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Riddle me this, Ditka!

American Football rules question: If the quarterback overthrows a pass to a receiver in the end zone and the ball bounces off the field goal post and is then caught by the receiver (the ball never hit the ground nor is the receiver out of bounds). Is the catch fair?
posted by analogue on Feb 8, 2010 - 18 answers

I'll bet you don't know the answer

Is a recovered onside kick such as at the beginning of the 2nd half of tonight's Super Bowl when the ball is touched by the receiving team before it travels 10 yards but not recovered by them considered a turnover by the receiving team? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Feb 7, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I validate a field in Access to DEMAND unique values?

MS Access Filter: How do I set a validation rule for a field in a form or table so that Access will immediately recognize that the same value has been used before and tell the user to generate a unique value? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jan 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Why did they make me eat fish on Fridays?

In some religions (at the very least Catholicism), eating fish on Fridays is (or at least was) a requirement and seems to remain a bit of a tradition. I was raised by some strict Catholics, but never understood what the real rule was. Do you have to eat fish, or do you just have to not eat meat? And how exactly is "meat" defined in this situation? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Dec 18, 2009 - 41 answers

Help me learn the rules of rugby so I can referee a game.

RugbyFilter: help me find a resource that explains, in both intricate detail and user-friendly terms, all of the rules of rugby. I've been asked, by a clearly desperate soul, to ref a game in January and need to get into shape (rules-wise) by then. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Dec 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Understanding cricket

Trying to understand issues around cricket as compared to baseball -- player drafting, financing, culture/conduct, etc. -- hoping an enthusiast can help me. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Oct 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Condo property manager overstepping her authority?

My condo suddenly wants me to sign an agreement saying I will abide by their draconian rules and provide a tonne of personal data to them. This is all under the guise that they are creating 'files' for residents for access to the building. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by urbanette on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Too many condo noise rules = no condo for us?

My fiance and I are in the midst of buying a condo. Offer accepted, inspection went great, still collecting all the documents related to the condo association. Yesterday, we got a three page document that is the "noise abatement policy." We are not happy. But should we suck it up and still buy the place? [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Oct 13, 2009 - 37 answers

Are shops allowed to add a fee for paying by credit card instead of cash?

Does it go against Visa / MasterCard / etc. policy for a retail store, such as a restaurant or coffee shop, to add a charge to your order if you use credit rather than paying by cash? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jul 15, 2009 - 28 answers

How best to manage a prize draw / giveaway?

What rules / laws govern prize draws and contests in Ontario? How best to manage a giveaway much bigger than I've done before? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Radio Free Southwest

Two part radio scanner question. Part one, Looking for a radio scanner that can receive at least police and commercial airlines. Part two, if and when I get one that picks up airline frequencies would I be able to use it during a flight (when any other electronic device is allowed)?
posted by tropikal on May 7, 2009 - 10 answers

scrabble rule help!!

scrabble fight! ok, so we are having a dilemma. can you form the same word two times in one turn in the game of scrabble? more inside!! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti on Feb 22, 2009 - 14 answers

Legality to mail US consumer vegetable seed packets to Kenya?

Are there any export restrictions (or whatnot) regarding me (a US non-business entity) sending a bunch of packages of consumer vegetable-garden seeds to a foreign country (Kenya) as a gift? I'm sure there are some restrictions on receiving foreign seeds, but.. outgoing? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jan 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Pimp My Beholder

Alright, nerds: Help me mod my upcoming D&D campaign. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Rules Rage?

I seem to have a form of ... rules rage. I get truly angry over things that, afterward, seem insignificant. Help me find out why, or how to get past it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2008 - 29 answers

Which Hazel?

I am a Mac owner who bought Hazel, an application that will do a number of different tasks to your files based on certain rules. (Think of it as Outlook rules for your Mac desktop.) However, I've really found myself stumped as to what to do with it, and it's basically just been sitting on my machine unused. If you have it, what do you do with it? If you don't have it or have a Windows machine, do you have any good ideas for rule logic, or automated rules, to apply to files on your desktop, anyway? Looks like it'll auto-run AppleScripts and Unix shell scripts, too. Basically looking to tap other people's minds on this one since my own seems to be balking at this particular mental problem. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Buy low, sell high. And?

