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Birbal the Wise - IV

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

 

Puzzle ID:#30470
Fun:*** (2.94)
Difficulty:* (0.65)
Category:Logic
Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:FatHead

 

 

 



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?

There was once a blacksmith who used to make spears and shields. He came to Emperor Akbar's court and claimed - "Your Majesty, nobody can make shields and spears like mine. My shields are so strong that nothing can pierce them and my spears are so sharp that there is nothing they cannot pierce."

On hearing this statement, Birbal immediately said, "You lie and I can prove that you are lying." What did he find wrong with the man's statement?


Answer

Birbal told the man - "I can prove you wrong. Let's do a simple test."

The man, supremely confident, agreed.

Birbal said smilingly - "OK, hold up one of your shields and I will pierce it with one of your spears."

The man realized he had been outwitted because both his statements could never be true at the same time. Only one of his statements would hold true under any situation. Shamed to silence, he quietly left the court.

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Comments

fem81uken*
May 14, 2006

I cant believe I didnt get that one, so obvious when you think about it
Swordoffury1392*us*
May 14, 2006

I really like these. More please!
blaghau
May 14, 2006

That's a nice easy one...
jazzmusician46Aau*
May 15, 2006

That was too obvious
kayleeskittiesAus*
May 17, 2006

Very good! I totally missed it! Can't believe I missed it!!!
qqqq*
May 29, 2006

Wow!! I got it!! GREAT teaser!! I loved it. Going in my favorites for sure!
marching_xc**
May 31, 2006

Definitely the most clever of the Birbal series.
brainsterAin*
May 31, 2006

Thank you for the nice and thoughtful comments y'all!
dididaAus*
Jun 02, 2006

That was great! It was easy but great!
geofreak2010*
Jun 23, 2006

A bit too easy.
OldChinaHand**
Jun 23, 2006

Wisdom from the past is never wasted. Good job. Fun and insightful.
pating**
Jun 23, 2006

Fun, but too easy for me!
salepriceAca*
Jun 23, 2006

very good, got this one straight away tho`. thx anyway....
(user deleted)
Jun 23, 2006

the anwer is logical hence it was an easy puzzle.
peanut-tiara*ca*
Jun 23, 2006

Fun & Easy.
destinysmom*us**
Jun 23, 2006

Fun but a little to easy didn't have to think to get it.
ticaboous
Jun 23, 2006

Good teaser - but easy...
coachpisco*
Jun 23, 2006

This was a bit easy, but it off-sets those that I find impossible to do. Thanks for the teaser.
locutus13dsus*
Jun 23, 2006

Easy one. But still stimulating
kcheer2493us*
Jun 23, 2006

How in the world did I miss that? That was very creative and good. Great job!
kman613**
Jun 23, 2006

Very easy, but fun/witty.
nu_rob_roy*sx*
Jun 23, 2006

Easily bored, for sure I wasn't. A good tale turned into a good teaser.
Neek*us*
Jun 23, 2006

Nice! Very easy, but it feels good to get one.
Trishgal*us*
Jun 23, 2006

it Was easy ,but I DiDNOT get it Maybe I was trying to think to hard. Seemed so obvios afteriread the answer
kittendoodlesus
Jun 23, 2006

I got it in a split second. A little obvious.
PugLover101**
Jun 23, 2006

Ones like these make you think a little, or at least I didn't have to think much... It makes sense 'cause if one cannot be pierced and the other can pierce anything... it make no sense whatsoever. So that was cool... and easy!
Pablo*
Jun 23, 2006

Sir Issac Newton came up with same teaser 400 years ago when he asked.
"What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object"
Good one, but a bit late!
No offence meant!
FatHeadAus*
Jun 23, 2006

Wow, irresistible force vs. immovable object.
starnz*us*
Jun 23, 2006

Good Job! So easy, it was HARD!!!!
bandnerdnproud7*us*
Jun 23, 2006

This was pretty easy. I actually thought that there was a type-o or something because it was too easy. It was still a pretty good teaser!
Umizaki
Jun 23, 2006

way to easy
syracuse945*ph*
Jun 23, 2006

haha, nysss...

mmmcla01A*
Jun 23, 2006

Very Simple, but fun nonetheless.
Amalius*
Jun 23, 2006

Loved got after I read it a few times but very fun keep em comin
feste*
Jun 23, 2006

As demse as I am I figured that one with no strain on my limited facilites
xxilove_ihatexxAus*
Jun 23, 2006

wayy too easy.. but i like the easy ones.. they're c00l...... . pm me!!!!!!
luigibabe
Jun 23, 2006

Very easy, but I like telling this kind of thing to kids and this one will be do-able for them... so I like it
(user deleted)
Jun 23, 2006

I actually got it rather quickly. How refreshing! Thanx for putting an easy one out there for me! Got others?
Cableguy*us*
Jun 23, 2006

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! But loads of fun... encore!
brainmaster911*us*
Jun 23, 2006

i can't beleave i missed the anwser good one
dan1234*
Jun 23, 2006

Witty!
nightowl19*us*
Jun 23, 2006

Love this kind; more please!
scallioAus*
Jun 23, 2006

Very easy, but fun!
THANKS for a good story.

