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Title: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on August 30, 2004, 07:47:43 pm
Well.....

D_999's little puzzle has inspired me to make a thread about riddles. Then again, a good joke is also welcome, so if you have any good ones, do share!

(Hopefully, this thread won't be a flop as my last one was.... ;) )

Well, I guess I had better start and I am going to start with two riddles:

Riddle #1!

A explorer was traveling in the deepest of africa and there he was caught by cannibals. Now, the cannibles (being weird of course) loved it when the prisoner decided his/her own fate. So they said to the explorer,

"You are going to be allowed to say one statement. If the statement that you make is true, you will be burned alive at stake. (Course, then the cannibals would miss out of a meal...  ::) ) If the statement you make is false, you will be boiled alive in a huge pot of water."

Yet the explorer was so smart he said a statement that let him go. What was it?

NOTE: The statement is a statement, not a question. Also, it is a definite statement if you know what I mean. Example, the statement would NOT be something like, "My favorite color is blue." as the cannibals would not know.

EDIT! - Do you Lukipela's umm.... different, but I guess valid answer, I am pointing out now that the explorer has no connections with anyone alive and has only one pair of clothes. No weapons, explosives, etc.  (Thanks Luki ;) )

Riddle #2!

Find a 4-letter word (not a swear!  ;)) that, if you take away three letters, the remaining letter means the same thing the word did.

I am going to give you one of the solutions to give you an idea of what I mean. The four letter word is "zero" Take out "z" "e" "r" and you get o. O means zero. (As you can see, it symbolizes zero.)

Anyone know the answers or have other jokes/riddles?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Lukipela on August 30, 2004, 08:05:58 pm
#1

"I have tied explosives to my chest and will blow this place to kingdom come unless you release me."

The statement is true, yet the canniblas had to let him go.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on August 30, 2004, 08:41:07 pm
That was not exactly the answer I was looking for, so I am going to be cheap and edit the post...  ;)


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on August 30, 2004, 09:17:43 pm
Question: What goes up in the rain and down when it's sunny?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Lukipela on August 30, 2004, 10:31:28 pm
#1

"I have fallen sick with yellow fever in the jungle, meaning that if you eat me, you'll all die a slow agonizing death."

The explorer tells the truth, yet they cannot eat him.

Okay, I'll stop making up crappy answers now, anyone else want to give a real answer?

For Zeeps ridfdle I'd answer the water level (anywhere, glass, pond, groundwater, take your pick).


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: meep-eep on August 31, 2004, 12:33:17 am
"This statement is false."


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Deep-Jiffa on August 31, 2004, 12:50:54 am
Riddle #2

I go on sound.
The word is "High". You take three letters and keep the letter "i".


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: NECRO-99 on August 31, 2004, 07:41:01 am
I do believe the answer to Zeep's is an umbrella.

The answer to number one is "You will burn me at the stake." The cannibals don't know if he's telling the truth or lying, because he's judging his own fate. They didn't make room for that in their twisted plot, so they let him go.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: NECRO-99 on August 31, 2004, 07:43:55 am
Ah, thought of one to #2, it deals with the O as well. "void", taking away the V, I, and D, leaves nothing :)


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Rib Rdb on August 31, 2004, 02:27:44 pm
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I do believe the answer to Zeep's is an umbrella.

The answer to number one is "You will burn me at the stake." The cannibals don't know if he's telling the truth or lying, because he's judging his own fate. They didn't make room for that in their twisted plot, so they let him go.

But by burning him at the stake his statement becomes true.  If, however, he says he will be boiled in a huge pot of water, the conditions cannot be met.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on August 31, 2004, 06:30:40 pm
Lets start with #1

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"This statement is false."


Close, not quite though.

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The answer to number one is "You will burn me at the stake." The cannibals don't know if he's telling the truth or lying, because he's judging his own fate. They didn't make room for that in their twisted plot, so they let him go.


The closest answer so far, but Rib-Dib pointed out where you were wrong.

The correct answer is:



"I will be boiled alive in a huge pot of water."