What are your trading rules? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 24, 2008 - 24 answers

I cho-choose you

I am a member of an academic committee that handles award nominations. Our job is to chose which of many internal applicants may apply for an external award. Often such awards accept just 1 or 2 applicants from a single organization. What is the most transparent and fair process for making such decisions? Alternatively, what are problems you've faced on similar committees? [more inside]
posted by about_time on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Take me out to the ball game?

I find myself mysteriously drawn to, of all things, baseball. It's kind of awesome! Unfortunately, there are some things I still don't quite understand... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jul 8, 2008 - 43 answers

Rules in Outlook 2003

I use Outlook 2003 at work, and I have several rules created to automatically sort my incoming mail into specific folders. I usually create a folder for each department and sub-folders for each person within that department that I communicate with. My question is: Normally when an incoming mail message is recieved and sorted automatically into a folder, the folder's name changes to bold and a number is displayed in blue indicating the number of unread messages in that folder. An example would be I have a Jason Johnson subfolder in my Human Resources folder. The Jason Johnson sub-folder goes bold when I receive a message from him, but not the Human Resources folder it is contained within. Is there a way to make the "parent" folder go bold to indicate that a subfolder within it has a new message? I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by adustum on Jun 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Rules for Old E-mails in Webmail

Forcing Outlook Web Access (aka Webmail) to execute a rule manually? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 on Mar 28, 2008 - 3 answers

EntourageFilter: Zombie rules gone but not dead

My co-worker (at my instruction) created a rule in Entourage to move a particular piece of email to the deleted folder. Now all of his mail is going directly to the delete folder, but the rule is not the "rules" list. Any ideas how to stop it? [more inside]
posted by answergrape on Oct 12, 2007 - 3 answers

The Lowdown: Online Dating Etiquette

I'm a female about to venture into the world of online dating. Are there any norms/rules/trends that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Weghting a sweepstakes in my favor

"you will automatically receive one entry for each bill payment you make" Is this sweepstakes set up by morons? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Sep 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Not that I want those two minutes back or anything.

Technical/pedantic football (soccer) question: In tonight's Albania v Holland Euro 2008 qualifier, six minutes of stoppage time was indicated, if I am not mistaken. However, the referee blew the final whistle after what I believe was less than 94 minutes, after a spectator threw fireworks at or near a player. This incident seemed to be the direct reason for the ref to call it a game. Given that according the Laws, the indicated stoppage time is a minimum, shouldn't this game technically be considered terminated or abandoned?

Bonus question: what exactly is the difference between a "terminated" and an "abandoned" game?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 12, 2007 - 6 answers

The Old Testament God != The New Testament God?

I'm working my way through the Bible. At the moment, I'm towards the end of Numbers. The past few books have been very heavy with detailed instructions on the various blood rituals God requires of his people — which animals to sacrifice, what manner to do it in, and lots of blood-splashing on the sides of the tent. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 29, 2007 - 31 answers

What are the best rules, formulas and tricks in math?

MeFites: Share with me your favorite math tricks, truisms and formulas that clarified and simplified math problems and made life easier in high school and college. [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Feb 24, 2007 - 59 answers

He farts and he cusses and stinks up the busses

Help me defend myself against an angry bus driver! [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Feb 8, 2007 - 27 answers

Recommended tutorials for the game Go

Does anyone know of a really good definitive tutorial for the game 'Go'? I've googled a few but would be really grateful for feedback on ones people rate ;)
posted by nickehsmith on Jan 21, 2007 - 10 answers

How to legislators learn to legislate?

How do new legislators learn all the congressional rules of order? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Knightmare chess rules, anyone?

Hey all, first post here, so go easy. Does anyone have a scan or link to the official rules to Knightmare chess, by Steve Jackson games? I'm introducing the people at my new job to the game, and it would be a lot easier if I still had a copy of the ruleset. Unfortunately, while I have all of the cards, I no longer have a copy of the official rules. [more inside]
posted by neolith22 on Nov 2, 2006 - 4 answers

Skunked or not?

Cribbage expertise sought for peculiar situation. [more inside]
posted by fish tick on Oct 18, 2006 - 7 answers

It's Friday. Break the Rules.

