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The Gift of a Cow Tail Switch

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:#33354
Fun:*** (2.99)
Difficulty:* (1.09)
Submitted By:OldChinaHand*****
Corrected By:akl21




A great warrior did not return from the hunt. His family gave him up for dead, all except his youngest son who each day would ask, "Where is my father? Where is my father?"

The child's older brothers, who were magicians, finally went forth to find him. They came upon his broken spear and a pile of bones. The first son assembled the bones into a skeleton; the second son put flesh upon the bones; the third son breathed life into the flesh.

The warrior arose and walked into the village where there was great celebration. He said, "I will give a fine gift of a cow tail switch to the one who has brought me back to life." [The Cow Tail Switch would be considered a most prestigious gift, a symbol of high honor and acclaim.]

Each one of his sons cried out, "Give it to me, for I have done the most."

The first son said, "It was I who gathered and assembled your bones."

"And Father it was I, your second son, who labored to put flesh upon the bones."

"Yes, but I was the one that breathed life into the flesh", said the third son, "So the cow tail switch should go to me."

"Humm, all true, I could not have finer sons than you."

Which son was given the Cow Tail Switch?

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Oct 06, 2006

Oct 06, 2006

Chinahand, it has gotten to where if I see your name on a teaser, I know it will be good. Good job, once again!
Oct 06, 2006

Same here! China always give us high quality teasers.
Oct 15, 2006

I really liked this one, simple but fun and it made sense. Keep em going!
Oct 15, 2006

I loved it! It was seriously great!
Oct 15, 2006

Aw. That's a good message. And a good teaser, of course. ;]
Oct 16, 2006

that was sooooooooooooooo easy good one though
Oct 23, 2006

I agree, it was very easy! but still I loved it, good job!
Feb 05, 2007

I knew it. I love these.
Jun 20, 2007

It should have been noted that the warrior had only 4 sons, though I knew the answer, it could easily have been assumed that the son in question went out with his brothers.
Dec 16, 2007

Amazing teaser! Very clever, although I knew it had to be the youngest son because the others pretty much did all equal things, as the worrier says himself.

Very good job ChinaHand!
Jul 11, 2008

EZ! It is going in my favorites!

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