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Evolving Story Puzzle: Money doesn´t buy happiness

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‘He found the money there. He grew sad and began to cry’

Try to find the full story that lies behind this sentence and gives it meaning. You can pose yes/no questions in the comments section. I will answer all of them either YES, NO or IRRELEVANT. Train your imagination and lateral thinking! Note: Comments will appear live immediately

75 Comments to “Evolving Story Puzzle: Money doesn´t buy happiness”


  1. chuckkh | Profile

    Hi! Very cool puzzle!


    Was the intended recipient of the money a fictional character?
    Was the money placed as payment for an object or service he was hoping would appear or occur, but didn’t?
    Was the money placed to entice someone to come “there”?
    Is the man’s movement restricted in any way?
    Was the monetary value the only thing he wanted to share?
    Was something written on the money?
    Has he left the money before?
    Will he leave the money again?
    Does the intended recipient know the money exists, but not where?


  2. Mashplum | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    My feeling is that if the amount of money is small, and if anyone can take it, that the man intended the money to act as a signal that someone has been there. For example, if the man owns a vending machine but is not selling any sodas he may leave a dollar taped to the front. If the dollar is still there after a week, he knows he has chosen a very poor spot for his machine.


    Is the money there to detect the presence of others?
    Does the man’s profession benefit from people coming ‘there’?
    Does his ego benefit?


  3. Jerrud Edwin | Profile

    Does the names Robroy or Mcgregor have significance?
    Did anyone die who had possesion of the money at any time?


    Sorry I’m late been busy :-)


  4. bilbao | Profile

    Shofnite:
    Are you the original author of the story or helped to write it?…THE STORY BEHIND THE SENTENCE ALREADY EXISTED WHEN I POSTED THE PUZZLE AND I AM JUST GUIDING YOU. IT IS A SHORT STORY BUT GIVES A PERFECT CONTEXT TO THE SENTENCE


    fuzzy:
    You said his profession is important…YES, DEFINITELY
    – does his profession involve handling money (e.g. banker, cashier, professional gambler)…NO
    – does his profession involve the occult and/or supernatural (making things invisible, teleporting, talking to spirits, etc. all fall under this)…NO
    – does his profession involve being in unusual places (professional tour guide in safari, mountain climber, cave dweller, etc)…NO
    – does his profession involve social experiments (psychology, economics, etc)…NO, IT IS A NORMAL PROFESSION


    He was sad no one took the money. Was he specifically said because this meant no one found the money?…YES, THAT’S IT… Found it, but no one wanted the money?…NO…Was there any instructions, notes accompanying the money?…NO…Was the man conducting an experiment?…NO


    Shawn:
    The money is not a reward…YES IT IS, A REWARD AND A GIFT… (as for recovering lost property, etc.) or the finder would surely know that the man would be happy to see the cash missing…NO, THE FINDER WOULD NOT KNOW THE MAN’S REACTION


    Was it hoped that the potential recipient (anybody) would randomly find the cash?…YES…Would a person have reason to go to the spot looking for the money?…YES…Was it hoped that a person would go to the spot looking for something else and find the money?…YES, YOU ARE GETTING CLOSE
    Is a form of foul play involved in the plot?…NO
    Person:
    professional (doctor, lawyer, engineer)?…YES, BUT NOT THE ONES IN BRACKETS
    law enforcement?…NO
    blue-collar?…NO
    education?…NO
    consultant?…NO
    Does romantic love play a part in the story?…NO
    YOU ARE LEAVING OUT A WIDE GROUP OF PEOPLE :-)
    Place:
    Could the location of the money be considered a “hiding place?”…YES, UNDERSTOOD AS NOT VISIBLE, BUT HE IS NOT TRYING TO ‘HIDE’ IT SO THAT NOBODY FINDS IT
    Is the location of the money related to his profession?…YES, DEFINITELY
    Is the location of the money related to his home?…NO
    Sadness:
    You say he is mildly sad, enough to make him cry, but not so bad as to involve the death of him or others, and presumably neither involving personal danger or incarceration…YES, YOU SAY TRUE…He is emotionally harmed due to the failure of his quest, but it is not directly related to a particular other person, because the potential finder of the money would not know of the effect of its finding on the man…YES, TRUE TO ALL OF IT…He is crying because he is sad?…YES…Crying means weeping, not crying as in shouting?…YES, WEEPING


