever.i got a grin out of it sccr0524 Jan 07, 2005 That was a good one. I like those kind. Good job! zubbsy2 Jan 19, 2005 tsd3 Jan 28, 2005 that was a good one! chelsea_hope Feb 18, 2005 That was a good one! It took me awhile. Riddler Feb 22, 2005 OOOOOH, clever Can't wait to post mine BabyM Mar 03, 2005 I liked this one. It's very similar to a game we played at a camping trip I took in College. Reading about it and trying to figrue out how they did was almost as fun as being there and playing ABBAS1 Mar 12, 2005 very interesting i must say but it was also very strange about the third letter i think i am going to add it to one of my favourites freezequeen Mar 20, 2005 That was great! ! CCOOOOLL whaleycm Apr 05, 2005 Good Teaser. It reminded me of a game me and my friend used to play in High school. It would have really good if you would have just left it as, "What was the group thinking of? icequeen05 Apr 14, 2005 thats really cool!! darthforman Apr 19, 2005 So how did he know??? I don't get it. deadeye823 May 01, 2005 i've done a trick like this before. it's called black magic, and it's very similar except you say "yes" to the object after they say a black object sweetime May 24, 2005 i like the teaser (kind of). i feel very sorry for both fred and ted trying to remember which words were said when and which the third letter was so they can work out what it spelt...the only problem i can see is where fred could jump in too early with a word thinking it had been spelled (eg, say "you're thinking of a car" when ted was trying to spell out "carpet"). could also see problems spelling out complicated words (trying to find a word with the right letter in the right place) babybabe1 Jun 01, 2005 good teser! got me stumped flipflopchica Jun 16, 2005 very good i wouldve never guessed that froggygg Jul 09, 2005 Very good and very creative. Although, I didn't guess the answer but, when I read the answer it made perfect sense and become obvious! I enjoyed this one. Sherlock129 Jan 10, 2006 You copied this mystery right off a book. wolfeyes89 Jan 10, 2006 wow..i like this one way easy..the way i like it and the only way i get it dumbell Feb 09, 2006 To Sherlock129 Just because it has appeared in a book does not mean it was 'copied' from that book. It could be that it has been submitted here by the person who wrote the book it was seen in, or was submitted for inclusion in that book by the person who submitted it here. Some of us do have a life away from this site. Some of those who have teasers on this site have written mind bender or teaser books of their own, and I know of at least three of us who are regular writers for mensa. Punk_Rocker Mar 04, 2006 I liked this one, it was fun and I got it! w00t! I had something else to say, but I forgot...Oh well. It was great, keep it up! brainster Apr 21, 2006 I liked it! It was really fun! kcheer2493 May 30, 2006 that was wicked good! I'll have to do that to my old cronies cyberstar5150 Jun 28, 2006 It was pretty simple, but just try doing this at a party and no one will figure you out flowerz2010 Aug 15, 2006 Nice one dudebomb93 Aug 02, 2007 I DONT GET IT BUT IT SEEMS LKE A GOOD ONE scallio Sep 12, 2007 Very clever! Excellent Teaser! dana11 May 07, 2008 aPlatinum is a Fantastic Also Great (not) put the capital letters together what does that spell? yup FA* trewq Aug 01, 2009 haha, i didn't get it but i have an identical twin and we pretend to 'mind read' all the time. we've worked on our technique for years this was good, but it seems a little hard to do in real life. there ought to be a stop signal of some kind, otherwise, you could end up only getting half of the word, like 'bird' from 'birdbath' and i think it would be hard to think that fast. The first letter is easy (that's what i thought it might be) but the third? i would be umming and ahing so much! Anyway, nice job