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# The Barbershop Puzzle

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The Barbershop Puzzle - Back to the River Crossing Puzzles

A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.

Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?

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The Barbershop Puzzle - solution

The traveler goes to have his hair cut at the barbershop on East Street. He figures that since there are only two barbershops in town the East Street barber must have his hair cut by the West Street barber and vice versa. So if the traveler wants to look as good as the West Street barber (the one with the good haircut), he'd better go to the man who cuts the West Street barber's hair - the East Street barber.

By the way, the reason the West Street barbershop is so clean and neat is that it seldom gets customers.

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He goes to the messy barbershop. One cannot give oneself his own haircut so the clean barber must have gone to the messy barber hence the messy barber gives the best haircuts.

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A slight variation on this one is this :

Bob and Tom go out and play in the garden.

After a while their mother calls for them to go to bed.

Bob's face is very dirty, wheras Tom's managed to play without dirtying himself.

However Tom goes to wash and Bob goes straight to bed. They are both as aware about hygene and usually behave the same way in a given situation.

Why does the clean boy go and wash and the dirty one ignore his muddy face?

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The boys are twins. Tom thinks his face ia as dirty as BOb's, nad Bob thinks his face is as clean as Tom's.

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exactly...

A nice easy one really... but I like it...

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He should go to the one that has bad hair cut done. Since, other guy came to cut his hair to this one.

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That was funny!

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The one about Tom and Bob was a good one!

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the western shop is neat and clean so he ll think that no one comes to his shop so he ll move to eastern babershop;)

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Why is the messy haircut barbershop have a messy floor? Is he so busy, he can't clean up?

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A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.

Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?

The east barber shop because of a premature voidsnap in the most outer reaches of space allowed a legion and a half alien beings to wormhole into our universe and going to that barbershop was the only way he could stop it.

Don't feel bad if you can't understand a word i'm saying. :lol:

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A slight variation on this one is this :

Bob and Tom go out and play in the garden.

After a while their mother calls for them to go to bed.

Bob's face is very dirty, wheras Tom's managed to play without dirtying himself.

However Tom goes to wash and Bob goes straight to bed. They are both as aware about hygene and usually behave the same way in a given situation.

Why does the clean boy go and wash and the dirty one ignore his muddy face?

tom sees bobs face and thinks he is dirty.

bob sees tom's face and thinks he is clean.

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tom sees bobs face and thinks he is dirty.

bob sees tom's face and thinks he is clean.

i know it as and go up the chimney. gets dirty. doesn't. takes a bath. doesn't.

why?

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The boys are twins. Tom thinks his face ia as dirty as BOb's, nad Bob thinks his face is as clean as Tom's.

Cute! But why do they have to be twins?

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he east one obviosly the other barber cut his hair

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Why is the messy haircut barbershop have a messy floor? Is he so busy, he can't clean up?

He no have time. He need more worker.

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A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.

Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?

The east barber shop because of a premature voidsnap in the most outer reaches of space allowed a legion and a half alien beings to wormhole into our universe and going to that barbershop was the only way he could stop it.

Don't feel bad if you can't understand a word i'm saying. :lol:

I dont understand A WORD you are saying but Ill go with it, lol.

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I would say, he went to the messy barbershop.

The barber in the east is the one with the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen, yet the "west" one says "its barber hair looks as good as a movie star's" but it doesnt really specify that the traveler saw it. In order for traveler to have "Seen" it, he had to be there.

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This was a very easy puzzle to solve.

But the Bob and Tom one is slightly stupid as it assumes they don't know about the existence of mirrors.

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The Barbershop Puzzle - Back to the River Crossing Puzzles

A traveler arrives in a small town and decides he wants to get a haircut. There are only two barbershops in town - one on East Street and one on West Street. The East Street barbershop is a mess, and the barber has the worst haircut the traveler has ever seen. The West Street barbershop is neat and clean, its barber's hair looks as good as a movie star's.

Which barbershop does the traveler go to for his haircut, and why?

The clean/messy aspect of this question is obviously a red herring. But I'd rather get a not-very-good haircut at a clean barber shop than get a good haircut at a filthy one.

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the barber with the bad hair cut and messy shop. He is obviously too busy to clean up and much like the impractical nature of self dentistry, so is cutting your own hair.

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This is simply to test to see if you pay attention to detail... He went to East Street because he recieved the worst haircut...the West Street barber's HAIR was like a movie star!!! He didnt go there...easy

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the west shop. wouldnt you? i think this is a trick question to get u to think outside the box. Based on the information most people would go better quality unless it was a inconvience.

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its simple. if there are only 2 barber shops and one has a messy shop and haircut but the other has a neat shop and a stylish haircut, there's only one humanly possible solution. they cut each other's hair. so the traveler would and should go to the eastern barber who's known for his messy shop and haircut.

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East, because the barber in the East gets his haircut from the barber in the west. The East barber's place is very messy because he is very busy.

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