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Where's My Daughter

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#3224
Fun:** (2.09)
Difficulty:**** (3.11)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:bighippo4****
Corrected By:Shadows

 

 

 



A woman and her daughter go to Europe for vacation. They check in at the hotel, register, and then go into separate rooms to sleep. The mother sleeps late, and when she wakes she goes to her daughter's room to wake her up. She knocks, and nobody answers. She turns the knob, and to her surprise it is unlocked. She goes inside and finds nobody. She notices the room is very clean, though. She goes downstairs, glances at the registry, and to her shock, her daughter's name is nowhere to be seen! When she asks the clerk about her daughter, the clerk says she (the mother) did not come in with any other person!

What happened to her daughter?





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Comments

lapming
Apr 09, 2002

whatttttttt
cylatronic
Apr 10, 2002

Yeah, ummm, I don't know about that one
mcscruffso
Apr 13, 2002

ha ha ha ha
Mogmatt16Ava*
Apr 23, 2002

if the pleauge was there and a lot of people went missing, wouldn't someone find out eventually?
starlust
Jun 05, 2002

I heard a ghost story kinda like that
tiffiney79
Jun 08, 2002

that's pushing it, but i gotta give you credit for creativity:-)
dewtell*us
Jul 24, 2002

This answer seems like a stretch - would
plague go from no symptoms to death, discovery
and cleanup so fast? What happened to the
mother's signature in the registry?

I came up with an alternate solution:
unknown to both women, there were actually
two hotels connected by a common lobby.
The daughter registered first, while the mother stayed
with the luggage, and then came
back to tell her mother her room number.
Then the mother went and registered at the
other hotel. The room with the daughter's room number was vacant and clean
because no one had used it the night before.
(user deleted)
Oct 01, 2002

whoa..... i dident see that coming
einat16Ail
Dec 16, 2002

I thought the daughter was the made, that's why the room was cleaned up, and being ashaimed of working as a made she told her mother they were going on a vacation while she was really there to work. she left in the morning to clean other rooms, and told the clerk to lie so that her mother doesn't find out. OK, not that dramatic, but made much more sence than that disease...
sarcastic_brat53
Mar 15, 2003

why does it have to be that specific plague it could be any deadly contagios disease
kimmer91k
Apr 01, 2003

Yeah, how'd they cover that one up.
(user deleted)
May 15, 2003

This one is from a book.
highiq151
Aug 01, 2003

hello this is supposed to be a riddle not a soap opera.
Maria4Tony**
Feb 13, 2004

I like your alternate one dewtell. Pity this person bet you to it
aPlatinum**
Jun 23, 2004

Try again, babe
accordionman*us*
Jun 24, 2004

Well, i don't really see how anyone could get the plague part, and even the dying from a disease is hard to get. Her daughter could of jumped out of a window, hung herself, or other methods of dying.
usernameAhk*
Jul 30, 2004

extremely hard to get. there could be lots of other reasons a hotel would want to cover up things. what if someone murdered the daughter and wanted to get rid of the body? or anything else like that. it's extremely difficult.
rugbys_girl
Dec 07, 2004

By far the most stupid riddle I have ever seen. Very far-fetched. No logic or thinking involved in solving it...obviously no logic or thinking went into making it
DummyisDumbAus*
Mar 03, 2005

I heard this from a scary story book, but forgot the answer...
(user deleted)
Apr 02, 2005

WOW that was a little OUT THERE...i was think maybe she was skitzo....but yea the bubonic plague is on the same line
sweetime**
Jul 13, 2005

right well i thought that the hotel was a front for a kidnapping operation (you know the kind of place that kidnaps young women and then forces them into prostitution or the like).
Quickq*en*
Apr 28, 2006

How would the maid know the bubonic plague was the cause of the death?
calmsaviorAus*
May 11, 2006

theres only one thing i have to say about this teaser: EXTREMELY ARBITRARY.
medster99*
Jun 22, 2006

I read this in a whiched old believe it or not book. i believe that this is based off of a true story
akl21Aus*
Jul 27, 2006

So does anyone else care to explain what the bubonic plague is? I'm in the dark.

