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    The Mad Scientist CAN act on behalf of the Monster to take an action
    that the Monster MAY, but CANNOT, take.

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Caller:                                 Murphy
Barred:                                 Wooble

Judge:                                  root
Judgement:                              FALSE

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History:

Called by Murphy:                       16 Oct 2008 15:53:32 GMT
Assigned to root:                       23 Oct 2008 10:01:11 GMT
Judged FALSE by root:                   29 Oct 2008 20:15:51 GMT

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Caller's Arguments:

This hinges on Rule 2192 containing a lower-case "may", which is not
strictly defined by MMI.  I argue, on the basis of common sense and
the best interests of the game, that it should be interpreted as CAN
instead.

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Caller's Evidence:

Rule 2192 (The Mad Scientist), relevant excerpt

      The Mad Scientist CAN act on behalf of the Monster to take any
      action that the Monster may take,

or possibly (depending on CFJs 2213 and 2228)

      The Mad Scientist CAN, without 2 objections, act on behalf of
      the Monster to take any action that the Monster may take,

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Judge root's Arguments:

I'm wary of treating non-MMI words as if they were in fact some
particular MMI word.  To me, the most natural interpretation of "may
take" in the quoted sentence is neither "MAY take" nor "CAN take", but
rather as denoting that the mood of "take" is subjunctive.  Thus, the
sentence is reasonably synonymous with "The Mad Scientist CAN ... act
on behalf of the Monster to take any action that the Monster _might_
take."  In this light, the sentence is seen to be a simple grant of
authority to act for the Monster, and nothing more.  I assign a
judgement of FALSE to CFJ 2230.

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