Why? Well, because if they to burn them alive at stake, that would make the statement false, so they boil him alive. That would make the statement true however, so they burn him, which would make the statement false, but boiling him would make the statement true, so....... (so on and so forth).



#2

No one got really close to that one, so here is the answer....


000000000000000000000000000000000000

"Five" is the correct answer, Take out "F" "i" "e" and you have V. V is the roman numeral for 5.

000000000000000000000000000000000000


Now, how about some others?

How about:

#3: You are walking along a road in which you cannot go backwards. (or turn around)

Now, you want to head to this certain city. This city is called the city of truth. You are walking along and come to a split in the road, with a person right on the split. You know that one of the forks leads to the city of lies and the other to the city of truth. Now, you can ask the person one question and one question only. Now, here is the twist. The people from the city of truth can ONLY tell the truth. It is the oppisite for the city of lies. Come from there and you can only tell them. So, the question is, what question would you ask the man to go to the city of truth if you don't know which way he was from?

#4 (this is the easiest of all the riddes so far)

There are three men that are walking alongside the back of a riverback and they want to cross. They find a boat, but the boat can only hold 200 pounds. Luckily for the men, there is a scale nearby to way themselves. They do and discover that two of the "men" (boys really ;)) weigh 100 pounds. The other man weighs 200 pounds. How do they get across if they can't swim or don't have any sort of thing but what is on their backs. (That right, Lukipela, no jump-jet boosters, subs, nor other boats. ;) )


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: NECRO-99 on August 31, 2004, 08:07:33 pm
You ask one what the other would say, then do the opposite of what he says. If he's the liar, he'd lie about which way the truth teller would tell you to go. If he's the truth teller, he'd tell you honestly what the liar would say.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on August 31, 2004, 08:34:46 pm
I know what you are talking about Necro, but there is only ONE person that you can ask. (there is another riddle that there is 2 people you can ask...)


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on August 31, 2004, 09:19:49 pm
Oooh, riddles!  This should be fun!

Answers:
#3: "Which way to your house?"  The truthteller will tell you the way to his home, the liar will tell you the way to the city of truth.

#4: Both 100 pounders cross in the boat, one returns and the other remains on the far bank.  Then the 200 pounder crosses alone, then the 100 pounder on the far bank returns with the boat.  Finally, both 100 pounders cross to finish the river crossing.

How about these riddles?  The first is pretty simple, but the second is fairly tough!


#5: You have 9 coins, 8 weigh the same amount, but the 9th weighs slightly more.  All appear the same, so visual examination yields no differences.  You have a scale, but can only use it twice.  How would you go about separating the heavier coin from the others?


#6: There are 100 prisoners held in prison.  There are 99 regular cells, and 1 "special" cell.  The regular cells are nondescript, and are exactly the same.  The "special" cell, however, contains a light that can be switched on an off by the prisoner in it.  Every day, the jailers randomly assign rooms to the prisoners.  Aside from the light, there are no other means of possible communication between the prisoners (no Morse code, no writing on the walls, the light cannot be seen from other cells, etc.)

Now the jailers, having a sadistic streak, make a challenge.  If a prisoner can tell the jailers, with certainty, exactly which day each prisoner has been to the "special" cell at least once, all the prisoners can all go free.  The jailers give the prisoners an hour to formulate a plan, then cart them off to their cells.

After many days, the jailers are surprised when a prisoner correctly informs them that every prisoner has been in the "special" cell at least once.  Shocked, the guards follow their word and release all the prisoners.  How did the prisoners know when each of them had visited the "special" cell at least once?

EDIT- Hidey-ho for the answers...


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on August 31, 2004, 09:46:16 pm
O, I know both of these.... (neo_b - could you put the answers in blue so people don't read the answer by mistake?


I will say the 5#th  one and post the #6th one later....

Saay.... Wasn't the second one said on cartalk? (radioshow)

Anyway, regarding coins:


You divide the coins in groups of three. Then you weigh two of them. If:

They are equal, then take the one you did not weigh, take two of those coins and wiegh them.

