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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. the_god_dellusion | Profile

    is there meant to be ‘was not’ between money and there? :p


  2. bilbao | Profile

    the_god_dellusion:
    is there meant to be ‘was not’ between money and there?…NO, hahaha :-)


  3. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Did he accuse his friend/neighbor of stealing money from him only to find out later that the money was still in his possession?


  4. bilbao | Profile

    hex
    Did he accuse his friend/neighbor of stealing money from him only to find out later that the money was still in his possession?…NO


    I recommend all of you not to jump to a solution yet. Try to get information via yes/no questions. Question every detail. The solution will be more evident with every question that I can respond with a YES


  5. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Was the money his in the first place?


    Had he lost the money before he found it?


    Is he a human (as opposed to animal)?


    Is he a historical figure?


    Is he an adult?


    Is the photo above relevant to the story?


    Is the money in US Dollars, gold, banknotes, coins? (consider each option a separate question)


  6. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    Had he not found the money there, would he have been elated?


  7. bilbao | Profile

    hex:
    Was the money his in the first place?…YES
    Had he lost the money before he found it?…NO
    Is he a human (as opposed to animal)?…YES
    Is he a historical figure?…IRRELEVANT
    Is he an adult?…YES
    Is the photo above relevant to the story?…NO
    Is the money in US Dollars…IRRELEVANT, gold…NO, banknotes…YES, coins?…NO


    Shawn:
    Had he not found the money there, would he have been elated?…YES


  8. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Is there a place where the money is no longer useful?
    Is there a place familiar to him?


  9. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    I mean ‘there’ of the sentence, sorry


  10. bilbao | Profile

    suineg
    Is there a place where the money is no longer useful?…NO,the money is still useful ‘there’
    Is there a place familiar to him?…YES


  11. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Would he have been happy if he had not found the money at all?


    Would he have been happy if he had found the money elsewhere?


    Would he have been happy if someone else had found the money instead?


    Was the money in his possession right before finding it there?


    Was he looking for the money?


    Was he expecting the money to be there?


  12. bilbao | Profile

    hex:
    Would he have been happy if he had not found the money at all?…YES
    Would he have been happy if he had found the money elsewhere?…NO
    Would he have been happy if someone else had found the money instead?…YES
    Was the money in his possession right before finding it there?…NO
    Was he looking for the money?…YES
    Was he expecting the money to be there?…NO


    I must leave for a few hours. I will answer all questions when I am back. Sorry!


  13. bobg | Profile

    Did the money belong to someone he know?
    If yes: a family member?


  14. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    the person who ‘he’ wanted to have found his money is his son or daughter?


  15. bobg | Profile

    I’ll throw this out there, so no one beats me to it (entirely a shot in the dark)


    it was bribe money he left for someone to take, being that it wasn’t taken it means he is going to jail.


  16. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Was he the only one looking for the money?


    Was he supposed to be the only one looking for the money?


    Did he find the money by luck?


    Did he do something unlawful?


    Was it his intention to transfer the money from him to someone else?


  17. bilbao | Profile

    bobg:
    Did the money belong to someone he know?…YES
    If yes: a family member?…NO


    suineg:
    the person who ‘he’ wanted to have found his money is his son or daughter?…NO


    bobg:
    it was bribe money…NO…he left for someone to take…YES…, being that it wasn’t taken it means he is going to jail…NO


    hex:
    Was he the only one looking for the money?…YES
    Was he supposed to be the only one looking for the money?…YES
    Did he find the money by luck?…NO
    Did he do something unlawful?…NO
    Was it his intention to transfer the money…NO…from him to someone else?…YES


  18. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    this someone is his wife?
    he was going into a divorce?


  19. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    Did the person to whom the money belonged to do something unlawful?
    Was he sad and crying for himself?
    Was he sad for the owner of the money?
    Would you consider the amount of money to be a large sum?
    Was he friends with the owner of the money? Intimate?
    Is the owner of the money still alive?


    Hmmm – the most interesting answer so far has been that YES, he would have been happy if someone else had found the money. I wonder why his finding the money is what made him sad, particularly since he was the only one looking for the money


  20. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    Would he have been happy if ANYBODY found the money, or only one person in particular? A specific group of people?
    Was the money placed there as a signal to him?
    Did he give the money directly to (the person to whom the money belongs)?


  21. RK | Founder | Profile

    yes, my next question would be: is he crying because the owner of the money died? Is this person a friend?


  22. RK | Founder | Profile

    also- is the money cursed?!