I'm in the process of building an application and I think I want a rules engine. Assuming I do (and "No" may be the answer to my question), what's the best way to go about such a thing, given the details inside? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Oct 13, 2006 - 7 answers

Must all statutory laws be written?

Is there a constitutional provision in the United States that all statutory laws must be written and/or available to the public for review? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jul 20, 2006 - 18 answers

Offsides - wha?

FIFA-filter. The offside rule? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jul 1, 2006 - 9 answers

I'm sick and tired of paying $6 for a handful.

Can I bring food to RFK Stadium? There are conflicting reports as to weather food is allowed to be brought into RFK. I'm going to a baseball game soon and I'm sick and tired of paying $6 for a handful of peanuts. I desire an unending supply.
posted by pithy comment on May 22, 2006 - 12 answers

Rules, rules, rules

What are "The Rules" for guys? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Apr 21, 2006 - 51 answers

Baseball: caught foul tip isn't an out?

Why is a foul tip into a catchers glove not an out, but a pop-up foul that the catcher gets is? Is there a minimum height the ball must reach?
posted by davebug on Apr 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Help Me Write Employee Handbook

I've been put in charge of writing my company's Employee Handbook. Help me. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 28, 2005 - 14 answers

Old game stuff, new game rules. Website?

I'm looking for a website that had rules for new games using common game items. [more inside]
posted by sevenless on Nov 29, 2005 - 5 answers

Avoid the trapezoid!

What's the motivation behind the new NHL rule about 'the trapezoid': The newly-delineated area right behind the goal the goaltender is allowed to play the puck in? [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble on Sep 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Spanish hyphenation rules?

Spanish hyphenation rules/exceptions? Due to some new responsibilities, i need to improve my more-than-basic-but-less-than-fluent Spanish. Are there any online or purchasable cheatsheets/books outlining when/how to break words? (it's a general Latin-American Spanish and not pure Castilian) [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Aug 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Wine toter

Two-part question: My friend is leaving Buenos Aires tommorrow - heading back to the states. How many bottles of wine can he bring with him? Also, another friend is flying standby. Can he only bring carry-on luggage? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Aug 5, 2005 - 12 answers

Baseball weirdness

I have three baseball questions that have been bugging me for awhile and I am hoping that I can get answers here. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles on Jul 30, 2005 - 12 answers

Problems taking my bicycle to Japan?

Jitensha-Filter: I fantasize about moving to Japan to teach English, when I retire from my computer career. To achieve this end, I've earned my TESL certificate, but so far, I'm just a repeat tourist with lots of Nihon travel experience -- but always on foot. Part of the fantasy involves riding a bicycle over there -- and not one of their clunky no-speeds, but my bicycle. What's involved when a gaijin brings in his bicycle? I'm guessing it's not as easy as retrieving it from checked luggage at Narita, and riding away -- knowing the Japanese, there's regulations to be satisified, in an approved manner. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Jul 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Dating your boss' child?

Dilemma: My boss’ daughter is pretty hot… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2005 - 48 answers

if a purebread dog is impregnated by a mutt, is it still fit for breeding?

If a dog breeder has purebred dogs and the dam becomes impregnated by an impure dog, say a stray mutt, is the dam still fit for breeding (according to AKC or similiar standards)? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Apr 10, 2005 - 20 answers

Italics etiquette for CD inserts?

PunctuationFilter: I'm writing the copy for a CD insert booklet in which the title of a book is mentioned. Typically, I'd italicize it, but the entire piece is already in italics. What's the standard here?
posted by plexiwatt on Dec 6, 2004 - 18 answers

Quesiton about Roll Call at the 2004 US Republican National Convention

I'm watching live coverage of the RNC. Someone from each state is giving a little speech, and then either casting some number of votes for President George W. Bush, or "passing". What is the point of this, and what is the difference between the two choices?
posted by reklaw on Aug 30, 2004 - 9 answers

Learning Chess

I just finished reading "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis (great novel!). It made me want to learn chess. I already understand how all the pieces move, but I'm lost when it come to chess strategy. What's a good beginner's guide that will help me learn to think like a chess player?
posted by grumblebee on Apr 22, 2004 - 16 answers

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