Clues - As she sat at the
bus stop, Maria realized that Pat had passed away.
Question - How did Maria know this?
Below are the questions
and answers. Questions are in the order asked. Correct
answer and clues are in gold.
PF - Is Pat a man? (No!) Is Pat a
relative of Maria's? (Nope.) Were they friends? (Maria thinks so.) Was
Maria reading a newspaper? (Negative.) Is the time of day important?
The day of the week? (Nope.) Is the place important?
(Yes.) Does "passed away," mean
Was Maria expecting Pat to die soon? (Yes.)
DD - When you say "passed,"
are you referring to death? (Yes.)
Is Pat a human being? (Nope.) Did some objects at the bus station gave
her an idea? (Not really.) Was Pat an animal? (Yes.)
Was it a cat? (No.) If it was some kind of an animal was it crossing
the road? (No.) Does the bus have a part in the mystery? (No.)
PF - Is Pat a pet animal? (Yes) pet
bird? (No.) or fish? (No.) Was it morning? afternoon?
evening? night? (Night.) Was
Pat with Maria at the time? (No.) Had Maria seen Pat recently? (Define
recently.) Was Maria returning home? (No.) Is the place she's returning
from important? (She is not returning
from anywhere.) Was she going out? (Yes.)
Is the place she was going important? (No.) Is she waiting for a bus?
MM - Is Pat a dog? (Yes!
This is KEY fact #1) Did Pat come to the
bus stop every day or night? (No.) Did she know Pat had passed away
because Pat did not show up? (Yes,
but the key is where did Pat not show up?)
CM - Was Pat a dog? (Yep.)
If so, is the breed important? (Nope.) Was Pat a horse? (No, just a
dog :-)) Since she wasn't waiting for a bus, and wasn't returning from
somewhere, did Maria just stop to rest? (Yes.)
Was it dark? (Yes.) Is that important.
(For sure!) Was Maria a blind person? (No.) Was she hearing impaired?
(Negative.) Do we need to know what part of the world Maria was in,
i.e., USA, Europe, the Orient? (Not really.) Is Maria's age important?
(We think not.) Is Pat's age when he died important? (Possibly, but
that may mislead you.) Is Maria a human being? Another dog? A cat? (A
XH - Did Maria expect to see Pat? (Not at the bustop.) Is that the reason
she was at the bus stop? (She was not at the bustop to see Pat.) Did
Pat usually show up: at the bus stop? (No.) On a bus? (Nope.) In a house
or property nearby? (YES!!) Did Maria
realize why Pat had died? (Probably.) Was it a natural death? Illness?
Old age? (Illness brought on by old age.
KEY Fact #2)
DD - Was Maria waiting for a person or an animal? (Neither.)
Was more than 1 property nearby? Was only 1 important? Was it a house,
vehicle, yard, was any sort of human-built structure on the property?
(It was a house.) Does the specific illness make a difference? (No.)
Was it Maria's dog? (Yes.) If not
was the dog her: friend's, spouses, or relative's? (Hers.) Was Pat dead
in the structure on the property or on the property (In
the house.) Had Pat been there recently? (Yes.)
How long had it been since Maria saw Pat? (Not a Yes/No or MultChoice
question.) Was Maria worried about Pat? (Yes.)
Did Pat not show up to find a bone, a piece of food, or anything else?
(Something else!) Did Pat not show
up to sleep? (No.) Did an animal or human own the property/structure?
(Human.) If so, by who? (Not a Yes/No or MultChoice question.) Did someone
or something else show up in Pat's stead? (No.) Did this entity of some
sort tell Maria something? (No.) Did it indicate something? (No.) Did
Pat not show up for medicine? (Not medicine.) Did Pat not show up with
someone? (No one else was involved.)
Did Pat know Maria & vice-versa? (Yes.)
Was Pat male or female? (Not important.) Was Pat's showing up
vital to the dog's survival? (No.) Did Maria know Pat usually showed
up at the property/structure? (Maria knew
that Pat always showed up at a certain place, at a certain moment.)
At a certain place in her view when at the bus stop? (Not in her view
from the bus stop.) Does the fact she was sitting make a difference?
XH - Was Pat Maria's dog? (Yes.)
Was the property a house? (Yes.)
Would Maria have expected to see Pat: looking out from inside a house?
In a garden? In a dog kennel? (From the
house.) Was Pat fond of the dark? (No.)
CM - Had Maria expected to see Pat earlier? Later? (Earlier!)
Was it later than usual for Maria to be at the bus stop? Earlier? (Let's
just say it was unusual.) Did Maria stop to rest at the bus stop
regularly? (No!) Did Pat meet Maria
somewhere regularly? (Yes.) Other
than the bus stop? (Yes. Part
of KEY Facts #3 & 5)
FP - Did the house belong to Maria? (Yes.)
If so, was Pat still in the house? (Yes.)
Outside the house? (No.) Did Pat die in the house? (Yes.)
Did Maria expect Pat to greet her at the door, but he didn't
this time? (Yes. Follow
this lead to KEY Fact #3!!)
PP - Was Maria normal? (The
American Medical Association defines her condition as a "disorder."
This will lead you to KEY fact #4.) Was she
going away from or returning to home?
(Going away.) Was Maria's profession important?
(No.) Were any of her physical characteristics important? (Only
FP - Was Maria's disorder related to any of the following:
insanity? food? sleep? drugs? work? sex? (Sleep.
Part of KEY Fact #4.)
Did Pat "always" beg or bark or stand "at the
door?" (Bark. Part
of KEY Fact #3) Is what Maria
"always" did related to insanity? food? sleep? drugs? work?
TS - Did she see the hearse going past with his coffin
in it and a wreath saying PAT. (Afraid not.)
XH - Does Maria's condition mean she keeps falling asleep? (No.) Did
she stop to rest at the Bus stop and fall asleep? (No.) Did she wake
up to find it was dark and she had been asleep for a while? (Yes.!!)
Had she slept through Pat's meal time/ walkies time/ other daily-ritual
time? (None of these.) Did she realise that had Pat been alive he would
have barked at the door... and that Pat was therefore no longer alive?
of KEY Fact #6)
CM - Was Maria suffering from sleep walking? (Yes!!
KEY Fact 4.) Was Pat? (Nope.)
LM - Does Pat always bark when he sees Maria is sleepwalking
and at the door to go outside? (YES!! Completes
KEY Facts #3 + 5.) Does Maria always pat, hug, or talk to Pat
and that lets him know she is awake? (No.) Is Maria terrified, frightened,
or relieved when she found herself (Explain
"found herself" for the final KEY Fact.) at the Bus
stop? (Frightened is the best word.)
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