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Birbal the Wise - VII

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:#30976
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:*** (2.27)
Submitted By:chidam11Ain***!!!
Corrected By:medster99




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?

One night, Emperor Akbar dreamt that he had lost all his teeth, except one.
The next morning he invited all the astrologers of his kingdom to interpret this dream. Birbal hadn't come that morning to the court.

After a long discussion, the astrologers prophesized that all his relatives would die before him.

Akbar was very upset by this interpretation, and so sent away all the astrologers without any reward.
Later that day, Birbal entered the court. Akbar related his dream and asked him to interpret it. After thinking for a while, Birbal gave a reply which pleased the emperor, so he rewarded Birbal handsomely.

What was Birbal's reply?

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Jun 09, 2006

Thank you Brainster, for allowing me to submit a teaser on one of your titles.
Jun 09, 2006

Yay! We made it! The Indian collaboration worked! You're welcome Chidam, I hope your second idea gets accepted too!
Jun 09, 2006

Absolutely clever.
Jun 09, 2006

It's really good chidam! Hey, I know a lot of birbal stories, could I submit one of them??? PM your reply to me please brainster!
Jun 09, 2006

i dont really get it. . .what does teeth have to do with relatives?
Jun 10, 2006

It is just a wild belief.
Jun 10, 2006

SoF I have PMed you regarding this.
Jun 11, 2006

the answer could have given more thought or changed the story a little.but that's and awesome story try again.
Jun 13, 2006

Jun 15, 2006

you had me
Jun 15, 2006

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Jun 19, 2006

A trulywiseastrologer would have advised Akbar that his dream was reminding him to make his biannual visit to the Royal Dentist
Dec 30, 2006

Apr 21, 2007

Loved it!
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Sep 27, 2007

I thought up another answer for this one:
"you will lose all your advisors, except one." this would work if you changed the story so that he has his advisors interpret it and fires all of them.
Mar 18, 2008

Hmm he could have said just about anything...
Jun 04, 2008

I like the answers posted here better than Brainsters. But any answer will do. Is there a better website for posting stories that anyone can point Brainster to?
Mar 15, 2009

There could be tons of interpretations! I also thought of all the advisors dying except one. Cute solution, but too open-ended. Maybe you could add that in their mythology teeth represent relatives, or something.
Mar 08, 2011

yup i knew this one! but i agree it would be a lil confusing to people who, u know, didnt get the teeth-relatives belief. *sigh*just another one of the many things i miss bout india.
Sep 18, 2013

I do not like this one. It's basically the same thing. Akbar was a fool for falling for the "glass half empty" trick.

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