  23. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    The 2 statements below confused me:
    Did the money belong to someone he knows?…YES
    Was the money his in the first place?…YES


    This one is also not clear (I did not mean bank transfer):
    Was it his intention to transfer the money…NO…from him to someone else?…YES


    Finally, further questions:
    Did the person who was supposed to take the money take it?
    Or was it somebody else who took it?
    Or was the money destroyed, say like burnt?


  24. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    If he doesn’t want it, I’ll take the money!


  25. the_god_dellusion | Profile

    is he a bank cashier?


  26. the_god_dellusion | Profile

    or he put the money somewhere as someone kidnapped/captivated a relative/close friend of his and wanted the money in exchange of the relative/close friend


  27. bilbao | Profile

    suineg:
    this someone is his wife?…NO
    he was going into a divorce?…NO


    Shawn:
    Did the person to whom the money belonged to do something unlawful?…NO
    Was he sad and crying for himself?…YES
    Was he sad for the owner of the money?…YES
    Would you consider the amount of money to be a large sum?…NO
    Was he friends with the owner of the money?…YES Intimate?…YES
    Is the owner of the money still alive?…YES


    To clarify this last questions, as I answered before to a previous question by hex, ‘He’ is the owner of the money and the one who finds it ‘there’.


    Hmmm – the most interesting answer so far has been that YES, he would have been happy if someone else had found the money…YES…I wonder why his finding the money is what made him sad, particularly since he was the only one looking for the money…YES


    Shawn:
    Would he have been happy if ANYBODY found the money…YES…, or only one person in particular?…NO… A specific group of people?…NO
    Was the money placed there as a signal to him?…YES
    Did he give the money directly to (the person to whom the money belongs)?…YES, as I said, ‘He’ and (the person to whom the money belongs) is the same person


    RK:
    yes, my next question would be: is he crying because the owner of the money died?…NO…Is this person a friend?…NO


    RK:
    also- is the money cursed?!…NO


    hex:
    The 2 statements below confused me:
    Did the money belong to someone he knows?…YES
    Was the money his in the first place?…YES


    bilbao:
    true, hex. The money is his, and he knows himself.


    This one is also not clear (I did not mean bank transfer):
    Was it his intention to transfer the money…NO…from him to someone else?…YES


    bilbao:
    sorry about this one. perhaps transfer is not the best word to define the situation, but you are right that ‘from him to someone else’ will always be a transfer, ok.


    Finally, further questions:
    Did the person who was supposed to take the money take it?…NO
    Or was it somebody else who took it?…NO
    Or was the money destroyed, say like burnt?…NO, in fact our main character, who is the owner of the money has found it ‘there’


    the_god_dellusion:
    is he a bank cashier?…NO


    the_god_dellusion:
    or he put the money somewhere…YES…as someone kidnapped/captivated a relative/close friend of his…NO…and wanted the money in exchange of the relative/close friend…NO


  28. jmart574 | Profile

    Is the first sentence about one man and the second about another?


  29. bilbao | Profile

    UP TO NOW RESUME:
    ‘He’, the owner of an amount of money in banknotes, put the money in a place familiar to him, and left for anybody to take. Later, ‘He’ finds the money, grows sad and cries, since the person who was supposed to take the money (anybody) didn’t take it. If ‘He’ hadnt found the money ‘there’ he would have been really happy.


    NEXT STEPS:
    where is ‘there’?
    who is ‘He’?
    what is the money for?


  30. bilbao | Profile

    jmart574:
    Is the first sentence about one man and the second about another?…NO


  31. jmart | Profile

    Was the money left as a donation?


  32. bilbao | Profile

    jmart:
    Was the money left as a donation?…YES, understood as a voluntary gift


  33. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Bail money?


  34. bilbao | Profile

    hex:
    Bail money?…NO


  35. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    is “there” a bank account?


  36. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    he is the devil and is tempting a good soul to take the money in order to prove to god that anybody has a price?
    he is a good samaritan?
    he has to be with religion like a priest?


  37. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    the money is for ‘he’ to redeem himself for the past and his sins?


  38. bilbao | Profile

    hex:
    is “there” a bank account?…NO, it is a place


    suineg:
    he is the devil…NO…and is tempting a good soul to take the money in order to prove to god that anybody has a price?…NO
    he is a good samaritan?…NO, just a normal person
    he has to be with religion like a priest?…NO, no religion involved


  39. bilbao | Profile

    suineg:
    the money is for ‘he’ to redeem himself for the past and his sins?…NO


  40. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    I’m enjoying this, Bilbao. Don’t let us off the hook!


    The man IS the owner of the money. Is there any more significance to be found in the following exchange:
    bobg:
    Did the money belong to someone he know?…YES
    If yes: a family member?…NO
    I interpret this as meaning that 1-he knows himself, and 2-he is not a family member because he is himself. Is this right?