    IrishFutbol:
    Would he have been happy if someone else found the money…YES, BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN STHG FOR HIM (HINT)…and knew it was his?…NO, THE FINDER WOULD NOT NECESSARILY KNOW WHOSE IT IS
    Would he have been happy if someone else found the money…YES…and did not know it was his?…IRRELEVANT, THE POINT IS THAT ANYBODY FOUND THE MONEY
    Was the money in currency form…YES, BANKNOTES…or in some type of bank account?…NO


    the_god_dellusion:
    was he cutting onions before he placed the money and when he later returned couldn’t help but cry? – just kidding…NO, HAHAHA


    suineg:
    Ok, A sign of gratitude to anybody that has somehow access to that place and to the money in banknotes…YES…so my question is there are few persons that has access to the money?…NO, SINCE IT IS IN A PUBLIC PLACE, ALTHOUGH NOT VISIBLE…if so he has affection for this persons?…YES, IF ANYBODY HAD FOUND THE MONEY HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY AND PROBABLY FEEL AFFECTION FOR THAT ANYBODY if not he wants to express gratitude to humanity…NO…, god…NO… or someone in particular?…YES, THE ONE WHO FINDS THE MONEY


    chuckkh:
    Was the intended recipient of the money a fictional character?…NO, A NORMAL PERSON
    Was the money placed as payment for an object or service he was hoping would appear or occur, but didn’t?…NO
    Was the money placed to entice someone to come “there”?…NO
    Is the man’s movement restricted in any way?…NO
    Was the monetary value the only thing he wanted to share?…NO, HE WANTED ANYBODY TO FIND IT
    Was something written on the money?…NO
    Has he left the money before?…NO, FIRST TIME
    Will he leave the money again?…IRRELEVANT, BUT MIGHT TRY AGAIN WHEN HE RECOVERS FROM HIS SADNESS
    Does the intended recipient know the money exists…NO, IT WOULD BE AN UNEXPECTED GIFT, but not where?…THE RECIPIENT DOESN’T KNOW WHERE, SO IT WOULD BE AN ACCIDENTAL FINDING


    Mashplum:
    My feeling is that if the amount of money is small, and if anyone can take it, that the man intended the money to act as a signal that someone has been there…YES, THAT’S IT AND YOU MUST FIND A SIGNAL FOR WHAT. BIG HINT: KNOWING WHAT THE MAN DOES FOR A LIVING AND THE PLACE WHERE THE MONEY IS (WHICH ARE RELATED) WILL HELP CLARIFYING EVERYTHING For example, if the man owns a vending machine but is not selling any sodas he may leave a dollar taped to the front. If the dollar is still there after a week, he knows he has chosen a very poor spot for his machine…YES, THE IDEA OF USING A MONEY GIFT TO KNOW THE SUCCESS OF YOUR OFFERING IS WHAT LIES BEHIND OUR STORY. NO VENDING MACHINES OR SODAS, SO TRY TO FIND A DIFFERENT PLACE AND A DIFFERENT OFFERING.
    Is the money there to detect the presence of others?…YES
    Does the man’s profession benefit from people coming ‘there’?…NO
    Does his ego benefit?…YES


  5. Shofnite | Profile

    Does the man has some sort of business?


    Is the man a teacher of some kind?


    Does the presence of money lying untouched mean that the man made some wrong decision?
    If yes, will the decision affect him financially? socially? mentally?


    If the money had not been present, would the man never place money at that place again?


    If the money had not been present, would the man have tried to find who took the money? would he even be interested?


    Will the absence of money from the place have some substantial change in the man’s life?


    Honestly, is the guy mad? :D


    Does the place have a common name?


    Is his profession related to IT? (Information Technology )


    Is the man in some sort of Government Services?


    Is the man in some sort of Community Services?


    Is the place in some building?


    Is the place in open environment?


    Is the place a building?


    Does the man own the place?


    Does the man work at the place?


    Can the place be visited by people unknown to the place?


    Does the original story give any sort of moral in the end?


  6. bilbao | Profile

    Shofnite:
    Does the man has some sort of business?…NO
    Is the man a teacher of some kind?…NO
    Does the presence of money lying untouched mean that the man made some wrong decision?…NO
    If yes, will the decision affect him financially? socially? mentally?…NO TO ALL
    If the money had not been present, would the man never place money at that place again?…YES, I GUESS HE MIGHT TRY AGAIN IN THE FUTURE
    If the money had not been present, would the man have tried to find who took the money?…NO…would he even be interested?…NO
    Will the absence of money from the place have some substantial change in the man’s life?…NO, JUST IN HIS EGO
    Honestly, is the guy mad?…NO, HAHAHA
    Does the place have a common name?…YES
    Is his profession related to IT? (Information Technology )…NO
    Is the man in some sort of Government Services?…NO
    Is the man in some sort of Community Services?…NO
    Is the place in some building?…YES
    Is the place in open environment?…NO, AS OPPOSED TO THE PREVIOUS
    Is the place a building?…YES, A PLACE INSIDE A SPECIFIC PUBLIC BUILDING
    Does the man own the place?…NO
    Does the man work at the place?…NO
    Can the place be visited by people unknown to the place?…YES
    Does the original story give any sort of moral in the end?…NO


  7. jmart | Profile

    Had the money been moved to a different location from it’s original spot?


