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Birbal the Wise - XIV

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:#33377
Fun:**** (3.25)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:chidam11Ain***!!!
Corrected By:shoulder_angel

 

 

 



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?

A farmer and his neighbour once went to Emperor Akbar's court with a complaint.
"Your Majesty, I bought a well from him," said the farmer pointing to his neighbour, "and now he wants me to pay for the water."
"That's right, your Majesty," said the neighbour. "I sold him the well but not the water!"
The Emperor asked Birbal to settle the dispute.

How did Birbal solve the dispute?


Answer

"Didn't you say that you sold your well to this farmer?" Birbal asked the neighbour. "So, the well belongs to him now, but you have kept your water in his well. Is that right? Well, in that case you will have to pay him a rent or take your water out at once."
The neighbour realized that he was outwitted. He quickly apologised and gave up his claim.

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Comments

brainsterAin*
Oct 07, 2006

Congratulations Chidman! Good job!
chidam11Ain*
Oct 07, 2006

Thank You Indi. Hope you all like my teaser..
4demo*
Oct 07, 2006

Another great Birbal teaser! Keep them coming!
bluejubba**
Oct 08, 2006

"well, you can't have any water unless he lets you use his well nor can he use his well unless you let him have the water"...

and so he realises he can't have any water as the well isn't his to use, so he shares.

haha, ok that answer isn't as good as yours, but it's what i thought anyway.

well done!!!
Swordoffury1392*us*
Oct 11, 2006

Another great Birbal one! Nice chidam!
dididaAus*
Oct 15, 2006

Man you gotta love these teasers!
Punk_RockerAus*
Oct 15, 2006

Ha! That's hilarious. WTFPWNED.

Sorry. Good teaser hehe.
deepseaAus**
Oct 22, 2006

nice, i would have told him to drain the well but yours works better
very nice
rkaalandAus*
Oct 31, 2006

I love Birbel!!!
senther7Aus*
Dec 30, 2006

YAY we all LOVE Birbal!
LeafFan4life*
Mar 01, 2007

what is a birbal?
chidam11Ain*
Mar 02, 2007

It is the name of a person.....
izmahAmu*
Mar 04, 2007

Well done its a really good jod.
I love Birbal!
Its really fun
izmahAmu*
Mar 04, 2007

It a really Good Job.
i love Birbal!
jezzaAau*
Apr 08, 2007

Great job - i really enjoyed this teaser, thanks
LeafFan4life*
Jun 01, 2007

oh ok i thought it meant something..nice teaser though
Jessrox97tau*
Sep 28, 2007

"WELL, WATER you waiting for? Solve this problem at once!" Heehee! Get it? Water! Well!
Writeaway*us*
Mar 12, 2008

Great teaser. Congrats to you in creating it, and, of course, congratulations to Birbal for solving yet another tricky situation.
luckypuppy*us*
Mar 18, 2008

CLEVER
RadioguyAus*
Apr 17, 2008

Nice
divyin
Apr 29, 2008

good job by birbal
AnushkaAin*
May 23, 2008

i am birbal's descendant!
zembobo*us*
Jun 04, 2008

I know I'm a bit of a harsh critic when it comes to Birbal..see my other comments..but this one was ok because there arent' too many other possible answers. I would have just said that his claim was denied. The well and the water belong to the buyer. The end. But the actual answer was a bit more clever.
achilles3Ain
Jun 18, 2008

birbal's too goood
nidhikailaAin*
Jan 20, 2009

Way to go!!!
drussel3*us*
Apr 19, 2009

Well written, good teaser.
rashadAma*
May 07, 2009

One of those wonderful rare teasers!
Nice.
mathisnice*us*
Aug 29, 2009

Great teaser! Very well written.
beyonce123*
Feb 14, 2010

I LOVE BIRBAL
racoonieboytus*
Aug 13, 2010

I LOVE BIRBAL AS WELL! SHARE THE LOVE!

(I am totally not a creep.)
princess2007A*
Mar 08, 2011

Hehe i grew up listening to my grandmom telling me these stories! so i know most of them! *sigh* i miss india!!!
AgKKR20
Jun 01, 2011

I guessed it right... hehehe
Skybet*gb*
Jun 13, 2011

I got it right away, but never the less, a good fun teaser. Good job
donaldtrumpetus*
Jul 09, 2012

By far my favorite Birbal teaser.



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