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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 11 Dec '05 20:14
    - There are 3 boxes
    - Only one of them contains gold
    - Every box has a message written on it and only one message is true.
    - On box 1 is written: "This box is empty"
    - On box 2 is written: "Box 3 contains the gold"
    - On box 3 is written: "The other boxes are empty"

    Which box contains the gold?
  2. 11 Dec '05 20:33
    Originally posted by LordOfTheChessboard
    - There are 3 boxes
    - Only one of them contains gold
    - Every box has a message written on it and only one message is true.
    - On box 1 is written: "This box is empty"
    - On box 2 is written: "Box 3 contains the gold"
    - On box 3 is written: "The other boxes are empty"

    Which box contains the gold?
    The message on both box 2 and 3 say that box 3 contains the gold, they both can't be write so box 3 doesn't contain the gold.

    Box 1's message must be true because the other two are false. This means that box 1 doesn't contain gold, neither does box 3.
    Thus box 2 must contain the gold.
  3. 11 Dec '05 21:28
    Originally posted by LordOfTheChessboard
    - There are 3 boxes
    - Only one of them contains gold
    - Every box has a message written on it and only one message is true.
    - On box 1 is written: "This box is empty"
    - On box 2 is written: "Box 3 contains the gold"
    - On box 3 is written: "The other boxes are empty"

    Which box contains the gold?
    It could be box 3, if box one contains a rock or something.

    Or it could be box 2. There's not enough information to tell which.
  4. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    11 Dec '05 21:34 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    It could be box 3, if box one contains a rock or something.

    Or it could be box 2. There's not enough information to tell which.
    That's true. I think you have to assume that each box can only contain either gold or nothing at all, in which case the labels point to box 2 as containing the gold.
  5. 12 Dec '05 01:22
    Originally posted by Bad wolf
    The message on both box 2 and 3 say that box 3 contains the gold, they both can't be write so box 3 doesn't contain the gold.

    Box 1's message must be true because the other two are false. This means that box 1 doesn't contain gold, neither does box 3.
    Thus box 2 must contain the gold.
    yes thats it.
  6. 12 Dec '05 01:23 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    It could be box 3, if box one contains a rock or something.

    Or it could be box 2. There's not enough information to tell which.
    There IS engough info!
  7. 12 Dec '05 03:27
    i would take all 3 boxes back to my secret lair
    mmmuuuwwwwwhhhaahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa
  8. 12 Dec '05 16:09
    Originally posted by LordOfTheChessboard
    There IS engough info!
    Nope. You would have needed to tell us that the boxes not containing gold were empty for this problem to be solvable
  9. 12 Dec '05 16:30 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    Nope. You would have needed to tell us that the boxes not containing gold were empty for this problem to be solvable
    I agree. This problem has several loop-holes.

  10. 12 Dec '05 17:40
    Originally posted by Bad wolf
    I agree. This problem has several loop-holes.

    You know... I've never seen a non-loop hole.





  11. 13 Dec '05 00:09 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    Nope. You would have needed to tell us that the boxes not containing gold were empty for this problem to be solvable
    nope it does not matter...
  12. 13 Dec '05 00:34 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by LordOfTheChessboard
    nope it does not matter...
    Originally posted by LordOfTheChessboard
    - There are 3 boxes
    - Only one of them contains gold
    - Every box has a message written on it and only one message is true.
    - On box 1 is written: "This box is empty"
    - On box 2 is written: "Box 3 contains the gold"
    - On box 3 is written: "The other boxes are empty"

    Which box contains the gold?


    If there is a rock in box 1 and the gold is in box 3, how many messages are true?
  13. 13 Dec '05 11:10
    If only one message is true then box 2 has the gold, and the true mesage is the message on box 1.
  14. 13 Dec '05 14:02
    It has to be 2:
    Box 3 has to be empty, because only one message is true, and both 2 and 3 say that it is in 3. Both must be lying. That leaves 1, and it says that 1 is empty. So, you know 1 tells the truth about being empty, and that it is not in 3, so it must be 2.
  15. 13 Dec '05 14:16
    Read carefully:
    box 1 contains a ROCK, this has not been excluded by the original question.
    Box 3 Contains the GOLD

    On box 1 is written: "This box is empty" FALSE - There is a rock in it
    On box 2 is written: "Box 3 contains the gold" TRUE - It does
    On box 3 is written: "The other boxes are empty" FALSE - There is a rock in box one

    Hence 1 true statement, therefore box 3 could contain the gold.

    Sorry about the Caps, getting a bit too excited.