A prisoner is told "If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you."
What can he say to save himself? Note that he must say something to save himself.
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Thursday, March 02, 2006
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Wouldn't any truth work?ReplyDelete
He should say "Puzzle of the Day is awesome!" or he could say "If I tell the truth I will live and if I tell a lie you will kill me".ReplyDelete
Wait - i misunderstood the question - erase that.ReplyDelete
He could say "You are going to hang me"ReplyDelete
Then they can't hang him because he told the truth and they can't shoot him because then he would be telling a lie?
"I will be hung".ReplyDelete
"Lets just break up this madness and eat some cake" (everybody likes cake). After everyone eats cake they will forget the whole thing and let him go. After all, he suggested eating cake.
He shoud say: you will hang me.ReplyDelete
I don't think any truth will work, jon: any other truth will get him shot, unless I'm missing something?
Cake sounds good. You're making me hungry.
I like anonymous's answer best, however! :-) I don't think I'll erase it.
Wait, that was me missing something. Duh.ReplyDelete