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#21 emeraldcity

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:17 PM

Spoiler for Three solutions ...

Thank you so much! I have spent a lifetime looking for this answer.
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#22 emeraldcity

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:56 AM

Judging from the discussion in the first few posts, the flagpole is on one corner of the building.
It then falls diagonally toward the building so that the broken part passed directly above the center of the roof.

It is, indeed, at the corner. I apologize for not being clear in stating the situation.
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#23 emeraldcity

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:03 AM

Structural integrity failed at a point:

1a - time of failure (compromised structual integrity)
1b - time untill faliure occured - in situ.
2 - How did it become weak? (least strength - if wooden then, at lowest density, natural defects, manufacturing defect, decay, infestation, felling defects etc. - if metal then, rust, poor manufacture, weak weld etc)
3 - where along the section/axis did failure occur

Most people will answer for No. 3 probably due to the information available.
The others are not excluded other than by lack of information.
Is this a deliberate attempt to get people to respond, request more information?
Is it a flawed puzzle?

Spoiler for Sorry for waffle!

Once again, I feel the need to apologize for not being clear in stating the situation. It was not deliberate. I had such a clear picture in my mind after this haunting me for so long, that I failed to clearly relay accurately the problem as presented to me as a child.
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#24 bonanova

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

emeraldcity,

Kudos for a great puzzle. :)

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