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#71 Alyanna

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:24 PM

WOW! How does a post stay popular for over a year? :o

I say Bikes. :P
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#72 doublewulf

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:41 PM

NOTE: I arrived here via the iGoogle gadget, hence a late post to an old riddle.

Truly there is not enough information here to deduce a single answer, but there are many possibilities, and in just a few minutes I have come up with several.

Most answers of 'Cycle' or 'Bag' are reasonable, given the basic information. Answering the bag is more humorous, and probably the most profitable of the two obvious answers--designer bags being one of those luxury items heavily tarriffed between countries. Bicycles are probably less profitable, unless they are stolen. But if it were the bags, why fill them with sand and risk damaging them? It doesn't say whether or not the sand is packaged, which would also be a clue. Nor is there mention whether or not they disassembled the bicycle to check for hidden compartments, which is a common enough occurrence. Another simple conclusion is that the bicyclist is smuggling the clothing he wears, or the raw materials used in the construction of his bicycles or the bags.

If one assumes that the custom guards are competent, then they would be checking for these options; but further use of the imagination might posit nearly infinite other possibilities. Perhaps he is bringing in micro-organisms on the sand, or that the sand could actually be some complex chemical compound.

The post never says specifically that it is the same cyclist every day, just that the custom guards investigate one person. Could it be a complicated disguise used in a scheme for illegal immigration?

Finally, Adam247's solution is also quite viable, since there is no description of the topology of the border region and all their investigations of the person came up negative. It is only because this riddle was asked in a manner that implies there is something being smuggled that suspicion is aroused.
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#73 Vagabond

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:28 AM

BTW: RE:Inotstoopid How do they perform that DNA test on the bike? How many pairs of chromosomes do they have?


Really? You read "DNA test on the bike" and jump to testing the bike's DNA as if it were a living organism and not, say, testing the cyclist's DNA that can be found ON the bike?
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#74 bigred9999

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

Illegal aliens.  The cyclist, him/herself.  Doesn't say the person succeeds, just says sand is in a bag, a ruse, 


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