1.31. A man gets onto an elevator. When the elevator
stops, he knows his wife is dead. (LA; partial KH wording)
1.31 answer: He’s leaving a hospital after visiting his wife, who’s on
heavy life-support. When the power goes out, he knows she can’t live
without the life-support systems (he assumes that if the emergency backup
generator were working, the elevator wouldn’t lose power; this aspect isn’t
entirely satisfactory, so in a variant, the scene is at home rather than in
1.31a. Variant: The music stops and a woman dies.
1.31a answer: The woman is confined in an iron lung, and the music is
playing on her radio or stereo. The power goes out. (RW) (See also #1.59,
#1.70a, and #1.75c.)
1.31b. A man lives in a high-rise apartment building in the city. One
day, as usual, he gets up, has breakfast, showers, dresses, kisses his wife
good-bye, and leaves for work. He walks down the corridor to the elevator.
After standing there for a minute or so, he realizes his wife is dead.
1.31b answer: Same as #1.31.