# Which box contains the gold?

LordOfTheChessboard
Posers and Puzzles 11 Dec '05 20:14
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. PBE6
Bananarama
11 Dec '05 21:341 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.ðŸ™‚
6. 12 Dec '05 01:231 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
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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 16:301 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.

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

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

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11. 13 Dec '05 00:091 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 00:341 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