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Mind Reading

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.

 

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:

On one occasion Ted asked:
"Did we think of the word sock?"
"Absolutely not." replied Fred.
"Well, was it an ashtray?"
"No."
"OK, is it the word plate?"
Again the answer was negative.
"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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Comments

TherulerofthemAca*
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.
doggyxpus*
Dec 05, 2004

Couldn't have put it better myself.
Nicky101Aus*
Dec 12, 2004

Can you guess what I'm thinking of?

Cool teaser!
Mine was lame
MistyAus*
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

tsd3Aus*
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
froggyggAus*
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_RockerAus*
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!
brainsterAin*
Apr 21, 2006

I liked it! It was really fun!
kcheer2493us*
May 30, 2006

that was wicked good! I'll have to do that to my old cronies
cyberstar5150*us*
Jun 28, 2006

It was pretty simple, but just try doing this at a party and no one will figure you out
flowerz2010Apk**
Aug 15, 2006

Nice one
dudebomb93Aus*
Aug 02, 2007

I DONT GET IT BUT IT SEEMS LKE A GOOD ONE
scallioAus*
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*
trewqus*
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



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