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Posted: 20 September 2010 08:41 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have always enjoyed puzzles and riddles (not a fan of crosswords though), and I thought we could try to follow in Richard Wiseman’s footsteps and have some fun on our forum.

The following is a riddle my father told me when I was a kid. I didn’t know what the answer was and I’ve never met a person since then who got it right. The answer is obviously very simple.

Here it goes:

Once upon a time there lived a king who wanted to marry his only daughter to a smart man. He sent a message to the neighbouring kingdom where a king had two sons, announcing that which one of the two princes’s horse will make it last (!) to his castle, will marry his daughter. The two brothers got onto their horses, moving at impossibly slow speed, depressed and bitter, until they encountered an old man who asked them what was troubling them. They explained the situation to him after which the old man replied that there was no need for despair and told them something that made the two brother jump onto the horses and start sprinting towards the princess’s castle. What did the wise man tell the princes?

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Posted: 20 September 2010 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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George - 20 September 2010 08:41 PM

I have always enjoyed puzzles and riddles (not a fan of crosswords though), and I thought we could try to follow in Richard Wiseman’s footsteps and have some fun on our forum.

The following is a riddle my father told me when I was a kid. I didn’t know what the answer was and I’ve never met a person since then who got it right. The answer is obviously very simple.

Here it goes:

Once upon a time there lived a king who wanted to marry his only daughter to a smart man. He sent a message to the neighbouring kingdom where a king had two sons, announcing that which one of the two princes’s horse will make it last (!) to his castle, will marry his daughter. The two brothers got onto their horses, moving at impossibly slow speed, depressed and bitter, until they encountered an old man who asked them what was troubling them. They explained the situation to him after which the old man replied that there was no need for despair and told them something that made the two brother jump onto the horses and start sprinting towards the princess’s castle. What did the wise man tell the princes?


Get on each others horses.

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Posted: 20 September 2010 11:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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And obviously, the princess should have married the old wise man rather than either of the two princes who couldn’t figure it out for themselves.

{old fuds rule.} smile

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Posted: 21 September 2010 12:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Occam. - 20 September 2010 11:39 PM

And obviously, the princess should have married the old wise man rather than either of the two princes who couldn’t figure it out for themselves.

{old fuds rule.} smile

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LOL And, Stephan, what an obvious answer!!

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Posted: 21 September 2010 12:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Occam. - 20 September 2010 11:39 PM

And obviously, the princess should have married the old wise man rather than either of the two princes who couldn’t figure it out for themselves.{old fuds rule.} smile

Did somebody say the king’s daughter was beautiful and intelligent?

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Posted: 21 September 2010 06:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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StephenLawrence - 20 September 2010 10:55 PM

Get on each others horses.

Very good, Stephen.  grin

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Posted: 21 September 2010 12:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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GdB - 21 September 2010 12:35 AM

Did somebody say the king’s daughter was beautiful and intelligent?
GdB

Well, the ‘princes’ weren’t….or maybe they were, they did listen to the ‘wise old man’!

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Posted: 21 September 2010 02:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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This post is to check to see if this website can hide text.

[h]xxx[/h]

xxx 

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Well, if it can, they aren’t the ways to do it.

[ Edited: 21 September 2010 02:38 PM by Occam. ]
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Posted: 21 September 2010 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Yeah, i tested the [spoiler] tag earlier to no avail :(

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Posted: 21 September 2010 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Occam. - 21 September 2010 02:35 PM

This post is to check to see if this website can hide text.

Try this. Between the brackets is text.
(Hi Occam, you just discovered the secret message)

Press on ‘Reply’ to see it. Or go over it with the mouse!

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Posted: 21 September 2010 11:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks, GdB.  Very tricky, just use the color White for the text.  I’d have never thought of that.  Thanks again.

George, if you post any more riddles, suggest that the solvers enter their solutions in white so the rest of us don’t have to see the answer immediately.

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Posted: 22 September 2010 06:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Great idea, GdB and Occam!

Okay, next riddle:

Do we have free will?

Answer: (No.) Just kidding.  cheese

I have a riddle that resembles a detective story. But I have to be present to answer people’s questions and since I won’t be around my computer today I will have to leave it for another day.

But anybody else is free to post their riddles…

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Posted: 22 September 2010 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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George - 22 September 2010 06:16 AM

Do we have free will?

Answer: (No.) Just kidding.  cheese


You are free to think so. wink

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Posted: 22 September 2010 04:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Okay, next riddle: Do we have free will?


(See the Free Will thread in the Philosophy section for a non-answer.)

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Posted: 22 September 2010 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Occam. - 22 September 2010 04:48 PM

Okay, next riddle: Do we have free will?


(See the Free Will thread in the Philosophy section for a non-answer.)

Occam

(2884 posts of non-answers so far…to be exact!)
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Posted: 22 September 2010 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Notrice that the while shows up just a bit in the quotation blocks.  I guess GdB has to figure out how we can change it to light gray.  smile

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The gray listed is just a bit too dark as demonstrated in the screen name.

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