    So the presence or absence of the money acted as some sort of signal to him. And by finding the money, the signal was a bad one, or one that made him sad.
    Does it mean that something bad is going to happen (or has already happened) to him?
    Does it mean that something bad is going to happen (or has already happened) to someone else?
    Would a reasonable person react to finding the money in the same way as he did?
    Is his profession relevant?
    Is his geographical location relevant (country, area of the world)?
    Is his age relevant?
    Is the amount of money found relevant?
    Did he place an advertisement or otherwise broadcast the location of the money for people to find?
    Is there anybody other than himself that would have been able to find the money?
    Did anybody else know where the money was? Did they choose to not retrieve the money?


  41. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    If somebody had found the money and taken it, would they have performed a service for him in return?
    If somebody had found the money and taken it, would they have realized that they would be making the man happy? By not taking it, did they realize that he would be sad?
    -


  42. Shofnite | Profile

    I just love question rounds like these :D
    The given line reminds me of a movie called “Brewster’s Millions”, I doubt any of you have even heard about and I guess its completely irrelevant to the topic.


    Here go my questions :


    Was the money put there as a sign of some sort of gratitude to the intended receiver?


    Did the intended receiver saw the money lying there?


    Was the intended receiver a frequent visitor the the place where money was there?


    Did the man who put the money told the intended receiver about the place?


    Was the intended receiver a female?


    Was the intended receiver a male?


    Was the intended receiver an adult?


    Did the man who put the money there just wanted to get rid of the money in any way possible?


    Was the man sad just for moral reasons?


    Or was the man sad because he would have made some profit(money related or not) if the money hadn’t been there?


    Are you the original author of the story or helped to write it?


    Would the man be in some sort of trouble if the money was not picked up by the intended receiver?


    Would the intended receiver be in some sort of trouble if he/she picks up the money?


    Was the intended receiver in some sort of financial troubles?


  43. abcbcdcdef | Profile

    Hopefully, no one had asked this before; so here it goes:


    1. Did he hid the money in a secluded place? Or an easily visible place?
    2. By “the money is intended to be taken by anyone”; does it mean anyone in the World; or anyone accessible to the money?
    3. Was he sad because:a) he was emotionally harmed,eg. lonely
    b)someone died or got hurt, inc himself
    c)he lost something(anything)
    4.Please clarify:
    quote:”Was he friends with the owner of the money?…YES Intimate?…YES”
    “is he crying because the owner of the money died?…NO…Is this person a friend?…NO”
    So, is the owner of the money(himself) his friend?


  44. the_god_dellusion | Profile

    does the title hold much relevence to the story?


    was he trying to purchase something and finding the money there meant he was unsuccesful in purchasing that something?


  45. bilbao | Profile

    Shawn:
    The man IS the owner of the money…YES…Is there any more significance to be found in the following exchange:
    bobg:
    Did the money belong to someone he know?…YES
    If yes: a family member?…NO
    I interpret this as meaning that 1-he knows himself, and 2-he is not a family member because he is himself. Is this right?…YES TO ALL OF IT,IT IS HIS MONEY AND NO ONE ELSE IS INVOLVED IN THE OWNERSHIP (I am sorry if I was not clear before)


    So the presence or absence of the money acted as some sort of signal to him…YES…And by finding the money, the signal was a bad one,…YES…or one that made him sad…YES
    Does it mean that something bad is going to happen…NO…(or has already happened) to him?…YES, BUT NOT THAT BAD
    Does it mean that something bad is going to happen (or has already happened) to someone else?…NO
    Would a reasonable person react to finding the money in the same way as he did?…YES, THOUGH PEOPLE MAY REACT DIFFERENT TO THE SAME SITUATION
    Is his profession relevant?…YES
    Is his geographical location relevant (country, area of the world)?…NO
    Is his age relevant?…NO
    Is the amount of money found relevant?…NO
    Did he place an advertisement or otherwise broadcast the location of the money for people to find?…NO
    Is there anybody other than himself that would have been able to find the money?…YES
    Did anybody else know where the money was?…NO…Did they choose to not retrieve the money?…NO, THEY DIDN’T FIND IT


    Shawn:
    If somebody had found the money and taken it, would they have performed a service for him in return?…NO If somebody had found the money and taken it, would they have realized that they would be making the man happy?…NO…By not taking it, did they realize that he would be sad?…NO


    bilbao:
    Shawn, I appreciate your comments. I am so sorry that due to the time difference and that my babygirl is ill I can’t answer you sooner. Anyway stay tuned!


