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The Hobo and the Zen Master

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.

 

Puzzle ID:#27834
Fun:*** (3.04)
Difficulty:*** (2.34)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:zonahoboAus****

 

 

 



A hobo had just been kicked off the train by one of the bosses. As he made his way down a dusty side road, he noticed a saffron robed man sitting next to a campfire apparently deep in thought. A wonderful smelling stew was bubbling in a pot next to him. It had been a full day since the hobo's last meal, so he went over to the man and tapped him on the shoulder.

"I see by your robes that you are some kind of holy man," said the hobo.

The Zen Master turned to the hobo and said, "You speak the truth."

The hobo spoke, "I would sure like to try the stew you have on the campfire there; perhaps if I could tell you something to increase your wisdom, you will agree to share your meal."

The Zen Master turned to the hobo and said, "Please, you are welcome to share my meal because you have already increased my wisdom!"

What had the Zen Master learned from the hobo to increase his wisdom?





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Comments

WJSMama**
Jan 02, 2006

good one
SunroseAus*
Jan 02, 2006

Very well written. Enjoyed this one as well. Good Job Loved the personal touch
Brainy_1Aus*
Jan 02, 2006

Good one Zona!! I really enjoyed it! But now I'm hungry...
mr_brainiac*
Jan 02, 2006

har har - sounds like something the crabby old guru Mr. Natural would have said in the 1970's hippie comic book "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers"!
TheEarthling*no*
Jan 02, 2006

Funny.
teen_wizAca*
Jan 02, 2006

This puzzle, well, I had noooooooooooooo idea what the answer was . Anyway, it was really cute!
brules370**
Jan 02, 2006

It was funny!
sugarnspice4u7*us*
Jan 02, 2006

liked it
CoolfreezeAen*
Jan 03, 2006

i found it funny...very funny!
sgtammoAus*
Jan 03, 2006

Very fun teaser.
lovefrenzy**
Jan 03, 2006

this one is great! i love it
mmpp123Aus*
Jan 05, 2006

I love this one! Very funny!
Gesmynaim**
Jan 06, 2006

I really liked this puzzle! Very clever, and very good use of lateral thinking. I wish I would have come up with the idea! (I figured it out by the way)
yardchicken2
Jan 08, 2006

I like this - I thought maybe it was to not doze off by your cook pot and let some one walk up on you! -not too far off.
zonarita*us*
Jan 08, 2006

So glad to see this one show up on site. It continues to be so funny!
Let us see some more of your wonderful humor!
jugglerAfr*
Jan 15, 2006

I loved it! I guessed that the Zen master learned that the hobo was truthful... but then I looked at the hint! very good teaser!
zonahoboAus*
Jan 17, 2006

Glad you all enjoyed this .. we'll see if we can hear more about the Zen Master .. Zona
rkaalandAus*
Jan 21, 2006

This was Great!! I definately want to see more!!! I love trying to figure out the learning modes of Zen
Celanba*
Jan 22, 2006

Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!
broken_dreams*it*
Mar 08, 2006

i liked this one. it was cute. but i didnt get it. i also thought it was that the hobo was truthful, juggler.
MadDog72**
Mar 19, 2006

This one made me laugh so hard!
OldChinaHand**
Jun 06, 2006

The old Zen Master knew that 'you cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair'.

Good one. Remember to keep to keep your fires low and your stews covered.
maingle-_-*
Oct 28, 2006

very funny! not much of a riddle, though.
CountdownCrispyAen*
Nov 05, 2006

Brilliant!
senther7Aus*
Jan 16, 2007

......

Why ddint i think of that?!?!? (sigh)

good teaser
RadioguyAus*
Oct 09, 2007

funny! Don't care much for Zen, but loved the teaser!
tonjawithaj*us*
Jan 13, 2009

HAHAHAHA! Good one!
princess2007A*
Mar 08, 2011

that was plain mean =.=



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