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The Barbershop Puzzle


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#11 void28

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:04 PM

A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.
Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?
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#12 void28

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:07 PM

A slight variation on this one is this :
Bob and Tom go out and play in the garden.
After a while their mother calls for them to go to bed.
Bob's face is very dirty, wheras Tom's managed to play without dirtying himself.
However Tom goes to wash and Bob goes straight to bed. They are both as aware about hygene and usually behave the same way in a given situation.

Why does the clean boy go and wash and the dirty one ignore his muddy face?


tom sees bobs face and thinks he is dirty.

bob sees tom's face and thinks he is clean.
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#13 void28

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:10 PM

tom sees bobs face and thinks he is dirty.

bob sees tom's face and thinks he is clean.


i know it as :P and :rolleyes: go up the chimney. :P gets dirty. :rolleyes: doesn't. :rolleyes: takes a bath. :P doesn't.

why?
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#14 zeno

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 01:05 AM

The boys are twins. Tom thinks his face ia as dirty as BOb's, nad Bob thinks his face is as clean as Tom's.

Cute! But why do they have to be twins?
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#15 jofis

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 09:50 PM

he east one obviosly the other barber cut his hair ;)
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:33 PM

Why is the messy haircut barbershop have a messy floor? Is he so busy, he can't clean up?

He no have time. He need more worker.
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#17 Gray Fox

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:06 AM

A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.
Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?

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I dont understand A WORD you are saying but Ill go with it, lol.
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#18 Rafa

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:21 PM

I would say, he went to the messy barbershop.

The barber in the east is the one with the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen, yet the "west" one says "its barber hair looks as good as a movie star's" but it doesnt really specify that the traveler saw it. In order for traveler to have "Seen" it, he had to be there.

Edited by Rafa, 24 March 2008 - 07:22 PM.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:26 PM

This was a very easy puzzle to solve.

But the Bob and Tom one is slightly stupid as it assumes they don't know about the existence of mirrors.
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 01:17 AM

The Barbershop Puzzle - Back to the River Crossing Puzzles
A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.
Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?


The clean/messy aspect of this question is obviously a red herring. But I'd rather get a not-very-good haircut at a clean barber shop than get a good haircut at a filthy one.
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