DufusXus*
Jun 23, 2006

that was heck easy nice though
smartypants102
Jun 23, 2006

pretty fun and original but WAY too easy!
tedgerAus*
Jun 23, 2006

Easy but fun
RRAMMOHAN*in*
Jun 23, 2006

Got it! A nice one. However, I wonder if I would have seen through the contradictory claim, had I heard it otherwise than as a teaser!
POPSca*
Jun 23, 2006

Had to read it twice and all of a sudden!!!!! BANG I got it .Quite easy but fun, Good job.
HScott13Aen*
Jun 23, 2006

Too easy
ripsawman
Jun 23, 2006

for someone who hardly never gets it.... I got that one, fun but easy
mercenary007*jm*
Jun 23, 2006

way way way too easy... nice little story though
jabdrAus*
Jun 23, 2006

jessmr*us*
Jun 23, 2006

i finally got one. been having too many croonerisms and letter pairs ones lately, thanks for a good one i could do!!
lmurray*cn*
Jun 23, 2006

FUN. EVIDENTLY EASY. BIRBAL IS MY KIND OF GUY, BUT A LITTLE ARROGANT.
tdbrsun*
Jun 23, 2006

I finally got one also. I thought just a bit. It was fun to do an easier but very clever teaser!
underherfeetca
Jun 23, 2006

A redundant statement completely, same as what happens, when the greatest force, meets an object, that cannot be moved, obliteration!
John
banzai*
Jun 23, 2006

i looked for the double negative first, than got the obvious answer first. thank you.
OldChinaHand**
Jun 23, 2006

These Birbal (Raja Birbal -1528-1586) tales from the oral traditions of India were old and well recognized in Sir Isaac Newton, (1642 – 1727) times.
vlermaAus*
Jun 23, 2006

OCH, thanks so much for the update between Newton and Birbal. Good information. And Brainster, sure it was a little easy but very good none the less. Loved the story. And Imurray, thank you.
Buckeye*us
Jun 23, 2006

Way too easy.
daddys_lil_girl*ph*
Jun 23, 2006

not 2 b mean...but next time get somethin more challenging!!!!! it wuz reallly good though!!!
Pablo*
Jun 24, 2006

Loved the story. Sir Issac was probably better at math but your prose is certainly superior.
bluehawk*us*
Jun 24, 2006

OH BRAINSTER, THAT ONE WAS TOO CUTE AND EASY. IF THE SPEAR WAS SO SHARP, THEN IT COULD PERICE THE SHIELD.
I LIKED IT!!!!
IT WAS ALL IN THE WORDING THAT GAVE IT AWAY.

"VERY ENJOYABLE"
JeffJ99*us*
Jun 24, 2006

Fun, but too easy. Sometimes with a teaser like this you might miss it because you expect it to be hard. Anyway, good try!
doka13*ml*
Jun 24, 2006

easy. cute too!
Unraveled*
Jun 25, 2006

Really easy. It was fun to read the story, though.
cassiemarkAus*
Jun 27, 2006

Easy! I liked that one - didn't require me to burn my brain cells! Thanks
Quickq*en*
Jun 29, 2006

I can't belive I got that wrong.
cyberstar5150*us*
Jun 30, 2006

I got this right away.

I
keke9307*us*
Jun 30, 2006

got it very quickly but liked it like to see more
HiImDavidAus*
Jul 08, 2006

Too easy...
monkeygrl99Aus*
Jul 18, 2006

Yeah..
simplysweet*
Jul 21, 2006

easy but funny!!
(user deleted)
Aug 28, 2006

that was a good one ... keep 'em coming!!
senther7Aus*
Dec 30, 2006

*clap clap*

good job!
nerdyiscool*us*
Mar 17, 2007

yay i got it again! i really really like the birbal riddles they are so super super fun!
Jessrox97tau*
Sep 28, 2007

I burst out laghing when I read what the guy said.
RadioguyAus*
Apr 17, 2008

Nice
zigthepigAen*
Jun 23, 2009

teaser of the day teaser of the day
doeheadAus*
Jun 23, 2009

If you didn't figure this one out in two seconds,you are brain dead!!!
chotpeper
Jun 23, 2009

you have a gtreat build up to the story but you made it way ot easy. next time try to be a little more trivial. i could see this one before i was half way threw the last paragraph. maybe i have seen it to many times in similair questions
auntiesisAus*
Jun 23, 2009

Easy, but cute. Enjoyed the story.
millie
Jun 23, 2009


Very easy, the blacksmith con-
tradicted himself.
tova_ltus*
Jun 23, 2009

great quiz, i got it rit away!!!! pretty good cuz i never get ANYTHING!!!!!!
here2A*
Jun 23, 2009

Easy, but fun. thanks.
UptheHillA*
Jun 23, 2009

rt1819Aus*
Jun 23, 2009

I thought he was going to ask the guy if the spear could pierce HIM!!!
VitalStatisticA*
Jun 23, 2009

I got it straight away. It's the old irresistable force meets an immovable object trick

I think it would have been better phrased if the question were "How did Birbal prove the blacksmith was lying?"

Still a nice teaser though
Candi7tus*
Jun 17, 2012

Easiest in my opinion of all the Birbal teasers.
cutebugAus*
Jun 23, 2012

WOW!!! THAT ONE WAS A TOUGH ONE. IT TOOK AT LEAST 3 SECONDS TO FIGURE IT OUT!!!
JQPublict*
Jun 23, 2012

While this might have been a great teaser for me if I had not known the answer already, I really doubt the authenticity of this teaser. Chinese records (Han Feizi if I remember correctly) show that this story happened during the Zhou Dynasty of China - way before Akbar's time. In fact, the Chinese word for contradiction - maodun - comes from this story, as does the idiom zixiang maodun, meaning self-contradiction. I didn't vote on this teaser since I know I can't be fair on it.
math321Aus*
Jun 23, 2012

It's a teaser, not a history lesson.
Babe*
Jun 23, 2012

What is wrong with a history lesson? I am always open to learn something and I love smart people that know those things!!!
DarylKca*
Jun 24, 2012

rofl...



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