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#1 dawgsrule93

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:38 PM

Who killed 1/4 of mankind?!?!?
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:43 PM

Spoiler for Spoilage

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#3 dawgsrule93

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:47 PM

Yes, who were the 3/4 left?
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:52 PM

Yes, who were the 3/4 left?

Spoiler for 3/4 must be then ...

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#5 itachi-san

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:39 PM

Spoiler for answers

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:45 PM

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:51 PM

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I see what you mean, but the riddle asks for the one who killed 1/4, not more or less than 1/4.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:54 PM

But killing more than 1/4 is also killing 1/4. Look at the other puzzle where it says a woman has 7 children, and half of them are boys. How is this possible? Because the other half is also boys. If i kill two people, is it incorrect for me to say "I've killed a man" No, because it is true. If you kill everyone except Noah's family, that is killing 1/4 of the population (and more).

If the OP had said "who killed exactly 1/4 of the population?" that would be a different story
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#9 itachi-san

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 10:09 PM

But killing more than 1/4 is also killing 1/4. Look at the other puzzle where it says a woman has 7 children, and half of them are boys. How is this possible? Because the other half is also boys. If i kill two people, is it incorrect for me to say "I've killed a man" No, because it is true. If you kill everyone except Noah's family, that is killing 1/4 of the population (and more).

If the OP had said "who killed exactly 1/4 of the population?" that would be a different story



Killing more than 1/4 is not the same as killing 1/4. If I have 20 enemies and I kill 1/4, then I kill 5. If I kill 7, which is greater than 1/4 of 20, it is not the same.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 10:14 PM

Killing more than 1/4 is not the same as killing 1/4. If I have 20 enemies and I kill 1/4, then I kill 5. If I kill 7, which is greater than 1/4 of 20, it is not the same.


They are not the same, but it is not inaccurate to say you killed 1/4 of the enemy. like my example before, if I then asked you if you've killed a man, you would say yes. You're not lying, you have killed more than a man, but in English it is also true that you have killed a man, 1/10, 1/4 etc. of the enemy.

You would say "yes I've killed a man." not "No I haven't killed a man." Just because you've killed more than 1.
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