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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby Caroline Tredez » Wed May 22, 2019 1:04 am

A clue, maybe?

No one should be allowed to break my heart but you, Madam XXX.


"XXX" is not an actual name, but here a nickname referring to an animal. Said animal would be associated with a goddess of wisdom in the "real world equivalent" (sort of) of the country from which "Madam XXX" originated.

So, any idea about speaker and listener?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Mon May 27, 2019 12:21 am

Caroline Tredez wrote:A clue, maybe?

No one should be allowed to break my heart but you, Madam XXX.


"XXX" is not an actual name, but here a nickname referring to an animal. Said animal would be associated with a goddess of wisdom in the "real world equivalent" (sort of) of the country from which "Madam XXX" originated.

So, any idea about speaker and listener?



Well, you never asked for the book, so I could have answered earlier, I did guess it was Penric speaking to Madame Khatai.
But it took me longer to find the exact place, since there are three possibilities.
I finally found it in the first one Penric's Mission, where he calls her "Madame Owl".
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby Caroline Tredez » Tue May 28, 2019 12:41 am

The floor is yours ^^
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Tue May 28, 2019 6:10 am

"And... and how big does this XXX have to be, Sir?"




Book ?
Who is "Sir" ?
XXX ?

You don't have to specify who is speaking here, he is a very minor, unnamed character (only his job is mentioned, and the fact that he was very good at it).
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:48 am

"And... and how big does this XXX have to be, Sir?"


A few hints
One does not actually see the character that says this in any book.
This quote is in fact within a reminiscence of the character called "Sir", told to a third party, a question that one of his subordinates asked him, a precision about the task that "Sir" had assigned to him.

The question is now
Book where this reminiscence is told ?
Who is "Sir" ?
XXX ?
To whom is this reminiscence told ?

You still don't have to specify the subordinate whose question is mentioned here, he is a very minor, unnamed character (only his job is mentioned, and the fact that he was very good at it).

Each bonus for 1/2 point

Bonus #1: Where exactly are "Sir" and the third party when "Sir" reminisces, and what are they trying to do at this time?

Bonus #2: They were not successful at reaching their aim in the "orthodox" way. What rather unorthodox way do they use a bit later, and do they succeed at that later time ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:19 am

voralfred wrote:
"And... and how big does this XXX have to be, Sir?"
...
Book where this reminiscence is told ?
...

I think I know the tale in the tale.
But to answer the other questions I'll have to search the book.
Patience, it won't hurt ...
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:43 pm

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:I think I know the tale in the tale.
...

Sorry, I was mistaken.
I got the tale right but the wrong book.
As Google then gave me the correct answers, I'm now disqualified.
Carry on.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:43 am

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:I think I know the tale in the tale.
...

Sorry, I was mistaken.
I got the tale right but the wrong book.
As Google then gave me the correct answers, I'm now disqualified.
Carry on.



I appreciate your honesty, but since I trust you for having got the book by Google, I also trust that you guessed the "tale in the tale" by yourself.

And like King Salomon I will now give my verdict:
You are not disqualified, you get the next quote, but only 1/2 sherlock since you did not find the book.

Other players please note :
If you know the answer to my quote, you can post it to win the second 1/2 sherlock, in addition to the two bonuses which are of course still for grabs.
But the the "current" (or soon to be current) quote will be EPS's after he posts it.
If no answer is proposed after EPS's quote is posted and answered maybe he will put you all out of your collective misery ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:53 am

Sorry!
Like professor Zonnebloem (Professor Cuthbert Calculus) I've been absent-minded lately, because of trying to pencil-draw an elephant on a A1 sheet (23.4 x 33.1 in). Unbelievable how many pencils you wear out just sharpening (and sometimes dropping) them.

"And... and how big does this elephant have to be, Sir?"
The answer is not an A1 sheet. I was mistakenly placing the funny story of the ambassador and the elephant in Cetaganda. The ambassador and the elephant are correct but this tale is told by Simon in Memory.

Now to put us back on track (thanks for the gentle reminder, Voralfred), no new quote but just a question:

"Miles offered one of Zap's kittens to Ivan. When and where was that?"

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