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## Knightly Love

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.

 Puzzle ID: #275 Fun: (2.77) Difficulty: (1.99) Category: Logic Submitted By: Phyllis Corrected By: qqqq

A poor, young knight wants to marry a beautiful princess and she wants to marry him. But the king doesn't want the marriage. He offers the knight a choice. He can draw one of two slips of paper out of a golden urn. One will say "marriage" and one will say "death". The princess is able to whisper to the knight that both slips of paper really say "death". The knight and the princess end up being wed. How does the knight accomplish this?

The knight picks a slip of paper and immediately tears it up. He then takes out the other slip and hands it to the king. Since the untorn slip of paper says "death", the knight says that obviously the one he tore up said "marriage".
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 gooblah Feb 18, 2003 Since were can go and destroy thing without looking at them, then the king could easily burn the untorn slip , not needing to read it he knows both answers (it really doesn't matter if the knight knows that both answer are death, he's the king) and call the knight on his arrogance and make hin read reassemble the slip and read it, thus saying Death. NOw if the Knight was to tell the king (since he knows that both slips are death) taht he fears th king dealt treacherously and for the both of them to draw and see their answers if the knight is wrong he dies if he is not, he gets the maidens hand. lildud008 Jun 03, 2003 GOOD JOB I LIKED IT Mogmatt16 Jun 20, 2004 i like your thinking, goblah. Atropus Feb 15, 2005 If I were the prince.. I would get the princess to draw for me and tuck the piece of paper in her bosom as a keepsake...and then tip out the urn and show the king the remaining piece of paper... No king would allow his belovéd daughter's honour to be sullied by having someone fish about in her cleavage to prove what the other piece of paper said. sweetime Jun 22, 2005 surely the king would have been the one to write the two slips of paper out? my solution was that the knight took the other option (you said he had a choice, and then proceeded to outline one of them (that is drawing out the pieces of paper) - i just decided that the alternative was something much nicer, like being able to ask the princess if she wanted to marry him ) nkatha23 Nov 09, 2005 heard this before but nice... boodler Nov 24, 2005 If the knight were to swallow the piece of paper he drew, it couldn't be re-built, and the king couldn't deny it said the same as the only slipog paper now existing boodler Nov 24, 2005 slip of stephiesd Dec 04, 2005 the king didn't want to admit that both slips said death because he wanted everyone to think that he was fair. anyhow, this is really old. i've seen it about 12 different times. hidentreasure Dec 11, 2005 Heard it knew it its easy and its a good teaser. choptlivva Dec 16, 2005 Another possible scenario: The princess says, "Father, I love him so much that I'm willing take his place!! I will draw INSTEAD, and whichever piece I draw will be MY fate!!" The king, who loves his daughter very much, will of course have to admit to his deception. And seeing that she was willing to risk HER life for the love of her prince, he grudgingly allows the marriage!! (umm....and they all lived happily ever after.) Angelli Jan 20, 2006 nice answer and nice teaser sammy66 Feb 14, 2006 Here, ill be the first one to give you a good comment: It was soooooooo awseome!!!!!!!!! Happy??? choptlivva Feb 15, 2006 I didn't mean for my comment to sound negative. I'm sorry if it did! I just meant it in the spirit of fun!!.....coming up with other humorous scenarios!! I should have written that I liked this teaser!! Good job Phyllis!! Vigo95 Mar 20, 2006 very interesting brainjuice Apr 13, 2006 i've heard this one before.. not in a question, but in a story calmsavior Apr 26, 2006 ive heard this one hundreds of times in hundreds of variations. no wonder its in the 200s section. spoiled_rotten Jun 01, 2006 i don't get it Jimbo Jun 05, 2006 I first heard this one years ago in a book by Edward De Bono on Lateral Thinking. It's still a good teaser. xdbtcp Jun 22, 2006 easy but fun shadow-x Jul 12, 2006 smart and much thought Shriya Aug 28, 2006 Really a good one, Phyllis. Accordin' to me, the knight could also set a condition before the king saying that as per the slip he draws, he should be punished oppositely i.e. the death-sentence would turn into a marriage-statement. josty Aug 28, 2006 nice one! tintiniscool Sep 24, 2006 Wonderful teaser, BUT it is missing one thing: "And they lived happily ever after" elu93 Nov 11, 2006 Funny! Great job! It reminds of a story just like it, except the story drives everyone crazy since there's no answer! coolcow35 Dec 24, 2006 good but OLD! i_luv_2_read Dec 27, 2006 i like this one, but i've seen it a lot before....that's ok!!! good job phyllis coryphaeus Jan 03, 2007 classic, but a good one. i had forgotten it... kudos. brudork Mar 10, 2007 Smart... u got me Icecream-Queen Nov 27, 2007 I've heard it before but when I heard it he had swallowed it. I think i like tearing it up better though... Joose Nov 04, 2012 Clever!