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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 05 Aug '03 00:49

    Young Ben Bright had a good idea.He bet his friends that they
    couldn't take hold of the ends of a piece of string and,
    without letting go , tie a knot in the middle of the string.
    After they all failed miserably he showed them how it was done.
    What did he do ?
  2. 05 Aug '03 01:02
    Originally posted by ivanhoe

    Young Ben Bright had a good idea.He bet his friends that they
    couldn't take hold of the ends of a piece of string and,
    without letting go , tie a knot in the middle of the string.
    After they all failed miserably he showed them how it was done.
    What did he do ?
    Ahaha - I know that one, but its a good one, can anyone who doesn't know it get it I wonder...
  3. 05 Aug '03 01:16


    It sure is a good one !! ....... hush , hush .
  4. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    05 Aug '03 03:38
    Originally posted by ivanhoe


    It sure is a good one !! ....... hush , hush .
    Depends on what kind of knot it was? I can do a "bowline on a bight" and a "sheep shank" without letting go.... Right in the middle if I try hard enough.
  5. 05 Aug '03 07:42


    What normal people would call a normal knot ...
  6. Standard member jimroebuck
    All right
    05 Aug '03 12:22
    Never heard this before, so forgive me trying the obvious and probably wrong answers:

    Does he use a really long piece of string, so that he can crawl his whole body through the loop of the string?

    OR

    Does he cut the string in the middle, and then tie the newly created ends together?
  7. 05 Aug '03 12:30
    Originally posted by jimroebuck
    Never heard this before, so forgive me trying the obvious and probably wrong answers:

    Does he use a really long piece of string, so that he can crawl his whole body through the loop of the string?

    OR

    Does he cut the string in the middle, and then tie the newly created ends together?
    The string stays in one piece and isn't amazingly long.
  8. 05 Aug '03 13:47
    The string stays in one piece and isn't amazingly long.

    Correct.
  9. Standard member royalchicken
    CHAOS GHOST!!!
    05 Aug '03 14:41 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    Ahaha - I know that one, but its a good one, can anyone who doesn't know it get it I wonder...
    I worked this out just now. Send me a PM, Iamatiger, to see if our answers are the same. I'd like to see someone else get it, too.

    Good puzzle, ivanhoe.
  10. 05 Aug '03 14:58


    Thanks , RoyalC.
  11. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    05 Aug '03 17:16 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by ivanhoe


    What normal people would call a normal knot ...
    Well, I would just tell that Young Ben Bright to pay up!!!! He better not try this bet down at the docks in Galilee... unless he wants a box hook or a lumping fork in the belly!!



    Interested in seeing the answer here... I'll be checking back.

    edit: By a Normal Knot are you talking about a Pretzle knot where you feed one end through to make a Pretzle shape, or can you fold the string in half and throw a loop knot there?
  12. 05 Aug '03 18:59
    By a Normal Knot are you talking about a Pretzle knot where you
    feed one end through to make a Pretzle shape, or can you fold the
    string in half and throw a loop knot there? Plhabibit.

    Yes , I guess what you would call a Pretzel knot , I would call a
    normal knot .

    pretzel n. Crisp knot-shaped biscuit flavoured with salt , used esp.
    by Germans as relish with beer.

    IvanH.



  13. Standard member Toe
    05 Aug '03 18:59 / 3 edits
    as with many 'lateral thinking' puzzles, there is more than one answer.

    One solution, given the puzzle as described, is to take hold of one end of the string, put the other on the ground and twist it till the aforementioned 'pretzle' is near-formed, and only at that time take hold of the other end (through the pretzle loop) and pull.

    There are others involving switching hold position (still within the 'rules', cutting the string in the middle etc etc etc.

    However, I suspect the answer you are looking for is to cross your arms before picking up the string, then pull your arms uncrossed (english?) and bingo: one knotted string.

    How many edits and i still can't spell...
  14. 05 Aug '03 19:11


    Don't give up , jimroebuck .

    IvanH.
  15. 05 Aug '03 19:18
    However, I suspect the answer you are looking for is to cross your arms before picking up the string, then pull your arms uncrossed (english?) and bingo: one knotted string. Toe



    All right Toe , you've got it.
    Ten points and a red Ferrari for you ...