  8. bilbao | Profile

    jmart:
    Had the money been moved to a different location from it’s original spot?…NO


  9. jmart | Profile

    Was the money some sort of tip?


  10. bilbao | Profile

    jmart:
    Was the money some sort of tip?…NO, IT IS A VOLUNTARY GIFT INTENDED FOR ANYBODY AND HE IS TRYING TO USE THIS MONEY GIFT TO KNOW THE SUCCESS OF HIS OFFERING


  11. bilbao | Profile

    jmart:
    Was the money some sort of tip?…INSTEAD OF TIP CALL IT GIFT OR REWARD


  12. bilbao | Profile

    RECAP #2; RECAP #2; RECAP #2; RECAP #2; RECAP #2; RECAP #2:


    Two characters: 1.our man 2.the intended recipient


    Our man put a small amount of money (banknotes) in a place familiar to him, not visible, inside an accesible specific public building, and left for anybody to find.
    He intended it to be a sort of gift or reward or sign of gratitude for the one who found it, and a signal for himself, since its finding by anybody would mean his ‘offering’ had been succesful. For the intended recipient, who was looking for something else, finding the money would have been accidental, since the recipient would not know the money was there.
    As nobody reaches the money, his ego is emotionally harmed and he grows sad and cries.


    NEXT:
    I would say you already have the ‘how/what happened’. You need to find his ‘offering’, which is related to his ‘profession’ and also related to the ‘place’ where he left the money. (which public building and where inside it). When you find this the puzzle is over.


  13. bilbao | Profile

    Jerrud Edwin:
    Does the names Robroy or Mcgregor have significance?…NO
    Did anyone die who had possesion of the money at any time?…NO


    SO SORRY I MISSED YOUR POST, PERHAPS IT SHOWED UP WHILE ANSWERING OTHERS


  14. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Is this building a famous place, well known, visited by turiist?
    Does the form in what he delivers the money ‘banknotes’ gives some clue about the place or his profession?


  15. bilbao | Profile

    suineg:
    Is this building a famous place…NO…, well known…YES, ANYBODY COULD PROBABLY TELL YOU WHERE IT IS IN HIS CITY…, visited by turiist?…IRRELEVANT, MAY BE VISITED BY ANYBODY
    Does the form in what he delivers the money ‘banknotes’ gives some clue about the place…YES…or his profession?…YES


  16. Mashplum | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Is the man an author?
    Did he place money inside his own book?
    At the library?
    To see if anyone was reading it?


  17. bilbao | Profile

    WE HAVE THE FULL STORY:


    Mashplum:
    Is the man an author?…YES
    Did he place money inside his own book?…YES, HIS FIRST BOOK
    At the library?…YES, FOR ANYBODY TO CHOOSE IT
    To see if anyone was reading it?…YES, TO SEE IF ANYBODY HAD CHOSEN HIS BOOK TO READ, BUT FOUND NOBODY WANTED TO READ HIS BOOK


    Congrats Mashplum for giving the last step and congrats to everybody else for making it possible!!!


  18. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    The man is not in government or community services, but is the place inside a government building?
    Post office?
    Bank?
    Library?
    Law enforcement (police, court)?
    Public Park?
    Department Store?


    The man hoped that ANYBODY would be looking for something else when they stumbled upon the money. Is identification of the “something else” relevant?


    For instance, the man could be an author who left money in a copy of one of his books in the library, and is sad to find that nobody has read his book.


  19. bilbao | Profile

    Congrats Shawn!!! correct conclusion


  20. abcbcdcdef | Profile

    well, originally;
    I considered ‘He’ faked his death, and put some money on his grave as a notification if anyone had visited his gravestone; because no one ever vistied, he became sad and cried;
    But this does not have anything to do with his professions,so..


    Perhaps, I just tend to think about the really dark side of things, no?; congrats to mashplum!


  21. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    It was Mashplum’s insightful question regarding the ego that broke the story.


    Well-moderated story, Bilbao!


  22. RK | Founder | Profile

    Very interesting how this unfolded


    Thank you very much Bilbao for helping out!


  23. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    I can see good progress during my absence :D


    Maybe Shawn left the money for Bilbao as a gift against some help in solving the riddle ;)


    Thank you Bilbao for wearing us out


    Well done Shawn


  24. seelesscacti | Profile

    I haven’t checked the site in a few days, but this was fun reading, even post-solution. Mashplum really brought up the right point about the vending machine concept of showing success… my guess was the correct one soon after because of that. Seems all is fair in the world when Mashplum got the solution in the end.


    Bilbao, you said this was a short story… what’s the name, author?


  25. bilbao | Profile

    I am glad you enjoyed it!! I used to play this type of game when I was a teenager around a bonfire.
    seelesscacti, by a short story I meant that the puzzle had a target solution that was perfectly clear, so I was not making up the story throughout the questioning.
    There are a bunch of them, which I will be happy to share with you in the future, but I don´t know who originally made up this puzzles.


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