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A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:06 pm UTC

The puzzle solvers on another forum didn't get this one, so let's see how you folk do:

On his own, he advertised films. With his partner, they changed it to cosmetics. Where were they when they did it?

(Note: Some general knowledge required. Questions may be answered and/or hints provided if progress is slow.)
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby EnderSword » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:38 pm UTC

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Something is making me thinking its probably a painting or artwork with 2 people in it, like the old couple with the pitchfork or Happy/Sad Drama masks, and that these images were used together and seperately for 2 different types of advertisements.
Just a line of thought, can't think of specifically what it might be.
It is a painting you're looking for?
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby thc » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:15 pm UTC

In the bedroom???

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Buttons » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:48 am UTC

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The first part seems to be cluing "Marquis", but I couldn't get anywhere past that (unless the answer is Saskatchewan). Going off EnderSword's idea, there's this, but I kinda doubt the relevance.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Intercept » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:46 am UTC

My guess would be some kind of character or celebrity that was in movies, but also appeared in cosmetics advertisements. Something like Mickey Mouse being used to advertise films, and then Mickey and Minnie being used to advertise cosmetics.

EDIT: That would also fit the general knowledge requirement.
It occurs to me that if "his" could be "its", it could be objects that come in pairs or that are associated together often.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:50 pm UTC

So far, none of the guesses appears to be in the right direction.

As an incredibly unhelpful hint, much of the solution relies on interpreting what the puzzle is suggesting rather than taking it at face value. (It's not a hand-chop-worthy solution in my opinion, though.)
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby EnderSword » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:13 pm UTC

Spoiler:
They were up on the walkway of a billboard, changing the sign. One guy put up a movie ad, him and his partner came and changed it to a cosmetics ad.
Not sure if its what you're looking for, but I think it meets the description.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Intercept » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:04 pm UTC

That sounds right. If not "the" correct answer, it certainly works.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:05 am UTC

EnderSword wrote:
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They were up on the walkway of a billboard, changing the sign. One guy put up a movie ad, him and his partner came and changed it to a cosmetics ad.
Not sure if its what you're looking for, but I think it meets the description.

Clever, but not the answer I'm looking for. This person and his partner are two particular, famous people.

A hint:
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The "change" happened at a famous performance.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Walter.Horvath » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:09 am UTC

Spoiler:
Are the couple gay?

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:23 am UTC

Is this a US-centric event?

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby bigmike1020 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Spoiler:
[imath]Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas[/imath]

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Walter.Horvath » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:22 pm UTC

ARG!

Spoil it, nao!

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby BoomFrog » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:56 am UTC

For those of us not up on our pop culture can someone explain bigmike1020's answer? (assuming it is correct as Walter.Horvath has so strongly implied.)
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Walter.Horvath » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:36 pm UTC


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Re: A Question of Art

Postby quintopia » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:48 pm UTC

Spoiler:
I still don't get it. I'm guessing the "he" is Timberlake and the "cosmetics" is the nipple shield? Not sure about the films.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby EnderSword » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:56 pm UTC

Seems like a pretty rough fit. I'm not sure about the films part on that for sure, and I also don't know if I'd call that a cosmetic.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Valhallen » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:19 pm UTC

ConMan wrote:
EnderSword wrote:
Spoiler:
They were up on the walkway of a billboard, changing the sign. One guy put up a movie ad, him and his partner came and changed it to a cosmetics ad.
Not sure if its what you're looking for, but I think it meets the description.
Clever, but not the answer I'm looking for.
Question regarding the overall premise: If there are multiple answers, how is one supposed to choose the "right" one? How can there be a "right" one at all if the question is not deterministic?

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Walter.Horvath » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:53 pm UTC

Regardless of it's truthiness, it needed to be spoiled.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:54 pm UTC

Walter.Horvath wrote:Are the couple gay?

No. They are both male, and are performing partners.

sixes_and_sevens wrote:Is this a US-centric event?

It took place in the US. I wouldn't call it US-centric.

Additionally, it was, in one sense, a one-off event.

Valhallen wrote:Question regarding the overall premise: If there are multiple answers, how is one supposed to choose the "right" one? How can there be a "right" one at all if the question is not deterministic?

Good question. I could risk a hand-chop and say "it's the answer I'm looking for", but to avoid that I'll rather say that there is, to my knowledge, a single answer that, while somewhat "punnish" in nature (in that it involves some word play and other references), is consistent in its application of those aspects, and requires little in the way of contrivance.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Walter.Horvath » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:54 pm UTC

I guess not, then.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Starbuck » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:35 am UTC

Was this never solved?

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby KrazyerKate » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:05 pm UTC

maybe a fresh set of eyes will help. it's a shame ConMan didn't post the answer. He said that there was a bit of wordplay involved, so I'd like to point out that the word 'film' can also mean a thin sheet of something.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:48 am UTC

Well, I was lured back here and kind of glad to see there is still interest in my little puzzle.

Some further hints, maybe? (And at this rate, I'm fully expecting to be lynched when the answer is finally revealed.)

About the "film":
Spoiler:
It definitely refers to the kind of film you use in a camera.

About the "cosmetics":
Spoiler:
Perhaps it's just something that shares its name with a type, or brand, of cosmetics.

About the "partners":
Spoiler:
They are a well-known performing duo. They are American, and almost certainly one of the most influential and successful parts of their genre and time.

About the "event":
Spoiler:
At the time, it was a huge event. It's still somewhat unique in its nature. It is available on DVD, although it was recorded well before DVDs existed.

About hidden clues:
Spoiler:
One of the things covered in these hints (the film, the cosmetics, etc.) is hidden in plain sight in this thread.
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby rigwarl » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:16 pm UTC

ConMan wrote: (And at this rate, I'm fully expecting to be lynched when the answer is finally revealed.)


nah, that's only for lateral thinking puzzles disguised as logic puzzles :P this is pretty clearly not

that said, I can't figure it out yet... :(

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby BlueAggie » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:16 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Central Park.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby ConMan » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:26 am UTC

BlueAggie wrote:
Spoiler:
Central Park.

Correct!
(Care to explain what it all means?)
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Re: A Question of Art

Postby bittyx » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:59 am UTC

ConMan wrote:
BlueAggie wrote:
Spoiler:
Central Park.

Correct!
(Care to explain what it all means?)


It's easy now, and since BlueAggie hasn't replied, here's a link and an explanation, for those interested:
Spoiler:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concert_in_Central_Park_by_Simon_and_Garfunkel

Kodachrome is Paul Simon's solo song. The song on the live album from Central Park, performed by Simon *and* Garfunkel is Kodachrome/Maybellene.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby Macbi » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:06 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Damn! I knew it was Simon and Garfunkle, I just couldn't work out why! I must have stared at their wiki page for hours!
    Indigo is a lie.
    Which idiot decided that websites can't go within 4cm of the edge of the screen?
    There should be a null word, for the question "Is anybody there?" and to see if microphones are on.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby KrazyerKate » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:36 pm UTC

wow, that's some obscure knowledge. Well done.

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Re: A Question of Art

Postby BlueAggie » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:21 am UTC

Sorry I didn't check in sooner. For me, the key clue was
Spoiler:
film that goes into a camera
up until then I was thinking that
Spoiler:
films meant movies
.

Given the way your clues were going
Spoiler:
the duo had to be fairly classic. That meant the film almost had to be Kodak.


The only
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singer that I could find that was associated with Kodak was Paul Simon, which was a bit of an aha moment
. From there, everything was straightforward.

Thanks for the puzzle!


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