Sunday, March 8, 2009

Riddle #45: The new addition

Here's the latest riddle. I'm thinking it may be a bit more difficult, but I may be wrong. Here goes:

A woman spends thousands of dollars to have an addition built onto her house. Yet after she addition is built, she never goes into it. Why?

NOTE: The correct answer has been guessed. To read it, see the comments section.

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24 comments:

  1. Was the woman told by a fortune-teller that she would die when she stopped building additions onto her house? (That's a true story, by the way).

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  2. Nope, but that is an interesting idea. Where do you hear these stories, anyway?

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  3. No, it wasn't solar panels. It was an actual room or rooms.

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  4. Was it a nuclear bomb shelter, and she never needed to take cover?

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  5. Nope, it wasn't a jail or a nuclear bomb shelter.

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  6. Is the fact that she is a woman important? I don't remember where I heard the wierd story, but I think the wacky house is in California.

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  7. No, it's not significant that it's a woman. I just tend to go back and forth between using men or women as my main characters. And this isn't anything crazy. This woman is perfectly sane.

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  8. Did she add on a fireplace and chimney?

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  9. No, it wasn't a fireplace or chimney. It was an actual room or rooms.

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  10. Does something restrict her from going in, or does she just choose not to?

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  11. Something restricts her from going in.

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  12. My inclination all along has been that whatever she built on is too small for her. I can't think what that would be, though. An extremely elaborate birdhouse?

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  13. Hi em - finally got over here.
    Is it a Bubble room for her child, who is lacking in immunities - like the Bubble Boy - no one can be in contact with the child without endangering its health?

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  14. Sorry, I've been too busy following the Iditarod to keep up with this. I'll answer all three questions in one post:

    Ancient Greek Philosopher: No, it wasn't gas or radiation.

    Cathy: No, it wasn't too small for her.

    Sonja: No, it wasn't a bubble room.

    Maybe if you asked some more yes or no questions, that would help. Also, look back at the previous questions and answers.

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  15. She built on a second story, but she is wheelchair-bound and can't go up.

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  16. Cathy, you got it! She built a second story for guests or possibly for her attendants who cared for her, but she couldn't go into it herself, because she used wheelchair. Good job!

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  17. That story about the woman who wouldn't die until she was finished building her house is based off of a Steven King story called Rose Red.

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