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Riddle 12

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
A man went to a party. The man drank some punch from the punch bowl and joined the party, but ended up leaving early. The next day he discovered that everyone else who drank punch at the party had died. Why didn't he?
post #2 of 22
Did he truly drink punch? Or what he thought was punch?

Did he drink the punch before all the ingredients were added/spiked?

Was he the one who spiked the punch bowl?

Why did he leave early? Was he the murderer?
post #3 of 22
Did he pass on some deadly virus/bacteria by drinking the punch?

Was he responsible for causing their deaths somehow?
post #4 of 22
Did something happen at the party (ie plane crashed into the house) after he had left?

Does the punch have any relevance to the riddle?
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Did he truly drink punch? Or what he thought was punch? Yes, he truly drank punch.

Did he drink the punch before all the ingredients were added/spiked? No he did not drink it before all the ingredients were added.

Was he the one who spiked the punch bowl? No, he did not spike the punch bowl.

Why did he leave early? Was he the murderer? No, he was not the murderer. First question was not phrased as a yes/no!!!

Did he pass on some deadly virus/bacteria by drinking the punch? Nope.

Was he responsible for causing their deaths somehow? No, he was not.

Did something happen at the party (ie plane crashed into the house) after he had left? No, no plane crashed into the house.

Does the punch have any relevance to the riddle? Yes, the punch is relevant (wise for asking!)
post #6 of 22
Did someone add something to the punch to make it deadly?

If something was added, was it a solid?

Was it a liquid?

Were they slugs and salt was added? So they all melted? Or was salt added? (Phrasing it as a yes or no! )
post #7 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mrsd
Did someone add something to the punch to make it deadly?

If something was added, was it a solid?

Was it a liquid?

Were they slugs and salt was added? So they all melted? Or was salt added? (Phrasing it as a yes or no! )
Yes, someone added something to the punch to make it deadly.

No, the "something" added is not a solid, yes it is a liquid.

Slugs?!?! LOL. No, they were not slugs and no salt was not added. And while salt would certainly kill slugs, they do NOT melt, you goober! That's it, no more Far Side cartoons before bed for you! Actually, they die because their skin is quite permeable, and the salt causes all the water in the slug (and blood) to rush to the surface. That's what all the bubbling is about. They ultimately die of dehydration. And that's what you get for playing games with a biologist

Edit: Wait, I just realized where the slug idea came from. It was the fish riddle, wasn't it! It made you wonder if this was another trick!
post #8 of 22
Okay firstly remind me to never eat while I'm surfing the forums... eating crackers and reading about how a slug melts is kinda gross.


Anyway.

Were there a lot of people at the party?

Was the man immune to what was added to the punch?

Does this have anything to do with the religious cult that drank punch to commit suicide?

Did the man vomit out the poison?
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Okay firstly remind me to never eat while I'm surfing the forums... eating crackers and reading about how a slug melts is kinda gross.
Hey now! It was just explained they don't melt, they dehydrate quickly to death! Gosh, now I see how urban myths are born and linger! *tease*
post #10 of 22
LOL. I can see it now. "Did you hear the one about the girl who was eating some oyster crackers and surfing the net reading about slugs?"... Of course I can't figure out the rest of the story but I'm sure the moral would be not to eat while you are on the computer.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ali012281
Okay firstly remind me to never eat while I'm surfing the forums... eating crackers and reading about how a slug melts is kinda gross.


Anyway.

Were there a lot of people at the party?

Was the man immune to what was added to the punch?

Does this have anything to do with the religious cult that drank punch to commit suicide?

Did the man vomit out the poison?
Yes, there were lots of people.
No, he wasn't immune.
No, it doesn't have anything to do with a religious suicide cult.
No, he didn't vomit out the poison.
post #12 of 22
Did he drink the punch from some where else before he joined the party where they all died?
post #13 of 22
Sorry to continue the slug saga but my husband carrys around a squirt bottle filled with ammonia, which has the same effect as salt, and shoots them as he finds them. GROSS!
post #14 of 22
One possible explanation is that everyone at the party drank the punch, and after the lucky guy left, the place burned/blew up/whatever, and everyone there was killed.

Nowhere in the riddle did it say that drinking the punch had anything to do with people dying.

It's sort of like the list of people in the paper every day who have quit drinking coffee. (the obits)

Leonard
post #15 of 22
Did he actually drink it from the punch bowl and the ladle was what contained the poision?
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Did he actually drink it from the punch bowl and the ladle was what contained the poision? And he double-dips, too. The horror! No, actually, it was a nice thought but the answer to the question is no.

Did he drink the punch from some where else before he joined the party where they all died? Nope. Another good thought though.

One possible explanation is that everyone at the party drank the punch, and after the lucky guy left, the place burned/blew up/whatever, and everyone there was killed. Nowhere in the riddle did it say that drinking the punch had anything to do with people dying. OBI: Now this wasn’t actually phrased as a question, much less a yes or no question. In absence of a question (BOY, am I being hard-nosed!! ), I will simply repeat some question/answers that have already been posted.

Did something happen at the party (ie plane crashed into the house) after he had left? No.
Does the punch have any relevance to the riddle? Yes.
post #17 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by dicknleah
Sorry to continue the slug saga but my husband carrys around a squirt bottle filled with ammonia, which has the same effect as salt, and shoots them as he finds them. GROSS!


Were there ice cubes in the punch?

Were the ice cubes poison that were slowly released through the night and the man left before they melted?
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ali012281


Were there ice cubes in the punch?

Were the ice cubes poison that were slowly released through the night and the man left before they melted?
Ta da! Yes, that is the answer! The poison was in the ice cubes, which melted AFTER the man left the party. I'm going on vacation tomorrow for my wedding anniversary (my husband is totally in the dark about where we're going!) and won't be back 'till late Monday. So I won't post another riddle until I get back. pinkdaisy/ari could post one during that time, maybe! But I don't want to start one if I won't be around to answer questions for three days!
post #19 of 22
Ali for solving the riddle. And thanks, Obi for the wonderful slug dehydration explanation. It was informative, and I'll keep it in mind the next time I eat Pringles.

PS. I don't read FarSide funnies before going to bed. My mind is independently twisted, without any outside influences.
post #20 of 22
Okay... its Tuesday... new riddle?? I've been behaving and not begging Ari for riddles.... sooooo..... I can't wait anymore . RIDDLE TIME!!
post #21 of 22
Congrats Beth!
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ali012281
Okay... its Tuesday... new riddle?? I've been behaving and not begging Ari for riddles.... sooooo..... I can't wait anymore . RIDDLE TIME!!
I'll do it. Gimme a sec...
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