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Old Oct 24th 2008, 02:22 PM
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This problem appears in one of the few musicals I will tolerate watching - Labyrinth. Gotta love David Bowie and muppets!

You would ask of either of the two brothers "If I asked your brother, which way would he tell me is the correct way to my destination". This forces the lying brother and the truth-telling brother to answer with the same response. The lying brother, knowing that his brother tells the truth, would tell you the opposite of that. The truth-telling brother, knowing that his brother always lies would tell you this lie. Therefore, both would answer the same. You then follow the opposite of either response and you are sure to be on the correct path to your destination.
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Old Oct 24th 2008, 03:18 PM
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Ha, that's funny you posted this. I know this riddle from Labyrinth as well. It's actually a pretty good movie. And apparently it comes in handy when trying to solve forum riddle games!

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This problem appears in one of the few musicals I will tolerate watching - Labyrinth. Gotta love David Bowie and muppets!

You would ask of either of the two brothers "If I asked your brother, which way would he tell me is the correct way to my destination". This forces the lying brother and the truth-telling brother to answer with the same response. The lying brother, knowing that his brother tells the truth, would tell you the opposite of that. The truth-telling brother, knowing that his brother always lies would tell you this lie. Therefore, both would answer the same. You then follow the opposite of either response and you are sure to be on the correct path to your destination.
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Old Oct 24th 2008, 03:55 PM
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That's the right answer, although I've never seen the movie Labyrinth.
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Old Oct 25th 2008, 02:46 AM
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That's the right answer, although I've never seen the movie Labyrinth.
It's a great movie that I can watch over and over. But that's just because I saw it first when I was young. Seeing such movies for the first time when you're an adult will never yield the same results. E.g. my boyfriend doesn't like The Princess Bride, as he was 24 when he saw it first. And I never could get into The Neverending Story.
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Old Oct 25th 2008, 09:03 AM
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It's a great movie that I can watch over and over. But that's just because I saw it first when I was young. Seeing such movies for the first time when you're an adult will never yield the same results. E.g. my boyfriend doesn't like The Princess Bride, as he was 24 when he saw it first. And I never could get into The Neverending Story.
I first watched Labrynth, The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story as an adult and loved all three of them.

Maybe I'm just immature and/or I love sword & sorcery fantasy fiction.

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Old Oct 26th 2008, 02:20 AM
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I first watched Labrynth, The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story as an adult and loved all three of them.

Maybe I'm just immature and/or I love sword & sorcery fantasy fiction.

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I was a teenager when watching the Neverending Story. It's an age where you want to distance yourself as much as possible from your younger years (at least it was for me). Maybe I should try it again?
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Old Oct 26th 2008, 11:05 AM
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I was a teenager when watching the Neverending Story. It's an age where you want to distance yourself as much as possible from your younger years (at least it was for me). Maybe I should try it again?
Well, I've always had a soft spot for Columbo's rumpled style and raspy voice!

But Labyrnth and Princess Bride are the better movies here.
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Old Oct 26th 2008, 11:06 AM
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Lev Tolstoy's Riddle

A group of harvestmen was asked to scythe two fields. The first field was twice the size of the other. Half of the day the whole group worked on the bigger field, in the afternoon the group divided into half. First group finished the whole field by the end of the day. The second group went to scythe the smaller field and worked untill the end of the day too. However a small piece of this field was left undone. The following day the rest of the field was scythed. It took the whole day to finish it by one harvestman. How many harvestmen were in the group?
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Old Oct 27th 2008, 07:42 PM
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Does this assume a constant rate of work?
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Old Oct 28th 2008, 07:06 AM
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Does this assume a constant rate of work?
That's a reasonable assumption.

I figured that this one was going to be a race between you and Dominick.
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