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This series of 8 events would be rather unlikely, but possible. They are all related to the same thing. What are they?

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Hint 1:

3 of the events are the same.

Hint 2:

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Hint 3:

Check the tags. It has something to do with a game.

Hint 4:

4 of the pictures represent one word events (including the 3 that are the same).
3 of the pictures represent events that are one word and a number.
1 of the pictures represents an event that is two words and a number.

Other than the three that are the same, each of the pictures represents an event that is unique in the sequence. The order matters.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm. Hint 3 suggests we are supposed to "... [determine] the winner in a (typically combinatorial) multi-player game." $\endgroup$ – axavio Jun 14 '16 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @axavio - Well, not really determining the winner. But it has to do with a game. And if you can crack the sequence you can probably figure out who has a very good chance of winning. $\endgroup$ – Robert Fraser Jun 14 '16 at 21:54
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I'm pretty sure of the outline but am missing many of the details. This is

the bidding in a game of bridge.

In order, we have

Talleyrand

No idea. He's wearing a kinda diamond-shaped thing (-> one diamond?) but I expect it's a handkerchief. He presumably has one heart unless he was secretly a Time Lord, but that doesn't seem sufficient.

Cat

Again no idea. Again, the cat surely has one heart but this doesn't help. (Or it could be, as Penguino observes, one spayed cat. Please, no.)

Political protest

These three people must be three no-Trumps.

Baseball field

I assume this is four diamonds, though I always thought the whole thing was a single diamond. (This particular place has a "Diamond Club", which is entertaining but I don't see how it helps. There's at least one other club associated with Safeco Field, namely the Terrace Club; perhaps there are more and this is actually four clubs, or perhaps our political thing is only one no-Trump and this one is two clubs.)

Glass of whisky on the rocks

Clearly this is a double.

Eric Cartman as hallway monitor

Must be a pass, perhaps for reasons that would be apparent if I'd seen this episode of South Park.

Barack Obama's signature

Clearly another pass (the presidential signature being a crucial step in the passing of US legislation).

A plate of uneaten creamy dessert

Presumably another pass because whoever it was for hasn't eaten it (i.e., has passed on it).

As for the likely result,

it's hard to be sure since I haven't figured out the first couple of bids, but I don't much fancy declarer's chances here, especially if the opening bid really was 1D. I suspect an attempted convention gone awry. But I'm a very rusty bridge player.

Concerning the hints:

Hint 1: three passes. Hint 2: the picture of course shows a dummy. Hint 3: Something to do with a game, indeed. Hint 4: obvious.

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    $\begingroup$ If the cat is female and has been de-sexed then it has been spayed...so 1 spade $\endgroup$ – Penguino Jun 14 '16 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I thought of that too. And rejected it as too horrible even to mention. I really hope it's wrong... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 14 '16 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ The last image is probably supposed to be considered a pastry $\endgroup$ – Will Jun 14 '16 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ I meant horrible because of the ghastly pun, the dubious grammar, and the fact that spayed-ness is in no way apparent from the picture, rather than horrible because one shouldn't spay cats. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 14 '16 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ Well, pass-try would be right up there with "one spayed", I guess. That's another one I hope is wrong. As for 3 -- there are three people in the picture, with their faces obscured. If that's not the intended number, I don't really see that there's anything to indicate what is the intended number. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 14 '16 at 23:05
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I think I got most of it!

First image: a portrait of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, famous for saying I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.
First event:

Paris is overcome by an army of sheep, led by one lion whom the media dub Aslan.

Second image: a calico cat
Second event:

Domesticated animals throughout Europe join Aslan's cause, disturbing the peace in London, Madrid, and Rome.

Third image: Farmers protesting new GMO regulations prohibiting Donald Trump from marketing himself as the most presidential tomato.
Third event:

Trump loses his bid for the presidency, and crops across Europe and North America are devastated by the growing animal rebellion.

Fourth image: Safeco field
Fourth event:

Seattle becomes the first city in the U.S. to ban and ostracize all non-human animals, and its high sales taxes are lifted from all meat products. Also, the Mariners win the World Series.

Fifth image: whiskey tumbler
Fifth event:

As the world's supply of grains declines, alcohol production across the world halts.

Sixth image: Cartman from South Park as Dawg the Hallway Monitor
Sixth event:

I've never seen the show... not really sure what to make of this.

Seventh image: Chief of Animal Relocation Barack Obama's signature
Seventh event:

Barry O is abducted by an animal militia, following a betrayal by his once domesticated dog Bo.

Eight image: a cream puff
Eight event:

still working on this one...

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  • $\begingroup$ LOL, I like it :-)! But, no, the events are tied to a specific thing, and aren't exactly "events" of a world-changing nature. $\endgroup$ – Robert Fraser Jun 13 '16 at 17:24

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