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Honestants and Swindlecants VIII.
Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:12 AM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:59 AM
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:25 AM
This, as many others, is probably misquoted, as it is a total logical falacy.
Honestants and Swindlecants VIII. - Back to the Logic Problems
Thinking about the treasure, the gringo forgot what day it was, so he asked four aborigines and got these answers:
A: Yesterday was Wednesday.
B: Tomorrow will be Sunday.
C: Today is Friday.
D: The day before yesterday was Thursday.
Because everything you need to know is how many people lied, I will not tell. What day of the week was it?Spoiler for Solution
It could be any day of the week, as the only thing that is told about how many liars there are is that they won't tell how many there are! As there are obviously not enough of them to cover every day of the week, there is no way of telling if any are telling the truth. Two people are capable of lying and saying that it is one certain day of the week in different ways. Percentages of people who would be lying in the case that one particular day was the truth is not the way to solve a logic problem.
If you had 99 swindlecants and 1 honestant, the only honest answer you would get would be 1% of the whole, and thus it would have to be false? NO!! You would have to use logical bridges in order to retrieve through double negativity or complete positive answers. If you were to rephrase this question to:
If someone here were telling the truth- or had one person covering each day of the week- and had at least two of them comment on whether or not another was telling the truth, you could find the answer. Under these conditions, however, there is no concrete answer.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:32 PM
It could also be the days they don't mention, like Monday, Tuesday, etc. Or not? Two people can be liars and give the same answer
i thought that at first, but then realised that thats what it means in the ifrst instance - if all 4 had lied, then because two of them said the same thing, there are 3 answers provided that are incorrect. that leaves 4 possible actual days of the week - the ones that none of the aboriginals said it was
this is what you were saying - the days they dont mention
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