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#1 roolstar

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:33 PM

Well I did the "SEARCH" thing and nothing came up, so...


A prisoner was taken to his execution in the presence of the king...

As he was passing by, the king had a fun idea to toy with him. So he stopped him and said:

"I'll give you the choice of your death. You can say anything you want but if the next affirmation you say is TRUE I'll cut your head off, and if it's UNTRUE I'll hang you!".

"Of course I don't have all day, so I'll give you 1 minute to say an affirmation, if you don't I'll choose how you'll die myself and I promise you it's gonna be something very slow and painful!"


What would YOU advise the prisoner to say?


Make sure you read the remarks and FAQ I'll post next...

Edited by roolstar, 25 January 2008 - 01:40 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:39 PM

Remarks and FAQ:

TRUE and UNTRUE are defined according to the knowledge and belief of the king. So any debatable affirmation will be decided by the king to be either TRUE or UNTRUE. And the same goes for any affirmation about the future where the king simply consults with his wizard!!!!

ex 1: If the prisoner says: "In 200 years, there's gonna be a flood!", the king consults with his court's wizard and depending of the vision he has, the prisoner will either be hanged or decapitated.

ex 2: If he says: "GOD exists!", the kings decides based on his belief or religion...

ex3: If he says some sort of a secret or something that only he knows, the king has to consult with his wizard again.

ex4: A question of course is not an affirmation and the clock is ticking for the remainder of the minute!
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:50 PM

Well I did the "SEARCH" thing and nothing came up, so...

actually, there is something similar here - check The Crocodile Sophism

I leave this thread open for new ideas
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 02:51 PM

actually, there is something similar here - check The Crocodile Sophism

I leave this thread open for new ideas



Actually I know the crocodile thing but this is ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. Pure logic...

Take a crack at it!
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#5 Bidonet

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:04 PM

Are you asking what we could say to the prisonner to help him choose how he will die? Personnally, I would say anything so I would not die slowly and painfully.
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:12 PM

You can give him a better advice than that Bidonet...

Immagine he is (GOD FORBIDS) one of your beloved friends...
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:12 PM

Spoiler for I guess...

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:31 PM

Spoiler for I guess...


Seems simple enough...

Try one!

Remember it cannot be a question.

And our king is not as subtle as to go into deep analysis of paradoxical affirmations so he will just follow his intuition!!!!!

Ex: If the prisoner says: "I'm lying!" the king can go either way with his execution, or can simply ask him: "About what?"


Anyway, I love this puzzle because it's pure logic and interesting consequences!!

So try to find the most elegant answer!
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:36 PM

"I'll give you the choice of your death. You can say anything you want but if the next affirmation you say is TRUE I'll cut your head off, and if it's UNTRUE I'll hang you!".
Spoiler for Perhaps...

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:11 PM

RIGHT ON PDR

See? It's quite different from the Sophist Crocodile puzzle...

Any ther takers?
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