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Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:47 PM
On this island there are 100 blue-eyed people, 100 brown-eyed people, and the Guru (she happens to have green eyes). So any given blue-eyed person can see 100 people with brown eyes and 99 people with blue eyes (and one with green), but that does not tell him his own eye color; as far as he knows the totals could be 101 brown and 99 blue. Or 100 brown, 99 blue, and he could have red eyes.
The Guru is allowed to speak once (let's say at noon), on one day in all their endless years on the island. Standing before the islanders, she says the following:
"I can see someone who has blue eyes."
Who leaves the island, and on what night?
There are no mirrors or reflecting surfaces, nothing dumb. It is not a trick question, and the answer is logical. It doesn't depend on tricky wording or anyone lying or guessing, and it doesn't involve people doing something silly like creating a sign language or doing genetics. The Guru is not making eye contact with anyone in particular; she's simply saying "I count at least one blue-eyed person on this island who isn't me."
And lastly, the answer is not "no one leaves."
Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:50 PM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 08:02 PM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 08:19 PM
from what i understand...
Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:58 PM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:36 PM
Posted 05 November 2008 - 09:11 PM
The solution is there. Just figured I'd mention it for those who want to find it out by themselves.
Link? I searched the forum, but couldn't find it..
This has been posted before!!
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