If: the coins are the same, well, then the coin that you did not weigh is the heavy one.
If: The scale tips one way, there is your answer as well.

Now, on the otherhand, one of the orginal two you weighed is heavier than the other one, again, separate two coins, weigh them and if they are equal, then the one not weighed is faulty. If one is heavier, than you again have your answer....


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on August 31, 2004, 10:03:02 pm
Oops, those answers are now hidden.

That's the answer to the coin riddle.  Too bad I actually don't have coins like that... might be able to do some neat "magic" tricks with them...

About the prisoner riddle... I don't think so, I've never heard of cartalk.  Thanks for not revealing the answer, though- it's usually good for a few pages of guessing... :P

How 'bout this one... it's very easy, so y'all don't answer unless you're actually guessing.  Technically, it's not even a riddle, but meh, here goes...

#7: Red-green color blindness is a condition where a person cannot distinguish the colors red and green from each other.  Now, stoplights have both green and red lights.  A red-green color blind person cannot distinguish between these colors, yet they can apply for driver's licenses like everyone else.  Why is this the case?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on August 31, 2004, 10:52:46 pm
I'd guess that because the position of traffic lights (red on top, green on bottom) is contant, colour blindness wouldn't be an issue.

As to my riddle, the "umbrella" guess was correct.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 01, 2004, 12:03:32 am
That's the right answer, Zeep-Eeep!  I guess that one was a bit simple, though.  I'm curious to see people try #6, though. ;D

As for your riddle, I thought it was "humidity", but that seemed too obvious... :P

Here's an old trick question:

#8: Which weighs more, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of gold?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Deep-Jiffa on September 01, 2004, 03:16:32 am
Riddle #8

Maybe when you are five years old it is a tricky one. They weight the same,


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Culture20 on September 01, 2004, 03:48:02 am
Okay, then which weighs more, a fluid ounce of gold or a fluid ounce of water?  (It's that wacky English measurement system again!)


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 01, 2004, 04:33:19 am
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Riddle #8

Maybe when you are five years old it is a tricky one. They weight the same,


Actually, that's not true...  ;D


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on September 01, 2004, 07:30:36 am
Well, if we are talking about an ouce as in a messurment of weight, then
the gold and feathers weigh the same. If we are taking an ounce as
a messurment of volume, then the gold would weigh more, (assuming equal temperatures) because it is more dense.....like Bio.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 01, 2004, 12:26:41 pm
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Well, if we are talking about an ouce as in a messurment of weight, then the gold and feathers weigh the same.


Still, that's not true... ;D


To make things even more confusing, I'll add another trick question:

#8b: Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Deep-Jiffa on September 01, 2004, 07:21:58 pm
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Still, that's not true... ;D


To make things even more confusing, I'll add another trick question:

#8b: Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?


Look in the dictonary for the word "ounce"... Gold weights more :\
A for #8b, they weight the same ;D


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 01, 2004, 09:33:05 pm
Sorry DJ, ounces of feathers and gold do not weigh the same, and neither do pounds of feathers and gold.

I'm not entirely sure from your post, but you might be on the right track, though.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Terminator on September 02, 2004, 12:55:38 am
Here are some old one's I've heard over the years.

#9 A man is found naked in  the middle of the desert with only a single piece of straw, what happened?

#10 Romeo and Juliet are found dead in a puddle of water surrounded by shattered glass, what happened?

#11 You are on the border of two countries, the people of one country always lie and the other tell the truth. Asking only one question how do you differeniate?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on September 02, 2004, 08:43:32 pm
#9: He broke his camel's back. lol.

#10: They broke the fish tank from the movie, slipped and fell, face first into the puddle?