That's sort of that movie with Jodie Foster--Flight Plan.
JKnightDAus*
Dec 12, 2006

I'm sorry, but the only thing this "teaser" tests is one's creative ability to come up a possible solution.

Personally, I thought it was a waste of time. Ironic that I would take the time to post this comment, no?
bluefever101us*
May 24, 2007

OK.....
GABALLA06Aus*
Jul 10, 2007

that was slightly disturbing...
horseluvrAus*
Sep 10, 2007

i agree with most of the people here. from the time that symptoms arise, it is three or so days before the victom is dead. it also does not spread from human to human.
fishhookyAau*
Jan 02, 2008

Aliens came and conducted an experiment by abducting the daughter and possessing the body of the clerk. The clerk was possessed in order to observe unobtrusively the response of the mother.

This was my answer which I think is as equally plausible.
snappytom*au*
Jan 24, 2008

bighippo....I think you are on something....
nightowl19*us*
Jan 26, 2008

Okay, that was off of a TV show or a movie, only in the show, it was the mother who died. They even went to the trouble of changing the wallpaper to convince the daughter that her mother wasn't with her.
(user deleted)
Feb 01, 2008

I came up with 2 alternate (plausible) explanations.

1. The daughter is taking the opportunity of the trip to run away.
1a. Furthermore, she's disguised as the clerk and is imitating a different voice.
2. The woman was 9 months pregnant and gave birth in the extra hotel room. The hotel staff stole the baby and pretended they hadn't noticed she was pregnant.
3. ???
4. Profit!
minfu2Aus*
Apr 08, 2008

you wouldn't die of the plague overnight. You would probably notice the swells, tell your mom, and be sent to the hospital.
clutzy*us*
Apr 19, 2008

The Bubonic Plague? What kind of answer is that?
TRILLIONAIRE*us*
Nov 02, 2008

Why would any staff be inside their hotel room overnight? How would they even know about it?
Pokemaniactau*
Nov 11, 2008

How would anyone know it was what it was? It dosen't say anything about it in the text! It dosen't make any scence with the ending thats in the teaser!!!
Zomg-pie*
Nov 22, 2008

Uck! I thought the daughter got abducted by aliens who are very intellegent and were able to delete info from the Clerk's computer so the daughter was never there
batatisAus*
Nov 27, 2008

wow that sucks. P
TeCNoYoTTa
Jan 09, 2009

makes no sence
(user deleted)
Jan 23, 2009

Two Words: Traumatic and Disturbing.......
But cool!!
Twilight4eva928Aus**
Jun 27, 2009

That seems like a far fetched answer. I thought that the girl just checked out early and that the one hotel guy had short term memory lose.
brain23tus*
Oct 18, 2009

Aw...so sad that the daughter died.
Prinescatph*
Dec 31, 2009

I thought the clerk murdered the daughter.
rockstar1234567Aca*
Jun 02, 2011

i dont think people took vacations back then.......it was for something purposeful if you needed to stay in an inn
donaldtrumpetus*
May 22, 2012

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! That is a scary hotel!
extremebluenesscus*
Jul 07, 2013

For all you people commenting on the bubonic plague, the bubonic plague causes one of the quickest deaths of any disease. Also, its symptoms are extremely obvious, bearing large sores most notoriously.
klsowell**
Sep 19, 2013

WAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CREEPY HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE THE BUBONIC PLAGUE ^O^
klsowell**
Sep 19, 2013

I PREFER TO USE DEWTELL'S ALTERNATE ANSWER
klsowell**
Sep 19, 2013

THIS IS ALMOST AS CREEPY AS THAT MONKSHOOD MYSTERY TEASER!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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