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Birbal the Wise - I

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Puzzle ID:#30295
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Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:MarcM1098




Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler, and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find out the answer?

Once, Emperor Akbar wanted to find out which of his courtiers was the most intelligent. He put forth to them a test, announcing that whoever won the test would be awarded the title of "The Most Intelligent Courtier".

He brought a piece of white cloth, laid himself down on the floor, and said whoever could cover him with the cloth from head to toe would get the award.

Several courtiers tried, but to no avail. If they covered the Emperor's head, the toes remained uncovered.

Finally, Birbal came in and achieved what none of the courtiers could achieve! What did he do?

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May 06, 2006

Nice teaser. Smart one....

Alternate: Birbal stands very close to Akbar's head. He covers Akbar's head and his own toe with the cloth. Akbar did not say that the head and toe must both be his, right?
May 06, 2006

Good one, you are another Birbal in the making!
May 06, 2006

Got it!
May 06, 2006

i thought he just ripped it!
gr8 teaser
May 07, 2006

Great. I got it! I'm Indian and I've heard a lot of stories of Birbal from my parents. A lot of them are interesting.
May 08, 2006

That's great swordoffury! I did not know you were Indian! These were a big part of my childhood too, and I think some of the stories make great teaser material!
May 08, 2006

Yeah. I never actually tought of putting them into teasers though.

Good idea!
May 10, 2006

Akbar is a name from StarWars. Hehe, sorry, nice teaser, even though I didn't get it!
May 10, 2006

I agreed with spazzyjazzy93.

i liked the teaser, it was fun
May 11, 2006

I thought he'd brought in another piece of cloth as well and used both of them. That way he is covered, and it is partially with the cloth.

I also thought of bringin in clay and wiping it on with the cloth. Again he's covered (with clay) using the cloth. Of course there'd probably be a death sentence in there as well, but it would work.

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May 13, 2006

ah good one! i didnt get it but it was good
May 14, 2006

Or, Birbal might have just pulled the cloth over the Emperor's head for a minute, then down enough to cover the feet - being covered SIMULTANEOUSLY was not part of the challenge!
May 14, 2006

Yes...I tend to agree with you. The answer tends to suggest the goal posts were moved a fraction compared to the original problem. That in itself is a challenge!
May 22, 2006

good one and i thought it was going to be from head to toe.nto including either.
May 23, 2006

In those days, how many of the King's courtiers had the courage to ask His Highness to change the position the King had chosen to lie down? None, perhaps, except Birbal!
May 24, 2006

Yes that's true Rammohan!
May 29, 2006

Yea! I got it! Very good teaser!!
Jun 03, 2006

I actually got it! I think I'm starting to get the hang of this!
Jun 06, 2006

yay! i actually got it!!!! !!!! yay me!!!!
Jun 15, 2006

Easy, but really cute.
Jun 20, 2006

I absolutely love these! Keep 'em coming... They're great
Jun 21, 2006

I had considered covering the emporer's head, then giving him a sharp kick to the side. Then, before the guards can swoop in, adjust the cloth to cover his feet as he rolls around in pain. Asking politely may be more diplomatic.
Jun 22, 2006

I am just glad you were not part of Akbar's court!
Jun 25, 2006

Very nice riddle, clever answer too.
Jun 29, 2006

I thought he ripped the cloth in
Jun 29, 2006

Jun 29, 2006

I thought he ripped the cloth in half and put one half on his head, and the other half on his feet. Heh heh. You got me, but oh well!
Jul 10, 2006

wat abt taking a pic.. n wrapping tat pic in the cloth.. lol

neways nice teaser.. easy but fun...

Jul 21, 2006

nice one!!!!! thats funny!
Oct 26, 2006

well done
I love it
Dec 01, 2006

Birbal has done it again.......keep e'm comming!
May 28, 2007

that was very polite of birbal
May 28, 2007

lol i like quax way rofl
Nov 17, 2007

For more wrinkling joy, read Madeline L'Engle's _A_Wrinkle_in_Time_.
Apr 04, 2008

I suddenly feel my self-esteem boost!
Nov 27, 2009

Birbal is the smartest, but the others are IDIOTS!!!!!!
Jun 23, 2012

My solution would be to turn the cloth sideways, thereby having the corners cover his head and toes.
Sep 08, 2012

this is easy if you are a Romanian. we have an old saying: one must lie down just as long his blanket is. and we also have a variant of this story that goes this way: when the ruler (the emperor etc) covered his head with the blanket and showed that his feet are uncovered, the wise man hit his toes with a stick, thus the ruler pulled his feet under the blanket

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