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#1 NickFleming

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:37 PM

The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance. Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly re-fuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?
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#2 ninja-krook

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:52 PM

I have heard this before and thus I know the answer...but a very good riddle. :ph34r:
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:01 PM

Spoiler for one idea

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#4 NickFleming

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:06 PM

Spoiler for one idea

Yup. Have u heard before too?
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#5 vinays84

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:03 PM

Why would an impostor readily agree to a blood test?
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:11 PM

Why would an impostor readily agree to a blood test?

Good question. I just found it on internet and decided to share. Maybe he was the king's grandfather's daughter-by-his second-wife's grandson, and therefore had similar bloodtype :D

Edited by NickFleming, 27 July 2010 - 05:12 PM.

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#7 NickFleming

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:24 PM

Spoiler for one idea

Solved by Joey D in post 3
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#8 Bryan_Always

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:59 AM

Why would an impostor readily agree to a blood test?

Something just doesnt seem right about this...The real heir would know about the family history of Hemophilia - and would probably AGREE for the blood test becoz the test would actually confirm the family trait. The Imposter, on the other hand, would in all likelihood refuse the test considering a DNA analysis would give him away.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:17 PM

Something just doesnt seem right about this...The real heir would know about the family history of Hemophilia - and would probably AGREE for the blood test becoz the test would actually confirm the family trait. The Imposter, on the other hand, would in all likelihood refuse the test considering a DNA analysis would give him away.


I think the original poster believed the real heir would avoid the blood test because he'd perhaps bleed to death. From what I read about the disease, though, hemophilia is a) largely a problem with internal bleeding, b) in all but the most severe cases does not *prevent* (it only *slows*) clotting, and so is not a death sentence, and c) can be easily treated with replacement therapy.
I agree with you that if the imposter knew about the hemophilia, he would avoid the test, because a blood test could pick it up.
Although fun in theory, this riddle sorta falls apart in reality.
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