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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:59 am

More hints ?

I'm on top. Finally, I'm on top of it all. With this lever, I can move worlds. He switched the shower to 'dry' and turned in the blast of warm air. He left the bathroom still chortling under his breath. I love it.
His chortle died away in puzzlement when he unlatched the door to his uniform cupboard and found it bare. Had his bâtman taken them all off for cleaning or repairs? His bewilderment grew as he tried other drawers, and found only a residue of the wildly assorted civilian togs he wore when he stretched the chain of his identity one link further and played spy for the...


Italics mean a thought, roman type is a description of what happens in the middle of the thought, and afterwards. Boldface are changes since last quote.
The dots at the end means I have cut at mid-sentence (but further than previously). There are no dots in the text.

Book ?
Who thinks this deep thought (and takes a shower) ?


For 1/2 point each

Bonus #1 : what is "this lever" (the answer is not unique, it can go from rather particular to more general; I'll accept anything that carries the right notion)

Bonus #2 : As one says “the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol” : so if "this lever" is the Capitol, what is the Tarpeian Rock (don't worry, Mrs Bujold did provide a good one ....)
Well the first hint of the Tarpeian Rock I was alluding to previously was finding the XXX cupboard bare. So that one does not count anymore.
But I will accept either the most remote and worst Tarpeian Rock, and any intermediate one, if it fits in the general scheme.


Bonus #3 : Mrs Bujold uses a bizarre spelling for batman. I have rather a good notion of the reason why she does not spell it the usual way - the military meaning of this word is all but eclipsed by the name of the superhero. But is there any example of this spelling outside her books ? One 1/2 point for anyone allowing me to locate another such example, if any exists at all.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:40 pm

I'm on top. Finally, I'm on top of it all. With this lever, I can move worlds. He switched the shower to 'dry' and turned in the blast of warm air. He left the bathroom still chortling under his breath. I love it.
His chortle died away in puzzlement when he unlatched the door to his uniform cupboard and found it bare. Had his bâtman taken them all off for cleaning or repairs? His bewilderment grew as he tried other drawers, and found only a residue of the wildly assorted civilian togs he wore when he stretched the chain of his identity one link further and played spy for the...


Italics mean a thought, roman type is a description of what happens in the middle of the thought, and afterwards. Boldface are changes since last quote.
The dots at the end means I have cut at mid-sentence (but further than previously). There are no dots in the text.

Book ? Mirror Dance
Who thinks this deep thought (and takes a shower) ? Miles

For 1/2 point each

Bonus #1 : what is "this lever" (the answer is not unique, it can go from rather particular to more general; I'll accept anything that carries the right notion)

Bonus #2 : As one says “the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol” : so if "this lever" is the Capitol, what is the Tarpeian Rock (don't worry, Mrs Bujold did provide a good one ....)
Well the first hint of the Tarpeian Rock I was alluding to previously was finding the XXX cupboard bare. So that one does not count anymore.
But I will accept either the most remote and worst Tarpeian Rock, and any intermediate one, if it fits in the general scheme.


Bonus #3 : Mrs Bujold uses a bizarre spelling for batman. I have rather a good notion of the reason why she does not spell it the usual way - the military meaning⇗ of this word is all but eclipsed by the name of the superhero. But is there any example of this spelling outside her books ? One 1/2 point for anyone allowing me to locate another such example, if any exists at all.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:04 pm

Unless I am mistaken you have not tried to answer any of the bonuses, have you?

Anyway the answers to the main question are correct. One point and the next quote !



Of course anyone, JKCade included, is welcome to try his chance on the bonuses at any time !
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:46 pm

James ? yoo-hoo ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:08 pm

Sorry! I've been working some major overtime lately and I lose track of what I'm supposed to be doing extracurricular-wise.

"I did like it there, " XXX admitted wistfully.
"Then it all sounds perfectly possible to me. Good, that's settled. Have you had YYY?

Book?
XXX?
Who is XXX speaking with?
What is YYY?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:44 pm

"I did like it there, " XXX admitted wistfully.
"Then it all sounds perfectly possible to me. Good, that's settled. Have you had YYY?"
"What?" XXX laughed, and clutched (their) hair.
"YYY," (they) repeated, deadpan. "Many people (have) it at about this time of day."

Book?
XXX?
Who is XXX speaking with?
What is YYY?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:56 pm

JKCade wrote:"I did like it there, " XXX admitted wistfully.
"Then it all sounds perfectly possible to me. Good, that's settled. Have you had YYY?"
"What?" XXX laughed, and clutched (their) hair.
"YYY," (they) repeated, deadpan. "Many people (have) it at about this time of day."


Book? Komarr
XXX? Ekaterin
Who is XXX speaking with? Miles
What is YYY? lunch
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:06 pm

You are correct!
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:28 pm

New quote
"Accident? Maybe . . . Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists. .....


The first three dots are in the text. The speaker, apparently, marked a pause to express doubt.
The five dots at the end are mine, to mean that the speaker keeps speaking, there is no set of 5 dots in the text.

Book ?
Speaker ?
Who is "you" ?

