Who Will Marry the Princess?Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
A wizard left each of his three sons a gift before he died. The eldest received a mirror, through which he could see anyone in the world. The second, a horse which could ride to any place in the world in one day. The third, a magic apple which would never rot, and when eaten would cure any disease.
One day the brothers heard about a princess in a faraway land who was dying of an unknown disease. Rumour had it the king would let the man who saved his daughter marry her. The brothers sprung into action. The first looked in his mirror and saw the ill princess and the land she lived in. All three jumped on the second brother's horse, and they rode so fast they got to the princess' land the next morning. Then the third son took his apple to the princess, who ate it and recovered full health instantly.
The king was grateful, and indeed intended to let one of them marry the princess. But it had taken the co-operation of all three brothers to save her. Which one did the king decide should marry his daughter?
AnswerThe king decided that the youngest of the brothers was most worthy of marrying his daughter, because he made the greatest sacrifice in saving the princess: he had lost his magical gift, while the other two still had the mirror and the horse.
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