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What to do with ice is explained under the definition of Loose Impediments.   "Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player."  So, in a bunker you would treat natural ice as casual water.   Edit:  Also remember you are not allowed to touch or move loose impediments in a hazard, (when your ball is in the same hazard,) so it would be a penalty to consider ice or snow a loose impediments and remove.
 Sure, you can deem your ball unplayable any place on the course except in a water hazard.  You are the sole judge as to whether or not the ball is unplayable. Edit:  Oops, That's embarrassing.  See below.
 Way too cold to be playing golf. 
You see them a lot in transition zones (not warm enough for bermuda but really too hot for bent.), and warmer climates where bent grass is grown . (Stagnate warm, humid, air is extremely detrimental to the heath of bent grass.   We have a couple at our club.  Usually you see one fan per green, the fan oscillates back and forth.  Even the "permanent" fans can be removed, although most clubs just cover them for winter.   Clubs, like Valhalla, that have tournaments will...
  Original Ball = The original ball ( if it is one of the two balls played) OR the first ball put into play if the original ball is NOT one of the two balls played).
  No,  you do not play the ball where it ended up .  You must replace the ball......put it back.   Practice swings are not strokes.
  Correct, I said a bad thing earlier.
I looked at my "R3-3 charts".   Reading the OP's question, I would agree with others that R3-3 applies.  Rule 3-3 does tell you which ball counts if the player doesn't specify this before he does anything further.  Not specifying which ball the player wishes to count does not, by itself, disqualify the application of R3-3.     The OB was the ball lying on the green after it was struck by his putter. "Playing in accordance with the rules" means he was required to...
Knew that didn't sound right, shouldn't trust my memory. . "Original" ball, not first ball. . Thanks Rick.
In ur scenario If the player does no announce which ball counts the first ball would count if it had been played in accordance with the rules. Otherwise the second ball counts if it were played under the rules. Because the first ball was not played in accordance with the rules the second ball would count with a 1 stroke penalty. Edit. Read the question too fast.
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