#11: I think we've had this already. Ask the one person which country
is theirs. Both a true speaking person and a false speaker would point
to the country of truth.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on September 02, 2004, 08:48:18 pm
As for the "ounce" question, there are some other theories I'd
like to put forward. An "ounce" can also be defined as a "small amount
of matter" or "an atom of". Using the first, we wouldn't know the answer.
Using the atom approach, I think we could assume the gold atom would
weigh more.
However, if we were in a zero gravity environment, neither would have
any weight. Which would seem appropriate for a UQM forum.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 02, 2004, 09:36:00 pm
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As for the "ounce" question, there are some other theories I'd like to put forward. An "ounce" can also be defined as a "small amount of matter" or "an atom of". Using the first, we wouldn't know the answer.
Using the atom approach, I think we could assume the gold atom would weigh more.
However, if we were in a zero gravity environment, neither would have any weight. Which would seem appropriate for a UQM forum.

Well, points for creativity, but the ounce & pound questions assume the usual gravity and non-atom masses. :)

For Terminator's riddles, I'm not sure, but I think I've heard a version of #9: The man was in some sort of failing aerial vehicle, and the passengers needed to reduce the weight of the aircraft (they got rid of their clothes first, but it wasn't enough).  They drew straws, and the unlucky fellow drew the short one and had to jump.  However, I think that Zeep-Eeep's answer is a better one... :P

Never heard of #10, but could it be: Romeo and Juliet were frozen in a glass container?  Glass can shatter when frozen, but the ice has since melted...

#11 we already have a variation of in #3.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on September 02, 2004, 09:39:32 pm
ok, ok, enough with the ounce pound thing, lets get back on topic!  >:(

;)


How about:

#12 (Really cheap one) A plane crashs on the border of two countries. (precisely, by the inch) now, where do they bury the survivors?

(if you know the answer, don't say it aloud ;) )


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: neo_b on September 02, 2004, 09:45:49 pm
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#12 plane crash riddle

Heh, cute. ;D


Well, I guess I'll be nice and give a hint in the ounce/pound caper.  Hint for #8: different systems of measurement.


Here's an old riddle I remember...

#13:  A man is dead, shot in the belly around a table with fifty-two Bicycles on it.  What happened?


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: FalconMWC on September 02, 2004, 10:02:54 pm
That one took me forever to get when I first heard it.


Hint: 000000000000000000000000000000

Don't assume bicycles.....

Also, the number is significant......


000000000000000000000000000000000


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Terminator on September 03, 2004, 01:09:08 am
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Well, points for creativity, but the ounce & pound questions assume the usual gravity and non-atom masses. :)

For Terminator's riddles, I'm not sure, but I think I've heard a version of #9: The man was in some sort of failing aerial vehicle, and the passengers needed to reduce the weight of the aircraft (they got rid of their clothes first, but it wasn't enough).  They drew straws, and the unlucky fellow drew the short one and had to jump.  However, I think that Zeep-Eeep's answer is a better one... :P

Never heard of #10, but could it be: Romeo and Juliet were frozen in a glass container?  Glass can shatter when frozen, but the ice has since melted...


#9 that is the actual answer (in a hot-air balloon (can't think of any other device that would apply to this) if lose altitude first throw what you don't need overboard, then clothes,. finally draw straws) 9 and 10 are intended to start out vague requiring you to ask yes and no question in order to get more of an idea and I simply gave all the clues

#10 is a question you have to think around, you have the right idea, but the absense of blood will lead to the truth.

Ans # 12 you don't bury SURVIVORS, this one was really old.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Vassago_Umara on September 03, 2004, 02:09:15 am
13) The man was shot when he was cheating at cards.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Culture20 on September 03, 2004, 04:45:20 am
Ounces...
Fluid Ounces, Troy Ounces, etc. require their full names, thus "ounce" means a measure of weight=1/16 of a pound.  And saying that gold is always measured in troy ounces, thus "ounce of gold" assumes "troy ounce" while "ounce of feathers" assumes "1/16 Lb. feathers" is nonsensical.


Title: Re: Riddles..... (have any good ones?)
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on September 03, 2004, 07:09:08 am
For the bicycle riddle, shouldn't it be 53 bicycles? Since for
him to be cheating, he should have more cards than there are
in a deck?