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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by bpmod » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:32 am

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TenPoundHammer wrote:Playing the online game again. Already mentioned the spaghetti one earlier. Now this one:
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I got nothin'.
This is very subtle, I'll give you that. Took me a bit of time to get it.
I must be missing something subtle, then, because the answer seems to be glaringly obvious.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by alietr » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:58 am

OK, it took me maybe 5 seconds.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by skullturf » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:31 am

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I'm guessing the intended answer is...

...the airplane?

And the reason it's supposed to be tricky is that they expect us to start by considering the four objects on the table next to the briefcase (pineapple, novel, toaster, top hat)?

And then the "aha" moment is supposed to be realizing that we could click on the airplane, rather than one of the four objects to the right of the briefcase?

I've seen the earlier Idiotest puzzles in this thread and I think the above description is how this puzzle is supposed to work.

However, this time, I honestly thought of the airplane before considering any of the four objects to the right of the briefcase. To me, the first interpretation of the words "What would this briefcase fit inside?" is "What larger object could this briefcase go into", and the other possible interpretation "What would this briefcase be able to fit inside of itself?" only occurred to me afterwards.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by Volante » Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:46 am

skullturf wrote:
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I'm guessing the intended answer is...

...the airplane?

And the reason it's supposed to be tricky is that they expect us to start by considering the four objects on the table next to the briefcase (pineapple, novel, toaster, top hat)?
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That's the biggest gimmick to these. They give you a group of objects, but the intended answer is not part of that group, it's a background item.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by TenPoundHammer » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:09 am

So apparently the answer is "I just don't know how to do these".
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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by alietr » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:14 am

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skullturf wrote:
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I'm guessing the intended answer is...

...the airplane?

And the reason it's supposed to be tricky is that they expect us to start by considering the four objects on the table next to the briefcase (pineapple, novel, toaster, top hat)?
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That's the biggest gimmick to these. They give you a group of objects, but the intended answer is not part of that group, it's a background item.
I have no idea why we're spoilering this, but I'll play along:
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Huh? Isn't the point of the question that there is an implicit 'of it' at the end of the question? I.e., What would this briefcase fit inside of it? Which I took to mean the book.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by MitchO » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:45 pm

Subtle? Isn't it..
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the airplane?
.. doesn't seem very subtle to me.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by Bamaman » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:33 pm

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Yes, this isn't an actual photograph of random items with an airplane flying in the background. They are deliberately chosen objects placed on the screen. I guess the trick is people eliminate it because it is just too obvious
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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by xxaaaxx » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:09 pm

So I was bored and messed around with the puzzles on the website:
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Either my brain is fried and I'm missing something obvious, or I'm going crazy because it's telling me the right answer is the orange juice...

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by BobF » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:20 pm

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Look ALLLLL the way to the right near the bottom
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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by OrangeSAM » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:21 pm

xxaaaxx wrote:So I was bored and messed around with the puzzles on the website:
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Either my brain is fried and I'm missing something obvious, or I'm going crazy because it's telling me the right answer is the orange juice...
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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by xxaaaxx » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:26 pm

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Lemme clarify: I know the riddle. I know that 'water' is the answer to the riddle. But clicking the water doesn't work. Clicking the glass of OJ in the middle gives me credit for a right answer, and I don't understand why

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by skullturf » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:27 pm

alietr wrote:
Volante wrote:
skullturf wrote:
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I'm guessing the intended answer is...

...the airplane?

And the reason it's supposed to be tricky is that they expect us to start by considering the four objects on the table next to the briefcase (pineapple, novel, toaster, top hat)?
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That's the biggest gimmick to these. They give you a group of objects, but the intended answer is not part of that group, it's a background item.
I have no idea why we're spoilering this, but I'll play along:
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Huh? Isn't the point of the question that there is an implicit 'of it' at the end of the question? I.e., What would this briefcase fit inside of it? Which I took to mean the book.
I completely agree that this is a possible interpretation of the wording in the question.

I'm just saying that this particular puzzle didn't have the same psychological effect on me as other Idiotest puzzles. (That could be because I was being smarter than usual, or because I was being dumber than usual.)

The way most Idiotest puzzles seem to work is: We have (a) the interpretation that most people tend to think of at first glance, and (b) the other interpretation that most people don't think of right away, where you have to think slightly "outside the box", but also very literally in some sense.

I just thought this was a little different from the other Idiotest puzzles because I honestly wasn't sure which of the two interpretations would be the interpretation that most people would think of first.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by alietr » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:50 pm

So, what was the 'answer'?

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:01 pm

A puzzle from a 6/21/16 episode:
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The answer:
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1 quarter and $0.25 are the same amount of money while "Twenty Five-Cents" is equal to one dollar (20 of five-cents).

The best part of it was the contestant guessing correctly because he said something about kids always ripping you off. :)

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by davey » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:04 pm

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The one in the middle is a dollar because of the placement of the hyphen...

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by TenPoundHammer » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:25 pm

I started at that a good five minutes and didn't even see the misplaced hyphen. Any way to make me less blind?
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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by Magna » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:52 pm

TenPoundHammer wrote:I started at that a good five minutes and didn't even see the misplaced hyphen. Any way to make me less blind?
Do you see it now that it's been pointed out to you? If so, just try to approach the questions remembering that there is going to be something tricky about them. Also remember that there is going to be a correct answer (or at least, one they think is correct) - they've set it up that way.

In this case, the question had to do with prices, so focus on the prices. At first glance, they all look exactly the same. So there must be something different about one of them.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by alietr » Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:01 pm

I got the answer, but for completely the wrong reason. I reasoned that the middle stand was the only one that was advertising lemonade. The others may have looked like they were selling lemonade, but it could have been something different entirely.

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Re: Fun With Idiotest

Post by Magna » Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:44 pm

They should do another one, with one stand offering lemonade for .25¢ a glass, then ask which one is cheapest.

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