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I invited a bunch of people to a small party:

 A. ㇏(う_う)ノ

 B. (°ヘ°)

 C. (イ◠‿◠)

 D. ¯\_(シ)_/¯

 E. (メ°皿°)ノ

Everyone made it and we all had a great time.


I was the second person in the room. She came first, he was last and you came just before me.

In what order did everyone arrive?

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    $\begingroup$ And did any of them flip the table? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 22:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor ┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) $\endgroup$
    – Ambo100
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe my mind is too perverted on a Friday evening, but when I read "She came first, he was last and you came just before me." my mind thinks something completely different than what is being implied. ;p Nice challenge btw, especially since I tried to learn Japanese a bit since about two weeks ago with online tutorials. I watch a lot of Japanese anime and sometimes movies lately, and although I suck with languages overall, I'd like to learn reading and speaking Japanese. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ @KevinCruijssen ,I want to assure you that the wording was entirely innocent! Thank you, I hope you keep trying, I'm still a beginner but it gets less daunting along the way. $\endgroup$
    – Ambo100
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ I'm fairly certain native speaker will actually be at a disadvantage with this puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Ambo100
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 23:25

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The order is

D, C, A, E, B

This is because

I (イ) was the second person in the room. She (シ) came first, he (ヘ) was last and you (う) came just before me (メ).

In which the characters in the faces are part of the Japanese writing system: イ = I, シ = SHI, ヘ = he, う = u, メ = ME.

This puzzle works best if you pronounce the character names with an English accent, and not in the way they are actually pronounced in Japanese (for instance, "う = u" sounds different from "you" in Japanese).

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    $\begingroup$ やった! Perfect answer \( ̄▽ ̄)/ $\endgroup$
    – Ambo100
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 22:37
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    $\begingroup$ What do those words mean which are placed before and after ! Perfect answer ? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ ‘Yatta’ means something like ‘hooray!’. The second part is a Kaomoji (face created with characters) $\endgroup$
    – Ambo100
    Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ I believe ‘Yatta’ is closer to “you did it” or “I did it” etc... rather than just a “hooray”. But that’s a literal translation. It is very much used like a “hooray” in this context :-) awesome puzzle and answer. M $\endgroup$
    – Fogmeister
    Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ You did it is written 'Yatta ne' which is やったね, 'Yatta' means I did it, instead of you did it. $\endgroup$
    – D. Mellow
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 16:35

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