    Shofnite:
    Was the money put there as a sign of some sort of gratitude to the intended receiver?…YES, THIS IS IMPORTANT
    Did the intended receiver saw the money lying there?…NO
    Was the intended receiver a frequent visitor the the place where money was there?…IRRELEVANT
    Did the man who put the money told the intended receiver about the place?…NO
    Was the intended receiver a female?…IRRELEVANT
    Was the intended receiver a male?…IRRELEVANT
    Was the intended receiver an adult?…IRRELEVANT, BUT MOST PROBABLY YES
    Did the man who put the money there just wanted to get rid of the money in any way possible?…NO, REMEMBER IT IS A VOLUNTARY GIFT
    Was the man sad just for moral reasons?…NO
    Or was the man sad because he would have made some profit…NO…(money related or not) if the money hadn’t been there?…NO
    Are you the original author of the story or helped to write it?…IRRELEVANT, HAHAHAHA :-)
    Would the man be in some sort of trouble if the money was not picked up by the intended receiver?…NO
    Would the intended receiver be in some sort of trouble if he/she picks up the money?…NO
    Was the intended receiver in some sort of financial troubles?…NO


    abcbcdcdef:
    1. Did he hid the money in a secluded place?…NO, UNDERSTOOD AS SOLITARY OR PRIVY…Or an easily visible place?…NO, NOT DIRECTLY VISIBLE BUT PUBLIC AND ACCESIBLE
    2. By “the money is intended to be taken by anyone”; does it mean anyone in the World…NO…; or anyone accessible to the money?…YES
    3. Was he sad because:a) he was emotionally harmed…YES..,eg. lonely…NO
    b)someone died or got hurt, inc himself…NO
    c)he lost something(anything)…NO
    4.Please clarify:
    quote:”Was he friends with the owner of the money?…YES Intimate?…YES”…BECAUSE IT IS HIMSELF
    “is he crying because the owner of the money died?…NO…Is this person a friend?…NO”…IT IS HIMSELF
    So, is the owner of the money(himself) his friend?…SORRY, WHEN I ANSWERED I THOUGHT OF A FRIEND AS A DIFFERENT PERSON


    the_god_dellusion:
    does the title hold much relevence to the story?…NO
    was he trying to purchase something…NO…and finding the money there meant he was unsuccesful…YES…in purchasing that something?…NO


  46. fuzzy | Profile

    You said his profession is important.
    - does his profession involve handling money (e.g. banker, cashier, professional gambler)
    - does his profession involve the occult and/or supernatural (making things invisible, teleporting, talking to spirits, etc. all fall under this)
    - does his profession involve being in unusual places (professional tour guide in safari, mountain climber, cave dweller, etc)
    - does his profession involve social experiments (psychology, economics, etc)


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


  47. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    The money is not a reward (as for recovering lost property, etc.) or the finder would surely know that the man would be happy to see the cash missing.


    Was it hoped that the potential recipient (anybody) would randomly find the cash? Would a person have reason to go to the spot looking for the money? Was it hoped that a person would go to the spot looking for something else and find the money?
    Is a form of foul play involved in the plot?


    Person:
    professional (doctor, lawyer, engineer)?
    law enforcement?
    blue-collar?
    education?
    consultant?
    Does romantic love play a part in the story?


    Place:
    Could the location of the money be considered a “hiding place?”
    Is the location of the money related to his profession?
    Is the location of the money related to his home?


    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. 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.
    He is crying because he is sad?
    Crying means weeping, not crying as in shouting?


  48. IrishFutbol | Profile

    Would he have been happy if someone else found the money and knew it was his?
    Would he have been happy if someone else found the money and did not know it was his?
    Was the money in currency form or in some type of bank account?


  49. the_god_dellusion | Profile

    was he cutting onions before he placed the money and when he later returned couldn’t help but cry? – just kidding


  50. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Ok, A sign of gratitude to anybody that has somehow access to that place and to the money in banknotes so my question is
    there are few persons that has access to the money? if so he has affection for this persons? if not he wants to express gratitude to humanity, god or someone in particular?


  51. 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?


  52. 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?


  53. 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 :-)


  54. 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


  55. 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?


  56. 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


  57. jmart | Profile

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


  58. bilbao | Profile

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


  59. jmart | Profile

    Was the money some sort of tip?


  60. 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


  61. bilbao | Profile

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


  62. 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.


  63. 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


  64. 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?


  65. 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


  66. 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?


  67. 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!!!


  68. 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.


  69. bilbao | Profile

    Congrats Shawn!!! correct conclusion


  70. 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!


  71. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

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


    Well-moderated story, Bilbao!


  72. RK | Founder | Profile

    Very interesting how this unfolded


    Thank you very much Bilbao for helping out!


  73. 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


  74. 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?


  75. 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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