Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to keep busy on a gray day

Instead of turning on the TV, solve these riddles.

Start here: 

There was a farmer who wanted to go across a river. The farmer had a dog, a goat, and some cabbage. The farmer’s boat was very small so the farmer could only take one thing across the river at a time. 

The problem was that if the goat were left alone with the cabbage, then the goat would eat the cabbage. If the dog were left alone with the goat then the dog would eat the goat. How can the farmer get everything across the river?

Then do this: 

Mike, Tim, and Sam were caught stealing so the King sent them to the dungeon. But the king decided to give them a chance. He made them stand in a line and put hats on their heads. He told them that if they answer a riddle, they could go free. Here is the riddle:

Each of you has a hat on your head. You do not know the color of the hat on your own head. If one of you can guess the color of the hat on your head, I will let you free. But before you answer, you must keep standing in this line (see picture below). You cannot turn around. Here are my only hints: There are only black hats and white hats. At least one hat is black. At least one hat is white.

Mike couldn’t see any hats. Tim could see Mike’s hat but not his own. Sam could see Mike’s hat and Tim’s hat but not his own. After one minute, nobody had solved the riddle. But then a short while later, one of them solved the riddle. Who was it and how did he know?

Picture from Bogglesworld.com

And if that is no problem, try this one: 

Einstein's riddle

Albert Einstein wrote this riddle during the early part of the 19th century.  He said that 98% of people would not be able to solve it.

There are no tricks, just pure logic, so good luck and don't give up. 

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours. 

2. In each house lives a person of different nationality 

3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet. 



1. The Brit lives in a red house. 

2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets. 

3. The Dane drinks tea. 

4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house. 

5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee. 

6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 

7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill. 

8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk. 

9. The Norwegian lives in the first house. 

10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill. 12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer. 

13. The German smokes Prince. 

14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. 

15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

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