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#21 sunshipballoons

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:07 AM

You are in a dark room and want to see what is inside it. With you are a match, a candle, and a kerosene lamp. Which do you light first?

Answer: the match


Are these the only items you have? The puzzle doesn't specify. Assuming they are, you're kinda SOL. Modernly, when we use the term "match," we refer to a "safety match," i.e., one that can only be lit on a specially prepared surface. If you only have these three items, you lack the matchbook or some other specially prepared surface and cannot light the match. If you cannot light the match, obviously you can't light the candle or the lamp (which was the point of the riddle).

Sloppy question... no answer.
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#22 rookie1ja

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:15 PM

Are these the only items you have? The puzzle doesn't specify. Assuming they are, you're kinda SOL. Modernly, when we use the term "match," we refer to a "safety match," i.e., one that can only be lit on a specially prepared surface. If you only have these three items, you lack the matchbook or some other specially prepared surface and cannot light the match. If you cannot light the match, obviously you can't light the candle or the lamp (which was the point of the riddle).

Sloppy question... no answer.

sunshipballoons, I have counted 44 posts written by you but no topic - so ZERO puzzles you submitted ... pls could you submit at least 1 brain teaser to "New Puzzles" section so that we have an idea what satisfies your conditions for a good puzzle

I am quite curious
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#23 Aussie Bandit

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:02 PM

I think we can all agree that a match can be lit.
Now, as to whether somebody lights/strikes/scratches a match, the result will always be that the match is lit (if done properly). Not struck or scratched.
Maybe lighted, but that depends on where you come from, and how you use the word in that particular region.

I see "lighting a match" as a process, whereby the match is struck on something, such as the scratch pad on the side of the box (not present in the room in the OP), the head sparks and ignites into flame, which produces heat and light that we can see.

You can ask someone to, "Strike this match.", but if it fails to ignite, would they strike it again, or need to (referring to your instructions)?
They would if you had asked them to "Light this match."

Alas the use of the English vocabulary doesn't always work out the way it should have.
But I ain't going to believe that this is a vocabulary error; only a grammatical point considered correct or incorrect usage, decided by whether you are a descriptive or prescriptive grammarian.
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#24 KarenClark

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:00 PM

You are in a dark room and want to see what is inside it. With you are a match, a candle, and a kerosene lamp. Which do you light first?


Answer: the match



I would clap twice.


Get it? The clapper? Come on, surely you're old enough to remember those commercials.

No seriously, I would freak the hell out if I was in a dark room and suspected there was something unknown to me in it.
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#25 tahoe rich

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:17 AM

Spoiler for Understanding context.

This is incorrect. I know it's an old riddle, but using modern vernacular your answer doesn't make sense. To light (verb) means to ignite (verb). In order to light something you need a source of ignition. You don't light the match, you strike the match in order to gain ignition. Then you light either the candle or the lantern with the match.


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#26 marleywhop

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:31 PM

I would first think kerosene lamp based on longevity, but it doesn't state whether or not, or how much, kerosene is in the lamp. Neither does it state if the candle has a wick. Also, the common manufactured match does not light when you strike on random surfaces. If given the brand of match and time period, I think I would feel more comfortable venturing a guess.

Having said that, I would put on my night-goggles, find the door; turn around light the match by 'striking' (which the moment after would become 'struck'). Then, light the kerosene lamp and the candle at the same time so the next person won't be so confused. And exit.
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#27 notmybabiesdad

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 02:30 AM

yeah I would light the match first, then I would light the candle 'cause I know I can do it quickly and I might not be able light the lamp before the match went out. Of course you really shouldn't light any thing in a dark room, you'll ruin all the exposurers and some of those chemicals are flammable. :lol:
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#28 TheUnthoughtOf

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 02:49 PM

I would need to light the match first... I have to light the candle with something, and how about the kerosene lamp. It's not like you press a button and it comes on...You need a fire to start either one... And for that I have a match.
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#29 Logic Master

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:05 PM

Personally i would do:

The Match
The Kerosene Lamp
The Candle

i know that not the 'puzzle'/'riddle' but thats how i would do it!

^_^

i would do the candle last because then i can put it in the lamp somehow...?

LOL!!!

anyways!

The answer to the 'Riddle' is THE MATCH!




>_<

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...over and out...


wouldn't you want to light the candel first so if the match goes out you still have something to light the lamp with
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#30 eekafreak

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:56 PM

actually the old riddle was told a little diffently putting the focus on the lamp and candle,
which would make lighting the match the correct but less obvious solution.

it was something like,


you were in a very dark placy
and you had a matchbox with only one match left.
and you one had a candle and an oil lamp,
what would you light first.......
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