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Your neighbour is hosting a party for a select group of people. .

Hoping to get in, you hide in the front lawn and watch as guests begin to arrive.

The first to walk up is a man, who says "Hi, I'm Peter". The guard smiles and beckons him in.

Next come a girl and boy - "We're Amy and Jonathan", says the girl. The guard opens the door and Amy walks in, but as Jonathan goes to follow he says "No, not you".

A woman then walks up, saying "I'm Teaghan, I should be on the guest list."
"There isn't a list," replies the guard, "but in you go".

Just as you start to get up, thinking anyone who speaks to the guard is allowed in, another hopeful guest arrives. "Hey, I'm Emmma" she says and is promptly rejected. She cries "It's spelt E-M-M-M-A!", but the guard responds "that doesn't change anything."
Her friends Ashley and Joseph fare no better.

After some thinking you decide it's time to join the party. How do you introduce yourself to the guard?

Minor Hint + More Examples:

This puzzle would work just as well spoken - the guard doesn't require an extensive knowledge of how names are spelt. Katie, James and Eevee would be allowed in, while Dan and William wouldn't.

More Significant Hint:

There's a fairly straightforward rule that distinguishes the names of those accepted from those rejected. While the exact spelling doesn't matter, one letter of the name (accompanied with the pronunciation) does.

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  • $\begingroup$ If you reject James and accept Ashley, there is a good rule :) $\endgroup$ – Mohit Jain Jan 27 '15 at 5:39
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it has to sth to do with the whole sentence, instead of just the name? $\endgroup$ – Mc Kevin Jan 27 '15 at 5:46
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    $\begingroup$ "How do you introduce yourself to the guard?" say "I'm Peter"? $\endgroup$ – Spikatrix Jan 27 '15 at 6:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Cool Guy haha I've been waiting for someone to say that. No reason why it wouldn't work $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ "Hi, I'm the neighbor who is calling the cops for a noise violation unless you let me in." $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Jan 27 '15 at 14:42
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I'm guessing Jayden and Beatrice would get in, but Pollyanna and Ness wouldn't. Also, Emma would have gotten in if her name was spelled Margaret.

Specifically, is the rule that

the sound of the name has to start with the sound of the first letter?

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  • $\begingroup$ Yesss that's it! :D $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ Well, I wouldn't be let in, but my cousin Jay sure would. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Feb 4 '15 at 0:04
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Note that Peter, Amy, and Teaghan have an odd number of letters in their name, while Jonathan, Emma, Ashley, and Joseph all have an even number of letters.

Judging by this pattern, I believe that the rule is that only people with an odd number of letters in their name are allowed into the party.

This means I'd be allowed in! Hooray!

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  • $\begingroup$ Note that Ema and Josef could make it in... $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jan 27 '15 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ The problem with this is that the guard isn't seeing their names. Jonathan could be Johnathan. Same with Ema and Josef as mentioned. Teaghan could be Teagan. The guard has no way of judghing how many letters are in the person's name. $\endgroup$ – EFrog Jan 27 '15 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ Oops that wasn't intentional, but it does work! The answer I had in mind doesn't rely on the guard knowing how to spell the names. Should I edit the question again? $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ @EFrog that's right :) $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 1:35
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, it would be a good idea to edit it again if that's not the intended answer. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jan 27 '15 at 1:41
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This answer was written prior to the edits in the OP, so it is wrong.

Is it just that

the person's name has to contain a long vowel sound? (Peter, Amy, and Teaghan do while Jonathan and Emma don't.)

If that's the case, then

a name like Ashley, which is unisex, should work.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite, but that's along the right track! I'll add that to the post. $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 1:15
  • $\begingroup$ Odd number of letters? $\endgroup$ – DevOfZot Jan 27 '15 at 1:20
  • $\begingroup$ ^ I feel like it's that. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jan 27 '15 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ Ashley and Joseph both would have been admitted with this rule. $\endgroup$ – Set Big O Jan 27 '15 at 3:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Geobits Yeah they were edited in after my answer. They weren't in the original question. $\endgroup$ – EFrog Jan 27 '15 at 4:34
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I'd hazard to guess that the name has to contain this:

An iː-sound (sort of like "ee", like in "mean"), as in
Peter, Amy, Teaghan, Katie, Eevee
I'm stumped as to why James got in though, maybe his name is pronounced "Jamees"!

So I'd introduce myself as...

Seagull. That's right.

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    $\begingroup$ You could introduce yourself as SeaHAWK instead. Then the guard wouldn't let you in until 55 minutes after you asked, and then he'd realize you were supposed to be in the whole time, just like you were for the last party. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Jan 27 '15 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ @corsika Get outta here. Does the guard go by the name of Brandon then? $\endgroup$ – No. 7892142 Jan 27 '15 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ @corsiKa That might be the best comment I've read. Ever. $\endgroup$ – mdc32 Jan 27 '15 at 17:24
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The name must contain a sound that is prounced as the name of a vowel. Callidus would not be permitted, but Payne, Jean, Simon, Joan and Stewart all would be, even though Stewart doesn't contain the relevant vowel.

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  • $\begingroup$ But Emma was rejected. $\endgroup$ – Florian F Jan 27 '15 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ @FlorianF "e" and "a" are different sounds from "ee" and "ay" though. $\endgroup$ – No. 7892142 Jan 27 '15 at 11:32
  • $\begingroup$ However, Ashl_ey_ and J_o_seph would be allowed under those rules, no? $\endgroup$ – No. 7892142 Jan 27 '15 at 11:35
  • $\begingroup$ You're right, Ashley and Joseph would be allowed under my rule. I think Lopsy has the answer. $\endgroup$ – Callidus Jan 27 '15 at 11:49
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Note:The question was edited and the hints were given after I posted this answer.

I guess it is because

Number of consonants in a name must be Number of vowels in the name + 1
So, number of consonants=number of vowels+1

This is why Emma,Ashley,Joseph and Jonathan failed to enter the party.


An easier way to gain access to the party would be to approach the guard and say "Hello! I'm Peter" and the guard will let you through just like he did for the first man,Peter.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's not the intended answer, but interesting observation! Keep in mind that the guard is only hearing the names being spoken so doesn't know the exact spelling - Ashley could just as easily have been Ashleigh but he/she still wouldn't get in. I've added a hint that might help if you're still interested :) $\endgroup$ – ladyofcats Jan 27 '15 at 4:22
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I believe it is because of how you pronounce the names, especially the letter(s):

a and e

You pronounce this (or these, for that matter) letter(s) different in the names of the people being rejected. I believe I could just introduce myself as Kevin, and get in the party.

Here is a list of people who were allowed in and why I think why:

Peter Teaghan Amy Katie James Eevee

And a list of rejected people as well:

Dan William Jonathan Emma Ashley Joseph

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