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Best Answer storm , 05 March 2008 - 03:49 AM

Spoiler for Eaiser than the other one..
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#1 bonanova

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:29 AM

Three boxes are all labeled incorrectly, but you must determine their contents, nevertheless.
The labels on the boxes read as follows:

[box 1] gold coins
[box 2] silver coins
[box 3] gold coins or silver coins

To gain the information you need to determine the contents of each box,
you may remove a single item from one of the boxes. You may not look
into the boxes, nor pick them up and shake them, etc.

Can this be done? If so, how? If not, why not?


Wait. That was the old puzzle.
The rules have been changed.


You can't open any of the boxes.
You can't remove any item from any of the boxes.
You can't even touch any of the boxes.

Wait.
You're also told that the boxes all contain coins of a single type: gold, silver or bronze.

 

Edit:

No two of the boxes have the same contents.


Edited by bonanova, 15 March 2013 - 07:33 AM.
Specify the contents are unique

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#2 bonanova

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:50 AM

Hint?

It's actually easier than the 1st version.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:51 AM

uh, how about the boxes are made of glass so you can see their contents without touching them?

No? Well then I have no idea.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:14 PM

Spoiler for Answer time ...

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:07 PM

There's nothing that says they can't all be bronze. Maybe add a line that says they all have different contents or that there is one of each type of coin present.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:03 PM

Answer time ...
For the labels all to be wrong,
box 3 cannot contain either gold coins or silver coins; it contains the bronze.
box 1 cannot contain the gold coins; it contains the silver.
box 2 cannot contain the silver coins; it contains the gold.


Definitely. Before reading your answer, I was stuck assuming that they were all mislabeled as bronze, silver, or gold.
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:41 PM

rhey just did this one but with screws and nails- take one out of the gold anad silver- lbel it correct then switch the labels of others of the one - so if a silver coin comes out of the silver and gold- silver it. the box that had silver label is now gold and the original gold one is silver and gold
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:49 PM

rhey just did this one but with screws and nails- take one out of the gold anad silver- lbel it correct then switch the labels of others of the one - so if a silver coin comes out of the silver and gold- silver it. the box that had silver label is now gold and the original gold one is silver and gold

Read the last line of the OP - this is a different puzzle.
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:53 PM

Can i ask someone else t touch a/some boxs?
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 05:32 AM

Can i ask someone else t touch a/some boxs?

Not within the parameters of the puzzle.
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