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Birbal The Wise - XVIII

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:#36999
Fun:**** (3.23)
Difficulty:*** (2.26)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:brainsterAin******

 

 

 



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 the answer?

One day, Emperor Akbar posed a question to Birbal. He asked him what Birbal would choose if he offered either justice or a gold coin.

"The gold coin," said Birbal without hesitation.

On hearing this, Akbar was taken aback. "You would prefer a gold coin to justice?" he asked, not believing his own ears.

"Yes," said Birbal.

The other courtiers were amazed by Birbal's display of idiocy. They were full of glee that Birbal had finally managed himself to do what these courtiers had not been able to do for a long time - discredit Birbal in the emperor's eyes!

"I would have been disappointed if this was the choice made even by my lowliest of servants," continued the emperor. "But coming from you it's not only disappointing, but shocking and sad. I did not know you were so debased!"

How did Birbal justify his answer to the enraged and hurt Emperor?




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Comments

myrnacareyAus*
Jun 22, 2007

nice-really good teaser keep them coming!!!
flowergirl1219Aus**
Jun 28, 2007

Don't forget to send me a message saying what subject you want me to do on a quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
littlestud*au*
Jul 04, 2007

cool 3rd comment pretty good welll done mate
timon_dmlybotsAph**
Jul 09, 2007

hmmmm..
Dishhead5Aau*
Jul 30, 2007

Keep these coming... love them!
(user deleted)
Oct 07, 2007

Jimbo*au*
Nov 02, 2007

Nice twist!
Fire_Shell96*us*
Dec 27, 2007

I got this one instantly! good one, good one.
AnushkaAin*
May 18, 2008

i am the biggest birbal lvr in da wrd!
achilles3Ain*
Jun 18, 2008

a little easy,but still a good one
Psychic_MasterAnz*
Dec 11, 2008

Another great Birbal teaser. Keep 'em comin!
4demo*
Jun 23, 2009

I was expecting the "Nothing is better than justice, but a gold coin is better than nothing" excuse, but loved the answer.
princess2007A*
Mar 08, 2011

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