Bonus for 1/2 point :
Besides the speaker, who else was not convinced that the situation indeed resulted from an 'accident' ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:18 pm

A longer quote?

XXX pursed his lips. "Accident? Maybe . . . Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists. Far too consistent for chance; I concluded it had to be unconscious will. If only you'd stuck with me, YYY, between us we could've . . . or maybe you are simply a supreme opportunist. In which case I direct your attention to the opportunity now before you to retake the AAA BBB."


Both sets of three dots are in the text. This is XXX's entire line at this point in the dialogue.
YYY is here a noun, not a name, used by XXX to designate "you". Mentioning what word XXX used would be a very strong hint. Just mentioning this fact is a hint by itself.


Book ?
XXX ?
Who is "you", a.k.a. YYY ? It is not necessary to say what word YYY is, just what character XXX is talking to.
What, or who is/are AAA BBB ?

Bonus for 1/2 point :
Besides XXX, who else was not convinced that the situation indeed resulted from an 'accident' ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:32 pm

A few hints ?
A change in the quote (color is mine, of course, just to attract attention, not in the text):

XXX pursed his lips. "Accident? Maybe . . . Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists. Far too consistent for chance; I concluded it had to be unconscious will. If only you'd stuck with me, son, between us we could've . . . or maybe you are simply a supreme opportunist. In which case I direct your attention to the opportunity now before you to retake the AAA BBB."


Both sets of three dots are in the text. This is XXX's entire line at this point in the dialogue.

XXX is not actually the father of "you". Rather, XXX, and also the answer to the bonus question, are both "mature and careful strategists" who might have good reasons to feel "green envy". But if XXX feelings to "you" are such that he uses the word "son" to call "you", the other's feelings are quite different...


Book ?
XXX ?
Who is "you" ?
What, or who is/are AAA BBB ?

Bonus for 1/2 point :
Besides XXX, what other "mature and careful strategist" was not convinced that the situation indeed resulted from an 'accident' ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:17 pm

XXX pursed his lips. "Accident? Maybe . . . Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists. Far too consistent for chance; I concluded it had to be unconscious will. If only you'd stuck with me, son, between us we could've . . . or maybe you are simply a supreme opportunist. In which case I direct your attention to the opportunity now before you to retake the AAA BBB."

Book ? The Vor Game
XXX ? Ky Tung
Who is "you" ? Miles Vorkosigan
What, or who is/are AAA BBB ? Dendarii Mercenaries

Bonus for 1/2 point :
Besides XXX, what other "mature and careful strategist" was not convinced that the situation indeed resulted from an 'accident' ?

Uhmmm, going to say Admiral Oser.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:46 am

JKCade wrote:XXX pursed his lips. "Accident? Maybe . . . Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists. Far too consistent for chance; I concluded it had to be unconscious will. If only you'd stuck with me, son, between us we could've . . . or maybe you are simply a supreme opportunist. In which case I direct your attention to the opportunity now before you to retake the AAA BBB."

Book ? The Vor Game
XXX ? Ky Tung
Who is "you" ? Miles Vorkosigan
What, or who is/are AAA BBB ? Dendarii Mercenaries

Bonus for 1/2 point :
Besides XXX, what other "mature and careful strategist" was not convinced that the situation indeed resulted from an 'accident' ?

Uhmmm, going to say Admiral Oser.


Well, of course Admiral Oser, who else ?
And the answer to the main question is correct, too.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:51 pm

"Yes. I'm sorry." He was apologizing? Your goals. Remember your goals. He thought of the XXX, and drew a deep, calming breath. He drew several.
"I do not hold this as a conviction," YYY said, watching his face. "I merely hold it as a doubt."

Book?
Who is sorry?
XXX?
YYY?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:57 pm

"A galactic operative is a highly-trained specialist with rare personal qualities," YYY said stiffly. "Area-searches for known objects can be conducted by low-level troopers, who are more abundant."
"Yes. I'm sorry." He was apologizing? Your goals. Remember your goals. He thought of the XXX, and drew a deep, calming breath. He drew several.
"I do not hold this as a conviction," YYY said, watching his face. "I merely hold it as a doubt."
"Thank-you-I-think," ZZZ snarled.

Book?
Who is sorry?
XXX?
YYY?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:47 pm

JKCade wrote:"A galactic operative is a highly-trained specialist with rare personal qualities," YYY said stiffly. "Area-searches for known objects can be conducted by low-level troopers, who are more abundant."
"Yes. I'm sorry." He was apologizing? Your goals. Remember your goals. He thought of the XXX, and drew a deep, calming breath. He drew several.
"I do not hold this as a conviction," YYY said, watching his face. "I merely hold it as a doubt."
"Thank-you-I-think," ZZZ snarled.


Book? Mirror Dance
Who is sorry? Mark
XXX? Countess=Cordelia
YYY? Illyan
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:42 pm

You are correct!
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:49 pm

He was not sure if they were supposed to be inciters to sin, or sin was caught from them like a virus.


Book ?
Who is not sure ?
Who are "they" ?

No bonus this time.
Asking which of the two alternatives is closer to truth would probably start a serious row in this forum. :butter:
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