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Adoyle (Adoyle)
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Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 3:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Explain the following.
A man is told that if he fasts completely for 24 hours he will receive a four-course meal. He is locked into a windowless room that contains only one door, with a small, freshly home-made apple pie on a table in the centre of the room alongside a water tank. After 24 hours, the door is opened to reveal an empty pie dish. The man insists he didn't eat it.
Cookie (Cookie)
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Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 3:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the man lie?
Was there something else in the water tank than water?
Did the man put the pie into the water?
Adoyle (Adoyle)
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Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 4:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the man lie? YES!

I realised when I was writing it that it doesn't work as well as it does when it's spoken, and asked after a lot of other lateral puzzles. What I think is interesting about it is it's about NOT thinking laterally, which is, in a lateral thinking environment, thinking laterally.
Back to the drawing board!
Senorina_illuminata (Senorina_illuminata)
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Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is that the answer?
that he lied?
hmmm....
Judgedeadd (Judgedeadd)
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Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 5:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Any misundersatdings involved?
Is pronuncation involved?
Mani (Mani)
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Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 7:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I'm my reading comprehension isn't too bad (see Adoyle's post above), this puzzle has been solved: the man lied. It's a trick question kind of lateral puzzle that perhaps works better in an oral setting.

Hence the word spoiler should be added so that it can be removed. I've already done that now, but let's do it again!


*********** SPOILER ***********************

The man lied.

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